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When can you play CoD: Modern Warfare? Launch times on PC, PS4, Xbox One

Published: 24/Oct/2019 11:31 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 12:54

by Joe O'Brien

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare officially launches on October 25, but when exactly will you be able to start playing it?

Infinity Ward’s latest addition to the Call of Duty catalog has many fans incredibly excited, with a return to perhaps the most popular sub-series in the franchise, Modern Warfare, not only in name but also in spirit, with the game set to bring back a classic feel in terms of mechanics and pacing.

Whether you’re most excited to reunite with Captain Price in the new campaign, or looking to jump straight into multiplayer matches, many fans will undoubtedly be hoping to try out the game from the moment it goes live.

Exactly when Modern Warfare will be available to play depends on a number of factors, however, from how you’ve purchased the game, to what platform you’re on and where you are in the world. Here’s everything you need to know to figure out exactly when the game will be released for you.

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PC Global Launch

For PC players, things are very simple, as the game will go live for everyone at the exact same time: 6 PM PDT on Thursday October 24 – technically the day before the official release on October 25, for some time zones at least.

Those on PC can pre-order the game through the Battle.net client, and immediately begin installing it in preparation for the launch. Those who pre-ordered earlier should also return to the client to install the game if they haven’t already, as the installation has only been live since October 22.

Below is the release time for the PC Global Launch in several time zones.

Release PDT EDT BST CEST AEDT
PC Global Launch 6 PM 9 PM 2 AM 3 AM 12 PM

ActivisionLocal times for the global PC launch.

PS4 and Xbox One Launch

Things are a little bit more complicated for console players. For a start, if you manage to get your hands on a physical copy, you can actually start playing immediately.

For those who have bought the game digitally, however, there will be different release times depending on where you are. Most of the launches are taking place at midnight local time, but for players in North America the game will be available at the same time as the Global PC Launch, from 6 PM PDT.

Like the PC version, digital purchases on console can be pre-loaded, so be sure to set the installation going ahead of time so you’re not waiting once the game actually releases.

Release PDT EDT BST CEST AEDT
Console Digital Launch 6 PM 9 PM 12 AM 12 AM 12 AM

For PS4 players, the launch will also feature the Survival mode, a part of Spec Ops which is exclusive to the platform for a whole year. Players on PC and Xbox One will have to wait until October 2020 – when the next Call of Duty instalment will presumably be launching – if the want to experience the mode, something many fans have unsurprisingly expressed frustration over.

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NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

Fortnite Item Shop
Epic Games
Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.