Call of Duty Warzone will add a “limited-time” 200-player Battle Royale playlist later today.
The playlist will be available in Quads, enabling 50 teams of four to do battle.
It will be released via an update at 11pm PDT on June 29 (2am ET/7am BST on June 30).
The update will weigh in at 22-36 GB for owners of the full version of Modern Warfare and 22-30 GB for free-to-play Warzone players.
“Console owners must install a secondary download of approximately 3.5GB, then reboot the game to access Multiplayer, if desired,” Activision says. “Once the Season Four Reloaded update is fully completed, it should minimally increase the overall digital footprint of the full version of Modern Warfare.”
Today’s update will introduce Warzone Supply Run Contracts too. “Upon activation, you and your squad (if applicable) will be directed to a nearby Buy Station. Reach it within the time limit to get a discount on Buy Station purchases.”
The update will also add Juggernaut Royale mode, a new multiplayer map called Cheshire Park which is described as “a picturesque garden and conservatory” in London, England, plus new multiplayer mode Team Defender.
A new semi-automatic sniper rifle, the Rytec AMR, will also be released for Warzone, multiplayer and co-op, while Warzone will get a fresh piece of gear called the Spotter Scope. “Think of this as a high-powered scope without the glint; this re-usable scope allows you to scan the environment around you and mark enemies without being detected.”
Co-developer Infinity Ward committed to expanding the game’s player count from 150 to 200 during an interview in March, when co-studio head Patrick Kelly said it was playtesting four and five-player squads. Currently, the latter is not available in Warzone.
“I can tell you we are already playing with 200 players,” Kelly told USA Today. “We are going to release that a little bit later.”
He added: “I can tell you we have four- and five-player squads we are already playing with. But we want to launch with something we know works really well and we have tested to the nines and then play around with these different team sizes.”
200-player playlists for Warzone’s Battle Royale and Plunder modes were reportedly mentioned in a promotional message which showed up for free-to-play users in mid-June, suggesting a launch might not be far off.
Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 4 arrived earlier this month with a large amount of content including a new Season Pass, in-match events for the Battle Royale game and a 50 vs 50 team mode.
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