Call Of Duty: Warzone Free-To-Play, Even If You Don't Own Modern Warfare

Call of Duty's new take on battle royale has arrived.

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Call of Duty: Warzone has arrived. The free-to-play battle royale game is available to download now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC if you own a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If you don't, you'll be able to download it from your platform's respective digital store starting at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. [Update: Warzone should now also be live for all players, even if you don't own Modern Warfare. Just get ready for a long download--you can kill some of that time by reading the patch notes.]

If you're up to date on MW's updates, Warzone will weigh in between 18-22 GB, and it'll replace the "Classified" panel in the game's main menu. If you're a new player, however, the download will be significantly larger; you'll need between 83-101 GB of free space to install it.

Warzone is completely free to download for everyone; you don't need to have Modern Warfare to play it, but there are some benefits to owning the 2019 shooter. Warzone supports cross-progression with MW; Operators, weapons, and other content you've unlocked in MW can be used in Warzone, and progress you make in Warzone will carry back over into MW. Warzone also supports cross-play, and you don't need a PS Plus subscription if you're playing on PS4. If you have Plus, you'll get some PS4-exclusive Warzone freebies.

In addition to the battle royale mode, Warzone features a second game type called Plunder. The object here is to collect the most in-game cash by looting, stealing from other players, and taking on Contracts mid-match. There are several different types of Contracts you can take on; Scavenger Contracts, for instance, 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 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." You'll be able to find five different vehicle types across the map, including ATVs, cargo trucks, and helicopters. You can read more details about Warzone on the official Call of Duty website.

Ahead of its launch, you can watch a full match of Warzone here and see its very on-brand victory message. For more, be sure to check out our roundup of everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone.

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