One of the big shockers in mid-October from Activision was an announcement on how they would be approaching the in-game economic system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The company announced that they would be ditching supply drops in favor of a Battle Pass system for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and provide direct paths to earn in-game content, including weapons. The new system is set to launch in December.
As part of the Activision Blizzard Investor Call on November 7, Activision’s President Rob Kostich was asked during the call about the decision to change the monetization system and how it would effect the company’s results going forward. Although Supply Drops were hated by the community, it was generating millions in revenue for the company.
Kostich started by explaining the “principles” for Modern Warfare in bringing the community together through multiple features that the game has – cross play, cross progression, and no season pass.
“I think it’s really important to first talk about our overarching principle on what we’re trying to do. We’re focused on bringing the community together, building one big community, and keeping them playing together through great content and features.“
“The changes we’ve been making are certainly in service of those principles, and not only great for our players, but also for growing and sustaining long term engagement, which of course is critical to our long term success.”
Kostich brought up the fact that they have eliminated the season pass and plan to bring out new content free for the entire community. The first content drop arrives on Friday, November 8 with 2 MP maps. He also touches on cross play and how he’s noticed that cross play has brought some friends together that have not been able to play Call of Duty together in a while.
“I do want to talk about some of the things you mentioned and some of those changes. You know we did eliminate the season pass, and instead, will be focused on dropping free content to the community so everyone can enjoy it together. Tomorrow [Friday, November 8] is actually going to be the first free content drop for Modern Warfare, and we’re excited about that, and the much bigger things that are yet to come for the community.“
“Now we also implemented cross play for the first time in the franchise to keep friends playing together no matter what platform they’re on, and I think this one is actually really important. And I am seeing it in how friend groups are connecting already. Players who haven’t played Call of Duty together in years are doing so, we think that’s really great for the community, overall.“
He then brings up the changes to the monetization system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and he says: “it’s the right thing to do for our players.”
“Now, we’re also implementing a new Battle Pass system, which you mentioned, and it’s going to launch later this quarter. We feel it’s the right thing to do for the game and how it’s designed. And, more importantly, we think it’s the right thing to do for our players. That launch is still ahead of us, but we’ve been really encouraged by the early response from the community to the changes we’re making there.“
Kostich followed by touching on the fact that the launch of Modern Warfare is “just the beginning” and that there’s “much more” to come for this game with post launch Seasons and Events planned to keep the community engaged for the long haul of this title.
“So in terms of growth, we do feel good both about our long term engagement potential as well as the new system that we’re implementing. I’ll let Dennis speak to how we think about in-game revenue in this quarter and beyond, but on the content side, we have plans for Seasons and Events that we believe will keep the community playing together for the long haul.“
“Modern Warfare is really a great game; it’s a deep experience. And we believe it’s just scratching the surface of what it can do. We keep saying in many places that the launch of Modern Warfare is just the beginning, and it truly is. There’s a ton more to look forward to here.”
Dennis Durkin, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Financial Officer, spoke a little on the new system as well noting that the company is overall excited about the changes and that they believe having the community together and engaged with a system that they like, that’ll lead to great business results.
“We do feel great about the in-game plans and a lot of the changes you and the team made. We’re always, though, very careful when modeling these new initiatives particularly in launch quarters like this one and the timing of it. Overall, with the changes and keeping the community together with the cross platform and the new economic system that we have inside the game, we think that, most importantly, is going to drive long term engagement inside the franchise. And usually when you’ve got great long term engagement, great business results follow.”
“So, we’re pretty excited about what we have in store and what’s coming, and we think that’s going to be a nice tailwind heading into 2020 for Modern Warfare.“
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New Modern Warfare MP maps returning soon
Killhouse added to Modern Warfare, as two more maps to come soon.
Following the Warzone Season 2 Reloaded update, Modern Warfare received three new maps – Call of Duty 4’s Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage. Now, the two new maps have been temporarily removed but will return soon, and Killhouse still remains.
Although Call of Duty games usually lose the majority of their player base when the next installment of the franchise releases, Black Ops Cold War’s joint progression system has given Modern Warfare fans a reason to stay. Even while playing 2019’s title, they will continue to increase their rank in Warzone and Cold War.
Modern Warfare’s content lifecycle was set to end in November 2020 with the release of Cold War, but as part of Warzone’s mid-Season 2 update, Activision treated fans to three new maps: Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage.
Killhouse was, and still is, available in a 24/7 playlist in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, but Al-Raab and Drainage were only available in private matches. Now, however, Al-Raab and Drainage have been mysteriously removed from the game.
