Is Call of Duty: Warzone dead after 2 years of being one of the leading Battle Royales? Fans have a lot to say on Activision’s favorite cash cow.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) acted as a sort of 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 biggest IP that the series has ever seen: Warzone.
This new take on a Battle Royale learned from the mistakes of Black Ops 4’s Blackout, and launched at a time when the world was at a standstill. Combine those facts with the game’s brilliant take on BR gameplay and you’ve got a recipe for success.
So what’s changed over the last 2 years for Call of Duty Warzone – and why are players calling the game ‘dead’?
‘Warzone Is Dead’ – Is Call of Duty’s Battle Royale Really Dying?
Recently, it feels like more COD fans than ever are quick to label Warzone as being ‘dead’. Here are some of the leading reasons players are giving for their judgment.
Of course, any game that’s been out for a couple of years will start to decline in popularity eventually. But Raven Software does make semi-regular changes to the Battle Royale title in order to keep things fresh.
We also know the popularity of the survival gamemode is still very high. After all, the internet lost its mind with the recent Halo Infinite Battle Royale leaks.
Caldera Isn’t As Good As Verdansk
One of the main reasons why 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 removed Verdansk in favor of Caldera.
On the surface, this seems as though it’d be a great move for the player base. After all, fans had been demanding a new Warzone map for over a year.
Now that they’ve got it, everyone seems to want to return 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 will never play Caldera, I think it’s awful,” YouTuber Gaming With Geeks bluntly states. “I think it’s terribly designed, it’s big, open, and boring.”
Yes, the old map was little more in parts than existing Modern Warfare assets slapped together into a BR map, but perhaps that’s more in line with what Warzone fans want – just traditional Call of Duty on a large scale.
The good news: it seems that Verdansk will return to Warzone in 2023!
Performance, Issues, & Cheating
Of course, it didn’t help matters that Caldera was a buggy mess right from launch. But even after months of Warzone Pacific being the main focus of the Battle Royale, there are still plenty of issues.
Right now, ongoing game freezes and server problems are ruining Warzone matches for many fans. Combine that with the recent reports of Warzone desync causing players to miss their shots, and you’ve got a rough FPS experience.
With players on two generations of consoles now, and some on PC, everyone appears to be having different issues with the Battle Royale. And if you’re not on at least a next-gen console, you’re at a major disadvantage in-game too.
“I’ve come to the realization that Warzone itself isn’t fully optimized for console,” Reddit user patriotraitor writes. “And if anything, feels terrible sluggish, slow and borderline unplayable when matched up against mostly PC players.”
PC seems to be the way to go, as console players will never get the FOV slider option. However, at least console users can turn off crossplay to avoid the majority of cheaters – even if doing so drastically increases the amount of time it takes to find a match.
Warzone’s RICOCHET anti-cheat was hailed as the savior of the game when it released, as players hoped it’d remove all hackers from Call of Duty for good. However, despite recent RICOCHET ban waves removing hundreds of thousands of hackers, many malicious users still simply make a new account and rejoin the fight.
Poor Vanguard & Cold War Integration
As much as Raven Software has clearly done its best with the task it’s been set, combining 3 eras of weaponry into a single title was never going to be easy.
And despite 3 different Gunsmiths, complete with their own attachments and mechanics being in the game, Warzone weapon balance is actually pretty good right now.
That’s certainly not always been the case though, and these new Vanguard Season 3 weapons will likely be too powerful on release. The fact of the matter is, Activision makes more money when it releases insanely good guns.
Thanks to Warzone’s slow level-up time, fans will skip the grind 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 into one of Warzone’s biggest issues right now – the never-ending grind. Without a Warzone weapon XP exploit of some kind, it’s a constant struggle to keep up with the meta.
Even pro streamers haven’t leveled up all of Warzone’s weapons, thanks to just how long it takes to do so in-game. Most likely, the grind is intentional, to push players towards buying that year’s Premium Call of Duty title for easy multiplayer action.
As a result, Warzone is a nightmare for casual players, as they’re unable to spend the necessary time grinding to allow themselves to play new weapons. And because of this, it’s not surprising that the Warzone meta is often relatively stale, as players stick to the old reliable weapons they actually have ready to go.
Hopefully this issue won’t be quite so prevalent in Warzone 2.
Perhaps the biggest reason that Warzone is dead or dying is the recent announcement of Warzone 2. Infinity Ward is back in the developer seat once more, and a much-needed follow-up to Warzone is on the way.
Many players are simply waiting for the new game to launch, and spending their time on other titles in the meantime.
Right now, it looks as though Warzone 2 will launch early next year, after the release of Modern Warfare 2 this year. And it seems that Activision is learning from its mistakes.
Thanks to the recent delay of Call of Duty 2023, Warzone 2 will feature 2 full years of just Modern Warfare weapons. No more sloppy integrations is music to our ears, but it’s also clear that this new game’s design will take future installments into account too.
What’s more, it seems that Warzone 2 could even bring FOV sliders to consoles, alleviating one of the platform’s biggest issues. And if you think Warzone is dead now, just wait until Warzone ‘Legacy’ servers are still running alongside the new game.
That said, given Warzone fans’ preference for the good old days, maybe Warzone 2 will disappoint fans and they’ll be happy to return to the older game.
If you’re eager to see more of what’s to come, it looks like a big Modern Warfare 2 reveal could drop in April!
Do you still play Warzone or is the Battle Royale dead for you right now? Leave us a comment and let us know your thought!