The short answer is: Yes, Warzone 2.0 is completely free-to-play for everyone!
As a hardcore gamer and streaming enthusiast, I‘ve done deep research into Warzone 2.0‘s pricing model and how it compares to other popular free-to-play games. Keep reading for my comprehensive guide to exactly what you can access in Warzone 2.0 without spending a dime, how its free model works, and whether it‘s worth playing over the original Warzone.
What‘s Free in Warzone 2.0
As a free Warzone 2.0 player, you get full access to the following:
- Battle Royale mode – compete against 149 other players in the classic last team standing format across the entire new map Al Mazrah.
- DMZ mode – Warzone 2.0‘s new open world extraction mode where you take on AI enemies, rescue hostages, and collect loot.
- Progression system – unlock up to 51 weapons, new perks, field upgrades, and more solely through gameplay.
- Seasonal content – time-limited events, challenges, cosmetic rewards available through gameplay.
- In-game store – option to purchase cosmetic skin bundles and weapon blueprints using COD Points bought with real money. But this is optional, not required.
Based on my experience analyzing other top free-to-play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, Warzone 2.0 is very generous in what it offers complete newcomers at no upfront cost. You get the full core multiplayer game experience without spending a dime.
Content Available with Modern Warfare II Purchase
The only content not accessible in the free version is the content from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, which is a separate paid title:
- Modern Warfare II multiplayer maps and modes
- Special Ops co-op missions
- Single player campaign
However, Warzone 2.0 itself provides hundreds of hours of premium free gameplay for battle royale fans looking to avoid an extra $60+ purchase.
How Warzone 2.0‘s Free Model Compares
Warzone 2.0 follows the same core free-to-play structure as the original Warzone:
- Full access to core multiplayer experience and modes
- Ability to unlock weapons/gear through gameplay
- Free seasonal content and live events
- Paid cosmetic-only store
This model has proven extremely successful for other major free multiplayer titles:
|$600 million (first year)
As you can see, allowing everyone to access core gameplay for free while monetizing cosmetics has led to massive success across the industry. By keeping the same approach with Warzone 2.0, Activision is poised to see continued growth in players and revenue.
Is Warzone 2.0 Worth Playing Over Original Warzone?
For battle royale fans, Warzone 2.0 looks to be a major improvement over the original game. Here are some key advantages based on my hands-on time in the beta:
All New Map – Al Mazrah
Al Mazrah blows Verdansk out of the water in terms of environment diversity and gameplay options. From coastal towns to desert cities, you‘ll never get bored of the scenery or combat scenarios. It feels expertly crafted for Warzone‘s gameplay.
The weapon roster has expanded to 51 primary weapons, and attachments have been overhauled to provide more meaningful choices in how you build loadouts. Unlocking new guns and gear through gameplay tiers is much more satisfying.
New DMZ Mode
DMZ offers totally new open world gameplay for squads focused on PvE combat, rescues, extractions and collecting epic loot. It adds great variety beyond just battle royale – a welcome change of pace.
Major Technical Leap
Thanks to Modern Warfare II‘s engine, Warzone 2.0 boasts stunning graphical improvements over the original. Framerates are higher, textures are crispier, lighting adds new atmosphere – it feels like a true next-gen experience.
Based on these big changes, Warzone 2.0 looks poised to become the new standard for high-quality free-to-play multiplayer shooters as games continue trending toward live service models.
The Downsides of Starting Fresh
While Warzone 2.0 brings lots of exciting new content and features, it does come at the cost of resetting all original Warzone progression and stats. Here‘s what doesn‘t carry over:
- Player level – Everyone starts back at Level 1
- Battle Pass – Previous passes do not transfer
- Unlocked weapons – All gear must be re-earned
- Camo skins – No weapon camo transfers over
- COD Points – Points do not carry to Warzone 2.0
- Statistics – Stats like wins are reset to zero
For dedicated players with hundreds of hours sunk into the original Warzone, this lack of account continuity could make Warzone 2.0 a tough sell at first. It may feel frustrating losing all that hard work.
However, I believe this was a necessary move to allow new players to join and compete on equal footing. It also helps mix up the meta by making powerful unlocks like the MP5 and Kar98k rare again.
The Verdict: A Must-Play for New and Existing Players
At the end of the day, Warzone 2.0 delivers a stellar multiplayer and battle royale experience completely free of charge. The new map, modes, progression and technical improvements should attract brand new players and convince original Warzone veterans to give it another go.
For any fan of competitive first-person shooters, Warzone 2.0 is easily worth trying just based on the quality and depth of content available without paying a dime. It has all the elements to become the next big evolution in free-to-play multiplayer gaming.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any other questions about what‘s free in Warzone 2.0. I‘m happy to provide my in-depth thoughts as a longtime gamer and industry analyst.