Call of Duty’s engine differences between studios has come to the spotlight as Warzone takes center stage for the franchise.
When Call of Duty: Warzone first launched, it was developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software in a partnership to become the battle royale for Modern Warfare.
With the game launching free to play, it’s taken on a life of its own in terms of success. And, Activision wants to integrate Warzone with their premium releases to provide a seamless Call of Duty experience for players.
However, the launch of Black Ops Cold War brought some challenges. Cold War is built on Treyarch’s own engine, which is different in style, look, and feel to Warzone. The integration of Cold War’s weapons was a rough period as balancing issues amongst other stood out.
Now, Activision’s President has acknowledged in a new interview with VentureBeat that this is something they are looking to avoid in the future.
He says the teams have been “very focused on that in particular.”
Kostich states that one of “the most important concepts” for their teams is “to make sure we limit any friction for our community as we go forward.“
The “as we go forward” there is key. Warzone’s success, coupled with Cold War’s development time resulted in differences in engine and game feel. But in the future, that issue should not occur, per Kostich.
“What that means behind the scenes is making sure that from a technology perspective, everything feels seamless to the player. That’s a big focus for us as we move forward, so that as you transition from one experience to the next, as new weapons come in and out of the game, it feels like a solid, continuous play experience that evolves into the future.”
Kostich states that the internal teams now are collaborating more than ever before. These features and enhancements will come “from our development teams working together to make that–as you swap in and out from Warzone or a premium experience in the future, it’s seamless for our community. It’s been another passionate point for our team, to make sure we can provide the best experience possible for our fans as we go forward.”
There are rumors already about the 2021 Call of Duty game, which is set to be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The title is rumored to be called ‘Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard.’ But the important aspect here is that the latest rumors state the game is running on Infinity Ward’s engine, which means it’s the same engine as Warzone.
If that’s the case, then there will be no friction between the experiences as players move between the two games.
Scump reveals the one thing he would change about CoD: Vanguard
2017 CoD World Champion Scump is a big fan of Vanguard, but thinks the game needs one major change before its November 5 release.
The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta is officially finished, and while pro player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner had a lot of fun, the 2017 World Champion revealed that he thinks ‘time-to-kill’ needs adjusting before its November release.
Call of Duty fans only had a few days to try out the Vanguard Beta, but players have already had their say about the game, and more specifically what they want to be changed, from spawn improvements to the removal of overpowered Field Upgrades.
For OpTic Gaming legend Scump though, the Vanguard Beta was definitely enjoyable, praising the gameplay, maps, and overall feel. Despite loving it though, there’s one thing he thinks should be changed: the Vanguard TTK.
In a new video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the Call of Duty legend admitted he “loved” to play Vanguard, saying: “Usually with betas, you get sick of it really quick. I played it for about 6 hours every day, that’s impressive for a beta.”
However, when talking about the game’s weapons, the 2017 World Champions revealed that he believes the time-to-kill is a little too low and needs to be adjusted slightly.
“The weapons were a lot of fun to use, the gunplay was great,” he states. “My one big quarrel with the gunplay though is the time-to-kill needs to be a little bit slower. It’s pretty quick on every single gun.”
“I wish the time-to-kill was a little bit slower. Maybe they’ll tweak that, maybe they won’t, but right now you put three bullets into someone and they drop which I don’t really agree with. It feels [kind of like] hardcore.”
Whether Sledgehammer Games will make any changes to the TTK remains to be seen, but the developers did listen to complaints from the community and make adjustments between the first and second beta weekends, so it is possible.
This may be a design choice though, with Scump mentioning that both Warzone and Modern Warfare have fast time-to-kills as well — two games that run on the same engine as Vanguard.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll know whether the devs have made any changes until Vanguard releases on November 5.
Image Credits: MLG / Sledgehammer Games
CoD hackers explain how cheating in Warzone helped them crack Vanguard
Hackers found a way into Call of Duty: Vanguard before it’s full release. Sources have now claimed that Warzone may have held the secret.
Many players were shocked to see that hackers had already made their way into the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta. Now, one hacker has revealed that the secret to breaking Vanguard came from Warzone.
However, the fun was spoiled for some by cheaters that had already found a way to hack the game’s code. It has since been explained that it was past experiences with Warzone that helped them crack it.
