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Shroud explains why he might be “done” with CoD Warzone really soon

Published: 24/Mar/2020 1:39

by Isaac McIntyre


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek is on the verge of being “done” with Modern Warfare’s new battle royale Warzone, the Mixer star has revealed, explaining that even though the chaotic mode is “fun,” he’s ready to put it back on the shelf.

Warzone has definitely been a smash hit since its March 10 release. Over 30 million players have already piled into Infinity Ward’s release in the past fortnight. With a host of competing titles, it’s impressive it landed this well.

There’s only so long it can keep it’s audience though, shroud believes. Like any modern Call of Duty titles, there comes a time when the player-base dwindles. According to one of Mixer’s biggest names, it’s on the verge of happening now.

Shroud calls time on “fun” Warzone after two weeks

It’s not that shroud thinks Warzone is bad. He’s not suggesting he’ll shelve it because of any major issues like Dr Disrespect and his war on the game’s 12-tick servers. But the streaming star just feels like Warzone’s time is up.

“It’s Call of Duty. Everyone has a different lifespan for CoD, right? Everybody stops playing at X amount of time,” shroud explained. “Usually I play Call of Duty games for about two weeks, and then I’m done, and I don’t play ‘til the next one.”

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Shroud believes Warzone could be losing its luster for many after its mega opening weeks.

After a week spent “hardcore grinding” Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, and then another week on Warzone recently, shroud feels like he’s hit a wall. There’s only so much you can get out of one CoD title, he said, and he’s done just that.

“I’m almost done. We’ve pretty much hit the two-week mark. When the game first came out I hardcore grinded it pretty hard. I’ve been playing this [Warzone] for about a week too. I’m at that two-week lifespan… I’m going to move on.”

Warzone needs something ‘fresh’ to keep players

Not every new game release has such a short fuse though, shroud said. One of his fans asked him why he stuck with similar battle royale PUBG for so long if he has a “two-week” timer. Shroud explained it was “just CoD.”

While many modern games can suck players in for “ages,” the CoD franchise often forgoes long-term changes because of annual releases. This leads to players losing interest, the streamer added. Chief among them, now, was shroud himself.

“PUBG was new. No one’s really done something like that,” he said, and pointed to the fact Call of Duty never really breaks the mold in the same way. “Granted, if you go back and play PUBG now you’re going to hate your life.”

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Could Warzone go the way of Blackout?

There’s also been plenty that’s dogged shroud’s week-long grind too. From “useless” vehicles, to the “crazy” respawn system, as well as Warzone’s “super fast” gas, the Mixer streamer has had plenty to say on the battle royale.

This isn’t the first time shroud has ‘called time’ on a CoD battle royale either. Just over a year ago, he suggested Blackout was on its last legs. While many disagreed, his prediction came true, and Black Ops’ mode is now dead in the water.

Perhaps Infinity Ward should take shroud’s declaration of being “done” as a warning. If they begin to lose fans, Warzone may follow Blackout into obscurity. The iron is hot now, and the devs need to strike ⁠— it’s time for more content, and fast.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton


Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.