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Infinity Ward tease variant of Gunfight mode in Modern Warfare

Published: 25/Aug/2019 10:23 Updated: 25/Aug/2019 10:40

by Joe Craven

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Infinity Ward, developers of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, have teased a respawn variant of Gunfight mode, amid the pre-release Alpha that players are able to get their hands on. 

Infinity Ward have been praised for their communications and transparency surrounding the Gunfight Alpha that was released on August 22. The Alpha is (for most players) the first opportunity to play Infinity Ward’s latest CoD installment and, as expected, they have a wealth of feedback for the developers. 

Infinity Ward have generally been very good at responding to this feedback and have confirmed they are working on a number of aspects of the game. 

Infinity WardThe Gunfight Alpha was a shock announcement on Infinity Ward’s behalf.

However, on August 24, Infinity Ward Co-Design Director Joe Cecot replied to a fan’s enquiry as to the potential of altering one of Gunfight’s core mechanics. 

Gunfight is a 2v2 entirely based on the elimination of the enemy team in order to win the round, with the first team to win six rounds winning the match. 

One fan asked the question via Reddit: “Can you make a 2v2 respawn mode as well? Like a first to 20 type mode?”

In response Joe Cecot simply wrote that “we (Infinity Ward) have some things”. 

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It certainly seems like Infinity Ward are willing to vary the way Gunfight works, given the fact that one main complaint players have had is that the ‘one-life’ nature of Gunfight means rounds can end very quickly, and too much time is spent loading next rounds, or matches themselves.

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While nothing is promised, Infinity Ward seem to be keen to innovate aspects of the Call of Duty formula, by introducing new modes and removing expected features, like a mini-map as default

They also appear to be attentive to player feedback and willing to make changes depending on how players perceive certain features.

These are habits that will be very welcome with the Call of Duty community, and we hope to see sustained throughout Modern Warfare’s life-cycle. 

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale

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Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.