Activision has revealed one massive new experience with Call of Duty: Warzone. The new Battle Royale mode will be free-to-play for everyone with an Early Access for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Here are the details.
Fans of Call of Duty: Blackout have had a lot of waiting to do for the next big battle royale experience within the well-established series. There’s no doubt it was on the way, allowing for 150 players to take to a single map, using Verdansk as its dropping point.
After nearly four months of waiting, Call of Duty: Warzone is almost here, dropping at 8 AM PDT as one-time early access for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare owners. The drop will hit two hours later at 10 AM PDT, March 10th, 2020, for everyone around the world, whether they own the game or not.
Activision has revealed that the new Call of Duty: Warzonewill also feature cross-play features, allowing fans across every platform top play together, or against one another to see who has the better skills. The mode will feature two different play styles including Battle Royale, which will see everyone play against one another or Plunder, where players will race to collect the most-in-match Cash by looting across the map and eliminating one another, alongside completing in-match Contracts to earn their goods.
Due to how many players will be in the upcoming mode, Activision stated, “Warzone takes place in Verdansk, an expansive city with multiple named zones and well over 300 points of interest. Each zone features distinct landmarks like the Gorengard Lumber Yard or the Gora Dam; the zones take place across different environment types like cities and rural areas for unique engagements. Change up your drop location in each match to get a better lay of the land and take advantage of what Verdansk has to offer.”
All previous features will return, including vehicles, weapon upgrades, and even a lot of mayhem to come along. Let’s take a look at the official locales they are talking about:
- The Gulag (only in Battle Royale): Upon your first elimination, you will be taken as a “Prisoner of Warzone” and thrown into the Gulag. There you will await your fate and watch other prisoners fight to the death. When your turn is up, you’ll enter the Gulag and face-off against a single opponent in a 1v1 to earn the ultimate reward – redeployment. Win in the Gulag and earn redeployment back into Verdansk. Lose and hope that your squad completes Contracts and earns enough in-match Cash to redeploy you.
- Contracts: Contracts are objective oriented tasks players can find and activate across Verdansk. A squad can activate one Contract at a time and completing it rewards you in-match Cash and other loot items. Multiple types of Contracts exist including Scavenger Contracts where you have to find and open a series of Supply Boxes and Recon Contacts where you must secure one location, similar to Call of Duty’s Domination mode. In addition to in-match Cash, Contracts can give you special rewards like the ability to see the next circle collapse location before it starts to close.
- Buy Stations: In Battle Royale where collecting in-match Cash isn’t the objective, Cash can be used to procur beneficial items at Buy Stations. Denoted on the Tac-Map with a shopping cart icon, head to a Buy Station to spend your in-match Cash. For varying prices, you can purchase Killstreaks, Redeploy Tokens to bring back fallen teammates, Self-Revive Kits, and more. In Plunder, Buy Stations hold all of these items to help you gain an advantage over other teams, plus a unique game mode item – the Cash Deposit Balloon. Want to securely deposit your in-match Cash, away from the threat of enemy teams trying to kill and steal? Get a Cash Deposit Ballon, a portable Field Upgrade, that allows you to deposit Cash, from anywhere.
There will be seamless play, for those of you wanting to move from one platform to another. The new mode will also feature Battle Pass items you’ve previously unlocked including, operators, weapons, customizations, and more for you to enjoy. Not bad for cross-progression if you are one to enjoy your Battle Pass experience.
However, fans should expect a 18-22GB update, allowing you to access Warzone from the menu. Just be warned, Activision has revealed that Call of Duty: Warzone is an 83-101GB download, so plan to download on an external hard drive or clear off some unwanted space on your hard drive of choice.
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