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Mysterious access cards appear on Warzone map

Published: 29/Apr/2020 18:49

by Theo Salaun

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New “Red Access Cards” have begun appearing across Verdansk in Call of Duty: Warzone, and players are scrambling to figure out what they do.

There have been easter eggs across Warzone’s vast map for weeks now and all have seemed to be dead ends, at least so far. Whether it’s the password-protected bunkers or the wonky phones littered throughout Verdansk, none of the game’s devices appear operable.

But suddenly, following the massive Modern Warfare update that went live on April 29, access cards are popping up sporadically and speculation is running rampant. 

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Redditor ‘lampy101’ compiled a map of all known locations for easter eggs in Warzone.

 

The most logical theory is that these new items provide access to the game’s bunkers, which feature keypads and require passcodes to enter. That would be very exciting, as Youtuber ‘S0ur’ has already confirmed that these bunkers have a loot bar of 120 percent, meaning they contain the highest tier of loot in the entire game.

Though it would be exciting, it seems not to be the case. Players have run around interacting with bunkers after picking up the card and, as of yet, nobody has been able to open one up.

Looking at the item specifically, there’s not much information to glean. It’s called a “Red Access Card” and is marked with a medical logo as well as the effervescent orange hue of Warzone’s legendary items.

 

That medical logo is intriguing, as it doesn’t quite fit what we know of the locked bunkers and, instead, suggests alternate utility. Some have immediately connected it to the computer located at the hospital. Others have noted the possibility that it can be used to revive teammates, maybe at a buy station.

Upon early testing efforts, players have found that the cards, in fact, do not log into the hospital’s computer, nor do they enable anything at the buy station. So, more dead ends.

Like keycards in Fortnite and vault keys in Apex Legends, we are dying to know if Warzone’s mysterious cards will grant access to a higher tier of loot. 

 

One redditor, ‘deemoeterentino,’ specified that he found one “in between the dam and military base” while another, ‘MrTheRevertz-,’ seemed to find one in the heart of Downtown. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to where they can be discovered, making an investigation into their use even more puzzling.

Like Jon Snow, we know nothing—so far. It’s possible that the cards won’t even have a function until another update comes in, or that they’re a teaser for Call of Duty 2020 or a future event.

But the bunkers still feel like the most reasonable use, so you can be sure that players are testing each one out, just in case.

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Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.