As the new season content arrives for Warzone and Modern Warfare 3, which was criticized for its rushed storyline initially many players were more than a little put off by an error message saying, “Your data is corrupt or didn’t download properly. You must reset your rank and unlocks to continue.”

Panic began to rise as the only options given were to select Yes and erase the last few weeks of hard work, or No and to go and load EAFC and play that instead.

The official Call of Duty Updates X account was quickly on the scene to reassure Operatos that the message was in fact an error, although also highlighting that they should expect problems with any saved loadouts – suggesting that, while the message may be a little over the top, there are issues here.

The message reads, “Players logging into Season 1 may see an incorrect error message stating their data is corrupt. Rest assured that your rank, unlocks, and purchases are not lost, although Loadouts, customization, and certain settings may be reset.

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While your data and rankings are seemingly not reset, even if you take the Yes option, you are unfortunately likely going to have to mess around re-configuring your Loadouts, which for any semi-serious player is going to be a bit of a pain. There has been no mention of any emergency patching at this stage although, with a few other reports of things disappearing from inventories as well, it seems that certain issues abound at the server level.

So, the choice is yours, you can either ride it out and not play until we start seeing problem-resolved messages, or take a gamble and jump back in. 

If the problem turns out to be big enough we can probably expect a free grenade skin or something for our trouble.

Paul McNally

Gaming Editor

Paul McNally has been around consoles and computers since his parents bought him a Mattel Intellivision in 1980. He has been a prominent games journalist since the 1990s, spending over a decade as editor of popular print-based video games and computer magazines, including a market-leading PlayStation title published by IDG Media. Having spent time as Head of Communications at a professional sports club and working for high-profile charities such as the National Literacy Trust, he returned as Managing Editor in charge of large US-based technology websites in 2020. Paul has written high-end gaming content for GamePro, Official Australian PlayStation Magazine, PlayStation Pro, Amiga Action, Mega Action, ST Action, GQ, Loaded, and the The Mirror. He has also hosted panels at retro-gaming conventions and can regularly be found guesting on gaming podcasts and Twitch shows. He is obsessed with 3D printing and has worked with several major brands in the past to create content Believing that the reader deserves actually to enjoy what they are reading is a big part of Paul’s ethos when it comes to gaming journalism, elevating the sites he works on above the norm. Reach out on X.