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Charlie INTEL visits the new Infinity Ward Studios

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Before you get too excited, let me tell you that everything we saw was classified. Im not even sure we can say that, what I can share is the fact that we were there and that the visit was amazing.

Photos of the studio don’t do it justice. Infinity Ward’s new place is high tech, brand new, and designed so that people don’t want to leave. Once you step off the elevator, the “mood lighting” let’s you know you’re somewhere special.

We had a chance to talk one on one with IW’s Mark Rubin, Tina Palacios , Candice Capen and along with a few other devs and we are now 100% confident that the studio is in good hands. Their passion for Call of Duty and it’s community is clear and they promised us that they will be VERY active with the community once their next project is announced…

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: @CharlieINTEL, @MP1st, @CODBlackIce, @WillyrexYT, @TmarTn, @MrErnestLe, @candyslexia

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Activision President says company ‘investing more’ in Warzone anti-cheat, better communication

Warzone devs are investing more into anti-cheat & looking to provide regular communication on the game.

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Activision Publishing President Rob Kostich spoke with VentureBeat in an interview to talk about all things Call of Duty as Season 3 of Warzone & Black Ops Cold War kicks off.

As part of the interview, VentureBeat’s reporter asked Kostich about some of the hot topics around the Call of Duty: Warzone community. That includes rumors about weapon balancing, anti-cheat, file size of the game, and more.

Kostich provided an answer to the question, stating there was two things they have to do on that: communication and action.

He commits that the team “will continue to do a better and better job of communicating with the community very frequently.

Specifically, on the anti-cheat front, many players in Warzone have been frustrated with the cheating situation. It escalated to the point where BBC News did an article on the situation earlier this year. The company then said they would provide ‘regular’ updates on the situation, and to their credit, the have.

Kostich echos this point in the interview stating they have a “dedicated security team.” He also notes that “any large-scale free-to-play game gets attacked about those not-good actors who are out there.”

Kostich confirms that Activision is “investing more resources there to make sure we provide the best possible experience for our fans” and also focusing on how to communicate about the action that they are taking more frequently.

Another topic around Warzone that caught many people’s attention was the game’s file size. Call of Duty titles over the last year have taken as much as 250GB of space on consoles with the amount of updates.

Here, he reiterates that their goal when the game launch “was to make the best-looking, best-playing battle royale experience on the planet. I think we accomplished that. With that, though, there’s a bit of a file size that we recognize.”

Kostich confirms that they have “a team that’s continuously focused on taking down that footprint for our fans so they can better manage their inventory of games.”

He finishes stating that they have to work “very aggressively on behalf of the community, and we’ll continue to do a better job of communicating with them.”

“We’re excited, and more than anything we’re thankful for our community and their support. We’re more passionate than ever to surprise and delight them in the future.”

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Apex Legends Legacy reveal trailer: The Arena, Valkyrie, and more

Respawn Entertainment finally release the launch trailer for Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, which shows off Valkyrie and the new Arena mode.

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Respawn Entertainment officially releases the Legacy, Season 9 launch trailer showing off the upcoming Arena mode and new Legend Valkyrie for Apex Legends.

The latest video from Apex Legends developers is full of upcoming content in Season 9: Legacy. Although this launch trailer does not feature gameplay, the animated three-minute video does show some off some content we will see in Legacy.

Since the trailer’s release, those among the community have been breaking it down and identifying the Arena mode maps, Ash, and new Legend Valkyrie.

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Legacy Trailer The Arena

During the past month, Apex Legends have been teasing the upcoming 3v3 Arena mode in various ways, one of which took place in the Firing Range. Finally, players have been given a glimpse into the maps we will see in this mode and a more detailed look at possible future Legend, Ash.

At the very start of the trailer, the Arena logo is shown, with Ash saying it’s “time for a new game.” Developer Ryan Rigney provided some insight into this new mode just days before this new trailer, basically hinting that the new mode will be much more than an LTM, “supporting it as a full game,” and could even have its own ranked playlist.

