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Activision reportedly considering free-to-play revenue model for Modern Warfare 4

Published: 18/May/2019 21:47 Updated: 18/May/2019 22:35

by Alan Bernal


Activision could be looking into implementing a major change for its future Call of Duty titles, starting with a possible free-to-play ‘revenue model’ for Modern Warfare 4.

The next installment’s release for the legendary Modern Warfare series has basically been a poorly kept secret in the games industry, but a surprising development suggests that it could take on a vastly different revenue model from titles past.

A Kotaku report on the internal workings at Activision has revealed that a free-to-play model of some kind might be adopted by the publisher, as early discussions about the release are starting to take place.

Infinity WardModern Warfare would be taking a new leap where previous Call of Duty’s have yet to go, but questions loom if a free-to-play model could work with the popular shooter.

The report suggests that while Black Ops 4 sold well during its initial launch window, follow up sources of revenue for the title weren’t exactly what the publisher was hoping for. Not looking to repeat that trend, Activision could pull the trigger in changing how the next game brings in cash during its life cycle.

“Activision executives have started to talk about embracing free-to-play as a revenue model – once anathema to the publisher – and, three sources say, are looking into offering a free-to-play component for this year’s new Modern Warfare, although the specifics may not be finalized yet,” the report said.

Furthermore, it seems like there are those inside Activision who “[remain] resistant” to using any kind of free-to-play model for Call of Duty, according to Kotaku’s sources.

ActivisionFans of the Modern Warfare franchise might soon get a free-to-play model somewhere within the game.

How would free-to-play work in Call of Duty?

This could vastly change how Call of Duty players interact with the 2019 title as it would see a model more closely tied with other popular titles like Fortnite Battle Royale and Apex Legends.

While those games are completely free-to-play, if Activision decide to go that route it doesn’t mean the next Modern Warfare 4 will be identical in design based on those models.

Call of Duty games are known for giving players multiple ways of diving into that battlefields be it through a story mode, Multiplayer, Zombies and, since Black Ops 4, a battle royale.

Respawn EntertainmentGames like Apex Legends live off their free-to-play structure, and it would be interesting to see how Activision would implement something similar to a CoD title.

Depending on what Infinity Ward has in store for Modern Warfare 4, any one of those modes could follow a free-to-play model while the rest of the title’s offerings retail at a normal price.

Alternitavely, the publisher could be considering making DLC content ‘free’, potentially scrapping the Season Pass, or ‘Black Ops Pass’ which cause so much controversy leading up to Black Ops 4’s release.

The recent reports suggest a lot of things are happening over at Activision and it will be interesting to see where the company decides to go with their next major title.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun


Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.