Warzone 2 Leaker Claims Loadouts & Perks Are Back, AI Reduced After CoD Next Play

Brad Norton

published: 2022-09-28T01:01:41

Updated: 2022-09-28T01:02:03

New Warzone 2 leaks are seemingly pointing towards the return of both custom Loadouts and Perks after their controversial removal during the Call of Duty Next reveal event. The same leaker has also suggested a reduction in AI across the map and even an overhaul of the game’s UI.

At the CoD Next event on September 15, Warzone 2 was fully revealed after months of secrecy. Seeing the game in action allowed us to learn about new systems, get a preview of the Al Mazrah map, and also get a glimpse of some key gameplay changes.

From an overhaul of the Gulag to a brand new Gunsmith, there was plenty for fans to turn their heads around. Although among the tweaks came a few controversial decisions. Loadouts and thus modified Perks were completely gone in this early build of the sequel. Not only that, but AI-controlled enemies flooded almost every POI, leaving players with more to worry about than just other people in the lobby.

To some, these changes were seen as an improvement over the original Warzone experience. But for many, the changes made veterans hesitant and even concerned about the game’s new direction. People like NICKMERCS even claimed that what they saw in Los Angeles was final, and that fans were “damned stupid” for thinking things would change before the November 16 release date.

However, this now appears to be exactly the case. If leaks from prominent Warzone content creator Metaphor are true, many of the major changes have since been rolled back in a new Warzone 2 update.

The popular CoD personality tweeted out a series of emojis on Sept. 27, teasing three key changes without saying a word. Interpreting these emojis in order makes it seem like AI bots have been removed from much of the map. Instead, they are seemingly only connected to Strongholds, as the castle emoji implies.

Many soon expressed their dismay at the plethora of AI in Warzone 2. So much so that it became difficult to distinguish between real players and less threatening bots. Especially considering that they could appear around almost every corner in the original build played on the stage of CoD Next.

When the full game launches, it looks like we’ll have an overall reduction in AI in store during the Battle Royale. Instead, we can expect to see them only in fortified strongholds, if Metaphor’s insight is correct.

Then came an emoji of a box next to a pill. We can only assume this hints at the return of both Loadout Drops and Perks, two staples that were noticeably absent from the first Warzone 2 session.

Instead of enabling custom classes, players can purchase stronger weapons from new Buy Stations. And while that may still be the case when the sequel arrives, it looks like we’ll also have an option to enable our own Loadouts in typical Warzone fashion. Exactly how much they will cost and whether we will see any new restrictions is still up in the air for now.

Warzone Loadout DropActivity

Loadout Drops could still return in Warzone 2.

Last but not least, Metaphor shared gift and list emojis. While not concrete, many interpret this as a return to classic looting systems as opposed to the new, slower loot UI we saw in Warzone 2.

Opening chests and looting areas in the sequel required players to stop in their tracks to manually comb through a new menu. Moving on, it looks like we can expect the original fluidity to return when Warzone 2 arrives in full.

Obviously, it’s worth taking all this information with a grain of salt for now. Since we’re still weeks away from launch, plans can always change as development progresses. But should Activision confirm this, we’ll definitely keep you posted here.

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