Activision revealed a good while ago that they consider Warzone to be a long-term element of the Call of Duty franchise, despite the standard yearly releases.
With Black Ops - Cold War launching soon, players were eager to learn how the free-to-play battle royale mode will be integrated with the new game. The developers have since spilled the beans and given us a clear rundown of how the two titles will coexist in the new climate of the next generation.
The main new feature hitting Warzone alongside Cold War is cross-platform and cross-generation play. This means that players from every single platform that supports Warzone will be able to play together without restriction. Potentially, we'll see matches where squads are comprised of players from PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X in every kind of combination.
Whether this is something to be celebrated or not is arguable, as many console players blame cross-play for allowing PC cheaters and hackers to compromise their games.
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As for progression persistence, we have good news - all of your current progress in Call of Duty: Warzone, and any items unlocked in Modern Warfare, will be carried over. In essence, since Warzone is a standalone client, we're not talking about a new game like "Warzone Cold War" or somesuch - the same Warzone you've been playing all this time is simply getting a whole lot of new content.
We've already seen a few bits of Cold War related content in Warzone, serving as interactive teasers for the upcoming title.
Let's delve into the details:
- If you have unlocked any kind of Modern Warfare related items, like operators or weapon blueprints, that are usable in Warzone, you can continue to use them even after the launch of Cold War, and Warzone's 'switch' to Black Ops styled content.ű
- All of the new Black Ops content coming after launch, such as new weapons featured in both games, can be unlocked in Warzone. Since the battle royale is free-to-play, you don't need to own Cold War to unlock Cold War weapons in Warzone.
- The Battle Pass system will be retained, and will function much the same as before - future battle passes will include free tiers, but the content will be more befitting the Cold War setting than the Modern Warfare one. Premium content will be available through the store, and post-season battle passes will include narrative content relevant to Cold War and the then-current season.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War and Warzone will not include a Season Pass, with post-launch gameplay content made available to all players for free simultaneously across all platforms.
Warzone's sweeping success is certainly a great factor in Activision's decision to make the transition from the "Modern Warfare era" to the "Cold War era" for players as seamless as possible. Keeping out progression and the lack of a Season Pass both look great for the future of Warzone, and we are super excited to learn - and share with you - what new content we can expect to see after the launch of Black Ops - Cold War.