Today, the new Season 3 battle pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its standalone battle royale offering, Warzone, went live. With it, a host of additions and changes have been made to both Modern Warfare and Warzone, but one tweak for the latter is making some players scratch their heads: the big news for Warzone is that it's getting four-person squad play or Quads, but it's at the expense of the playlists for three-person squads.
When Warzone was launched last month, it only came with Trios playlists for the standard battle royale mode and Plunder, the unique mode that revolves around completing objectives to collect money. Now, with the Season 3 update, both of those playlists have been replaced by Quads versions. Meanwhile, there's still the option of playing in a Solo free-for-all battle royale, as was added a week after Warzone's launch.
Right now, there are numerous posts on the frontpage of the Warzone subreddit bemoaning the change and the removal of Trios. It's not so much that Quads wasn't a highly requested addition—Quads was the norm in PlayerUnknown's Battleground when it became the battle royale genere's first big hit—but that players are upset by having options taken away.
"WHY would you add Quads but REMOVE Trios," asks the post that's currently at the top of the Warzone subreddit with over four thousand upvotes. "You guys FINALLY got it with MP, leaving things like Infected and Gun Game in the filter permanently. Please don't play with Warzone like you did MP for the next few months[.]"
Warzone, having been out for just shy of a month, is still at a point where you might expect a lot of experimentation with its format. In contrast, Apex Legends has been out for a year, and it only just added a permanent Duos option yesterday.
It's worth noting that one of the reasons Respawn Entertainment gave for why it took so long to add Duos to Apex, and for why it isn't planning on adding Solos, has to do with matchmaking queue times. The more matchmaking hoppers a game's player base is split across, the longer the average queue time becomes. Infinity Ward is likely swapping out Warzone's modes in part because it wants to keep queue times low, especially for the massive 150-player lobbies. Adding in both Duos and Trios alongside Solos and Quads would double the number of playlists (Plunder aside), which could be too big a swing all at once for queue times.
Time will tell if Quads takes on a semi-permanent status in Warzone's playlist offerings, and we'll need to wait a bit longer to see whether players are adjusting to the change or walking away from Warzone as a result. For those that own Modern Warfare, at least, there's also all the new maps and modes coming to its traditional multiplayer offering in Season 3—and if Quads irks someone so much that they want to step away for multiplayer, well, there's always Modern Warfare 2: Campaign Remastered. Essentially, there's plenty of COD to go around, Quads or no.