UPDATE – May 19th: The new SAC3 non-akimbo variants and Royalty Elite Variants are now live in both Regular and Advanced Supply Drops on Xbox One.

Original Story:

Sledgehammer Games have announced that New SAC3 Variants and Royalty Weapon Variants Coming to Advanced Warfare on May 19th to Xbox One. The new SAC3 variants and Royalty variants will be available through both Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops on Xbox One. These are coming soon the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Royalty Weapon Variants

Sledgehammer Games is introducing new Royalty variants of existing guns, which are Elite variants of the weapons. On May 19th, the first 10 Royalty weapon variants will be launching on Xbox One.

These guns are clad in the same purple and gun-metal camouflage as the Grand Master Prestige armor, and have similar stats to some of the elite versions of weapons you already love.  

Five New SAC3 Variants

Starting May 19th on Xbox One, Sledgehammer Games is also introducing five new variants of the SAC3 weapon, in non-akimbo form. These weapons now allow players to use ADS to precisely target enemies.


Each of these variants feature a new single weapon which allow players to ADS for precision targeting. 

Both the new Royalty weapon variants and the SAC3 non-akimbo variants will be available in both Regular and Advanced Supply Drops starting May 19th on Xbox One and coming soon to PlayStation 4 and PC.


  • IVIelanson


    • TheDemonOfHate


      • IVIelanson

        Yes actually I was.

  • Drasadex

    June 19 for PSN.

    • FazalGaming

      june 20 something for PC

      • Baruck obuma

        nah it will be something like october 15th to somat.

      • jordanxbrookes

        June 20th 2023 for PC.

    • RdJokr

      Wouldn’t that be June 18 though? Because Microsoft contract is supposed to have a 30-day gap for every piece of DLC.

      • Drasadex

        Actually yeah that sounds about right. That’s a Thursday, which is when most COD stuff for PSN gets released.

  • Martyn96

    Disappointed with the royalty weapons. I mean seriously?! Same stats with only a different camo? I’m glad with the sac3 though.

    • Yep, but look at the Sac3 roaylty, it doesn’t have a red dot sights

      • RdJokr

        Nope, that’s SHG fucking up. Royalty SAC3 is Isolated SAC3 in GMP camo. Red Dot will still be there.

        Unless they patch the gun and remove it before official launch…

        • ;_;

        • Kobrah

          How do you know?

          • RdJokr

            The stats of the Royalty variants were discovered a while ago, plus recent gameplay from a modded AW client on PC proves that.

    • nigga who likes spelling

      royalty* bitch spelling and grammar ftw!

      • ScOott

        You should start a sentence with a capital letter and surely a commer should be in place after the bitch as well, I’m no expert tho. Either way….

        jus get da fuk out of ere Yew dog shit turd munching biatch, this Iz the Internet ..

    • urmum

      I already got a non-akimbo sac3

  • idkwhatmynameis

    Nice. I have all the elite assault rifles and smgs. Something new to shoot for.

  • RdJokr

    “Similar stats to some of the elite versions of weapons you already love”

    => In other words, this is merely your Elite guns reskinned, because we can’t be bothered to bring in guns with new stats that would fuck up balancing even more – SHG.

    Really though, in what world do we love the Bear Fist over the Insanity? Or the Finger Trap over the RIP? Or the Obsidian Steed over the Inferno? (OK, that last one is probably 50/50, since both guns are good)

    Point is, SHG’s choice of “favorite elite guns” are really crap.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      This is why it’s such a joke of a game to people lol. I’ll save my opinion for when I have them in my hands.

    • bird

      maybe this is them trying to “rebalance” by hype. Bear with me, because of the royalty camo, and they hype, maybe some will choose to use the Bal royalty over the obsidian steed or the Royalty over the insanity because it looks so cool and is very rare? idk.

      Either way these might as well be unicorns, because i sure won’t be fortunate enough to get any of these lol

    • idkwhatmynameis

      M1 irons was a completely new weapon.

    • boss

      that’s y I fukd yo bitch u fat muthafuka

      • ScOott

        The only person that looks like a twat here is you.. Please think before you post comments, I know thinking maybe a tuff concept for you, but please try ..

        • Fuck off

          Well you’re a arrogant twat aren’t you?

