Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 was recently launched alongside the new Verdansk ’84 map and a special limited-time event known as The Hunt for Adler. The map was generally well-received, though some players didn’t much like the fact that it looks so similar to the previous version. As far as the event is concerned, things are a bit more one-sided as most players didn’t seem to enjoy it too much. Not because the event was bad per se but because it was marred by a variety of technical issues.
The Hunt for Adler event kicked off shortly after Raven Software nuked the old Verdansk and transported everyone to the 1984 version. The event introduced six new intel challenges themed around the titular Adler, a character that was first featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Players were required to complete at least three of the six available challenges to unlock the new Tortured & Rescue legendary skin for the character. Unfortunately, many players were unable to do so because the intel required to complete the challenges would sometimes spawn outside the map. Even worse, progression would often simply not track even after a challenge has been completed correctly.
Developer Raven Software acknowledged the issues as soon as they started to appear but ended up needing several days in order to actually fix them. By the time all the issues were addressed the event was almost over. The good news is that the company decided to give out the skin for free to everyone, as a means of apologizing for the inconveniences caused by the bugs. Even better, the Tortured & Rescued Adler skin will be available for free until the end of season 3. Simply log into your Call of Duty: Warzone account, go to the Operators tab, and you should see the new skin while customizing Adler.
In somewhat related news, Activision announced earlier this week that Toys For Bob, one of its subsidiary studios, is now providing development support for Call of Duty: Warzone. Toys For Bob is the latest in a long line of studios that have contributed their talent over the years to the franchise. Other well-known names includes Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, High Moon, Beenox, Demonware, and of course Raven Software, among others. Even Blizzard is lending a hand by selling COD titles on its popular platform, Battle.net, while King is in charge of bringing Call of Duty to mobile devices. Quite a team effort.
Virtually every online multiplayer game has a cheater problem, but the issue is particularly noticeable in the case of Call of Duty: Warzone. The highly popular free-to-play FPS has been a massive success for Activision and developer Raven Software, amassing over 100 million players to date. Unfortunately, a good number of them have been engaging in various forms of cheating in spite of the developer’s best efforts to crack down on this type of behavior. The situation has proven to be frustrating not just for players but also for the folks over at Raven.
In a recent interview with VGC, Creative Director Amos Hodge stated at “no one hates cheaters more than we do.” The developer went on to say that Raven has an experienced security team tasked with punishing players caught cheating. And while many of them were struck by their mighty banhammer over the past year, there are plenty of cheaters who managed to get away.
One of the main reasons Call of Duty: Warzone is plagued by cheaters and hackers has to do with the game’s free-to-play nature. If you’re caught cheating in a paid game and your account ends up getting banned, you’ve essentially lost the money you spent on it. That alone is a deterrent for many. But that’s not really a problem when it comes to free-to-play games like COD: Warzone. You can easily create a new account if your current one gets banned without spending a penny. Sure, they might ban your IP but these days there are plenty of ways of getting around that.
Hodge says that his team is working on new updates designed to combat cheating. For now, though, it seems like cheaters are finding exploits faster than Raven can push out fixes. Just a couple of days ago reports have started coming in that some players have already found ways to cheat in the new Warzone map, Verdansk ’84. A video posted on the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit shows how easy it is to glitch below the new map from locations like the airport or the stadium. The worst part (or best, depending on who is using the exploit) is that cheaters can shoot you from beneath the map but you can’t shoot back at them. Needless to say, that’s a pretty big problem for those on the receiving end.
Raven Software hasn’t made any official statements regarding the newest glitch but the developers are likely working on a fix as we speak. If you run into the glitch yourself make sure to submit a bug report.
Seemingly taking inspiration from Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software decided to launch a special event yesterday that culminated with the destruction of Verdansk in a spectacular fashion. As part of the event, Warzone introduced a new game mode featuring a massive brawl against zombies in matches that would only last about 10 minutes. The kicker was that the zombies were controlled by players who had previously fallen while playing as regular humans. Given that you would drop in with only a shotgun and some ammo, chances were pretty high that you would turn into a zombie long before the end of the match.
The zombie-themed event only lasted for a few hours and ended with the destruction of Verdansk via nuclear missile. Unfortunately, the event didn’t run nearly as smoothly as expected. Countless players started to flock to Call of Duty: Warzone shortly after the flood gates were opened, resulting in massive server stability problems. As reported by Eurogamer, the servers were down for at least 40 minutes during the event. Meanwhile, long queue times and frequent crashes were common occurrences as well.
On the bright side, that was only part one of the event. The destruction of Verdansk is scheduled to continue later today, with part two of the special event set to begin at 8 PM GMT. Hopes are high that Raven Software learned a thing or two from yesterday’s mishap and will be able to provide a smoother experience for part two. But we’ll just have to wait and see.
Interestingly enough, there are numerous reports that the new Call of Duty: Warzone map was briefly playable for a few hours during yesterday’s event. It turns out this wasn’t intended and Raven Software fixed the issue shortly after. However, the damage had already been done by then. Players who managed to get a sneak peak revealed that the new map will be a 1984 version of Verdansk. That’s right, we’re taking a trip back in time to experience Verdansk during its glory days.
Players are reporting that 1984 Verdansk is a much more hospitable place, with brighter colors and greener environments. A lot of the buildings and locations you know and love will still be there but there are also many new ones to explore. The new map will become available to everyone as soon as Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 starts. In addition to the new map, Season 3 also brings to the table new weapons, balance changes, and more.