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New master camo and Shoot the Ship modes coming to Modern Warfare

Published: 25/Apr/2020 13:11 Updated: 26/Apr/2020 18:34

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward have confirmed that Modern Warfare will soon be graced with new Shoot the Ship modes, as well as a new master weapon camouflage, above the existing Damascus.

In an April 24 community update, Infinity Ward confirmed a host of bug fixes and adjustments will be coming to Modern Warfare in the game’s next significant update, scheduled for wide release on April 28. 

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However, away from pre-emptive patch notes, the developers also confirmed that a host of new content will be dropping very soon.

Shoot the Ship returning to Modern Warfare

It has been confirmed that Shoot the Ship, the wildly popular mash-up of Shipment and Shoothouse, will be returning with brand new game modes. These have been confirmed to Cranked and Grind, two Infinity Ward designed game modes that have featured in their last few titles.

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Shoot the Ship has been in demand ever since its removal. Infinity Ward have implemented similar playlists featuring small maps only – most recently, Cabin Fever – but the calls for Shoot the Ship have not yet gone away.

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Shoot the Ship will be returning with some brand new game modes.

New Modern Warfare Obsidian Camo

On a similarly exciting note, Infinity Ward confirmed recent rumors that pointed to a master weapon camouflage beyond Damascus, the camo received for achieving Gold on every single weapon.

“There’s also something new to chase,” they said. “Can we interest you in Obsidian camo? Or maybe you want to mix and match blueprint weapon attachments to your heart’s content, even on another blueprint weapon…”

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They did not confirm how it will be earned, but Joe Cecot, one of Infinity Ward’s most senior MP developers, previously said that a lot of time and effort will need to be invested.

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The combat knife, with Damascus camo.

Players do not need Damascus camo unlocked in order to try and reach the Obsidian camouflage, meaning the new challenge is open to all Modern Warfare players.

With just over a month left of the third season, players can still look forward to Season Four, set to start in early June.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

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2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

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Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

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Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

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2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.

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