The same Call of Duty datamining operations that brought us information about Cold War‘s plot also revealed that some exciting new modes are coming to Call of Duty: Warzone.
According to the ModernWarzone Twitter account (an active Call of Duty dataminer), there are four special modes rumored to be added to Call of Duty: Warzone in the near future. They include: Pandemic/Outbreak, Armored Cargo/Truck Wars, Plunder: Fire Sale, Zombie Royale.
The only mode that the leak seems to offer any additional information about is “Zombie Royale.” The report indicates that any player who dies in this mode will become a zombie. The only way to turn yourself back into a human is to eat the heart of a “fallen” player. The team with the last human standing is the winner.
Interestingly, Infinity Ward and Activision did recently confirm that another team-based objective mode that groups large numbers of players together is coming to Warzone, so it certainly seems that they’re interested in developing such a concept and have the ability to do so. Some kind of Zombies mode has also been one of the most requested Warzone features for quite some time, so it will be interesting to see if that’s what we end up getting.
“Pandemic/Outbreak” also sounds like it could be related to a Zombies mode, even if that wording is a little questionable in the current global circumstances. If we had to guess, we’d say that both modes may be related to the upcoming Warzone tie-in event with Black Ops: Cold War, but again, we’ll have to wait and see on the specifics.
The same goes for the other Warzone modes listed in this leak, which we know nothing about besides their name. That said, Armored Cargo/Truck Wars is almost certainly a vehicle-based mode while Plunder: Fire Sale will seemingly utilize the existing Fire Sale event in some way.
What’s especially interesting is the rumored addition of an upcoming “Night Mode” for Warzone. It seems that the recent Season 5 Reloaded update files included references to this “Night Mode,” which will force you to navigate the Warzone map at night. It’s possible this is tied into the upcoming Zombies modes in some way, but this could just become a permanent option separate from those updates.
Infinity Ward’s support of Warzone has been impressive so far. While it remains to be seen whether or not the free-to-play battle royale mode sticks around beyond Cold War‘s release, the incredible success that Warzone has enjoyed thus far would suggest that it could outlive the franchise’s generational cycle.