Warzone 2 Data Heists: Public event explained & rewards

Nathan Warby
Warzone 2 player completing Data Heist

Warzone 2 Season 2 brings the Ashika Island Resurgence map to the game for the first time and also gives players the new Data Heist public event to contest with. Here’s everything you need to know about Data Heists in Warzone 2.

Warzone 2 Season 2 is due to arrive on February 15 and it’s bringing a host of major changes to the battle royale, such as a selection of new weapons to try out and an overhaul to the looting system.

Arguably the biggest news, however, is that Resurgence mode will be making its return, along with the new Ashika Island map to play it on. This brand-new Warzone 2 map has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, including a new Data Heist public event to deal with in every match.

Here’s a breakdown of Warzone 2 Data Heists and what they mean for Resurgence players.

What are Data Heists in Warzone 2?

Data Heists are public events that take place in every match on Ashika Island after the second circle. Once the gas starts to close in, three different uplink stations will go online around the map.

According to the Season 2 blog, squads are tasked with hacking into one of the stations to gather intel and must stand nearby while the download plays out to extract the information.

However, they will be met by swarms of Shadow Company AI trying to disrupt the heist. Dealing with these AI enemies will speed up the download and reduce the amount of time you need to spend out in the open defending the uplink station.

Rival players can also come and interfere by starting a gunfight, or by deploying a DDOS Field Upgrade that will temporarily halt the download. These locations are likely to be extremely competitive, so be prepared for a fight before daring to take on a Data Heist.

warzone 2 ashika island castle POIAshika Island is the first new map to drop in Warzone 2.

Warzone 2 Data Heist rewards

Completing the download at any one of the uplink stations gives players bonus XP, cash, and a “random piece of Tactical Equipment,” all of which can be extremely useful as you try and secure a victory in Resurgence.

Those brave enough to tackle more than one uplink station will be rewarded with even more cash and XP, as well as a random Killstreak. One of these could be an Advanced UAV, capable of revealing enemy positions in real-time and making it easy to plan your next move.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Data Heists won’t be on Ashika Island went it first launches, as the devs have confirmed they will be an “in-season” release. An exact date hasn’t been provided, but this usually means it will arrive in the mid-season update.

All in all, Warzone 2 Data Heists are an interesting new addition to the Resurgence formula and could lead to engaging fights once the mode returns in Season 2.

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