Call of Duty: Warzone players were surprised to discover yesterday that their hard-earned double XP tokens no longer work in the battle royale.
Before the launch of Season One - the new, unified season set in place across Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare and Warzone - double XP tokens earned in Warzone and / or Modern Warfare were available to use in Warzone and / or Modern Warfare.
Double XP tokens, obtained in multiple ways but also earned through premium battle passes, are one of the best ways of levelling up weapons quicker than normal. They last for a set amount of time, and are triggered at the player's command.
While the tokens are available for use in Modern Warfare, for Warzone-only players who do not own Modern Warfare, the tokens they paid for are gone completely.
Warzone players have reacted negatively to the move, which was not signalled by Activision ahead of time. It's seen by some as an attempt to push players towards the new Black Ops Cold War battle pass, which includes double XP tokens for use in Warzone.
One disgruntled Warzone player got in touch with Eurogamer last night to express their concern at the situation.
"Essentially, the tokens I bought through previous battle passes are now limited to a game mode that I don't even play (and I'm sure thousands of other gamers are in the same boat)," they said.
"I don't think it's fair (unless it's a bug) that Activision is deciding for me where I can use a product that I BOUGHT. They haven't said anything till now. I don't think this is a good practice in the big picture since it's using my money in a way I don't want."
There is a raft of complaints about the same topic across social media and online forums, with the Warzone subreddit in particular littered with threads about the issue.
Is this ok? They have stripped us for XP tokens.. I've purchased ever battle pass on this game and now they taken the privilege to remove content I've paid for.. from r/CODWarzone
All my tokens are gone! I hade up to 6-7h worth off tokens and they are all gone. Is this a bug or just activision being scumbags as usual? from r/CODWarzone
Some players have said they deliberately saved up their double XP tokens for use in Warzone once the integration of Black Ops Cold War weapons began in order to level them up faster than normal. Black Ops Cold War developer Treyarch recently increased the speed at which players level up weapons in response to complaints it was too slow.
For now, Warzone players are forced to buy the new Season One battle pass if they want double XP tokens. Eurogamer has asked Activision for comment.