Infinity Ward and Raven Software continue to release updates for Call of Duty: Warzone, which is both a blessing and a curse for some players. The rapid iteration is a good sign that Warzone has resources dedicated to tuning and support, but sudden playlist changes and other tweaks have some folks crying foul. With Warzone's most recent update, it seems some of the changes were even called out in the patch notes.
The most significant new feature that's been stealthily added to Warzone is the ability to drop weapons. Prior to the patch, you could only drop other items on a whim, while weapons stayed in your inventory until you could find another gun to swap out. Now, you're able to drop a weapon you don't need or give it to a squadmate without having to first find another gun lying around. Indeed, this helpful change isn't mentioned in Infinity Ward's patch notes.
Meanwhile, a new bounty contract added to Warzone does get a mention in the patch notes, but it's not made clear that the new bounty system actually replaces the old one. Bounties used to work by highlighting a random player on another player's map. The new "Most Wanted Contract" replaces this by letting players voluntarily make themselves a contract target for all squads. One of today's top-voted posts on the Warzone subreddit laments the removal of the old contract system in exchange for the new one.
The changes that still seem to be riling up the player base the most are the frequent playlist shuffles. For now, the regular battle royale mode offers Solos, Trios, and Quad hoppers, while Plunder has reverted back to a Trios format with the latest update. Prior to that it was a Duos-only mode, and a week before that there were Duos in the battle royale mode and Quads in Plunder. For players who prefer the combination of a certain squad size or mode, it seems each update Warzone receives threatens to take that option off the table at least temporarily.
Are balance upheavals, stealthier changes, and the ongoing musical chairs game with Warzone's available modes taking a noticeable toll on its popularity? Seemingly not. While Fortnite and Apex Legends still have their own buzz behind them, Warzone appears to have the undivided attention of millions of battle royale players who're rolling with the punches.