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Who could have predicted that a free-to-play battle royale experience based on the most popular FPS franchise around would have been a success? Call Of Duty: Warzone finally launched early this week, and I'm sure you won't be shocked to discover that it managed to attract a staggering six million players in its first 24 hours, according to Activision.
For comparison, that's more than double the amount that the record-breaking 2.5 million Apex Legends managed in its first day. I think it's safe to say that Warzone is probably already well on the way to toppling the 10 million Respawn's battle royale drew in after three days... but can it beat the 25 million that Apex Legends managed in a week? We'll have to wait and see, won't we?
Warzone has been mostly well-received so far by players - as you can probably tell. At the moment the standalone Call Of Duty spinoff has two modes: a standard Battle Royale that supports 150-player carnage across a massive map, and Plunder. This latter mode, which I actually really dig, is described by Activision as a race to collect the most in-match Cash. Players can do this by looting, killing enemies, and taking in-match Contracts.
Regardless of which mode you play, you can currently only play in squads of three. Duos and solos were rumoured before launch, but they're currently absent for whatever reason. For right now, it is technically possible to play a match solo, but it would put you at a significant disadvantage... unless you're really, really good at Call Of Duty, that is.
Just because duos and solos aren't currently in the game doesn't mean they'll never be added, though. Activision assured fans in a press release earlier this week that there are loads of plans for Warzone. It couldn't get into specifics, but it sounds like we'll be getting live events, content, and hopefully a few new modes.
"Warzone is more than a new era for Call of Duty, it's a game-changer for players and fans," the publisher said. "We're delivering two incredible modes of play within this massive world that take the experience to a new level. The teams at Infinity Ward and Raven Software have created an amazing, free-to-play experience that's accessible to all to jump in right away and have a blast. There's a ton of content plans and live events to come that will continue to keep fans guessing and ready to experience new thrills."
Activision and Infinity Ward will doubtless want to keep Warzone's momentum going and player numbers high. As such, I'd imagine we'll be getting more news regarding new content and further updates for the battle royale sooner rather than later. Watch this space. Well, not this exact space, but keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter pages for more Warzone news, yeah? Yeah.
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