Call of Duty: Warzone has hit its one-year anniversary, and although we don’t know what the future holds, we’ve put together the top five things we’d like to see in Warzone’s second year.
Call of Duty: Warzone released on March 10, 2020, and took the world by storm. Over the course of its first year, we’ve seen Cold War be revealed in a live event, Zombies invade Verdansk, and Black Ops Cold War and Warzone fully integrate – bringing over all Cold War weapons and Operators, and tied progression for the first time.
No doubt Raven Software and Activision have plenty of exciting things planned for Warzone’s second year. In anticipation, we’ve put together a wishlist of the top five things we’d like to see in Warzone Year 2.
5. Frequent weapon balance changes
Warzone has generally been very good at shifting the meta between seasons. However, when some guns wildly shine over the rest, it feels like there are only a few viable weapons in the game.
Soon after the integration between Cold War and Warzone, the DMR 14 and the Diamattis rendered every other weapon useless. It was a long couple of weeks waiting for those weapons to be nerfed so we could use other guns.
To combat this, we’d like to see weapons frequently changed as the seasons progress. Some weapons are completely unviable in Warzone, so having these underpowered weapons rise to the top of the pack would keep Warzone exciting and fresh.
4. More Black Ops Cold War content
Black Ops Cold War has a plethora of Scorestreaks and Field Upgrades that would be greatly suited for Warzone. We’ve been using the Cluster Strike and Airstrike for a year now, so it would be refreshing to overhaul the available items.
Preventing pushes in the final circle with the Napalm Strike, or taking out enemy UAVs and Scorestreaks with an Air Patrol would really shake up gameplay.
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Devs could also swap out the more ‘broken’ Field Upgrades in Warzone, Stopping Power Rounds and Dead Silence, for any of those from Black Ops Cold War. This would take away one of Warzone’s more frustrating elements, while simultaneously giving players new toys to play with.
3. New Warzone map and frequent changes to it
It’s all-but-confirmed that at some point over the course of Warzone Year 2, we’ll be playing battle royale in the Ural Mountains. We can’t ignore the fact a new map is the breath of life Warzone needs, but it’s a given that it will be coming.
What we’d like to see, once Warzone has shifted to this new map, is frequent changes to it. Fortnite and Apex Legends keep their maps fresh by frequently changing, adding, and removing locations. While Verdansk has changed somewhat over its first year, the community would greatly appreciate more of these additions.
Swapping out less-visited locations for classic maps, or giving areas overhauls through live events would keep Warzone alive and exciting.
2. Next-gen version of Warzone for consoles
Unfortunately, the console version of Warzone puts players at a significant hardware disadvantage compared to those who play on modern PCs. They can’t adjust graphics settings, reach high FPS, or use the long-requested FOV slider.
However, the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 could easily output high framerates and stunning visuals in Warzone. It would be a crime for Warzone not to take advantage of the power behind these consoles, so we’d like to see a new version of CoD’s battle royale that uses the new consoles advanced hardware.
With a next-gen version of Warzone for consoles, we’d like to see:
- Updated visuals
- High frame rate
- FOV Slider
Black Ops Cold War has a FOV slider on consoles, so it’s logical that Warzone should have one too. It’s highly likely a next-gen version of Warzone is in the works, and with these features, console and PC players will be on a far more even playing field.
1. More live events inside Warzone
Fortnite has expertly pulled off live events which bring the whole community together, and many players want to see something similar in Call of Duty.
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Black Ops Cold War’s reveal inside Warzone was a highlight of Year 1, and if Warzone were to have more events such as this, there would be even more reason for veteran and causal Warzone players to return to the game.
Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare all have a connected story. Seasons ending with live events that progress this story would be a great time for the community to stop shooting at each other for a minute and come together to enjoy the latest Warzone developments.
With the nuking of Verdansk being leaked, we can expect an insane live event to say farewell to the original Warzone map. Hopefully, this live-event will be a success, and Activision feels it’s worth putting more of these in the game.
To summarize, we’d like to see Raven Software and Activision really take advantage of everything that makes Warzone great. At the end of Year 1, Call of Duty’s battle royale is in a great place, but if we could see these five things inside Warzone Year 2, the game would be even better.
Image Credit: Activision
How to get Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint
Warzone players love a good weapon blueprint, especially ones with as much detail as the latest Phoenix Inferno blueprint for the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle.
For those Warzone players who like to acquire detailed, fun weapon blueprints, the latest Phoenix Inferno skin for the QBZ-83 is one of the more unique blueprints to be added to the battle royale. Here’s how to get it.
Warzone Season 4 is full of new updates and cosmetics for players to get their hands on, with new skins dropping every so often.
One of the latest skins has caught quite a buzz due to its great detail, the Warzone Phoenix Inferno, and if you want it, you’re going to have to fork out some CoD points.
Warzone Phoenix Inferno
The Phoenix Inferno blueprint was released as part of the Bundle Tracer Pack: Firestorm Maxis Mastercraft, which contains not only the Phoenix Inferno but also a new Maxis skin, Handgun skin, and various other cosmetics.
The bundle containing the Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint costs 2400 CoD points which is a pretty hefty amount, but worth it if you’re looking to spend some leftover money or CoD points, you have lying around.
