Call of Duty: Warzone’s Latest Patch Gives Solo Players Their Own Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone’s Latest Patch Gives Solo Players Their Own Mode

Alright, self-proclaimed lone wolves—time to test your mettle.

Call of Duty: Warzone, the series' new battle royale offering released as a mode for 2019's Modern Warfare reboot and as a standalone, free-to-play title, is already getting one of its most requested features: a solo mode.

Infinity Ward announced the addition of solo play for Warzone with a single line in today's new patch notes for Modern Warfare ("Solo Mode! That's right. Just you.") and with a simple message from the official Call of Duty Twitter account.

Unlike Blackout, the battle royale mode launched for 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Warzone launched last week without a solo mode. The omission immediately drew criticism from a vocal subset of players who prefer taking on battle royale games solo, either because they simply want a free-for-all experience or because they feel they're constantly being let down by Warzone's matchmaking and put in squads with less skilled players.

Solo modes are common across popular battle royales, with Apex Legends standing out as the only prominent title in the genre to have only dabbled with a solo mode one time. Presumably, while Apex's characters have their unique capabilities designed with team-play in mind, Warzone's gameplay fundamentals—shared with Modern Warfare's tried-and-true deathmatch and simple objective modes—are much easier to decouple from its squad mechanics without negatively impacting the experience.

Still, even setting the implications for its standout Plunder mode aside, Warzone's standard battle royale solo matches will presumably have a very different rhythm. For example, you'll still have a shot at spawning back in after being downed and sent to Warzone's Gulag, but if you lose that one-on-one fight your round is finished.

Within its first four days of release, Warzone amassed over 15 million players. It's available as a free download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and it supports crossplay for all three platforms. As with Apex Legends and Fortnite, you will need an active Live Gold subscription to play Warzone on Xbox.

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