Activision is finally releasing Call of Duty: Warzone, free-to-play battle royale game, on Tuesday, March 10. Available on all the platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, players can form squads of three across them. The news has come with a sense of relief after a series of slip-ups during the game’s development. The announcement about the launch was done via the Twitter handle.
It is available free to play across all gaming platforms including Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PCs. Activision also announced the time slots and size. For the existing Modern Warfare players, Warzone is available as an add-on to the existing game. It will be available for download at 8 am PDT. For the new players, the free version is available to play from 12 noon PDT.
The download size for current Modern Warfare owners lies between 15 and 22GB. For those who don’t currently own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the game will need a disk space of 80-100GB. This is huge, be ready with a stable connection and undoubtedly large bandwidth.
As per the information available in the Activision blog post, Warzone will provide exciting gaming experience in two modes: Plunder and Battle Royale. Unlike other Battle Royale games, these two modes allow contests in squads of three. This implies that the game doesn’t support Duos mode or even Solos mode, which will be disappointing to many. Up to 150 players can drop in anytime in the extensive map of Verdansk.
The Verdansk map is familiar to COD Modern Warfare players, is large and has 300 points of interest. In the map shared by COD, one can easily make out stadium in the center and a prison complex in the rightmost corner. The list of vehicles used to battle around the map includes a helicopter and traditional ones – ATV, rover, SUV, cargo truck. Warzone supports the maximum in-game players whereas Fortnite has 100 and Apex Legends allows 60 players only.
One of the key features that need mention is a 1-vs-1 respawn mechanic nicknamed Gulag. Players are given the chance to get redeployed even after death. Elimination turns you out into ‘Prisoner of Warzone’ but in Gulag, you get the chance to crush the opponent in a 1v1 contest.
You can be assisted by your teammates who have also fallen. They can watch your 1v1 fight from the balcony and help the cause by throwing rocks at your opponent. Redeployment to Gulag can also happen if teammates have scored sufficient contracts or earned enough in-game cash. In short, money is needed.
The timing of the launch of Warzone is just right. It will benefit Activision because of global coronavirus outbreak and quarantine drives. The game allows cross-progression and cross-play making it platform-independent, another reason to play in a squad of 3.