As an alignment of one of the most popular video game franchises of all time and the zeitgeist genre, Call of Duty: Warzone was bound to be a huge success. With tens of millions of active players - for better or worse - there are a lot of fans wondering what will happen to their battle royale game of choice when the next-gen rolls around - and now we know.
While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has effectively delayed the entire next console generation, it's still practically right around the corner. We now know almost everything there is to know about the Xbox Series X, and while Sony is being cagier about the PlayStation 5, that will soon change over the course of the summer. The new consoles are due late 2020 or early 2021, depending on how the situation develops.
Neither Infinity Ward nor Activision have publicly addressed the future of their current titles with regards to the upcoming consoles, but thanks to a recent interview by GamerGen, Narrative Director Taylore Kurosaki did answer questions regarding the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.
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The interviewer, prefacing their question with the likelihood that Kurosaki may not be able to answer, directly asked whether an entirely new version of Warzone is planned for the upcoming platforms, or if the current one will be supported. Luckily, the answer wasn't particularly evasive.
I know that our plan is Warzone is going to be around for quite some time, so as soon as those new systems are out and available I’m sure we’ll support them.
That's about as clear as port announcements from developers go, though to be fair it isn't exactly a huge surprise. Microsoft has already made it clear how important backwards compatibility is to them, so we knew that in some form or other, Warzone would inevitably be hitting the Series X. Official support, however, means it will make the best use of the hardware too.
Sony hasn't been as clear about the prospect of backwards compatibility and even got into a bit of a PR mixup when conflicting statements were given. As far as we know, a selection of "top" PS4 titles will run on PS5, but likely nothing more extensive.
Considering the player numbers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, we'd assume it makes the cut. However, Kurosaki's statement implies the developers intend to make the game available on the platform regardless.
A similarly candid answer has also revealed what platform the game isn't coming to any time soon, if ever. Kurosaki stated that the team has no plans to bring Warzone, or Modern Warfare, to Google Stadia. The embattled streaming service hasn't had the smoothest of launches, and it makes sense that a high profile publisher would think twice about a port.
We're interested to see how Call of Duty: Warzone will utilize next-gen hardware.