“Call of Duty: Warzone” is undoubtedly one of the most popular battle royale games in the last few years. The original was a bold step in a new direction for the everlasting FPS franchise, a bold step that paid off, and the recently-released successor is proving popular, too, despite frustrating “Warzone 2.0” glitches.
When “Warzone 2.0” released, the original “Warzone” was taken offline for a little less than two weeks with the anticipation of eventually going back online with only essential update support. Now, it’s back online with a new name, “Warzone Caldera,” but the revived version of “Call of Duty: Warzone” is not exactly how players remember it.
For starters, as the name suggests, “Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera” is limited to only a single map: Caldera. When the original “Warzone” was taken offline, it took every other map with it, as well as key features like duo and trio squads, and most game modes. The release of this massively stripped-down version of the first “Warzone” has made dedicated fans of the original feel like they’ve been intentionally abandoned.
When Avtivision revealed that the original “Warzone” was going to be put into a kind of life support mode, we knew it would be relaunched with the new name and the removal of Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep. However, “Warzone Caldera” ended up re-releasing with much more content pruned than players were expecting.
The Plunder game mode has been removed in its entirety, for example, and even though Activision promised “a standard battle royale playlist” when “Warzone Caldera” relaunched, only two queues are available: solo and quads. Not only were maps removed, then, but so too were duos, trios, and entire game modes. On top of this, the screen for “Warzone Caldera” is plastered with “Warzone 2.0” branding though the two aren’t related and don’t influence each other.
Some fans are calling out the “Call of Duty” team for choosing one of the game’s least popular maps to be a permanent fixture, but plenty of fans were just happy to see the original game come back. “Warzone 2.0” has had some major glitches and issues since it launched, and plenty of bugs that players have taken advantage of. It’s no surprise that a lot of players want to go back to the game they know works, even if it has been significantly streamlined.