Warzone 2 error codes, and how to fix them in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 error codes
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Warzone 2 error codes aren't rare in the Modern Warfare 2 battle royale, but there's some glitch fixes that can apply - and even when they don't, it's useful to know what your options are either way. We've identified all the biggest ones below for you to check out in our extensive compendium of Warzone 2 error codes.

Warzone 2 Error codes, quick guide

These are some of the most common Warzone 2 Error codes: 

Generally, most of these are telling you something, even if that's not clear. It might relate to Warzone 2 server issues, files, downloads or something else. Whatever it is, there's usually something you can do to make the problem go away. Even if the error code isn't telling you anything in Modern Warfare 2

Below, we've got a more detailed breakdown of all the Warzone 2 error codes in Modern Warfare 2 we've encountered so far and any known fixes attached to them. 

Warzone 2 error code PUGET - ALTUS, Modern Warfare 2

If you see a code reading "Unable to access online services. (Reason: PUGET - ALTUS)", there's no fix, because it's not your fault. Sorry to say that it's an issue at the other end, with Activision's servers. If you're afflicted by this issue, there's likely to be lots of other people with the same issue - possibly all players - so what we suggest is simply to check official channels and Twitter feeds to see what the developers have to say, and if they can provide any information about when issues will be rectified.

If you're not sure that it's based in server-side issues, you can try to reset your router and make sure you don't have too much consuming bandwidth - but if those don't work, there's little else you'll be able to do.

Warzone 2 error code 0x887a0005

This is a Windows and PC issue that seems to have a number of causes. Things like in-game overlays used by Discord or capture software Nvidia can be the root of the problem so check if you have any running and try the game without them first off all. NVIDIA Ansel can also cause problems. You can also repairing or verifying files to ensure everything is running okay, as well as running the game as an administrator to check there's no permission issues. If you're using any upscaling, try turning that off too, to see if it fixes the issue. If you suspect the issue might be graphical in nature you can also diables on-demand texture streaming and check your graphics drivers. 

Warzone 2 error code DIVER, Modern Warfare 2

MW2 error code DIVER is very similar to the Dev Error outlined above, as you'll see it if the game hasn't been able to download all of the required files, and it may be accompanied by a "Download Failed" message. If you see this, and the retry download option doesn't sort things out then check to see if the Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 servers are down, as this could be preventing the files needed from downloading. If there are no server issues and your internet connection is working correctly, then follow the steps above to check for updates and verify your game files, which should fix the problem.

Warzone 2 error "Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to have access to everything"

Some players have experienced a Warzone 2 error when trying to log into the free-to-play version of the battle royale, saying they need to "Purchase Modern Warfare 2 to have access to everything" and prompting them to to Purchase Modern Warfare or exit. Do you need Modern Warfare 2 for Warzone 2? Absolutely not, though you do need to download a free version of the Modern Warfare 2 launcher to access Warzone 2 if you don't own the game. If you're getting this error, make sure that you've downloaded the latest version by checking for updates, then restart the game and if necessary your console or PC as well to resolve the issue so you can log in.

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Warzone 2 error code PUGET - LAKES, Modern Warfare 2

As with many other entries on this list, the MW2 and WZ2 error code PUGET - LAKES relates to server issues, though in this case it seems to more specifically be calling out overpopulation ie the servers have become too full of players. This is often seen after waiting in a queue, and means you've been kicked out of it as there's no space for you. Unfortunately, as things stand the only way to fix this error is to keep trying or come back later when the servers are hopefully less busy, though this should only be a temporary issue around the launch.

Warzone 2 Dev Error 657, Modern Warfare 2

Not much is actually known about MW2 and WZ2 Dev Error 657 at this point, as it seems to have been a recent introduction to the reporting system. However, as with the other Dev Error codes these usually relate to files being missing or an update is required, so check you game to make sure it's complete and up to date – there's more details on how to do this under Dev Error 6036 below.

