Call of Duty

Activision to Refund Crossbow Purchases in Warzone, Cold War

Activision will issue refunds to players who bought the prematurely released R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow.
Activision will issue refunds to players who bought the prematurely released R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Activision says it will refund the purchases of anyone who bought a crossbow that arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War prematurely.

The R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow appeared in the Warzone store Thursday at a 1,200 COD Points price point. The weapon didn't appear in patch notes for the game, and it couldn't be used in Warzone, but players jumped at the chance to buy the new weapon regardless.

The crossbow could also be unlocked for free by getting three One Shot, One Kill medals in 15 separate games using a weapon with no attachments. Once unlocked, it could be used in both Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and zombies.

When it realized its mistake, Activision announced it would pull the weapon from the game and issue refunds to players who bought it. It also appears poised to reset any progress players made toward unlocking the crossbow or toward unlocking its camouflages.

Players have reacted negatively toward the latter decision, with many expressing frustration that they had spent hours grinding out the weapon's camos.

Activision has yet to announce when the crossbow will see official release.