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Warzone devs reveal reason behind weapon codenames in patch notes

Call of Duty: Warzone's use of baffling weapon codenames in the patch notes has drawn the ire of fans for years. Because of this, it becomes difficult to know if a weapon has been nerfed or buffed. This was a particularly controversial topic with the arrival of Warzone's Season 4 Reloaded update when players couldn't figure out for the life of them what "Assault Rifle Charlie" and "Submachine Gun Alpha" meant. But, as it turns out, there's a perfectly logical explanation behind this oddity.

TLDR; don't expect future Call of Duty games to refer to weapons by their in-game names in the patch notes anytime soon.

Two developers recently opened up about the ongoing Warzone issue after the content creator, XVI, called them out on Twitter. Matt Scronce, who works as the Design Associated Director over at Treyarch, responded by saying, "legal and licensing reasons that are outside of my wheelhouse. I don't like it any more than you do." Meanwhile, Sledgehammer Game's Communications Manager, had a similar response, "I agree it's very confusing for us too, but for legal reasons, we can't."

It's a good thing that the Call of Duty community has banded together to make it easier to "decipher" the weapon codenames in the patch notes.

Naturally, this "our hands are tied" explanation didn't sit too well with fans. Some argued that this would have been so simple to fix and yet the many studios working on Warzone still can't find a way to make patch notes more simple.

Unfortunately, based on the tweets, it appears that the licensing issues plaguing Warzone will probably extend to Modern Warfare 2 and probably even Warzone 2.

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Speaking of Call of Duty, you'll find out more about the future of the franchise at Call of Duty Next on September 15.


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