Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale game for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One that recently passed the milestone of 50 million players. Warzone can be installed both as an update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or as a free, standalone game for players who dont own Modern Warfare and arent interested in purchasing it. The battle royale game is a huge download size even if you dont have Modern Warfare, but dont worry–that just gives you some time to check out our list of Warzone tips while its installing. Or read up on the Season 3 patch notes for the big update that went live last week.

Find our quick how-to guide for installing Call of Duty: Warzone, and learn more about how Warzone and Modern Warfares unified progression works, below.

How To Download Warzone Without Modern Warfare

If you want to play Call of Duty: Warzone but dont own and arent planning on purchasing Modern Warfare, you can expect an 83-101 GB download size, according to the official Activision blog. Its available as a standalone battle royale game on all available platforms, meaning PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and can be downloaded from associated first-party stores. Check out the download links below.

How To Download Warzone If You Own Modern Warfare

If you already own Modern Warfare and want to play Warzone, the update should start automatically upon launching the game. Depending on your platform, its an 18-22 GB update. If the update doesnt automatically install, or you encounter other issues, try restarting your system. Youll see that Warzone has replaced, or “unlocked,” the Classified panel in the main menu.

How Unified Progression Works In Warzone And Modern Warfare

In addition to being cross-play, Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare feature a unified or shared progression system, meaning content earned across either game will transfer to the other, no matter which order you play them in. That means if you own Modern Warfare already and decide to hop into Warzone, your Operators, Battle Pass items, and other unlocks will be accessible in Warzone. If you dont own Modern Warfare and install Warzone as a standalone, then decide to pick up Modern Warfare at a later date, any progress you make in Warzone will carry over as well.

When Did Call Of Duty: Warzone Launch?

After a series of series of leaks and rumors, a mysterious countdown on Modern Warfares main menu screen, and an official tease on social media, Call of Duty: Warzone officially launched the morning of March 10, 2020. It became available to download first at 8 AM PT for Modern Warfare players, then at noon PT for players looking to install the standalone version.