          • ScOott

            Not arrogant, just a twat 🙂 And when I see someone being a dick to someone else for no reason, I turn into a bigger twat 😀

      • Nic Moffatt

        You couldn’t even be bothered to spell that right you uneducated fuck.

      • Dozerbeatz

        Get money!

    • Fuck off

      I mean these are just coming out for PS4 , XB1 , and PC so idk what tell ya.

    • idkwhatmynameis

      So an insanity with a red dot is a bad thing? Or a finger trap you can put attachments on? Or stats that are right in the middle of the two elites. Since there are two elites topull ssimilarities from, you shouldnt be so emotional when theysay similar and not the same.
      You don’t know what they have in mind.
      First call of duty to offer weapon variety from the start and to keep it up during the life cycle and its lk you guys are never appreciative enough to just take it and be quiet.
      Were you complaining when treyarch gave the peacekeeper and then nothing else? Were they too scared of rebalancing?

      • RdJokr

        Apparently you are not aware of the recent gameplay leak on PC. I’m not saying this without facts. The PC files already have the Royalty variants in place, with stats and everything. Royalty HBR is Bear Fist, Royalty AK12 is Finger Trap, Royalty ASM1 is Speakeasy, etc…

        Now, I’m not denying the possibility that SHG could change the stats for the official release. But then, why? The codes are easily changeable, so it’s not like there’s even a need to have “placeholder stats”.

        Also, that balancing comment was a joke. Take a chill pill, dude.

        • idkwhatmynameis

          Similar not same. All I gotta say

          • OhRyaNz

            They are EXACTLY the same…

        • UhYeahNo

          How is there no need to have placeholder stats? As you said, gameplay leak on PC. It makes sense to have a placeholder stat so if someone did get their hands onto a gun they’d be able to make them thing it was the same stats when in reality they change it before release. I’m not denying that they ARE the same stats, but your comment just makes no sense.

          • RdJokr

            And would it hurt the game in any way if we knew the stats beforehand? No, it won’t.

            Plus, the Royalty variants weren’t the only things that were leaked. The stats for the M1 Irons were leaked not long before that as well. And they remain unchanged. So it’s perfectly normal to assume that it’s the same with these Royalty variants.

    • NotShitAtCOD

      It seriously doesnt affect you then. If there just shitty versions then people will still use the op ones. This actually kind of helps cause it kinda makes people want to use the awesome looking guns.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      Sledgehammer be like “f**k you pay me ?”

  • TJ Besel

    So do you get a sac 3 base non-akimbo? Or do you have to get the base from a supply drop as well?

    • Kyle G

      im assuming the base non akimbo variant will be available to you by default, and you can unlock additional non akimbo variants via regular/advanced supply drops.

  • Jeff Wiseman

    *Sledgehammer Mantra* Random luck bests skill, don’t earn when you can buy. Throw us your money for an ASD to better your odds.

    • Daniel

      Normal SD’s have better odds than ADS

      • wee

        did u just pull random shit out of your ass?

        • guestrits

          Check Drift0rs video before you “pull random shit out of your ass”

  • XtremeK1ll3r

    SAC 3 – Royalty Gameplay – TD

    • Anthony

      Good troll i r8 8/8 gr8 b8 m8

      • No h8! 😛

        • HYPED NIGGA

          fuk u bitch I was hypedyhjymhfjyyyy
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  • jooker-jr

    Why not just give us the camo?

    • So they’ll get more advanced supply drop sales

    • RdJokr

      Because when everybody’s royalty, no one is.

      • jooker-jr

        Hmmm, you Convinced me, but they shouldn’t have the same stats.

        • Eddie

          Should’ve made it unlockable by getting the normal Royalty camo on all guns

          • jooker-jr

            Then the Normal royalty camo will become useless.

  • Turtles

    so im gonna assume that they are making the guns combined (like power rangers) Example:the bal royalty will probably have 2+Damage and 1+Fire Rate because the inferno and steed mixed thats my theory on these new guns

    • RdJokr

      No, that’s not how it works.

      Royalty guns are just the same as some of the existing Elite guns, except it has purple Royalty camo. For example: Royalty HBRa3 is the same as Bear Fist, from the stats, to the integrated Red Dot sight.

      • Turtles

        Wow thats retarted.Alot of creativity Sledgehammer Games has.

