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Modern Warfare devs announce major footstep audio change coming to Beta

Published: 23/Aug/2019 21:21 Updated: 23/Aug/2019 22:15

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward have announced that they will be implementing a major change to how footstep audio works in Modern Warfare, after hearing complaints during the 2v2 Gunfight Alpha. 

On August 22, Infinity Ward opened up the servers for the 2v2 Gunfight mode Alpha to the public, giving players their first real taste of the highly anticipated upcoming Modern Warfare title.

However, as is usually the case with these pre-release game builds, the Alpha contained some issues, one of which had to do with footstep audio.

Audio is obviously an integral part of the Call of Duty experience, as players will often look for footsteps or other sound cues to coordinate their gameplay strategy and tactics.

However, in the Alpha, players are having a hard time doing that, as the volume level of their own footsteps are just as loud as the enemies,’ making it difficult to tell when an opponent was nearby.

Infinity WardPlayers seem to be enjoying the Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight Alpha, except for the issue with footstep audio.

Fortunately, on August 23, Infinity Ward confirmed that a fix was on the way, and would be implemented in time for the Beta period scheduled for mid-September.

“A lot of comments around hearing other players,” tweeted Ashton Williams, Senior Communications Manager for Infinity Ward. “Audio for first person footsteps has been lowered, while falloff audio for enemy footsteps has been raised. You’ll see this change in the Beta.”

Once this change is administered, players will be less suffocated by the sound of their own footsteps, and should be able to clearly differentiate from sounds enemy players make when they move around. 

Modern Warfare Beta – Everything we know

The Modern Warfare Beta period will take place during the middle of September, and will be split into two main sessions.

The first session will be available exclusively to those on PlayStation 4, due to Sony’s exclusivity agreement with Activision, with the first day reserved for those who pre-ordered the game.

The second session will be open on all platforms (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) and will feature cross-play for the first time, allowing players on different platforms to play with and against each other. 

  • PlayStation 4 Exclusive Beta
    • September 12 – 13 (Early Access, PlayStation 4)
    • September 14 – 16 (Open Beta, PlayStation 4)
  • Beta featuring crossplay testing
    • September 19 – 20 (Early Access, PC and Xbox One; Open Beta, PlayStation 4)
    • September 21 – 23 (Open Beta, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Unlike the Alpha, which only features the 2v2 Gunfight mode, the Beta is expected to also include regular Multiplayer playlists and modes, and a much more extensive preview of MW gameplay.

The full game will be released on October 25, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

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The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game: five in the Field Research bundle and four in the Certified bundle.

While these packs are specifically for Black Ops Cold War players, it’s important to remember that some of these items, like the blueprint and Operators, are available for use in Warzone as well.

  • Field Research Bundle
    • Epic Park Operator skin
    • Epic SMG blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Calling Card
    • Rare Weapon Charm
  • Certified Bundle
    • Epic Garcia Operator skin
    • Rare Assault Rifle blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Weapon Charm

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, however, we’ll update this article.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.