Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 Face the Largest Player Decline Since Release

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 faced the most significant player decline since the game’s launch in October 2022.

Call of Duty Warzone 1 has been one of the most popular live service titles ever. The Battle Royale game introduced a new gameplay style that catered to players who love fast-paced gameplay. Furthermore, the game’s core mechanics were closely tied to traditional CoD mechanics.

Warzone 2.0 followed in the footsteps of its predecessor. However, the devs made profound gameplay changes that shifted the whole dynamic of the game. Unfortunately, this colossal shift left players unable to play the game like before.

While most players and content creators appreciated the new changes made to the game, it soon started to backfire. The nerfed movement and new gameplay mechanics soon turned the game into a snoozefest. The dominos began to fall as streamers like Aydan left the game. Furthermore, Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 have recently faced the most significant player decline since launch.

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Warzone 2.0 and MW2’s Largest Player Decline

Warzone 2.0 and MW2 have been facing player decline since the end of Season 1. In a recent thread by u/coone90, the original poster highlighted the severe player decline in both games.

Other players were jumping in to share their frustration with the game, which is the significant factor behind its ongoing decline. Strict SBMM has one of the major reasons behind players leaving the game for other games.

The unhinged SBMM leaves players with an awful experience. Due to this unwanted feature, players who play casually get tired fast, causing player burnout in the long term. Furthermore, good players are punished for performing well in Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2.

u/RandomAnon07 pointed out the main problems of the game, specifically the bad map design, lack of game modes, and lackluster UX design. While most of these game modes have been fixed with the recent updates, it has been too late for the game.

Both Warzone 2.0 and MW2 have the potential to be great games. However, it depends on the devs and their decision to adhere to player demands. The Season 3 update is looming on the horizon with players looking for a saving grace for their beloved game.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.