Dr Disrespect wants to spice up Modern Warfare's 'simple' Gunfight maps - Dexerto
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Dr Disrespect wants to spice up Modern Warfare’s ‘simple’ Gunfight maps

Published: 9/Jan/2020 5:58

by Brad Norton

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Dr Disrespect isn’t all too pleased by the lack of variety in Modern Warfare‘s current Gunfight maps, and offered up a number of suggestions on how to freshen up the intense mode.

Gunfight has been a welcome addition in Modern Warfare, pitting teams of two against each other for the first time in Call of Duty history. Since launch, the mode has skyrocketed in popularity attracting the likes of countless content creators such as Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek. 

Unhappy with the state of current maps in the frenetic mode, however, Dr Disrespect has chimed in and put forward his own takes on how to improve on the unique map design challenges moving forward.

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareStandard Gunfight pits teams of two against each other with identical loadouts, whereas Gunfight O.S.P leaves weapons around the map instead.

Formerly a Community Manager at Sledgehammer Games, Doc later transitioned into a Level Design role and worked on a number of popular Call of Duty maps featured in Advanced Warfare. 

Having dedicated a decent chunk of time to various 2v2 layouts already, the new mode appears to have rekindled his spark for level design as the popular Twitch streamer has been quick to criticize current Gunfight maps in rotation. 

“It’s 2v2. I think designing 2v2 maps is pretty easy,” he explained, comparing the smaller scale of Gunfight battlefields compared to the likes of sprawling 6v6 maps or even enormous Ground War layouts.

“If I was a 2v2 map designer at the studio it would be fun to test some other ideas because I think right now…they’ve basically just designed symmetry with cover.”

Taking issue with the repetitive designs seen throughout current Gunfight maps, Doc explained why he’s not a fan of the current formula. From Gulag Showers to the recently added Cargo map, a majority of matches tend to play out in similar fashion. 

Players are able to get an angle on their opponents right out of the gate, flanking routes exist to the far left or far right, and cover in the center ensures a limited amount of protection. Aiming to spice things up and breakaway from the norm, Doc’s creations would buck this predictable method and establish entirely new layouts to keep teams on their toes.  

“There’s two players, here’s a lane, here’s a choke-point, and here’s sort of like a flank lane. That would be my approach. I’d want to test some of those designs.”

As a former map designer, and someone who often streams alongside professional Call of Duty players and rivals them in pro-am tournaments, Dr Disrespect evidently still has his finger on the pulse of the community.

The Two-Time has already pushed out his own concepts too, so it could only be a matter of time until Infinity Ward collaborates with the Doc and implements a brand new design to shake up competitive Gunfight. 

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.