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Infinity Ward developer drops cryptic response to keeping MW4 “simple”

Published: 7/May/2019 21:48 Updated: 7/May/2019 22:00

by Albert Petrosyan


A cryptic response posted by a multiplayer developer at Infinity Ward has offered up another clue that the next Call of Duty title will be Modern Warfare 4. 

While the 2019 installment of the Call of Duty series has not yet been confirmed, tons of leaks, rumors, and speculation have pointed to it being Modern Warfare 4. 

The latest clue comes courtesy of Joe Cecot, Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at Infinity Ward, who posted a rather mysterious response on Twitter.

Having been tagged in a tweet by a follower who was asking to keep MW4 “simple,” Cecot offered a simple yet odd abbreviation in response. 

This response definitely warrants a lot of attention because of Cecot’s prominent position within Infinity Ward, who, of course, are in charge of developing this year’s new CoD game. 

While obviously no one but Cecot really knows what K.I.S.S spelled out, fans are speculating that it could stand for ‘Keep It Super Simple,’ or ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid,’ a common principle that states things work best when they are kept simple rather than be made complicated.

Assuming either of those are what the abbreviation stands for, the next question would be what could that statement mean in terms of the game? It could suggest that MW4 will be going back to the basic fundamentals that made the Modern Warfare series so popular in the first place.

This could mean no Specialists or playable characters with unique abilities, and having a simple pick-10 class system with the some of the iconic weapons and scorestreaks from previous titles. 

REDDIT: SWIFTNLMany leaks point to MW4 being the next CoD, although some have proven to be fake.

What we know about CoD 2019 so far

Although Infinity Ward and Treyarch have not yet formally announced anything, it would be a major shock if Modern Warfare 4 doesn’t end up being CoD’s 2019 release.

There have just been too many instances where MW4 has been mentioned as the next game, particularly when Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Marriota said the new game is “like the old Modern Warfare,” after getting to try it out early.

In addition, there have been a multitude of leaks of completed MW4 menus and artwork, albeit some have been proven to be fake. Ultimately, fans won’t have to spend that much more time wondering, as Activision have confirmed that the new game will be officially revealed very soon

Until then, we’ll just have to try and piece the puzzles ourselves. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.