Call of Duty: Warzone wasn’t perhaps the best kept video game secret. Although we knew well in advance that Activision and Infinity Ward were working on a new battle royale mode for Modern Warfare, the specifics surrounding Warzone were laid bare following a flurry of leaks.
That doesn’t seem to have diminished its performance at launch, however. Within twenty four hours, it was confirmed that Call of Duty: Warzone had already amassed more than 6 million.
We’ll no doubt see that number continue to climb as we head into the weekend.
What a day! 24 hours in and over 6 million of you have dropped into #Warzone.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) March 11, 2020
For those who completely missed the memo, Call of Duty: Warzone is a standalone multiplayer experience that doesn’t require players to previously own a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Not only that it’s completely free, Activision charging into the lucrative F2P battle royale market.
So far the reception has been mostly positive. Warzone uses the same snappy gunplay, stunning visuals, and incredibly sound design from Modern Warfare so that should be no surprise. Aside from your regular battle royale survival match type, Infinity Ward has also introduced “Plunder” that involves hoarding as much cash as you and your team can get your hands on.
Those playing on PlayStation 4 can redeem some free PlayStation Plus goodies. The complementary Call of Duty: Warzone “Combat Pack” includes the following bonus items:
- 1 Operator Skin
- 1 Weapon Blueprint
- 1 Double XP Token
- 1 Calling Card
- 1 Weapon Charm
- 1 In-Game Watch
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched last November to rave reviews, a majority of critics praising Infinity Ward’s grounded reboot of the sub-series. Here’s what we had to say in our 8/10 review:
Infinity Ward was never going to recapture the magic of the original Modern Warfare, but this is still their most memorable Call of Duty game of the past decade. This is a bold new spin that’s uneven in places, but proves there is still room for innovation within that core template.