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Modern Warfare devs reveal upcoming changes – Riot Shields, killfeed, more

Published: 26/Nov/2019 14:09 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 14:16

by Joe Craven

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Infinity Ward developers Joe Cecot and Ashton Williams have revealed a number of Modern Warfare features they are working on adjusting, going into upcoming patches. 

Since Modern Warfare’s release on October 25, fans have quickly identified a number of aspects they want adjusting. These include skill-based matchmaking, dead silence as a field upgrade, and the absence of prestiging. 

On November 25, Joe Cecot and Ashton Williams, Co-Design Director of Multiplayer and Senior Communications Manager respectively, confirmed a number of changes they are working on ahead of upcoming Modern Warfare updates.

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Dead Silence is one of the biggest community complaints so far.

Arguably the most important changes revealed were those to Riot Shields, and the game’s obituary – commonly known as the kill feed. 

Riot Shields are fairly common in Infinity Ward games, but many players feel they are overpowered in Modern Warfare; offering too much cover and not enough opportunity for enemies to land their shots. 

Joe Cecot confirmed that nerfs are on their way, particularly relating to their ability to protect players from explosives. Many players have noticed that Riot Shields make players invulnerable to the game’s semtex grenades. 

Also, Cecot responded to another Twitter user to confirm that kill feed adjustments are on their way, but may not be completed quickly enough to make the next patch. 

Some community members have complained that the kill feed sometimes goes by too quickly, or glitches and fades before it should do. 

Changes have already been made to the kill feed, removing messages about players ranking up and avenging teammates. This was removed to stop breaking up the kill feed and preventing players hitting feeds. 

Other bugs were also confirmed as being investigated. Ashton Williams confirmed that they are investigating glitches in Gunfight mode, which registers matches as losses even before they have been played. 

This has been particularly pertinent in Modern Warfare of late, given the 10k 2v2 Gunfight tournament. 

She also confirmed they are investigating a glitch which is preventing players from being able to bypass the main menu after completing the latest update. 

Some players have reported being stuck in a cycle at the main menu, constantly being told that “Game Update Successful”. 

The final areas they confirmed to be investigated are the volume of certain killstreaks – namely the VTOL Jet and the Precision Airstrike, as well as minor glitches regarding challenges not tracking correctly. 

Fans will be pleased to see the changes coming, particularly to Riot Shields and the kill feed. 

The absence of adjustments to SBMM and Dead Silence are likely to strike a chord however, as they are two of the community’s biggest demands. However, just because they are not being looked at currently, does not mean we won’t see changes in the near future. 

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Black Ops Cold War devs respond to console-bricking Xbox Series X issues

Published: 24/Nov/2020 6:29 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 6:44

by Brad Norton

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Despite the Xbox Series X console just launching, Black Ops Cold War players have reportedly encountered a number of game-breaking bugs already, some that have even supposedly ‘bricked’ the hardware completely.

The new generation of gaming consoles have certainly been hard to come by. However, certain players that were able to get their hands on the Xbox Series X at launch haven’t all been feeling lucky.

Black Ops Cold War launched on the new system, alongside five other platforms. With plenty of unique hardware to account for, it’s no surprise that the release has been accompanied by some critical bugs. While some pull players from the game momentarily, others appear to be far more damaging.

If you’re playing on the Xbox Series X and notice a few crashes, it might be time to put the controller down for a little while.

Gamers that have tried to play through certain issues have reported their brand new Xbox Series X consoles outright breaking and refusing to turn back on.

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“My Cold War had been crashing my Series X a bunch over the weekend,” Reddit user ‘Junesfoshiz’ said. While it wasn’t a major deal at first, things soon became much worse. “I’d just reboot and move on,” they explained. “Well, when it happened this morning, it was for good. Xbox will not boot back up.”

With their console no longer functioning, they advised others with the same crashing issues to “play something else until there’s a patch.”

Treyarch already investigating Xbox issues

Treyarch is well aware of these devastating issues already. In fact, it’s the top problem on the official Trello board, with developers investigating it at this very moment. “We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres added on Reddit.

“My immediate recommendations are to make sure that you’re using the correct version for your platform,” the community manager wrote.

Similar to those playing on the PS5, you can still access the PS4 version by mistake. This can seemingly lead to all sorts of unique problems. Double-check that you’re running the proper version of the game if your Xbox Series X has been crashing while playing Cold War.

Last but not least, “players have also shared that disabling Ray Tracing on XSX has helped.” While you won’t be using the flashy new hardware to its full potential with Ray Tracing disabled, it should prevent some devastating crashes.

An incoming patch should help mitigate a good number of these problems on the Xbox hardware, including those that brick the Series X console. However, there’s currently no ETA on when this patch will arrive.