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First look at Modern Warfare multiplayer revealed at E3

Published: 11/Jun/2019 23:18

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward have shared the first-ever look at Modern Warfare multiplayer during the E3 gaming convention. 

The hype train for the release of Modern Warfare is well and truly underway, and more information about CoD’s 2019 installment is being made available as the October 25 release date draws nearer.

While it seems that Infinity Ward have regrettably chosen not to show any gameplay at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, they have released new details about the game, including a glimpse at the multiplayer for the first time.

Multiplayer screenshots released

Two high-resolution images were released during Infinity Ward’s panel at E3 on June 11, both of them featuring in-game visuals running on the brand new engine that was built for this game.

The first image shows a player camouflaging in some foliage using the iconic Gillie Suit, aiming down the sights of a suppressed sniper rifle. 

Infinity WardThe Gillie Suit has always been an iconic aspect of Modern Warfare multiplayer.

The second image showcases the instantly recognizable Juggernaut suit, holding its devastatingly powerful minigun. When this image was first shown, the developers confirmed that it would also feature in the Spec Ops mode of Modern Warfare.

Infinity WardThe formidable Juggernaut will be returning in Modern Warfare multiplayer.

New gameplay aspects

During the presentation, the developers spoke about some new aspects of the Modern Warfare gameplay, which were added as part of their effort to making the game feel as close as possible to the real world.

The first was a new mechanic allowing gunfire to go through walls, making it much more possible to accidentally hit someone that may be behind a wall.

The second was that there would be both smaller and larger scale battles, such as taking over a base, hills, etc…

While these aspects were confirmed to feature in the campaign, the devs did not say anything about them being in multiplayer, so that remains to be seen. 

Infinity WardThe Modern Warfare campaign will apparently be the realest and most controversial CoD story to date.

Characters and story

Speaking further about the campaign, Infinity Ward revealed some of the major characters that would be featuring in the single-player story mode.

The iconic Captain Price will be making his return to the series, although the character in this game will be a “new take on him” that pays tribute to his original self.

Infinity WardIt wouldn’t be a Modern Warfare game without Captain Price.

The other characters shown were: 

  • Sergeant Kyle Gerrick – a former British Army Officer that now works domestic counter-terror and meets up with Captain Price. 
  • Alex – a CIA embed in the Middle East region.
  • Farrah – Commander in the Rebel Army who did not choose to sign up but war came to her region. 

Sgt. Ku;e Gerrick is a brand new character that meets up with Captain Price.
Infinity WardPlayers will be able to play as Alex, a CIA embed in the Middle East.
Infinity WardFor the Middle East portion of the story, players will encounter a rebel named Farrah.

As for the story itself, one side will be played as a Tier 1 Operator alongside Captain Price, while the second-side will be played as Alex. While playing as Alex in the Middle East, players will answer to Farrah of the Rebel Army. 

You can watch the full replay of Infinity Ward’s June 11 panel on E3 here:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be released on October 25 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on the game as more information becomes available over the coming weeks and months. 

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.