Many weapons have come and gone from Warzone’s meta over the course of its first year, so we’re taking a look at how the meta shifted over Year 1 of Call of Duty’s battle royale.
Warzone has reached its first year anniversary, and the meta has shifted several times over the course of the year. Warzone veterans will remember the beaming potential of the Grau 5.56, and it’s unlikely anyone will forget how powerful the DMR 14 was in Cold War Season 1.
We’re taking a look at how the weapon meta shifted over Warzone’s first year.
Biggest Warzone meta changes in Year 1
Thanks to a chart created by website WZRanked.com, we can see how the meta has shifted over Warzone’s first year, and we can see just how popular these weapons were on what dates.
The higher the spike, the bigger the inequality between the top weapon and the rest. Where you see the spike in January 2021, this is when the overpowered DMR 14 reigned supreme.
Warzone M4A1 meta
When Warzone was first released in March 2020, it’s of no surprise that the M4A1 was king. Arguably the best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, it seemed the logical choice to drop into Verdansk with. WZRanked’s chart reveals that this meta was extremely balanced, but as the Grau rose in popularity, that soon changed.
Warzone Grau 5.56 meta
After content creators discovered how powerful and accurate the Grau 5.56 was, it quickly dominated Warzone’s meta. Whether at long-range with a VLK 3.0x Optic, or using the versatility of its clean iron sights, the Grau 5.56 was the top choice all the way from May until its nerf in July.
When the Grau was the most popular, this was one of the most unbalanced metas Warzone saw over the course of the whole year.
Warzone MP5 meta
Interestingly, even though many players remember the Bruen Mk9 replacing the Grau 5.56 after its nerf in July, it was actually Modern Warfare’s MP5 that became the go-to weapon. The Bruen came in at 2nd place for a while in August, but no matter the primary weapon, the MP5 was the most popular choice.
Warzone Kilo 141 meta
Somewhat undervalued until its discovery in Season 5, the Kilo 141 quickly became the weapon of choice for players of all skill levels. With impressive damage and almost no recoil, there was no better primary weapon than the Kilo 141.
Although the Kilo was the most popular gun during that time, WZRanked’s data reveals that this was one of the most balanced metas in Warzone Year 1.
Warzone DMR 14 meta
When Black Ops Cold War integrated with Warzone in December, players expected a meta change – and they were right. The DMR came crashing into the game, rendering every other weapon useless. With minimal recoil and an insanely fast time-to-kill, almost a quarter of players were using it in January.
It took two nerfs to take down this beast, but on January 13, it was finally tamed.
Warzone MAC-10 meta
After a long, DMR-filled month, the MAC-10 became the top dog. No matter how you built the MAC-10, it had almost no recoil and shredded through enemies’ armor, even at range.
Similar to the MP5, the MAC-10 was popular because it was a great choice no matter your primary weapon.
Kar98k / FFAR 1 meta
With Warzone Season 2 well underway, the Kar98k and FFAR 1 have become the most popular weapons. The Kar98k is by far the easiest sniper to use, and the FFAR 1 is unstoppable at close-range. Although, the AUG’s popularity has spiked significantly since its bullet velocity buff at the beginning of Season 2. It’s possible we’ll have a new meta on our hands with this weapon.
If you’re looking to overhaul your Call of Duty: Warzone loadouts, you can check out our guides on some of the weapons dominating the meta right now.
AUG | Kar98k | Kilo 141 | Grau | CR-56 AMAX | MP5 | Krig 6 | XM4 | DMR | FFAR
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When is Warzone’s nuke event? How to watch
Warzone’s rumored Season 2 nuke event is almost upon us, so here’s how to watch it, as well as the location and time – welcoming Season 3.
The nuclear destruction of Verdansk is almost here, so here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 2’s nuclear event, including the time, location, and what may happen regarding Season 3 in the battle royale.
Call of Duty: Warzone Season 2 has been gearing towards an explosive finale for some time. Zombies have slowly been taking over Verdansk, and missile silos have appeared, seemingly, with the goal to destroy the undead.
Due to leaks and rumors, many believe that Verdansk will be nuked at the end of Season 2, and a recent teaser has given us a time and date for this devastating event.
Here’s everything we know about the imminent destruction of Verdansk heading into Warzone Season 3.
What is the Warzone Season 2 nuke event?
It’s been long leaked and theorized that a nuke will destroy Verdansk. After a nuclear bomb was discovered inside one of Verdansk’s bunkers, it’s long been expected that Verdansk will end in complete devastation.
Then, at the beginning of Season 2, missile silos appeared beneath memorials around Verdansk and Zombies landed on the shore. Warzone streamer NICKMERCS believed this would be the beginning of the nuke event, and that now appears to be correct.
Audio files were then leaked for a ‘Plague’ game mode that is believed to be the season-ending nuke event. From the audio, we can tell that Zombies have overrun Verdansk and it’s the players’ job to clear them out. The mode is set to end with the announcer stating: “Extraction canceled, nuke inbound for Verdansk.”
