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Shroud explains why Modern Warfare needs a battle royale mode

Published: 24/Sep/2019 13:36 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 8:40

by Andy Williams


Twitch phenom Michael ‘shroudGrzeciek has explained why he thinks the upcoming Modern Warfare ‘needs’ a battle royale mode if it is to have longevity.

The first-person shooter (FPS) genre is not in the same place that Infinity Ward left it three years ago, with their 2016 release of Infinite Warfare. 


An emergence of battle royale (BR) games has revolutionized the genre, with Treyarch becoming the first developer to lead the Call of Duty franchise into unknown territory with ‘Blackout’, that shipped with Black Ops 4.

Treyarch (Activision)Blackout was Call of Duty’s first venture into the battle royale genre.

The Blackout mode was a big hit with Twitch streamers and pros alike, but so far, Infinity Ward are yet to confirm whether they will have their own take on the mode in their new title.


However, fans have been given a glimmer of hope, when a line of code slipped through the cracks, hinting at its potential inclusion in Modern Warfare. 

Shroud has historically favored BR games, even praising Treyarch’s endeavors following his initial concerns over Blackout. Now, after playing the multiplayer beta for the new game, he has expressed the need for the mode to be brought back in some capacity.

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When initially asked “Do you think it’s worth getting? Will it last?”, Grzeciek promptly responded with: “Not without a BR.”


He went on to add: “Straight up, this game needs a BR — and I don’t know if they’re doing one.”

Discussing the inclusion of standard 6v6 game modes, the 25-year-old explained: “These game modes only last for so long; FPS needs BR nowadays” before going on to explain that the latest iteration to the franchise is “very unique in comparison to other CoDs.”

There has been speculation surrounding whether or not Modern Warfare will release with a BR game mode on release, with reports suggesting that the game mode will come post–release in early 2020, as a free-to-play game with an entirely separate installation. 


Moreover, the inclusion of large maps to facilitate the new 32v32 game mode, alongside the introduction of projectile drop and bullet travel (as opposed to the more basic hitscan detection system) adds to the flock of people hypothesizing if/when the the developers will add the popular game mode.

Given the success that Blackout has brought over the past year, Infinity Ward will likely have their finger on the pulse and be hot on the heels of their developer counterparts.

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42

by Tanner Pierce


After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.


Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.


As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

Barret M82 from blackopscoldwar


For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.


The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.


What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.