Warzone Community Blames Activision for Clickbaiting Players with the Operation Monarch Update

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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The arrival of the titans in Caldera has left fans discontent with the limited-time event. With popular streamers and content creators bashing the event, the limited-time event has been the talk of the community.

In the recent content drop for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 Classified Arms, players received an update for the brand new LTE Operation Monarch along with three new Tracer Pack and special operator bundles.

Operation Monarch is a special LTE starring the iconic Titans of the Monsterverse, Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Kong in Warzone. This limited-time Quad mode employs the Resurgence rule, and when players first enter, a smaller section of Caldera will be marked for them as the first safe area.

Then on the map, players must look for Monarch Intel in Supply Boxes, special drops, and fallen enemies. This information will “charge a special meter that unlocks items such as Killstreaks and Loadout Drops and a unique and powerful Titan Killstreak reward for completely filling it up.”

In the meantime, Kong and Godzilla will be causing mayhem on the map, and they will enter a Titan Frenzy phase, during which they will become extremely aggressive. Players will receive Monarch Intel for dealing damage to the Titans.

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Community Reaction to Operation Monarch

A few hours after the release of the LTE, fans and content creators were seen visibly dissatisfied with the game mode. In a Reddit thread, a player with the username u/XrayHAFB expressed his discontent with the game mode in a post titled, “So this part was just a complete clickbait.”

The Operation Monarch trailer featured a fight between Godzilla and Kong, referring to the film “Godzilla vs. Kong.” With the release of the LTE, fans were greeted with a significantly different game mode. The three titans, Godzilla, Kong, and Mechagodzilla, are massive AIs powered monstrosities that roam and jump around the map. They could only be controlled by three players who had access to the S.C.R.E.A.M. device, which was completely different from what was advertised. 

The comment section of the thread represented the feeling of the community towards this brand-new LTE. Most players stated that they were expecting this disappointing outcome as the last two titles, Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard, both have been utter failures compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019).

Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard have been the source of massive disappointment in the community. Ever since their integration in Warzone, the player count has significantly dropped. Moreover, the disappointing launch of Operation Monarch has left even the content creators discouraged from streaming this game on a regular basis.

Mixed Reaction from Content Creators

Popular streamer ‘Dr Disrespect’ shared his thoughts on Operation Monarch just hours after it arrived. He did not like Godzilla and Kong’s arrival, giving it a rating of 2.2/10. On May 11, Dr. Disrespect tweeted, “What am I… 9 years old?” While he did not go into detail, it is clear from his review that he felt the addition of the legendary movie monsters did not go with the theme of the game.

JGOD, a community renowned Warzone expert, elaborated on his opinion in a Tweet, claiming that the Operation Monarch LTM is fun for a few games but becomes stale after a while. He, like many others, drew parallels between this event and those in Fortnite.

The biggest problem with the event, according to JGOD, is that the trailer created hype for a fight between Godzilla and Kong. FaZE Kalei also agreed to JGOD’s Tweet stating the trailer created a “false expectation” among players that the giant monsters would duel with each other in an epic cinematic throwdown similar to the movies.

With the variety of reactions in the community, the event certainly did not hit the spot like previous events such as the Train Event, Verdansk 84′ and the Stadium reveal. Only time can tell if the next event can fix the massive hole of disappointment that the Operation Monarch has left.

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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.