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Warzone Pacific dev responds to concerns over Caldera loadout drop changes

One of the Warzone Pacific developers has responded to player complaints about the loadout drop changes in Caldera.

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Warzone Pacific’s new Caldera map brought some major changes to player loadout drops which have proved controversial, and now one of the developers has explained how the new system will work.

There is a ton of anticipation for Vanguard Season 1 and Warzone Pacific. The developers have made some major changes to player loadout drops ahead of the new Caldera map’s launch.

Stopping Power Rounds have been completely removed from the game as a Field Upgrade and the Dead Silence Field Upgrade is receiving a considerable nerf. Players are also unable to call in a loadout drop right away.

Now, one of the Warzone Pacific devs has explained these changes.

One of the changes is that Warzone players won’t be able to call in a loadout drop from a Buy Station prior to the loadout drop event falling across the map. This led to criticism from many players including FaZe star Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson.

Swagg described the loadout changes as “wack” before elaborating that there’s no point in leveling up guns if you can barely use them. “If it’s like the flashback event then the loadout event didn’t happen until the 3rd circle,” he stated.

This led to a response from Warzone creative designer, Ted Timmins, who is one of the developers behind the Pacific. He explained that players will be able to access loadouts at the end of the first circle.

“Operation: Flashback was just the test bed for the functionality that proved successful – but to your point, it needed to still be early enough in the gameplay loop to allow for improved strategy and planning,” Timmins explained.

The reasoning behind this decision was to encourage players to plan their strategies better during the early stages of a match. Despite this, many players in the replies were still disappointed in these new limitations.

“This was the worst part of operation flashback,” replied one user. “I hope this change gets reverted back quickly once people realize it’s not an innovation, it’s a limitation.”

We don’t know yet if the developers will revert these changes in response to player complaints. At the time of writing, it seems that the loadout drop limitations in Caldera are here to stay.


For more Warzone content, check out the full Warzone Pacific roadmap for all of the new changes that will be coming with the Caldera map.

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