8 things Warzone 2 needs to bring Call of Duty BR back to the top

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 already has an incredible amount of hype as the next proper sequel in this sub-franchise aims to deliver the ultimate CoD battle royale experience. To do this, we’ve picked out a few things it can nail down.

Activision probably couldn’t have imagined how popular Warzone would be despite being a CoD title. For months it dominated Twitch, had millions of players on most major platforms as they all tried to conquer Verdansk and Rebirth Island.

The game then faced a slump after the serious appearance of hackers, without proper anti-software, the subsequent revival of Apex Legends and a divisive new map in Warzone Pacific’s Caldera.

It’s already established that Warzone 2 is in the distant future, and here are some things we’d like to see for a glorious sequel.

Warzones Alcatraz Rebirth Island Map

Just having a Rebirth card and a BR card has proven to be insufficient for most players.

1. More than one main card

One of the reasons players keep coming back to Apex Legends is that you get a different experience with each of the game’s four, yes four main battle royale maps. This is in addition to the various arena maps.

In the two years since Warzone was founded, players have only had Verdansk, Caldera, and Rebirth Island. If Apex players don’t like a particular map, there are always others to fall back on. If you don’t like Caldera in Warzone Pacific, then your CoD battle royale enjoyment is ruined immediately.

Fortnite has only had one official map so far, but Epic Games regularly makes big changes to it to keep it feeling fresh. We definitely need more maps in rotation for Warzone.

2. Avoid game-breaking metas

For the most part, Warzone had a solid weapon balance, and even where there were strong weapons, they generally weren’t that powerful everyone must feel the need to use them.

But we had two or three damaging metas, namely the Bore that was DMRzone and the Burst Rifle/MAC-10 meta that made Verdansk mind-numbingly dowdy for a while. Not only that, there was a time when the AMAX simply dominated every other weapon in the game.

The developers have to work really hard and manage the game’s weapons to ensure underused weapons have a chance, and OP weapons are carefully managed.

Combat Scout menu and description

The perk meta shake was good for the game.

3. Keep Perks balanced and fresh

One of Raven Software’s longest overlooked features was the lack of perk options. While the game had plenty of perks to choose from, only a handful were truly meta.

Perk 1 was typically EOD, Perk 2 was Ghost or Overkill, and Perk 3 was Amped. However, as the seasons progressed, new ones were added and old ones tweaked. The likes of Cold-Blooded had special new traits to increase their potential, and Combat Scout was a game changer, offering literal wallhacks.

Developers need to keep track of Warzone 2’s perk meta.

4. No pay-to-win skins or blueprints

It goes without saying that we just don’t need such things in Call of Duty: Warzone. Yes, skins and bundles will always be a constant as they are the game’s primary tool for making money.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t have skins that make players blend into the environment to appear invisible, skins that actually make players invisible, or blueprints that give weapons secret, broken, pay-to-win perks.

Conversely, we shouldn’t have paid for items that make a weapon pay-to-lose either, as everything should be thoroughly tested.

Warzone Iron Trials logo

Iron Trials has been a smash hit since its debut, so there’s no point in taking it out.

5. Don’t remove fan-favorite playlist options

I understand the developers wanting to rotate the playlist options so all of their content keeps playing, but removing obvious favorites is insane.

Instead of spreading the player base across your various offerings, you actually turn off your fans and risk them not playing at all, either out of spite or because they lack the only mode they enjoy.

Maybe a community vote could settle things each week? There is always a solution.

6. FOV on the console

Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard had a field of view slider option on consoles, and Warzone or Warzone Pacific still don’t have it. Worst of all, there’s still no reasonable explanation as to why.

For Warzone 2, a FOV slider on console is almost non-negotiable at this point to stem the wrath of CoD players and end the perceived tyranny of the PC master race.

Cod Warzone Caldera POI

Caldera’s mixed reception wasn’t helped by the presence of more scammers and hackers.

7. An ironclad anti-cheat system

Let’s be honest, RICOCHET was not a success.

Has it reduced the number of cheaters in Warzone? Yes. That’s not saying much, however, considering that the last few days of Verdansk were simply cluttered with hackers and scammers. It’s been said before, but Activision is a multi-billion dollar company with resources galore to pour into a state-of-the-art anti-cheat system, and Warzone 2 needs next to no people spoiling tournaments and standard lobbies.

8. Warzone Ranking

Not to get into the comparisons, but two of Call of Duty’s biggest rivals both have a rank for their battle royale – Fortnite and Apex Legends.

That means people who want more casual Warzone play can still be paired with players well above their skill level without their CoD session being tainted. Not only that, but players love the thrill of climbing the ranks to see how far they can go and perhaps compete against the absolute best competitors in the world.

This is currently only possible for the professionals, in tournaments. A ranked mode would add some variety to the process and make it more competitive for players of all skill levels. 8 things Warzone 2 needs to bring Call of Duty BR back to the top

Emma Bowman

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