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Can You Download Warzone Without Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Fancy a Battle Royale stoush but not all that keen on Call of Duty as a whole? Wanting to know if you can download Warzone without Modern Warfare? Well, not really.
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So, maybe you’ve heard about the latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare addition in the form of Warzone? The Battle Royale that we’ve been waiting months for? Well, you’re definitely not alone. We definitely reckon that it’s worth a shot if you haven’t already cracked into it, but some of you might be a bit daunted by some questions surrounding actually playing the game. Is it free to play? Can you download Warzone without Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Well, we’ll tell you.

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Can You Download Warzone Without Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

So, you want to try out Call of Duty: Warzone and you’ve heard that it’s free to play. Well, you’re not wrong on that front. It’s definitely free to play, but some people might be a little confused as to how it ties into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. We’ve already got the news about how big the actual update files are if you already have Modern Warfare downloaded versus if you don’t, so we can understand if you might be worried that the game is only free to those who currently already own Modern Warfare. 

Unfortunately, as you would have gathered from the discrepancy in file size for downloading Warzone content that changes based on whether you already have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare installed, it’s impossible to actually download the two separately. But we want to make it very clear that you do not have to own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to actually play Warzone. Sure, you have to download a whole ton of data – we’re talking 100GB worth – to play it if you don’t already have Modern Warfare installed, and the way that the two are set out in the Battle.net or PlayStation interfaces might confuse you, but you need that entire download if you don’t already have Modern Warfare installed on your device. That doesn’t mean that you get automatic free access to Modern Warfare – you still have to own it to play the content associated with that title but the Warzone mode that is enabled after your download is free to access for everyone regardless. 

Now that you know whether or not you can download Warzone without Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it should be a little bit easier for you to plug and play into the Battle Royale mode that we know you’ve been absolutely frothing to try. Essentially, it’s a hell of a huge download if you don’t already have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and it’s patched up, but you don’t need to pay or to own Modern Warfare to actually play it. Luckily, Warzone is free to play, but you’re still going to require that 100GB of download space to play it. Happy hunting! Need a hand with anything else in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Why not check out these tips and tricks that we’ve put together for players just like you in our dedicated guides hub for the game?


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Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.