The highly anticipated Call of Duty battle royale mode Warzone has been revealed, and one of the most unique features of the game is the way respawns work. Here’s everything you need to know about Buy Stations and The Gulag.
Call of Duty fans have been eagerly anticipating another battle royale game after the success of Blackout in Black Ops 4, and their hopes have been answered with the announcement of Warzone, which includes some exciting new features for fans of the series.
In the early days of battle royales, elimination meant you were out of the game permanently, but with Apex Legends and Fortnite introducing the ability to respawn, Infinity Ward have decided to include the system in their game, but with an added twist, unlike anything we've seen before. Players can spend their hard-earned in-game cash to bring their squad member back to live, or if you die early enough, you can test your mettle inside The Gulag and win a 1v1 battle to earn your return.
How to respawn in Call of Duty: Warzone
The easiest way to respawn in Warzone is to be revived by your teammates. In this version of CoD’s battle royale, ‘Buy Stations’ are located around the map, allowing players to purchase killstreaks as well as a new life for their fallen comrades.
Of course, this means that players will need to save up cash to revive others, which currently costs a hefty $4500 per team member. Money can be hard to find in-game, so you’ll need to be smart with it and have a bit of luck.
Alternatively, you can make your way through the Gulag – a brand new feature that lets players earn a way back into the match, unlike any other game.
The first time you're eliminated in Call of Duty: Warzone, you're thrown into a Gulag where you have to 1v1 another random player who's been eliminated. Whoever wins gets to redeploy. pic.twitter.com/ZNZ5aiLoNc
— Hutch (@hutchinson) March 9, 2020
What is Call of Duty: Warzone’s Gulag?
The Gulag is a unique way for players to get back into the Warzone match after their first death. In the Gulag, players fight 1v1 matches against other defeated players, with the winner being released back onto the map.
When you enter the Gulag you may be forced to wait your turn, but you can watch others fight in the ring and even cause some mischief by throwing rocks at the fighters. You only get one chance, so if you lose you will be stuck waiting for your teammates to find a Buy Station and save you.
It’s important to remember that you only go to the Gulag after your first death and that it doesn’t last all game. There isn’t currently a specific cut off point to the Gulag, but it is likely after a certain amount of players are eliminated. This is to ensure that players who die early have another chance, but in late-game scenarios, teams have to pay a hefty price to undo your kill.
Of course, respawning is a last-ditch effort to bring you back, and many will be hoping that they aren't in a situation too often where they're begging their teammates to spend $4,500 to bring them back.
If you get wiped out early and feel confident in your shot though, you can always take your chances in the Gulag, and earn your freedom at the expense of another fallen foe.