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.