Update: The patch is delayed, according to Infinity Ward.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s big new battle royale mode “Warzone” may have only gone live two weeks ago, but man does that feel like a long time. Since launch we’ve all spent our time learning the ins and outs of a new sort of battle royale that’s actually markedly different from the leaders in the field: multiple avenues towards respawns, loadouts and a new quest system make it very much its own thing next to titles like Fortnite and PUBG, and it’s already hit 30 million players. The first major update we got was a much-needed solo queue, and now we’re getting some new weapons as well.
There are four weapons on their way, according to a blog post from Activision:
725 shotgun, MK2 Carbine, .50 GS pistol, and EBR-14 rifle.
Read here for the whole blog post, which contains updates for the main game as well. We’ll have full patch notes if they arrive.
The shotgun is clearly going to be the most interesting in the bunch: it needed a series of nerfs in the main game and it’s still powerful, but it remains to be seen how that will translate to a battle royale situation where range and snipers seem to be the most powerful force. To that end, the MK2 Carbine could be an interesting addition as well, providing plenty of power without some of the limitations of a sniper. I’ve had plenty of mid-long range engagements that a carbine would have been a pretty good fit for, so we’ll see how that works.
Warzone has a some pretty obvious advantages over other battle royale titles when it comes to new content: in addition to being attached to one of the most recognizable brands in gaming and all the production capacity that comes along with that, it also has an entire other game from which to draw new weapons and assets. That should continue to impact the game in interesting ways, particularly as we expect to see some map changes and that sort of thing to start coming down the pike soon enough.
Until then, we’ll keep going with these new weapons. The blog post also says that solos will continue through this week, though they don’t seem to be a permanent addition.