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Why is my new Warzone locked? – The Ultimate Guide

Hey friend! If you‘re wondering why your newly installed Warzone 2.0 is still locked and won‘t let you play, I‘ve got you covered. As a tech geek and avid gamer myself, I totally understand the frustration. This comprehensive guide will explain exactly why Warzone is locked for you right now, and when you can expect to start playing.

Warzone 2.0 Hasn‘t Officially Launched Yet

The main reason your new Warzone is locked is because the game hasn‘t actually launched yet. Even though you were able to pre-install Warzone 2.0, the developers have not flipped the switch to enable gameplay for everyone. Here are the specific launch times you should be aware of:

  • November 16 at 6 PM GMT
  • November 16 at 1 PM ET
  • November 16 at 10 AM PT

So based on your timezone, Warzone 2.0 won‘t actually unlock until one of those release times. Consider it like waiting in line for a midnight release of a highly anticipated game. Even if you show up early, you can‘t play until the gates open at the scheduled time!

Early Access is Restricted

You may have heard that select content creators and Call of Duty partners already have access to Warzone 2.0. However, this is only for promotional purposes, and there is no way around it as a regular player. Unless you are one of the chosen few, you‘ll have to patiently await the worldwide rollout at launch.

Install Requirements and File Size

While Warzone 2.0 is free-to-play, you need to have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 installed as a launch platform. Here are the install sizes you can expect across platforms:

  • PC and Xbox Series X/S: Approx. 115GB
  • PS5: 64GB

Make sure you have enough free disk space before trying to install. Many players have encountered errors due to lack of storage capacity.

No Need to Purchase Modern Warfare 2

There was some confusion early on due to the install requirements, but rest assured that you do not need to purchase Modern Warfare 2 to play Warzone 2.0. While MW2 needs to be installed first, Warzone 2.0 is completely free-to-play whether you own MW2 or not.

Progression Synchronization with MW2

One cool feature is that progression is synchronized across Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2. This includes:

  • Battle Pass Progress
  • Unlocked Operators
  • Weapon Loadouts
  • Cosmetic Items

So playing either game will help you unlock new content seamlessly across both titles.

New Features and Changes

As expected, Warzone 2.0 introduces a wide variety of new features, including:

  • New AI combatants
  • Underwater combat
  • Proximity chat
  • DMZ mode

Gameplay itself has also been overhauled with major updates to:

  • Weapon loadout system
  • Gulag 2.0
  • Interrogation
  • Navigation

All in all, Warzone 2.0 provides a fresh take on the Call of Duty Battle Royale experience that both new and returning players will enjoy mastering.

When Will Servers Unlock in Your Region?

Based on the launch times provided earlier, here is an estimate for when Warzone 2.0 will unlock in different timezones on November 16:

Timezone Unlock Time
Los Angeles 10:00 AM
New York 1:00 PM
London 6:00 PM
Berlin 7:00 PM
Tokyo 3:00 AM (Nov 17)

So based on where you are located, you can determine exactly when Warzone 2.0 will unlock for you on launch day. Just hold tight until then and you‘ll be parachuting into Al Mazrah before you know it. Stay tuned for more Warzone 2.0 coverage and let me know if you have any other questions!