What is Totally Normal BR in Call of Duty: Warzone? April Fools’ prank explained

This limited-time mode is quite unique.

Call of Duty: Warzone gamers hopping online today for a chance to get some early weekend games in were met with a couple of new playlists to choose from.

“Totally Normal BR” and “Totally Normal Rebirth Resurgence” are, as many might have expected, not really normal at all. The special modes are part of Raven Software and Activision’s April Fools’ Day prank on players.

The modes play out quite differently from the actual normal modes, with the first and most jarring change being that players do not have parachutes. When players drop from the plane in either mode, they plummet straight to the ground. But luckily, there’s no fall damage.

After that, players will quickly find out that Custom Loadouts have been removed, leaving everyone to rely on ground loot to hunt down a victory in either mode, which should make for some fun albeit frustrating rounds of Warzone.

There are a few other slight changes to this limited-time mode, which will likely be gone once April Fools’ Day comes to an end. But if this type of prank is not striking someone’s fancy, there’s Plunder Quads and Rebirth Payload to play as well.

The full list of changes to the modes, and the April Fools’ Day patch notes, can be found below.

Gameplay adjustments

  • Custom Loadouts have been removed.

“Loadout Weapons were clearly overpowered due to Players equpping effective combinations of Attachments on them. In order to level the playing field for everyone, we have removed Loadouts from the game. May RNG be on your side!”

  • Parachuting functionality has been modified in Caldera.

“Data indicates that a considerable number of Players die upon Infil. Given the ongoing struggle, we’ve removed this initial barrier of entry. We’d like to thank our creators for providing live demonstrations of this issue.”

New Tactical Equipment

  • Fortification Grenade
    • Players can throw this grenade to generate a 20x20x20 fortified box base equipped with a Firesale Buy Station, Anti-Aircraft Gun, and defensive Armored Truck AI, giving them a distinct advantage during open-area confrontations.

“Upon analyzing our heat maps, we’ve determined that Players need better tools to engage with one another in low density areas. We fully expect portable fortresses to help improve survivability and leave a mark on enemy morale.”

New Contract

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    • This Contract marks all Players using prefixes/suffixes/clan tags including but not limited to TTV, FBG, YTG, TK, TOK, as high value targets for the duration of the match. Enjoy the new followers!

New Lootable Fauna

  • Don’t feed the sharks. 🦈

Weapons

Weapon adjustments

Launchers

  • Launcher functionality has been modified in Caldera.

Light Machine Guns

  • Bren (VG)
    • Minimum Damage increased to 125, up from 30