Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play Call of Duty game developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows. Warzone is also a component of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game features two main modes, a Battle Royale mode and a Plunder mode.
Announced on March 9th, 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone was released the next day on March 10th. Warzone was downloaded and played by more than 6 million players in 24 hours, 15 million after 3 days, 30 million after 10 days, 50 million after a month, 60 million after less than two months and over 75 million after five months.
Players start with 100 health and 2 Armor Plates equipped. Each plate adds 50 extra health. If a player equips another Armor Plate, up to a total of 3 plates, their health raises to its maximum, 250. Players can hold 5 plates in reserve at a time, or 8 if carrying an Armor Satchel, in addition to the armor they are wearing, making for a total of 8-11. Armor Plates can be purchased at Buy Stations in a bundle of 5, as well as an Armor Crate which when placed can instantly fill the player's Armor Plate reserves.
Warzone consists of Weapon Tiers that can be found by looting and completing Contracts. Unlike other battle royale games where a weapon's rarity level determines its damage, fire rate, accuracy, etc, rarity tiers in Warzone simply apply more attachments to a weapon as the rarity increases.
- Player Loadouts
Contracts are optional objectives that teams can complete to earn XP and Weapon XP as well as rare loot or Cash, which can be spent at Buy Stations.
- A Bounty contract tasks the team with killing a specific player.
- A Recon contract will have the team capture a set point in the map.
- A Scavenger contract will have the team search for specific crates located around the map in a limited time.
- A Most Wanted contract marks the person who picked it up on the map for a specific time, rewarding them and their team for surviving the duration as well as redeploying any eliminated teammates.
- A Supply Run contract will have the team travel to a Buy Station approximately 500m away in a limited time. Upon completion, each team member will be able to purchase one discounted item, or get a Self Revive Kit or revive a teammate for free.
- A Contraband contract has a chance of occurring after completing any of the aforementioned contracts. Among the loot the team is rewarded with, Contraband will spawn. It must be picked up and brought to a highlighted point for helicopter extraction within a time limit. This contract rewards the team with an unlock for a unique weapon blueprint.
Buy Stations are boxes that can be found throughout the Warzone map where players can purchase equipment, killstreaks or Squad Buybacks using Cash earned during the game.
- Armor Plate Bundle: $1,500
- Gas Mask: $3,000
- Self-Revive Kit: $4,500
- Munitions Box: $5,000
- Armor Box: $6,000
- Loadout Drop Marker: $10,000
- Cluster Strike: $3,000
- Precision Airstrike: $3,500
- UAV: $4,000
The playzone in Warzone is surrounded by toxic gas that bypasses armor plates and reduces health directly. To become invincible to the gas for a certain time, players can find a Gas Mask in Supply Boxes randomly within the map or can purchase one from a Buy Station. Gas Masks can protect players from the gas for 10 seconds. After that, depending on its phase, the gas can kill a player in 15 seconds.
Call of Duty: Warzone features 5 different vehicles in both the Battle Royale and Plunder mode.
- ATV (1 driver, 1 passenger)
- SUV (1 driver, 3 passengers)
- Heli (1 pilot, 4 passengers)
- Cargo Truck (1 driver, 4 passengers)
- Tac Rover (1 driver, 3 passengers)
Progression and CrossplayEdit
Like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone supports Crossplay across consoles and PC.
Both games feature a unified progression system, all items unlocked in Modern Warfare will carry over in Warzone and, conversely, all progression earned through Warzone will count towards Modern Warfare progression.
Call of Duty: Warzone also shares the same Store and Battle Pass system as Modern Warfare.
- "Loot and Kill. Last team standing wins."
- — Battle Royale description.
In Battle Royale, players fight for survival. Warzone was released with squads of three players but on March 17th, a solo mode was added to Battle Royale followed by a 4-player Quads mode on April 8th. In addition to the loot found on the map and dropped by eliminated players, players can collect Cash to buy equipment or killstreaks from Buy Stations. Squads can also take on Contracts to get loot and Cash.
When a player dies for the first time, a cutscene will show them being captured and brought to the Gulag. Inside the Gulag, 2 players will take part in a 1v1 fight similar to a Gunfight game taking place inside the prison showers while other players in queue for a fight may watch and throw rocks at the contestants. The winner of the fight will be redeployed into the map again while the loser will spectate.
While playing with no other living teammates, the loser of the 1v1 fight won't be able to redeploy and the game ends for them.
If the player dies a second time after winning a Gulag fight, only their teammates can bring them back with a Squad Buyback.
Redeployment can be done by other teammates either with a Squad Buyback, which costs $4,000 (changed in patch 1.24), or by completing a Most Wanted contract.
