Call Of Duty: Warzone--Here's What The First Patch Contains

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's spin-off mode is a free-to-play battle royale--here's what the first update added on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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After breaking into the battle royale genre with Black Ops 4's battle royale mode, Blackout, Activision is going much bigger in the battle royale space with a standalone free-to-play game called Call of Duty: Warzone that supports 150 players and doesn't require you to buy anything to play it. You can read the full Warzone update patch notes to see what's changed since the game launched.

[Update: In addition to the larger update referenced above, Infinity Ward has rolled out another small patch that it says addresses two specific things. The first is to enable text chat in Modern Warfare across all platforms, while the other involves a bug that was causing contracts in battle royale to not provide consistent rewards.]

The game launched on PS4, Xbox One, and PC today, March 10. Activision surprise-released it much like EA did with Apex Legends last year. It's not a complete surprise, however, as 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.

But this is more than a mode for Modern Warfare; it's a free-to-play game that everyone can download. You don't need to have a copy of Modern Warfare to play it, but Modern Warfare owners will be able to jump into it earlier than other players. Warzone first became available to download for Modern Warfare owners at 8 AM PT on Tuesday, while everyone else was able to grab it starting at 12 PM PT.

Warzone features two mode: 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.

Plunder, meanwhile, is a race to collect the most cash. You can earn money by looting, stealing it from other players, and completing Contracts--objectives you can find and take on in the midst of a match. Activision says there are several different types of Contracts; 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 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." 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.

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. For more ongoing coverage, check out our Warzone info roundup.

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Literally the laziest article I've ever read. Not even a tl;dr? No? Just a link and then a copy paste of what the game is. Thanks I guess...

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Imagine playing this shallow fps aimed at people that don't play video games instead of Tarkov.

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seems cool, hope those who got the main game gets those "warzone" kill streak add into the multiplayer.

i want to shoot/snipe "riley" the dog like i did in "ghosts" multiplayer.

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Well… at least it’s free… right?

-JURY IS STILL OUT NINJA APPROVED-

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Yeah why not? you want to be among your peers without shelling money for an overpriced game (if you include DLC), here it is!

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@santinegrete: yeah, it ended with bo4, but mw 2019, the dlc map is free.

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Is it any good and worth 100g of space? I play lots of apex

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@rodoxthedark:

Review with no play:

Unskippable intro with no purpose,

Aftera huge install and running an update on the battlenet client there is another update you must run while the game is up and running(unplayable during this time but still takes your processor and ram like it is)

Game crashed during Tut and then crashed again while browsing options, it was at this point that I uninstalled.

This is the kind of sloppy work I would expect from Indie devs during their Alpha phase not from a huge publisher.

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@rodoxthedark: we don’t know yet. Once we play we can know for sure.

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good bye life see you 2021

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Is There A Reason All Articles Have A Fully Capitalized Title? It's Disturbing.

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@rojosewe: I'm not trolling but why is it disturbing?

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100 GB worth of bugs and glitches... and if you get really lucky, it will brick your console (PS4 one year exclusive)...

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It's Activision; it's free to play, it's $5 per bullet.

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@gregrout: nah man CoD Mobile hasnt had a single p2w microtransaction - just weapon skins, taunts, and a seasons pass that gets you weapon skins and taunts.

Im confident this will be the same. Activision has been really good the past couple years lol probably the most improved publisher

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@Axecution: define "improved publisher"...

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Battlefield V needs a new Firestorm map

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So THIS is what that massive, gigantic, 96GB download that restricted me from playing the game until it was installed, was!!! That was for REAL a DICK MOVE Activision and Battlenet! There is NO REASON for a download to be so freakin' immense! Is there a whole other campaign or something?! I'm so sick of paying money thinking you get to just enjoy the game in your own way and then get forced to comply with ridiculous nonsense like this!! kiss my @$$, Blizzard/Activision!

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Free-to-play stand alone? Here come the cheaters.

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If I dont need a PS4 subscription to play this online I'll be all over this.

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@sleepnsurf: likely will.

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@balugha: I hope, I'll be addicted to this.

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Nice!! I didn't want to spend full price for MW, so now I get a very nice supplement

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Is it available on steam because downloading from battle.net sucks a** for me atleast.

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100GB is just ridiculous for this.

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@gamingdevil800: NO JOKE!! I was like "WHAT in the @!#!!$ is this #### GIGANTIC 96gb download?! It was required just so I could play the campaign!! Pissed me off, man!

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@drinner: I deleted Modern Warfare with the hope that the BR would be smaller as it's standalone but nope...

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that's cool, but i don't like the battle royal theme.

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@nintendians: Uh.....so don't play

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