Call of Duty Warzone 2 introduces some big changes in the battle royale circles.
While the original Warzone followed the standard Battle Royale formula – in which players are locked in a shrinking area, forcing them to converge – Warzone 2 takes a different approach. As revealed during Call of Duty Next, players will not only be guided in a single circle, but in multiple areas that will eventually merge.
“The circle has been a staple of battle royales, it’s really hard to get rid of,” said game director Jack O’Hara, “so we talked about ‘What can we do to mix things up?'”
“We have a new mechanism where the circle can split, almost like a cell splits, into two, three or even four circles, and then those circles close. What it does is separate teams and you have these micro-fights in those circles. At some point, those circles will merge.”
Directed and Deadly
It’s not just a superficial change. While players are initially split into circles, the moment they come together will bring a climactic final battle.
“At some point you’re like, ‘Okay, we’ve cleared our circle, we think we’re in the right place’. Then those circles come together, they come back together and you have this very focused fight,” O’Hara said.
“You get ready in buildings and think: ‘Here we go, it’s going to gain confidence’. Once those circles hit, you have that final fight. It’s another twist in gameplay that we think is a cool world event that would happen. ”
You don’t have to wait long to experience it for yourself. The release date of Warzone 2 is just around the corner. We’ve already had a good look at the new Battle Royale map, which makes effective use of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s enhanced water combat.