Similar to Verdansk, Warzone’s Pacific’s new Caldera map appears to be inspired by real locations from the Pacific and the Second World War. Here are all of the real-life locations that Caldera appears to be inspired by.
Many locations from Warzone’s original Verdansk map are inspired by real-life locations, such as the Stadium, Array, and Nakatomi Plaza. It appears that Raven Software has taken a similar approach with Caldera, plucking many of its POIs straight out of Hawaii.
- Caldera Capital IRL
- Caldera Peak IRL
- Caldera Terminal IRL
- Caldera Royale Cabana Resort IRL
- Caldera Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen IRL
Caldera Capital – Ali’iolani Hale
The Capital POI is clearly inspired by the Ali’iolani Hale building in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.
The building has roughly the same shape as Caldera’s capital building, with the buildings and balconies being in the exact same place. Plus, it even has the same clock tower with a flag pole mounted on top.
Caldera Peak – Haleakalā Observatory
Caldera has much more elevation than Verdansk, and the highest point is marked by a “military battery installation” on top of a dormant volcano that appears to be inspired by the Haleakalā Observatory in Maui, Hawaii.
While not being an exact recreation, it’s likely that Haleakalā Observatory is a source of inspiration. The Observatory was built in the 60s but has a similar round shape and white color to Cladera’s Peak – plus it also lies on the summit of a dormant volcano.
Caldera Terminal – Ford Island Control Tower
Caldera’s airfield is overlooked by a tall control tower that bears a striking resemblance to the Ford Island Control Tower in Pearl Harbor.
Although not as tall or narrow, Caldera’s tower has the same red control room at the top, and platforms all the way up. Many Warzone players weren’t huge fans of Verdansk’s air traffic control tower, so hopefully, this is better received.
Caldera Royal Cabana Resort – Royal Hawaiian hotel
Warzone Pacific’s Royal Cabana Resort appears to be heavily inspired by the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Being similar in both shape and name, the Royal Cabana Resort has a similar bell tower to the Royal Hawaiian. We’ll need to wait until the map releases on December 8 to see if there are any more similarities.
Caldera Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen – Lorient Submarine Base
Caldera’s Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen, also included in Vanguard, is clearly inspired by the Lorient Submarine Base in Lorient, France.
This Submarine Base was used throughout the Second World War to harbor U-Boats, and it seems Raven Software has recreated it in the Pacific. It has almost exactly the same shape, with similar gunner mounts on top.
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FaZe Swagg reveals “overpowered” Warzone Pacific Welgun loadout
FaZe Swagg has revealed the perfect loadout attachments to make the brand-new Welgun SMG “overpowered” in Season 1.
FaZe star Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson tested out Warzone’s brand-new Welgun SMG, calling it “top-tier” and building an “overpowered” loadout for it.
The Gunsmith system allows the Welgun to be built for a number of different playstyles, and top streamer FaZe Swagg has revealed how to make it “overpowered” with the right loadout attachments.
But the one weapon standing out is the brand-new Welgun. In a YouTube video titled “The new Welgun SMG is overpowered in Warzone,” FaZe Swagg explains why.
Using the Welgun along with the STG, Swagg dropped 30 kills, helping his squad rack up over a hundred kills in Caldera. “This gun is top-tier, no question,” explained Swagg. “And overall, 100% you should unlock it.”
Swagg said the Welgun “melts with the right build,” so we’ve got his full class set up below.
FaZe Swagg “overpowered” Welgun loadout
Swagg’s YouTube video doesn’t reveal his full Welgun loadout, so here are the attachments he was running during his January 13 stream.
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: 120mm Gawain Short
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: Removed Stock
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
- Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 48 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Hollow Point
- Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
- Perk 1: Unmarked
- Perk 2: Fully Loaded
Swagg boosted the Welgun’s fire rate by combining the Recoil Booster and 120mm Gawain Short barrel, allowing it to kill enemies much faster. And he discovered that running iron sights gives you a reflex, so he opted for the Slate Reflector instead.
