Raven Software, lead developer behind Call of Duty (COD): Warzone, has finally issued a patch to fix the Dead Silence glitch.
Players first began reporting issues with Dead Silence when the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded Patch dropped on July 15—but the perk has been in the game for far longer. Originally, it was meant as a way to help players stay quiet in dangerous or unfair situations. Recently, however, it has been the subject of controversy for being dangerous in and of itself. Players suggest the power is completely overblown or downright broken in some instances.
The glitch only made it worse.
Raven Software Deploys Warzone Dead Silence Glitch Fix
Warzone allows its players to hear their opponent's footsteps when nearby. Dead Silence essentially turns this feature off for players who select it, allowing them to walk silently and either sneak up or around others.
The crux of the glitch is simply that it makes the power infinite. Players found that if they set Dead Silence in the moments before a match began, Warzone would automatically silence their footsteps for the entirety of the game. This ease of performance made the exploit prevalent in lobbies—frustrating players who refused to take part.
Raven originally moved the loadout setup screen from the beginning seconds of the lobby in order to counteract the glitch. This worked for a time, but only served as a temporary bandage for the real fix published earlier today, July 21. It officially went live around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
It's unclear whether Raven has since moved the loadout screen back to its previous place, but we assume players will know soon enough. Alongside this fix, the developer has also removed the "Report Offensive Chat" feature due to a related crash error.
More information about the Season 4 Reloaded patch can be found in the official patch notes post on the COD website.