The iconic Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera will officially go offline on September 21, marking the end of an era for the fan-favorite battle royale map. Having captured the attention of over 100 million players since its inception in March 2020, Caldera’s shutdown is a pivotal moment in the franchise’s history.
Originating from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone Caldera was a groundbreaking contribution to the gaming landscape. The immense popularity of the game led Activision to rebrand it as ‘Caldera‘ with its final map name, following the release of Warzone 2.0 in November 2022. This move ensured the loyal fan base could indulge in the nostalgic gameplay, which made the original so beloved.
It’s vital for players to understand the scope of the shutdown. All gameplay, player progression, inventories, and online services associated with Caldera will cease to exist post-shutdown. However, the silver lining here is that the discontinuation won’t affect the gameplay, inventory, or player progression on other Warzone maps like Al Mazrah.
For those players lamenting the incompatibility of skins and weapons acquired from the three premium Call of Duty titles in Warzone 2.0, Activision has a consolation. Players can still access and utilize these purchased contents in the multiplayer modes of Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard.
While the sunset of Caldera is undoubtedly a sentimental moment for many, it’s also a symbol of evolution and growth. The Call of Duty franchise continues to develop and innovate, ensuring gamers can expect more exhilarating experiences in the future. As stated by the Call of Duty staff, “As Warzone moves ahead with exciting new experiences to come, Warzone Caldera will shut down on September 21, 2023.“