Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s New Game Mode – DMZ, How it Works, Player Concerns, Release Date, and More

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Infinity Ward is developing a new game mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Here’s everything we know about the game mode titled DMZ.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Modern Warfare (2019). Like every Call of Duty title, this game is getting a multiplayer mode with various new game modes such as Domination, Hardpoint, Team Deathmatch, Realism, Search and Destroy, etc.

While these game modes were part of most Call of Duty titles, we will be getting a new game mode this year. Infinity Ward plans to introduce a game mode similar to Escape from Tarkov. However, the ” DMZ ” game mode will be built on Call of Duty’s basic game mechanics.

MW Spec Ops
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The DMZ game mode will aim to be a new addition to Call of Duty besides Warzone 2 this year. DMZ is a PvP/PvE mode that aims to enrich the co-op experience that Spec Ops failed to do.

Here we will discuss everything related to DMZ, how it works, game mode concerns, release date, etc.

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What is DMZ?

DMZ, better known as the Demilitarized zone, is a neutral point in a conflict zone. According to industry insider Tom Henderson and the devs at IW, the game mode aims to do something similar in a neutral zone where operatives fight for control over loot or resources. Subsequently, the game session will end upon reaching the designated extraction zone and extracting the loot or resources.

How the Game Mode Works

Another leaker, TheGhostofHope, thinks DMZ will include brand new features that have never been a part of any past CoD titles. In a recent tweet, he stated that DMZ would have a marketplace where items can be traded or bought.

The marketplace may be similar to vendors from Tom Clancy’s Division series. Players can trade or buy items from vendors in exchange for currency found through in-game activities.

Division 1
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Likewise, players can use skins and blueprints from DMZ in multiplayer and Warzone without any problems. The concept of blueprints and skins as rewards will provide players with a more rewarding experience and give players a certain sense of accomplishment.

Loot System

The looting system will be the same as Escape from Tarkov. Players will engage in gunfights with other players or AIs if they are offline. Upon downing or eliminating their opponents, they can loot the bodies for loot. The loot might be better weapons (with upgraded stats), attachments, equipment, and resources.

Tarkov Inventory
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Currently, the game mode is said to feature four maps with a mixture of open-world features and claustrophobic terrains. It is unknown how the map rotation or selection will work. The maps will reportedly be famous POIs from past CoD titles.

Progression System

The progression system is the same as Escape from Tarkov. Players will store their resources or items in their inventory locker. Before joining a DMZ session, players can choose their overall inventory. Once the session begins, they will only be able to return with the inventory after successfully coming alive.

Player Concerns

The most notable player concerns are progression, constant updates, and difficulty. Progression will be an essential factor for this game mode. Escape from Tarkov solved it by implementing progression wipes every few months to avoid loot hoarding. Without a progression wipe, a player will likely become too powerful after a certain level, hoarding high-level items and resources.

Clean House from MW (2019)
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In MW (2019), the Spec Ops game mode severely lacked support and new content from Infinity Ward. Players were discontent with Spec Ops as it failed to deliver the coop experience that previous CoD MW games had. The AI was nasty, and the game balancing was the worst problem.

Infinity Ward aims to fix these problems by improving its AI for both online and offline parts of the game mode. Moreover, they will take community feedback to balance the game correctly and avoid the Specs Ops fiasco.

Release Date

The game mode is set to be released with Warzone 2 on 16 November as a separate game mode. It is set to be a free-to-play title, similar to Warzone 2. The Call of Duty: Next Event revealed the game mode and details.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.