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Call of Duty: Warzone bug makes Rebirth Island a little too literal

Following an unfortunate delay, fans of Call of Duty: Warzone had been eagerly awaiting the free-to-play multiplayer title's integration with new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and its first season of new content. Now that it's out, however, a major glitch is making one of the game's new mini-maps almost unplayable. Fans are discovering that the Rebirth Island level includes a bug that causes players to respawn endlessly. This glitch can then give a match victory to the wrong team.

According to Redditor u/moi865, who seemingly first discovered the problem, the glitch happened while in "Spectating" mode. Moi865 had already died during the match and was waiting for their respawn countdown to hit zero and reenter the match. Instead, it stalled out. At this exact moment, another teammate left the match, which triggered the glitch. Moi865's last surviving teammate began to endlessly respawn, making them unkillable. The endless respawning prolonged the match and triggered Rebirth Island's Circle Collapse — a Warzone feature that floods the level with deadly Nova 6 nerve gas after a certain time limit. Rebirth Island's Circle Collapse then wiped out the opposing team, handing moi865's squad an undeserving victory.

Rebirth Island was part of Call of Duty: Warzone's Season One of new content and its integration into Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Activision touted Season One as the biggest series of post-launch free content it had ever done for a game, but the launch has been marred by technical issues. The publisher delayed Season One's release from Dec. 10 to Dec. 16 to "finalize" the new content. Season One still launched with game-breaking bugs, like a glitch involving the new attack helicopter that caused players to become invisible. Some of the game's technical problems forced Activision to postpone the Call of Duty: Warzone Doritos Bowl, which would have pit streamers and pro players like TimTheTatman and FaZe Swagg against each other for $250,000.

The Season One release also resurrected an older Warzone glitch that annoyed fans this past October. The glitch allowed players to use the game's stim an unlimited number of times, which brought them back to full health and allowed them to survive a Circle Collapse. Developer Raven Software previously patched the unlimited stim glitch, but it reappeared with the Season One update. Raven Software released another patch Dec. 21st to eliminate the recurring bug. 

Activision and developer Treyarch have already tried to placate fans by offering double XP and double weapon XP in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War from Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, so the presence of yet another glitch is a bad look. Since Season Two will most likely launch in the next few months, fixing the game is more urgent than ever.