Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 crosses 25 million players in just five days

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What you need to know

  • Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the new iteration of Call of Duty's take on the Battle Royale genre, launched on Nov. 16, 2022. 
  • Like its predecessor, Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is a free-to-play game. 
  • Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 crossed 25 million players in just five days.

Call of Duty has refreshed its take on the Battle Royale experience, and it's already off to a huge start. 

The official Call of Duty Twitter (opens in new tab) account shared that Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 crossed 25 million players, just five days after the free-to-play game launched on Nov. 16, 2022. Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is currently available across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Windows PC. 

This massive launch builds on the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which fully launched back on October 28 and crossed $1 billion in sales just 10 days after launch. Elsewhere in the Activision Blizzard portfolio, Overwatch 2 crossed 35 million players in its launch month. 

All of this comes as Microsoft is working to acquire Activision Blizzard for almost $69 billion. The deal is currently undergoing regulatory review, having been approved in a couple of countries and seeing in-depth examination at the FTC in the U.S, the CMA in the U.K, and the European Commission for multiple other countries.

Microsoft has reportedly offered Sony a deal for guaranteed access to Call of Duty to for 10 years, though Sony declined to make a statement regarding the offer. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan previously indicated that a three-year offer from Microsoft was not good enough, and that the terms were "inadequate."

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)

The latest big Call of Duty game is here, and it's accompanied by Warzone 2.0, a new version of the Call of Duty battle royale experience. You can hop into Warzone 2.0 for free, then pick up 2022's campaign and multiplayer suite.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.