After the trailer was released, the community analyzed parts and found out even more information on the Arena mode.

Twitter user @Spearheadpr_ pointed out an interesting frame from the trailer, which shows Ash selecting maps by Seasons. This could mean we will potentially be seeing some previous Season POI’s that have been out of the game or changed turned into Arena maps.

Further, @Shrugtal also weighed in on the trailer, presenting one of the maps shown in the trailer that could be an Arena-specific location potentially called “Exoplanet.”

The image shows a small map with similar terrain to that of World’s Edge, and perhaps this is the map teased in Apex Legends glitchy Instagram video with the Phase Runner.

This wasn’t the only Arena map teased, as the trailer also showed off the map seen in the 100 million players video, which many believed to be a map change for Olympus. It seems the location shown in the video was, in fact, a smaller Arena mode map with Mirage Voyage in the center.

This trailer pretty much confirmed that the Arena mode would feature exclusive, smaller maps, some of which we are familiar, and some of which are completely new. It also confirmed that the Arena would be 3v3, as Ash is shown looking at a screen with two squads of three.

In more detail throughout the trailer, Ash was also shown, but most specifically at the end, where she pulled back her hood.

This is also the first time we have seen so much of Ash, allowing players to see how different she looks from the Titanfall version, generating excitement for her potential future as a Legend in the Apex Games.

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The trailer also teased some aspects of Valkyrie’s abilities, skins, and maybe even a finisher of hers, much like the one teased in the Instagram camera videos.

Firstly, Valkyrie is first shown flying through the air in her supposed launch bundle skin, which features her father’s helmet.

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Valkyrie is then shown finishing off Gibraltar, kicking him in the face and then flying off, leaving Gibraltar in the VTOL Jet smoke, which is again similar to one of the Videos posted on the Apex Legends Instagram page that @Biast12 believes is one of her finishers called “the Afterburner.”

Valkyrie is also shown shooting missiles, which could be her ultimate or tactical ability, previously leaked as “Cluster Missiles.” At the very end, Valkyrie is then shown shooting at Fuse with the new weapon for Legacy, the Bocek Bow.

The gameplay reveal for the Arena is set for April 26th. For more on Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, check out our article on Valkyrie’s leaked abilities and stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Devs respond to match cancellation issues affecting League Play in Cold War

Treyarch have disabled the match cancellation feature in Black Ops Cold War after it caused problems in League Play.

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Treyarch have listened to player feedback and decided to address some of the glaring issues affecting League Play in Black Ops Cold War, including match cancellation issues.

The Zombies invasion of Verdansk is about to come to its epic conclusion, and the highly-anticipated Season 3 of both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is set to begin. So, the devs are working full-time to make this transition smooth.

Listening to player feedback regarding technical problems within League Play has been a main priority for Treyarch, and now they’ve addressed the issue with the match cancellations feature that has been plaguing several players.

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Treyarch’s Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres went on Reddit to respond to the alleged glitch in Cold War that prevented ping from tracking. In this same thread, the issue with match cancellations came up as well.

This feature would take effect as soon as one of the players in a match abandoned the game, canceling the match altogether. It was disabled a short while after it was first added, much to the confusion of players.

After addressing the ping glitch, Josh wrote: “Thanks for sharing. Match Cancellations have gone live early, and we’ll be disabling them soon. We’ll have more to share at a later date.”

It’s understandable why the devs thought it would be best to add a cancellation feature. If you’re the only one left on your team in a League Play match, then victory can be near impossible to achieve.

This new feature would ensure that players that don’t have the advantage of numbers on their side wouldn’t get punished. Hopefully, we’ll see get another update regarding this situation from the devs soon.

As with the recent dev action concerning Cold War PS5 controller issues and broken Zombies attachments, we expect all other technical problems to be tended to swiftly.

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