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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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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.