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Activision release impressive figures behind Cold War Alpha downloads

Published: 28/Sep/2020 20:33

by Tanner Pierce


It’s been a little over a week since the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer Alpha, and Activision has revealed that the pre-release version was the most downloaded Alpha or Beta in the Call of Duty franchise ever.

Hype for Black Ops Cold War is pretty high. For people who didn’t enjoy Modern Warfare, the game promises to be a breath of fresh air and a return to form for the series, which is sure to get some people incredibly excited.

A week or so back, Activision held an Alpha for the game for free for anyone on a PlayStation 4. Which some criticized the decision to make the pre-release version exclusive for owners of the aforementioned console, most people praised the decision and many players seemingly jumped into the game.

Activision has revealed that the Black Ops Cold War Alpha was downloaded more than any other Call of Duty Alpha or Beta.

Now, Activision has revealed on its official Twitter account that not only was the Alpha extremely popular but it was the most popular Call of Duty Alpha or Beta ever released on PlayStation 4. An enormous feat, to say the least.

While it makes sense that it would be the most popular Alpha considering it’s only the second one they’ve done publicly, it’s kind of crazy to think that it also blew away the Betas released for previous CoD titles.

While neither Activision nor PlayStation released any statistics for the actual Alpha in terms of player counts, one has to wonder if it crossed the million mark. Considering everyone on the platform had access to it, it would make sense that more people would want to play it, even if they aren’t fans of the franchise.

All in all, it’ll be interesting to see if this hype translates over to the Beta weekend. While there’s also a portion of it that’s open to the public on all consoles, many players feel like Black Ops Cold War is in a rough spot right now in terms of gameplay, graphics, and more.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.