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Modern Warfare campaign equipment could solve Warzone’s camper problem

Published: 6/May/2020 5:03 Updated: 6/May/2020 5:29

by Brad Norton

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Warzone players are demanding a simple piece of Modern Warfare’s campaign equipment be added to the battle royale to combat camping issues.

While Infinity Ward’s 150-player battle royale mode tries to push players together and alleviate a slow, camping playstyle, many still tend to bunker down.

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Players often ‘camp’ on top of buildings, second stories of houses, or even on the often-frustrating Stadium. A piece of equipment utilized in Modern Warfare’s campaign won’t fix all of the camping problems overnight, but it could certainly help.

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Modern Warfare’s campaign features multiple stealth missions that include this piece of equipment.

Which piece of equipment needs to be added in Warzone?

Throughout the 2019 Call of Duty campaign, players use a wide array of tactical and lethal equipment, from airstrikes to ammo crates and more. Plenty of these features are present in both multiplayer, and Warzone too. 

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Yet, one piece of equipment has remained exclusive to the story mode — the ‘tac ladder’. Now, avid Warzone players are clamoring for single-use extendable equipment to make its way to the battle royale too.

It may seem simple on the surface, but this equipment could shake up the tempo of any Warzone match as players find new entry-points into Verdansk’s many buildings.

How could this equipment change the game?

Instead of scaling up a flight of indoor stairs, walking into traps placed by the enemy team, the tac-ladder could give you a new way in.

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If a squad is bunkering down inside a house, placing this ladder outside could see you climbing through a window. This would further incentivize players to continue moving around the map, rather than staying put.

Rather than pre-aiming a single angle as players rush upstairs, camping teams would have to be wary of enemies rushing through windows as well.

Supposedly it was worked on for Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, but never saw the light of day as it’s “much more difficult to code than you’d think,” according to Redditor ‘thebromitch.’

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Perhaps the tac-ladder could fall into the pre-existing equipment spot on player loadouts, replacing stun or decoy grenades. It may also be more balanced in the killstreak category, as a purchasable item in Warzone.

There’s no denying that it would certainly force a new playstyle. Players would be able to deal with campers much easier than ever before.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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