Operation Monarch has garnered a mixed reaction from the Call of Duty community. It has been the talk of the town since its launch on May 11, 2022.
Operation Monarch is Call of Duty’s official crossover with the Monsterverse. Godzilla and Kong arrived in Caldera, commencing the event for players. However, as good as it may sound, the event failed to meet expectations for players, specifically content creators.
Fortnite was the first battle royale game to integrate live or significant scale events into the game. Gamers and content creators received these live events well. Following their footsteps, Warzone brought many events into their game, such as the Stadium Reveal, Verdansk 84′ etc.
The most recent and anticipated game mode for Call of Duty: Warzone is Operation Monarch. With teasers and leaks spanning almost three months, the game mode had finally arrived in the game. Seeing how Caldera had failed as a replacement for Verdansk, players were excited to see the infamous titans fight each other in-game.
Social Media Reactions
As soon as Operation Monarch arrived in-game, content creators and players hopped in to experience the rendition of Monsterverse in Warzone. However, the game mode’s actual objective left players with utter disappointment. Dr Disrespect was able to put it into words perfectly.
Players felt betrayed as they did not get what they wanted. The game mode was advertised to feature a battle between Godzilla and Kong. The absence of their conflict in-game and standing in two corners of the map was the main issue for everyone. The comment below from u/Used_Kaleidoscope_16 also depicts what the game mode failed to do.
Raven Software implemented both titans as Killstreaks rather than making them NPCs who act independently. Considering how big and complex Warzone’s game files are, it would have been a challenging job that made them shy away from the opportunity.
Nickmercs’ tweet shows another issue relating to the event. Fortnite and its event have created high expectations for content creators. Compared to what the Travis Scott event from Fortnite achieved, this event seems insignificant.
Positive Reactions from the Community
A significant amount of players from the community reacted positively to the event. They are happy with the LTE. A Reddit post titled “Expectations for Operation: Monarch” made by u/RedditMan1534 features player reactions to the LTE.
The user criticized content creators for setting a narrative against the event and how the event was still fun despite its flaws. Many users in the comment section agreed with the post, commenting on their thoughts about the event.
Most comments in the thread agreed that the event was good and that it could have been a little better. However, the whole controversy could have been avoided if the game mode had been advertised correctly in the first place rather than click-baiting the community with an overhyped trailer. Warzone guru JGOD talks about the whole situation in his latest video discussing what went wrong in Operation Monarch.
JGOD was the only content creator who reacted to the event positively after its launch. His tweet stated that Operation Monarch achieved what it intended to, but the biggest drawback was the lack of interaction between the two titans.
With Modern Warfare II coming out this year and Warzone 2.0 in 2023, this LTE’s failure will be a point of reference for Activision. The positive and negative feedback from the community will help them improve future events by properly advertising and catering to what the community wants.