VGC reports that the mode is targeting an early March release, which would most likely mean either March 3 or March 10 since Modern Warfare updates hit on Tuesdays. The release will replace the currently gray-redacted area that was added to the main menu upon the Season 2 launch.
At the same time, the battle royale mode will reportedly be released as a free standalone game, which will give players the option to upgrade to the full Modern Warfare. The report also claims it will use the same battle pass as the main game, letting you progress through and earn cosmetics in any of the game’s modes.
It will also reportedly include a new “Plunder” currency that can be spent for gear, but you’ll also drop your own plunder if you’re holding when you’re taken down. You can bank Plunder to save the loot for future matches, but starting the process will alert other players that you’re a rich target. Death doesn’t count you out of a match entirely and instead puts you into a “Gulag” where you’ll fight 1v1 against another player to return to the match.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare recently kicked off its Season 2, with a huge patch that prompted an apology from the developer. The new season brought back the popular character Ghost, but the bigger surprise was a story trailer that showed Ghost calling for backup in a crowded battlefield. That was the first clue of a battle royale mode, though players appearing to glitch into the menu and map have added much more fuel to the fire since then.