One of the most unique aspects of Call of Duty: Warzone is the game’s “Gulag” feature that lets fallen players fight for another life when they die for the first time. The Gulag pits two players against each other on an even playing field. Same gun, same equipment, and only one makes it out alive. The system is fair, but it can get a little stale after a while because the weapon pool only features pistols and shotguns.
Enter current Twitch star and former Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Level Designer, Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm.
During a recent Warzone stream, The Doc put his game design hat back on and explained why adding custom loadouts to the Gulag could help spice things up.
“No perks. No equipment. And your ideal weapon to take in there and no RPGs or explosives,” Doc says. “You can take out your decked out MP5, your decked out AR, decked out LMG, maybe even a sniper.”
The idea is very similar to “Gunfight Custom,” a mode introduced by Infinity Ward that allowed players to bring their custom loadouts into “Gunfight” mode, but it has since been removed.
The Doc continued his game design brainstorm session by suggesting, “no akimbos, none of like, the bullshit stuff, you know? Just like straight-up solid weapons, and whatever your Create A Class is around it. And so like every time you fight somebody, you know you’re gonna use your class that you like, comfortable with, or maybe even mix it up. And at the same time, you don’t know what you’re going to get when you face the other guy.”
Doc is no stranger to game development, having worked at Sledgehammer Games before starting his streaming career, so he certainly has some authority here. He has even done multiple level design streams in the past. And while his idea might be tempting, it remains to be seen whether or not Infinity Ward would make this type of change to the Gulag.
Max is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Washington. Armed with a BS in Game Design, he is mainly focused on covering Call of Duty, Legends of Runeterra, and streamer culture for Level Push.