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Warzone 200-player BR and other new modes teased in Modern Warfare

Published: 14/Jun/2020 22:53

by Theo Salaun

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The future of Call of Duty: Warzone appears to have been teased, as a brand-new menu available for the Free Access Weekend amplifies speculation over a few prospective modes.

This weekend is a Free Access Multiplayer Weekend for players who only own the free-to-play Warzone and it appears that Infinity Ward has slid in, either purposefully or accidentally, a teaser of what modes may be coming to Warzone in Season 4.

As seen in a screenshot of an in-game menu, three never-before-seen modes are shown as playlist options alongside the battle royale’s fan-favorite Duos: BR 200, Plunder 200, and BR Juggernaut. Each has been mentioned by developers in the past, but this suggests they’ll be available sooner than expected.

 

Juggernaut Royale was the latest to receive an official confirmation. In the game’s press release for Season 4, it was specified that the mode would debut at some point and would make the iconic Killstreak available for capture, subsequently granting you “higher health, a mini-gun, and a sweet music track to accompany you during the Warzone match.”

This also coincides with the appearance of glitched Juggernaut Miniguns appearing in place of normal ground loot, which was considered an indication that the game’s files are already being prepared for the hefty Killstreak’s addition.

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An in-game menu for Free Access Weekend teases new Warzone modes in the background.

 

As for the “200” modes, this was actually a point of discussion back in March when Patrick Kelly, Infinity Ward’s Studio Head, explained that the team was “already playing with 200 players.” Already boasting the largest number of players per game in a battle royale and nearly the largest map, fans have long wondered if Verdansk could handle even more players and, intriguingly, an increased squad size.

At the moment, Warzone’s peak squad size option is Quads (aside from Rumble’s 50 vs. 50), but getting up to five has been the subject of much discussion. In the game’s base mode, Trios, you get 50 teams of three players apiece and this goes to about 37 teams in Quads. 

While teams of five would be a reach at the moment, since you would have just 30 teams on the map—much lower than all current modes—this number jumps up to 40 if you get 200 players in the game, hitting the map’s sweet spot easily.

Minigun in Warzone.
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The Juggernaut’s Minigun render is appearing randomly in Warzone matches.

 

With Season 4 launching on June 11, it’s unlikely that these new modes show up within the next week or so. But it appears that they’ve each been being worked on for a while now, considering various hints from developers.

Exact details are unclear, but one thing is known for certain: Infinity Ward will be mixing things up on a larger, more explosive scale in Season 4.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
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Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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