Call of Duty Warzone 1 is shutting down today but what time will those servers be going offline for good?
In case you missed the news, Activision has officially announced that Warzone 1 (AKA Warzone Caldera) will be shutting down forever.
Here’s how long we have left with the iconic Battle Royale title.
When Are Warzone 1 Servers Shutting Down?
Warzone 1 servers shut down permanently on September 21, 2023 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST. Warzone Caldera will no longer be playable on any platform.
On top of that, those that don’t own Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, or Vanguard will lose access to all purchased cosmetics and store bundles from those titles, as well as all their weapon leveling and progress.
In the meantime, Activision has actually changed Warzone 2’s name to simply Warzone once again.
Why Is Warzone 1 Shutting Down?
According to Call of Duty publisher Activision, Warzone 1 is shutting down to allow the development teams to focus on future content for other projects, such as Warzone 2.
It’s likely that the publisher doesn’t want to continue to pay server costs for the older Battle Royale title, while also aiming to drive the game’s fanbase over to the new Warzone experience.
Warzone 1’s shutdown was announced on Twitter on June 22, 2023, where it was met with heavy criticism from the fans.
With every update, Warzone ‘2’ is becoming increasingly similar to its predecessor. And it appears clear that there’s still a large number of Call of Duty fans who would prefer to be playing the older game.
Call of Duty Fans React to Warzone 1 Shut Down Announcement
COD-focused Twitter account ModenasHD was quick to react to Warzone 1’s shutdown announcement, pointing out that Treyarch’s previous Battle Royale title Blackout still has servers live after 5 years.
It’s easy to forget that Warzone was actually Activision’s second major attempt at a COD Battle Royale. But unlike Warzone Caldera, Blackout requires players to purchase Black Ops 4 in order to play.
Meanwhile, content creator TheGamingRevolution also had some stern words for Activision, calling the company disrespectful towards its fans.
Warzone Caldera has already removed some content for good, including past maps Verdansk and Verdansk ’84, as well as mini-BR maps such as Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep.
All that’s left standing in Warzone 1 is Caldera, arguably the game’s least popular map.
It’s clear that there are many fans against the deletion of Warzone Caldera, and very few for it.
But all the protests don’t appear to be swaying Activision, and Warzone 1 will still be shutting down on September 21.