A art lead at the studio says that Warzone will continue on current engine.
Next week will see Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the return to the popular subseries inside the storied franchise’s history. Alongside it will also be Warzone, continuing to run as a free-to-play mode that has proven to be quite popular. The two are set to be integrated together in some form in December, though how that will go is unclear at this time. One way it won’t however is an engine switch.
If you didn’t know, the engines that run on Warzone and Cold War are different. Warzone uses the engine introduced with 2019’s Modern Warfare, whereas Cold War uses a revamped version of Treyarch’s own engine they began using in Black Ops 3. This made many wonder exactly what would happen with the two entities integrating and whether that meant Warzone would see a major rehaul. A verified Art Lead at Activision posted on the gaming forum ResetERA to assume people that was not the case. So, that’s that.
It does still raise the question about how exactly the two will “integrate.” We know that there will things like cross progression and guns from Black Ops will be brought in, and that could be the extent of it. We’ll just have to wait until December to see how it shakes out. Call of Duty Warzone is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be available November 13th on those platforms as well as PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.