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Warzone Season 3 release has some pretty major bugs that still aren’t fixed

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In anticipation of Operation Monarch, Call of Duty is calling on digital artists to mock up a poster that’ll be part of the official campaign.

You can try your hand at immortalizing the epic battle between King Kong and Godzilla, and earing a cool $2,000 which is approximately £1,594 / AU$2,810. There’s a whole brief to follow, so make sure you check of all the boxes if you want to enter. 

You can find out more details on the official website. 

If you want to get that sweet XP, the Call of Duty Twitter account has just confirmed that there’s max 2XP from now until Monday, May 2. That goes for both Vanguard and Warzone.

A weekend of grinding awaits those of you who want to make some serious progress as fast as possible.  

Vanguard Season 3 patch notes have also dropped. Sledgehammer Games shared the details in a blog post.

Ranked play leaves beta, but it ran into a bit of a hiccup immediately after the update went live. But it’s sorted out now.  

Players’ Season 3 Skill Ratings have been reset, and the Season 3 Top 250 Skill Division and Ladder leaderboard is set to go live on May 4. We’ll be one week into the new season by then, so you’ll have plenty of time to earn a rating and advance through the divisions. 

This isn’t the first time this bug has popped up in Warzone. A December 2021 update similarly messed something up, and required players to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to play. That was after Xbox rolled out its policy around free-to-play games. 

The official Call of Duty Twitter account  hasn’t responded to the complaints yet. And neither has Raven Software. The devs may still be grappling with the ‘corrupted loadout data’ error. 

If you’re not desperate enough to play that you’re going to sign up for Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass, you’re going to need to find alternative ways to amuse yourself until this is addressed.  

If you thought the drama was over, think again! Another bug has manifested which has resulted in Warzone no longer being free-to-play.

“I can’t play Warzone on Xbox Series X without xbox gold/ultimate pass,” tweeted @mactez5

“It used to be free2play until today’s update. Please resolve this bug. It says ‘the current profile is not allowed to play on xbox live'”.

A fellow Warzone player has also run into this problem, tweeting, “thank’s for the update, now I can’t play warzone unless I buy a membership, so much for a free game.”

@BagsPlays shared a screenshot of the bug, saying they’ve been playing Warzone for free for months, citing the Xbox policy around free-to-play games. A couple of people replied to their tweet saying they’re having the same issue.

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It doesn’t appear that the devs have acknowledged this yet, but we’ll monitor their socials. Fingers crossed it gets resolved, as demanding a paid membership for a free-to-play title on Xbox isn’t going to do them any favors.

A new issue has surfaced and Raven Software is on the case! But you’re going to have to sit tight for a fix. 

A couple of people on Twitter flagged a problem that’s stopping them from playing Warzone. They’re being presented with an error about a “corrupted loadout data” and are being disconnected. 

Raven says it’s investigating and will provide an update “ASAP” but there’s no sign that it’s got a solution ready to roll out yet. 

 

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The tweet flagging the issue is being met with frustration from the community.

“Shouldn’t stuff like this be caught when you guys test your game? I just don’t understand game breaking things like this slipping through almost every single update,” said @Jack_Moo_re

“Maybe they should fix the game besides adding monsters….” added @TECH_KyleJ.

These are among the more mild replies to the tweet, but it’s certainly not being met with any measure of patience. 

If you’re being affected by this error, keep an eye on Raven Software’s Twitter account for more updates.

Treyarch has acknowledged the issues on Twitter and says it should be resolved. Some replies suggest there a a few other niggles going on, but if you’re playing ranked, you should be able to get in.

The studio has asked that anyone still bumping up against this problem let them know. So go on over and tweet at them if this is still rearing its head. 

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Ranked play seems to be causing issues for some CoD: Warzone players. @DrDembie on Twitter said they’ve been having problems all day, which isn’t a massive surprise given the need for server downtime. But other reports have sprung up since the update rolled out. 

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@esiDra_X posted the tweet above, saying they’d closed the game and restarted, but haven’t had any luck. A couple of people replied saying they’re having the same problem. Another user complained of the same issue, and their frustration is echoed further down the thread.  

That was around half an hour after the update went live, so we’ll keep an eye on the situation to see if it’s addressed, or resolved.  

You can read the Warzone patch notes for yourself, but this update is a big one. There’s a ton of weapon changes, new Caldera locations for you to explore, as well as new Operators. 

If you’re waiting on your download, you can pass the time by perusing what awaits you when you finally get into the action.  

A few Warzone players are grumbling about the Season 3 update file size on social media. The series is notorious for dropping hefty updates that will have you deleting every game you own just to make room for them. Here are the file sizes for each platform:

  • PS5
  • PS4
  • Xbox One X|S
  • Xbox One
  • PC
    • 38.3GB (Warzone only)
    • 98.3GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)

“Just deleted [Modern Warfare] f*ck that shit,” tweeted one fan.  “I aint downloading [100GB] thats a whole f*cking game.”

“Isn’t funny anymore those sizes,” chimed in another

PC players looking to update both Modern Warfare and Warzone are looking at a mammoth update, or forsaking Modern Warfare for Warzone Season 3. 

Call of Duty: Warzone is rising up the ranks over on Twitch.  It’s not enjoying quite the skyrocketing surge in viewers that the Overwatch 2 PvP beta had yesterday . It’s currently sitting at 105k viewers, behind DOTA 2, Valorant, FIFA 22, and of course, the Overwatch 2 beta.  


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