Warzone 2 is fun, especially the new one DMZ extraction mode, but for some players, frequent crashes cause huge losses. “This is the sixth time I’ve lost max loot,” one DMZ player lamented on Reddit (opens in new tab)after a crash, and they’re far from the only Warzone player to recently see the dreaded “this application has unexpectedly stopped working” message.
“Yesterday we played four games and in every game one of us crashed,” commented one player.
“Happens with [me] at least three times a night,” said another.
This Call of Duty: Warzone 2 crashing issue doesn’t seem to be something that only happens to players with a weird PC setup or outdated driver. I’ve personally experienced a few crashes in regular Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, and the number of complaints on Reddit suggests there really is a widespread problem here.
“Are there any PC Warzone/DMZ players that are NOT experiencing daily crashes?” one poster asked (opens in new tab).
An update to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 released yesterday addresses two specific causes of crashes the patch notes (opens in new tab). One crash was related to parachute deployment and the other was related to Windows Focus Mode. Infinity Ward also says in those patch notes that it will “continue to improve stability”, but crashing as a general issue has not been further acknowledged outside of a generic Activision support page (opens in new tab).
Future Call of Duty: Warzone 2 updates will be detailed by Raven Software, according to Infinity Ward, which says it will focus on communication about Modern Warfare 2. I’ve asked both for comment on the crash issue, which appears to affect both games , and I’ll update this post if I hear anything.
In the meantime, players share the tweaks they’ve made to avoid crashes. The general format of the advice is, “I tried this and I have no idea if it worked, but I haven’t crashed since, so maybe?” Here are the most common suggestions I’ve seen, which may or may not do something desirable, but also won’t harm anything:
- Try the “Verify the integrity of game files” button in the game properties (for Steam users)
- Update your graphics drivers (I know, I know, they say this every time)
- Disable overlays such as from Steam, GeForce Experience or Discord (I’ve seen a few players report this worked for them)
- Try using windowless borderless viewing mode instead of full screen
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 currently has a “mostly negative” user review on Steam, and technical issues are often mentioned in the negative reviews (at least those that are more than just a variation of “CoD trash”). However, dissatisfaction with Warzone 2’s technical state shouldn’t necessarily discourage interested parties from trying it. I haven’t had any crashes since the first few days after launch, and it works basically fine on my Core i5-9600K and Nvidia RTX 2070 Super. It’s free, so the worst case scenario is that you run into problems and push the pending patches aside.
Infinity Ward and Raven Software will likely say more about crashing in the coming days or weeks – I wouldn’t expect such a common complaint to go unnoticed forever. We’re monitoring the situation, but if you don’t hear from us, look for updates on the Call of Duty blog (opens in new tab)the official Warzone 2 Trello board (opens in new tab)or the Steam updates for section Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 (opens in new tab).