Do you need Xbox Live or PS Plus to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

The game is free to play, excluding console subscriptions, of course.

Call of Duty Warzone

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Call of Duty: Warzone is coming to all platforms and is free to play. While PC players celebrate, console players are left wondering how free it is. 

Battle royales are killing it, and Call of Duty wants in on the action. Call of Duty: Warzone is another big title entering the battle royale scene. The surprise game mode is boasting about its free to play status across all platforms. But games are rarely free to play on console. If the game is an online multiplayer or offers that option, players have to pay for the console’s subscription service.

Do you need Xbox Live to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

While there hasn’t been a definitive answer on it, even free to play games like Fortnite requires Xbox Live Gold to play online. So yes, you will most likely need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play. 

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

PlayStation Plus is different from Xbox Live. Whether the game requires it is left up to the developers. For instance, Fortnite doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. Despite an image appearing online showing that PS Plus was needed, Activision have confirmed that this is not the case, and you do not need PS Plus to play Warzone on the PlayStation 4.

Call of Duty: Warzone is technically free to play because players aren’t paying for the game itself. Players won’t need to purchase or already own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Because console providers demand subscriptions, games on console are very rarely free to play.

Call of Duty: Warzone releases March 10, 2020.