‘Warzone’ criticised for selling “pay to win” operator bundle

Activision Blizzard has been criticised for selling a Call Of Duty: Warzone operator skin bundle that offers in-game advantages for buyers.

The bundle in question is called Bomb Squad, and includes a “Boom Proof” blueprint for the Sakin MG38 LMG and the EOD Specialist skin for Fender, an operator in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone.

However, the bundle goes beyond offering new cosmetic options for buyers, as it offers players a fourth operator slot and other in-game benefits (via PC Gamer) .

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The bundle’s Sakin blueprint has an effect that brings the weapon’s insurance time down to just 15 minutes in Warzone‘s DMZ mode — meaning that if players lose the gun while it’s insured, it will be returned to them much faster than a regular weapon.

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Call of Duty. Credit: Activision Blizzard.

Additionally, Fender’s EOD Specialist skin gives the operator a Medium Backpack every time they go into a DMZ raid, an item that other players need to locate in-raid to use.

The bundle has sparked backlash within the Call Of Duty community, with players accusing Activision of selling “pay to win” microtransactions.

“This is wrong & completely tone deaf,” said content creator Westie, who said Activision was “hurting the integrity of the game with these additions”.

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“Activision shouldn’t add pay to win items in the game,” added Warzone Mobile News.

“Get ready for even more mobile gaming monetisation tactics,” commented one Reddit user.

Season 3 of Warzone launched on Wednesday (April 12) and along with the new cosmetics, it also brought a new Gulag map and Perk Packs that allow players to grab perks outside of using Loadout Drops.

The newest season also re-introduced sniper rifles capable of killing players in one hit, and brought Ashika Island’s Redeploy Drones to Al Mazrah.

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