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New Warzone event teased in cryptic Call of Duty app message

Published: 20/May/2020 22:44

by Albert Petrosyan

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In a mysterious notification sent through the Call of Duty app, Infinity Ward have hinted at some sort of event taking place in Warzone very soon.

A lot of changes are quickly happening in Warzone, as Infinity Ward are looking to keep injecting new content into their prized battle royale to keep it fresh.

On May 20, those who have the official Call of Duty app downloaded to their phones received a “confidential” message that could be a teaser for something big in the near future.

The notification was titled “Eyes only /// Confidential,” addressed to “Armstice Senior Operators” (aka players), with the subject “Tactical Alert.”

On May 19 at 2337 ZULU, Coalition SIGINT intercepted flash traffic from AQ regional comman outside Verdansk.

Message calls for a priority IP call with an unknown. Suspected recipient is TARGET DENVER.

Timing of meeting unknown – suspected for 21 May. Location to be confirmed. Surveillance activity has been authorized. MAINTAIN VIGILANCE ON COMMS FOR LOCATION OF ENEMY SURVEILLANCE.

There’s no doubt that the message is a warning about some sort of threat to Verdansk, and while the majority of the message is confusing, the one clear and important detail is the date.

So, whatever is going to happen will be taking place on Thursday, May 21, but the exact location remains “to be confirmed.”

However, Infinity Ward could drop more teasers between now and then, perhaps even in-game, so players should remain “vigilant,” just as the notification requests.

Infinity WardSomething is happening soon on the Warzone map, but the question is – what?

What could this mean?

Ties to Bunker 11

The cryptic nature of the warning does leave a lot of room for speculation, and it’s only natural for people to bring in Bunker 11 into the equation. On May 19, following the massive update in Modern Warfare, players were able to gain access to the various locked bunkers on the map.

However, one of those areas, Bunker 11, remained locked – until a select few solved the easter egg that opened the door, revealing it to contain a nuclear warhead in a space that was much larger than the others.

Considering how this vault was singled out by the devs and had features that differentiated it from the others, there’s a good chance that it will tie in with this upcoming event.

Infinity WardCould Bunker 11 have anything to do with the new Warzone teaser?

Black Ops Cold War

It’s no secret that Treyarch are developing the 2020 Call of Duty game, and there’s a strong indication, based on rumors, reports, and leaks, that it will be a soft reboot of the Black Ops series titled ‘Black Ops Cold War.’

Furthermore, many believe that Activision will use Warzone to start teasing their next release, and seeing as how most CoD games first start getting revealed in May, this upcoming event could be the start of that process.

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Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.