Do You Need to Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to Play Warzone 2.0?
Warzone 2.0 is a standalone free-to-play experience that does not require you to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. However, there is an ongoing bug that is telling people that they need to purchase Modern Warfare 2 to play Warzone 2.0. This is not the case and you do not need to purchase Modern Warfare 2 to experience the battle royale and DMZ mode that Warzone 2.0 has to offer. Here is how you can fix the “Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to have access” error.
How to Fix the “Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to have access” error in Warzone 2.0
If you get the error message saying “Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to access”, simply ignore it and do the following:
Make sure that your game is updated
Restart the game
If the issue persists, head to the Social tab
Find a friend who has Modern Warfare 2
Click on Join Game
You will now be put in a party with your friend and will be able to queue
This is a workaround that works only if you have friends who own Modern Warfare 2. There is an alternate solution for Steam users that fixes the issue but it does not work for other platforms.
Launch Steam and find Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2.0 in your library
Right Click on the game and click on Properties
Click on Verify the Integrity of Game Files
The game might redownload some files
Wait for the process to complete and launch the game
The issue should now be fixed. You can also try Battle.net’s Scan and Repair feature from the launcher if you are playing the game via Blizzard’s launcher.
Open the Battle.net desktop app
Click on the Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 icon in the Games menu
Click the cog wheel next to the Play button and choose the Scan and Repair option
These solutions can serve as a temporary workaround until Activision deploys a hotfix for the problem. If you do not want to purchase Modern Warfare 2 and just want to play Warzone, you can safely wait for a fix if any of the above solutions do not help resolve the “Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to have access” error.