main menu has added a 24-hour countdown clock, due to end on March 10 at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 3pm UK (that’s March 11 at 2am Sydney time). Warzone mode is presumably the end result, although that’s not confirmed.The countdown takes the place of the “Classified” menu entry that recently appeared on the game’s home screen:
Original story: Activision and Infinity Ward are reportedly launching a free-to-play, standalone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare battle royale game called Warzone.
The report comes from YouTuber Chaos, who recently posted a gameplay impressions video that has now been removed. The video explains in detail that Warzone is free-to-play and does not require players to own Modern Warfare. It’s multiplatform and cross-play, too.Warzone is reportedly a 150 player battle royale with support for solo, duo, and three-person teams. There are two modes: one which seems a fairly traditional fight-to-the-last-player-standing, and another called ‘Plunder’, which the video does not detail beyond it being a respawn-based mode focusing on collecting cash.
Cash is apparently part of the traditional mode, too; it can be looted across the map and is used at buy stations to purchase killstreaks, as well as revive tokens to get killed team members back in the fight. It looks like building a good stockpile of cash may be important for long-term survival.
Purchasing revives is not the only way to bring back dead squaddies; when you die you reportedly are taken to the gulag, where you must compete in a 1v1 match that is essentially Modern Warfare’s Gunfight mode (the map used in the video is even Gunfight’s Gulag map). Winning this 1v1 will throw you back into the match. Apparently this feature won’t be available in the later minutes of a match.
Warzone’s map is apparently large and completely custom made – meaning no reused building assets – and, like Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout, will feature classic maps. This time they will be from Infinity Ward’s back catalogue, such as Broadcast, Overgrown, Scrapyard, and Terminal.
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Furthermore to these leaked details, Twitter account @CODTracker claims that adverts for Warzone have already gone live on Twitch.
— Call of Duty Modern Warfare Stats (@CODTracker) March 9, 2020
Currently there is no official word from Activision or Infinity Ward regarding Warzone, but Chaos notes in his video that he attended a pre-release preview event in order to capture his gameplay footage. It’s currently unclear if Warzone is due for imminent launch or is still some months away.
For more Call of Duty, check out the leaked Warzone map, which looks identical to that seen in Chaos’ video. There was also a report that Warzone will feature a ping system and vehicles, two features this latest leak also supports.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.