Many signs that seem to point towards a battle royale mode coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
have emerged since season 2 was announced yesterday, including a look at what appears to be the whole map.
The first indicator of battle royale can be seen in a new option has been added to the main menu if you download the Season 2 update for Modern Warfare, which currently reads “CLASSIFIED”. This is seems very likely to be a new game mode.
Further evidence that it could be a battle royale mode starts with the opening cinematic that plays when you first boot up Season 2. At the 1:20 mark in the cinematic, soldiers are seen jumping out of a plane onto what appears to be a much larger map than usual, which is surrounded by clouds of green gas.
Given that battle royale modes usually involve jumping out of a plane, have huge maps, and usually have a deadly zone moves towards the centre of the map and shrinks the play space, all of this points towards a battle royale mode.
Further evidence comes from the fact that the map seen in that cinematic seems to have been found inside the game. YouTuber Prestige Is Key claims that you can find it by starting a private match on the Atlas Superstore map and switching to the COD caster spectator mode.
If you go to Atlas Superstore in a private match and become the COD caster you can explore the entire map. It is all low quality because you don’t see it in regular gameplay. I flew all the way up in the sky to get the overview 🙂 pic.twitter.com/QpiVaBd7Un
— Ryan B. (@PrestigeIsKey) February 12, 2020
A large map that matches the one in the cinematic can then apparently be viewed in its entirety, though it is in low resolution. A Redditor also posted a video of them flying high above that same map.
There’s no official word on whether Modern Warfare is getting a battle royale mode and, if it is, when it might arrive. But given that this seems to be a battle royale map that’s become accessible since Season 2 arrived, it could be that it will arrive soon.
Season 2 of Modern Warfare was leaked before it arrived too. Its new maps, skins, and guns were discovered before Activision was able to make the official announcement.
Chris Priestman is a freelancer who writes news for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.