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Modern Warfare April 14 update patch notes – new Trios mode, Drop Zone

Published: 14/Apr/2020 20:04 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 21:14

by Alan Bernal


The new Call of Duty update for Modern Warfare and Warzone brought with it new playlists for Multiplayer, as well as an updated Trios mode – with a twist.

The update is relatively small, but the new patch is fixing some problems that the Infinity Ward devs have been seeing make their way into matches, although the player base is going to notice the new playlist update that tucked away normal Trios for a variant of the mode.

With the launch of the latest playlist changes, the new Scopes and Scatter Guns mode will replace the regular Trios mode. In Multiplayer, Deathmatch Domination is stepping down to make way for Drop Zone, in both core and Hardcore.

April 14 Playlist Update

Infinity Ward
Trios in Warzone is going to change after the Modern Warfare April 14 update.

With the launch of the latest playlist changes, the new Scopes and Scatter Guns mode will replace the regular Trios mode. The decision comes at the heels of player frustration over popular modes being ousted at the turn of the Season 3 update.

Now, Trios will be getting a change that will load it with shotguns and snipers only in the specialized mode. This could be a divisive playlist change, seeing how popular the regular Trios mode was for groups of friends to team up and drop into Warzone.

While they still have that option, they’ll now have to queue up in the new playlist that limits them to only two weapon types.

In Multiplayer, Deathmatch Domination is stepping down to make way for Drop Zone, in both core and Hardcore.

This objective-centric mode will task players with holding the drop zone in order to collect points and earn Killstreaks, as opposed to the traditional ways of getting them.

Before going into the mode, players should remember that the ONLY way to earn points is by getting players in the zone – the more people in the zone, the more points the team gets.

Call of Duty bug fixes

Infinity Ward
The new update to Warzone should clear up the bug some PC players have experienced with Buy Stations.

The new update is fixing a game-breaking issue on PC that prevented players from using Field Upgrades.

In Warzone, when people would access the Buy Stations while replenishing Armor Plates, a strange glitch disabled Field Upgrades. As such, those players found themselves at an immense disadvantage for the rest of the match.

Meanwhile, a general fix comes in the form of new Dead Silence and Stopping Power icons added to the killcam.

Previously, players who were eliminated by opponent’s with the Field Upgrades would be confused as to how they died to a silent assassin or to an empowered rifle. Now, the small change should clear up confusion from now on.

There’s a few more things to unpack as it pertains to playlists and bug fixes, so make sure to check the full patch notes below, courtesy of Infinity Ward.


  • Modern Warfare:
    • Adding Drop Zone in both core and Hardcore (Removes Deathmatch Domination)
    • Adding ‘Stir Crazy’ Playlist – 10v10 playlist with Cranked, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Hardpoint
    • Adding Hardcore ‘Stir Crazy’ Playlist – 10v10 playlist with Kill Confirmed, Cranked, Domination, and Team Deathmatch
    • Removing NVG Realism Mosh Pit
  • Warzone
    • Adding “Scopes and Scatter Guns” BR Trios playlist – Snipers and Shotguns only (Replaces regular BR Trios)


  • Fixed an issue on PC where players would lose the ability to use Field Upgrades purchased when replacing Armor Plates while in the Buy Station menu
  • Upon picking up a dropped SKS, the initial raise audio would be heard globally. This has been fixed.
  • Fix for Azur’s “Brother’s Keeper” skin displaying the incorrect headgear while in the multiplayer squad walk
  • Added icons to the killcam to show if you were killed by someone using Dead Silence or Stopping Power
  • Fix for the stats graph for the Renetti appearing incorrectly
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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby


With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.