Goodbye Warzone! COD’s Original Battle Royale Mode Has Shut Down

Goodbye Warzone! COD's Original Battle Royale Mode Has Shut Down
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Fans of the original Warzone have bid a fond farewell to a game that got many through some difficult times. The Call of Duty battle royale launched for free in March 2020 amid the COVID pandemic, and for many who were quarantined, it was a lifeline to contact with the outside world.

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Fast forward three and a half years, and the OG Warzone has finally shut down. Replaced with Warzone 2.0 last year, the popular battle royale has made Activision millions during the various lockdowns, but now it was time to say our final farewells.

Warzone: A Fond Farewell to an Old Friend

Many were saddened to say goodbye to the OG map, Verdansk, in Warzone.
Many were saddened to say goodbye to the OG map, Verdansk, in Warzone.

No doubt many through the various lockdowns had binged their way through Tiger King, Schitt’s Creek, and various other series on subscription channels. And now they were looking for something else to occupy their time. Warzone was that ‘something else.’

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But for Activision, even it wouldn’t have comprehended how successful the battle royale game would be when it launched.

It was released to little to no fanfare at the time, understandably, but very quickly saw an explosion of players picking up the game, and looking forward, it had changed the landscape of Call of Duty games forever. So much so that it had become a focal point of the franchise.

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The battle royale successor launched last year, but is it as good?
The battle royale successor launched last year, but is it as good?

Upon confirming that the original Warzone would be shutting down in June this year, Activision had the following message for players in their statement:

“Thank you to the Call of Duty community and to our developers for making Call of Duty: Warzone an amazing place to play together.”

Fans then took to social media in huge numbers to bid farewell to what had been a loyal companion over the last 3 and a half years.

“I will carry Verdansk in my heart. Gone, but not forgotten.” –@nckmad

“Warzone 1 during covid will never be beaten, probably the only time you saw your boys grind for hours and just having fun on the game 😪 ” – @Venoms_

” Warzone 1 during lockdown will always be remembered🙏” – @iam_illogical

“Amazing memories for sure got all of us through a pandemic and I remember playing it with some amazing people as well I’ll never forget the memories for sure” – @Jspears151

As we can see from just a handful of comments, the memories of Warzone during lockdown will last a lifetime. And for many, it was a welcome escape from a time when there was so much uncertainty in the world.

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Goodbye, old friend. Thank you for the memories.
Goodbye, old friend. Thank you for the memories.

So it was through tear-soaked eyes that fans said their goodbyes to the original Warzone. But one thing we have to ask ourselves is: would the game have been as successful had the COVID-19 pandemic not hit? We’re not so sure.

What are your thoughts on the latest news for Warzone? And what are your fondest memories of the OG Call of Duty battle royale? More importantly, do you agree that Verdansk was the best map? Get in touch, drop us a comment, and let us know your thoughts.

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Written by Andy MacGregor

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Born and raised in the West coast of Scotland. A massive fan of Comics and losing endless hours in epic Video Games.