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Warzone 2 Season 2 early patch notes: Release date, Ashika Island Resurgence map, 1v1 Gulag, more

Warzone 2’s next major update will be Season 2, so here’s everything we know including the start date, leaks, and expected content.

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Warzone 2 is set to receive new content with the arrival of Season 2, and here’s everything we know about Warzone 2 Season 2 including the release date, the return of Resurgence, updates to looting, the Gulag, and more content.

The Warzone 2 developers keep the game fresh with the arrival of seasonal updates that bring brand-new content for players to check out, and Season 1 Reloaded brought the Chimera Assault Rifle along with weapon buffs and nerfs.

Now, players are looking ahead to the next major content drop in Warzone 2 Season 2. This is set to be the biggest Warzone 2 patch to date, as the devs are introducing a host of major gameplay tweaks to improve the state of the game.

We’ll go over the Warzone 2 Season 2 start date, details surrounding the Ashika Island Resurgence map, weapons, new Operator, and all of the content we expect the update to include.

Warzone 2 Season 2 start date

While the Season 1 countdown was set to end on February 1, Activision have announced that Season 2 of Warzone 2 has been delayed until February 15, 2023.

Seasonal content usually goes live at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, and we’d expect Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 2 to be no different.

Warzone 2 Ashika Island Resurgence map

Ashika Island is Warzone 2’s brand-new Resurgence map coming in Warzone 2 Season 2, which according to the blog, is located “somewhere in the APAC (Asia Pacific) region.” The map features a variety of POIs that all offer unique layouts for varied fights.

Sticking with the Asian Pacific island theme, the new Resurgence map even features the Castle map from World at War, which will no doubt excite veteran Call of Duty players.

Some of the POIs include Tsuki Castle, Beach Club, and Shipwreck. Ashika Island was developed by High Moon Studios, who are the devs behind Fortune’s Keep back on the original Warzone, so if you like that map, you’re likely going to enjoy this one.

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Ashika Island offers players a new Resurgence experience.

Changes to Warzone 2 looting & Gulag

Infinity Ward have confirmed with a blog post that the Warzone 2 Season 2 update will bring 1v1 Gulags back to the battle royale, replacing the 2v2 method introduced for the new Warzone experience. Players have been calling for this change for some time, and it will finally be coming in Season 2.

Looting is also getting some major changes, as the devs have announced that they will be going back to the original system of loot popping out onto the floor after looting containers and eliminating players.

The Medium and Large Backpack items will also no longer be available going forward, in an effort to cut down on players stacking Killstreaks and other equipment. In addition, players will all begin the match with a 3-Plate Vest, so these items will be removed from the loot pool.

They also revealed that cash will be more readily available and further price changes are going to be made to give players more bang for their buck.

Warzone 2 loadout changes confirmed

Another key change coming to Warzone 2 Season 2 is the introduction of customizable Perk Packages, allowing players to further tailor their loadout to suit a specific playstyle. Currently, there are only a handful of premade Perk Packages to choose from, with no option to swap individual options.

The feature “will launch with a slightly reduced pool of available Perks,” but the devs have confined that they may slowly reintroduce more over time. This is an effort to ensure that matches remain balanced, although there is no word just yet on which Perks will be available, to begin with.

Infinity Ward have also revealed they are “happy” with the rollout of Loadout Drop Markers, but will be dropping the prices slightly with the next update. These items will also be lootable around the map for the first time, but the devs warned they will be incredibly rare.

The cost of individual Primary weapons is also being reduced, to give squads of all sizes a better chance of picking up at least one of their own weapons.

New Warzone 2 weapons leaked for Season 2

According to the game files and attachments that appeared following Season 1 Reloaded, the Crossbow and Vepr-12 Shotgun are set to arrive in Season 2.

The Crossbow has appeared in several CoD games over the years, rewarding accurate players with a deadly one-shot kill, and it appeared in the game files.

Players believe the semi-automatic Vepr-12 is on the way after Shotgun Muzzles were briefly added to Private Matches after Season 1 Reloaded, and one matched the Vepr.

Warzone 2 Season 2 Operator

Ronin Operator in Modern Warfare and Warzone

Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 2’s key art was leaked and later revealed by the devs. It showcases the Ronin Operator who will make a return in Season 2.

Ronin, based on real-life US Army Veteran Tu Lam who provided motion capture for the character, made his debut in Modern Warfare 2019. It appears he returns in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 2, with the season appearing to take on a Japanese theme.

New DMZ content

The Warzone 2 devs also released a tweet revealing what the Season 2 update has in store for DMZ.

Infinity Ward revealed that players can expect the following:

  • New missions
  • A new Exclusion Zone
  • Difficulty tuning

As well as new missions, players will be getting a new Exclusion Zone, likely similar to Building 21. The update will also introduce difficulty tuning, which is great for those who haven’t been too keen on the challenge DMZ presents for Solo players.

Warzone 2 Season 2 expected content

From another Battle Pass to new weapons, here’s everything we expect to arrive in Warzone 2 Season 2:

  • Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2 Season 2 Battle Pass
  • New weapons
  • Ronin Operator
  • Weapon buffs and nerfs
  • Major bug fixes & quality of life changes
  • UI updates / audio fixes
  • Resurgence map
  • New DMZ area similar to Building 21

This will no doubt excite players as these are some of the aspects of Warzone 2 that players haven’t been too happy about, wanting some of the original Warzone experience to return.

More information about these changes will be released in the upcoming Season 2 blog, expected on February 8, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated.


That covers everything we know about Warzone 2 Season 2.

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