Activision has confirmed that Warzone content and the items you’ve unlocked will still be available when Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is released in November.
“Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play experience Call of Duty: Warzone,” says Activision in a recent press release. “Black Ops Cold War includes shared progression features with Warzone, adding brand new inventory items that can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Warzone players will still have access to all of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare content, including Operators and Weapon Blueprints previously earned.”
There are a couple of things to take away from this information, and the first is that you won’t lose everything that you’ve earned in Warzone when Black Ops launches later this year. There were some who were theorizing that the launch of Black Ops may create a separate ecosystem for Warzone items and content, but it now seems that will not be the case.
The second, and maybe most important, conclusion we draw from this statement is that it sounds like Warzone is going to stick around for both the launch of Cold War and potentially quite some time after. Activision notes that they plan to create “new inventory items that can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone,” which would be an odd move for a company that’s just planning on replacing Warzone with a new battle royale experience sometime in the near future.
Granted, it’s still entirely possible that Activision could decide to release a new battle royale title sometime after Cold War is released, but the wording of this announcement doesn’t necessarily indicate that fans should expect the current version of Warzone to be replaced with Blackout 2 or Warzone 2 anytime soon.
If that proves to be true, then it would be a surprisingly welcome departure from how Activision and their partners have typically handled such releases in the past. New Call of Duty games tend to essentially retire previous Call of Duty content (with some exceptions), but it currently looks like Warzone will stick around as Call of Duty‘s free-to-play battle royale option for at least the near future.
While we’d advise against getting your hopes up for Warzone to always be available and not somehow require you to purchase a new Call of Duty game in order to fully enjoy, it looks like the future of the incredibly popular battle royale title is safe…for now.