Call of Duty: Warzone 2 developers have added new restrictions to the recently released Ranked game mode, limiting the types of optics players can use in their next match. Call of Duty: Warzone 2’s ranked game mode gives players a place to show off their skill level as they progress through the ranks. The game’s developer has limited some items in the mode to ensure a competitive playing field, and now it’s adding more items to the list.
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded launched on May 10th, and in addition to new weapons, operators, bundles, maps, and challenges, it brings game modes that have the community excited. Call of Duty: Warzone 2 Ranked Mode is live and thousands of players are climbing the ladder through all divisions while earning exclusive rewards and battling skilled players hoping to reach the top of the scoreboard. As with any competitive mode, the developers of Call of Duty : Warzone 2 have made some balance changes, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be enough, as more items have been restricted recently.
On May 24th, the official Treyarch Studios Twitter account posted a post about some new restrictions for Call of Duty : Warzone 2’s ranked game mode. According to the tweet, the restrictions now include thermal optics, which have the ability to accidentally spot enemy players through smoke grenades when using the Cold-blooded perk. This restriction covers the following optics: SZ Holotherm, VX350 Thermal Optic, Teplo-op3 Scope, Thermo-Optic X9, Teplo Clear Shot and Drexsom Prime-90. There’s nothing special about using thermal optics in Call of Duty: Warzone 2 sniper gear, but players looking to move up the ranks will have to find another add-on that will give them the edge they want.
Treyarch Studios detailed the sudden limitation of why Call of Duty : Warzone 2 players can no longer use these optics. Given the unexpected interaction between Hot Optics and Cold Blooded perks, the Call of Duty : Warzone 2 Ranked Games team banned these items, as they gave players a competitive advantage, especially in late rounds.
The developer also stated that these restrictions may change if they make some balance adjustments in the upcoming seasons. According to the Twitter thread, these changes are based on data and feedback, so bringing these optics back in a future Call of Duty : Warzone 2 update isn’t out of the question.
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.