Earlier this week, developer Infinity Ward abruptly announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will in fact be receiving a battle royale through the means of Warzone this Tuesday. And while the mode is available to play, this instead holds as a standalone which breaks into two modes: Battle Royale and Plunder.
Even more, the team in the announcement post shared that Warzone will be available for anyone to play. With the addition of cross-platform play which is already implemented into the base game atop of carrying over in-game items, this surely will be a bright start for the new release this week. And it so happens that expectations were blown out of the water for the game’s first day alone.
On Twitter, it was revealed on the Call of Duty official Twitter account that Warzone received more than 6 million players within the first 24 hours of the game going live.
Accumulating such amount of people definitely is insane, but also to be expected to some extent for the Activision property. With the amount of face value that the Call of Duty franchise currently runs for, that surely helped boost the numbers quite a bit; especially running on the success of Modern Warfare from October. We even witnessed prematurely with the arrival of Call of Duty: Mobile which even outperformed Mario Kart Tour within its first month.
Fueling the most surprising part about Warzone is that the game also topped launch day for Apex Legends threefold. In February last year, Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale which shadow dropped for the masses achieved roughly 2.5 million users within its first day. And while Warzone essentially released the same way, the game still surpassed Apex Legends by more than nearly three times the amount. Most notably, Warzone has an edge with cross-play support between Xbox, PlayStation, and PC – which might be a great part as for the game’s success.
If you are somehow not familiar with the latest entry for Call of Duty, make sure you read up on our full review for Modern Warfare by heading here.
Did you play Warzone at all this week?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.