Warzone devs address annoying skin trail bug in Operator skins - Dexerto
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Warzone devs address annoying skin trail bug in Operator skins

Published: 25/Jun/2020 0:56

by Theo Salaun


A Call of Duty: Warzone operator skin is bugged and not showing any smoke trail when the character deploys. This unfair advantage has been called out by the community, with Infinity Ward confirming that they are aware of the issue.

No pun intended, but the Wendigo Operator Pack is cool. For just 2,400 Call of Duty Points, you get an adorable abominable snowman charm, a couple frosty weapon blueprints and a chilly Taiga skin for Krueger—but that skin doesn’t have a smoke trail, and that’s a no-go for Warzone’s competitive integrity.

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Krueger’s Taiga skin gives you both an aesthetic and competitive advantage, for now.

You don’t spend a lot of time deploying from the heavens and down onto Verdansk, but those moments, whether at the start of the match or during a re-deployment, spent parachuting and nose-diving into combat are some of the most critical in the game. The sky is the game’s most powerful high ground and, to give people a chance amidst the chaos, each skydiving character is followed by a red trail of smoke. 

That trail of smoke is crucial on your initial deployment, as it allows you to see where opponents are landing and begin strategizing. Later in the game, it’s less impactful but still useful, so that you’re not surprised by a re-deployed ambush—especially should one of Season 4’s Jailbreak Events occur.

Unfair bug: players who bought and use the Wendigo skin have no smoke trail when dropping from CODWarzone


Krueger’s Taiga skin breaks that balance by providing people who paid for the bundle with an unfair advantage. In a clip shared by ‘aur0n’ on Reddit, someone using the skin is seen deploying for an instant with no trail.

The character simply disappears to the human eye, with the video needing to be replayed in slow motion just for you to really notice that they’re there. That’s how impactful the lack of a smoke trail is.

Fortunately, Infinity Ward is on the case. While the bug has yet to be added to their Trello board, IW’s Senior Communications Manager Ashton Williams replied on Reddit to let the community know that this issue is “noted.”

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Red trails of smoke help you easily identify opponents while dropping.

No matter how slight or niche this advantage is, it still presents concerns for a game that becomes more competitive each passing day. Having any semblance of a pay-to-win microtransaction, that’s available solely to people willing to buy a bundle, is damaging for a game’s integrity.

As of yet, there has been no confirmation of when exactly the bug will be fixed—but the developers are aware and it should be remedied soon. In the meantime, just be careful where you drop.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton


The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.