— cheese (@CheeseTheGrate) August 10, 2020
For others, the problems are more unusual, with glitched gun textures taking up huge portions of the screen or covering the screen entirely:
— Shame1essGames (@Shame1essGames) August 9, 2020
In all cases, the guns remain entirely usable, with some players taking pride in the fact that they’ve gotten kills despite the fairly major disadvantage of suddenly using a haunted, eldritch weapon that looks like it should be in Control rather than Call of Duty.
What’s most interesting, however, is the effect it’s having on other players. When an opponent is using a glitched gun, they seemingly become encased within a gigantic, shifting black cube that has no regard for mundane things like “walls” or “the laws of physics”.
WHAT IS THIS GLITCH IN MW WARZONE?!?!
I LITERALLY COULDN’T FIGHT THE GUY CAUSE HE WAS JUST A BLACK/PURPLE BOX.
— YaBoyNamedBrady (@YaBoyNamedBrady) August 5, 2020
Again, this is a texture issue, meaning there’s still a normal character model amidst the evil box. It may well be that these players aren’t aware of the glitch while it’s happening, as many clips of the glitch show these new and frightening cube-warriors playing normally and landing hits, while their opponents generally freak out.
Developer Infinity Ward appears to be aware of the problem – the public Modern Warfare / Warzone development Trello lists “Reports of corruption appearing on the end of weapons after the latest update” as an in-progress fix. No estimate is given for how long that might take to fix, however. Some have reported that removing all visual customisation elements from your own loadout guns will stop the problem (although scavenged weapons, or weapons used in the Gulag can still cause the issue).
It’s not perfect timing, given that the game has periodically been introducing purposeful visual “glitches” that appear to be teasing an announcement for the much-rumoured Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We should know more about that later today, with various members of the CoD community being given crates that won’t be officially openable until 9am PT – crates which many think will be linked to the announcement of a new game.