On November 21, 2022, Warzone 2 had already surpassed 25 million players across all platforms. This was announced on the official Call of Duty Twitter account only five days after launch.
On Steam alone, there was initially a peak of 488,897 concurrent players, though today’s numbers are at a record low.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to get an exact breakdown across Battle.net, Xbox, and PlayStation, all of which do not disclose their data.
According to Active Player, the most active players Warzone 1 ever had was 60 million during the month of February 2022.
Some other key milestones to note from the original Warzone include:
- 6 Million players reached in 24 hours.
- 15 Million players reached 3 days after launch.
- 30 Million players reached in 2 weeks.
Initially it certainly seemed as though Warzone 2 was well on track to surpass any milestones its predecessor managed to reach. However, Activision is keeping quiet about the game’s success (or lack thereof) for now.
We do know, per NPD Data, that Modern Warfare 2 was the best-selling game of 2022 in the US, surpassing even Elden Ring. It also took the crown as December 2022’s overall best-seller.
Is Warzone 2 Player Count Dropping?
Yes, right now it does appear that Warzone 2 & MW2’s player count is decreasing. According to Steamcharts, an average of 86,521 players were playing the title on Steam at any time in the last 30 days.
This number has been dropping consistently every month, since November 2022’s launch spike of 223,897 average users.
Here are the average player counts for Modern Warfare 2 on Steam over the last few months:
- February 2023 – 96,141 Players
- January 2023 – 102,946 Players
- December 2022 – 178,252 Players
- November 2022 (Launch) – 223,897 Players
It’s worth noting that these stats are exclusive to Steam, and though it’s likely that player counts on Battle.net, PlayStation, and Xbox are facing similar declines, we can’t confirm anything.
It’s similarly worth mentioning that these statistics don’t reveal what percentage of Modern Warfare 2 players are active on Warzone and which ones are simply there for multiplayer.
However, insider CharlieIntel is reporting that they’ve heard from multiple sources that Warzone 2’s player count dropped over the Winter break at “a higher rate than expected.”
If this claim proves to be correct, we can only wait and see if Warzone 2’s upcoming Plunder and Ranked modes are enough to bring players back.
Modern Warfare 2 currently holds the record for any Call of Duty title’s highest peak of concurrent players on Steam, at 488,897 players. However, we can’t see it hitting those figures again at any point in its lifecycle, especially now that Activision has confirmed a new Call of Duty game will launch in 2023.