Halfway between each match of Warzone, the Jailbreak event occurs, where anyone who is spectating the game or in the Gulag after dying will be brought back into normal play.
Players can also use a Self-Revive Kit to revive themselves when downed. These are only available at Buy Stations for $4,500.
- "Collect as much Cash as you can"
- — Plunder description.
In Plunder, squads race to collect one million in cash by opening Supply Boxes, defeating opponents, taking Contracts or opening Cash Drops, which periodically spawn around the map. Every player gets unlimited respawn, with their own loadouts and Field Upgrades.
During Season Four, a train track was added to the western part of Verdansk creating a tunnel near the Hospital. Several small shacks were also added onto the map but were locked to prevent players from entering them. In Season Five, the Stadium roof was destroyed, allowing players to access its interiors. Underground parking lots were also made available around the Stadium. The interiors of the Train Station also became available for the players. Several outdoor elevators were added to high buildings around the map such as the SNK building and the Art Museum in Tavorsk District or the Stadium. A freight train was also added which traveled around the train track added in Season Four.
Following a series of operations carried out by the ARM-4 team of Armistice, a localised alliance between the Allegiance and the Coalition, to dismantle Al-Qatala network in Verdansk, Khaled Al-Asad released massive amount of poisonous gas into the city as part of Victor Zakhaev's plan to get rid of Armistice and increase the tensions between Russia and the West.
With the gas engulfing the city, tensions arose between the Armistice operatives who started fightning among themselves to survive. Lieutenant Simon Riley, a member of the Task Force 141 stationed in Verdansk, reported to TF141 leader, Captain John Price, several blue on blue incidents and requested reinforcement and operators he could trust.
Zakhaev's plan was a success. As the situation deteriorated, Price informed Riley, who managed to leave Verdansk, that Armistice was officially disbanded. Al-Asad was allowed to return to Urzikstan. The conflict continued, however, and soon Price and another member of the Task Force 141, Kyle Garrick, joined the fight. Many operators from Allegiance and Coalition also arrived in Verdansk.
With no progress made to stop Zakhaev, a private military company called Shadow Company and its Senior Officer, Marcus Ortega, joined the fight Verdansk. After receiving an intel from the Allegiance about comms traffic of Zakhaev himself coming from the Verdansk National Arena, Ortega and a small team of Shadow Company operatives stormed the stadium, blowing off its roof and landed in its soccer field to eliminate any hostiles and hunt down Zakhaev.
Following the release of Title Update 1.21 on May 18, 2020 for Modern Warfare and Warzone, some of the twelve bunkers, Bunker 00 to Bunker 11, in Verdansk could be opened. The bunkers featured a lot of loot with high tier items for players to pick up.
Bunkers 00, 04, 05, 06, and 09 could be opened using a Red Access Card that could be looted from a Supply Chest or a dead player who already had one. Once in possession of a card, a player could travel to one of the five bunkers available and interact with the panel outside the bunker to "enter access code" and open the bunker. Each bunker featured another door inside that required a different code to open.
Bunker 11, located in the north of Verdansk, requires to activate several phones to open it. At the start of a game, several specific phones can be picked up to start the quest. Once the right phone is picked up, the player will hear Russian people speaking, and after a small chime they'll hear three numbers spoken in Russian from 0 to 9.
The numbers matched another set of specific phones that need to be activated in the same order as the numbers spoken originally. Once a player activated the three phones in the exact order, they would be able to travel to Bunker 11 and enter the "Number Station Code" to open it.
Once inside, the players would follow a series of corridors with the sentence "Resume cover. Await further instructions" written on a wall at one point. They would then find themselves in a central room leading to another locked door. Two rooms could be accessed on the left of the central room and one room on the right.
In the first room on the left, players would find a room with a computer that could be rebooted. The second room on the left featured a meeting room where a monitor presented a 10 second countdown that would reset at 00:00:02. The room on the right contained the Legendary "Mud Drauber" MP7 blueprint, which when obtained would unlock the blueprint for use in loadouts to the team of anyone who picked the weapon up. This room also featured a secret passage leading to a Shiny Red Button. Activating the button would clear smoke through a window to the next room, letting players see several nuclear warheads.
There are three areas in the stadium, the underground Parking Lots, the Concourse and the Executive Level on the upper part of the stadium. The Blue Access Cards can be found anywhere within the stadium but not in the loot crates. Each Blue Access Card unlock one specific room at each specific area. The "P2-16" Access Card is used to open a room in the underground Parking Lots, the "CL-19" Access Card is used to open a room in the Concourse near the bar, and the "EL-21" Access Card is used to open a door in the Executive Level.
