Warzone’s Season 4 Reloaded update brought a ton of new content, and now the unique Payload game mode has arrived. Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Payload, including some top tips on how to win.
There’s always a ton of excitement when a new update drops, and Season 4 Reloaded is no exception. It added a ton of weapon buffs and nerfs, a new Sentry Gun killstreak, and the new OTs 9 SMG, among other additions.
Now, a week after the Reloaded update, the new Payload game mode has arrived. It has a lot in common with the traditional multiplayer mode, with one team having to escort an objective across the map while the other tries to stop them. Overwatch fans will be especially familiar with Payload, as it’s almost exactly the same as Overwatch’s original mode.
Here’s everything you need to know about this objective-based mode, and some top tips on how to win.
How to play Payload in Warzone
Following a Warzone playlist update on July 22, Payload arrived in Warzone. You can access it from the main lobby screen, where it has replaced the standard battle royale mode’s position on the list. No to worry though, you can still find normal BR at the bottom of the page.
Each Warzone Payload match will consist of 40 players that are equally divided into two teams. One side will start near vehicle objectives that must be escorted through Verdansk, while the other will be tasked with stopping the attackers.
The defenders will start elsewhere on the map and will need to stop the objective from passing through all the checkpoints before the timer finishes counting down. So, both sides will need to act fast in Warzone Payload.
If you’re on the defending team, you’ll have the ability to construct unique obstacles to stop the vehicles from progressing. Use it to bring them to a halt and take out as many attackers as you can.
Tips and tricks for winning Payload
It goes without saying that you should play the objective. Payload is a great place to engage in constant action and level up weapons, so it can be easy to get distracted. But by playing the objective, either getting inside the vehicle’s escort perimeter or keeping enemies out of it, you’ll be a major help in bringing your team to victory.
This game mode allows you to stockpile your money so that you can purchase different Killstreaks. Save up before bringing down Airstrikes and the previously secret Bomb Drone Killstreak to clear all enemies in your way. This will buy you more time to plan out a new tactic.
The good news is that whenever you’re killed, you’ll respawn with your full loadout. So, don’t hesitate in trying out different weapons that suit a variety of combat situations. For example, you can swap to an SMG or Shotgun for close-range encounters when playing Warzone Payload.
If you’re on the attacking team, then you also need to watch out for any obstacles on the path. These will act as a barrier between your objective and the next checkpoint so try to steer clear of them as much as you can. Defenders should make sure barricades are always being built.
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All Warzone Pacific Caldera POIs in real life: Capital, Resort, more
Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map appears to be inspired by several real life locations, so here’s every Caldera POI and its inspiration.
Similar to Verdansk, Warzone’s Pacific’s new Caldera map appears to be inspired by real locations from the Pacific and the Second World War. Here are all of the real-life locations that Caldera appears to be inspired by.
Many locations from Warzone’s original Verdansk map are inspired by real-life locations, such as the Stadium, Array, and Nakatomi Plaza. It appears that Raven Software has taken a similar approach with Caldera, plucking many of its POIs straight out of Hawaii.
- Caldera Capital IRL
- Caldera Peak IRL
- Caldera Terminal IRL
- Caldera Royale Cabana Resort IRL
- Caldera Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen IRL
Caldera Capital – Ali’iolani Hale
The Capital POI is clearly inspired by the Ali’iolani Hale building in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.
The building has roughly the same shape as Caldera’s capital building, with the buildings and balconies being in the exact same place. Plus, it even has the same clock tower with a flag pole mounted on top.
Caldera Peak – Haleakalā Observatory
Caldera has much more elevation than Verdansk, and the highest point is marked by a “military battery installation” on top of a dormant volcano that appears to be inspired by the Haleakalā Observatory in Maui, Hawaii.
While not being an exact recreation, it’s likely that Haleakalā Observatory is a source of inspiration. The Observatory was built in the 60s but has a similar round shape and white color to Cladera’s Peak – plus it also lies on the summit of a dormant volcano.
Caldera Terminal – Ford Island Control Tower
Caldera’s airfield is overlooked by a tall control tower that bears a striking resemblance to the Ford Island Control Tower in Pearl Harbor.
Although not as tall or narrow, Caldera’s tower has the same red control room at the top, and platforms all the way up. Many Warzone players weren’t huge fans of Verdansk’s air traffic control tower, so hopefully, this is better received.
Caldera Royal Cabana Resort – Royal Hawaiian hotel
Warzone Pacific’s Royal Cabana Resort appears to be heavily inspired by the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Being similar in both shape and name, the Royal Cabana Resort has a similar bell tower to the Royal Hawaiian. We’ll need to wait until the map releases on December 8 to see if there are any more similarities.
