After Warzone devs Raven Software felt Season 4’s Nail Gun was vastly performing in its class, they gave it a significant nerf in the June 30 update.
The effect of Warzone Season 4’s C58, MG 82, and Nail Gun were immediate. Players instantly called for the MG 82 to be nerfed, and Raven Software were quick to deliver. The Nail Gun climbed to the top of the pack as the best SMG, and players called for it to be nerfed.
Raven Software acknowledged that the Nail Gun is too powerful in its class, but said that giving it a fair nerf will be difficult. However, in the June 30 update, the devs made a move in reducing its effectiveness.
Although the Nail Gun isn’t one of the most popular weapons in the game, its insanely high time to kill makes it the best choice for close-range combat. To unlock it, you need to complete the tough challenge of getting kills with Special Weapons, and Warzone’s devs said that its pick rate would be higher “were it more easily accessible.”
Raven Software had previously explained the difficulty around nerfing the Nail Gun. They were concerned that nerfing low rate of fire weapons could “turn an incredibly fast Time to Kill into one of the slowest in its class,” just by missing one shot.
They said that they plan on pushing and pulling on some of its functionality until it’s something that can rival shotguns at close range, but quickly lose damage from further out. “They are just nails after all,” explained Raven Software.
Alongside nerfing the FARA 83’s recoil control, the devs have given the Nail Gun its first tweak, and it appears to be a major one. Rather than toying with its fire rate or damage, Raven decreased the Nail Gun’s Maximum Damage range by 39%.
In the June 30 patch notes, Raven Software explained that although the “Nail Gun is and was meant to be a lethal, highly-mobile, short-range dominator…its Maximum Damage range far exceeded the lethal range of Shotguns, which it is intended to contest.”
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“The Nail Gun’s (BOCW) generous range and mobility allowed it to consistently dispatch foes at the same speed or faster than Shotguns at almost twice their effective range,” they continued. So to counter this, they almost halved its damage range.
While it won’t be as effective at range, it will likely still melt players up-close. Raven Software are sure to keep an eye on the Nail Gun going forward and make any more adjustments if necessary.
Image Credit: Raven Software / Treyarch
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.
There are reports that Activision are developing a sequel to Warzone, and here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, including all leaks, rumors, and the release window.
Call of Duty: Warzone has changed significantly since its March 2020 release, with the game receiving every weapon from Black Ops Cold War as well as Vanguard, Verdansk getting nuked, and the setting now taking place in the Pacific.
Now, 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
- Warzone 2 maps
- 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.’
Since then, Activision confirmed that a “new Warzone experience,” is in the works. While they haven’t made an official announcement for Warzone 2, insiders believe that the new experience referred to is the rumored sequel.
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
Henderson claims that Warzone 2 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.
On May 18, players received plenty of new information concerning possible Warzone 2 gameplay. For starters, leakers Henderson and NerosCinema both reported that Warzone 2 will come with loadout drop changes.
A new mechanic called Strongholds is set to alter the way players receive their loadouts. According to leaks, players can approach one of the 20-30 Stronghold areas on the map and complete a set of objectives. Once these objectives are complete they’ll gain access to their loadouts.
Some of the reported objectives involve defusing a bomb or defeating AI enemies. Strongholds will surely add a new layer of strategy to Warzone as each Stronghold can only be captured once per game.
According to the same report, looting will also undergo changes and resemble the system used in Black Ops 4’s Blackout. Supposedly, you won’t spawn in with any armor and you’ll need to find a satchel to equip plates.
This isn’t the only feature that could be returning from previous CoD titles as Pro Perks could also appear. These boosted Perks first arrived in 2009’s Modern Warfare and they provide additional features that will benefit players. NerosCinema believes they’ll make their way to Warzone 2.
It seems Warzone 2 could also borrow from competitors by reportedly introducing a bag system for inventory management, similar to Apex Legends or PUBG.
Warzone 2 maps
At the time of writing, there’s no official confirmation concerning the maps that players will be able to drop into when Warzone 2 finally launches. But there have been a handful of leaks suggesting that might shed some light on possible POIs.
Industry insider Tom Henderson has reported that four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps are set to return as POIs for the Warzone 2 map. Once again, this information has not been confirmed but Henderson believes that High Rise, Quarry, Terminal, and Afghan are the four maps that will feature in Warzone 2.
Later Henderson would go on to reveal what he believed to be all 18 Warzone 2 POIs. He couldn’t go into specifics about each one, but he did share the names of each one:
- Quarry (Quarry)
- Modern City (Highrise)
- Caves (Afghan)
- Mountain town (possibly Favela)
- Airport (Terminal)
Nothing is confirmed here, and there is also every chance that the names of these POIs could change ahead of release. He also stated that there could very well be more than just four MW2 maps that appear, so some of these POIs could hide another classic map from 2009.
Continuing with the leaks, TheMW2Ghost shared a recreation of what they claim to be the Warzone 2 map.
