Warzone in focus: Call of Duty multiplayer dying?

Warzone will be the focal point of Call of Duty for some time. We’ve known this since Activision’s last financial information published on February 4, 2021. In it, the publisher behind the Call of Duty franchise maintains that the standalone Battle Royale subsidiary, which even relies on a free-to-play model, will be the focus for a long time.

Activision President Rob Kostich said literally:

“The war zone will be our focus for a long time. Nevertheless, I would like to thank our players for their constant and continuous feedback on all aspects of the game. We listen to this every day and it is important to our operation.”

This statement almost warrants afterward – at least so it seems to us – that the latest in the Black Ops Cold War series, which was once again created by the developers of Treyarch, provided “tons of content” for Warzone. Accordingly, there were over 30 new weapons and operators, and many other things added to Warzone through the release.

Transitions will be smoother in the future

Integration helped officials better understand transitions and be able to design them more smoothly in the future. This looks exactly like Activision’s Battle Royale mode which will also be maintained through Black Ops Cold War. Since the new Call of Duty for 2021 has been confirmed, we can already imagine how the merger of Warzone and “Call of Duty 2021” would work.

By the way, both free-to-play players who don’t invest a single cent into Warzone and premium users who buy the Battle Pass and additional content for real money should be taken into account. You know that expectations are very high when implementing new content. This must come true.

Activision is generally self-confident and confident about the further development of Warzone. The game should be “an essential part of planning future content,” Kostich says. However, it is precisely this renewed focus on Warzone’s focus that makes us and many of the franchise’s followers question the strategy.

Because Call of Duty as a brand didn’t get there with a battle royale. The position as one of the first-person shooters ever was achieved by an overall and long-term focus on the multiplayer segment, the Call of Duty arena shooter. Sometimes fans of this multiplayer game, in which two teams compete with a small number of players in several modes at the highest competitive level, are extremely anxious.

Interests of the competitive landscape

Of course, the upcoming Call of Duty game will have its own game again, which will offer an extensive multiplayer mode in addition to (possibly) an existing single-player campaign. But how much effort, work, and time is invested there compared to previous titles in the series? How large is the portion of content geared towards Battle Royale and so-called “casual” players?

Of course we don’t have an answer to these questions yet, but with the new data from the official side, competitive Call of Duty players who have been active in Search and Destroy and their partners for years fear the worst. Evil tongues can claim that Activision strives for the “easy money route” in order to put economic profit above its community through cross-promotion, battle tickets and other small transactions.

Certainly this scenario is a “worst case” chart. But what if the card design fails to impress the repeat players again, and perhaps deteriorates further? What if Activision and Call of Duty development studios took care of traditional “just on the side” multiplayer? The part of the game that made the franchise big could be in danger. This is the brief opinion of many critics who found Rob Kostich’s words extremely furious at the start of February.

Once again: the President of Activision has never said directly that anything will change the weighting between single player, multiplayer, and war zone. The focus should only be on the essentially free Battle Royale Standalone for a long time, which was rolled out with Modern Warfare on March 10, 2020 and inspired countless players in the first few days.

Call of Duty: New Players – 50 million in Warzone

Dai call of duty league

With Call of Duty League, Activision created a new esports league in October 2019 specifically for players who now care about the future of their favorite competitive game. Next week celebrates the start of next season, when twelve international top-level teams will once again compete against each other.

This indicates that Activision is completely memorable, does not want to forget or has already forgotten esports on a 4-for-4 basis. Just a few days ago, innovations and changes were introduced that would improve the next season. In the future, games will be played on PC instead of console, replacing the game mode. The shape has also been modified.

But the continuation of the league, which was founded just two years ago, is not a sign of the growth of Call of Duty esports. Ultimately, all we have to do is wait for more news and keep our fingers crossed that Activision doesn’t forget a large portion of its community here.


About CoD: Black Ops Cold War

The next branch of the Call of Duty video game series is called “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” and as the title suggests, it takes place in a Cold War setting. The game is developed by Treyarch and Raven, and published on November 13, 2020 by Activision. Both the single-player campaign is confirmed, where you must face “historical figures and harsh realities,” as well as multiplayer battles of various sizes.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was released worldwide on November 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Battle.net). The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release for the following consoles will be launched during Holiday 2020, depending on the availability of the consoles in different regions.

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