Call of Duty: Warzone is no stranger to game breaking exploits. From the infinite stim glitch to the various areas you can clip into, glitches are commonplace. But developer Raven Software has at least patched out one of the battle royale’s biggest exploits. As of today, the Warzone gas mask glitch no longer works.
The gas mask is a purchasable item. When equipped it prevents a player taking damage from the gas. It lasts a total of ten seconds before breaking, causing players to once again take damage from the gas. However, the gas mask glitch made it so that it was possible to extend the duration of the gas mask indefinitely.
There’s work to be done
The gas mask glitch has been one of the biggest causes of player frustration in Warzone over the last month or so. Because it made gas masks indestructible, team’s exploiting it could spend the whole game outside of the zone. This effectively made them invincible as opposing teams couldn’t get close enough to down them.
Now that the gas mask glitch is patched Activision’s hit battle royale should be easier to enjoy. However, there are still other major exploits that need to dealt with. Currently, the exploit plaguing Warzone the most is no clipping.
No clipping is when a player manages to pass through a wall. By no clipping it is possible to reach areas of the map that provide massive advantages over your opposition. Some areas that it is possible to clip into allow you to see enemies through walls even though they cannot see you.
The good news is that Activision has recently confirmed that it is expanding the Warzone dev team. Hopefully, more staff working on Warzone will reduce the likelihood of exploits like the gas mask glitch appearing in the future.
For esport fans there are fewer names more well-known than sinatraa. The former Overwatch League MVP moved to Valorant after getting bored of Overwatch. However, just over a year into his Valorant career he was suspended after evidence of potential sexual assault surfaced. The evidence was shared by his ex-girlfriend @cle0h on Twitter.
Some may have assumed that was the end but sinatraa has recently reappeared on his current girlfriend’s stream. A member of her Twitch chat asked if he was looking to return to pro play. The former San Francisco Shock player replied was saying: “”I don’t know if I’m going to return pro but I’m going to be back streaming no matter what.”
A likely return?
Truth be told, sinatraa isn’t the one who gets to decide if he returns or not. The allegations against him were supported by damning evidence. At the very least, the evidence was serious enough for the Sentinels to cancel his contract.
A return to the Overwatch League seems even less likely given Blizzard’s strict stance. Following the allegations Blizzard revoked his MVP title as well as removing his MVP skin from Overwatch. Players who had previous purchased the skin were refunded. It therefore seems unlikely that the US-based publisher would even allow him to re-enter the league.
For teams it’s going to be a question of risk versus reward. Certainly, sinatraa is one of the most talented esports players of all time. His varied skillset covers mechanical skill, adaptability, and game sense, making him an incredible asset for just any team.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worth signing him. There’s the possibility of a huge backlash against any organisation that shows sinatraa support. After all, if the allegations are true than supporting him is the same as supporting sexual assault. If any organisation will take the risk is yet to be seen.
On Friday Activision announced that it was reassigning one of its leading studios. Toys for Bob, developers of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, will be operating as a Warzone support developer going forward. This raised some concerns after rumours started suggesting that some Toys for Bob employees had been let go.
However, in a response posted on Gamesindustry.biz today the American AAA publisher has confirmed that these reports are not true. Every employee of Toys for Bob will remain under contract after the transition. Some employees may have chosen to walk out for creative reasons, but Activision itself has not fired any of the studios’ talent.
False allegations against Activision
According to Activision: “Reports of layoffs at Toys for Bob are incorrect. The development team is operating fully and has a number of full-time job openings at this time.” Furthermore, the statement details that Toys for Bob will continue working on Crash Bandicoot 4 alongside Call of Duty: Warzone.
This won’t please everyone as some gamers are still annoyed about the switch of focus. At the very least though, it reassures everyone involved that they still have work waiting for them. Activision has been guilty in the past of shutting down studios unethically, but this isn’t one of those cases.
Perhaps the most well-known studio that Activision shutdown was Radical Entertainment. Responsible for the Crash Bandicoot series in the late 2000s as well as The Simpsons: Hit & Run, Radical Entertainment had an impressive portfolio. Unfortunately, Activision deemed the failure of Prototype 2 a good enough reason to shut them down.
Call of Duty: Warzone has suffered from bugs and a general lack of quality control as of late. Numerous glitches and exploits have entered the game, because main developer Raven Software isn’t a big enough studio to handle such a large project. Bringing in an experienced support developer like Toys for Bob should help Warzone overcome these issues.
Many video games have received film adaptations over the years. Some popular examples include Pokémon Detective Pikachu and 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog. One of the upcoming films to add to this list is the Borderlands Movie. Since the Borderlands Movie was first revealed in 2015, Lionheart has been announcing what actors will be involved with Gina Gershon being the latest addition.
In case you are unfamiliar with her works, Gina Gershon has been an established actor since the 1980s. Some of her most iconic roles include Cristal Connors in Showgirls and Riverdale’s Gladys Jones. In the Borderlands Movie she will be playing Mad Moxxi.
Who is Mad Moxxi?
