Call of Duty

Modern Warfare devs revealed “safe place” plans for new players months ago

Published: 31/Oct/2019 23:01 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 9:37

by Scott Robertson

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Less than a week after the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare, and hardcore fans are not happy about how exceedingly beginner-friendly the new game is. A resurfaced clip from an interview with the developers reveals that this was the plan all along.

With a big release like Modern Warfare, and with the Call of Duty League on the horizon, Activision and Infinity Ward were tasked with the challenge of developing a Call of Duty game that could draw in new fans and satisfy the diehards.

Based on some reactions from veteran and hardcore players, they haven’t been able to do both.

But a clip from an interview with the developers from two months ago indicates that trying to please both camps wasn’t a goal for Activision at all, and based on their statements, their priority was to please beginners first and foremost. The clip made its way to the near top of the ModernWarfare and Competitive CoD subreddits.

Starts at 38:58 for mobile users.

In an interview conducted by Game Informer’s Brian Shea, Infinity Ward’s studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki and multiplayer design director Joe Cecot are asked about balance in multiplayer, and both developers doubled down on the importance of getting new players in the game.

“We want to get new players in the game, we don’t want them to get punched in the mouth over and over again until they leave, “ says Cecot. “That’s a big focus for us. Our weapons are a bit more lethal than in Black Ops, and that helps a lower skill player get a kill and have some success.”

This decision also affected the design of maps, says Cecot. “We want those players to have a safe place to take their time.”

When asked by the interviewer if that approach would come at the expense of hardcore players, Cecot said that wasn’t the plan, but reiterated the goal of making sure lower skill players didn’t have bad experiences.

“We have to make choices on how we matchmake.”

Infinity WardModern Warfare encourages more camping than ever, say many hardcore fans

The goal of making a beginner-retentive game has resulted in more and more hardcore fans expressing their displeasure, most notably about how lethal certain weapons are, and the higher-than-usual amount of camping.

Pro players have expressed their frustrations too, with some big names sounding off on the latest release. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner said on stream that he had “never, ever in his life played a more horrible Call of Duty competitively than this. What a f*****g joke of a game.”

Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper expressed dismay that “people were paid to make these maps.”

Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag called the maps horrendous on Twitter.

Commercially, Modern Warfare is doing well when it comes to sales, but an unhappy and unsatisfied pro player base heading into an inaugural, franchised league worth millions of dollars is not a good sign for Activision.

Call of Duty

First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:11

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.