The most intriguing thing Infinity Ward has produced in a long time is the DMZ mode in Warzone 2.0 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The DMZ mode was a Call of Duty adaptation of the “Extraction Shooter” genre that was Free to Play and based on popular games like Escape from Tarkov. But when it was unexpectedly revealed that Season 2 would also have a full season cleaning, some players expressed dissatisfaction.
Call of Duty DMZ progression and fan reactions
Activision confirmed that DMZ mode would get a new map location and difficulty scaling in a community update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 published on January 25.
Season 2 is expected to be a new beginning for the DMZ since the impending wipe would reset everyone’s progress on their current coalition tasks, remove any contraband from the player’s inventory, and add new faction objectives. Players will essentially start over from scratch as if it were day one. And that final line is precisely what makes many gamers unhappy.
Seasonal wipes are a part of other evacuation games, although Infinity Ward never announced that DMZ would include them. Players who are accustomed to lock games may not be surprised by this, but not everyone is, which has caused some social media rage.
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With even multiple content creators coming forward to criticize it “I won’t lie if I wasn’t a content creator this would make me stop playing DMZ. I don’t think a full wipe in a game that’s casual-focused is a necessity” @ChrisCovent tweeted. However, there were also mixed reactions to the news.
@SuperN8r, a COD Warzone enthusiast, tweeted “My first reaction was annoyance for “losing” progress, but IMO this may be necessary. Unless they plan on implementing player economy and/or player stash, this is to prevent the mode from getting stale.”
Yea I don’t know why this is a thing, they should be building onto it and not resetting all my Tier 5 factions. Doesn’t quite make sense, but I won’t be re-doing all the missions again, so prolly done with DMZ.
— Marksman (@Marksman) January 26, 2023
As someone who plays extraction shooters and suffers Tarkov regularly, even I thought wipe was odd for dmz. Game doesn’t have any particular progression in terms of gear or skills etc so why? The most significant change you can achieve is extra prebuilt weapon slot? why wipe
— MALDOxMEMES (@MALDOxMEMES) January 26, 2023
I just hope that they don’t entirely wipe mission progress, I understand resetting player inventories, as all extraction shooters do that on a regular basis.
— Yurple (@TheBerticusL) January 26, 2023
“Wasted all their time and efforts for essentially nothing”. This has been every COD ever.
— StickySnipes (@StickySnipes) January 26, 2023
Kind of comes with the territory of extraction shooters, definitely not the best that they didn’t communicate that. Hopefully they do season to season wipes with good new content for each time it happens.
— RG | JakeDude (@_JakeDude) January 26, 2023
Some players are also a little frustrated by the planned DMZ wipe since they had trouble with the harder objectives in the mode, which were made extra harder by the brutally strong AI. XP, Operator skins, and weapon blueprints are among the prizes for completing specific missions, but many players took on the laborious process of completing all mission levels to unlock secured more weapon slots, which they will now lose with the start of the next season.
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In essence, gamers will start again from the beginning as if it were day one.
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