Developer Raven Software has announced that it is investigating a bug in Call of Duty Warzone which currently prevents some players from logging into the game after the release of its third season of content.
Following the release of Warzone Season 3, some Xbox players were unable to log into Battle Royale without an active Xbox Live Gold subscription. When they try to join a multiplayer game, they encounter an error screen informing them that they cannot play the multiplayer game without an active Xbox Live subscription.
Like other free-to-play games on Xbox, the Call to Duty title previously didn't require players to have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to access its multiplayer side.
Developer Raven Software has now acknowledged that they are working on fixing the Warzone Season 3 glitch. “We are investigating an issue where Xbox Live Silver users are unable to play Warzone,” the developer tweeted, referring to a post on its public Trello board that compiles the various issues it is currently working on fixing.
Xbox Live Silver, sometimes referred to as Xbox Live Free, is the lite version of Xbox's premium subscription service. If you're having trouble signing in to Warzone and being told that your profile can't sign in without an Xbox Live subscription, it's likely that you're an Xbox Live Silver member experiencing the unfortunate end of this issue.
Raven hasn't said when she thinks the bug will be fixed, but her acknowledgment of the issue is a good sign that the developers are actively working to fix it.
(*3*) weapon nerfs
The launch of Warzone Season 3 also raised some other issues. According to Raven's Trello board, equipping the Legendary Ancient Spirit Daniel Skin will result in players having "obscured vision in the game." Bounties have also been temporarily disabled for solo players while the developer investigates an unnamed issue.
The update introduced big changes to the free-to-play Battle Royale. Chief among them is a nerf to sniper rifles, significantly reducing their effectiveness. While weapons used to shoot at pretty much any target, many sniper rifles will now only shoot up to 90 yards, and others won't be able to shoot at all. Raven said that the nerf was applied to create some diversity between the weapons.
"Snipers can now use damage ranges as the defining characteristic of their one-shot potential," said the developer. “Not only does this give each weapon more identity, but it means that attachments that give sniper rifles a lighter, faster damage range stat will increase their single-shot capability at higher ranges.
"Our ultimate goal is to enable a wider range of viable playstyles and really push the potential of each weapon."