Good luck figuring out how to download Warzone 2.0

UPDATE 11/16/22: An additional update for Call of Duty was released this morning, weighing in at around 70GB for Xbox Series X/S and 20GB for PlayStation 5.

PlayStation 5 users will also need to re-download the Warzone, Multiplayer, and Spec Ops content packs (if previously installed), adding an additional 10GB to the total download size.

It’s unclear why PlayStation users need to re-download these packs, but this was happening regularly with Modern Warfare (2019) and Warzone updates.

If you have slow internet speeds, I recommend allowing time for updates to download before Warzone 2.0 Release Time Tonightwhich starts at 6pm here in the UK.

Of course, this is not much consolation for those with data caps and the energy crisis has sent the price of electricity skyrocketing.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/15/22:Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is now available to pre-load ahead of the game’s release tomorrow, but doing so is anything but straightforward.

PlayStation 4 and 5 owners who searched for Warzone 2.0 last night couldn’t find the download by searching for “Call of Duty Warzone” on the PlayStation Store, while Steam users who own Modern Warfare 2 couldn’t find any download.

Things are a little better on Xbox, where Warzone 2.0 can be discovered with its own store page. Still, on closer inspection, the download also seems confusingly to include Modern Warfare 2 for free.

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

PlayStation 5 users can find Warzone 2.0 by heading over to the Modern Warfare 2 store page and clicking the context menu to view the different editions of the game. There you will find the 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 much smaller 2.51 GB, while those who download it from scratch will have a larger 45 GB download.

As for steam, Activision has confirmed that anyone with Modern Warfare 2 installed will have Warzone 2.0 already preloaded, while those without it installed can go ahead and download Warzone 2.0 on their own.

While this is a bit more straightforward, the way it works has proven controversial with 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 core issue for fans here is that Warzone is the evergreen live-service Call of Duty game with the largest player base, often seen as dwarfing Activision’s premium offering. Activision’s launcher mostly suits Warzone, gamers say, while premium Modern Warfare comes in second. This has led the core community to adopt the so-called “clean menu” before Warzone was integrated.

me I raised this issue a few months ago, as plans to shut down the original Warzone raised fears that Modern Warfare would be shut down as well. Thankfully, it looks like the Modern Warfare (2019) interface has returned to its pre-Warzone form (albeit with a big Modern Warfare 2 announcement).

The Modern Warfare (2019) post-Warzone menu.
The Modern Warfare interface after the Warzone update.

Still, for fans, this integration creates a broader sense that Activision’s development resources are shifting away from Modern Warfare 2 towards Warzone 2.0. The community has pointed out that only two maps have been 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 is determined by the battle royale mode’s development cycle.

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