Good luck figuring out how to download Warzone 2.0

UPDATE 16/11/22: An additional update for Call of Duty was released this morning and weighs in at approximately 70 GB for Xbox Series X/S and 20 GB for PlayStation 5.

PlayStation 5 users will also need to re-download the Warzone, Multiplayer and Spec Ops content packs (if they were previously installed), adding an additional 10GB to the total download size.

It’s unclear why PlayStation users need to re-download these packs, but this was a regular occurrence with Modern Warfare (2019) and Warzone updates.

If you have slow internet speeds, I strongly recommend that you make time to download the updates before Warzone 2.0’s launch time tonight, which starts at 6pm here in the UK.

Of course, this is not much consolation for people with data caps and as the energy crisis has shot up the price of electricity.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/15/22:Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 can now be preloaded ahead of the game’s release tomorrow, but doing so is anything but easy.

PlayStation 4 and 5 owners who searched for Warzone 2.0 last night couldn’t find the download by searching for “Call of Duty Warzone” on the PlayStation Store, while Steam users who own Modern Warfare 2 found no download at all.

Things are a little better on Xbox, where Warzone 2.0 can be found with its own store page. Still, on closer inspection, the download seems confusingly enough to also bundle Modern Warfare 2 for free.

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What is going on here? Well, for the second time, Activision has integrated Warzone 2.0 into the Modern Warfare 2 launcher, just like it did with Warzone and Modern Warfare (2019).

PlayStation 5 users can find Warzone 2.0 by visiting the Modern Warfare 2 store page and clicking the context menu to see different editions of the game. There you will find the option for Warzone 2.0.

The download size depends on whether you already have Modern Warfare 2 installed, as those with the game have a much smaller 2.51GB, while those downloading from scratch have a larger 45GB download.

As for Steam, Activision has confirmed that anyone with Modern Warfare 2 installed will already have Warzone 2.0 preloaded, while those who don’t have it installed can go ahead and download Warzone 2.0 themselves.

While slightly simpler, the way this works has proven controversial among the hardcore Call of Duty community. News of the integration led to this post rising to the top of the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit:

The main issue for fans here is that Warzone is the evergreen live-service Call of Duty game with a larger player base, often judged to overshadow Activision’s premium offerings. Activision’s launcher focuses primarily on Warzone, players say, while the premium Modern Warfare comes in second. This has led the core community to embrace the so-called “clean menu” before Warzone was integrated.

I raised this issue a few months ago because plans to shut down the original Warzone led to fears that Modern Warfare would also be discontinued. Thankfully, it looks like Modern Warfare (2019)’s interface has been reverted to its pre-Warzone form (albeit with a big ad for Modern Warfare 2).

The menu of Modern Warfare (2019) after Warzone.

The Modern Warfare interface after patching Warzone.

Still, for fans, this integration creates a broader sense that Activision’s development resources are being pulled away from Modern Warfare 2 and into Warzone 2.0. The community has pointed out that only two maps have been announced for the game’s first season, both of which have been reused from previous games. The game’s first major patch also coincides with the launch of Warzone 2.0, which raises questions about whether Modern Warfare 2’s development is dictated by the Battle Royale mode’s development cycle.

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