Is Call of Duty: Warzone getting a ranked mode? It’s a question that has been on players’ lips since the game was released in 2020, and for good reason. While competitive-minded players can always look to set Warzone kill records, play some Iron Trials, or scoop a big payday at a tournament, there is no baked-in competitive ranked system in Warzone.
With rival battle royales like Apex Legends flaunting popular, well-supported ranked modes, Warzone players have always questioned why their favourite BR hasn’t received the same treatment.
The inclusion of Iron Trials in Season 5 of the Black Ops Cold War era – which was the first Warzone mode with a modified ruleset catered to tournament play and competitive players – did hint that maybe Activision and Raven Software were preparing to take the competitive side of Warzone more seriously. Plus, the upcoming integration with Call of Duty: Vanguard and rebrand to Warzone Pacific would be a perfect opportunity to introduce such a mode, especially as the game will then be covered by a new anti-cheat system called Ricochet.
So is a Warzone ranked mode on the horizon, and what could it look like?
Call of Duty: Warzone currently does not have a ranked mode. While there are competitive-focused game modes like Iron Trials, there is no rankings system for players to climb.
A ranked mode has been a heavily requested feature for some time by Warzone players, but Activision is yet to reveal any plans of adding one.
Some prominent insiders and leakers have suggested, however, that a Warzone ranked mode is in development and could be added to the game soon.
If it does ever receive a ranked mode, what might the Warzone ranks look like? It could follow a traditional ranked system, whereby you gradually work your way up a ladder from Bronze, to Silver, to Gold, and so on (similarly to the Apex Legends ranks).
However, recent Call of Duty games have tended to do things differently when it comes to ranked play. Black Ops Cold War had its divisive League Play system – in which players look to improve their rank from 1 to 30 by competing in time-locked ladders with similarly-skilled players – and the upcoming Vanguard ranked mode may look to adapt this formula, especially as Treyarch is helping lead developer Sledgehammer games in creating the mode.
We could see this kind of system implemented for Warzone’s future ranked mode too.
Warzone ranked SBMM
While Warzone’s initial development team at Infinity Ward claimed early in its life that the battle royale does not have skill-based matchmaking, many players are convinced that it does. They claim that K/D ratios are used to try and place players in similarly skilled lobbies.
Whether that’s true or not, any form of Warzone ranked mode will almost certainly have some kind of SBMM. If it turns out to be like traditional ranking systems, this will be based around your current rank or matchmaking rating (MMR). It’s doubtful that K/D-based SBMM would be used to match players in ranked Warzone matches.
Warzone ranked Iron Trials
Towards the end of the Black Ops Cold War era, Warzone introduced a new, competitive-focused mode called Iron Trials. This mode came with its own custom ruleset that catered to tournament players and high-skilled players.
Some speculate that Iron Trials is being used as a testbed for a future ranked mode, and that once the perfect competitive settings have been found, it could become the basis for a Warzone ranked mode.
While Raven Software could still create ranked playlists for multiple game modes (such as traditional battle royale, or perhaps even Rebirth Island) it makes the most sense that Iron Trials would become the mode of choice for a competitive ranked experience.
While information is thin on the ground regarding a ranked mode in Warzone, it’s certainly a feature many players want to see added – and it’s one that is not outside of the realms of possibility.