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Will Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s rumored DMZ game mode be a hit?

Aside from the single-player campaign and classic PvP multiplayer modes, Modern Warfare 2 might be getting an Escape From Tarkov-style mode

Updated: May 13, 2022 10:16 am
Will Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s rumored DMZ game mode be a hit?

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Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope reports the third mode in the upcoming 2022 edition, Modern Warfare 2, could be ‘DMZ’. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has already sparked quite the reaction from its fan base and has the potential to become the highest-selling title in the franchise to date. The rumored Tarkov-style game mode would feature alongside the traditional single-player campaign and classic PvP multiplayer.

While this rumor remains completely unconfirmed, DMZ mode could take over from the Spec Ops mode that was featured in Modern Warfare 2019.

What could Modern Warfare 2 developers have in mind for DMZ?

If a Tarkov-style game mode comes to Call of Duty, what would that look like? For those unfamiliar with the survival FPS game, Escape From Tarkov drops you (solo or co-op) into a huge sandbox-sized map, with objectives to reach. As you battle your way through real players and AI scavs, players will collect loot along the way, giving themselves items to sell and the chance of a better loadout for the next raid.

While DMZ could be inspired by the Battlestate Games title, CoD devs are likely going to imprint their own unique take. What could that look like? People jump into Tarkov for the realism and high stake gameplay, so what would make anyone want to play DMZ? We could see them draw some inspiration from the older Spec Ops mode or Warzone, the popular free-to-play BR mode.

With Spec Ops from the previous Modern Warfare likely to be dropped, we may see elements of this return in DMZ, where players could get full briefs, cut scenes, story-driven missions, and access to vehicles/ gunships. It would certainly spice up the server if a fire team managed to get hold of a UAV. You could get highly contested areas where large groups of players would inevitably converge, leading to rather chaotic moments. Die-hard CoD fans will have a better imagination as to what DMZ would look like but it is exciting to think about the possible outcomes.

Many may consider Call of Duty to be a bit ‘arcadey’ when compared to the likes of Tarkov, which is fair, however, the Modern Warfare series has always been a bit grittier, with heavy-duty weapons, excellent graphics, and brilliant sound.

TheGhostOfHope claims that Modern Warfare 2’s third mode, DMZ, could launch with the inevitable BETA.

It was recently leaked that we may see some MW2 gameplay as soon as June, with Summer Games Fest closely following and possibly being the ideal event for a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 walkthrough. Tom Henderson believes we won’t hear anything on multiplayer until august, so there is still quite a bit of time until DMZ is potentially announced.

While Call of Duty multiplayer numbers has dwindled over the last decade, the free-to-play game mode Warzone has soared, reaching 100 million players in April 2021. A game mode like DMZ could see the pay-to-play title take back some of these numbers. If we take Tarkov as an example, which as of December last year had an average weekly viewership of 107, 000 on Twitch, no matter which way you look at it, the numbers are big and the future of Modern Warfare 2 looks bright.

Shaun, with a computer science degree and 15 years of computer experience, has been passionate about competitive FPS gaming since the mid-2000s.

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