Call of Duty: Warzone Guide With Tips And Map Details For The New Battle Royale

Get up to speed on how battle royale works in Call of Duty: Warzone

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As you already know by now, the free-to-play battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It's based on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, so many of its gameplay mechanics will be familiar for those who have already played that game. But if you're new to the battle royale genre or haven't touched Modern Warfare yet, a free comprehensive strategy guide to Warzone is available courtesy of Infinity Ward and Activision.

The guide includes the ins-and-outs of battle royale and how the genre's common elements work in Warzone, such as parachuting, safe zones, how the deadly gas circle closes in, and general loadout and looting strategies. There are also extensive details about each area of the map and what to expect when dropping into or looting these specific zones. The Contracts system is explained, which acts like a set of side objectives amid the battle royale match, and the Plunder mode is detailed as well. You may also be caught by surprise if you're not aware of how the respawning system works, which pits you in a knife fight with other eliminated players inside a prison. There's a lot more in it that'll help get you prepared; you can access the full Warzone guide here.

As for the basics of Warzone, it takes place on one large-scale map called Verdansk that features a few familiar areas from previous maps. You can only play in squads of three, and a total of up to 150 players (about 50 squads) fight it out in a last-person standing deathmatch--you can jump in solo or with one friend, but you'll be at a disadvantage since others will be in trios. While it's free-to-play, Warzone is a huge download: 83 to 101 GB for those who do not have Modern Warfare installed, and 15 to 22 GB for those who do.

Call of Duty: Warzone just dropped and we have it covered extensively here on GameSpot. Be sure to check out everything we know about Warzone, what happens when you win a match in Warzone, how cross-progression works with Modern Warfare, and how Warzone tweaks a common battle royale mechanic.

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