A bizarre Modern Warfare 2 Beta glitch accidentally sends players to a Warzone 2 menu screen, leading to early speculation that the two titles could be re-bundled in the same launcher.
When Warzone first arrived in March 2020, it did so as part of the Modern Warfare package. While it served as an independent battle royale experience, players had to launch Infinity Ward’s 2019 title to access the new component.
Throughout all subsequent seasons, major content drops, and even turns to all new titles featuring Warzone’s Pacific era in the Vanguard cycle, the games have remained linked. To this day, Warzone appears as the Modern Warfare application on various hardware.
Given its limitations and unprecedented file size, many have hoped that Warzone 2 will come out as a standalone title. With the Modern Warfare 2 beta now live and a new bug that sends players to a Warzone 2 menu, some are beginning to worry that this won’t be the case.
While playing in the first week of the Modern Warfare 2 Beta on PlayStation, Reddit user ‘Sybrun’ noticed something unusual. Instead of seeing the typical multiplayer modes in the lower left corner, along with their single Operator in the background, their menu was completely different.
Seven characters spread across the screen while ‘Warzone Private Match’ appeared in a new text overlay. For the most part, everything else on top of the screen stayed in place. Weapons, operators, challenges and the shop still appeared, as did the new social tab and settings menu.
It is clearly a mistake that the player was unable to start a private match on the new Al Mazrah map. Although others who ran into the issue were reportedly able to scroll down and view playlists for Warzone Trios, Plunder, and a mysterious ‘Alternate Mode’.
Since this bug occurred in beta, on a launcher designed specifically for Modern Warfare 2, some took it as indicative of what was to come at launch.
“Not good,” said one player on Reddit. “The two games should be completely separate clients.”
In recent years, we’ve seen the original Modern Warfare application run into problems due to its ever-increasing file size. Whether Warzone 2 repeats the same by jumping in with Modern Warfare 2 remains to be seen.
Warzone 2 can be linked to the Modern Warfare 2 launcher if this bug has anything to offer.
For now, of course, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is purely a beta. Warzone’s private match screen may just pop up due to a completely harmless error, not one that points to a merger with both upcoming titles.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out when Modern Warfare 2 launches on October 28, and Warzone 2 arrives shortly after on November 16.