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Modern Warfare adds new mode & April Fool’s playlists in March 31 update

Published: 1/Apr/2020 8:16

by Isaac McIntyre

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Infinity Ward has released what is expected to be the final Modern Warfare and Warzone update for Season 2 on March 31, and it includes a new game mode, plenty of playlist changes, and plenty of April Fool’s Day fun.

With Modern Warfare’s second season rolling to a close, and considering last week’s delayed patch added a host of guns and a new map, many were predicting March 31’s update would be a lot smaller in size and scope.

Those assumptions have been proven correct, but that doesn’t mean eager Call of Duty fans have been left with nothing. As well as a few April Fools additions, and the return of Snipers Only Gunfight 3v3, a new mode has arrived.

Here’s everything released & changed in the March 31 update:

Cyber Attack Pro arrives in Modern Warfare

The headlining mode released in the March 31 update is titled ‘Cyber Attack Pro,’ and it looks like a fast-paced doozy. Building on Modern Warfare’s tactical Cyber Attack mode, this Pro variant looks to up the ante again.

The twist in Cyber Attack Pro is, instead of needing to revive your teammates, respawns are automatically enabled. This should create “frenetic and fast-paced gameplay,” Infinity Ward explained in their This Week in Call of Duty blog.

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Modern Warfare’s Cyber Attack mode has turned “Pro” in the March 31 update.

April Fool’s Day Playlists

As well as the new mode, the devs have also, as per usual, embraced April Fool’s with two new playlists, both seemingly focused around Shipment.

Shipment is one of the series’ most popular maps, and the first new mode seems to tease the arena. All is not how it seems, however, with the I Have Trust Issues playlist. Instead of Shipment, players are dropped into 24/7 Piccadilly instead.

The tip-off comes from the game mode’s description. The tongue-in-cheek info tab reads “Totally Shipment. Come on in. But just so you know, if you quit, there’s a penalty.” For any players lured in, there probably isn’t actually a harsh penalty.

The second game mode is much more likely what fans may be after: COD Players Only Want One Thing is a 10-vs-10 version of Shipment’s Moshpit playlist. The tiny map ⁠— built for small engagements ⁠— is likely to be overrun with players.

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The double experience weekend will give you time to finish your Season 2 Battle Pass, and level up your guns too.

There were also a few minor things added in the March 31 update. Players will be able to get double experience, double weapon experience, and will have access to double Battle Pass tier progress earn rates, all throughout this weekend.

These double XP activations are available in multiplayer, Special Ops, or Warzone. They will be live across the weekend, from Friday, April 3 at 10 AM PDT, to Monday, April 6 at 10 AM PDT.

Players will not need to download anything to take full advantage of the experience boosts, or the March 31 playlist and game mode updates.

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Haunting of Verdansk Warzone Halloween event: night map, Saw skins, more

Published: 20/Oct/2020 18:00 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 18:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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A brand new Halloween-themed event called ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ is now live in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, and we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s included.

With Halloween inching closer and closer, we’re officially in spooky season, and Infinity Ward have decided to give Modern Warfare a grand sending off with the Haunting of Verdansk in-game event.

The event, which kicked off on Tuesday, October 20 and wraps up on Tuesday, November 3, features a nighttime version of Warzone’s map, cosmetic items themed after popular horror film series like Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, new modes, rewards, and a whole lot more.

Haunting of Verdansk trailer

Haunting of Verdansk roadmap

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
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Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

What’s added in Warzone for Haunting of Verdansk

Verdansk – Going Dark

As had been teased previously, a nighttime version of the Warzone map has made its debut in the Haunting of Verdansk event. As of now, the only modes confirmed for this are Trios and Plunder, but Activision did say that more would be made available.

Needless to say, the darkness of the terrain will compel almost everyone to use thermal optics on their weapons and the Cold Blooded perk in loadouts to hide from such scopes.

Trick or Treat scavenger hunt

Throughout the duration of the event, the nighttime version of Verdansk will feature 16 specially-marked Trick or Treat chests, which include a combined 16 new cosmetic items like Blueprints, weapons, charms, and more.

