As we’ve seen with Fortnite and Apex Legends, free to play Battle Royale titles ramp up in player count very quickly. It seems that Warzone is no different and so far, has been a massive hit for Activision.
Activision has announced that in the first 24 hours, Warzone has surpassed 6 million players. And keep in mind, that’s before the first weekend has even hit.
What a day! 24 hours in and over 6 million of you have dropped into #Warzone.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) March 11, 2020
Additionally, the team has announced that 200 player games are on the way in the near future as originally planned. Patrick Kelly, the Head of Infinity Ward, made the following comment to USA Today:
“We brought a number of twists to battle royale,” Kelly told USA TODAY. “I do think the world you play in is going to be undeniably unique. For one thing, we are initially going to roll out with 150 players, when you are typically seeing 60 to 100. Actually, I can tell you we are already playing with 200 players. We are going to release that a little bit later.”
We are absolutely loving Warzone as it runs well and brings some very good ideas to the Battle Royale genre. Right now there seems to be a rather good balance on the map with 150 players so we’ll have to see how increasing it by 33% will impact matches. Either way, we’re looking forward to it!