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Call of Duty dev reveals how bullet drop will work in Modern Warfare

Published: 12/Jun/2019 11:14 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 12:18

by Calum Patterson


Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie discussed key changes to game mechanics in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at E3 on June 11, namely their new approach to weapon ballistics.

The original Modern Warfare trilogy is among the most iconic game franchises in history, which puts a lot of pressure on Infinity Ward to get the next game right – but that doesn’t mean they’re not taking any risks.

Emslie, who previously worked on the first two Modern Warfare games before leaving to join Respawn Entertainment, explained how gunplay mechanics have changed now he’s back working on the franchise.

Infinity Ward2019’s Call of Duty will be a “reimagining” of the Modern Warfare franchise.

Past CoD games have all used a system called ‘hit-scan’ for bullet registration. Put simply, this means that the moment the weapon is fired, the bullet lands on its target instantly, with no ‘travel-time’ whatsoever.

This is crucial, particularly for multiplayer modes, where more realistic weapon and caliber characteristics are not conducive to competitive gameplay, where balance and consistency is king.

However, at least for campaign, the new game will incorporate bullet trajectory into the gameplay. Emslie reveals: “If you’re firing a DMR or sniper rifle, you have to really take into account bullet drop, and in one case, maybe a little bit of windage.”

This isn’t the first time bullet drop has been incorporated into Call of Duty though; it is prominent in Blackout, Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, and played a major role in one legendary mission from the original Modern Warfare.

In the classic ‘All Ghillied Up’, which is regarded as one of the finest FPS missions ever made, a young Captain Price is instructed to account for bullet drop and wind speed/direction, before taking (and missing) the crucial shot at Imran Zakhaev, the game’s chief antagonist.

Infinity WardCoD 4 had the first use of bullet drop and wind (and even the curvature of the earth) when lining up a shot.

Emslie’s explanation may give some fans of the series cause for concern, worried that it could be transposed to the multiplayer portion of the game.

The developers have made it abundantly clear that what applies in one mode, will apply in all. Narrative director Taylor Kurosaki explained: “Whether you’re playing in co-op or multiplayer or single-player, you’re playing in the same world, the rules are all the same.”

Whether this means that bullet drop, penetration, and even windage will also be considerations in multiplayer is unknown, but if so, players may be in for a bigger surprise than expected come October 25 when the game releases. 

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
Activision / Infinity Ward
You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.