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Warzone Battle Royale Preview: What is it and how does it work?

Official Warzone artwork for Season 2.

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Activision has launched a brand new Warzone game mode – it’s called Battle Royale Preview and is available to play right now.

Naturally, players will be wondering exactly what the mode is and how it works. Battle Royale Preview is actually a really cool idea and hopefully something that can be used to improve Warzone going forward.

Currently, Battle Royale Preview blends elements of classic Battle Royale with some of the hallmarks of the now-unsupported DMZ mode.

We were excited to check the mode out for ourselves, so we dove right on in and experienced everything it has to offer. Armed with first-hand insights, let’s go through exactly what it is and what players can expect from it.

What is Battle Royale Preview mode in Warzone?

Battle Royale Preview is a new limited-time mode that Activision will use to periodically test new features for Warzone.

Activision has explained that Battle Royale Preview will appear as a playlist option when they are “looking for both data and feedback from our players on new systems”.

Battle Royale Preview mode in the Warzone menu.
Battle Royale Preview mode in the menu.

Just because features are being previewed in the mode, it is no guarantee they will ever be added to standard Battle Royale.

How many players is Battle Royale Preview and what squad sizes are available?

Battle Royale Preview allows for up to 100 players per game. The only squad size currently available is Quads – there is no option to play Solos, Duos, or Trios.

Battle Royale Preview allows Squad Fill. So, you can always play with random teammates if you’re happy to do so.

Which map is it on?

Battle Royale Preview is set on the Urzikstan map, just like normal Battle Royale.

What features are being tested in Battle Royale Preview?

Two new features are currently being tested and previewed in the mode. They are Covert Exfil and Weapon Case.

Both features were previously included in DMZ, and work in much the same way as they did before. Covert Exfil is a secondary win condition that allows players to call in a heavy chopper for extraction.

Covert Exfil chopper coming into land in Warzone Battle Royale Preview.
Covert Exfil chopper landing in Battle Royale Preview.

Meanwhile, escaping or surviving with a Weapon Case will unlock special rewards for a squad.

How is it different from standard Battle Royale?

Aside from Covert Exfil and Weapon Case, the new mode features two other main differences.

Firstly, the wait time for the first circle is increased to 150 seconds from 90 seconds. The idea here is that this will allow players more time to find the Weapon Case if it spawns outside the initial safe zone.

Secondly, while Champions Quest is available in Battle Royale Preview, win streaks will be broken if your squad extracts via Covert Exfil rather than survives until the very end.

So, there you have it. That’s everything there is to know about Battle Royale Preview mode in Call of Duty: Warzone.

What are your thoughts on the new mode? Do you prefer it to standard Battle Royale? Let us know in the comment section below and don’t forget to check out our other gaming articles.


Joe Harby

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