Shortly after the much-anticipated Beta was opened up on September 16, players quickly began to notice that hacks like aimbots were already turning up in lobbies.
In some cases, cheaters had found a way to completely end matches early, which was frustrating fans because of the limited time they had to play the game over the course of the weekend.
In a report published by Vice, an industry source explained that it was their experience with previous titles like Warzone that paved the way for cheating in Vanguard.
“The core of the [Call of Duty] engine hasn’t changed much during the life of the franchise so porting a cheat from one game to another has always been very easy,” they said. The source also said that the code for Vanguard was very similar to that of Warzone or Modern Warfare.
According to CoD insider Tom Henderson, the Beta launched with the same protection against cheaters that is present in Warzone at the moment, which we already know has been ineffective.
In the same report, hack developer IWANTCHEATS also warned that its Vanguard cheats will work with the new Pacific Map coming as part of the integration into Warzone.
Unfortunately, we won’t know if this is true until more details surface about the updated anti-cheat system due to be added to the battle royale later this year. Fans will hope that their experiences with hackers won’t translate into the next CoD chapter.
Image credits: Activision
Best Kar98k loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta
The Kar98k is a lightning-quick Sniper Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, so here’s the best loadout with Perks and attachments to fit.
Call of Duty: Warzone players will be instantly familiar with the Kar98k Sniper Rifle, and it’s now back in its natural habitat in World War II. So we’ve assembled an excellent class for you to gear up and dominate with, so here’s our best Kar98k Vanguard loadout.
With the level of variation and accessibility in CoD: Vanguard’s maps, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to snipe.
If the 3-Line doesn’t take your fancy, or you want to default to a recognizable gun, then the Kar98k should do the trick nicely. It’s a rapid rifle with plenty of firepower, so here’s how you can make it a formidable beast in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta.
Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout
Best Vanguard Kar98k Gunsmith loadout attachments
- Muzzle: MK. 2 Stabilizer
- Barrel: Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
- Optic: M1913 Variable 4-8x
- Stock: Short Stock
- Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
- Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag
- Ammo Type: Subsonic
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Shrouded
- Kit: Fully Loaded
For the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, we will slap on the MK. 2 Stabilizer as it peps up the weapon’s range. To complement the muzzle, the Krausnick 560MM LWS03K gives us what we’re looking for with a healthy ADs boost while not sacrificing other stats too much.
Our ideal optic is available early on in the M1913 Variable 4-8x as it gives us two valuable options to switch between with ease, and given that we want a lot of speed for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, the Short Stock negates a lot of that ADS time while boosting movement speed.
The Heavy Foregrip is perfect for quickening spring-to-fire time to get your eye down that sight faster when using the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout. The 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag reduces the ammo capacity slightly but boosts ADs and reload quickness. The Subsonic rounds keep you mostly minimap-free when firing.
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Attaching the Fabric Grip boosts our vital speed stats more so. Shrouded is an OP proficiency that can reduce sniper glint, and to finish off, Fully Loaded gets us one starting bullet back per mag.
Best Perks to run with Kar98k class
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: High Alert
- Perk 3: Overkill
Ghost will possibly be the most selected Perk in all of Call of Duty: Vanguard as it can effectively shield you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and Enemy Intel.
We’ve opted for High Alert for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout as sniping is fun and a sneaky practice, but if you’re taking enemy players out, they’ll be hunting you. High Alert will inform you that you’ve been seen and perhaps give you a second or two to retreat before your Killstreak is ended.
Finally, Overkill is a necessity for a Sniper Class such as this one. No matter how good the Kar98k is, you’re going to get into some sketchy situations out on the battlefield, so you’ll need a solid AR or SMG to swap to quickly.
How to unlock the Kar98k
Like other weapons in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta, most players have not had the chance to line up some headshots with the Kar98k as it’s not unlocked straight away.
With the knowledge that most Warzone players main a Kar as their Sniper Rifle, Sledgehammer Games decided to make the Kar98k a Level 26 unlock for Call of Duty: Vanguard.
If sniping and long-range gameplay isn’t your style, or you need a great gun to make Overkill worth it, then we have some options besides the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout.
And that’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can run! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Beta.
Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
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