Call of Duty’s Godzilla vs. Kong event doesn’t match the hype

One of the most important aspects of a live game is its ability to keep players engaged for long periods of time. This can be done in multiple ways, but a common trend is to set up limited-time events that aim to attract players. Call of Duty: Warzoneone of the most popular free live games, has relied heavily on its seasonal events, most recently with the implementation of Godzilla and King Kong.

The event, titled Operation Monarch, launched on May 10 and allows players to fight alongside massive monsters. While the event itself was intriguing and fun at times, the marketing leading up to Operation Monarch was very misleading, in part because King Kong and Godzilla don’t fight each other at all. Instead, the two beasts are just wandering around the map aimlessly, leading to a great sense of disappointment.

Misleading Marketing

The Operation Monarch event sends 60 players to Caldera, aiming to be the last team standing. The catch is that Godzilla and King Kong – known as Titans in the game – roam the island and can easily take players out. As you collect loot and damage Titans, you’ll earn intel that will eventually accumulate and turn into rewards such as a Loadout Drop, a Gas Mask, or even a controllable killstreak that gives you allows commanding both creatures (which is admittedly really cool) to attack other players.

The mode itself has a host of issues, but right off the bat the most glaring issue is that King Kong and Godzilla don’t fight, despite trailers making it seem like that’s what would happen. . Many fans expected it to play out almost like one of Splatoon’s Splatfest events, in which the community must choose between two teams – in this case, Team Godzilla or Team Kong – to compete against each other for the entire duration. the duration of the event.

Instead, the Limited Time Mode (LTM) is more like Resurgence Battle Royale, with a sprinkling of Kong and Godzilla on top, rather than the monsters being front and center. There’s literally a shot in one of the trailers that shows King Kong taking on Godzilla, so it’s easy to see why the community was upset when it didn’t happen in the actual event.

miss the target

To get an idea of ​​what the community thought of the event, war zone Streamer and influencer ModernWarzone has released a poll. Of the 24,194 people polled, more than 70% voted for the Operation Monarch event to be a “loss”. This is a small sample, but given the overwhelming results, it’s an informative snapshot of the general reception of the event.

Been #OperationMonarch a W or an L?

— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) May 11, 2022

One of Activision’s priorities with war zone is to keep newcomers engaged, which can be tricky due to the complexity of the game. With the Operation Monarch event, a newcomer or casual player can still be completely decimated during a match depending on who they are against. it is paired. Experienced players can easily sit down, shoot one of the Titans, and accumulate intel to eventually get their own custom loadout, which can be used to easily eliminate players who don’t know what they’re doing. In that regard, it’s an attractive premise for experienced gamers, but casual ones will likely struggle.

Because this mode plays like a worse version of standard Battle Royale, there’s not much reason to revisit it after a few matches. Sure, the spectacle of seeing the two massive Titans is enjoyable, but it gets old fast because there isn’t a ton of substance to this mode. It would have been interesting if Activision implemented something that played out more cinematically, especially since the stars are supposed to be the two giants. Maybe giving players the ability to land on the creatures to battle each other could have made it special. Perhaps we could have seen a similar version of what’s in the game now, but with the ability to power up the Titans, allowing them to get by.

fortnite show the way

Despite all of my criticisms, I recognize that it’s difficult to mix massive monsters effectively into a seemingly grounded military shooter, especially from a development standpoint. Considering war zone only a few years old, it stands to reason that developer Raven Software (and other support teams) are still learning what works and what doesn’t. In this case, finding a way to appeal to all players is a colossal undertaking. Gamers are often willing to forgive a developer for missteps here and there – the main problem is that the trailers don’t match the final product.

In the end, Operation Monarch is not the worst event war zone has received. war zone has a history of terrible events such as the Avant-garde reveal, which required players to simply shoot a train for an excruciatingly long duration. So compared to this event, Operation Monarch is an improvement, though the bar is admittedly low.

Given the precedent created by fortnitewhich features large-scale events that generally receive a positive reception, it’s easy to see why players would be disappointed with the war zone Operation Monarch. Activision should look the way fortnite makes its events – especially its large-scale modes that feature cooperative gameplay – and takes notes for war zone. Something like the massive fortnite The Galactus event that gave players a more guided experience was fantastic, so maybe Activision could put their own spin on a similar formula to create something engrossing. Operation Monarch was definitely a step in the right direction, but Activision still has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to war zone events.

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