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Modern Warfare map potentially reveals first look at battle royale

Published: 25/Oct/2019 8:46 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 9:25

by Connor Bennett

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A new Spec Ops map for Call of Duty Modern Warfare may well have given fans another hint at a possible battle royale mode for the new release. 

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty fans finally got their hands on Modern Warfare on October 25, diving into the first installment of the popular CoD sub-series for nearly a decade. 

Despite a brief hiccup with the servers upon the launch time in the United States, it appears to have been an initial success for Infinity Ward. However, it’s only a matter of time before players begin clamoring for new content in the form of maps, game modes, and even an extension of the title itself in Spec Ops and a possible battle royale.

Infinity WardModern Warfare has already, clearly, got some pieces in place for a BR mode.

Yet, it appears that there may already be a hint for the battle royale side of things thanks to a Spec Ops map. Reddit user Ghosthand373 posted a screenshot of the new ‘Open World Sandbox’ to the ModernWarfare subreddit, theorizing that it could be an initial hint of a BR map. 

In the image, remnants of classic Modern Warfare maps can be seen – including the jets of Scrapyard from Modern Warfare 2 – as well as plenty of buildings that could easily hold that all-important loot for a new mode. 

The spec ops “open world sandbox” is probably a sneak peak at the battle royale mode map. from r/modernwarfare

While, of course, this map is very well set for Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops mode, the use of classic backdrops does line up with some early ‘leaks’ about an absolutely huge battle royale mode.

Now, that’s not to say that the mode is confirmed for the new release as Infinity Ward themselves haven’t confirmed or denied if they’ll be adding it in the future. 

Prior to the game’s release on October 25, Infinity Ward’s MP Design Director Joe Cecot claimed that the developer’s focus was solely on Multiplayer despite the fact that they are “big fans” of battle royales. 

It remains to be seen as to if they’ll get around to adding a battle royale mode, but with this huge map and the ability to have incredible player counts in Ground War, all the ingredients look to be in place.

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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.