Each room contains a computer that, when interacted with, gives a 8-digit code consisting of numbers from 0 to 9 and three specific symbols. Each computer gives the same code but some numbers are replaced by some of the three symbols. Using the three codes, players can decipher the actual 8-digit code and enter it in a keypad next to a double door in the Executive Level.
Once the door is unlocked, players can enter the room and obtain the Legendary "Enigma" CR-56 AMAX blueprint. The opening of the door is accompanied by fireworks launching all around the stadium.
Introduced in Season Four and accessible in the "Missions & Challenges" section of the menu is the "Intel" section.
To complete the Intel Missions, the player has to collect several intel, contained within signs, computers or small golden coins, scattered around the map of Verdansk and hinted by images featured in the Missions menu. Collecting a piece of intel will advance to the next objective, tasking players with finding another intel in a different location. Some intel could require certain perks to be used to access it. Note that only one piece of intel per Mission may be collected per match of Warzone.
Completing the Missions will reward the player with experience points and reveal details of various events that occurred in Verdansk prior to its invasion or during the events of Warzone.
- "Find the cause of the airport attack."
- — Mission description
The "Fractured" mission was released on June 11, 2020. It required players to collect intel in the BCH4 TV Station; the airport main terminal; the airport control tower; a crashed plane south of the Arklov military base and two buildings inside the base.
- "Begin the hunt for Zakhaev."
- — Mission description
The "Hunting the Enemy" mission was released on June 30, 2020. It required players to collect intel in the swimming pool; a building near the airport; inside Bunker 03 where two intel can be collected with the second of which required the Spotter perk to access a laptop; in a meeting room near the BCH4 TV Tower in Downtown Tavorsk and near a time table in the Train Station.
- "Track down the missing shipment."
- — Mission description
The "Hidden Cargo" mission was released on July 7, 2020. It required players to collect intel at the top of the Train Station; in the Port of Verdansk on one of the south cranes; between containers in the north of the port; in the vacant building in the port and in the building next to the WHP Camp in the Lozoff Pass.
- "Uncover the truth behind the airport attack."
- — Mission description
The "New Perspectives" mission was released on July 21, 2020. It required players to collect intel at the top of one of the walls of the training course in the Arklov Peak airbase; the control tower inside the base; inside sheds next to the eastern tarmac; a laptop near a down UAV inside a hangar south of the boneyard and a computer inside the Verdansk Parliament.
- "Track down the missing Armistice member."
- — Mission description
"The Lost Team" mission was released on August 5, 2020. It required players to collect intel in the Verdansk Airport tunnel; a small building left of Burger Town in the Torsk bloc; a crashed helicopter in Tavorsk District, next to the Acropolis National Bank; three comms towers, one next to the BCH4 TV Station, one south of the Tavorsk Park next to the Styor Spomenik and one south of the Barakett Promenade West.
Combat Pack DLCsEdit
"Combat Packs" are available as free limited-time downloadable content for Warzone exclusive to PS4 until October 1, 2020. One new pack was released for each season of content excluding Season One and Season Four.
The Call of Duty: Warzone - Combat Pack for Season Two was available between March 10, 2020 and April 7, 2020.
- "Track Star" Yegor Operator Skin
- "Showstopper" Model 680 Blueprint
- 1 Hour Double XP Token
- "Covert Operation" Calling Card
- "Shredded" Weapon Charm
- "Skilltrack 56" Watch
The Call of Duty: Warzone - Combat Pack for Season Three was available between April 8, 2020 and June 1st, 2020.
- "The Woodsman" Wyatt Operator Skin
- "Open Season" Kar98k Blueprint
- "Good Company" .357 Blueprint
- "Toothpick" Combat Knife Blueprint
- 1 Hour Double XP Token
- "Nature Provides" Calling Card
- "Off The Lawn!" Spray
- "Bear Trap" Weapon Charm
The Call of Duty: Warzone - Combat Pack for Season Five became available on August 5, 2020.
- "The Footballer" Zane Operator Skin
- "On the Volley" AUG Blueprint
- "Injury Time" Watch
- "The Sparks" Charm
- "Stunning Strike" Calling Card
- "Sparks Pride Emblem
- 1 Hour Double XP Token
- Call of Duty: Warzone was teased during the Season Two intro cutscene of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. A "Classified" slide was added at the start of that season in the Modern Warfare's main menu.
- On February 25, with Title Update 1.15, the slide was updated to display "Transmission Incoming" under "Classified".
- On March 9, after the announcement of Warzone, a 24 hour countdown timer was added to the slide. The slide displayed "Incoming Transmission" the next day before the release of Title Update 1.17 and Warzone.
- Footage of Warzone was featured in the Modern Warfare reveal trailer released on May 30th, 2019.
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