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Warzone devs respond to in-game voice chat issues

Published: 1/May/2020 16:37 Updated: 3/May/2020 11:19

by Connor Bennett

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The Call of Duty: Warzone developers have responded to a new issue that has prevented players in cross-platform lobbies from using game chat – either to communicate with teammates or to trash talk opposing players.

Even since Warzone launched back in March, the developers have the battle royale have kept on top of things with all-new content, regular bug fixes, and new game modes that have kept players coming back for more.

Though, following Modern Warfare’s April 28 update, which added the Most Wanted bounty and Armor Satchel to Warzone, an all-new communication issue had begun rearing its head, making it impossible for players who use the cross-platform function to use game chat with their teammates.

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Warzone has been ultra popular with Call of Duty fans.

This has obviously caused plenty of problems for Warzone fans who don’t use outside services like TeamSpeak, Discord, or Skype to communicate with teammates and friends. So, they’ve had to make their complaints known to the developers – and it appears as if they’ve taken the feedback on board. 

As of writing on May 1, players have noted that on the Warzone Trello board – where upcoming patches and updates can be found – a fix for the game chat issue has been noted and is seemingly already in the works.

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A fix is in the works for Warzone’s game chat problem.

Obviously, how long it takes to get a fix up, running, and implemented in-game remains to be seen – as does whether they would have to throw out a full-blown update or if it comes as part of a hotfix.

Players have been airing their concerns about other problems that they would like to see fixed in Warzone, as well. These stem from things like having assault rifles in the Gulag and players being invincible if they’re brought back from a buy station in the final circle. These will have to be addressed by the developers at some point in the future, but we don’t have any update on them yet.

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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.