Good luck figuring out how to download Warzone 2.0

Update 16/11/22: 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 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 need to re-download these packs, but this is a regular occurrence 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 first Warzone 2.0 release time is tonightIt starts at 6pm in the UK.

Of course, this is not much comfort for those with data caps and the energy crisis has pushed up the cost of electricity.


Original story 15/11/22:Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is now available to download ahead of the game’s release tomorrow – but doing so is straightforward.

PlayStation 4 and 5 owners searching for Warzone 2.0 last night by searching for “Call of Duty Warzone” in the PlayStation Store were unable to find the download, while Steam users who own Modern Warfare 2 did not find any downloads.

Things are a little better on Xbox, where Warzone 2.0 can be found with its own store page. Yet, upon closer inspection, the download confusingly appears to bundle Modern Warfare 2 for free.

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So, what’s going on here? Well, now for the second time, Activision has integrated Warzone 2.0 into the Modern Warfare 2 launcher, just like they did with Warzone and Modern Warfare (2019).

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PlayStation 5 users can find Warzone 2.0 by visiting the Modern Warfare 2 store page and clicking the context menu to view different versions of the game. There, you will find an option for Warzone 2.0.

The download size depends on whether you already have Modern Warfare 2 installed, as those with the game will have a smaller 2.51GB, while new downloaders will have a larger 45GB download.

For steam, Activision has confirmed Anyone who has Modern Warfare 2 installed will already have Warzone 2.0 already installed, and those who don’t can download Warzone 2.0 automatically.

While it’s a little more straightforward, the way it works has proven controversial in the hardcore Call of Duty community. News of the integration led to this post rising to the top of the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit:

The main issue for fans here is that Warzone is an evergreen live-service Call of Duty game with a large player base that is often rated as overshadowing Activision’s premium offering. Activision’s launcher offers Warzone first and foremost, with Premium Modern Warfare coming second, players say. This led to the mainstream community embracing the so-called “clean menu” before Warzone was integrated.

I am He raised this issue a few months ago, plans to shut down the original Warzone led to fears that Modern Warfare would also be shut down. Thankfully, the Modern Warfare (2019) interface seems to have returned to its pre-Warzone form (although there is a big ad for Modern Warfare 2).

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Modern Warfare interface following the departure from Warzone.

For fans, however, the integration creates a broader sense that Activision’s development resources are being pulled from Modern Warfare 2 toward Warzone 2.0. As indicated by the community Only two maps Announced for the game’s first season, both are recycled from previous games. The game’s first major patch coincides with the release of Warzone 2.0, raising questions about whether Modern Warfare 2’s development is dictated by the development cycle of the battle royale mode.

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