Raven Software has shut down two of Call of Duty: Warzone’s most effective weapons in an attempt to shake the battle’s royal meta.
In an update released live this afternoon, the developer unveiled the super-popular AUG and FFAR 1.
First up, AUG ̵
Recoil strength has increased at AUG, which will hopefully calm it down a bit.
“Burst weapons run a fine line between ineffective and oppressive,” Raven said. “The purpose of this change is to preserve the identity of the weapon as being a powerhouse, while making it a little harder to use. Right now, we feel it’s too easy to be on target given how deadly it is. We will continue to monitor the performance of Tactical Rifle Charlie and make further modifications if necessary. “
Now on to FFAR 1, an assault rifle that, like AUG, was brought into the Warzone as part of the controversial integration of Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War. FFAR has seen its speed of ADS (downward aiming) reduced, which will hopefully help it feel more like an assault rifle and less like an SMG.
“FFAR is a jack of all trades,” Treyarch said. “It has the damage profile and range of an AR as well as a fire rate for an SMG. FFAR’s wholesale efficiency is that it edges SMGs out in areas we are not happy with. Ideally, FFAR fills the role of a middle range dominator. “while falling prey to weapons that excel at short-range missions. We bring FFAR a little more in line with what you would expect from an AR damage and range at the expense of handling.”
Meanwhile, attachments have seen some bug fixes. Here is the list:
- Attachments on the rear grip that showed ADS speed should now increase the ADS speed properly.
- Fixed a bug with Groza where the 16.5 “CMV Mil-Spec barrel would bypass damage.
- Fixed a bug with Ember Sighting Point where the XM4 and AK-47 had their ADS speed increased rather than decreased.
- Fixed a bug with Salvo Fast Mag where FFAR 1 and M16 did not have their ADS speed reduced.
- The Pelington 703 Wrapped Suppressor effects must now be displayed correctly in the state bar.
And finally, the camo challenges for R1 Shadowhunter now appear correctly for the Geometric, Flora and Science categories.
It’s good to see Raven step in here to tackle two of Warzone’s most popular cannons, and I hope the nerves go some way to adding variety to the meta. But these patch notes are once again inaccurate. We do not have exact statistics for these changes – although the regular suspects in the Call of Duty community will soon have their say, I can imagine.