Warzone 2 error code Status: SAVANNAH, Modern Warfare 2

The Modern Warfare and Warzone error code Status: SAVANNAH often appears when you try to connect with friends, and is usually accompanied by the message "Unable to join game session, the host cannot be joined or game play is paused" when that connection fails. It may not seem like the logical explanation from that description, but this issue mainly comes about when your game isn't patched to the latest version, so check for updates following the standard process and you should be able to upgrade then connect with friends again.

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Warzone 2 error code WOLTER - FRANCIS, Modern Warfare 2

With the launch of Warzone 2 and greatly increased traffic to the servers, players are seeing the MW2 error code WOLTER - FRANCIS when trying to connect, often after being stuck on a "Waiting for datacenters" notification message for some time. This error means that the servers are being overloaded and a connection couldn't be established, so your best bet is back out and try again. You can also try restarting the game or your machine, and checking your internet connection is functioning correctly, but beyond that there isn't really a fix other than to keep trying, and this error should go away as the servers settle down.

Warzone 2 error code BLANDING - SCOTT, Modern Warfare 2

Some players are seeing the MW2 error code BLANDING - SCOTT intermittently appear as a popup in the corner of their menu screen, often accompanied by a connection error message. However, this doesn't seem to be having any effect on the actual functioning of the game, and may be related to back-end connections with the Store that haven't been fully implemented yet, so it's safe to ignore this error if it's not causing you any issues.

Warzone 2 error code NIAMEY - LEE, Modern Warfare 2

The MW2 error code NIAMEY - LEE is the official designation for the Modern Warfare 2 status installing glitch, which is stopping players from accessing the game by presenting a progress bar that never completes. To fix this, simply hit the Options button to open the side menu and choose any of the available options – Quick Settings at the top should do it – then back out again. This will have the effect of pushing you through to the next menu screen, from which you'll be able to reach the rest of the options.

Warzone 2 Dev Error 6036, Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 patch notes

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Keep up with the latest Modern Warfare 2 patch notes to see what known errors have been fixed.

MW2 Dev Error 6036 is actually an error code that has also appeared through several previous iterations in the series, and when it was seen in Vanguard it related to localized versions in languages other than English. Back then the initial solution was to revert the interface language to English until the developers could push out a permanent fix, so if you're playing in a different language then it's worth trying this as a temporary resolution for the error.

However, a more common cause of Dev Error 6036 in Modern Warfare 2 is that the game files, an update, or multiplayer data hasn't downloaded correctly. The easiest fix for this is to restart the game, at which point it should automatically resume any downloads or updates to complete the required files. However, if that doesn't work you may need to manually check for an update or verify game files as follows:

  • PlayStation: Press the Options button while hovering over the MW2 icon and select Check for update.
  • Xbox: Press the Start button while hovering over the MW2 icon and select Manage game and add-ons.
  • Battle.net: Press the cog icon next to MW2 and select Check for Updates. If no update is found, select Scan and repair.
  • Steam: Right-click on MW2 and select Properties then Updates to make sure automatic updates are turned on. If nothing is downloading, select Local Files then Verify integrity of game files.

PC players may also encounter the Modern Warfare 2 Dev Error 6036 due to an issue with the Cache Spot Shadow and Cache Sun Shadow settings, which can be disabled to rule this problem out. Do this by going to the Graphics settings in the Options, scrolling to the Shadow & Lighting section, then disabling the Cache Spot Shadows and Cache Sun Shadows options before restarting the game.

If none of those fixes work, then unfortunately you may need to either delete the game completely and reinstall it, or wait for the developers to push out a patch that addresses the issue.

Warzone 2 error code TRAVIS - RILEA, Modern Warfare 2

MW2 error code TRAVIS - RILEA is another indication of connectivity issues with the servers, which may be accompanied by a message saying "Connection Failed" or "Timed Out" while trying to start the game. As with the other errors above, check the usual sources online to see if there any current problems with the servers and verify that your own internet connection is trouble-free. If necessary, restart your router and reboot your machine to see if that knocks any kinks out of the system that may have been holding things up.

Warzone 2 Dev Error 11152, Modern Warfare 2

Iain Wilson
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