Call of Duty

Modern Warfare devs apparently reveal surprising reason for removing minimap

Published: 8/Aug/2019 15:13 Updated: 8/Aug/2019 15:40

by Matt Porter


One of the most controversial things about multiplayer reveal event on August 1, Modern Warfare will be the first Call of Duty game to not feature any kind of minimap as part of the base game. 

This is a major move for the franchise, as checking the map in the corner of the screen has become second nature to fans of the first-person shooter.

ActivisionModern Warfare will be the first CoD game to not feature a minimap.

While Infinity Ward have refrained from revealing the reason behind the tool’s removal, YouTuber XclusiveAce, who got early access to the game, has revealed what could be the reason for the minimap’s untimely demise.

In a clip from XclusiveAce’s stream, he states that other players who attended the event were apparently told that the minimap was removed in the hopes of making the game easier for new players, and also provided an update on whether we could see one implemented before the game’s release.

“Is there any chance that it will have a minimap when the game launches?” read XclusiveAce from his chat. “I think so.”

“I just don’t understand the reasoning behind it,” Ace explained, “some people were saying that the devs had told them that the reason that they took the minimap out was to make it easier for newer and more casual players, because pubstompers are able to dominate so much with a minimap.

“So they’re trying to essentially close that skill gap and nerf people down, which is effectively what it will do.”

While this may be the reason, it’s worth taking this information with a pinch of salt, as Infinity Ward have yet to give an official response to the questions regarding the future of the fan favorite tool.

What they have said though, is that they will listen to community feedback once players have tried the game out for themselves in the beta.

Based on every indication so far though, it would appear to be unwise to expect a major switch in thoughts from the developers about the minimap, so prepare for the high chance that Modern Warfare will launch in October with no map on your screen – unless you earn a Personal Radar or UAV.

Call of Duty

Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett


Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.