Upgrades to the premium Modern Warfare experience are also “above” initial expectations.
It’s no secret that Activision’s Call of Duty: Warzone has been a huge success since launching in March, notching up over 60 million players as of today. In its Q1 2020 earnings call, Activision president Rob Kostich talked about how Warzone has become “a really important part of the overall franchise ecosystem.”
The shared progression between Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has also paid off. Kostich noted that, “What we’re seeing right now in Warzone is a large number of players choosing to upgrade to the premium Modern Warfare game and experience everything that the Modern Warfare universe has offered. And so far, the number of upgrades to premium that we’re seeing are definitely above our initial expectations and that’s really great to see.”
Kostich also reported “franchise highs” in terms of daily average unique players and peak concurrent players. “So regarding the future of Warzone, we know how much the community is loving it, I mean how much they’re enjoying the experience so far. So we’re going to continue to invest in this significantly in terms of content, events, new modes, new ways to play and really, it’s just a ton more in the future.”
While those “new ways to play” haven’t been outlined yet, the development team has expressed interest in making Fortnite-style changes to the game. It also has plans for the long-term with Warzone being supported on Xbox Series X and PS5 along with serving as a connecting through-line for all the different Call of Duty titles. Again, we’ll see how this pans out for the game in the future but for now, things are looking good.
For more information on Call of Duty: Warzone, check out our review here.