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Warzone QA testers stage walkout days before Pacific Caldera launch

On December 6 Raven Software QA testers staged a walkout to protest the company’s sudden layoffs that began last week.

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In what is set to be a busy period for Raven Software, QA testers have staged a walkout as a response to layoffs announced by the company on December 3.

On December 3, the gaming industry received the news of significant layoffs taking place at Raven Software. The layoffs mainly involved the Quality Assurance team that works on Warzone content. Just three days later and most of a team of around 40 members are protesting the decision.

With Warzone Pacific’s highly-anticipated launch only two days away, one would imagine that this is a vital time for the company. Those who engaged in the walkout have claimed that they will not return until the layoffs are reversed.

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Raven’s Quality Assurance testers stated that the layoffs began on December 3 as individuals were brought into meetings to receive the news. The layoffs came as a shock to the majority of the QA team seeing as they’d been assured that positive changes to the payment structure were on their way.

The detailed statement from the workers below confirms that these changes are arriving after “five weeks of overtime and, before an anticipated end of year crunch.” Their contracts are set to be terminated on January 28th.

The QA testers hope that the walkout will result in permanent full-time positions for the entire team.

A spokesperson from Raven’s parent company Activision has responded to the protest in a recent statement, “We are converting approximately 500 temporary workers to full-time employees in the coming months. Unfortunately, as part of this change, we also have notified 20 temporary workers across studios that their contracts would not be extended.”

It remains to be seen if Activision’s response will encourage employees to return to work. This is going to be a vital week for Activision between the ongoing protests and the launch of new in-game content across Vanguard and Warzone.

For the latest updates concerning this story and the slatted release of Warzone Pacific: Caldera stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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FaZe Jev slams unfair Warzone Skynet camo that players “could not grind for”

Call of Duty YouTuber FaZe Jev slammed Warzone’s Titanium Trials camo, explaining how it’s unfair that players couldn’t grind for it.

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Warzone’s Skynet camo is one of Call of Duty’s toughest-ever grinds, where players need 20 wins in Titanium Trials. However, YouTuber FaZe Jev has slammed the camo grind, saying it’s unfair how players “literally could not grind for it.”

Every year, there’s a massive camo grind to complete in Call of Duty, where players unlock every camo for every weapon to proudly display the ultimate Mastery Camo such as Damascus or Dark Matter.

FaZe Jev is known for going above and beyond with these camo grinds every year, but was brutally honest in how unimpressed he is with Warzone’s Skynet camo, explaining that it’s unfair that it’s something a portion of the player base simply couldn’t grind for.

Titanium Trials arrived with Warzone’s Terminator crossover, bringing challenges for the most-skilled players such as winning 20 games to unlock the Skynet camo. However, Jev doesn’t feel skill is a major factor in unlocking it, as the grind is only possible for players with a full squad.

Titanium Trials was Quads only, but a Duos version is set to arrive halfway through the event with the August 18 playlist update. Jev still isn’t impressed though, asking, “How about people who don’t feel like squading up? How about people that can just go and get the f***ing camo?”

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Skynet “is gonna forever have that stain on it where it’s not a thing of like ‘look how hard I grinded for this,’ it’s a thing of ‘look how hard I grinded for this while other people couldn’t grind for it. Like literally could not grind for it,'” he explained.

“I don’t really look at Skynet like ‘damn, that’s really impressive that they got that,’ it’s more of a ‘oh that’s the camo that literally a portion of the entire player base couldn’t even begin to unlock.'”

Perhaps the Titanium Trials Duos mode will be much more forgiving to Solo players than Quads, but there are only a few days left as Season 5 is set to arrive on Wednesday, August 24.

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When is Warzone Pacific Season 5? Season 4 end date, leaked weapons & Operators, more

Here’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific’s Season 5 update including its expected release date and content.

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Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded is in full swing, but players are looking forward to what’s to come in Season 5. Here’s when Season 4 is set to end, as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are now in their fourth season, with each update bringing major changes to multiplayer, Zombies, and battle royale. Warzone Season 4 and its Fortune’s Keep map have been extremely well received, but players are always looking toward what’s next.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, then came along to introduce even more content. Season 5 will be up after, so here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

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Expected Warzone Pacific Season 5 release date

Warzone Pacific Season 4 is set to end on Wednesday, August 24, and we expect Season 5 to arrive immediately after.

The date hasn’t been officially revealed by Raven Software but, assuming there are no delays, the season should begin on August 24. Stay tuned, as we’ll update this piece when a date has been officially confirmed.

Warzone player using minigun in Fortune's Keep

Warzone Pacific Season 5 expected content

Although none of Warzone Pacific Season 5’s content has been revealed, we can use previous seasons to hazard a pretty accurate guess of what to expect.

Warzone Season 4, like previous seasons, has brought new weapons such as the Marco 5 and UGM-8, as well as major quality of life changes and Caldera map updates.

