February 9, 2023

Tor Go Devil

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What happened to all the color in Call of Duty: Warzone’s Pacific map?

Call of Duty: Warzone finally got a new map today. No, not another 1980s remix of an old map or a second Rebirth Island—Caldera is a new, sprawling map that’s around the same size as Verdansk (but maybe a bit smaller). Early screenshots of Caldera shared by Activision tempted me back to Warzone after a long break. The island’s bright green palm trees and saturated blue sky looked like a major departure from Verdansk ’84’s drab skyscrapers and pukey green skybox. Activision calls it a “paradise.” Except, after a few hours spent running and flying across Caldera, I’m wondering where the heck all that color went.

Like seriously, am I missing something, or does Caldera look as washed out and bland as Warzone always has? Either Activision played with some attractive post-processing filters when it took these promotional screenshots, or something is very wrong with my settings.

(Image credit: Activision)

As far as I can tell from watching other people’s streams, this is just what Caldera looks like, and that’s pretty disappointing. I’m glad Raven Software swung for a map style that’s significantly different from what came before, but why does Warzone continue to be so afraid of color?

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