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Call Of Duty: Warzone has more than proven that the battle royale genre is far from dead. The free-to-play standalone Call Of Duty spinoff was always going to be a big hit, but Activision has now revealed that the game is past the 15 million player mark after just four days.
This comes mere days after we learned that Warzone had pulled in an incredible 6 million in 24 hours. That's more than double the record-breaking 2.5 million Apex Legends managed in its first day when it launched last year. However, it's still not clear if Activision's battle royale will be able to topple the 25 million Apex Legends achieved in its first week.
Looking at the current numbers for Warzone... it really could go either way. Having said that, a certain global pandemic causing people everywhere to shut themselves indoors and self-isolate could do Warzone a few unexpected favours in terms of boosting player numbers, couldn't it?
There's also no getting around the fact that Warzone - a branded Call Of Duty game - has a clear advantage in terms of recognition when compared to Apex Legends, which is a spinoff of an FPS series that nowhere near enough people bothered to play. Seriously, go and play Titanfall you... you heathens.
While undoubtedly impressive, I'm sure we can expect player numbers and interest to gradually drop off for Warzone in the coming months. That's not to say it won't continue to be absolutely massive, but a big spike in interest at launch - especially with a free-to-play game - is to be expected. As is an inevitable drop in players who only really downloaded it to check it out because it was free.
The good news is that the community who remains with Warzone will have plenty of content to look forward to. 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 to keep us happy.
Infinity Ward co-studio head Patrick Kelly also confirmed last week that the player count for Warzone will eventually be upped from 150 players to 200. Four and five-player squads will be added to the game somewhere down the line, too. Right now it's only possible to officially play the battle royale in squads of three. You can also, technically, play alone... if you want to put yourself a significant disadvantage.
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