Call of Duty

Warzone Developers Exploring Counterplay to Dead Silence

Raven is looking into balancing for Dead Silence.
Raven is looking into balancing for Dead Silence. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone development studio Raven Software says it's investigating options for "'fair' and 'reactable' counterplay options to Dead Silence," per patch notes updated Tuesday.

Dead Silence is a controversial field upgrade in Warzone. It allows users to move without making footstep noises and ups their movement, making them both stealthier and more agile. In a game where catching your opponent unawares is one of the most powerful deciding factors for success, being able to sneak up can make a huge difference.

Warzone Developers Exploring Counterplay to Dead Silence

Critics of the perk say Dead Silence is too powerful and, unlike other powerful field upgrades, has no downside. Stopping Power adds recoil to compensate for its damage boost, for example. Neither is there a field upgrade that can counter Dead Silence. On top of all of this, some players say the field upgrade is too commonly found.

"We are exploring all avenues in terms of changes to provide 'fair' and 'reactable' counterplay options to Dead Silence," Raven wrote in patch notes. "A decision like this must be made carefully considering how it may destabilize other aspects of the game. We cannot promise anything at this moment but as we close in on an appropriate solution, we will share more details. Sit tight."

It's unclear how long it will take Raven to find its fix, but the developer promises to keep players abreast of the fix's progress.