Significant changes to Verdansk and weapon balance have put Warzone back on track, but there are still some kinks Raven Software needs to iron out to make Warzone Season 3 the best yet.
After months of leaks and theories surrounding the nuking of Verdansk, it was an exciting week when that prospect finally became reality.
Fortnite and Apex Legends have done an amazing job in creating live events and shaking up the map between each season but Warzone’s season updates have felt severely lacking, with Cold War x Warzone Season 2 being a particularly low point.
The community’s frustration with the game appeared to come to a head in Season 2, with broken weapons completely changing the game, and lackluster map changes causing burnout.
However, almost all of these concerns have been addressed for Season 3, and the game is in the best place it’s been in for months. Here’s our full review of Warzone Season 3.
Warzone Season 3’s launch was a mixed bag. While the End of Verdansk Part 1 and Part 2 game modes were fine, server queues and crashes ruined the excitement of the event for many. Even when these events had concluded, many players still couldn’t queue into matches of Verdansk ’84.
Players were equally excited to see the back of the original Verdansk and disappointed that there was no ‘new’ map, and the leaked Ural Mountains certainly did nothing to help this.
While everyone could agree that a brand new map would have been nice, it didn’t take long to realize that Verdansk ’84 is a breath of fresh air.
It really feels like Raven took a step back and worked on everything frustrating about the original Verdansk. Buy Stations that were out in the open have been tucked into new spots, ‘dead space’ has been filled with interesting POIs, and the muted color palette has been given some much-needed color.
Farm and Dam were never fantastic landing spots, but Summit and Standoff have made these areas more interesting and well-worth landing in. Rotating from location to location is more engaging, and the new color palette and changes have made many of the campier buildings more difficult to defend.
And we can’t begin to describe how much better the new Gulag is. No 50/50 gunfights at the start, hardly any head-glitches to abuse, and (so far) no fists has infinitely improved the game and made being eliminated less of a discouraging experience.
While these changes are great and just what Warzone needed, Raven needs to keep an eye on the map and not let it go stale again. Significant updates to locations and new POIs each season would be a massive help in keeping the map fresh and players interested. We’re excited by the idea of the weather in-game changing with the real-life seasons, which Raven have confirmed.
And if they could fix those pesky rocks that are impossible to climb, that’d be fantastic.
While Warzone has had overpowered metas in the past, such as the R-90 fire Shotgun and the Grau 5.56, they were never the be-all and end-all. When Black Ops Cold War’s weapons arrived, that all changed. First, the DMR 14 came and obliterated every other weapon, then once that beast was finally tamed, the AUG, M16, and FFAR 1 came in and created a meta even more imbalanced and frustrating.
After weeks of community backlash, Raven Software gave a massive tuning pass to Cold War’s weapons in Warzone. The biggest offenders were adequately nerfed, and some underpowered weapons such as Cold War’s AK-47 and the Krig 6 received welcome buffs. You’ll no longer get obliterated before having time to react, which does a great job in separating battle royale from the chaotic feel of multiplayer.
While some weapons clearly shine above the rest, there is so much more variety in gunfights. You’re likely to come up against almost every SMG, a variety of Assault Rifles, and almost any other gun in between.
The ground loot could use a little work, though. Streetsweepers on the ground and almost nothing viable for medium-range combat makes early-game fights feel a little weird.
Room for improvement
While weapon balance changes and Verdansk ’84 have been extremely welcome additions to the game, there’s still room for improvement in Warzone Season 3.
The perk meta hasn’t shifted since day one, so some of the lesser-used perks could do with a major buff to provide more variety in loadouts.
Almost every player on the map has Self-Revive, prolonging gunfights and making team fights a frustrating experience. If this was rarer, or more expensive, gunfights would be in a better place.
Also, Dead Silence and Stopping Power are further sources of imbalance. RNG is a staple of battle royale games, but these power-ups give a more-than-significant advantage to those lucky enough to pick them up.
And vehicles are still a severe problem in Warzone solos, where almost every endgame is filled with several Berthas and other vehicles. If Berthas were removed from the solos mode, it would be a much more balanced and competitive experience.
These are by no means game-breaking, but little niggles that a significant portion of the community would welcome changes to.
While Warzone Season 3 has been a huge step in the right direction, there is still more that Raven Software could do to make Verdansk ’84 a more balanced experience. Shaking up the perk meta, limiting Self-Revive, Stopping Power, and Self-Revive would be a welcome change.
However, almost all weapons feel viable and Verdansk ’84 is exactly what Warzone needed to keep players engaged.
