Warzone’s developers have admitted that the current state of the battle royale is “embarrassing,” promising to fix the issues that have blighted the game.
Warzone players have been complaining about the state of Warzone for months, with December’s Season 1 patch causing a host of issues that left fans frustrated. From console performance issues to Buy Station freezes, it’s been a tough time.
In an Activision-hosted call with press and content creators, Infinity Ward Co-Studio Head Pat Kelly, Activision Game Director Josh Bridge, and Raven Software’s Eric Biesmann candidly discussed the problems, and their plans to fix them.
During the call, the trio bluntly stated: “We f**ked stuff up,” but made promises that these would be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
Bridge stated that they were “not happy” with the state that Warzone finds itself in, and admitted that they had “learned the upper limits of their technology” as they attempted to integrate games into Warzone over the last couple of years.
As for why the Pacific Caldera was so messy, Bridge said that he was not there to make excuses, but that the team had great ambitions for the update. Unfortunately, with “limited time” they weren’t able to complete it as planned and they pushed for a delay to Season 2 so they could ensure the game was in a stable state.
Infinity Ward’s Pat Kelly stated that Warzone was originally built solely as an addition to 2019’s Modern Warfare, but after its incredible success, they wanted to incorporate it into future CoD titles.
This caused “significant development challenges,” which left the game feeling bloated with the additional Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard. This left Warzone in a state of limbo, with Kelly saying: “It didn’t feel like Modern Warfare anymore, nor did it feel like Black Ops.”
This bloated state made it even harder to find bugs and patch them quickly, due to how much was going on in the game at one time.
While the three were very candid about the issues facing the game, they were also hopeful for the future and promised that they are “determined to fix the issues with the game” after using social sentiment and crash-related reports to track the problems.
Encouragingly, they also emphasized that they plan to provide better communication with their fanbase about fixes for issues while focusing more on ‘quality of life’ improvements rather than just new features all the time.
Of course, while all three are looking at the future of this game, development is already underway of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, which are set to launch on a brand-new engine.
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