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Warzone Dev Confirms 'Meta Shift' Coming to Sniper Rifles in Season 3

"We do plan a meta shift for the Snipers for Season 3. I’m happy to say that."
"We do plan a meta shift for the Snipers for Season 3. I’m happy to say that." / Image courtesy of Activision

The Warzone developers' "media tour" journeys on it seems as the dialogue on the overall direction of the hit battle royale title continues to take place on various content creators' streams.

In recent days, Activision Creative Lead Josh Bridge joined OpTic TeeP to explain why Warzone can't have a larger map rotation, as well as FaZe Swagg to pinpoint why a console FOV slider isn't coming. Now, Raven Software Senior Creative Director Ted Timmons has chimed in to talk about potential changes coming to the sniper rifle weapon class very soon.

"I would love to have this conversation when we get closer to Season 3 because, again, I don't want to gas it up and my DMs are lighting up from the team because the weapons team are listening," Timmons said. "We do plan a meta shift for the Snipers for Season 3. I’m happy to say that."

The statement came while Timmons joined Complexity's Baka Bros for an interview Tuesday. Hector "Repullze" Torres led the charge for the topic, mentioning that with Caldera being such an open map, there's been perhaps an unhealthy amount of players opting to snipe compared to Verdansk.

Repullze also suggested that perhaps the quick-paced meta snipers such as the Modern Warfare Kar98k and Swiss K31 shouldn't be able to one-shot players to the head, and that the devastating power should be left solely for the heavier snipers (e.g. AX-50) instead.

"I think we would all agree it’s long overdue," Timmons said. "The Sniper meta hasn’t changed in what feels like forever. I feel really good about where we’re going with that."

Ultimately, the sniper rifle has been in a pretty stagnant state compared to the other weapon classes, considering the Modern Warfare Kar98k and Swiss K31 have long been the no-brainer go-to options for some time. However, whether or not the devs follow through on nerfing them hard, making other options much more viable, will be interesting to track.

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