Report: Warzone Devs: ‘We Fucked Stuff Up. We Broke It.’

Report: Warzone Devs: ‘We Fucked Stuff Up. We Broke It.’
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In a reported meeting between Call of Duty developers and select content creators and influencers, the Warzone devs admitted that the free-to-play battle royale was in a bad state, telling those in attendance that they had “fucked up” and that the current state of the popular online shooter was “embarrassing.” The devs also mentioned their intention to fix things.

Today, CharlieIntel reported that during an Activision-hosted online meeting between Call of Duty devs and content creators, the team behind Warzone talked bluntly and openly about the many, many problems and issues the shooter has faced since launching its new Pacific-themed season and map.

“We fucked stuff up. We broke it. We’re not happy with it. No excuses,” is reportedly what Infinity Ward studio head Pat Kelly, Activision director Josh Bridge, and Raven Software’s Eric Biesmann said during the call.

Kotaku contacted Activision about the meeting and what was said during it, but received no comment from the publisher.

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Bridge said that team was “not happy” about the current state of the game, further admitting that the devs had “learned the upper limits of their technology” as the studios behind Warzone continued to integrate elements from the franchise’s most recent entries, including Call of Duty Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War, into the battle royale.

Infinity Ward’s Pat Kelly also reportedly stated that Warzone was originally only envisioned as part of 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot. But when the free-to-play battle royale exploded in popularity, it was decided that future CoD titles would be incorporated and the game would continue to be updated and expanded. Kelly also said that this decision led to “significant development challenges” and eventually led to the current state Warzone is in.

“It didn’t feel like Modern Warfare anymore, nor did it feel like Black Ops,” admitted Kelly.

It’s also reported that this bloated state made it hard to find and patch bugs and other errors because the game has become such a technical mess. Not mentioned, apparently, is another possible reason the latest season of Warzone has been so broken: Raven Software’s QA team walked out for a long period of time following layoffs at the studio and the lack of response from Activision management. They are back now, but it seems Activision is trying to stop the QA team’s unionizing efforts.

CharlieIntel reports that the devs did promise to fix and improve Warzone. The group also explained that the devs would try to communicate more effectively with players and be more transparent, while also focusing on more “quality of life improvements” over always adding new and bigger features.

It was also confirmed today by Activision that a new Warzone is in development alongside a new Modern Warfare sequel which is being developed by Infinity Ward. This follows a Bloomberg report that a new Warzone is planned to release in 2023. These next Call of Duty games will still release on PlayStation according to Microsoft, which confirmed recently that the franchise will remain multiplatform even after the Xbox company’s $US69 ($96) billion deal to buy Activision is approved and finalised.



  • My kids love games and would love to read through here in their down time. But too much swearing. Why? Is there still some segment of society that finds that special little sprinkle of expletives some kind of magic sauce or what’s the story?

    • The story quotes the devs directly, the language they used is the story, so perhaps kids shouldn’t be reading it? There’s plenty of stories about Nintendo on the site, Mario rarely drops F bombs.

    • Fuck is a direct quote every time it’s used in the article. Kotaku is hardly overflowing with profanity, but it’s not a kid’s website either.

      In any case, the word fuck is hardly what it used to be. Adults very commonly use it for emphasis. On its own it’s not even a direct insult. If this article were a TV show it would barely justify a PG rating.

      Seriously, is there really still some segment of society that finds that special little sprinkle of expletives offensive (you?), or is what we’re talking about here just another version of won’t somebody please think of the children?

      If your kids are gaming and websurfing unsupervised enough to stumble across a random article on Kotaku with the word fuck in it then they’ve already seen and heard plenty worse. And let’s not talk about the kind of language they hear in the schoolyard every day when adults are not around.

      • Dude, it’s not up to you to be the moral gatekeeper on what language is and isn’t acceptable for children to hear/read. If he/she doesn’t want their children reading it, then so be it, it isn’t up to you or I to tell them ‘it’s acceptable’. Come down off your moral high horse a little there.

        The person asked a fair question. It’s probably not a bad request for there to be some sort of slider/radio button on the site for profanity to be censored for younger readers. I’ve seen other sites use it before, it simply ****’s out certain words. It’s not impossible at all, quote or not.

        • So it’s okay for hexadrone and weresmurf to be moral gatekeepers, but not AngoraFish? huh, well. You be you I guess.

          I mean, I’m not asking anyone to change anything, it’s you guys who are the ones advocating for a bit of gatekeeping. I’m not gatekeeping anyone. Lacking in self awareness, much?

          If hexadrone doesn’t want their children reading Kotaku then the simplest solution is to supervise their children on the internet, not to advocate for changing the internet to suit their children.

          • How am I moral gatekeeping, saying it’d be cool to have a function to allow a pg level for the site for parents? That’s some twisted logic you’ve got going there. I didn’t say noone should swear, I said a parental filter might be a top idea under settings perhaps. Other sites have done it. Calm yer farm lad.

          • Dude, that was you white knighting all-in with the slider idea. OP said nothing of the sort. OP just thought that Kotaku included too much fucking.

            If you want to start a conversation about profanity sliders start your own thread. Otherwise, don’t hijack this one by criticising me for responding to OP instead of the words that you put into OP’s mouth.

          • I’m white knighting? lol Sure mate.

            And you’re there handing out sage parenting advice 😉 Good fucking job 😉

            Let’s find that slider shall we?

      • Might want to take your own advice there champ. I didn’t personally see anything offensive in his/her comment, yet you just frothed at the mouth? Chill out?

    • Assumedly one would only read a COD info post if one plays COD. So if your kids play COD with such violence, but the word ‘fuck’ is over the top then you got issues my dude.

  • Is there still some segment of society that finds that special little sprinkle of expletives so offensive that their precious offspring must be protected lest they read a word they’d be hearing on a daily basis from any number of other sources?

    • Don’t we always say parents should be monitoring what their kids do online? That they should be checking what they play/read? That’s a bit of a red herring, ‘they hear/see it elsewhere, so why not here’? Objectively speaking, to attract a wider audience, Kotaku could provide some sort of language filter for parents to use for younger kids, as it’s advocated for parental control in the past towards videogames? It’d be great to get young kids involved with games journalism and reading games journalism, at very young ages, but perhaps the talkbackers here jumping down someones throat for asking a simple question isn’t the best image? Informing rather than attacking and all that?

        • And to be clear, I never said I was being objective in total, just being objective from a standpoint of attracting a wider audience 🙂 Noone here’s trying to take a moral highground. I’ve sworn, I’ve taken unpopular stances and honestly, I don’t give two flying ****s what your opinion is of me (see? I censored for the kiddies :P) but my point is still valid, as is others. However, so is the original OP’s. 🙂

          • And yet, here we all are with nobody having any doubt whatsoever which word weresmurf has chosen to asterisk out. Including, I suspect, hexadrone’s kids. Virtue signalling, much?

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