Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ is not a Call of Duty 2023 Free to Play Title

According to our sources, it appears that DMZ will not be a free-to-play title and instead be a mode that is tied to Modern Warfare 2.
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Described officially, Modern Warfare 2 is set to kickstart “Call of Duty 2.0” and will bring a new era to Call of Duty. Although this continues to be the messaging that Activision and its studios want to continue to convey, recent rumors surrounding the title have caused frustration among those associated with its development. Concerns of rumors setting false expectations are rampant, with several sources expressing frustration following claims that Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ mode is a title that will release in 2023 and be free to play. 

Sources with knowledge of the DMZ have refuted such claims, saying that the DMZ will launch later this year with Modern Warfare II, with one source saying it’s just “another mode”. Recent rumblings of the DMZ appear to have been exaggerated, with the current plan being to build the DMZ and its features over time, rather than it being something as hardcore as Escape from Tarkov. Of course, the DMZ will have some similarities to Escape from Tarkov with both modes being extraction-based, but it’s understood that the decision to evolve the mode over the course of time is a conscious one, rather than the mode being incomplete. As I previously reported via VGC in November 2021, the DMZ will feature the same Warzone 2 map in some capacity.

Although the future of the DMZ could become free-to-play, that’s currently not the plan. Instead, the DMZ will be tied to Modern Warfare 2 as another mode.

Following the recent rumors, one source had even referred me back to Bloomberg’s report from January, which had reported that Activision’s next three Call of Duty games will be on the PlayStation as a part of its existing obligations. The commitments imply that any other projects that release between now and Treyarch’s 2024 Call of Duty release will have to be tied to either Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2 in some way to avoid breaking these agreements. However, the only exception seems to be Call of Duty: Warzone for mobile.

It’s understood that Activision is working on an early development project for 2023 called “Project Nexus”, but it’s been said that this is an entirely different project from the DMZ. Unfortunately, sources were not able to share details on the project before the publication of this report. Nevertheless, rumblings of zombies continue to float around in conversation, and in my opinion, it would be a slap in the face to the Call of Duty community to not have zombies for the next two years.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is set to launch on October 28th 2022.  

Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson is a FPS fanatic, social media guru, and a father. But when he's not building 5,000 piece lego sets (and standing on them), he's likely playing thing like Call of Duty, Battlefield and CS:GO.


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