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CoD fans furious over year-long PS4 exclusive Modern Warfare mode

Published: 24/Sep/2019 23:19 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 9:53

by Brad Norton

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Set to release on October 25, Call of Duty franchise, has got the community riled up after the announcement of an exclusive mode.

Following a public beta that was met with much praise from pro players and streamers alike, Infinity Ward’s first addition to the Call of Duty series since Infinite Warfare, was seemingly on a smooth path to release.

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Through Sony’s ‘State of Play’ broadcast on September 24, it was subtly announced after a bombastic campaign trailer, that the popular Special Ops mode would be making a return to the franchise, but with an upsetting twist.

Teased at the conclusion of the campaign trailer for Modern Warfare, developers Infinity Ward showed the very first footage for the returning Spec Ops mode. A fan favorite game type in the series, Spec Ops in series past has been a slew of single-player or cooperative missions and survival-based challenges. 

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In the 2019 release of Modern Warfare, it was announced that the Spec Ops Survival mode will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4 platform.

Regular Spec Ops missions and challenges will still be accessible across Xbox One and PC at release, however the specific Survival mode will not be made widespread until a full year later on October 1 2020.

With the series being known for annual releases, this exclusive window essentially means that the Spec Ops Survival mode will be locked for Xbox and PC gamers all the way through until the release of the next Call of Duty title.

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The Call of Duty community have voiced displeasure at the announcement, as with the inclusion of unprecedented cross-play throughout the beta, players were assuming that the days of exclusivity for the franchise were well in the past.

Reacting angrily to the news in a specific thread, Reddit user ‘BxLee’ has even gone as far as to say that “I’m done with the franchise I think.” Similarly, Reddit user ‘J2theP30’ couldn’t believe the announcement, baffled in saying “wait it’s legit 1 full year exclusive…what.” 

Activision - Modern Warfare / RedditJust a few of the hot reactions online

Announced through the State of Play livestream, we also got our very first look at the upcoming single-player campaign which sees return of fan favourite character Captain Price. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 25.

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Modern Warfare & Warzone update nerfs AS VAL & SP-R: Patch notes

Published: 8/Oct/2020 17:13 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 18:26

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone’s October 8 update has quickly nerfed the overpowered rounds on Season 6’s new AS VAL and SP-R 208 weapons, while fixing a bizarre Warzone bug. Check out the full patch notes below.

In one of CoD’s quicker patches, Infinity Ward have officially fixed the SP-R 208 and AS VAL shenanigans players have experienced since Season 6 deployed on September 28. In this patch, which IW had alluded to in recent days, the developers fixed the AS VAL’s absurd bullet penetration with its SSP 10-R mags and completely overhauled the SP-R’s hitscan dominance.

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The SKS marksman rifle also received a light tweak, but, more importantly for Warzone enthusiasts, the bugged interaction between the subway’s fast travel system and Verdansk’s gas has been fixed.

AS VAL and SP-R nerfs

The AS VAL’s SSP 10-R mags let it shoot through walls upon walls and the SP-R’s .300 Norma mag and .338 Lapua mags let it essentially shoot as a hitscan sniper up to 450 meters. As such, Season 6’s AR was a nightmare in multiplayer and the marksman rifle was some sort of hybrid HDR-meets-Kar98k monstrosity.

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Both of those issues have been abruptly adjusted, following recent confirmations from Infinity Ward that they would be tackling the overpowered weapons sooner than later.

While the AS VAL’s change was a simple one, just removing the ability to shoot through multiple walls, the SP-R has also gone through a number of changes aimed at balancing it more appropriately for Verdansk gameplay.

Warzone Subway bug fix

When Season 6 dropped, it came with a new, subterranean fast-travel system in the form of a subway that moves around the entire map. Unfortunately, players quickly realized that the underground transport could also bring you to an undeserved victory as the system could be abused to ignore the gas while your opponents on the surface coughed to death.

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That issue has now been resolved in the October 8 update, with players within the subway no longer untouched by the battle royale’s toxic gas. This is tremendous news for those who want to play the game without worrying about ‘sewer rats’ exploiting a major bug. In combination with the nerfs to the AS VAL and SP-R, this patch should be a community favorite.

SP-R 208 Warzone loadout
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The SP-R 208 turned Warzone into sniper glint-filled chaos.

Modern Warfare & Warzone October 8 patch notes

General

  • Fixed an issue where players could survive in the gas while staying on the subway fast-travel system

Weapons

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AS VAL

  • Fixed a bug where the SSP 10-R mags could allow bullet penetration through multiple walls

SP-R 208

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  • Increase to flinch
  • Minor reduction to ADS speed
  • Variable zoom scope: moved weapon closer to player while ADSing, small reduction to ADS speed
  • .300 Norma mag and .338 Lapua mags: reduction to bullet velocity, reduction to ADS speed

SKS

  • Small reduction to ADS speed for variable zoom scopes