Controversial “Pay-to-Win” Bundle in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0
Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has been struggling to keep players due to strange gameplay decisions and controversial mechanics that have divided the community. However, a new feature has particularly excited players. Recently, publisher Activision released an in-game store bundle that some players consider a “pay-to-win” option, which has sparked criticism.
The “Roze and Thorn” Bundle
The paid bundle, “Roze and Thorn”, gives Warzone players a free unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that temporarily reveals the location of enemy players at the beginning of a match, immediately providing an advantage. It’s easy to see why fans are annoyed. The overpowered bundle gives players an advantage right at the start of a Warzone match. If a team of Warzone players all have this operator equipped, they can coordinate to have three back-to-back UAVs running right at the beginning of the match, which can be devastating.
Warzone’s Extraction Mode
Warzone’s extraction mode requires players to earn loot and escape the map before the timer runs out. The map is filled with real players and AI bots, so there are plenty of ways to be eliminated early on. Dying causes you to lose all the things you’ve earned, so the appearance of an early UAV can make or break a match for certain players.
Activision has done a decent job of addressing a lot of the criticism from the community (although it sometimes takes a long time for them to issue fixes). But since the pay-to-win store bundle is something that players have spent money on, it’s unlikely we’ll see changes to it, so as not to upset players who have purchased the bundle.
Solution for UAV Spamming
As part of season 3, UAVs in Warzone’s extraction mode were slightly nerfed, requiring players to wait a minute before using UAVs. Although this is a step in the right direction, it still doesn’t do much overall, as players will still be able to spam their UAVs right after the one-minute countdown ends.
“The “Roze and Thorn” bundle gives players an unfair advantage and is a “pay-to-win” option that has sparked criticism from the Call of Duty community.”
Source: Digital Trends.