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CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window
Activision are reportedly developing Warzone 2, so here’s everything we know about the rumored sequel to CoD’s battle royale.
While Call of Duty: Warzone has just undergone its huge Pacific overhaul, there are reports that Activision are developing ‘Warzone 2.’ Here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale.
Call of Duty: Warzone will soon hit its third year, and the game has changed significantly since its March 2020 release. Every weapon from Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard has arrived, Verdansk was nuked and given a 1980’s overhaul, and now the game takes place in the Pacific.
But it appears that Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reporting that “a new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone” is in the works.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
- What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
- When could Warzone 2 release?
- Warzone 2 platforms
- Warzone 2 gameplay
- Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, where it’s reported to be “a completely new game” with “no past weapon integrations.”
Warzone’s sequel was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and corroborated by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson. Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
Henderson said there’s no guarantee that it will be officially titled ‘Warzone 2’ though, this is just what it’s being called in these early stages. He explained that it’s possible Warzone 2 will just be called ‘Warzone’ and the original Warzone will be dubbed ‘Warzone Legacy.’
When could Warzone 2 release?
Schreier reported that Warzone 2 is on track for a 2023 release, which puts it at three years after Warzone’s original launch.
However, Tom Henderson has heard different. He explained on January 27 that: “It’s [Infinity Ward’s] Warzone map that is set to be a ‘clean slate’ for Warzone and was scheduled to release in Holiday 22.”
“This map was last mentioned to release in Holiday 22 just 6 weeks ago, indicating things are being shaken up if this is the ‘Warzone 2’ that was being referenced in the Bloomberg report,” he continued.
It sounds like Warzone 2 will be attached to 2022’s Modern Warfare II in the same way that the original Warzone was released alongside Modern Warfare (2019). But it remains to be seen whether this Holiday 2022 release date will be stuck to.
Warzone 2 platforms
According to Tom Henderson, Warzone 2 will only be on current-gen and PC, which means it will release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC. However, he said there’s a “possibility” that it will also release on previous-gen consoles too.
While Warzone 2 will be a “completely new game for better hardware,” he said it’s possible that they will release a separate previous-gen version without cross-generation play. DICE did a similar thing with Battlefield 2042, where previous-gen consoles received a scaled-back version.
We would expect improved visuals, and maybe even the highly-requested FOV slider on next-gen consoles. He said that “it’s believed this move is to finally move over to current-gen hardware in the best way possible.”
Warzone 2 gameplay
We’re completely in the dark about what Warzone 2’s gameplay will be like, but Henderson said that it will be a “clean slate” which means “starting again, scrapping everything like weapons, operators etc.”
He said that “Warzone 2 is basically a new COD title,” and players should “look at it as a sequel.” This will likely mean everything is brand-new, including weapons, Operators, Perks, and Killstreaks.
Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
According to Tom Henderson, the original Warzone will still be around after Warzone 2 releases.
He said that the “Original Warzone with MW, BOCW, and Vanguard still remains,” and “you keep all your progression, purchases etc.” He also understands that this ‘Warzone Legacy’ will still be supported.
Microsoft have announced they’re in the process of buying CoD publishers Activision Blizzard, so you can also check out the five ways the deal could change Call of Duty forever.
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Call of Duty Warzone Mobile: Release date, details, rumors, new studio
Activision has hinted that Call of Duty: Warzone could be set for its own individual game on mobile. We have all the latest news and rumors.
CoD: Mobile has been extremely successful, and now Activision are looking to make a mobile version of Warzone. Here’s everything we know about it, including its potential release date, new information, and more.
CoD: Mobile is also massively successful, and now the developers are looking to make another hand-held title. They have plans to make a fully-fledged Warzone game that will be available on mobile.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty Warzone: Mobile so far.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile release date
The latest updates on the Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile project suggest that the handheld battle royale game could see a release as early as 2022.
Renowned video game leaker Tom Henderson announced the revelation in a December 7 Tweet saying: “Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is scoped for 2022. It was recently added to the PlaytestCloud database.”
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It was back in March 2021 that Activision sent out a survey asking Call of Duty: Mobile players if they’d like to see Verdansk come to the handheld CoD game.
Since Verdansk has been replaced with the Caldera map in Warzone Pacific, we will most likely see players exploring that Island instead when the mobile version of the game finally comes out.
