Activision has released the first details for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s Season 4 Reloaded patch, which is highlighted by an update to Warzone‘s Battle Royale Quads mode that raises the max player count to 200.
“With this update, Verdansk will now be able to hold up to 200 players in Battle Royale Quads,” says Activision via a blog post which details this update’s content. “That means 50 Quads of Operators fighting each other and the encroaching circle collapse. This new player count makes Warzone an even bigger Battle Royale experience, so get ready to drop in alongside 199 other members of this millions-strong community to cause havoc!”
As previously stated, it seems that only Warzone’s Quads (four-player teams) mode will be affected by this raised player count. Furthermore, Activision describes this 200 player option as a “limited-time mode,” but they have not yet revealed how long that option will be available.
Warzone players will also now be able to access Supply Run Contracts as part of this new update. When acquired, these contracts will temporarily discount the prices of certain Buy Station products but only if you and your squad can reach a Buy Station before the contract expires.
Further Warzone updates include a new Juggernaut Royale mode (which allows a player to become a “Juggernaut” and utilize a minigun until they’re sent to the Gulag), the addition of a Spotter Scope that doesn’t produce a glare (making it ideal for recon), and a new Warzone Starter Pack which grants players access to various cosmetics and in-game currency.
This update also adds a new sniper rifle (the Rytec AMR), a new map (Cheshire Park), and a new mode (Team Defender) to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s competitive multiplayer. Modern Warfare multiplayer fans will also be able to access various new items via the in-game store.
All of these updates will be pushed live to Modern Warfare and Warzone on June 29 at 11 p.m. PDT. Activision warns that this update will be quite large (22-36 GB depending on your preferences and platform), but they hope that this update will ultimately reduce the game’s overall “digital footprint” across various devices.
It’s probably not a coincidence that the Warzone seemingly headlines the details of these latest updates. Ever since it launched as a free-to-play standalone battle royale, Warzone has quickly become one of the most popular battle royale titles in the world. Many consider it to be a strictly better version of Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode, and developer Infinity Ward has continued to support Warzone since its launch via a series of compelling (and sometimes mysterious) updates.
What remains to be seen is what Activision/Infinity Ward choose to do with Warzone as we near the seemingly inevitable reveal and release of 2020’s Call of Duty game which appears to be a return to the style of classic Black Ops campaign experiences.