Using Vanguard’s seasons as a guide, here’s everything we expect to see in Warzone Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • Seasonal event with challenges and free rewards
  • New and returning game modes
  • Map updates (Caldera, Rebirth Island, and/or Fortune’s Keep)
  • Major weapon buffs and nerfs
  • Quality of life updates
  • More

While Season 4 brought the new Fortune’s Keep map, we wouldn’t expect another new one until Warzone 2’s which arrives after Modern Warfare 2 later in 2022.

Fortune's Keep map in Warzone Pacific Season 4

Warzone Pacific Season 5 leaked weapons

Although Raven still hasn’t offered any clues as to what is coming in Warzone Season 5, leakers may have revealed the new weapons set to debut ahead of time.

Known CoD leaker Reality tweeted on July 27 claiming that two new weapons called the “EX1 (EM1) and RA 225” will be added, along with an unnamed melee weapon.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t find any more information on what types of guns these will be. Based on the name EX1, many players felt this could be Advanced Warfare’s EM1 or Black Ops Cold War’s EM2.

We’ll have to wait and see if this leak turns out to be accurate and if the developers are bringing an old favorite into Warzone Season 5.

Warzone Pacific Season 5 Umbrella Academy crossover leaked

Following the Terminator crossover in Season 4 Reloaded, dataminers have found details in the game’s files that suggest that Netflix’s Umbrella Academy could be the next major crossover in Season 5.

According to Reality, there will be two Umbrella Academy bundles for players to purchase, named after two assassins that feature in the series; the “Hazel Bundle,” and the “Cha-Cha Bundle.”

Both are expected to be stacked with weapon Blueprints, as well as skins of both time-travelers, most likely with their signature bunny masks. They also claimed that anyone who buys both of the bundles before September 30 will also receive “an exclusive Legendary KG M40 Blueprint, a Legendary Weapon Charm, and a Legendary Calling Card.”

Based on this leak, it doesn’t appear that main characters like Number 5 or Luther will feature, but more will likely be revealed in the run-up to Warzone Season 5.

Classic CoD villains coming to Warzone Pacific Season 5?

Another leak that has circulated in recent weeks is that, since Season 5 is likely the last before Warzone 2, a number of classic villains from CoD history will arrive as Operators.

Again, Reality discovered the names of the old foes in the files of the Season 4 Reloaded update, indicating that there are plans to bring the characters back.

The leaked villains expected to return in Warzone Season 5 are:

  • Raul Menendez (Black Ops 2)
  • Gabriel Rorke (Ghosts)
  • Khaled Al Asad (CoD 4 and Modern Warfare 2019)
  • Seraph (Black Ops 3 and 4)

And that’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5 so far! We’ll be sure to keep this piece updated as more about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re more into the multiplayer side of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Vanguard Season 5.

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NICKMERCS dominates enemies with the “fastest killing Warzone loadout ever”

NICKMERCS has revealed the “fastest killing” weapon loadout to dominate enemies in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed the “fastest killing Warzone loadout” that allows him to annihilate his opponents quickly in Season 4 Reloaded.

If you want to come out on top in a Warzone Pacific match then you’ll need a weapon that can take out enemies extremely fast, and there are plenty of high TTK choices available in Season 4 Reloaded.

Now, popular streamer Warzone streamer NICKMERCS has revealed a weapon loadout so powerful that it allowed him to score quick eliminations and dominate the opposition throughout the match.

After hopping into a game, NICKMERCS picked up the KG M40 Assault Rifle, and he was able to use it to secure kills insanely fast in medium and long-range engagements. He described it as the “fastest killing Warzone loadout ever.”

By the end of the match, he had secured 23 kills with the weapon and gave it high praise, claiming that it’s “so much better than the NZ ever was.” He also revealed the attachments he used in his KG M40 loadout.

NICKMERCS Warzone KG M40 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Reisdorf 720mm Shrouded
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 60 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

NICKMERCS utilizes the VDD 22G Padded stock to give a boost to movement speed in his KG M40 Warzone loadout. This is extremely helpful for getting around the map or away from overwhelming gunfire.

The Krausnick 12V Stock, Hatched Grip, and M1941 Hand Stop brought the weapon’s recoil under control. NICKMERCS then used the magnification of the SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic to pick off enemies in long-range combat.

To cap off this Warzone Pacific loadout, NICKMERCS equipped Brace to improve the accuracy of those initial shots when firing and On-Hand to reduce the downtime after using Equipment.

Using this KG M40 loadout will allow you to secure quick kills on Caldera, Rebirth Island, and Fortune’s Keep. So, be sure to try it out the next time you hop into Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.


For more Warzone content, check out JGOD revealing a secret attachment to drastically reduce recoil as well as these new Warzone 2 Sniper Rifles that were spotted in the trailer and screenshots.

Image credits: Raven Software

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