Call of Duty’s Warzone battle royale officially announced, launches tomorrow

After a number of leaks and rumors, Activision has officially unveiled Warzone, a standalone free-to-play battle royale inspired by Modern Warfare.

Players will be able to play two different modes in Warzone: Battle Royale and Plunder. The former sees 150 players fighting to be the last squad standing as a circle of deadly gas closes in. While the latter tasks players with collecting more money than their opponents by looting, taking down enemies, and completing in-match contracts.

As mentioned in previous leaks, Battle Royale will include a unique respawn mechanic called the Gulag. Upon being eliminated for the first time, a player will be taken as a “Prisoner of War” and placed in the Gulag. In this area, they will watch players battle in 1v1 fights until it is their turn to fight. Win, and be redeployed back into the match for free. Lose, and players will have to wait and see if their teammates can gather enough cash to buy their redeployment.

Other features include Contracts, which reward in-game cash and loot for completing tasks, and Buy Stations, which players can use to purchase Killstreaks, Redeploy Tokens, Self-Revive Kits, and more for in-game cash.

Activision adds that Call of Duty: Warzone will use the same cross-platform play and cross-progression systems found in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Owners of Modern Warfare will be able to use their Battle Pass items, Operators, and customization options in Warzone. Free-to-play Warzone players will also be able to carry over any progress and items to multiplayer in Modern Warfare, if they choose to purchase the game.

Warzone officially launches tomorrow, March 10th, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare owners can play from 8 a.m. PT, while new free-to-play players can join in from 12 p.m. PT.

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