Old-school CoD fans will remember Killhouse well as it made its debut in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but has also been included in CoD Mobile and Modern Warfare Remastered.
This close-range map, inspired by CoD 4’s tutorial level, F.N.G, is set in a military training warehouse. Although the map is small, it has plenty of cover and obstacles to navigate between.
You can still jump straight into Killhouse by selecting the “Killhouse 24/7” playlist from the Modern Warfare menu.
The other 6v6 map added in this surprise update was Al-Raab Airbase, but it could only be accessed through Private Matches. This map may also be familiar as it appears to be modeled after the Russian airbase Alex and Farah assault in the campaign mission, Proxy War. This map is relatively larger than CoD’s standard 6v6, with plenty of verticality and long lanes to snipe down.
A new Gunfight map, Drainage, was also added to Modern Warfare’s Private Matches. Similar to Airbase, Drainage is large for a 2v2 map, but it will also support 3v3 and other small team game modes. A bridge goes over the map as its standout feature, and there’s a ton of debris on the ground for players to use as cover.
These two maps will be returning to Modern Warfare MP “soon” Infinity Ward says in a new tweet. The maps needed more “love” before they could become available to play.
Infinity Ward never acknowledged the maps being added or taken away, so we don’t know if these are the only changes made to Modern Warfare.
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Warzone players call for “Classic” mode with only Modern Warfare weapons
Many Warzone players feel that Call of Duty’s battle royale game could do with a mode that only allows the use of Modern Warfare weapons.
Disgruntled Warzone players want to see the game incorporate a “Classic” mode that goes back to the game’s roots, using only CoD: Modern Warfare weapons.
The integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone really did change the game and its meta forever. Across Season 1 and Season 2, Warzone’s already stellar roster of guns received a massive boost and gave players a lot more options to choose from.
But these extras haven’t been to the delight of everyone, as some of them namely Cold War’s DMR, Diamattis, and MAC-10 have had a huge impact on Warzone. In response, some players are keen to see a mode that only makes use of the game’s original weapons.
Cold War and Warzone use different game engines, meaning that the guns don’t translate as well when they make the transition to a different game.
melon_b0y has alluded to this fact and is calling for Raven Software to accommodate frustrated CoD players.
He said, “Without the Cold War weapons, the game would flow a lot smoother and would bring back skill into gunfights, not just who shoots first. Not to mention that without the FFAR and AUG around to compete, the game mode would be more balanced.
I’m not saying completely remove Cold War weapons, but I think a mode without them would greatly improve the fun in Warzone and bring back some nostalgia as well.”
It’s an interesting concept that should definitely be considered. It certainly does feels like a lifetime ago that Warzone was only populated by Modern Warfare weapons and felt more balanced.
If this became a reality, you’d imagine that it would be supported by many players, and could result in players abandon the normal version of the game.
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New Warzone leak reveals possible Sykov pistol release date
A Warzone date miner has revealed a potential release date for the upcoming dual wield, fully automatic Sykov pistol.
A new leak has revealed a possible release date for Modern Warfare and Warzone’s highly anticipated and feared full-auto Sykov pistol, also known as the Makarov.
Players have been waiting to get their hands on new Modern Warfare weapons that are expected to arrive in Warzone soon. After players could find the unreleased Sykov pistol in Plunder, many are looking forward to using it in their loadout.
Warzone data miner TailsDoll553 has revealed potential release dates for several upcoming Warzone and Cold War bundles. The standout piece of information is the release date for the Sparks Operator Bundle, which contains a new Operator and a Blueprint for unreleased full-auto Sykov pistol.
According to TailsDoll553, Warzone’s new pistol is set to release on April 15. They noted that “these could be subjected to change at any time, but these are the most likely dates for the bundles.”
Many players expect this new pistol to become the close-range meta when it arrives. The akimbo Diamattis from Black Ops Cold War dominated all point-blank fights for their high fire rate and insane damage output, but the Sykov is set to be even more powerful.
Through the Gunsmith system, it can be customized to be wielded akimbo and made fully automatic with an 80 round mag. This is sure to melt enemies up close and because it’s a secondary, you can run it along with the Ghost perk.
As for the other weapons set to be arriving, the CX-9 SMG and Raal LMG, as well as the Soap Operator Bundle, TailsDoll553 said they couldn’t find any dates for their release as the date doesn’t appear to be in Warzone’s files yet.
As this is a leak, there’s no guarantee that the Sykov will release on April 15. However, by following our guide, you can try it out early in Modern Warfare’s Survival mode.
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