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Warzone needs to stop copying Fortnite events and find its own lane

Warzone players are battling Godzilla and King Kong in Operation Monarch, but Call of Duty should leave the crossovers to Fortnite instead.

  • Posted on 12th May, 2022 15:30 PM
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Warzone has tried a number of crossovers, with the Godzilla x King Kong event arriving as Activision’s latest attempt to merge pop culture with Call of Duty’s FPS thrills. Even with a few steps in the right direction, it’s time for Warzone to step aside in the wake of Fortnite’s astounding success.

Using their abilities has its moments, but the concept of controlling them fully for a limited time could enhance the experience tenfold. Activision has shelled out the cash to bring them here, so it would only make sense to use these characters to their full potential. Now that is the Operation Monarch I’d be eager to explore.

It’s missteps like this that allow Epic Games to remain the experts when it comes to blending existing IP into their rival title, Fortnite.

Fortnite remains the real titan of crossovers

It’s easy for players more enthralled in Warzone’s gritty aesthetic to dismiss Fortnite’s cartoonish appeal. I used to be of that mindset too, seeing Fortnite as a sweat simulator where opponents build skyscrapers, only to humiliate you with a headshot seconds later. But Fortnite’s magic formula has been concocted thanks to Epic Games’ precise finger on the pop culture pulse.

When the universe of Star Wars appeared back as far back as Chapter 2: Season 1, it signaled a change in the guard for the typical idea of a battle royale. It wasn’t just a case of making fan-favorite characters available for purchase – it showed that a gigantic franchise can be seamlessly integrated into the game at large.

The genius in Fortnite’s approach to crossovers is the ability to weave recognizable franchises into the lore itself. Fortnite’s island has seen a plethora of heroes and villains fight to rule with light and dark, with each battle featuring as part of Fortnite’s expansive story.

It’s even better that you don’t necessarily have to follow the story, either. Somehow, Donald Mustard and the gang at Epic Games have made crossovers with Ariana Grande, Spider-Man, and Dwayne Johnson feel organic, without alienating players in the process. X-Men villain Galactus eating the entire Fortnite map too? Incredible.

Warzone needs to stop copying Fortnite events and find its own laneSuiting up as John Wick in Fortnite is always a good time.

But what about the brilliant social experience that Warzone cultivated in March 2020? Fortnite has that in spades and then some. Micro-transactions are always going to be frowned upon in gaming, but the way I see it, Fortnite is essentially a digital toybox. While I’m swapping out John Wick for Black Widow, my friends are getting in on the fun with their own choices of skin. Warzone doesn’t have the same liberties when it comes to bending the rules of its lore and maybe it shouldn’t either.

Bringing zombies into the Warzone canon of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War feels out of place, but if Activision is willing to establish a separate universe from its mainline entries, then that’s where things could get interesting. With this kind of freedom, there is the opportunity for Warzone to truly get creative, rather than serving up a fraction of its potential. That’s why Fortnite’s events are exactly that: events.

Epic Games are in the midst of their own Avengers: Endgame-style path currently, as heroes like Doctor Strange fend off ominous forces from demolishing the island once and for all. The forces in question are looming above the map at this moment in-game, as the sight of a Star Destroyer waits to strike. It sounds like pure nonsense to the uninitiated, but it’s Epic Games’ wholehearted embodiment of this bizarre charm that allows Fortnite to succeed where Warzone falters, at least in regards to crossovers.

Warzone’s evolution isn’t doomed just yet

The road ahead for Warzone isn’t coming to a dead-end anytime soon. Modern Warfare 2 is set to bring the release of Warzone 2 alongside it, which is poised to benefit from next-gen consoles more than ever.

The release of Warzone 2 isn’t just a technological leap for the franchise, but it marks a crossroads for Activision too. Will they choose to incorporate blockbuster-sized events regularly or will they be more of a novelty? For Warzone, it’d be a wiser choice to focus all efforts on improving the core CoD experience that players have appreciated over the last decade.

Modern Warfare 2 (2009) was a landmark not just for the franchise, but the FPS genre too. To this day, the glory days of late multiplayer sessions and 1v1 matches on Rust still ring true. With a bit of luck, lightning might just strike twice later this year. For now, Warzone should leave the crossovers to Fortnite.

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