Activision is going hard on the battle royale genre with a standalone free-to-play game, namely, Call of Duty: Warzone after Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, Blackout. The game supports 150 players and noticeably, you don’t need to buy anything to play it.
Call of Duty: Warzone will be available on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 beginning Tuesday, March 10. The release of Warzone is not a complete surprise since the opening cinematic for Modern Warfare Season 2 strongly hinted at a new battle royale mode, and numerous leaks have emerged in recent weeks. The latest was an actual gameplay video, which was soon after followed by the addition of an in-game countdown clock that pointed to a March 10 release.
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Warzone is a free-to-play game that everyone can jump in and download it right away. You don’t need to have a copy of Modern Warfare to play it, but MW owners may jump into it earlier than other players. Warzone will be available to download for MW owners at 8 AM PT on Tuesday, while everyone else will be able to grab it starting at 12 PM PT.
Warzone features two modes: Battle Royale and Plunder. The former plays out similarly to other battle royale games; players drop onto an expansive map in squads of three and compete to be the last team remaining. During the course of the match, a circle of deadly gas will close in, shrinking the battlefield.
On the other hand, plunder is the race to collect cash. You can earn money by looting, stealing it from other players, and completing Contracts–objectives you can find and take on amid a match. Activision says there are several different types of Contracts; Scavenger Contracts, for instance, the task you to find and open a series of supply boxes, while Recon Contracts tasking you with securing a location, much like Call of Duty’s Domination mode.
Both of Warzone’s modes take place across the same map, Verdansk, which Activision describes as “an expansive city with multiple named zones and well over 300 points of interest.” There are 5 different vehicle types across the map, comprising ATVs, cargo trucks, and helicopters.
If you already own Modern Warfare, Warzone will replace the “Classified” panel in the game’s main menu. The download will weigh between 18-22 GB if you’ve installed Modern Warfare’s most recent update. If you’re a new player, Warzone can be downloaded directly from your console’s digital store and will be much larger, taking up between 83-101 GB.