Of course, as is the spirit of Halloween, Infinity Ward have added a twist to this whole process: In some cases, certain chests will have tricks instead of treats, so open them carefully if you want to avoid “a terrifying fright.”

If and when you do unlock all 16 cosmetics, you will be automatically awarded a Legendary assault rifle blueprint called the Pumpkin Punisher, pictured below. More details about this scavenger, including all the chest locations and pictures of all rewards, can be found in our Trick or Treat Warzone guide.

Pumpkin Punisher blueprint
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Unlocking all 16 themed items in the Haunting of Verdansk event will unlock this Pumpkin Punisher AR blueprint.

Zombie Royale LTM

In this new Limited Time Mode, players who get killed come back to life as a Zombie instead of being sent to the Gulag. Zombies can’t carry weapons but do have special abilities that include increased speed, improved jumps, deadlier melee attacks, and thermal vision.

Turning into a Zombie isn’t the end all be all, though, as players will have the chance to return from the undead and rejoin their squad. Whenever someone is killed, they drop a syringe, and collecting two syringes will allow you to parachute back in with your loadout.

The last team with a surviving Operator wins, even if the rest of their squad have turned into Zombies.

Zombie Royale LTM
Activision
The Haunting of Verdansk event includes a new LTM called Zombie Royale.

What’s added in Modern Warfare multiplayer

Themed changes

To add an extra layer of Halloween-themed spookiness into multiplayer, Infinity Ward have made it so any player who is on a kill-streak of three or more will have their head turn into a flaming jack-o-lantern pumpkin.

This feature isn’t purely cosmetic either, since the change lets players on both sides know who is on a roll and needs to be stopped at all costs before reaching some of those higher tier killstreaks.

That’s not the only such quirk added; in Domination, scarecrows replace the flags on points, while skulls appear instead of dog tags in Kill Confirmed, as well as other visual effects in other modes.

Haunting of Verdansk Modern Warfare
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In multiplayer, players who are on a 3+ kill-streak will have their heads transform into a flaming pumpkin.

New modes

There are two brand-new multiplayer modes coming as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event: Onslaught and Snipers Only. Onslaught features a Juggernaut suit spawning somewhere on the map that two teams have to fight for control over. Once someone has the suit equipped, they must try to get it to the specific target area while the other team tries to do everything they can to stop it.

As for Snipers Only, this is a variant of Team Deathmatch that replaces custom classes with five pre-built loadouts, all featuring sniper rifles as the primary weapon(s). The rest of the mode is like any match of TDM: The team with the most kills wins.

Horror film bundles & new Operator

Saw & Texas Chainsaw Massacre

When it comes to the best horror film franchises of all time, most would rank Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre high up there – and both have been incorporated in Modern Warfare & Warzone as cosmetic items.

The Saw bundle includes the iconic Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit, as well as the Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment – a throwing knife variant that kills enemies on impact in a shower of blood. The set also includes themed blueprints for an assault rifle and shotgun, both with “blood-red” tracers, as well as a Cargo Truck skin, tricycle charm, and four other items.

Saw in Warzone
Activision
The Saw bundle in Modern Warfare & Warzone includes Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit skin.

As for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, players will be able to run around dressed as the menacing Leatherface villain and a new LMG blueprint called Family Heirloom, which has a special stock attachment that lets it be held like a chainsaw.

The rest of the bundles comes with an SMG blueprint, vehicle horn, the ‘Anyone Home?’ melee weapon, which has a hammer on one side and a meat tenderizer on the other, and five other items.

Leatherface in Warzone
Activision
Run around Warzone as the fearsome Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

New Dr. Karlov Operator

Dr. Karlov is the newest Operator added as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event – a character who’s obsessed with electricity and energy-charged weaponry, according to his lore.

The ‘Dr. Karlov Lives’ bundle includes a new outfit skin for Bale, two “high-voltage” weapon blueprints, an electric throwing knife, vehicle skin, and other cosmetics.

Dr. Karlov Warzone Operator
Activision
The new Dr. Karlov Operator in Warzone and Modern Warfare.

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