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Warzone 2 kicks off DMZ pay-to-win monetisation with Bomb Squad bundle

There's a lot to look forward to in Warzone 2 Season 3, but Call of Duty has also introduced a pay-to-win DMZ bundle to the in-game store and it's worrying.

Warzone 2 Season 3 DMZ pay to win Bomb Squad: an image of Ghost and Farah from MW2

If you’re a Call of Duty player that enjoys dipping into DMZ once in a while, you’ll be pleased to know that the Warzone 2 Season 3 update has introduced a whole host of fantastic features to the rather popular extraction shooter mode. However, it isn’t all sunshine and roses when it comes to the latest DMZ update. Why? Well, it looks like Call of Duty has introduced a pay-to-win bundle to DMZ; thankfully, this is the first one, but it’s a worrying sign of things to come.

As you can see for yourself on this useful Modern Warfare 2 bundle database, and spotted by Call of Duty content creator ‘GeekyPastimes‘ in-game, the Warzone 2 Season 3 update has introduced Bomb Squad – a Fender operator bundle that offers up several items that offer players a number of advantages specific to the DMZ mode. We know this was something of an inevitability given the game’s monetisation, but it’s still a shame to see it introduced.

Firstly, it comes with the Bomb Proof Sakin MG38 weapon blueprint. This, when in your insured weapon slot in DMZ, only has a cooldown of 15 minutes. For those of you that play DMZ regularly, this is a godsend – because it’s a lot shorter than other insured weapons.

On top of this, players using the EOD Specialist Fender operator skin will find that it comes with a free medium backpack in DMZ. Having a backpack is vital in DMZ and the fact that this operator skin comes with one by default is far from a bad thing. However, it’s hard to deny that this paid bundle isn’t offering players an in-game advantage.

That’s not even everything, either. On top of these two in-game items, players can also unlock a fourth active duty operator slot with the Bomb Squad bundle. In Season 3, DMZ players have to contend with active duty operator slots. You can find out more about them below, courtesy of the Call of Duty Blog post on the recent DMZ updates:

“Before launching into a match, you choose which active duty operator you bring into the exclusion zone. Whatever they bring back that is not part of the global loadout… is only for that specific active duty operator… Active duty operator slots allow for strategies around designated operators for specific missions or supply runs… Another way to think about it is that active duty operators are like “lives”… Each operator life is separate and can easily go back to barebones”.

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So, the long and short of it all is this: if you like playing DMZ and you want to be as well prepared as possible, you need to pick up the Bomb Squad bundle. It’s only 1,200 COD points, which isn’t so bad, but it’s certainly still a pay-to-win system.

We know the Warzone 2 Season 3 update lets you fly your own DMZ exfil chopper, but is that enough? Well, here’s why Warzone 2 DMZ is getting the extraction shooter formula right – we just hope Call of Duty doesn’t tank that with more monetisation. However, Warzone 2’s mysterious BlackCell is just more cosmetics, so who knows.