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Infinity Ward claims they will ‘welcome criticism’ about Modern Warfare

Published: 15/Jun/2019 15:20 Updated: 15/Jun/2019 15:54

by Joe Craven

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Infinity Ward, developers of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, have explained how they will approach communication over the game’s life cycle, as they aim to be “transparent”.

Since its official announcement on May 30, fans have been incredibly excited about the prospect of a Call of Duty title with a modern setting, particularly given its shared namesake with the acclaimed Modern Warfare series.

However, some fans are already concerned at the relatively small amount of the game that has been shown. For example, at E3, many fans expected to finally get a hold of some gameplay, but all that was released were two new screenshots.

Infinity WardThe only screenshot to be released, which shows Multiplayer gameplay.

The discretion from Infinity Ward has led to some fans accusing the developers of hiding things from fans, which has caused senior Communications Manager at Infinity Ward, Ashton Williams, to respond.

Replying via Reddit on June 14, Williams thanked a fan (Reddit u/Bizquiick) for their kind words, after they posted a lengthy message encouraging fans to be respectful towards developers. 

She explained that, as a specific communications employee, she would be the first port of call in terms of replying to fans, and that they won’t respond to “toxic” messages. However, she also divulged information regarding how Infinity Ward plan to communicate with fans during Modern Warfare’s life-cycle.

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“If you look at how we managed communication with Infinite Warfare on here, it will be similar (obviously there’s always room to improve), and we’ll be as transparent with you as we can be,” she explained. 

The thread also went on to say that they (Infinity Ward) welcome complaints and criticism, “just as long as they’re said in a way that we can respond to.”

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When asked whether they had considered the inclusion of a Field of View slider on consoles, Williams refrained from replying, and said that they will “dig into some of these questions as we go along. Have patience with us”.

Black Ops 4 setting a bad precedent?

“Transparency” from developers is something that fans have accused Treyarch of lacking with Black Ops 4. This has lead to some strong comments and criticism from the community, prompting some lead developer David Vonderhaar to publicly denounce such vitriol.

One glaring example is when Black Ops 3 first released back in late 2015, and fans were told by Treyarch that supply drop content would be “cosmetic only”. However, this promise evaporated just a few months into the game, as a host of supply drop exclusive weapons were added.

TreyarchFans have criticized Black Ops 4 developers Treyarch, for a number of reasons.

Similarly, Black Ops 4 added weapons exclusively to supply drops in their Summer update, sparking a familiar controversy.

Despite the secrecy with which Infinity Ward is approaching their game, it is clear how much emphasis they will be placing on communication with their fans. This is something that Call of Duty developers have been accused of flouting in the past, such as avoiding questions about micro-transactions.

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Black Ops Cold War weapons & perks changes revealed for Zombies

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:23

by Tanner Pierce

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After revealing Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode back in September, Treyarch has now done a deep dive into all the changes coming to the mode. It seems like, in some regards, it’s going to be a completely different experience this time around.

If you’re excited about Black Ops Cold War’s iteration of Zombies but are hungry for more details, then you’ll be happy to know that Treyarch just delivered.

Thanks to a new blog post, the developer has given fans a deep dive into all the new changes coming to the game. While the developer ended up confirming a number of different features that previously leaked a few days back, they also revealed some wholly new information.

New perks for Zombies

While the developer officially confirmed the six perks that will be available at launch, including the exact statistics they will change, more will be announced when new maps get added to the game, in true Treyarch fashion.

The ones currently implemented, however, are sure to please longtime fans.

  • Jugger-Nog: 50% increase in health
  • Quick Revive: 50% increase in health regen speed
  • Speed Cola: 15% increase in reload speed
  • Stamin-Up: Increase in sprinting speed (percentage unclear)
  • Deadshot Daquri: ADS automatically moves sights to enemy weak spot (aim-assist)
  • Elemental Pop: Every bullet has a chance to apply random Ammo Mod effect

Black Ops Cold War Zombies weapons and scorestreaks

While weapon rarities isn’t new information for Black Ops Cold War Zombies, as it was previously announced by Treyarch during the initial reveal, the developer has finally gone into more detail about what it all means.

Like Warzone, each weapon that you pull from the wall or Mystery Box will be a certain weapon: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. As expected, the higher the weapon rarity, the higher damage it deals and the more attachments it’ll have.

In addition, the mystery box will now contain scorestreaks on top of that, which was easily one of the coolest part of the original reveal trailer.

  • Combat Bow
  • Sentry Turret
  • War Machine
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Self-Revive

Right now, it’s unclear if the only way that players will be able to get their hands on these valuable items will be through the Mystery Box, although previous leaks have indicated that Zombies will also be able to drop them.

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All weapons in Black Ops Cold War, including the ones pulled from Mystery Boxes, have rarities.

New Exfil feature

The final feature that Treyarch revealed new details about was the new Exfil feature, which allows players to end their match before they die. According to the devs, you’ll only be able to do this from Round 10 onwards.

That being said, if you’re able to reach the extraction point within the time allotted, you’ll receive extra XP, as well as some Raw Aetherium Crystals, which can be used to upgrade your weapons.

All of this, combined with all the leaks we know including the armor changes, the upgrade system, and the salvage system, which have now all been confirmed by Treyarch, makes it seem like this year’s iteration is going to be wild.