How to watch Warzone’s nuke event
Similar to Black Ops Cold War’s reveal in-game, players experience the event in-game. As Cold War’s reveal was the only live event we’ve had in Warzone to date, the nuke event will follow this format.
When is Warzone’s nuke event?
In a teaser trailer released to their Twitter page, Call of Duty gave us a time and date for the nuke event. They revealed that the event will occur on April 21 at 12 PM PT.
For the rest of the world, here are the times:
- 12 PM PT
- 3 PM ET
- 8 PM BST
- 5 AM AEST (April 22)
Make sure you log in to Call of Duty: Warzone ahead of time just in case there are server issues.
The Warzone Nuke event will be a multi-part event, starting at the above times and ending over 24 hours later on April 22 at 12PM Pacific.
Here’s a graphic showcasing the different times for each step, with more information on what each step is to be revealed as we get closer.
What are Warzone’s Nuclear Radiation Zones?
As we draw closer and closer to Verdansk’s nuke event, April 15 appears to have brought the beginning of the end.
Zombies arrived on Verdansk’s shore at the beginning of Season 2 when the Vodianoy cargo ship crash-landed on the coast by Prison. This started a Zombie outbreak, which has now reached the other side of the map.
That’s not all, however. The Zombies’ takeover of Verdansk has reached 100% and new Nuclear Radiation Zones have formed around Shipwreck and Prison. Red circles with a nuclear symbol grow outwards from these locations at the beginning of matches.
These are the first two zones that the Zombies took over, so we expect them to engulf Hospital, Downtown, Superstore, and TV Station as the week progresses.
Going into these zones will slowly kill you, similar to the ring of gas, but with a twist. If you die from the radiation, you will come back as a Zombie. Bear in mind, you will only become one of the undead in squads modes – not solos.
As the season draws to a close and more of the map is covered in Nuclear Radiation, it appears we truly have hit the beginning of the end.
Where in Verdansk is Warzone’s nuke event?
Teasers from Activision have confirmed that the Zombies’ invasion of Verdansk will culminate at Dam. They have been sending influencers teasers ahead of each Zombie location shift, and the latest revealed Dam was the next Zombie location.
The note accompanying a hard hat labeled with Dam said, “Once the hostiles reach here, we levee a guess that Verdansk is all but gone to the damned. April 21st 12PM.”
With Verdansk being “all but gone to the damned,” it’s safe to assume this is the beginning of the nuke event. From this, it’s likely that the nuke event will begin at Verdansk’s Dam.
What happens after Warzone’s nuke event?
The nuke’s devastation remains to be seen. Players may have to take shelter in one of the various bunkers around Verdansk and we’ll emerge to nuclear fallout. Or, Verdansk will be wiped off the face of the earth, forcing the game to head to a different area or time period, perhaps the leaked 1980s Verdansk.
Warzone could also do something similar to Fortnite’s season-ending live events. After the event has concluded, there is often a downtime before the next season begins. With the Warzone map expected to have such a big overhaul, it’s possible that the game will be offline for a while before the next season begins.
Will Warzone move to a new map?
As other battle royale games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG have several maps that evolve over time, it’s long been predicted that Warzone will be receiving another main map.
It was first predicted that Modern Warfare’s fictional setting, Urzikstan, would arrive in Warzone and bring with it classic Middle-East maps such as Crash, Afgan, and Invasion – but it never arrived.
Then, with the release of Black Ops Cold War, it was expected that the Ural Mountains would be the next location for Call of Duty’s Battle Royale. This theory was recently made less likely after a leak revealed the Ural Mountains map was designed for a scrapped “Blackout 2.0.”
Now, we understand that Warzone is set to give Verdansk a 1980s overhaul for Season 3. A celebrity commercial was leaked that showcased Verdansk in the 1980s. Stadium was still under construction and Dam was replaced by a viaduct. A poster for Moscow’s 1980 Olympics was found inside Superstore which has given more authenticity to this leak.
Although new Warzone maps will likely arrive down the line, it’s unlikely that the nuke event will usher in a brand new map. It’s more likely that Verdansk will receive its 1980s overhaul going into Season 3.
When is Warzone Season 3?
It’s expected that Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 3 will take place directly after the nuke event. From the Battle Pass’ end date, Season 2 is set to end on April 22. New seasons usually arrive right after the Battle Pass concludes, so we understand that Warzone Season 3 will begin on April 22, the day after the nuke event.
Aside from whatever happens with Warzone next, Black Ops should also be receiving new content such as weapons, maps, and Operators, although nothing has been revealed by Activision or Treyarch.
The Season will need to fix a couple of niggles that are currently causing some trouble in Warzone at the moment too. The controversial Sykov Pistols are a recent addition to Warzone Season 2 and have already been confirmed to be receiving a nerf.
Once its overpowered nature and incredible exploit are fixed, Raven Software will also need to focus on the frustrating glitch that is causing Warzone Victories to not count towards players’ overall total.
That’s everything we know about Verdansk’s nuke event! As more information is teased and released closer to the time, we’ll continue to update this article.
