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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

Image Credit: Blizzard

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Battlefield 2042 delayed after EA & DICE announcment

The release date of the highly anticipated first-person shooter Battlefield 2042 has officially been delayed.

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Player skydiving in Battlefield 2042

Electronic Arts and developers DICE have announced that the highly-anticipated release of Battlefield 2042 has been delayed.

Battlefield 2042 was scheduled to release on October 22, 2021, but after weeks of radio silence and questions about the game’s missing open beta, confirmation of the delay has finally arrived.

In a statement, EA and DICE announced that Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19, 2021, almost a month after fans first expected to get their hands on it.

Players diving off a building in Battlefield 2042

In the announcement regarding the Battlefield 2042 delay, EA and DICE explained:

“We’ve made the decision to shift the launch of Battlefield 2042. The game will now be released worldwide on November 19th, 2021.

Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams. Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in our studios together as we move towards launch. With the ongoing conditions not allowing that to happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players.

Your enthusiasm for the game has been very inspiring. We believe in the game we’re making, and we thank you for your patience as we put some finishing touches into the experience.

Updates on the Open Beta will be coming later this month,” stated DICE Studio GM Oskar Gabrielson in a press release.

Battlefield 2042 was first announced on June 9, with fans getting their first glimpse at the game’s new maps, Hazard Zone mode, Specialists, and much more. The end of 2021 was set to see EA’s FPS juggernaut go head-to-head with Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite, but unfortunately, this matchup will be taking place later than originally planned.

Battlefield 2042 will now be released on November 19, 2021, on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Xbox One, and PS4.

Image Credits: EA / DICE

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Warzone DMR nerf “does almost nothing,” says JGOD: “Still Cheesy”

Popular Warzone content creator JGOD shares his opinion on the Season 5 Reloaded DMR nerf, stating the weapon will still be “Cheesy.”

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Warzone DMR Nerf

JGOD believes the DMR will still be “Cheesy” despite being nerfed in the Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 Reloaded update.

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded is finally here, bringing new updates to the weapon balancing, a new game mode, and a future event.

While some of the nerfs introduced in the update, have made an impact, such as the MW Fal and MW MP5 nerfs, the developers may have underlooked changes to the DMR, as JGOD believes the weapon is still very strong even after the September 9 update.

dmr warzone season 5 reloaded

In the patch notes for Season 5 Reloaded, the developers detailed changes made to the DMR, which are as follows:

  • DMR 14 (BOCW)
    • Recoil adjusted

“Rather than an outright ‘decrease’ to Recoil, this change is more of a rework. The DMR 14 (BOCW) has languished since its changes in season one, but it has not been forgotten. Expect the DMR 14 (BOCW) to feel like a new Weapon. Semi-auto Weapon enthusiasts rejoice, as the DMR 14 (BOCW) may see a real resurgence following this change,” Raven Software explained.

The developers clearly felt this buff made the weapon a bit too strong once again, pushing another update on September 9 to nerf the DMR, reducing its Neck Multiplier and Upper Torso Multiplier:

  • DMR 14 (BOCW)
    • Neck Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1
    • Upper Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1

Raven Software claims the changes are a “rework” to the weapon’s recoil and damage profile, asking players to expect the DMR 14 to feel like “a new weapon,” however, this doesn’t seem to be the case in JGOD’s eyes.

JGOD tweeted the stat changes to the DMR 14, showing how little the weapon’s numbers have changed.

The DMR’s damage at range has been decreased slightly, now doing 55 damage in the chest from 0-19m and 48 from 19m+. This change just makes the DMR slightly worse at range while retaining its power up-close, with JGOD stating, “up close it will still be Cheesy.”

However, one comment underneath JGOD’s tweet suggests the recoil change has actually increased the accuracy of the weapon, saying, “Recoil feels way more consistent though at range. Only had a few hours with it, but it felt like I was actually able to get rapid hits at range.”

Although the damage may not be different, and it may still be cheesy up-close, the DMR’s recoil will feel more consistent to some players, allowing them to hit more shots at range despite its damage being nerfed.

For more on Call of Duty: Warzone, check out our article on the game mode Plunder and its removal in Season 5 Reloaded.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision / JGOD

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Warzone Plunder removed in Season 5 Reloaded update

The Call of Duty: Warzone Plunder game mode has been removed from the battle royale game with the launch of Season 5 Reloaded.

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Warzone Plunder

Plunder has been a staple game mode in Call of Duty: Warzone, but the Season 5 Reloaded update for the battle royale game saw the Warzone Plunder game mode be removed completely.

Warzone has become one of the most popular games in the world since its release in 2020, thanks to the adrenaline-fueled action its battle royale mode offers players.

However, the Plunder game was also very popular. It gave players an alternative to battle royale and offered a mode with respawns where players could more easily level up weapons or try out new loadouts.

Unfortunately for Plunder fans, the Warzone Plunder mode was removed from the game with the arrival of the Season 5 Reloaded update and replaced.

Warzone Plunder

Warzone Plunder removed

It is not uncommon for Raven Software to add and remove different kinds of game modes and playlists during seasons, such as the Payload game mode.

This was the case with the Warzone Season 5 Reloaded update, as it took out Plunder and replaced it with the new Clash game mode.

This Clash game mode pits two teams of 50 players against each other in a massive Team Deathmatch experience.

With Plunder being a staple game mode for Call of Duty: Warzone, it is highly unlikely that it is gone for good and is likely just taking a break to let the new Clash mode get the spotlight when it comes to alternatives to battle royale during Season 5 Reloaded.

It remains to be seen how long Warzone Plunder will be removed from the Call of Duty game, but we will be sure to update you with the latest information when it becomes available.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out which secret buff the developers nerfed in the Season 5 Reloaded update and everything that was in the September 9 update patch notes for the battle royale title.

Image Credits: Activision

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