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Infinity Ward responds to Modern Warfare mini-map controversy

Published: 16/Sep/2019 0:44 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 3:18

by Brad Norton

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developers have finally issued a comment as pro players continue to criticize the new in-game mini-map.

With the PlayStation 4 exclusive beta period nearing its end, pro Call of Duty players have been voicing their opinions on the evolving mini-map drama ahead of the public beta on September 21. 

At the launch of the initial beta, Modern Warfare developers Infinity Ward decided to outright remove the mini-map from competitive play. To the displeasure of many, that decision was quickly overturned, however, the current mini-map still remains the focal point of much frustration.

Activision - Call of Duty: Modern WarfareCould we see the standard mini-map make a return?

As it currently stands, the mini-map remains constant in the top left corner of the Heads Up Display (HUD), however, only teammates can be seen. In previous games, enemies would appear on the mini-map when firing weapons without silencers. 

This can lead to all sorts of balancing issues and frustrating gameplay as objective and spawn control can be much harder to ascertain without enemy positioning in mind.

Commenting on the drama, Infinity Ward Senior Communications Manager, Ashton Williams, tweeted that the developers are “still looking at different ways to work with the minimap, team outlines, and the compass,” and that they would keep monitoring the situation. 

It took Infinity Ward until Day 3 of the beta to implement the altered mini-map however, pro players have been praising the constant communication thus far from the developers.

FaZe Clan member Zer0 chimed in on the updates, stating that “Infinity Ward are really doing what they should do for a beta, loving the changes they’re making every day.”

Overall, the response to the beta has been mostly positive from pro players outside of the mini-map controversy. 

Call of Duty veteran and 2018 World Champion Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price summarised his thoughts on Twitter, arguing that “if they put the minimap back to normal and scrap the personal UAV. Game will be phenomenal.”

With the transition to a franchise-based model in 2020, the competitive Call of Duty landscape is undergoing an unprecedented shift. Therefore, pro players have been hard at work throughout the beta, getting familiar with the title that will make or break their first season under the new model.

You can test out the beta for yourself across all platforms when it goes public on September 21, though you can get in early on September 19 if you pre-order.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.