Call of Duty Battle Royale servers: What to know before MW Warzone release

Call of Duty Battle Royale servers are going online today but fans could be waiting a while to play their first game. According to Activision, Modern Warfare Warzone servers will be online by 3pm GMT (8AM PDT) on March 10. The first servers going live will be for Modern Warfare owners, who get first dibs at the above-mentioned time. No platforms are getting preferential treatment, meaning everyone should get a fair crack at downloading COD Warzone today.

Once the download is complete, Modern Warfare owners will “unlock” the Warzone panel, which was previously classified, and can enter the lobby and play.

And 3pm will be the best time to do this, as this likely be the smallest pool of gamers looking to both download, update, and then start playing.

That’s because the Modern Warfare update for Warzone is only around 20GB, relatively small in comparison to others in the past.

Later today, Call of Duty Warzone will be available to download for free on consoles and PC, from PSN, Xbox Store and Battle Net.

And it should be noted that Warzone is a 83-101GB download for new, free-to-play users.

And as stated by Activision, “Download could take up to several hours depending on bandwidth, service provider, additional regional factors and will vary by platform.”

Add into this the idea of a mass volume of new players, and there could be a few server hiccups along the way.

The good news is that Activision has had plenty of time to prepare for this and that means things could run smoothly. Call of Duty Warzone will be available to download for free users at 7pm GMT (12 PM PDT) on March 10, 2020.

It should also be noted that COD Warzone will feature games including 150 players, so it will be interesting to see how matchmaking works when it comes to such high numbers.

More details on some of the new Warzone features can be found below:

The Gulag (only in Battle Royale)

Upon your first elimination, you will be taken as a “Prisoner of Warzone” and thrown into the Gulag. There you will await your fate and watch other prisoners fight to the death. When your turn is up, you’ll enter the Gulag and face-off against a single opponent in a 1v1 to earn the ultimate reward – redeployment. Win in the Gulag and earn redeployment back into Verdansk. Lose and hope that your squad completes Contracts and earns enough in-match Cash to redeploy you.


Contracts are objective oriented tasks players can find and activate across Verdansk. A squad can activate one Contract at a time and completing it rewards you in-match Cash and other loot items. Multiple types of Contracts exist including Scavenger Contracts where you have to find and open a series of Supply Boxes and Recon Contacts where you must secure one location, similar to Call of Duty’s Domination mode. In addition to in-match Cash, Contracts can give you special rewards like the ability to see the next circle collapse location before it starts to close.

Buy Stations

In Battle Royale where collecting in-match Cash isn’t the objective, Cash can be used to procur beneficial items at Buy Stations. Denoted on the Tac-Map with a shopping cart icon, head to a Buy Station to spend your in-match Cash. For varying prices, you can purchase Killstreaks, Redeploy Tokens to bring back fallen teammates, Self-Revive Kits, and more.

In Plunder, Buy Stations hold all of these items to help you gain an advantage over other teams, plus a unique game mode item – the Cash Deposit Balloon. Want to securely deposit your in-match Cash, away from the threat of enemy teams trying to kill and steal? Get a Cash Deposit Ballon, a portable Field Upgrade, that allows you to deposit Cash, from anywhere.

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