Call of Duty

Hidden Warzone SMG Change Improves Range

Warzone SMGs have received a hidden change affecting their effective range.
Warzone SMGs have received a hidden change affecting their effective range. / Photo courtesy of Activision

A hidden change in the latest Warzone update dramatically changes the way submachine gun damage is calculated at distance, and it could mean a new meta is on the way.

Although a sniper rifle and assault rifle combo remains the standard weapon pairing of choice for Warzone players, SMGs can often prove useful in certain situations, especially at close range. Now, they may be able to better hold their own at distance, according to Warzone content creator TrueGameData.

After testing in the wake of the Season 4 Reloaded update, TrueGameData found that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War SMGs now have two damage profiles instead of three. That change essentially means damage drop-off at distances over 25 meters no longer applies, making SMGs more effective at range.

"They're a lot like ARs now in terms of damage drop-offs," TrueGameData said in his video. "Some of these SMGs might make really good sniper supports now, kind of like how we were using the Milano in the previous patch."

TrueGameData said it's possible these changes arrived in a previous update, but it's most likely they were added in the Season 4 Reloaded update. It's possible they'll allow SMGs new prominence in the meta.