For magazine and ammo, Swagg ran the 7.62 Gorenko 48 Round Mags to hold extra bullets and the Hollow Point ammunition which increases the damage dealt to limbs, making it much more forgiving.
The rest of the attachments are to improve the Welgun’s mobility and accuracy, with the Unmarked Perk which helps to conceal your position on the mini map.
You can also check out Call of Duty’s devs responding to the issues affecting both Warzone and Vanguard.
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CoD devs respond to frustrations over performance in Warzone & Vanguard
The Warzone and Vanguard devs have officially responded to the abundance of issues with a statement to the community.
Call of Duty issued a response to all the performance issues players are currently experiencing in both Warzone and Vanguard.
Along with the mid-season update for Warzone and Vanguard, which introduced loads of new content such as the Welgun and a variety of buffs and nerfs, the devs have now issued a detailed response to the community’s frustrations.
There have been a lot of issues in Warzone and Vanguard since the two games were linked, but it’s great to actually get some detailed communication from the devs in response to the issues that players have been experiencing.
Here’s what they had to say.
In Call of Duty‘s latest tweet titled “A message to our community,” the developers conveyed just how hard the team is working at providing fixes to a variety of issues.
The post contained details of the latest implemented changes and known issues being worked on for both Warzone and Vanguard.
In the short message, the developers make it clear that the team is “hard at work addressing the issues that are being experienced across Vanguard, Warzone, and Modern Warfare. Updates are being deployed as quickly as possible.”
When it comes to Warzone some of the issues mentioned as ones that they are working on include:
- Console performance
- Invisible skins
- Buy Stations
These issues, especially the Buy Station freezing problems and console performance have been at the center of recent player frustrations in the community.
Just this week players were clowning the number of issues on console, so it’s great to get confirmation that the devs are working on fixes.
As for Vanguard, there have been quite a few issues that players have been disappointed with, especially as recent updates haven’t exactly eased player frustrations with Incendiary Grenades.
The post mentioned an abundance of issues that the dev team is working on:
- Weapons & Equipment
- Shotgun nerfs and smoke reduction.
- Attack Dog fixes.
- Cold Blooded and High Alert.
- Accuracy of Quick Play filters and diversity of maps.
- Party-disconnect issue
- Dedicated server pause feature.
It’s clear that the Call of Duty developers are working on having better communication with the players. This is definitely a step towards that, but up next is for these updates to be complete.
We’ll be sure to update the community on when these fixes have been issued. For now, check out why players are praising Warzone’s latest playlist update.
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Warzone devs secretly changed a Perk and nobody noticed
The Warzone devs made a slight change to one of the Perks, which almost went completely unnoticed until players recently picked up on it.
Players have picked up on a change to one of Warzone’s Perks that barely anyone noticed, which some are stating is due to the stale Perk meta.
However, players have picked up on a change to one of Warzone’s Perks that went completely unnoticed since the Vanguard integration, which may not be a surprise to players when they find out what Perk it is.
Reddit user Cream-Shpee highlighted the Perk change over on the Warzone subreddit with the title: “The Perks meta is so stale nobody’s even noticed that Spotter got renamed.”
Spotter, now named Engineer, isn’t the most popular of Perks in Warzone, especially as the Perk 3 category is dominated by Amped and Combat Scout. This is most likely the reason players haven’t noticed the name change, or as the Redditor puts it, players didn’t notice because the “Perks meta is so stale.”
Although it isn’t a massive difference, it’s still pretty hilarious that not many players actually realized the name had been changed.
One player agrees with the Perk meta being stale, stating “I reckon you could remove 70% of the perks and no one would even notice.”
It’s a shame that some Perks hardly get picked, as most of them actually offer some interesting gameplay changes. However, it’s difficult to pick Perks that just aren’t as strong as the ones everybody else in the lobby is using.
Perhaps we will see some changes to Perks in Warzone Pacific’s future to spice up the meta.
For more on Warzone, check out when Season 2 will be releasing.
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