Mad Moxxi is a reoccurring character in the Borderlands games. She first appeared in the original and has since played a role in all three mainline games. Moxxi even appears in the spin-off, The Pre-sequel, where she is responsible for the destruction of the Eye of Helios.
Moxxi is a sadistic and lustful character best known for her many innuendos. She also runs several bars across Pandora under the brand “Moxxi’s.” These provide a space where the player can use slot machines to try and earn various rewards including legendary weapons.
Gina Gershon joins a large list of popular actors that have already been cast in other roles. The full list can be found on the Borderlands Movie IMDB page. The list includes some well-known name like Kevin Hart as Roland, Jack Black as Claptrap, and Cate Blanchett as Lilith.
At this stage it’s difficult to say how good the Borderlands Movie will be. At their worst, video game movie adaptations end up as some of the worst products in the industry. But the likes of Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat exist so who knows. Maybe it’ll end up being better than expected.
Earlier this year Japanese games publisher Capcom gave us Capcom Arcade Stadium. It was originally released only on Nintendo Switch but that will be changing soon. A new announcement has confirmed that Arcade Stadium will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.
Set for a May 25 release, Capcom Arcade Stadium is a title that features a collection of Capcom’s best games. Totalling 32 different games from Capcom’s past, some highlights include Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Street Fighter II, and 1942. The games in the collection range from 80’s classics to Capcom’s early 2000s efforts.
A classic collection
The idea of selling a classic games collection is nothing new. Nintendo and Sony even went as far as to repackage old consoles in the form of mini re-releases. In many ways, it’s surprising that it took Capcom this long given the obvious demand.
Capcom Arcade Stadium can be considered a celebration of the publisher’s best years. In recent years it has dropped off a little and only owns a handful of notable franchises. However, in the past Capcom were one of the biggest game publishers in the industry. It had a particular dominance in arcades which peaked in the 1980s.
As the name would suggest, Arcade Stadium will only feature games that were playable in arcades around the world. This means that certain Capcom classics that were released on home consoles instead won’t feature. An example of this is Demon’s Crest, a popular side scroller released on the NES.
Although an exact price hasn’t been confirmed yet, we can speculate as to what it will likely be. Currently, Capcom Arcade Stadium is available on Switch for free. But to get access to all of the games you need to buy the extra passes. These are available for $14.99 each. Alternatively, there is a complete pack which features all of the games for $39.99.
A rework of Phantasy Start Online 2 was announced last year. Dubbed PSO2 New Genesis, it aims to bring SEGA’s hit MMORPG into the modern age. Initially, players weren’t expecting to see the update go live for some time. However, a new announcement has confirmed that it will be arriving later this year.
Set for a June 2021 release, the update will be an occasion to celebrate for all Phantasy Star fans. The Japanese MMO was launched back in 2012 in Japan. It didn’t find its way across to the West until just last year. Due to the eight years delay it does look a little aged in places. The PSO2 New Genesis overhaul will give the game a modern looking coat of paint.
What’s in the overhaul
One of the most exciting parts of this announcement is its release date. Typically, Japanese developers tend to release content in their own native country earlier than other countries. This is because it takes time to localize and translate content. However, New Genesis breaks away from this trend by releasing simultaneously in Japan and worldwide.
Any characters that you already own will transfer from PSO2 to New Genesis. No progress will be lost as this is a rework of the existing game, not a new game. This is good news for those that have invested thousands of hours into their accounts.
Exact details haven’t been confirmed but we know that some big changes are expected. The original marketing for New Genesis described it as a “change to the game system.” These changes are significant enough that certain items and weapon stats will not be available in the rework.
Finally, the PSO2 New Genesis overhaul will be fundamentally reworking the combat. Phantasy Star has had an outdated combat system for some time now so fans will surely be happy to hear this. Given that it’s the franchises 20th anniversary this year, an update on this scale feels appropriate.
In a breaking announcement posted earlier today, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan is leaving Blizzard. The veteran developer has been responsible for the development of Blizzard’s hero shooter ever since it was first pitched in 2013. Before that he had worked on World of Warcraft and the cancelled Titan.
In the announcement Kaplan does not provide a specific reason as to why he is stepping down. Simply, he calls his time at Blizzard “an honor,” and thanks everyone for supporting him. With Kaplan leaving current assistant game director Aaron Keller will be taking his role. Before joining Blizzard, Keller was best known for his contributions to Realm Royale.
End of an era
It’s no secret that Jeff Kaplan is widely considered one of the industry’s most talented individuals. He has had years of success at Blizzard with almost everything he worked out turning out a success. However, it’s his creation of Overwatch which most know him for. The hero shooter has gone on to become one of Blizzard’s premier brands.
Overwatch isn’t just a video game franchise. Jeff Kaplan came up with an idea and Blizzard expanded it into so much more. We now have Overwatch novels, comic books, and several cinematic shorts.
Kaplan stepping down may have some fans concerned about the fate of Overwatch 2. The long-awaited sequel was first announced at Blizzcon 2019 with further details being revealed at Blizzcon 2021. However, according to Keller you don’t need to be worried.
