Activision has released the patch notes for Call of Duty Warzone‘s 1.31 update, and they include a combination of welcome balance changes and fixes for glitches that many fans felt were making the game unplayable.
Here’s the complete rundown of everything you’ll find in the update:
- New fix to remove infinite stim glitch. The issue stemmed from player getting stuck in throwback state after throwing back a live grenade
- Adjusted match bonus and kill XP reward of Kingslayer mode to be more in line with Verdansk BR. This is part of our continued effort to normalize XP rewards across our various game modes
- Adjusted the timing of ammo replenishment during empty reloads for BOCW weapons
- Certain operator missions for Stitch should now track as intended
- Fixed visual for the “Heavy Handed” Sledgehammer in the Player Armory
- Fixed issue where at high prestige levels, progress towards next level shown in Barracks Seasonal Progression did not match what was shown on the top banner of the main menu
- Removed Tier Skips from Modern Warfare Bundles
- Previewing Bruiser Cord watch in the Hot Shot Bundle will now display correct watch
- Fixed various minor issues including images, icons, and names
- Fixed a crash that occurs when launching the game due to changes being made to Windows GDI32
As Warzone players know, the “highlight” of this update is yet another fix for the battle royale’s infinite stim glitch. Yes, there have been multiple times in Warzone‘s short lifetime that a player’s ability to revive themselves after being downed has resulted in those players being able to prolong a game indefinitely and generally ruin the fun. While there is some hope that the team has finally figured this problem out, the fact that the issue just keeps popping up has left some players feeling understandably pessimistic.
The rest of these updates are fairly standard, but it’s interesting to see that the team has pushed an update for all Black Ops: Cold War weapons at once. Some players are worried that the Cold War weapons added to Warzone could end up being overpowered and set a precedent for each new Call of Duty game to introduce power creep into the free-to-play mode. We’ll have to keep an eye on whether or not they continue to make changes to level the playing field a bit.
While it’s not included in this patch, it’s very much worth noting that Activision recently banned another 60,000 Warzone players. That move came shortly after fans and streamers pointed out that the free-to-play battle royale title was overrun with cheaters who had infiltrated the highest ranks of play. Much like the infinite stim glitch, cheaters in Warzone are one of those problems that just never seem to go away. Some fans hope that Activision will address the issue by utilizing a built-in anti-cheat system, but the publisher hasn’t confirmed any plans to make such a major modification to the game.