Call of Duty: Warzone's Player Count Is About to Get a Lot Bigger

Call of Duty: Warzone's Player Count Is About to Get a Lot Bigger

Another big patch will make way for bigger lobbies.

If dropping into Verdansk with 149 other players isn't exciting enough for you, you won't need to wait that long for an even bigger island throwdown. As part of the ongoing updates for Season 4 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, the latter is getting a 200-player Battle Royale mode for a limited time.

Shortly after teasing the announcement on Twitter with a GIF and a Jaws reference, a full list of update notes went up on Activision's blog. Tonight at 11 p.m. PT, an update will go live for Modern Warfare and Warzone that adds the 200-player mode alongside a new operator, Modern Warfare map, sniper rifle, and more.

For now, it doesn't seem like 200-player Warzone lobbies will become the new norm just yet. To start, it will only apply to Quads matches in the Battle Royale mode. It's possible that more players could be added to Plunder as well, but it seems likely that Warzone developers Infinity Ward and Raven Software might follow the same kind of frequent mode switching they have since launch by rotating the expanded player count through different combinations of team sizes and rulesets.

Earlier this month, an in-game promotional message did show 200-player options for both Battle Royale and Plunder. It's also possible that 200-player lobbies could come to the Realism mode, which recently replaced normal Battle Royale Quads for a weekend, or to the new Juggernaut mode launching with this patch.

As for the size of this update, it's going to be yet another big one. For Modern Warfare owners, Activision says the download will be "approximately 22-36 GB" with a second download of about 3.5 GB following that. Warzone-only players should see a download around 22-30 GB.

Once installed, the update should increase the overall size of Modern Warfare and Warzone less than the sizes of the downloads—"it should minimally increase the overall digital footprint of the full version of Modern Warfare," says Activision. Already, players on console need around 200 GB free for Modern Warfare plus Warzone and all its updates.

Hopefully this time around Activision has sorted out why some players saw even larger patches than they were supposed to when Season 4 launched earlier this month. If you load up Warzone soon after the patch goes live, you might want to wait a bit for others to finish the updating and install process, but it surely won't be long until those 200-player lobbies start filling up.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mathew Olson

Reporter

Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

In other news

Epic's Beef With Apple and Google Finally Erupted This Week

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Epic Games takes on Apple and Google while Microsoft and Facebook wait to pounce, and Halo Infinite's delay shakes console launch plans.

Fortnite Is Huge on iOS, Android Not So Much

Epic's Apple-focused crusade makes more sense in light of Fortnite's comparatively tiny Android revenue.

Apex Legends's Rampart Comes With a Huge Turret Gun in Season 6

And the World's Edge is getting a facelift.

Fortnite Has Been Removed From the Google Play Store, Epic Files Lawsuit in Response

This comes hours after Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store.

Need help?

Fortnite Overtime Challenges - How to Complete All the Overtime Challenges in Fortnite Battle Royale

These are all the Fortnite Overtime Challenges, which offer a ton of bonus XP and a new loading screen.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm Tips - Choose Class, How to Win at Battlefield Battle Royale

Battlefield Firestorm has finally launched. Here’s how to come out on top.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Release Date, Beta Phase, Battle Royale Mode - Everything we Know

This is our guide to the new Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, including the beta testing phase, and more.