Giving away a piece of Call of Duty and devoting it to Battle Royale seems to be one of the smarter decisions Activision has made in recent years. It only just launched within the month, but Call of Duty Warzone has now been downloaded over 30 million times, and is one of the most streamed games on Twitch.
In fact, according to Activision, many professional sports athletes are getting into Warzone right now (but what else are they going to do with their time anyway?) NBA stars like Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers), Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat), and Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), NFL stars like Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers), and Allie Long of the U.S. Women’s National Team have all been active in the game.
You don’t need the latest CoD release, Modern Warfare, to play Warzone. It consists of two modes: your basic Battle Royale, where a swarm of up to 150 soldiers is gradually reduced to just one, and Plunder, an offshoot where the goal is simply to amass the most loot. Plunder is possibly more brutal as you have an extra incentive to eliminate rivals — you’ll get their cash.
Perhaps the starkest difference Warzone has to its well-established competitors is that death is not truly the end. If you perish on this battlefield, you go to a place called Gulag where you can fight another player in a one-on-one battle…the winner gets to head back to the map. If you lose this, you can still be resurrected but that’s up to your teammates, and whether they want to spend the in-game cash.
Call of Duty Warzone is now downloadable for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC.