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How to fix frustrating Modern Warfare Spec Ops re-download error

Published: 27/Jan/2020 10:20

by David Purcell


Call of Duty players frustrated with a re-install issue regarding Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops finally have a fix to help them out and if you’re looking for it, you’ve come to the right place. 

Previously, it had been reported that members of the game’s online community were left terribly upset by the “buggy” game mode following the game’s launch, with many being hit with a re-download error that prevented them from playing it entirely.


While some had initially argued that the issue only impacted those playing on the disc version of Activision’s title, that proved not to be the case as some with the downloaded versions – bought from official online stores on console – were also experiencing similar issues. However, now a confirmed solution has emerged.

Let’s take a look at what you have to do to get things back up and running for Spec Ops.

Infinity Ward - Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops mode hasn’t had the best of starts – plagued with issues.

Spec Ops is a mode that blends together both multiplayer and story, allowing players to come together to complete campaign missions and progress through numerous operations.

Those who have experienced difficulties playing it, though, due to a re-download error now have a fix to straighten things out. The trick is to download a brand new Spec Ops pack, while canceling one of the previous updates – as shared by Reddit user RageDriver2401.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to do this.


How to fix Modern Warfare Spec Ops issues

  1. Head over to your console’s online store. For example, the PlayStation Store.
  2. From there, search Call of Duty and select the game once it’s found.
  3. Click ‘Add Ons’ and scroll your way through the packs until you reach the Spec Ops pack, which should be 16.7GB in size.
  4. Hit download on that pack instead of the previous 12GB update.

If you’re struggling to spot the pack in question, this image provided by RageDriver2401 should make things a little easier.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Spec Ops update
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Here’s the file you should be looking for in the store. Make sure this Add On is installed.

The fix is being upvoted continuously by players from the Call of Duty community, with one stating: “I just downloaded the 16GB pack. It works. I had deleted the old 12GB one a couple of days ago.” Another posted: “It does. I got the 12GB once and then I got the 16GB the next day and it hasn’t happened again.”

A few players in the thread also reported similar issues with the Multiplayer mode, concerning re-download errors, but it’s worth noting that this fix is specifically for Spec Ops. Hopefully, all problems of this kind will be straightened out soon.

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Black Ops Cold War leaks reveal League Play mode returning

Published: 18/Oct/2020 14:50

by Joe Craven


Reputable Call of Duty leaker ‘TheMW2Ghost’ has claimed that an in-game challenge in Black Ops Cold War shows that League Play will make a long-awaited return when the full game drops in November. 

Despite it’s immense popularity in Black Ops 2, League Play has not yet returned in a Call of Duty game. While we’ve seen many Ranked modes – Black Ops 3’s Arena or Black Ops 4’s World League Play – the fan-favorite competitive mode has not featured in some games, including 2019’s Modern Warfare.


However, recent leaks from TheMW2Ghost suggest that an in-game challenge, similar to the one that was completed on October 17 to earn an extra day of the open Beta, will make way to reveal a League Play mode in the full game.

Black Ops II League Play
Many consider Black Ops II League Play to be the best Ranked mode in Call of Duty history.

The leaker claimed that an in-game challenge, found in the files of Black Ops Cold War, is heavily indicative of a League Play mode featuring, either at launch or as post-launch content.


“There’s a Challenge in Black Ops Cold War which is for League Play,” they tweeted. “WTF, some weird/cool challenges for Zombies too.” 

While this is not confirmed – or even unlocked – at the time of writing, the very reference to League Play in the game’s files is very good news for fans of the competitive mode.

It’s worth encouraging a degree of caution though. Past Call of Duty games have had Ranked modes confirmed as coming post-launch, only for the mode to never materialise. A number of CoD games, such as 2019’s Modern Warfare, have settled for a Call of Duty League playlist, rather than a fully fledged Ranked mode.


Treyarch on a Black Ops Cold War Ranked mode

Back in early October, David Vonderhaar was asked about the possibility of a Ranked Play mode. He responded: “Have you seen a Black Ops game without a competitive agenda?”

What League Play would mean for SBMM is also up in the air. Many have criticized the seemingly high levels of skill-based matchmaking in the Beta, but believe a Ranked playlist could mean that SBMM is reduced in public matches. We’ll have to wait and see on all fronts.