        • YoungMurf

          Lolz thtz so retarted lyk.

      • Daniel

        Ak 12 hall of fame?

        • RdJokr

          That’s fake.

  • FazalGaming

    In b4 det fgt juses

  • mason 117

    Has this ever hapened to you??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kacAIF1nZSo Im so done

    • The7Reaper

      Yep…… I’ve also been accused of being a hacker too because I’ve done that same exact thing too someone else.

      • mason 117

        What a joke man I can’t even play ranked play because im always lagging there but not on public matches

        • nig nog

          upgrade your can

    • Ptrain727

      At least twice every time I play

    • Jeff Wiseman

      Ever since the last update the hit detection has been crap. Worse than ever. Maybe it is a symptom of lag.

    • JoZer805g

      Advanced Warfare

      Y u no have Ghosts hit detection?

    • Tayler Hammond

      lmfao dude it’s not bad hit detection. You literally missed every shot. Slow the video down and you can see you were shooting above him the whole time. Calm down and improve your aim.

      • mason 117

        Dude are you serious? I even moved my aim side to side and no hitmarkers, and when I died a few hitmarkers appeared on my screen, Im not that bad man c’mon 🙁

    • Sexy Mcgee

      Nope. If anything, since the pre patch hotfix the netcode got A LOT better on PS4. Not perfect but most games are playable. The biggest problem I’ve seen occuring more than I’d like is when the enemy model disappears in the middle of a fire fight.

    • John

      You missed every shot.

      • mason 117


    • Drasadex

      You missed your target by just a bit.

    • Ak74u

      You can clearly see you missed your shots… That is terrible aiming

    • Kyle G

      You deserve it for using a speakeasy

      • Drasadex


      • mason 117

        I was using it because it fires faster and thats a counter for the lag 😀 but apparently not thihs time 🙁

    • Dozerbeatz

      Well, this could happen instead,,poor dude…

    • Jasy

      Stop being salty. The only thing that is wrong about this video is your aim. And yes, you did miss all but one shot.

  • Eh, its just purple camo. Not that big of a deal.

  • satish pydikondala

    So no ak12 hall of fame

    • bird

      that was photoshopped

      • satish pydikondala

        Well that’s shit

  • Rorschach Ink

    Who is the retard that thought of this “non-akimbo” variant shit. Just put in a fucking attachment that makes it solo! Now I have to search through supply drops for a solo SAC3 when I literally have two at hand. Advanced Warfare is testing my patience.

    • watchmewhip100

      for real just throw the other one on the fuckin ground damn

    • GinsuVictim

      And waste a slot that can be used for a perk? No thanks.

      • Rorschach Ink

        Yeah because they’re are so many attachments you can put on akimbo 9_9

        • GinsuVictim

          Those slots take up room for other perks.

  • watchmewhip100

    360 ps3 ps4???

    • TheDemonOfHate

      Soon my friend. We must wait.

  • The7Reaper

    The SAC-3 non akimbo is cool and all but I want to use the M1 Irons but I’m on Ps4

  • Baldmanz_RAGE

    The SMG’s are utter shit in this game. Who cares if they give us a non akimbo SAC!! You will die just as fast akimbo or no akimbo. Come on BO3 bring us back.

    • bird

      the hell you talkin bout willis!? ASM1 and KF5 are both incredible guns

      • NotShitAtCOD

        KF5 is way too inconsistent be called incredible.

    • Max Martinez

      You probably just suck with them.

  • Jordan Rolf


  • YoungMurf

    Actually really looking forward to using the SAC3 non-akimbo. Always thought it would be a decent gun without akimbo.

  • drjakeyoung

    Anyone else on PS4 today noticed an unusually large amount of lag in matches? I have laged in every other game i played today, even know i barley do.

    • lars

      jepp same here….

    • hunter

      Yup I’ve been lagging a lot in public matches. Especially when I get kicked out, the game will tell me it’s searching for lobbies but takes forever to the poin twhere I just shut off the game. So frustrating since the last patch came out. Though I do feel like I’m getting put in easier lobbies since the patch came out.

    • Nope. I haven’t been experiencing any lag at all.

    • NotShitAtCOD

      PSN was getting hacked by lizard squad.

  • Alex (EXO SUX)

    who cares.. WHO CARES.