It remains to be seen how long this bundle will be in the in-game store for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, so players who would like to add the Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint to their collection will likely want to soon before it is taken out in the future.
The Warzone Phoenix Inferno features a Phoenix-themed skin with wings and an orange-looking gem on the round drum magazine also above the trigger.
Players can initiate a very entertaining animation where your character inserts a key into the Warzone Phoenix Inferno weapon and causes a burst of fire to come out of the side in an adrenaline-fueled display.
Mastercraft blueprints have been a very popular cosmetic item for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone players, even though the community has recently been calling for the developers to make a major change to them, so there are sure to be plenty of players rocking this new Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint for the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle.
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Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Treyarch Studios
Are Warzone servers down? Current Server Status
Are the Warzone servers down? That is what many players ask when they can not connect to the game, so we have the current server status covered for you.
It is always frustrating when players cannot connect to the servers of Warzone and play when they want to. This often leads to players wondering about the current server status for the battle royale game and whether or not the Warzone servers are down.
Call of Duty: Warzone has become one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world following its release in 2020, as an extremely large amount of players have jumped into its adrenaline-fueled action to acquire impressive kill counts and wins.
With a very large playerbase, it is not surprising when players get frustrated when the Warzone servers go down, and they are not able to connect to the Call of Duty battle royale game. This frustration often leads to players searching for the game’s current server status and seeing if all of the Warzone servers are down or running as they should.
With this in mind, we have gathered everything you need to know to see the current server status of Warzone.
Are Warzone servers down?
According to the official online service status website for the Call of Duty franchise, the servers for the battle royale game are not currently down and are working as intended.
This website keeps a constant update of the online services for the high-profile first-person shooter series. It will be updated and alert community members who visit it whenever there is an issue, such as the Warzone servers being down.
Another resource that players can use to check the current server status of the game is the official Activision Support Twitter account. This Twitter account will post updates regarding current problems with games like Warzone when they arise, such as server outages.
The Activision Support Twitter account will also post updates on the progress on fixing these issues and when they are officially resolved, so keeping an eye on this Twitter account can help you know if any problems are currently happening with the title.
We will continue to update this article with the current server status of Warzone whenever issues arise and are resolved.
Image Credits: Activision
Warzone players call for boycott over Blizzard lawsuit and hacking problems
Due to the Blizzard lawsuit and endless hacking, Warzone, and other Call of Duty players, are calling for a boycott of Store purchases.
Warzone players are encouraging all Call of Duty gamers to boycott the purchase of skins and bundles from the store in response to the recent Activision Blizzard lawsuit and constant Warzone hacking.
It’s been an unsettling time for Call of Duty and its respective titles – Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, CoD: Mobile, and Modern Warfare. The ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit has impacted the franchise, and fans are calling for fellow players to stop buying goods from the CoD store in protest.
This includes everything from skins to Operator Bundles to even the Seasonal Battle Pass. Warzone players are citing the lawsuit, “empty updates,” and hackers as the driving force behind this movement.
Added to this is the purported series of empty updates “full of microtransactions in order to milk the players,” and the ever-increasing threat of hackers, and players have seemingly had enough.
Reddit user Jaszs has lead the charge by saying: “I’m writing this as someone who has played every. single. COD since COD2, and WZ since day 1 until yesterday, and also a former Blizzard fan. Yes, I know it may sound bad, but based on what’s going on (sexual harassment lawsuit, suppressing and abusive treatment of their employees…) I really think those guys don’t deserve anything from us, their customers.
“You can even keep playing the game if you want (there are some cool alternatives though; if you need some just ask in the comments!), just don’t spend any money in their store. In any case, you should also remember that they are the same guys that are releasing empty updates full of microtransactions in order to milk the players, releasing over and over the same game and not giving a single f*ck about the increasing number of hackers.”
The very passionate statement received over 300 comments and counting, and it’s universally in favor of boycotting Activision’s Store ahead of the Warzone Season 5 launch.
Given that there are many responses, here are a selection of replies:
- “I’ve got 900 COD points and level 90 on the battle pass. Not spending a penny more on this game. They don’t respect their employees, they don’t respect the players (anti-cheat lmao) they aren’t getting anymore of my money.”
- “Once all this sh*t came to light, my entire friend group collectively uninstalled the game and swore off of it for good. We were already mad at the game for being poorly managed with hackers and constant glitches/crashes. I suppose this was the lead straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.”
- “Based on the way they’ve handled cheating, the CW integration, and the general state of the game in the last year, I’m shocked than any of you have been buying cosmetic items from them. Do you realize what kind of message you’re sending by making the worst CoD their highest-earning one?”
At the time of writing, the post has nearly 1.8K upvotes and rising. Given the player count of Warzone far exceeds this, it’s hard to imagine this boycott would do too much damage.
Conversely, Producer at Sledgehammer Games Alayna Cole has Tweeted an important message concerning the circumstances.
Boycotting the Activision store will have an obvious knock-on effect in terms of sales revenue, and would ultimately disrupt the salaries and jobs of many employees who are not involved in this lawsuit.
It’s a hard position for all involved and for players who engage in Call of Duty games. The lawsuit is still long ongoing, and we’ll continue to update you at Charlie INTEL with any breaking developments.
Image Credit: Activision Blizzard
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