UPDATE 11/22/16: An additional update for Call of Duty was released this morning and weighs in at around 70GB for the Xbox Series X/S and 20GB for the PlayStation 5.
PlayStation 5 users will also need to re-download the Warzone, multiplayer and Spec Ops content packs (if they were previously installed), adding an additional 10GB to the total download size.
It’s not clear why PlayStation users had to re-download these packs, but it happened regularly with Modern Warfare (2019) and Warzone updates.
If you have slow internet speed, I strongly recommend that you take the time to download the updates Time for Warzone 2.0 to launch tonightIt starts at 6pm in the UK.
Of course, this is not so convenient for those with data caps, and the energy crisis has dramatically increased the price of electricity.
ORIGINAL STORY 11/22/15:Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is now available for pre-download ahead of the game’s release tomorrow – but it’s not simple to do.
Last night, PlayStation 4 and 5 owners looking for Warzone 2.0 were unable to find the download by searching for “Call of Duty Warzone” on the PlayStation Store, while Steam users who own Modern Warfare 2 found none.
Things are a little better on Xbox, where Warzone 2.0 has been revealed with its own store page. Still, upon closer inspection, the download confusingly appears to bundle Modern Warfare 2 for free.
So what’s going on here? Now for the second time, Activision has integrated Warzone 2.0 into the Modern Warfare 2 launcher, just like with Warzone and Modern Warfare (2019).
PlayStation 5 users can find Warzone 2.0 by going to the Modern Warfare 2 store page and clicking the context menu to view the different editions of the game. There you will find an option for Warzone 2.0.
Download size depends on whether or not Modern Warfare 2 is already installed, as those with the game will have a smaller 2.51GB download, while those downloading from scratch will have a larger 45GB download.
As for Steam, Activision confirmed Anyone with Modern Warfare 2 installed will have Warzone 2.0 preloaded, while those without it can download Warzone 2.0 on their own.
While this is a bit simpler, the way it works has been controversial with the die-hard Call of Duty community. News of the integration led to this post rising to the top of the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit:
The takeaway here for fans is that Warzone is an evergreen live-service Call of Duty game, and with its larger player base often overshadows Activision’s premium offering. According to gamers, Activision’s launcher serves Warzone first, with premium Modern Warfare second. This led to the mainstream community adopting the so-called “clean menu” before Warzone was integrated.
I raised this issue a few months ago, plans to shut down the original Warzone led to fears that Modern Warfare would be shut down as well. Fortunately, Modern Warfare (2019) appears to have returned the interface to its pre-Warzone form (albeit with a large ad for Modern Warfare 2).
Still, for fans, this integration gives a broader sense of Activision’s development resources being pulled from Modern Warfare 2 towards Warzone 2.0. Society noted it only two maps announced for the game’s first season, both recycled from previous games. The game’s first major patch also coincides with the release of Warzone 2.0, raising questions about whether Modern Warfare 2’s development was dictated by the development cycle of the battle royale mode.