Many Call of Duty fans are calling for the direct separation of the Cold War and Modern Warfare games.
Call of Duty's video game model has always been unique.
With their stranglehold on the gaming industries in the days of world-shifting titles like Modern Warfare and Black Ops, the Call of Duty series has been able to consistently release new games year after year, selling like gangbusters with every new edition.
This model has been perfected over time. Each new game utilizes advertising techniques to bring the players of the old games over to the new ones.
This was the early days of what Call of Duty would eventually become, practically blending their games to create a consistent gaming experience.
But for some, it's starting to become a problem.
It's not the first time Call of Duty fans have been vocal online about the state of the games. They're blowing the whistle on hackers, and have been calling for Warzone's original gulag to return.
Call of Duty's Current Gaming Model
The series' blending of games has been both good and bad for players.
The world's introduction to the now incredibly popular Warzone, Call of Duty's free-to-play battle royale game, was built on the back of their latest mainline title. Using assets from the reboot of Modern Warfare, Activision was able to create a whole new CoD experience that was both separate from Modern Warfare, but also new to gamers who hadn't played it.
This worked brilliantly for the company, as it introduced millions of players to the world of Call of Duty completely for free. And thankfully, the developers didn't need to create a new engine to hold the gameplay. They already had it ready to go from the mainline game's development.
While Call of Duty has been accused of recycling material over the years to churn out games year after year, each game still had altered mechanics. The games, while often similar to each other, all had distinct differences that made them stand out. It's why a game like Infinite Warfare feels different to play in comparison to the likes of Black Ops.
These mechanics helped Warzone to offer a seamless transition to players joining from Modern Warfare while remaining fresh. It's been very profitable for the Call of Duty franchise until now. So profitable in fact, that even the latest game in the series was 2020's best-selling game according to a recent study.
But, it's beginning to grow tiresome for some fans.
Fans Irritated by Cold War's Infiltration of Modern Warfare
This model of video game production is beginning to rub fans the wrong way.
With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, both Modern Warfare and Warzone have received some promotional buffs. Warzone especially, taking on many of the game's guns and a new themed map.
For many Call of Duty fans, Warzone has become a different game entirely.
Now, on the Modern Warfare subreddit, players have confirmed their disdain for Call of Duty's backward-facing promotions.
User alex354gg started a thread with the title "petition for Modern Warfare to be a separate game than Cold War", and it has garnered many comments from fans with similar complaints.
One commentor offered his sincere gripes with the game;
"This has caused me and my friends so much confusion that we don’t even play anymore, much less intend on buying the next one if they are in any way connected with the old game."U/JigglypuffRestored on Reddit
The infiltration of Cold War's mechanics and items to Modern Warfare and Warzone may be welcome to those who particularly enjoy the new game, and still play the old ones.
But players don't play Modern Warfare to experience Cold War. If they wanted to play the newest game, they'd buy it.
One user complains that some of their Cold War challenges have extended into also playing Warzone. They said;
"I hate that some CW challenges require you to play WZ, because 1. I don't like battle royale games. And 2. You need to switch the games around."U/Killeboi69 on Reddit
This comment proves the biggest problem with the connectivity of games. Warzone might be free, but not everyone likes to play in battle royale settings.
Plus, the game asks for a huge amount of disk space to be downloaded, so players are also limited in how many games they can install if they also need Warzone downloaded.
The advertising for the latest game has severely impacted the enjoyment of the previous games for many, and this thread is proof of how bad it's become.