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Modern Warfare crashes on Twitch streamer at the worst time

Published: 23/Sep/2019 2:24 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 3:00

by Brad Norton


While the Call of Duty title has been met with much fanfare, Modern Warfare could not have crashed on this unlucky Twitch streamer at a more inopportune time.

Released across all platforms on September 19, the beta for Infinity Ward’s latest iteration in the Call of Duty franchise has seen a great deal of praise lately from professional players and popular Twitch streamers. 

One such streamer, ‘aimbotcalvin’, a remarkable FPS player known for his ridiculous aim in games like Overwatch, has been actively playing the beta since release. One extremely unlucky moment might have him fuming though.

In a September 22 stream, Calvin was taking his talents to the Ground War game-type in Modern Warfare. A mode that pits teams of 32 players against one another on a sprawling map with vehicles and killstreaks aplenty. 

Just a single kill away from achieving a 30 player kill streak and earning the ever-illusive and match-ending nuke, the game happened to crash.

With his team in the lead, Calvin scoped in from atop his perch and found the 29th elimination with ease. One kill away from ending the match entirely, and disaster struck.

“Are you serious the game crashes at 29?” He yelled in total disbelief as the game bugged out.

Activision - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Tactical Nuke’s were a major talking point in Modern Warfare 2

The nuke in the latest Modern Warfare differs from previous Call of Duty titles in that 30 kills are required to attain it as opposed to 25 kills in Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. 

These kills can’t come from other killstreaks either, making it all the more difficult to achieve. As Infinity Ward’s Senior Communications Manager Ashton Williams explained, the kills must come from “weapon/lethal/tactical only.”

While the unfortunate bug may have stopped Calvin from earning a nuke in his game of Ground War, nothing could stop pro player Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow from acquiring a nuke in his very first game.

You can tune into Calvin’s stream here and follow our guide to try the game out for yourself. The Modern Warfare beta is accessible until September 23, here’s everything you need to know to get started before the window closes. 

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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


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
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
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.