Call of Duty: Warzone has become one of the biggest battle royales in the world since its release in March 2020 as a free to play addition to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Since then, the game has seen various meta shifts, new weapons, map alterations, special events and more. The weapon meta shifts have been drastic and has changed a variety of times from burst weapons to incredibly overpowered assault rifles and LMGs. However, since Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War’s integration into the game, Raven Software, who have been leading the game’s development, have been keen on keeping the game as balanced as possible. In its recent release, the Season 4 update to the game made serious changes to the barrels of assault rifles as well as introduced new weapons. This led to a meta shift. Today, Raven Software has announced that there will be further changes to specific weapons in the game to ensure a balanced experience.
The C58 and Fara93 assault rifles, which became the main choices for the majority of players, now has slightly increased recoil. Furthermore, the Nail Gun, which was a menace within close range has had its maximum range decreased by 39%. The developers explained that the Nail Gun is intended to compete with shotguns, but with its mobility and range, it was able to defeat enemies at twice the effective range of a shotgun. Thus, the change would make it viable, but more in line with shotguns.
In terms of attachments, the Ranger and Takedown barrels had their vertical and horizontal recoil reduced from 15% to 10% respectively, except on the XM4 and Cold War AK47. The Task Force/Spetsnaz RPK/CMV Mil-Spec barrels were adjusted to reduce both horizontal and vertical recoil from 15% to 10% while the Reinforced Heavy/Match Grade/VDV Reinforced were adjusted from 7.5% to 5%.
In closing, the developers noted that with very little recoil, there was not much to master and that the changes are to reward persons for reload timings, recoil patterns and bullets to kill. Thus, making weapons more difficult to control would lead players to need some level of mastery.