Call of Duty: Warzone requires Xbox Live Gold, but not PlayStation Plus

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Warzone

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What you need to know

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an incredibly popular first-person shooter from Activision.
  • Images of a mode called "Warzone" were floating around for weeks.
  • The battle royale mode launches as a free-to-play experience, but requires Xbox Live Gold.
  • The complete Call of Duty: Modern Warfare costs $60 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

It's no secret that Infinity Ward has been developing a battle royale mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. However, it looks like it's called "Warzone." According to a report by MSPoweruser, "players of the newly-updated version of Modern Warfare have been able to glitch their way through the recently added Classified menu... Players will be able to run a training course, host a squad for teams, and matchmake into a random squad... Warzone was also recently leaked through an accidentally released promotional image which was promptly deleted."

Yesterday, even more details about the game leaked on Twitter. A promotional image surfaced again and it said that the title was a standalone free-to-play experience. Firstly, as expected, it supports cross-play just like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Secondly, it'll be a last-person-standing or last-team-standing experience. Lastly, classic maps have been integrated to the larger map so you'll recognize familiar areas.

We also received confirmation from Activision that the free-to-play mode was launching on March 10. However, there's a downside to it all. On PlayStation 4, you don't need PlayStation Plus to play it, but on Xbox One, you need Xbox Live Gold. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold are subscription services that allow you to play multiplayer games on both consoles.

It's a shame that the Xbox Live Gold requirement hasn't been removed for free-to-play multiplayer games. Hopefully, that'll change as we get into the next generation with Xbox Series X. We you excited for Warzone? Will you play it? Let us know. It seems like new players will have to download the entire Call of Duty: Modern Warfare client – that's around 100 GB – if they want to jump in.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

7 Comments
  • This was to be expected unfortunately, I agree though, it would be nice if Microsoft removed the Gold requirement for F2P games.
  • Another blunder yet expected.
  • I don't mind. Xbox live with quality over PS+ any day.
  • Wasn't live down multiple times in the last few months?
  • All servers go down
  • This is irrelevant, the quality of the service shouldn't be a factor in whether it should be required to play FREE to play games. It'll never change though, Microsoft wouldn't give up revenue like that.
  • A free to play game should actually be free to play.