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As the game moves to a new map, Call of Duty: Warzone is making some big changes to how loadouts work – and fans can’t agree on whether it’s better or worse for the game.
Call of Duty: Warzone’s new map, Caldera, will bring a tropical new destination, new landmarks, and new changes to the way fans will play Warzone. While a full list of the announced improvements to Battle Royale can be found in our full rundown, one feature fans shared is the way the loadouts will work in Warzone in the future.
There are two major changes that will affect equipment in the game. First, players can only use Call of Duty Vanguard weapons when customizing their weapon choices in Caldera. This means that the more modern weapons (found in both Cold War and Modern Warfare) will not be available in your loadout drops during matches.
While some players may feel that this offers a different stance than the previous developer comments Around the in-game loadouts, Activision has explained the reasons for the change, stating that it will allow them to “[streamline] the meta for more accessibility and space for experiments. ”
Regardless of how you feel about the change, this is an important factor in and of itself. Throughout the Battle Royale tenure, the game’s meta has been a somewhat controversial topic. Where it allows players to organize certain weapons and get the most out of their loadout experience, the meta is also known for sometimes “breaking”, offering times when certain weapons far outperform everything else in the game.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific – Caldera Map Images
While more cynical gamers might suggest that the changes could boost Vanguard sales, it is certainly gratifying to see that the developer is looking at the impact of the Vanguard integration in ways that may not have been the case when the Cold War occurred in stepped out of line.
While changes to the weapons available to players through their loadouts may seem like a significant change in and of themselves, they have been far less controversial when compared to the other major changes made to loadout drops.
As confirmed by Warzone Creative Director Ted Timmins, after switching to Caldera loadouts will only be available in Buy Stations at the end of the first circle (approximately 5 minutes after the game starts) – meaning players won’t be able to make any money and rush right away to the store to buy their custom weapons. An attempt at a similar change to the game ran during Warzone’s limited-time event Operation Flashback to mixed reactions from the community.
It will be available in the Buy Stations at the end of the first circle. Operation: Flashback was just the testing ground for functionality that proved successful – but at your point it had to be early enough in the gameplay loop to allow for improved strategy and planning.
– Ted Timmins (@JustTeddii) December 1, 2021
Loadouts are almost always a major factor in winning Warzone, and news of the change seems to have split the player base. “This was the worst part of flashing the operation. I hope this change will be reversed quickly once people realize it isn’t.” [an] Innovation, it’s a limitation, “said one fan Resist the change on Twitter, while others argued that it could ruin the game completely.
While many have spoken out against the changes, proponents have also spoken out on social media. There are a number of players in the Warzone community who believe that loadouts have no place in battle royale, and this change could be seen as a compromise between the two parties.
I agree that this is a big W. You may have to make the bottom hive a bit better along with the change, though imo. Then it’s sauce
– Bigshot🍥 (@RBigShot_) November 30, 2021
Loadouts shouldn’t be anywhere near a battle royale and that’s exactly why Blackout was a far better BR experience. What is fun when everyone has two fully featured metaweapons within minutes of starting the game?
– (@ mattyfletcher18) December 1, 2021
Ensuring that players can’t buy loadouts right at the start of the game is sure to change people’s tactical attitudes significantly. Not only does this encourage people to increase their movement to find better “ground loot” weapons on the map, but it could also help create a wider range of in-game gunfights between weapons.
After the news of the update, the Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone posted a poll on Twitter asking fans to vote on whether or not to agree to the changes. At the time of writing, around 75% of players who took the survey said they thought this was a good addition.
What do you think? Let me know below #WarzonePacific
– ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) November 30, 2021
Call of Duty Warzone’s Pacific map is slated to go live for everyone on December 9th, but players who own Call of Duty: Vanguard will be able to access the map 24 hours in advance. For more info on Warzone, check out this article which describes which multiplayer map Caldera appears to have a nod to next week’s launch.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.