It's no secret that Warzone is much, much less popular than it once was. In fact, the free-to-play Call of Duty juggernaut has lost millions and millions of players, but why? And even if people left, is Warzone worth returning to? In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about whether you should go back to Warzone in 2022.
The Technical State of Warzone in 2022
If you played Warzone a year or two ago, things are a lot better. There are far fewer cheaters, and in general, there tend to be fewer gamebreaking bugs popping up. However, if you're coming from a game like Fortnite, or something, Warzone still has more bugs and more cheaters, which can be a frustration.
If you're a console player, no, you still can't change your FOV, unfortunately. And yes, you'll still get matched up against PC players who can change their FOV if you have crossplay on. That, unfortunately, has not changed. It's also still unclear if even Warzone 2 will be getting a FOV slider on console.
As far as the meta in Warzone goes, there's definitely an emphasis on newer guns, especially Vanguard weaponry; however, the meta is a lot more open-ended than it was just a year or two ago. It is overwhelming how many weapon choices and attachment options you have, but you also get a lot of freedom.
If you want the absolute best possible loadout that's going to give you the most edge over other players, sure, there are a select few Vanguard guns to choose from, but many, many guns are highly competitive, especially so if you're already a skilled player.
Ultimately, Warzone is a particularly polished game, it's still got embarrassing issues and doesn't perform as well as it should, but it's definitely in a better place than it was for a long time, which will only be good news for returning players that haven't played in a while.
New Maps in Warzone: Caldera and Fortune's Keep
Gone are Verdansk and Rebirth, and here are Caldera and Fortune's Keep. In terms of Caldera, it's a bit of a mixed bag as a replacement for Verdansk, which is unfortunate.
See, while Caldera does open up the map and removes a lot of the cheesy power positions in Verdansk, there's relatively little cover, and it's often hard to make out players set against the backdrop of a lush, tropical island. On top of that, the community generally agrees Caldera has less personality and is less dynamic than Verdansk was, especially after the Cold War update that brought some much-needed color and variety to the map.
However, Fortune's Keep has been received much better by the community. In general, Rebirth was loved for its fast-paced action and varied gameplay but disliked for a lot of the more cheesy power positions stuck on the map that were generally camped and fought over every game, like the watchtower that overlooks the prison or simply the roof of the prison.
Fortune's Keep keeps that fast-paced action and varied gameplay but adds in a big a variety of different, interesting locations to explore, loot, and lockdown, making it feel, in general, a bit fresher to play for many without losing what made Rebirth great. In general, most consider the addition of Fortune's Keep a good sign for what's to come map-wise in Warzone 2.
Warzone 2 Coming This Year: Should You Wait?
Warzone 2 is coming in 2022, so many are wondering if they ought to just wait for the sequel instead of checking out what's going on with Warzone right now. And, well, the answer here is more complicated.
Of course, microtransactions and all that won't be transferring over to Warzone 2. Plus, maps in Warzone won't be coming to Warzone 2, either. So, if you grinded for the mastery camo in Modern Warfare, for example, you might want to stick with Warzone, or if you really like the maps, you might also want to hang around with the original game.
However, if you're tired of the endless lists of weapons and attachments to pore through and you don't particularly like the maps, then, you might want to wait for Warzone 2. Plus, if you're just getting tired of the Warzone experience, Warzone 2 is set to be a major shake-up of the Warzone formula.
We don't have much official information about Warzone 2 just yet, but we know it's going to run the Modern Warfare 2 engine and, of course, support Modern Warfare 2 weapons and come with Modern Warfare 2 mechanics. It's rumored that in Modern Warfare 2, slide-cancelling is not much of a thing anymore, which has major repercussions for Warzone, so that may be another reason to wait for Warzone 2 or, perhaps stick with Warzone.