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Activision Backtracks On Controversial New Call Of Duty: Warzone Feature After Backlash

The new way to "win" in Warzone will now be a dedicated mode and not part of the main Warzone experience.


Activision has announced that a major change to Call of Duty: Warzone is not moving ahead as planned. The "Covert Exfil" feature for the battle royale game, which would allow players to "win" a match by taking a helicopter ride out of the battlefield, is not coming to Warzone as part of the Season 1 Reloaded update.

The developer was planning to allow players to purchase covert exfils from buy stations before the gulag closes, with only five available per match. Purchasing a covert exfil calls in a helicopter that will fly you out of the battlefield and into safety. This wouldn't be counted as a traditional "win," however, but it was planned to be another way to make it out of the match alive beyond becoming the final player or team left standing.

Additionally, Activision was planning to introduce a new high-value weapon case to Warzone tied to covert exfil. The idea was that players would fight to obtain this case and call in a covert exfil prior to the traditional end of a match as another way to have fun in Warzone without being the last player or team alive.

The response came swift, as fans criticized the idea of getting out of a Warzone match alive without actually being the last player standing.

Raven Software said it still believes these to be exciting additions to Warzone, but they won't be part of the main battle royale experience. Instead, they'll be placed into a dedicated mode. "We're looking forward to the new challenges that these features will provide and to your continued feedback once the mode is available," Raven said.

Season 1 Reloaded also adds a new core multiplayer map for Modern Warfare III, Rio, as well as another DLC Operator from The Boys. There is also a new multiplayer event called Supe Siege. Read up on GameSpot's Season 1 Reloaded overview to learn more about everything coming to Modern Warfare III and Warzone with the new update.

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