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Infinity Ward respond to broken Riot Shield bug in Warzone

Published: 27/Jun/2020 16:44

by Joe Craven

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Joe Cecot, co-design director of multiplayer at Infinity Ward, has responded to a bizarre glitch in Warzone, that allows enemies to shoot straight through a player’s Riot Shield. 

A game as expansive as Call of Duty: Warzone is bound to have its fair share of bugs and inconsistencies. Some, however, are more than minor, and can break the way the game is meant to function.

Riot Shields in Warzone are controversial, with some arguing they should not be present because of the negative play-styles they encourage. However, Infinity Ward have given no indication of removing them, but it does look like they’ll have to make a patch to deal with an emergent bug.

Riot Shield in Modern Warfare.
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The Riot Shield deflects bullets with ease.

The glitch was tweeted by ‘TheseKnivesOnly‘ on June 26. The attached clip shows the player crouched in a corner with a Riot Shield in front of them. An enemy then rounds the corner and opens fire, dealing damage despite the player’s Riot Shield being equipped.

It’s when the killcam is viewed, however, that the extent of the glitch becomes clear. The enemy’s POV shows the player with a Riot Shield on their back, despite it definitely being equipped. Hence, the player with the Riot Shield can be shot but cannot do any shooting.

Thankfully, Joe Cecot was on hand to respond and reassure Riot Shield mains that they will be investigating, with a fix hopefully coming soon. “We’ll have a look at this,” Cecot replied.

Cecot’s response was well-received on Twitter, with the user thanking him for the swift reply. A few Twitter users, however, joked that Riot Shields should be left with the glitch to discourage players from using them.

As much as Riot Shields can frustrate players, Infinity Ward will aim for a swift patch to the game-breaking issue.

It could well be fixed in the mid-Season 4 update, which has already been confirmed to feature a nerf to the Grau. There is no confirmed date for the mid-season update, but we expect it to drop around Tuesday, July 9.

We will of course provide exhaustive patch notes when the update drops in-game.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.