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Infinity Ward respond to concerns over cosmetic items in Modern Warfare

Published: 30/Jul/2019 11:36 Updated: 30/Jul/2019 14:24

by Calum Patterson

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Developers of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward, have teased their plans for post-launch content in the game, as fans express concerns about past titles.

The studio is gearing up for the multiplayer reveal event on August 1, which will show off the game’s most anticipated mode in full for the first time.

As the game itself is aiming for unparalleled realism compared to previous Call of Duty titles, there is a concern that post-launch content will break the immersion by adding items which don’t fit with the them of a realistic, gritty, military shooter.

Infinity WardFans are hoping for more down-to-earth cosmetics in Modern Warfare.

These concerns are well-founded of course, as even Call of Duty: WWII, which at first portrayed a gritty or ‘visceral’ theme depicting the horrors of the second world war, eventually added in content that didn’t exactly fit within that theme.

There is no doubt that there will be DLC and microtransaction content in Modern Warfare too, but Infinity Ward will have to find a balance between exciting cosmetics, and keeping the theme of the game intact.

When a fan requested that the game avoid “pink, rainbow, glowing, random unrealistic skins for our character”, Infinity Ward’s art director Joel Emslie shut down the suggestion immediately, confirming it would all be “realistic and relevant.”

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The fan highlighted Black Ops 4 as the primary culprit of adding in immersion breaking content for the sake of exciting cosmetics.

This stuff is so annoying in Black Ops 4 and every CoD that had it,” Reddit user u/Zerogws explained, “Black Ops 4 was so much better on release. I remember it feeling more tactical and boom now we have pink guys running around or glowing skins and flashy guns.”

Black Ops 4 has been criticized heavily for its microtransaction system in general, with a mixture of a Fortnite-like battle pass mixed with supply drops too, called ‘Reserve Cases’. According to one estimation, it would cost a player over $1,000 to acquire every cosmetic in the game.

With so much content released for Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare will have to balance the demands of players who want more cosmetics and those who want to ensure the game’s aesthetic isn’t sacrificed.

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Scump explains why new CDL “bubble” in Texas is a big advantage

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:55 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 6:01

by Brad Norton

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All of OpTic Chicago, along with a majority of other pro teams, have relocated to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes it’s going to give them a huge “advantage” over their CDL rivals.

With the switch to online play in 2020, teams were scattered across the United States. Players could be competing from the other side of the country with a significant network disadvantage.

Given LAN events are still a ways off due to the ongoing global crisis, a majority of CDL pros have established a makeshift “bubble” in Texas to combat the issue. With all players in one location, Scump argues that it only benefits teams for the year ahead.

“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. With his teammates all training out the H3CZQUARTERS facility, there appear to be no excuses for the upcoming season.

Being in the one location affords a degree of team bonding that you just can’t get online, according to Scump.“I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”

“You can just tell. It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”

From OpTic’s standpoint, it’s not just the team chemistry that’s proving valuable. “On top of that, you have the sheer connection advantage,” Scump added.

“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”

We’ve already seen the move pay dividends for OpTic as they recently blitzed through the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set. It’s been amazing to have the whole team here and I think it’s only going to benefit us moving forward.”

With other teams having followed suit with a move to Texas, it should help establish a more even playing field for a majority of matchups this year.