While many Warzone players have viewed the Season 4 Reloaded update as a stepping stone on the road towards the beginning of Season 5, developer Raven Software has called the mid-season update "the biggest" in the short history of the battle royale. While there was a minimal amount of brand-new content added, the developer implemented the largest dose of weapon balancing to date as it looks to increase the average time-to-kill across the board.
The update saw numerous buffs and nerfs take place for a number of weapons, including both AK-47s, the FAL, and the SCAR. Within the patch notes, Raven shared some insight behind its decision to make a number of sweeping changes.
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"The Biggest Balance Update In Warzone History"
"The following changes are our first major step towards increasing the average Time-to-Kill within Warzone," the developer stated. "It is important to note that these Weapon adjustments were not made in a vacuum. When evaluating an individual change, some may seem quite drastic, but they were made holistically and in a way that supported a lock-step increase in average TTK across multiple Weapon categories. Torso Multipliers were a considerable focus of these changes with how often they would act as flat damage increases given how consistently that location could be hit. With reductions to these multipliers, we are placing a bigger emphasis on precision — a move that we feel is ultimately healthy for the game.
Raven Software also revealed that there will always be a "best weapon" that stands out from the rest of the weapon arsenal. "That is the nature of a competitive game. Players will seek out and employ any advantage they can, regardless of how miniscule it may be. We will take great care to ensure that the ‘best weapon’ never overstays its welcome and has an effect that scales with the skill of the handler." Even though there will always be one weapon that is considered the best, Raven will keep a close eye on it so it doesn't negatively impact the meta too much.
Rounding off the patch notes, Raven said that it would be keeping track of how the changes impact Warzone in the coming weeks.