Activision has provided the Call of Duty community an update on its work to combat various forms of toxicity and its plans to make sure that the Call of Duty franchise provides a safe and fun gameplay experience for everyone.
Call of Duty is one of the biggest entertainment franchises globally and has grown to new heights recently with the release and support of Warzone, Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Call of Duty: Mobile.
However, as with most online multiplayer games, some players, unfortunately, resort to engaging in toxic behavior that includes hate speech and harassment.
To combat this toxicity, Activision has been working to remove this kind of behavior from Call of Duty games and recently provided the community an update on the work it has been doing to accomplish it and what it plans to do going forward to be more effective in combating toxicity.
According to the update, over 350,000 accounts have been banned in the past 12 months for “racist names or toxic behavior based on player-submitted reports and an extensive review of our player-name database.”
The update also stated that new in-game filters had been implemented to catch potentially offensive user names, clan tags, or profiles. New technology to filter potentially offensive text chat and filters across 11 languages has also been implemented.
Activision also stated in the toxicity report that it would be working to improve in areas that will help “give players the tools needed to manage their own gameplay experience, combined with an enforcement approach that addresses hate speech, racism, sexism, and harassment..”
You can find these areas of improvement below:
- More resources to support detection and enforcement
- Additional monitoring and backend technology
- Scrubbing databases to bring systems up to current standards
- Consistent and fair review of enforcement policies
- Increased communication with the community
There is no doubt that toxic behavior can ruin the enjoyable experience that video games like Call of Duty are intended to provide to players. Hopefully, these efforts by the franchise will work in reducing instances of toxicity to a non-existent level.
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CoD community split as players reveal the worst ever Call of Duty game
Call of Duty players were asked to reveal which game they believe to be the franchise’s worst and the results were far from unanimous.
CoD fans usually have passionate opinions when it comes to debating the franchise’s best game, but the same could be said when the community was asked to reveal the worst Call of Duty game ever.
As Vanguard’s cycle slowly comes to a close with Season 5 on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some nostalgia and look back through the years of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty has been around for so long that most players will have significantly different answers when asked what their favorite or least favorite CoD game is.
While the replies revealed that most players view Black Ops 2 or Black Ops 3 as the best Call of Duty game ever made, the same cannot be said for their opinion of the franchise’s worst game.
The replies for the “Worst Call of Duty” section were varied but a trend did begin to appear after a couple thousand responses. It seems most players opted for Vanguard as the worst game the franchise has put forth.
There’s no doubt that some recency bias likely impacted these results, but Vanguard has been one of the most hated Call of Duty games ever made. Despite being fresh in peoples’ minds, the game has come under fire for being a mess since it was released.
First Played Call of Duty: Black ops 2— Terri (@TerrificShoe333) August 15, 2022
Most Recent Call of Duty: MW 2019
Favorite Call of Duty: Black ops 3
Worst Call of Duty: Vanguard
Vanguard seemed to be the most popular answer, but it failed to grasp a majority vote as players consistently spread their answers between a few titles. 2019’s Modern Warfare was another popular choice.
The game is notably polarizing as most either loved it or hated it. Some players sunk countless hours into the game as its multiplayer kept CoD fans busy throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, competitive players and content creators shared a disdain for the game’s core mechanics.
First played Call of Duty: CoD 2— Xclusive Ace (@TheXclusiveAce) August 15, 2022
Most recent Call of Duty: Vanguard
Best Call of Duty: BO2
Worst Call of Duty: MW2019
Aside from Modern Warfare 2019, and Vanguard, Call of Duty: Ghosts, WWII, and Infinite Warfare were also quite popular responses. With WWII and Vanguard being two boots-on-the-ground WWII-era CoD games, it seems players don’t take kindly to this style and setting.
Only time will tell if the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 2 will have a strong enough impact on players to eventually become a valid answer for this CoD questionnaire. Of course, Infinity Ward will be hoping it improves on its predecessor and makes its way to the “Best” side of the debate.
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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors
Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.
Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.
Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.
As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.
Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.
“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.
Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.
“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.
There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.
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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art
Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.
While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.
Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.
Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.
The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.
Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”
Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.
This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.
Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.
But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.
The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.
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