battle royale mode, officially called Call of Duty: Warzone, is real and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for free on March 10.After an announcement for Call of Duty: Warzone went up early on PSN, Activision officially announced the new mode ahead of a 24-hour countdown clock that was meant to reveal Warzone on March 10, 8 am PT/11 am ET/3 pm GMT.
Warzone will officially include two modes: Plunder and a 150-player battle royale mode all set in one large map.
In Warzone, 150-players will drop into Verdansk where they can loot weapon and gear and fight to be the last team standing. The developers have added some new features unique to Warzone’s battle royale like Cash which can be collected and exchanged for equipment, Field Upgrades, Killstreaks, or Revive Tokens.
There’s also an element called Contracts which are optional mini-missions squads can take on to earn rare loot, Cash, XP, and Weapon XP.
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Warzone Battle Royale also features multiple ways for players who are eliminated to return to the fight. Once eliminated players will be transported to The Gulag where they can fight other eliminated players for a chance to revive in a 1v1, winner-takes-all gunfight. This is alongside the various Cash items that can revive players if necessary.
The second mode in Call of Duty: Warzone is called Plunder, a new, large-scale mode where teams race to collect as much Cash as possible. They can do this by raiding Supply boxes, eliminating opponents, completing Contracts, or controlling Cash deposit locations.
Unlike battle royale, Plunder will have unlimited respawns with your loadouts, killstreaks, and more.
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Call of Duty: Warzone will support crossplay between consoles and PC and will allow players to maintain a unified progression across Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. All battle pass rewards and purchased items will carry over into Warzone from Modern Warfare, but as this is a free-to-play mode, you don’t need to own a copy of the full game for Warzone.
For more check out IGN’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review here for our take on the latest Activision shooter.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.