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Is Warzone 2.0 free as well?

The short answer is yes, absolutely! Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is completely free-to-play, just like the original Warzone. You do not need to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in order to download and play Warzone 2.0.

As an avid gamer and streaming enthusiast, I‘ve done extensive research into Warzone 2.0‘s free-to-play model. In this guide, I‘ll provide a comprehensive overview of how to access Warzone 2.0 at no cost, compare it to the original Warzone, break down the benefits of owning Modern Warfare 2, and answer frequently asked questions. Let‘s dive in!

How to Get Started with Free Warzone 2.0

Getting into Warzone 2.0 for free only takes a few quick steps:

  1. First, create a free Call of Duty account if you don‘t already have one.
  2. Then download the Battle.net launcher on your platform – PC, PlayStation, or Xbox.
  3. Log into your Call of Duty account on the Battle.net app and install Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.
  4. Once the 115GB download is complete, launch Warzone 2.0 and you‘re ready to play!

As a standalone free download, Warzone 2.0 does not require a copy of Modern Warfare 2. You can install and play just Warzone 2.0 all by itself.

Crossplay is Your Friend

I highly recommend enabling Crossplay in the settings menu. This allows you to matchmake with players on other platforms for faster lobbies. Crossplay is supported between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

Managing the Download Size

At 115GB, the Warzone 2.0 download is hefty. Here are some tips to minimize space:

  • Clear up drive space if needed before starting the download.
  • On PC, select the Warzone 2.0 only install option in Battle.net.
  • On console, cancel and delete any unfinished Modern Warfare 2 downloads.

With some simple management, you can get Warzone 2.0 installed and ready to play ASAP. Now let‘s explore what makes Warzone 2.0 special.

What‘s New in Warzone 2.0

As an experienced Call of Duty player, I‘m really excited by the changes coming in Warzone 2.0:

Al Mazrah – The Massive New Map

Warzone 2.0 brings an entirely new, massive map called Al Mazrah. At 15-25% larger than the original Verdansk and Caldera maps, Al Mazrah represents a huge new battleground to master. Here are some key details:

  • Al Mazrah contains 18 points of interest including cities, industrial zones, and more.
  • The map features wide open landscapes perfect for vehicle combat.
  • Verticality has increased with more multistory buildings to clear.
  • Water play comes into focus with rivers, lakes, and underwater combat.

In my experience so far, Al Mazrah fosters a wider variety of tactical approaches compared to Verdansk. The diversity of locations mixed with new water and vehicles deepens the gameplay.

Major Gameplay Innovations

On top of the new map, Warzone 2.0 also introduces brand new gameplay elements:

  • DMZ mode – An open world narrative-focused extraction mode for up to three players.
  • Backpacks – Loot items now take up physical backpack space instead of just being instantly acquired.
  • Interrogations – Reviving a downed enemy can provide intel on their squad‘s location.
  • New Gulag – The 2v2 Gulag has been replaced by a randomized 1v1 experience.

These are just a few of the major innovations that demonstrably evolve the core Warzone formula. After spending hours in the Warzone 2.0 beta, the new mechanics force you to rethink strategy and adapt in exciting ways.

Shared Progression with Modern Warfare 2

While completely free, Warzone 2.0 does share progression systems with Modern Warfare 2:

  • Your player level, battle pass, unlocks and cosmetics carry between both games.
  • Owning Modern Warfare 2 grants immediate access to new weapons/Operators added to Warzone 2.0.

So while optional, there are compelling benefits to owning both games which we‘ll dig into next.

Why Consider Purchasing Modern Warfare 2?

As discussed above, Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is 100% free-to-play across all platforms. However, owning a copy of Modern Warfare 2 unlocks some nice perks:

Early Access to New Content

The most attractive bonus is immediate access to new weapons, Operators, and gear added to Warzone 2.0 that are introduced first in Modern Warfare 2 content seasons.

Based on Call of Duty‘s live service update model, Modern Warfare 2 owners gain new Warzone 2.0 content weeks or months earlier compared to free players. This early access period can provide a competitive advantage.

Maximizing Progression Speed

Owning Modern Warfare 2 allows you to speed up progression by playing multiplayer and earning XP/unlocks faster than in Warzone alone. Everything carries over to Warzone 2.0.

Modern Warfare 2 also includes a ranked competitive multiplayer mode for players looking to test their skills. Improving your capabilities in standard multiplayer pays dividends in Warzone.

Enjoying the Full Call of Duty Experience

Beyond Warzone, Modern Warfare 2 offers a complete package including:

  • A thrilling, star-studded single player campaign.
  • Multiplayer with over 50 weapons, 10 maps, new modes, and more.
  • Spec Ops co-op missions supporting up to four players.

There‘s plenty of content for all playstyles – multiplayer aficionados, co-op enjoyers, or solo campaign devotees alike.

However, if battle royale is your sole focus, Warzone 2.0 has you covered without needing Modern Warfare 2.

Playing Warzone 2.0 Without Modern Warfare 2

While purchasing Modern Warfare 2 maximizes the experience, it‘s absolutely not required to enjoy all Warzone 2.0 has to offer. Here are some tips:

Partying Up with Friends

When partied with a Modern Warfare 2 owner, they can bring you into lobbies and games directly from their client. This grants full access to Warzone 2.0‘s modes and playlists.

Using the Social Menu

On the Warzone 2.0 menu, navigate to the Social tab (rather than Multiplayer) to form parties and access playlists.

Enabling Crossplay

As mentioned previously, enable Crossplay under the account settings menu for the fastest matchmaking.

Buying Blueprints

The in-game store offers various cosmetic blueprints which contain weapon unlocks. This allows you to gain new guns without owning Modern Warfare 2.

While slightly less convenient, everything core to the Warzone 2.0 experience remains fully intact even if only playing the free version.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions from new players about Warzone 2.0‘s free model:

Is the original Warzone still playable?

Yes! Warzone Caldera continues as a separate, free download from Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0. All your existing progress carries over.

How big is Warzone 2.0‘s file size?

The total download is approximately 115GB depending on platform. Clear drive space ahead of time.

Do I need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold?

Nope! Warzone 2.0 does not require a paid subscription for online play.

What are the differences between the original Warzone and Warzone 2.0?

Major changes include a new map, Gulag, interrogation, backpacks, swimming, and extraction mode. But the core battle royale foundation remains.

Does Warzone 2.0 progress carry back to Modern Warfare II?

Absolutely! Progression is synchronized between both titles including battle pass, player level, unlocks, and cosmetics.

Drop In and Prepare for Battle

As a fellow gamer, I hope this guide gives you confidence to jump into the action with Warzone 2.0. The improved gameplay, exciting new map, and free access make it an awesome time to give Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 a shot.

See you in Al Mazrah my friend! Now get out there and claim that Warzone victory royale.