Want to put a bounty on your own head?
That high-risk tactic — which promises huge rewards if executed properly — is available following Tuesday's "Call of Duty: Warzone" update.
The "Most Wanted" contract feature is one of several tweaks made to the free Battle Royale game, which has exploded in popularity over the past month. "Most Wanted" has replaced the established bounty contract.
Like all contracts in "Call of Duty: Warzone," players will never be forced to pick up the "Most Wanted" mission. It's up to individual squads to determine whether the rewards are worth the significant risk.
Here's a full breakdown of what "Most Wanted" will mean for "Call of Duty: Warzone" and the pros and cons of picking up the contract:
What is "Most Wanted" in "Call of Duty: Warzone"?
"Most Wanted" is a new type of contract that can be found around the map in all types of "Call of Duty: Warzone" games, regardless of squad size. Accepting it shows every opponent in the game where you're located on the map for a set period of time. In effect, you become the top target in the world for a few minutes and likely have to fend off waves of enemies until the timer ends.
How many teammates can the "Most Wanted" contract revive?
So why would anyone want to take on the "Most Wanted" contract? The rewards might just be good enough to warrant the risk.
If you stay alive for the duration of the bounty, any fallen teammate will return to the match for free. There is not a player limit, so conceivably the last one standing of a four-person squad could bring back all three of their friends without needing to use a buy station.
There is also a $3,000 per player cash reward added on.
How long does the "Most Wanted" bounty last?
Regular bounty contracts, which gave players a view of where opponents were located (but have been discontinued post-update), lasted three minutes. "Most Wanted" contracts last five minutes. That's a lot of time to ward off waves of enemies.
Where can you find "Most Wanted" contracts?
The contracts are expected to be randomly scattered around the map each game with a unique crown icon indicating where they're positioned.
Could "Most Wanted" alter game flow?
It's difficult to know how much "Most Wanted" will affect games. After all, it's unique from anything seen in "Call of Duty: Warzone" to this point.
One interesting possibility floated before we learned regular bounties would disappear was the "Most Wanted" contract drawing several squads to a small area at once, creating chaotic scenes. With everyone theoretically chasing a single target, there would in theory be butting heads between three or more teams at once.
But because regular bounties are now gone, games might overall slow down despite the occasional wild "Most Wanted" firefight. The old-school bounties were lower risk and therefore picked up by squads at a rate unlikely to be matched in a "Most Wanted" only format.