In his own statement Keller reassures fans that Overwatch 2 is “continuing at a good pace.” Equally, fans can expect “more frequent updates,” on Overwatch 2 going forward. It will be interesting to see how Blizzard proceeds without Jeff Kaplan. He has been a key figure in designing some of its flagship franchises. It’s never easy to lose such a talent but I’m sure everyone involved at Blizzard is ever thankful for Kaplan’s contributions.
Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software has today unveiled its latest set of changes. This patch looks to address the battle royale’s biggest problems. Amongst these includes a nerf to the infamous Roze skin, a commonly used operator in Warzone.
Roze is a popular choice as her armour in this skin was completely black all over. This made it an excellent choice for hiding in shadows or difficult to spot locations. Many players found this skin frustrating and, in some cases, even unfair. It was unlockable last year before the Cold War integration so many players can’t even use it.
A Significant balance patch
Alongside the Roze changes Raven has also confirmed certain Warzone guns will be receiving nerfs. Those listed include the M16, AUG, FFAR 1, and Sykov. The inclusion of the Sykov is particularly interesting as it was only added a few days ago.
Furthermore, Raven Software is planning to use this opportunity to fix some crucial bugs. Amongst these includes a current bug that prevents the Variable Zoom scope from producing sniper glint. Sniper glint is a mechanic that gives away a sniper’s location when scoped in. However, by using this attachment you can bypass this mechanic.
The other major bug fix is focused on the Modern Warfare weapon perks. A couple of patches ago many of these became broken in both Warzone and Modern Warfare. An example of this is the Sleight of Hand perk no longer speeding up reload time.
Finally, the RC-XC killstreak is going to reworked so that you cannot acquire it through a Buy Station. This may not be as exciting to Warzone players as the Roze skin nerfs, but it’s a nice change nonetheless. Many players weren’t happy with how the RC-XC had taken the loadouts spot on the Buy Station. This change resulted in players accidentally purchasing the killstreak when trying to obtain a loadout.
The Season Two reloaded update brought with it plenty of content to the Call of Duty franchise. Both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War received a bunch of balancing changes and a new gun. What fans didn’t expect though was three new maps for Modern Warfare.
The 2019 first person shooter had not received a major update in several months prior to these maps being added. However, the addition didn’t last long. Just a few days after the update Infinity Ward removed two of the three maps. It had remained silent on the matter until now but has finally provided a much-needed update.
They are coming back
As posted on the official Infinity Ward twitter, both maps will be returning soon. According to the developer they were launched earlier than intended and still require “a bit more love,” before going live.
The maps in question are Drainage and Al-Raab Airbase. Both of these maps were leaked a long time ago but didn’t enter Modern Warfare until recently. Given the lack of updates for Modern Warfare over the last year, it is disappointing to see them removed. Hopefully Infinity Ward sticks to its word and we can try them out again soon enough.
It’s not just maps that have received this treatment either. There are three guns in Modern Warfare that are fully functioning and modelled, but haven’t been released. These are the Sykov, CX-9, and RAAL. Unlike the maps, Infinity Ward has not publicly acknowledged these or provided a release date.
Whilst it is nice to see Modern Warfare receiving updates once again, these new maps are probably not a sign that things are going to improve. Raven Software is hard at work developing Warzone whilst Infinity Ward are likely working on a new Call of Duty altogether. Regardless, the communication is appreciated and it’s nice to see Modern Warfare hanging in there.
We’ve known for a while now that a new Warzone map is in the works. The leaks first appeared a few months back when the name Ural Mountains first appeared. Originally, we thought that Ural Mountains was a remake of the existing Warzone map, Verdansk. But the leak that has come out today has revealed some fascinating new information.
Instead of being a remake of Verdansk, it turns out Ural Mountains most likely started life as a Blackout map. Blackout was Call of Duty’s first attempt at creating a battle royale. Bundled as part of Black Ops 4, it wasn’t overly successful. Since Warzone has taken over the Blackout population has faded outside of a handful of diehard fans.
Ural Mountains is coming
The theory is that Warzone was not intended to have Cold War integrated into it. Instead, Treyarch had likely been working on a Blackout 2 of sorts. However, once Warzone gained so much traction plans changed and Blackout was scrapped. This left Treyarch with the difficult task of converting Ural Mountains into a Warzone map.
The leaked images suggest that Ural Mountains will be made up of several existing Fireteam maps. Fireteam is a large-scale game mode in Black Ops Cold War that sees ten teams of four battle over various objectives. It isn’t overly surprising that Ural Mountains will consist of Fireteam maps as this is what the original Warzone map did too.
The Verdansk that players know is effectively a merging of several Ground War maps. Similar to Fireteam, Ground War is another large-scale game mode exclusive to Modern Warfare. It’s an effective strategy as it allows a developer to create one map that covers multiple game modes.
However, it doesn’t look as though Ural Mountains will be coming to Warzone anytime soon. Even though Ural Mountains itself isn’t the Verdansk remake, that remake is still expected in the near future. It seems likely that the Verdansk remake will drop in Season 3 later this month whilst Ural Mountains will follow in a later season.