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Warzone development started in late 2017, built to match Modern Warfare feel
Infinity Ward studio heads discussed the origin of how Call of Duty: Warzone was created and pitched to Activision in a new interview.
In the interview with Washington Post, Infinity Ward’s Co-Studio Heads, Patrick Kelly & Dave Stohl, described how Call of Duty: Warzone was created and pitched to Activision executives.
Kelly states as part of the interview that Call of Duty: Warzone’s development pitch occured in early 2018 when Infinity Ward leads convened with Activision executives to pitch this idea. Warzone’s code name was Magma.
Kelly re-called some parts of his pitch for the interview. “Okay, so here’s the thing,” Kelly said, reenacting his pitch to the Activision executives. “We want to have the same fidelity [in ‘Warzone’] as the rest of the game. And we want [players] to be able to go in every one of the buildings. And we want to have these [mission] contracts and we want to have really unique geography all over the world.”
The ambition behind Warzone was big at the time.
“And, by the way, this is going to be a massive art undertaking. And, by the way, this would be a massive technical undertaking. And, by the way, we don’t have the gameplay entirely figured out yet. And by the way …”
“Some people were concerned, like, have you gone too far with this? You know, is this too big a bite to take?”
He notes that the building of Warzone was not meant to “step on Treyarch’s toes,” but rather, the focus of Warzone was to become a battle royale to better fit and match Modern Warfare’s world.
Blackout was focused on Black Ops 4, and it’s world, and Kelly believed the Modern Warfare experience needed a different take.
“[Blackout] was never the concern,” Kelly said. “The concern was like, ‘So, let me get this straight. You don’t have the tech sorted yet. You don’t have the bandwidth to do the art for the thing yet, and you don’t have gameplay entirely sorted yet.’” He told Activision executives: “But we will!”
The actual development of Warzone started in very early stages in late 2017, Kelly says, with the idea of having a fictional city of Verdansk. The popularity of PUBG and Fortnite during that time period ignited the entire industry to bring out versions of Battle Royale experiences to compete and match up against the change of the industry.
The Washington Post story describes how Infinity Ward started its development. They wanted to take a real environment and city and bring it to life at a massive scale never done before in Call of Duty.
The game kept getting new buildings, locations, and more as they concept’d the map to the point where it got too big.
“It’s funny, because it was starting to get out of control,” Kelly said. “What happened was there are some builders working on this and they just kept building, building, building. We were going to end up with this space that was going to be miles and miles and miles of city. It was like, whoa this is getting away from us here. We’ve got to rein this in a bit. And part of the reason was that we knew we were going to have certain physical limitations, you know, like how many players can you actually support in the world?”
“So we started building the space,” Kelly said. “And we still didn’t know precisely what we were going to do with it.”
Kelly did not mention if the original pitch included the game being free to play or if that came with how the industry changed, and Activision’s need to adapt.
Call of Duty: Warzone officially released on March 10, 2020. And now, it’s at over 100 million players.
We’re over one year into Warzone’s release, and the game is integrated with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Infinity Ward handed off a lot of the development of the title to Raven Software, who has been supporting the project since its initial development stages.
Warzone devs already planning Season 6 & ‘several years’ of support
Call of Duty: Warzone is set to be supported for years to come, Infinity Ward studio heads confirm.
Infinity Ward’s Studio Heads have confirmed they have ‘long term’ plans for Call of Duty: Warzone that extends for years.
The co-studio heads, Patrick Kelly and Dave Stohl, spoke with Washington Post this week as Warzone passed a new milestone: 100 million players.
In the interview, Kelly confirmed that Infinity Ward’s team is still involved with Call of Duty: Warzone’s high level development and story progression.
He mentions that himself & Stohl are currently finalizing the details for Season 6 of Warzone & Cold War, which will launch later this year.
And, Kelly confirmed that that have “broad stroke” plans for Call of Duty: Warzone for several years. Following the launch of Black Ops Cold War in 2020, Infinity Ward handed off a lot of the work of Warzone to Raven Software. Raven designers did work with Infinity Ward since the start of Warzone’s development, but late last year, Raven took over public facing communications of Warzone as well.
The Washington Post reports as part of their interview that “while Infinity Ward has for the moment handed off most of the “Warzone” maintenance work to Raven Software — designers from which, Stohl noted, worked with Infinity Ward from the outset of “Warzone’s” development and not just after the integration of “Black Ops Cold War” — Kelly and Stohl are currently working on the details for Season 6, which will begin in late 2021.
In the interview, Kelly also told them that the studio has “planned out Warzone’s broad strokes for several years into the future.”
Kelly stated that some of the things they are working on in Warzone takes “more time” and requires advance planning. He says that the team is working hard to “top” what they’ve done before in the Warzone world.
“Some things we want to do mode wise, geo wise, they take more time,” Kelly said. “So they naturally need to slot in later. But we do think about this on a multi-year basis. And I will tell you this: We’re doing our damnedest right now, to top [what’s come before].”
Activision executives confirmed that Call of Duty: Warzone will remain “front and center” in the Call of Duty universe for “years to come.”
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