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Michael Condrey claims Activision are making Modern Warfare controversial for “headlines”

Published: 25/Jun/2019 12:07 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 12:35

by Paul Cot


Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, made some rather interesting comments in regards to Call of Duty‘s next title – Modern Warfare – in their attempt to grab “headlines”.

In an interview with VentureBeat, the former Sledgehammer Games lead figure when asked about Modern Warfare’s disturbing nature said: “MW seems like a tough challenge for any studio, especially if they are being pushed by publishing to be more controversial and ‘darker’ for the sake of headlines.”

While Condrey isn’t outright accusing Activision of making Modern Warfare as controversial as possible for headlines, he is certainly suggesting it. It isn’t clear whether Condrey knows this to be true, i.e. he knows it for a fact, or whether somebody from within the Call of Duty team, be it the publishers or developers, have told him as such.

Modern Warfare is apparently even more disturbing than MW2’s “No Russian” mission…

Nevertheless, the tactic has clearly worked as there has been headline after headline discussing the disturbing nature of the campaign. The result, as Activision would have hoped, has been increased hype for the game, even by Call of Duty’s lofty standards.

There has arguably not been a CoD campaign as anticipated in the franchise’s history – and this can almost certainly be attributed to the headlines it has generated so far.

Activision wanting to make the game as controversial as possible to drive sales won’t come as a surprise to many – in fact it’s to be expected as that is their job as a publisher. However, it is in conflict to the creative freedom that a developer should have.

Infinity Ward has said in the past, on numerous occasions, that the story is their own creation. Whether this is true or whether Activision have indeed had some sway will perhaps never been known for sure.

YouTubers who have played a small part of the campaign have claimed it makes Modern Warfare 2’s “No Russian” mission look like a “Pixar film”.

Call of Duty fans will be able to see just how disturbing the game is on October 25 when the fourth instalment of Modern Warfare is released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton


The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.