Certainly the highlight of the year for many first-person shooter fans, Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the sequel to the successful battle royale from 2020, was released on November 16 in the orbit of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. On Steam Download Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 for free, which seems to have been done by a number of players. Exactly how many of them have played and are currently playing Warzone 2.0 on Steam is not entirely clear, as SteamDB’s stats only list MW2 and Warzone 2.0 together and not separately.
Lively interest with catastrophic rating at the same time
The player peak was reached yesterday when over 450,000 players were engaged in CoD: MW2 and Warzone 2.0 at the same time. Currently there are still over 250,000 players. Only Valve’s CS:GO and Dota 2 can currently surpass that on Steam, which are ranked 1st and 2nd in terms of player numbers. However, the reviews are anything but positive. Over 5,000 reviews were posted on Steam, with a meager 38 percent giving Warzone 2.0 a good rating. The mood on Steam is currently “largely negative”.
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Some problems that Activision had to deal with when Warzone 2.0 was launched will have contributed to this. Last night, Activision’s Battle.net client downloads were completely disabled in America and Europe. PC gamers then had to resort to Steam to play Warzone 2.0. Once the game started, server and connection problems with poor latency are said to have made life difficult for shooter enthusiasts. In addition, the latest patch for Warzone 2.0 also disabled the social tab, resulting in cross-platform invites and party requests not being able to be sent out. However, the voice channel function is said to have helped as a workaround.
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Players also reported regular crashes at random intervals. Updates to the GPU driver are said to have mitigated this, but it will be up to Infinity Ward to send a fix on the journey. On Reddit, a player also complained that there are gigantic invisible walls randomly distributed on the “Shoot House” map that prevent any bullets and projectiles from penetrating.
Ultimately, some players on Steam complain that they can’t start Warzone 2.0 properly because they are asked to change their name, which doesn’t work due to a missing token. In the end, it can be said that Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 still seems to have a lot of room for improvement.
Source: Steam, SteamDB, Eurogamer