Caldera Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen – Lorient Submarine Base
Caldera’s Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen, also included in Vanguard, is clearly inspired by the Lorient Submarine Base in Lorient, France.
This Submarine Base was used throughout the Second World War to harbor U-Boats, and it seems Raven Software has recreated it in the Pacific. It has almost exactly the same shape, with similar gunner mounts on top.
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Forgotten MW SMG still top-tier in Warzone Season 6
Warzone players are looking to send Verdansk off with a bang and there’s no better way to do that than with this forgotten MW Submachine Gun.
Utilizing this forgotten MW SMG is sure to bring back memories of Verdansk’s early days before players shift to Warzone Pacific: Caldera.
With so much focus on which weapons are “meta”, some pretty powerful options are often overlooked. Call of Duty data expert TrueGameData recently discovered the resurgence of a forgotten MW Submachine Gun.
The weapon in question is MW’s AUG. The data suggests that the AUG is still a force to be reckoned with. The AUG’s fire rate may not be as quick as other weapons in its class, even so, it is certainly one of the hardest-hitting SMGs around.
The AUG had a brief moment of moderate usage as a weapon in Warzone until it disappeared altogether. With the TrueGameData loadout below the weapon can make a triumphant return.
If you’re looking to give the AUG a try you should know that it doesn’t feel like other Submachine Guns. The AUG is much less mobile and quick to fire than other MW Submachine Guns. This might throw you off for a match or two but once you get the hang of the AUG, you’ll be shredding in no time.
The loadout focuses on utilizing the AUG’s already amazing base damage capability. Accuracy, range, and damage may not be the first thing that comes to mind when using an SMG, but the AUG certainly brings these qualities to the table.
TrueGameData MW AUG Warzone loadout
- Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
- Laser: Tac Laser
- Optic: Solozero Optics Mini Reflex
- Magazine: 5.56 NATO 30-Round Mags
- Perk: Sleight of Hand
The 5.56 NATO 30-Round Mags might seem like a strange choice for a Warzone Submachine Gun. However, the Sleight of Hand perk will compensate for the below-average mag size.
This AUG can be utilized up close with a fantastic TTK or it could be used at greater distances. Thanks to the Solozero Optics Mini Reflex and Monolithic Suppressor, accuracy and damage range won’t suffer at medium range.
Of course, the Tac Laser is a Warzone staple as it boosts ADS speed and increases aiming stability.
Given that the AUG could perform well at medium range, this loadout is best complemented by a long-range rifle. In the video, TrueGameData opts for the Swiss K31. Use the AUG as sniper support and you’ll devastate Verdansk.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / TrueGameData
Warzone Pacific Caldera map introduces fascinating new use for Molotovs
Warzone Pacific’s map Caldera is almost here. The latest promotional video may have even hinted at a new use for Molotov Cocktails.
A new promotional video for Warzone Pacific Season 1 has revealed an interesting Molotov strategy that gives the equipment a new use.
The new update will be bringing many changes to Warzone. Although some are concerned about the Loadout Drop changes, many are excited for Warzone Pacific. As well as Gas Mask buffs, it seems the Molotov equipment will be getting a new use.
There’s been a lot of promotion for Warzone Pacific, with the official launch coming on December 8 for those with early access.
Players are excited to get to grips with the brand new map, Caldera, which is sure to have loads for players to discover.
We’ve had information on all the POIs that players will see, but a new promotion video posted by charlieINTEL on Twitter showed a “postcard from Caldera,” which may have hinted at a new use for the Molotov equipment.
Molotovs on Warzone Pacific Caldera map
Molotovs have always been pretty great. Players will often use them to get enemies out of corners or even finish off downed players. They set the floor ablaze which acts as a trap for some time so that players can block paths as well.
Despite all these utilizations, Caldera may be bringing a brand new use for them. In the postcard, some information is detailed about an unknown person arriving on Caldera. They say that they have “discovered a fun trick with Molotovs: throw ’em into water and they become smoke grenades! Highly recommend”
This can’t be confirmed until the map is out, but it would make sense considering the developers have intentionally decided to include it within a promotional video for the new map.
Further, the fact that the unknown character on Caldera is highly recommending that players try this makes it even more likely.
We’re unsure how strong this strategy will be, but it’s interesting that Caldera will be offering new gameplay mechanics like this. Could there be more hidden features for players to find upon release?
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Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games
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