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Warzone Season 5 Juggernaut backlash forces response from Infinity Ward

Published: 6/Aug/2020 5:25 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 5:44

by Brad Norton

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Update (Wednesday, August 5 – 9PM PT): Infinity Ward has since addressed community backlash surrounding Juggernauts in Warzone. A “small patch” was pushed live on August 5 across all platforms to combat the issue.

The Juggernaut crate has been removed in the BR Buy Back Solos playlist. Additionally, drop rates across all other modes have been lowered, so they should be appearing less frequently moving forward.

The original story is as follows.

Infinity Ward drastically changed the state of Warzone on August 4 with the Season 5 update, leaving the community riled up over the state of juggernauts in standard playlists.

Season 5 has only just begun and dedicated players have already grown restless over one key adjustment. From map changes to new guns and 100-tiers of unlockable items in the Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get stuck into. However, the pure battle royale experience has been tampered with in a huge way.

When players dropped back into Verdansk after installing the update, one thing, in particular, stood out. Juggernauts have now become accessible across standard playlists in Warzone. Rather than sticking to their own mode, these near-invincible suits of armor can now be equipped in regular solo, duo, trio, and quad action.

Similar to the random Jailbreak or Fire Sale events, Juggernaut suits are occasionally deployed across the map. This gives players an absurd advantage and just one day after the Season 5 update, many are already on the verge of quitting.

Remove Juggernaut from standard BR quads, this is not cod mobile. from CODWarzone

 

If you’re lucky enough to secure one, the Juggernaut upgrade will buff your Operator in a number of ways. You’ll pick up a minigun with a heap of ammo to chew through. Deadly to enemies on foot and in vehicles. Not only that, but each kill will also restore health now too. 

You become a walking tank and anyone that comes close will likely find themselves back in the lobby soon after. It’s an extremely powerful item, hence why it was limited to its own playlists in previous seasons.

“I just leave matches when the Juggernaut crates spawn,” one player said. “What’s the point of racking up 15+ aggressive kills just for the game to decide [who gets] a free suit?” Regardless of how well you’re doing, when a Juggernaut appears on the map, it becomes near impossible to win a 1v1 fight.

Warzone juggernaut gameplay
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A single Juggernaut is capable of mowing down entire squads.

You’ll have to team up with other enemies, keep your distance, and use explosives all while hoping the Juggernaut doesn’t replenish its health with a single kill. “No one asked for this,” another player added. “Leave this to LTMs, please don’t add stupidly overpowered things like this into the standard modes.”

Many even drew similarities between the Juggernaut suit and Fortnite’s heavily criticized BRUTE mechs. Both gave individual players a huge advantage on the way to securing a victory. Even with a stacked loadout of your own, these powerful additions to the popular battle royales are all but impossible to counter.

Juggernaut in normal BR is so dumb. from CODWarzone

To make matters worse in Warzone, players can still get in and out of vehicles with the suit equipped. This means that you can blow up a truck and the Juggernaut inside will still be there relatively unscathed.

Infinity Ward is yet to indicated that they’ll be reverting this decision. Though with enough community backlash, playlists could change rather early into Season 5. Get caught up on all of the core changes to Warzone with the latest patch notes here.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.