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Is Warzone 1 Still Playable? How to Play the Original Battle Royale

Warzone 2 is currently Activision’s main priority but it is still possible to return to Warzone 1 and Caldera if you know how.

If you’re more of a fan of Warzone than the new Warzone 2.0, you’re not alone. Right now, Activision’s newer Battle Royale is a little too broken for many players to enjoy.

And even when Activision does fix Warzone 2, there’s no denying that it’s a very different game when compared to the original BR title.

Thankfully, there’s a way to play Warzone 1 again for all those that prefer the way it feels.

Warzone Caldera

Can You Still Play Warzone 1 in 2023?

Yes, the original Call of Duty Warzone is still playable as ‘Warzone Caldera’ in 2023. However, Caldera is the only map available to play, and the only remaining playlists are Quads and Solos.

Also, Activision is clearly pushing players towards the newer Battle Royale, filling Warzone with ads for Warzone 2.

Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep, as well as all Resurgence game modes, seem to have been removed from Warzone 1 for good.

And although it looks like a new, smaller map is coming to Warzone 2 in Season 2, we might have seen the last of those iconic arenas.

Thankfully, there’s a way to continue playing Rebirth Island and even Verdansk!

How to Play Warzone 1

  • First, players need to find Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) on their store of choice.
  • Download the application, which should be around 70-90 GB in size.
  • On Battle.net, players can choose ‘Modify Install’ and check ‘Warzone Caldera’ to just install the Battle Royale portion of the game.
How to Install Warzone 1 Caldera
  • Once installed, load it up and choose ‘Warzone Caldera from the bottom of the Modern Warfare menu on the right.
  • Ignore the ‘Play Warzone 2.0’ pop-up, instead choosing ‘Download Warzone Caldera’
  • Then, you’re free to drop into Caldera once again!
How to Download Warzone 1 in 2023

In both the Modern Warfare 2019 title screen and the Warzone Caldera lobby, players will see numerous ads for MW2 & Warzone 2.

However, the game is exactly as you remember it, complete with all your weapons, loadouts, and unlocks. There are even Daily Challenges to complete, but the game will likely never see another update.

Thankfully, Warzone 2 is taking steps to become more similar to its predecessor too. Loadout drops have made their debut in Warzone 2 at last, and Raven Software is clearly listening to player feedback.

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