Is Call of Duty: Warzone dead after 2 years of being one of the main Battle Royales? Fans have a lot to say about Activision’s favorite cash cow.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) acted as something of a reboot for the COD franchise, and it was a huge success. Not only did Infinity Ward manage to bring Call of Duty back to its roots, with a beautifully crafted shooter, but it also inadvertently created the greatest IP the series has ever seen: Warzone.
This new version of a Battle Royale learned from the mistakes of Black Ops 4 Blackout and launched at a time when the world was at a standstill. Combine these facts with the game’s brilliant take on BR gameplay and you have a recipe for success.
So what has changed in the last 2 years for Call of Duty Warzone – and why are players calling the game “dead”?
‘Warzone Is Dead’ – Is Call of Duty Battle Royale Really Dying?
Recently, it feels like more COD fans than ever are quick to call Warzone “death.” Here are some of the main reasons given by players to justify their judgment.
Of course, any game that’s been out for a few years will eventually lose popularity. But Raven Software makes semi-regular changes to the Battle Royale title to keep things fresh.
We also know that the popularity of the survival game mode is still very high. After all, the internet has gone mad with recent Halo Infinite Battle Royale leaks.
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Caldera is not as good as Verdansk
One of the main reasons Warzone fans are so quick to call the game dead is that the map they loved is no longer available to play. With the transition to Warzone Pacific, Activision retired Verdansk in favor of Caldera.
At first glance, this seems like a great move for the playerbase. After all, fans have been clamoring for a new Warzone map for over a year.
Now that they have it, everyone seems to want to go back to the glory days. Although Caldera was designed from the ground up as a Battle Royale map, Verdansk offers a more traditional ‘Call of Duty’ feel.
“I’ll never play Caldera, I think it’s awful,” YouTuber Gaming With Geeks bluntly states. “I think it’s terribly designed, it’s big and open and boring.”
Yes, the old map wasn’t much more in parts than existing Modern Warfare assets put together in a BR map, but maybe that’s more in line with what Warzone fans want – just Call of Duty traditional on a large scale.
The good news: it looks like Verdansk will return to Warzone in 2023!
Performance, issues and cheats
Of course, it didn’t help matters that Caldera was a buggy mess from launch. But even after months of Warzone Pacific at the center of the Battle Royale, there are still plenty of problems.
Right now, ongoing game freezes and server issues are ruining Warzone matches for many fans. Combine that with recent Warzone desync reports causing players to miss their shots, and you have a tough FPS experience.
With players on two generations of consoles now, and some on PC, everyone seems to have different issues with Battle Royale. And if you’re not on at least one next-gen console, you’re at a huge disadvantage in the game as well.
“I have come to realize that Warzone itself is not fully optimized for console,” writes Reddit user patriotraitor. “And if anything, feels awfully sluggish, sluggish, and borderline unplayable when challenged against most PC gamers.”
PC seems like the way to go, as console players will never get the FOV slider option. However, at least console users can disable crossplay to avoid the majority of cheats – even if it dramatically increases the time it takes to find a match.
Warzone’s anti-cheat RICOCHET was hailed as the game’s savior when it was released, as players hoped it would remove all hacks from Call of Duty for good. However, despite recent waves of RICOCHET bans removing hundreds of thousands of hackers, many malicious users simply create a new account and join the fight.
Poor integration of the avant-garde and the Cold War
Even though Raven Software clearly did their best with the task given to them, combining 3 eras of weapons into one title was never going to be easy.
And despite having 3 different gunsmiths, with their own in-game attachments and mechanics, the Warzone weapon balance is actually quite good right now.
That certainly hasn’t always been the case, and these new Vanguard Season 3 weapons will likely be too powerful when they release. The thing is, Activision makes more money when it releases insanely good guns.
Thanks to Warzone’s slow leveling time, fans will take the leap and often buy a blueprint for the new weapon. Then they’re free to enjoy the Battle Royale on easy mode for the next few weeks, before Raven adjusts the meta and nerfs their new weapon to a more reasonable TTK.
The endless grind
And that leads to one of Warzone’s biggest problems right now – the endless grind. Without a Warzone weapon XP achievement, it’s a constant struggle to keep up with the meta.
Even professional streamers haven’t upgraded all of Warzone’s weapons, thanks to the time it takes to do so in-game. Most likely, the grind is intentional, to trick players into purchasing the premium title Call of Duty this year for easy multiplayer action.
As a result, Warzone is a nightmare for casual gamers as they are unable to spend the time to afford to play new weapons. And for that reason, it’s no surprise that the Warzone meta is often relatively stale, as players stick to the reliable old guns they actually have ready to go.
Hopefully this issue won’t be as prevalent in Warzone 2.
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war zone 2
Perhaps the biggest reason Warzone is dead or dying is the recent announcement of Warzone 2. Infinity Ward is back in developer headquarters, and a much-needed Warzone follow-up is underway.
Many gamers are just waiting for the new game to launch and spend their time on other titles in the meantime.
Right now, it looks like Warzone 2 will launch early next year, following the release of Modern Warfare 2 this year. And it looks like Activision is learning from its mistakes.
Thanks to the recent Call of Duty 2023 delay, Warzone 2 will feature 2 full years of Modern Warfare weapons only. More sloppy integrations is music to our ears, but it’s also clear that the design of this new game will take future installments into account as well.
Additionally, it looks like Warzone 2 might even bring FOV sliders to consoles, alleviating one of the platform’s biggest problems. And if you think Warzone is dead now, wait until the ‘Legacy’ Warzone servers are still running alongside the new game.
That said, given Warzone fans’ preference for the good old days, Warzone 2 may disappoint fans and they’ll be happy to return to the old game.
If you can’t wait to find out more about what’s to come, it looks like a big Modern Warfare 2 reveal could drop in April!
Are you still playing Warzone or is Battle Royale dead to you right now? Leave us a comment and let us know your opinion!