Call of Duty: Warzone has been officially unveiled as a free-to-play battle royale mode that aims to be bigger than last year's Blackout.
Here's everything we know about the Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale mode, including details on a potential release date, gameplay and more.
Call of Duty: Warzone Battle Royale Release Date
The Call of Duty: Warzone release date is set for March 10, 2020, one day after Activision officially revealed the battle royale.
Owners of Modern Warfare will be able to download Call of Duty: Warzone starting with 8 AM PDT/3 PM GMT, while those who do not own the latest paid installment in the series will have to wait until 12 PM PDT/7:00 PM GMT.
Call of Duty: Warzone Battle Royale Gameplay
Call of Duty: Warzone's announcement came with a hefty serving of information regarding its gameplay. For starters, the battle royale mode will support 150 players and is playable from a first-person perspective.
As expected, things start out with players jumping out of a massive plane onto its sizeable map.
Call of Duty: Warzone will initially feature two modes. Battle Royale tasks players with eliminating each other while outrunning the circle of deadly gas which shrinks the playable surface
Plunder, on the other hand, revolves around collecting the most in-game cash through looting and completing in-match contracts.
At launch, Call of Duty: Warzone will only support trios, however, players can still choose to land in a different location than their teammates, should they feel bold enough.
As opposed to solo modes, a team size of three enables players to save each other from dying by getting downed players back up, while allowing for communication between teammates
Players will be able to traverse the map on foot or using one of Call of Duty: Warzone's five vehicle types, each having different strengths and weaknesses. You can learn more about them in our article on the battle royale's vehicles.
Call of Duty: Warzone will shake up its gameplay with a set of mechanics meant to spice up the traditional battle royale experience.
In the Battle Royale mode, players get sent to the Gulag when they're eliminated for the first time. There, they'll be thrust into a 1v1 battle, the victor getting another chance and being dropped back into Warzone's map.
Contracts can also be found across the map, each squad being able to have one active at any given time. They come in different types like Scavenger Contracts – which task players with looting supply boxes – and Recon contracts – which are all about securing a location.
Completing a Contract earns the squad in-game Cash, loot items and has the potential of also granting special rewards like revealing the next circle collapse location before it starts closing in.
Buy Stations are another way through which Call of Duty: Warzone's gameplay will differ from other battle royales. They function differently depending on the mode you're playing.
In Battle Royale mode, Buy Stations – represented on a map by a shopping cart – sell various goodies for in-game Cash, including Killstreaks, Self-Revive Kits, Redeploy Tokens that let you bring back dead teammates, and more.
In Plunder, Call of Duty: Warzone's Buy Stations grant the Cash Deposit Balloon which lets players store their looted in-game Cash from anywhere.
Playing Call of Duty: Warzone will not require owning Modern Warfare , although the download sizes differ between owners and non-owners, as detailed in our article. It will also support cross-platform play.
Call of Duty: Warzone Map
Call of Duty: Warzone's map is called Verdansk and said to feature more than 300 points of interest. Players will loot and battle each other in a variety of locations across both urban and rural areas.
Call of Duty: Warzone's map also has multiple landmarks, like the Gorengard Lumber Yard or Gora Dam which will likely become favored drop spots or hot zones where battles never stop raging (except for when they're covered in lethal gas).
Call of Duty: Warzone Battle Pass
Call of Duty: Warzone will feature a 100-Tier Battle Pass that players can purchase for the price of 1,000 CP. Aside from its 100 Tiers, purchasing the Battle Pass also gets you Ghost as an Operator alongside 1,300 CP back.
Alternatively, players can get the Battle Pass Bundle for 2,400 CP which grants access to the Battle Pass alongside 20 Tier Skips.
Where can you buy Call of Duty: Warzone and how much does it cost?
Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play mode and does not require players to purchase it or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
PC players can download it from Battle.net, while Xbox One and PS4 players will find Warzone available on their consoles' official stores.