It seems that publisher Activision is ready to deviate from the normal yearly release system as they commit to keeping their battle royale title Call of Duty: Warzone regularly updated going into the future. Released in March 2020, the already saturated market posed a problem for the new title. Vying against juggernauts like Fortnite, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, and Apex Legends is quite difficult, but Warzone managed to excel by utilizing the best of what Call of Duty had to offer – from expansive maps to satisfying ballistics system based gunplay, to the implementation of classic Call of Duty mechanics like Loadouts and Killstreaks.
“Battle royale games give players so much agency to problem solve ever-changing situations,” said Geoff Smith, design director at Infinity Ward to GamesRadar. “From the mechanics to the playspace itself, we continuously try to play with that and design new and exciting gameplay. We want to continue to push the genre and provide fun new adventures.”
Even though Warzone is closely tied to Modern Warfare, it was always designed as a standalone title meant to grow and expand as more games are released. “As the game continues to be updated over time, it will evolve and become tied to other games in the Call of Duty universe,” said Smith.
With Warzone’s fifth season releasing on August 5, bringing with it significant changes, the current state of the game is looking quite solid, and Infinity Ward narrative director Taylor Kurosaki is optimistic about the game’s future.
“It’s going to be really cool to see how the different sub-franchisees sort of come in and out of focus, but Warzone will be the one constant,” said Kurosaki to Gamergen. “I know that our plan is Warzone is going to be around for quite some time, so as soon as those new systems [the PS5 and Xbox Series X] are out and available, I’m sure we’ll support them.”