The map lacks detail at this stage, but it shows what appear to be roads passing through the map. In addition, there’s a large river cutting through the middle of the map. While this isn’t official artwork they claim that it is a “remake based off of the actual map image.”
While we don’t have official images of the map as of yet, a leaked image of a Warzone 2 weapon surfaced online. You may be able to check it out if it hasn’t already been struck down. Henderson also claimed that Warzone 2 would share the same map with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ game mode.
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.
Image Credit: Activision
Warzone dev responds to more issues with still broken Gas Mask animation
Warzone’s Gas Mask animation continues to cause problems in Season 3, and Raven’s Senior Creative DIrector has addressed the issue.
The Gas Mask animation has been a constant source of criticism in Warzone, and Season 3 looked to finally solve the frustrating feature. However, Gas Masks are still causing undue deaths, and Warzone dev Ted Timmins has responded.
While Warzone’s Gas Mask is incredibly useful for when you need to take the fight into the poisonous cloud, its equip animation has been a constant source of problems in the battle royale.
The Gas Mask animation was first addressed back in Season 2, to stop it from playing while aiming down the sights and leaving players exposed during fights. Then, an issue that saw the animation trigger while falling, preventing players from pulling their parachutes, was fixed in Season 3.
However, it appears the Gas Mask is still wreaking havoc in Season 3, and Warzone Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins has responded.
Former CoD pro and content creator Tyler “TeeP” Polchow tweeted a clip on May 17, showing how the Gas Mask animation cost him a game after reaching the top three.
As he stood on a rooftop firing arrows at rival players, the gas cloud slowly moved in over him causing his Gas Mask to automatically equip. After knocking down an enemy, he looked to jump and parachute back into the circle, a tactic used regularly to make up ground quickly.
It didn’t go according to plan though, as the animation for removing the Gas Mask triggered before Teep could pull his parachute, causing him to fall to his death.
Other players replied to the clip, with one saying: “It’s insane the absolute OBSESSION these devs have [with] a Gask Mask animation.”
This sparked a response from Warzone Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins, who assured players that the team is looking to solve the problem.
“These videos are why I have an obsession with it, and we aren’t giving up on these QoL [Quality of Life] improvements,” tweeted Timmins. “I’ll discuss with the team, @TylerTeeP.”
This appears to just be an unintentional glitch, because as of Season 3 the animation is no longer supposed to interrupt falling players. However, it’s clear to see from the clip just how problematic the bug is, abruptly putting an end to TeeP’s game at a crucial moment.
Hopefully, Timmins and the rest of the team at Raven Software can roll out a fix as soon as possible, before it costs too many more players valuable wins.
Image credits: Activision
FaZe Booya reveals “underrated” Warzone Rebirth Island SMG you should be using
Warzone pro FaZe Booya has shown off his loadout for an underused SMG that is perfect for Rebirth Island in Season 3.
Warzone is jam-packed with high-quality SMGs that deal big damage in Season 3, but CoD pro Ean ‘FaZe Booya’ Chase has shown off an underappreciated weapon that is ideal for Rebirth Island.
Compared to the vast open spaces of Caldera, Warzone Rebirth Island is far more tightly packed, favoring close-quarters combat over picking off enemies from afar. This means players will be relying heavily on short-range weapons to fire them to victory.
Warzone Season 3 has plenty of meta SMGs that are proven to be effective across both modes, but the more forgiving nature of Rebirth means players have more room to experiment with more obscure weapons.
Warzone pro FaZe Booya has shown off his class for an “underrated” SMG that you should be running on Rebirth – the Cold War TEC-9.
First unlocked through the Cold War Season 5 Battle Pass, the TEC-9 has largely fallen by the wayside in Warzone these days. According to WZ Ranked, it has a pick rate of just 0.04 despite its three modes of fire and its capabilities in close-range duels.
However, Booya urged players not to sleep on it in his May 18 video, saying about his TEC-9 loadout: “It was pretty fun to use, I think it’s pretty underrated.”
Check out his full loadout below:
FaZe Booya’s Warzone Rebirth Island TEC-9 loadout
- Muzzle: Full Auto Repeater
- Barrel: 4.9″ Task Force
- Stock: Raider Stock
- Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
- Ammunition: Salvo 48 Rnd Fast Mags
FaZe Booya kicked off his class with the Full Auto Repeater to switch the TEC-9 to fully automatic while giving its fire rate a considerable boost. He paired it with the 4.9″ Task Force Barrel to increase the damage range and velocity to make mid-range fights more manageable.
Next up, he picked the Raider Stock and Bruiser Grip for a massive buff to mobility, crucial for outmaneuvering opponents in Rebirth many buildings. He rounded out the TEC-9 loadout with Salvo 48 Rnd Fast Mags for much-needed reload speed, saying “you can kill two people pretty easily, three if you hit your shots.”
Booya did warn players that the recoil on the TEC-9 can make it tough to control, but urged players to keep practicing with it to unlock the SMG’s potential. So, the next time you drop into Rebirth, consider giving this Cold War SMG a try.
Image credits: Activision / FaZe Booya
CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window
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