When I say Infinity Ward, you probably think of Call of Duty. After all, the California-based studio is best known for the Modern Warfare games that it has been working on since 2007. Some of them have even broken records with Modern Warfare 3 selling over 31 million units. But it looks like Infinity Ward is finally changing things up by creating an open world RPG.
As spotted by Twitter user @TheExesFile, Infinity Ward has begun hiring for a new game. It is looking to bring in a new creative director who will be challenged to work with the team to create an open world RPG. If this goes ahead then this will be the first non-Call of Duty title Infinity Ward has released in its history.
That is assuming this isn’t also a Call of Duty game. An open world RPG Call of Duty may sound unusual but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Games like Tom Clancy’s The Division have already proven that a serious military aesthetic can work in that genre.
If Infinity Ward does create an open world RPG it will establish a lot of firsts. A game of that nature requires quests, world-building, interesting lore, and large detailed environments. For the most part, these are not features that you would typically find in a Call of Duty game. Even so, Infinity Ward is a huge studio and would certainly have the manpower and talent to pull it off.
It’s already been filled?
A strange twist in this report is that the job listing has now disappeared. Shortly after it was spotted Activision took it down which either means one of two things. It got filled extremely quickly or it was an accidental posting. Either way, we now know more about what’s in store for Infinity Ward’s future.
Even though it isn’t perfect, there’s no doubting that Call of Duty: Warzone uses some impressive anti-cheat software. Named Ricochet, the anti-cheat in Warzone is amongst the most complex the games industry has to offer. And now developer Raven Software is straight up trolling cheaters with the new Damage Shield mechanic.
Damage Shield is triggered once the anti-cheat has identified a cheater. Once triggered the cheater’s guns will deal next to no damage requiring over 1000 shots to secure a kill. Meanwhile, other players will be unaffected and be able to down them as usual. This is an experience that hopes to frustrate cheaters and reward legitimate players.
Naturally, some Warzone players are concerned that Ricochet could affect law-abiding players. After all, false positives are by no means unheard of when it comes to anti-cheat software. However, Raven is confident that there is “no possibility for the game to apply a Damage Shield randomly or by accident.”
How effective this new method of anti-cheat will be is to be seen. The idea is that banning a cheater only does so much but frustrating them may cause them to stop. This type of psychological warfare is a new idea in the industry but could serve as the solution. The developer has already stated that cheating in Warzone is at an “all-time low.”
How Warzone Ricochet works
Ricochet is the anti-cheat software used in Warzone. It uses state-of-the-art kernel-level detection to identify and punish cheaters. It relies on the gathering of data and behavior patterns to figure out the difference between a legitimate player and a cheater.
Exactly what Ricochet is looking for is unknown as Activision hardly wants cheaters to figure out what is getting them caught. However, it is probably a mix between in-game stats and the user movements that are taken into consideration.
Warzone developer Raven Software has released the roadmap for Season 5 Reloaded. The new roadmap details what content Call of Duty fans can expect moving forward in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. Amongst the reveals was the confirmation that a Judge Dredd collaboration event will be ran in Warzone soon.
Judge Dredd is a popular British comic series. The story follows a law enforcement officer who is challenged with managing crime in the dystopian city of Mega-City One. It peaked in popularity in the 90s but still maintains a dedicated fanbase to this day.
Another Warzone collab
Judge Dredd is not the first collab to come to Warzone. Previously, Activision teamed up with Rambo, Die Hard, and Jigsaw to produce event exclusive cosmetics. Similarly, the Judge Dredd collab will see a new operator and gun skin introduced in a paid bundle. The exact cost of the bundle is unknown.
Interestingly, Season 5 Reloaded will not introduce any new guns into either game. However, a new melee weapon based on the Japanese sai blade will be added. Otherwise, Black Ops Cold War will run an Oktoberfest event, a new Motocross game mode, and a new mastercraft rarity weapon skin.
Warzone itself will see two new game modes introduced. Firstly, there’s Clash. Clash is a 50 versus 50 game mode with unlimited spawns and customised loadouts. The other mode being added is Iron Trials ‘84. It has been designed to be a higher skill version of Warzone with a longer time to kill, no free loadouts, and skill-based gulag mechanics.
Fans more interested in Zombies than Warzone and multiplayer aren’t being left out. Season 5 Reloaded will add a new Outbreak region and world event. Furthermore, a new feature called Rampage Inducer is being added alongside a new Outbreak mode, Survival. Further details on these additions can be expected in the near future.
Season 7 of Call of Duty Mobile is right around the corner. Touted for an August 27 launch, Season 7 will introduce new modes, guns, and maps into CoD Mobile. Some of these are old Call of Duty content being brought back but a lot of it is entirely new.
The headline announcement for Call of Duty fans is that Modern Warfare 2’s Scrapyard is being added. Titled ‘Scrapyard 2019’, this adaptation is based on the rebooted version of the map present in Modern Warfare 2019. The other map being added in Monastery, an original addition previously available in the Chinese version of CoD Mobile.
Load up the barracks
Two new weapons have been teased ahead of Season 7’s launch. One is the Hades, an LMG from Black Ops 4. This primary is best known for its surprisingly high mobility and accurate hip fire. The other weapon is the crossbow from Modern Warfare. This is a precision marksman weapon that is completely silent.
Season 7 of CoD Mobile will also add two new game modes. The new core multiplayer mode is ‘Payout Search and Destroy’. Although largely similar to regular Search and Destroy, this variation has players earn cash to buy equipment. This format is similar to how the Counter Strike series functions.
Players who prefer battle royale aren’t being left out either. The other new mode is ‘Solid Gold’, a battle royale mode where all items spawned are legendary. This should result in some high-level gun fights with the whole lobby being stacked with loot.
The patch notes also detail a large variety of balancing tweaks. This includes nerfs for the Type 25, Shorty, and Fennec. The largest changes are made to the Holger 26 which has been reworked to better fit into the meta. Interestingly, the Holger received a similar rework on Modern Warfare 2019 where it made its Call of Duty debut.
Activision has been strangely quiet about the next Call of Duty title. It’s only recently that the publisher even confirmed that it would be called Vanguard through a series of various teasers. However, a leak via the PlayStation Store suggests that we can expect an official reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard later this week.
The PlayStation Store entry for Vanguard was accidently updated too early. Although technically just a placeholder, it featured a thumbnail image that gave away some crucial information. The thumbnail reads: ‘World reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard – August 19, 10:30 AM PT in Call of Duty: Warzone’.
Vanguard is coming
Needless to say, the thumbnail’s message is hardly cryptic. It would appear that the official reveal for Vanguard will take place this Thursday on August 19. The reveal will happen in the Call of Duty: Warzonebattle royale game in some form.
Any further details as to what to expect are currently unknown. Based on the past, the most likely outcome is that Warzone developer Raven Software either places a teaser in Warzone or potentially add a new playlist. The latter was the method used to announce Black Ops Cold War’s integration with Warzone last April.
The playlist titled The Destruction of Verdansk saw the Ukraine based Warzone map bombed and destroyed. Following this event Verdansk was updated to be set in 1984, the same year as Black Ops Cold War. It’s possible that the reveal for Vanguard could be similar but this time focused on World War II.
There’s a lot of pressure on Activision to get this right. Not only is Warzone struggling right now with players moving on to other games, but the recent allegations don’t help either. Some gamers are losing faith in Activision but this reveal at least presents an opportunity to earn some of that faith back.
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.
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.
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.