With the news telling us constantly that we need to self-isolate and avoid other people, Activision have decided to give us a helping hand with the reveal of a new Solos queue for Call of Duty: Warzone. It brings classic battle royale gameplay to the free-to-play shooter, where it’s just you against the world with no backup.
However, even with a solo mode, the game keeps a lot of what helps it to stand out. Each match is played with 150 players in total, making the task of becoming the last man standing an even more daunting task than in other games where the limit is 88 or 100. You also have Contracts to take on, which give you various objectives, such as hunting down another player or scouting out a particular location, and there’s the Gulag, where you can get a second chance after being taken out by battling another fallen player in a 1v1 Gunfight.
You will still have access to Buy Stations, where you can buy Self-Revive Kits to pick you back up in the middle of a fight (so maybe you want to keep an eye on that Operator you just killed?), but there’s obviously no ability to buy a teammate back to life… because there’s no teammates!
Call of Duty: Warzone was released last week after months of rumour and speculation. After the success of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode, this is Infinity Ward’s take on the genre, and with it being a free update for owners of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or a free-to-play download, it’s already had meteoric success. It passed 6 million downloads in just a single day!
Nick dove into the game as it came out, and found himself quickly getting hooked, after over a year playing Blackout. He said of his new obsession:
“What might take you by surprise is that Warzone is aggressive. That much was apparent during my first few games. Blackout always felt slower paced, with landing safe and looting being a top priority. Getting a gun was never enough in that game, and you had to spend time looking for the right attachments to get a set up that you’re comfortable with. With the absence of on the fly gun customisation, I was worried that it would diminish the experience. A few games in and I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.”