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What to expect in “big” Modern Warfare update coming this week

Published: 20/Nov/2019 23:32

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward have teased a “big update” coming soon in Modern Warfare, presumably v1.09, and we’ve got everything there is to know about it so far.

Modern Warfare players were left frustrated on November 19 when Infinity Ward released an update that didn’t meet the community’s expectations.

However, the developers made it clear that it was just an impromptu hotfix patch and that “the big update” would be releasing later in the week. It’s believed that it will be labeled as v1.09, making it the seventh major update to be released since the game dropped on October 25.

Ashton Williams, Senior Communications Manager at IW, teased just how massive the update was going to be in a November 20 tweet: “Finalizing notes for “the big update” you all keep asking about. Notes are a little over two pages long. Lots of good stuff in here.”

When will the v1.09 go live in Modern Warfare?

While the exact release date for this update hasn’t yet been announced, it will be coming at some point before the end of the week.

The likeliest dates are either Thursday, November 21 or Friday, November 22, probably going out at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM BST.

Considering how massive it’s expected to be, the file size will likely be equally as large, so players should be prepared to spend some time downloading it and letting it copy before they can play.

Infinity WardThe November 19 update didn’t include much except for weapon changes, such as several nerfs made to the 725 shotgun.

What will the v1.09 update include?

Seeing as how there are “a little over two pages” of patch notes for this update, it’s set to include a lot of changes and additions, some of which have already been confirmed by the developers.

For one, the on-screen kill feed will be cleaned up so it will no longer notify players whenever teammates “avenged” or “saved” them. This will allow more important details like collaterals and kill chains to be displayed in a cleaner way.

This update will also provide a fix for the devastating spectator glitch that’s currently running rampant, most notably in Search & Destroy matches.

When players get eliminated, they are given a view of the map for a few seconds before the camera begins to spectate another teammate, allowing them to gain a lot of crucial information such as where enemies may be located or moving to.

Another important fix included will be for the bug causing the Dead Silence Field Upgrade to run out instantly after being activated and used by players.

That is pretty much all of the detail information that’s already been confirmed, but players should expect there to be a lot more included in this update, as hinted at by Ashton Williams on Twitter.

We could see some more weapon balancing changes implemented, on top of the ones made in the November 19 update that nerfed the 725 and Model 680 while buffing the AUG SMG.

There’s also the off-chance that Infinity Ward could add some more DLC content, such as a new map or two, although that’s something they probably would have announced beforehand.

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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.