It’s entirely possible that the game has been in development for some time already. There’s also the obvious positive in that Warzone already exists, so the devs already know what works, what doesn’t, and how to transition it to handheld devices.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile details & new studio
The topic of conversation was really put under the spotlight when Activision announced in a LinkedIn post that, “Activision Mobile has put up new roles! Teams are focused on Live Operations and content expansion across CoD Mobile and Warzone.”
The official website advertised for over 50 roles with many geared towards “a new mobile title.” It’s possible that Activision wants this knowledge to become more public to counteract the rival title from EA / DICE – Battlefield Mobile.
If we go even further back to September 2020, we can see that Activision was recruiting for an “Executive Producer, Features” for a project called “WZM.” This further supports the idea that they’ve had this idea in the pipeline for some time.
June 7, 2021, saw a new job listing for a Mobile Producer at a new Mobile dedicated development studio appear with the job listing stating that the role will be working on a “new AAA mobile game in the Call of Duty franchise.”
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It has not yet been confirmed that this role and the new studio will be working on the rumored Warzone Mobile game, but it would make sense considering that it fits the bill for being a AAA game in the franchise.
Furthermore, ModernWarzone reported that the most recent Activision Investor Call featured an interesting comment saying: “Call of Duty is getting a new mobile brand that they believe will take the franchise to new heights.”
On January 28, 2022, the mobile games developer, Digital Legends Entertainment tweeted that they’re looking for talented people to work on an “unannounced mobile title within the Call of Duty universe.”
Their website shows open positions for designers, programmers, producers, artists, and other talent. It’s possible that they could be putting together the team that will be working on Warzone Mobile.
However, it’s worth keeping in mind that these developers haven’t confirmed that the project they’re working on is a mobile version of Warzone. So, we’ll need to level our expectations until we learn more.
Once again, unless a full, story-based campaign is coming, CoD Mobile already exists, and with Zombies already included, it would naturally have to be some kind of battle royale experience, surely.
News, and even rumors, are still very scarce concerning the potential Call of Duty Warzone: Mobile project right now. But as always, once we start hearing more news, you can read it here first at Charlie INTEL.
For more Call of Duty content, check out everything we know about the rumored Warzone 2 that’s reportedly set for a 2023 launch as well as our hub on the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event.
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Forgotten Cold War weapon is Warzone’s highest K/D Assault Rifle
While Vanguard guns dominate Warzone lobbies, it’s actually a forgotten Cold War Assault Rifle that boasts the highest K/D ratio.
The C58 has almost been forgotten in Warzone Pacific’s Vanguard-heavy meta, but the weapon actually boasts the best K/D of any Assault Rifle.
Vanguard weapons have been dominating Warzone’s list of most popular guns, with everyone keen to try out and level up the brand-new guns. However, YouTuber JGOD recently explained that it’s Black Ops Cold War’s weapons you should be using.
The C58 Assault Rifle burst into Warzone’s meta in Cold War Season 4, but nerfs and new guns arriving means it doesn’t even crack the top 20 most popular anymore. That may change, as it has the highest kill to death ratio (K/D) of any Assault Rifle in the game, and could even retake the top spot.
JGOD pointed out on January 26 that the C58 boasts the highest K/D of any weapon in the Warzone, meaning that players who use it are typically performing much better than those who use other weapons.
Now on January 28, WZ Ranked’s data reveals that the Owen Gun has overtaken the C58 by 0.1, making this Vanguard SMG the highest K/D weapon in the game. The Owen Gun currently holds an impressive 1.35 K/D, while the C58 comes in just behind at 1.34.
While there’s every chance the C58 reclaims its throne, it’s still the highest K/D Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific Season 1. The EM2 is the next best with 1.27, and Vanguard’s Cooper Carbine comes in third with a 1.10 K/D.
JGOD explained that while the EM2 was considered overpowered, the C58 was “a hair worse.” The EM2 got nerfed while the C58 remained untouched, so many didn’t realize that it had become one of the best weapons in the game.
Highest K/D Warzone C58 loadout
- Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
- Barrel: 18.5″ Task Force
- Optic: Axial Arms 3x
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
- Ammunition: 45 Rnd Drum
These are the meta attachments for the C58, and this specific build has a whoppingly high 1.52 K/D ratio.
The Agency Suppressor and Task Force Barrel increase the C58’s range and damage, making it lethal at a medium-long range. Then, the Axial Arms 3x optic offers the perfect level of magnification to hit these far-off targets.
The Field Agent Grip will keep the C58 steady, and the 45 Rnd Drum gives you enough bullets for all your battle royale needs.
You can also check out everything we know about ‘Warzone 2’ which is rumored to be in development.
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