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Infinity Ward sends survey to get fans “playing Modern Warfare again”

Published: 8/Dec/2019 20:28

by Scott Robertson

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Less than two months removed from the launch of the latest Call of Duty installment, and the developers of Modern Warfare in Infinity Ward are already trying to figure how to get the players who’ve fallen off to start playing again.

In a situation like this, it’s best to be direct. The launch of Modern Warfare has been a commercial success for the Call of Duty franchise and its developers, Infinity Ward. But extra money in the bank doesn’t always equate to a happy fan base.

Modern Warfare’s launch has been marred with numerous issues that have been called out by the community, including bugs and exploits, map design, skill-based matchmaking, weapon balance, and more. The developers have been hard at work to resolve these issues since the game came out.

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareInfinity Ward sneaking up on players to try and lure them back.

Their most recent patch, the December 6 patch, fixed various issues, and also restored the fan-favorite Shoot House 24/7 playlist.

But the team at Infinity Ward is interested in more than just appeasing their current player base, they also want to get the players who’ve stepped back from the game to come back into the fold.

A massive survey from the Modern Warfare developers has been sent to players who’ve played less and less of the game since it released, asking players point-blank what would convince them to come back. A reddit user shared a screenshot of the huge list of options given.

Reddit: /r/modernwarfareA portion of the survey sent to previous Modern Warfare players

Some of the options given reflect common issues with Modern Warfare that have been brought up by casual and pro players. Multiple selections relate to the Spec Ops mode, which has drawn criticism for its bugginess and disappointing gameplay.

General gameplay problems like spawns and weapon balance also have options to select, and while skill-based matchmaking isn’t specifically mentioned, there is an option regarding “match balance issues.” The developers have been surprisingly non-transparent about SBMM, forcing players to look for answers themselves.

While the idea of Activision and Infinity Ward taking active steps to try and reclaim lost players can be viewed as proactive, it can also be considered concerning that they’ve resorted to this kind of survey so quickly after the game’s release.

Activision Blizzard / Infinity WardInfinity Ward sending the survey bus to drive players back to Modern Warfare

With a big undertaking in the Call of Duty League fast approaching, it’s clear that the goal for the developers is to retain and regain its player base to keep the competitive scene supported.

We shall see how responses to this survey affect future update to Modern Warfare heading into 2020.

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 24 patch notes: Nuketown ’84 and camo fixes

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:48

by Tanner Pierce

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Black Ops Cold War has, once again, gotten a small update. This time around, we have the addition of a brand new map in Nuketown ’84, as well as some fixes for camo progression and Zombies. Here’s everything you need to know.

In addition to Nuketown ’84, Black Ops Cold War has gotten another small update in order to help fix the game’s many bugs. Aside from the aforementioned map, easily the most important addition is that of double XP and weapon XP, which is live for a week.

In addition, a bunch of other glitches were also fixed, including those relating to camos, the game’s Zombies mode, and more.

Treyarch’s official patch notes follow:

GLOBAL

2XP + 2WXP

  • Double XP and Double Weapon XP enabled in Multiplayer and Zombies through 10AM PT Monday, November 30th.

MULTIPLAYER

Maps

  • Nuketown ‘84
    • Added Nuketown ’84 to 6v6 map rotation in Quick Play Core and Hardcore playlists.
    • Added Nuketown 24/7 featured playlist.
    • Added Nuketown ’84 to Custom Games map list.
  • Crossroads Strike
    • Addressed an issue in Crossroads Strike that allowed players to contest a Hardpoint and Control zone outside of the intended objective boundary.

Camos

  • Addressed an issue where incorrect images would show for Diamond & Gold weapon camo rewards in the After-Action Report.
  • Addressed an issue where Knife camos would not progress if in the primary weapon slot.

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur in Domination.

ZOMBIES

Gameplay

  • Addressed an issue that could prevent zombies from attacking the player after teleporting from the Dark Aether.
  • Addressed an issue that allowed players to leave the gameplay space when teleporting back from the Dark Aether.
  • Addressed an issue that could cause a main quest item from timing out, causing a progression break.

Gunsmith

  • Addressed an issue that could cause the player to sometimes lose functionality at the pause menu if the Gunsmith remained open after the intro cutscene.

Trials

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused an incorrect Pack-a-Punch camo to appear on weapons obtained from Trials.

UI

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused incorrect Revive UI to appear at the end of a match.

Stability

  • Added various stability fixes.

Onslaught (PS4/PS5)

  • Added Nuketown ‘84 to the Onslaught map list.
  • Added a new Onslaught Challenge with a unique Weapon Blueprint reward.

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