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Do You Need Modern Warfare 2 to Play Warzone 2.0? Explained

Warzone 2.0 is here, and it's free.

Warzone 2.0 is here, and it’s raising a lot of questions as to whether or not you need Modern Warfare 2 to partake in the experience. Here’s everything you need to know on whether or not you need MW2 to play Warzone 2.0.

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To answer the question, yes you can play Warzone 2 without MW2. Warzone 2.0 is a separate experience, free for all players on all platforms, that can be downloaded from your store of choice. Conversely, if you own MW2, you can select it straight from the in-game menus.

Much like its predecessor, Warzone 2.0 can be played through a separate application that can be installed on your platform of choice. Simply head to the store client you use, search up Warzone 2.0, and it’ll be an option to install. However, it appears that if you do not own MW2, Warzone 2.0 takes up more storage space on your platform of choice. A quick point to note is that owning MW2 will give you a slight edge over the competition, as you’ll gain access to the multiplayer portion for customization purposes.

This is all you need to know on whether or not you need MW2 to play Warzone 2.0. Speaking of size, check out how much storage Warzone 2.0 will take on your head drive, new changes coming to Warzone, and the all new DMZ mode.


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