    This game is SOO fucking boring. Anyone got any BO3 news?

    • jooker-jr

      I do.

    • SoulTaker

      You care cause well you spent the day out of your good day to come here read the article and complain about it so deep down you care about AW.

  • PatPatPat

    Apparently Supremacy will be released on May 26th.

    But don’t quote me on that.

  • Kobrah

    I would have preferred them to fix weapon balance before adding more guns :/

    • jooker-jr

      I don’t know why gun balance is a problem in AW, if they only nerfed few weapons, it will be balanced well.
      And they’ll probably fix some guns in may 19 so I really hope they do it well.

      • Kobrah

        IKR, it’s just a couple of small nerfs and maybe some minor buffs too. It really shouldn’t take this long to fix

  • lunator100hd .

    Why avery SAC3 has red dot?

  • Lennert

    No last gen? It’s just the same gun with a different camo. Not hard to put it in right? :/

  • Redrum


  • Kirkio

    I honestly was expecting these as rewards for finishing all the Marksman and Camo challenges or something. Considering that you need to complete Prestige twice for the Grand Master armour you’d think these weapons would take some actual work and effort to unlock and not be just another pointless micro transaction bait.

    I’m bored of the endless new armour sets and weapons, it’s about time for Map Pack 3 already.

  • Panda

    Just what we need, some new colours on our guns… What about balancing the Op weapons ‘ey SH? 😉

  • johnny

    These BO3 guys bashing on AW, go back to the fucking BO3 thread, fucking click on it, it’s right there! Noone likes you other then other BO3 fuckboys, you’re making a bad image of yourselves and Black ops series, it’s only saying that it’s full of immature retards.

    • Guywithbrains

      I agree about the fact that if one doesn’t have anything meaningful to say then he should not comment. Everyone can like or not like AW but one shouldn’t come to every news article to get likes with “Clicks article, sees AW, goes away”…

  • Melchor

    I will continue to grind this game in order to get the Obsidian Steed. Not interested in the rest of the weapons.

    • Jasy

      Don’t even bother. I’ve been doing the same thing trying to get the inferno. And after 30 prestiges, I still don’t have it. It’s not worth wasting your time on this game for one gun.

      • Billy Bedlam

        same for me, ive been grinding for the inferno nothing yet

        • Trevor Kansier

          Really? I got the inferno and the speakeasy on my first supply drop.

          • Billy Bedlam

            I got the speakeasy as my 1st drop ever never got the inferno yet I have not played in a. Week

  • Just waiting for variant weapons to be banned on rank play

  • BigMacMan

    I hope they do a non-akimbo XMG variant sometime in the future

  • archibald periwinkle

    second worst CoD after ghosts

  • Dozerbeatz

    XMG non akimbo next…I CALLED IT…

  • Dozerbeatz

    HOW ABOUT INSTEAD WE FIX MATCHMAKING!? I live in Michigan, yet get paired up with people that speak spanish with MEX and CUBA clan tags. Just last night, 2 dudes from Ireland talking about the Irish government. I have 60down 10up low ping across the USA. These people are teleporting around the map, bullets cant register on that!. Ease off on the SBMM so I can get some damn lobbies. Most of the time it says that there are only 2 possilbe lobbies, and then I have to keep playing the same scrubs. I KNOW THERE ARE MORE THAN 24 people playing in the gamemode. ONLY 2 POSSILBE MATCHES…GTFO sledgehammer…

  • BMoe

    Name one variant the….

  • Imventing

    is it out yet?

  • Brad Zweep

    Do we get the base sac3 single or do we have to get that in a supply drop too…..cause i dont have anything yet…..just bought advanced supply drops and nothing!

  • Luke

    When you get a royalty elite does it say royalty or does it say elite?


    Why can’t 360 haVe this, I paid just as much for the game and season pass as Xbox one users I feel ripped off.

  • DaMadOne

    Everything that RdJokr said was spot on! The new Royalty elites are just re-skins. They could have made the better by adding an attachment that doesn’t take up a slot. For example: HBRa3 Bear Fist with Royalty camo; it has a RDS, you could add a quick draw grip that doesn’t take up an attachment slot. Like Infinity Ward did with the Honey Badger. The Royalty elites was another opportunity to suck more money from people.

  • Josh Carwardine

    Bring it to 360 cock ends