There are a ton of genre-changing new features added into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Warzone battle royale, from calling in Loadout Drops, to buying killstreaks, to cranking the number of players dropping in to a whopping 150. But it’s the physics of its parachute that has caught a number of players out, including some of Twitch’s most watched stars.
The new dropping system, which allows you to cut and reopen your ‘chute as many times as you want during a freefall, has already resulted in some hilarious bloopers during Warzone’s first 24 hours live. Peaking at over 500,000 viewers on Twitch, fans were piling in to streams to watch their favourite streamers push the game to its limits – if they could stick the landing, that is.
Self-proclaimed “Twitch professional” Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar misplaced some confidence in one of his practice drops in the pre-game lobby after claiming that his “pure game skill” is what sets him apart in the streaming game. He then follows this by completely overshooting his landing and tumbling down a cliff. Nice.
Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm is arguably Twitch’s most self-assured streamer, but messed up while channeling some of his trademark violence, speed, and momentum and trying to swoop down on an enemy player.
And Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid learned in an early round of Warzone that you can cut your parachute and redeploy, but didn’t really judge his fall damage all that well…
While the parachute may take some getting used to, the general consensus of Modern Warfare’s massive battle royale and its many unique features is a positive one.
Warzone’s huge viewership on Twitch in its first day, which actually trumped Modern Warfare’s viewership when the game released in October 2019, is a testament to how popular the battle royale genre still is.