CALL of Duty players got their first look at a new Fortnite-style game mode coming soon to the popular shooter.
American YouTuber Chaos this morning posted footage of the “Warzone” mode, which you apparently won’t need a copy of Modern Warfare to play.
Chaos, real name Jimmy Markowski, quickly removed the video, suggesting it was accidentally uploaded before an agreed embargo.
Warzone adopts much the same rules as Fortnite, with players stumbling across a huge map where they fight to be the last man standing.
The gaming zone has been rumored for months and is expected to launch in the coming weeks.
Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode helped make the game a huge success and it looks like Infinity Ward, the studio behind Modern Warfare, is following suit.
Speaking in the now-deleted video, Chaos told his 2.7 million subscribers that he was invited by Infinity Ward to capture Warzone gameplay ahead of its release.
“Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale game,” said the 39-year-old. “You can download and play it for free.”
He added, “You don’t need to own Modern Warfare to play. If you don’t have Modern Warfare and you have a PlayStation 4, you can download Warzone and play.”
Each Warzone game supports up to 150 players in teams of up to three.
Much like in Fornite, they all start every match in a plane above the map before jumping and parachuting for the battle below.
Players must then loot crates and other items to obtain new, more powerful items with which to defeat their enemies.
As the match progresses, players are gradually eliminated and the map becomes smaller via an increasingly tight circle of poison gas that players must dodge in order to survive.
The last player – or team – standing wins.
Interestingly, the new game mode supports cross-play, which means players on PlayStation and Xbox will go head-to-head.
With the vast majority of games, players on each console are limited to connecting only with other people using that same console.
There is only one Warzone map, although it seems more than large enough to keep players entertained for hours.
Apparently, the map is peppered with “classic” Infinity Ward map elements from previous Modern Warfare games, such as Broadcast, Terminal, Overgrown, and Scrapyard.
One area where the game is really changing from Fortnite is the way it deals with player deaths.
When you die, you enter the “Gulag”, where you are faced with a one-on-one fight against another player.
The intense battle takes place in a dilapidated set of prison shower stalls and whoever wins can return to the main map.
Other deceased players watch the action from a vantage point on the first floor.
They can even throw stones at the belligerent pair below to deal small amounts of damage.
Warzone is expected to launch later this month and will be available on Xbox and PlayStation stores on your console.
While the game itself will be free to play, players will be able to pay for additional upgrades like new outfits for their avatars.
Of course, Infinity Ward hasn’t even confirmed the existence of Warzone, so take all the rumors with a pinch of salt for now.
In other news last month, a Call of Duty YouTube star revealed her top tips to help you dominate multiplayer.
The Sun described Modern Warfare as “exciting but not perfect” in our full review last year.
And, Sony recently confirmed the PS5 release date before Christmas 2020.
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