Prolific Call of Duty (COD): Warzone content creator JGOD has spoken out against developers taking vacation time over the holidays while the game is still in turmoil.
James "JGOD" Godoy published a video to his YouTube channel on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, where he spectated solo players and gave his take on their gameplay. Meanwhile, he spoke on the community reaction to Warzone's Vanguard Integration and how players were fretting over the addition "ruining" the game. JGOD seemed to disagree with the general take and admitted that while integration did have its own unfortunate quirks, the community response this year simply mirrored the previous sentiment regarding integration last year.
"This happens every year. When Warzone dropped, they said 'Warzone ruined Call of Duty'," he said, "When Cold War Integration happened, they said 'Cold War Integration ruined COD.' But then everyone was loving COD before this integration so it didn't ruin COD that much."
However, what players really zoned in on was his take on the developers taking holiday vacation.
JGOD Calls Out Dev Vacation While Warzone Bugs Run Rampant
To illustrate his point, JGOD went over the variety of bugs and glitches the game has faced in recent months: crashes loading in, freezing at buy stations and load-outs, internet traffic issues such as packing bursting and loss, the "pay to win" invisible battle pass skin, audio problems, and a known console issue regarding the in-game Hz value.
He also briefly mentioned Krampus—something many players agree has been a significant problem in matches.
"It's unacceptable for a triple-A studio...to allow [these] types of issues. Like no, you can't go on vacation." He said, "I know that's insensitive but...you can't leave your game broken for a month...You're going to lose a lot of players."
JGOD speculated that a major update will likely be posted around Jan. 3-4 once the developers return from their holiday. This should fix "80%" of player issues.
"I don't think COD is dead, dying or anything like that," he explained, noting that he had become numb to the annual community uproar post-integration.
Warzone, he went on to say, is good at what it does. The "fundamentals" are good—the new map is playable regardless of whether players preferred Verdansk. Its gameplay loop keeps players hooked and while the player base seems to turn its nose up at every new integration, the games still perform well. Some players still spend 10 hours a day in-game.
Ultimately, according to JGOD, while its bones are solid, the primary issue facing Warzone is its multitude of bugs.