Call of Duty

Will Warzone 1 Still be Playable?

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Fans are curious following the Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 reveal if the current Warzone title will still be available following its release.

Call of Duty: Warzone has gone through multiple updates and seasons since its March 2020 release. Originally set in the Modern Warfare (2019) universe, Activision has added both Black Ops: Cold War and Vanguard content to the title. As of now, there are three maps currently available: Caldera, Rebirth Island and Fortune's Keep. The latter two are fan-favorites, while the first leaves much to be desired including fans calling for the return of Verdansk.

Warzone 2.0 will be a brand-new experience tied to Modern Warfare II including a clean slate of content. So, will Warzone 1 cease to exist when the game is released?

Will Warzone 1 Still be Playable?

As of writing, the original Warzone will remain playable following Warzone 2.0's release. According to Activision, Warzone 2.0 will be a separate experience. Think of it in terms of eras. Blackout remains a Black Ops 4 mode, Warzone contains MW19, Cold War and Vanguard, and Warzone 2.0 will feature MWII content. How long Warzone 1 will be playable remains to be seen, but for those worried the past three years will evaporate when 2.0 launches that's not the case.

It remains to be seen how much content will be added to the original Warzone in the future. Call of Duty developers do tend to release new content in past titles following annual releases, but not to the fashion of the current title. As well, Warzone 2.0 has some controversial changes that fans aren't happy about. For starters, there aren't any traditional Loadouts which has been a standout feature of Warzone.

Al Mazrah looks to be a popular battle royale map, but fans might want something more fast paced like Fortune's Keep. It doesn't look likely that WZ2.0 will get a smaller map any time soon. Plus, there's years of cosmetics purchased on the original Warzone that aren't transferrable to the new experience.

Warzone 2.0 launches Nov. 16.