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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has been in development since early last year

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Raven Software has been working with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered since early last year, David Pellas, Raven Studio Direction, confirmed.

I believe, it was early last year. I don’t want to say the wrong month, but it was definitely early last year.

This time was one of Raven’s first as the lead studio on a Call of Duty game that launches worldwide. The team is lead right now on China’s Call of Duty Online game.

Being the lead studio, it is a very special feeling that you are either going to be your own worst enemy or best friend. But it also allowed us to understand how important a partnership is.

Pellas said Raven Software has formed a great partnership with the team at Infinity Ward. They have been collaborating since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

He said that Raven Software always was going to add the additional 6 maps, but there were 100% committed to the 10 maps at first, which is why the game was announced that way back in May. Raven wanted to make sure their visual bar was set and that they could achieve that regardless of the time available, since they had to ship this day and date with Infinite Warfare.

It was always the intention. So what happened when we first started on this project, one of the first thing we had to do was establish the visual bar that we were going to hit for this remaster. The team really did a deep dive and were able to achieve that. We quickly realized that we didn’t have enough time to do all 16 maps. So we worked with our partners at Activision and we determined that we were confident that we could get the 10 maps done at the bar we wanted in that time frame, and we decided that that was what we were gonna focus on, but we had always planned on shipping the additional maps.

It has also been announced that Certain Affinity and Beenox are working with Raven Software on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Both Certain Affinity and Beenox have been involved in Call of Duty for a while now, helping in ways that are not always announced. Infinity Ward also has the executive role of just seeing what’s happening in the development process and providing feedback on the development, but he confirmed that IW is not directly developing MWR since they are focused on Infinite Warfare.

The development has been a combination of Raven, Beenox, and Certain Affinity. And Infinity Ward is a fantastic partner, but they weren’t developing the game (MWR) itself. They know what the box is better than anyone else. And the best way to think of [Infinity Ward’s] involvement is there are always there…their finger is always there…they also trust us.

It took a lot of work. You’re talking about every single one of the campaign missions and multiplayer. Given that it was a little over a year, year-half development total, we needed support there. Beenox has been an active member working on CoDs for a while now, and Certain Affinity is certainly no slouch, they’ve been around for a while working on CoD too. We knew having them help us was only going to help us get to the finish line faster, which is what we’re trying to do in the time period we had. In all ways, we’re the lead studio and setting and defining that [visual bar] and moving that forward. We want to give them good direction. That’s why they’re in joining the panel. They are active members. We would never want to take any kinda thunder away from their involvement. They’re great partners.

Pellas also reiterated the fact that making Call of Duty games in the time constraints they have is not an easy task, and the more help they have the better it becomes.

We are not a one man show. There are no studios that does it by themselves. There’s definitely a lead studio. There’s just a realization that Call of Duty is so big and the content that we make takes so much time that we need collaboration, we need good partnerships. We are very fortunate that we all get along.

We’ve actually just and still are the lead studio on Call of Duty Online. And we learned a lot there. We also learned a lot through the years working with partner studios. We know that what we didn’t like, and we know what we did like.

We also asked a question about how they adjusted their development to match the 30 days early access to the campaign that PlayStation 4 players can get. He responded with the fact that Raven knew since the start of development that the incentive would exist, so they had planned around it.

I mean, yeah, obviously, 30 days [posed a constraint]. But, no. Cause we knew that our partnership with PlayStation was going to continue from last year, so we knew that one of the incentives was going to be that 30 day. So we had planned for it from the beginning. It’s also one of the reasons why we made the decision to have more partners involved in it. We wanted to make sure it was rock solid.

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.

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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

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The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

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Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

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Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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