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Call Of Duty: Warzone has been out for less than a week, but it's already clear that the development teams at Raven Software and Infinity Ward have big plans for the battle royale. The free-to-play standalone Call Of Duty spinoff currently supports 150 players and the ability to squad up in teams of three, but there are already plans in motion to improve on this.
Despite 150 players putting Warzone well ahead of rivals like PUBG and Fortnite, a lot of Call Of Duty fans were expecting the battle royale to support up to 200. While I should stress that nobody at Activision or Infinity Ward ever promised the game would feature that many players in one match, a number of leaks that were reliable in nearly every other area did put the player count at 200.
I assume the game launched with 150 players instead of 200 because... well, because Activision wanted to get Warzone out and into the hands of players as soon as possible, which is fair enough. The good news is Infinity Ward already has 200-player matches working internally, and there are plans to bring it to the rest of us at some point.
"We brought a number of twists to battle royale," Infinity Ward co-studio head Patrick Kelly told USA Today. "I do think the world you play in is going to be undeniably unique. For one thing, we are initially going to roll out with 150 players, when you are typically seeing 60 to 100."
"Actually, I can tell you we are already playing with 200 players. We are going to release that a little bit later," he added.
While Kelly couldn't really share a specific date, it's good to know that 200-player matches will be coming. I mean, when you're playing a battle royale, the more the merrier. Up to a point, anyway.
With an extra 50 players per match, you'd probably hope that there'd be more squad options. More good news there. Kelly also confirmed that another commonly requested feature for Warzone - bigger squads - are being worked on too. While four and five-player squads are being tested internally, Kelly explained that three-player seemed to work the best, and was the smartest choice to launch with.
"I can tell you we have four- and five-player squads we are already playing with. But we want to launch with something we know works really well and we have tested to the nines and then play around with these different team sizes," Kelly said.
When exactly we can expect these new squad options remains to be seen, but for now it is possible to change it up from the standard squad of three and drop alone or with one other player. To be clear, this isn't really an official option and it certainly isn't recommended, but it can be done easily enough if you follow a few simple steps.
Activision teased earlier in the week that it has tons planned for Warzone, including live events and new content. With an impressive number of players achieved in its first 24 hours alone, it's clear Activision will want to keep the game's momentum going for as long as possible. Expect more updates on future content drops sooner rather than later.
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