Is Capture The Flag coming to Modern Warfare? - Dexerto
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Is Capture The Flag coming to Modern Warfare?

Published: 6/Nov/2019 23:22 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 23:53

by Brad Norton

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A notable exclusion at the release ofCall of Duty franchise in the very near future.

While Modern Warfare released with numerous maps that have since agitated professional players and former developers alike, one of the most controversial focal points in the community has centered around the list of game types available at launch.

Despite being featured in the first iteration of the competitive ruleset, the same guidelines that 2020 Call of Duty League teams are to compete under, Hardpoint has only been accessible in private matches for instance.  

Meanwhile, popular modes throughout previous entries in the series have been missing entirely. A new listing in-game could hint towards a big change coming in the near future, however. 

Activision - Call of DutySimilarly, Treyarch implemented CTF months after the launch of Black Ops 4

Ahead of an imminent update set to address numerous critical issues from claymores to footstep audio, eagle-eyed players spotted a new listing in the leaderboards.

When searching through leaderboards for overall statistics, an option becomes available to filter by specific game modes. It is here that the popular competitive game type of Capture The Flag is surprisingly listed.

Reddit: CoDCompetitiveInfinity Ward is yet to address the surprise appearance of Capture The Flag in the leaderboards.
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Absent from the previous year of competitive play as Black Ops 4 promoted Search and Destroy, Hardpoint, and Control instead, CTF had been a staple in boots-on-the-ground iterations.

With major spawning issues currently plaguing Hardpoint, it will be interesting to see if the list of competitive game modes for 2020 gets an update as and when CTF becomes playable.

Also frustrating the community, Domination is set to be featured as a competitive game mode for the first time since Call of Duty Ghosts was released in 2013. 

As Reddit user ‘Nocheese22’ expressed, “Domination is the most boring game type to watch. Hopefully CTF will replace, way more exciting in my opinion.” With enough backlash from dedicated players and professionals currently practicing for the upcoming season, perhaps Infinity Ward will alter the competitive ruleset and implement Capture The Flag instead.

There’s no telling just when the game mode might become available in public lobbies, however, with a clear indication spotted in the leaderboards a release could be imminent. 

Potentially the biggest update thus far, a huge patch is set to drop in the very near future with goals of fixing annoying claymores, ridiculous shotguns, and so much more. Perhaps this update could be when Capture The Flag comes online.

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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.