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Warzone Trophy System buff makes vehicles even more powerful

Published: 10/Apr/2020 13:37

by Jacob Hale

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Vehicles have commonly been regarded as one of Warzone’s most overpowered features, and after this buff, it looks like they’re going to get even stronger.

Ever since Warzone first launched in March 2020, one of the most common complaints from players is how powerful vehicles are, especially trucks. They can down you in one hit while also allowing opponents to make a quick getaway, becoming hard to hit and leaving you much worse for wear.

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As a result, players have started utilizing explosives such as C4 and RPGs much more, but it looks like now vehicles might even be immune to those thanks to the Season 3 update.

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Vehicles are a supremely helpful utility when trying to travel across Verdansk.

Season 3 of Warzone introduced a number of changes, and one of these includes a very particular update to Trophy Systems in the battle royale title, per Raven Software’s Creative Director Amos Hodge.

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Previously, Trophy Systems were simply to be thrown down in a room or area to protect you and your team from enemy explosives, but now they can be attached to vehicles, too – making them almost immune to explosive damage.

This will come in handy when you’re trying to get away from a gunfight and keep your team protected, especially with how prevalent explosives are in the game now, but it seems to be a cause for concern for some players.

There are definitely two ways to look at this new update. While vehicles are very powerful, they are often used simply to get from one zone to the next, and it’s pretty frustrating driving around and having explosives randomly flung at you from different directions with no chance to counter.

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On the flip side, it’s also particularly frustrating having players running through you with a vehicle, especially when said vehicle is capable of killing you through walls.

It remains to be seen how much this new change is utilized, or whether it really makes much of an impact at all, but Infinity Ward will be closely assessing the situation to see what they can do to make the Warzone experience even better.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

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2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

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Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

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Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

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2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.

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