-UPDATE: Daniel Suarez just confirmed with G4, that ELITE’s new target launch date is by December 1st. “They kind of have to bear with us while we bring this all back up,” the VP of production said, “but for us it’s literally ‘give us those couple weeks, we’re giving those to you for free’ and come December 1, the goal is that we’ll have everything up and running.’”
Beachhhead Studios has finally shed some light on the reasons for ELITE’s troubled launch and what’s currently being done to fix it. In the interview, several questions are answered that you won’t find in the official Elite F.A.Q.
“It’s going to take at least a couple of weeks to get Elite operational to the standards we want, we are making progress.”
In a exclusive interview to Kotaku, Daniel Suarez, vice president of production at Actvision, explains how one of the most experienced online gaming companies in the world was “blindsided by the demands for their new stat-tracking”, community-building Call of Duty service Elite.
“We had all sorts of issues: A broken registration system; poor scalability of the service; poor experience trying to login to the web or console and confusion in terms of getting 2XP or your Founders Entitlements,” he said. “A lot of this was just core infrastructure issues – mainly tied to specific databases serving up data for the console, web and ultimately mobile (when that’s released).
“For lack of a better term – our databases got hammered with the millions of people trying to use Elite and it couldn’t put up with the demand.”
In regards to why the Elite BETA didn’t prepare them, he said “Due to the fact that we didn’t have a console app on Black Ops, there wasn’t a clear picture of user behavior coming from the console,” Suarez said. “The beta helped us refine the web experience from a feature set, but really didn’t give us all the metrics at scale we needed, specifically the additional load from the console….which was a lot higher than our expectations. This was key contributor to the performance and stability issues consumers have experienced.”
Premium members able to login faster, “We’ve prioritized premium subscribers into the service via a prioritization queue, so if you are a paid member you get into the console or web automatically,” he said. “Free users, due to demand, are put into a queue and allowed in when we have bandwidth or capacity.”
On Tuesday Activision was finally able to turn clan creation on. Within 12 hours they had 22,000 clans created…
-UPDATE SOURCE: VG247
Apex Legends: how to activate the Season 9 Arena teaser
Apex Legends data miners have found out how players can activate a new Season 9 teaser. Here’s how to see it for yourself.
The Apex Legends Season 9 teaser is now live, revealing the mystery behind the mysterious platform in the Firing Range.
After the halfway split for Season 8, players noticed a stranged platform implemented on the left side of the Firing Range map.
For weeks players were unaware of its purpose, but finally, the mystery has been uncovered and is associated with the new upcoming Arena mode.
Data miner @GarretLeaks was among the few who leaked how players can activate the button found on the Firing Range platform.
GarretLeaks has even created a step by step guide of how players can experience the Season 9 Arena teaser, which is available now:
- Step 1: Collect keycard from care packages
- Step 2: Find Holosprays scattered around Kings Canyon
- Step 3: Find Holosprays scattered around Olympus
- Step 4: Press the phone in the lobby and listen to the audio
- Step 5: Press the button on the Firing Range platform and wait for the ship
The Corrupted Keycards are now live and available to pick up from Care Packages in-game for both Kings Canyon and Olympus. Players will then be able to scan the Holosprays and activate the teaser in the Firing Range.
Dataminer @Shrugtal released images of where players will be able to find these Holosprays, which are located in various locations across the two maps.
You can scan multiple Holosprays in one match and even scan all three over multiple matches. It seems the Holosprays will spawn in all the locations highlighted in Shrugtal’s image.
Along with this, fellow data miner @Biast12 has also released a video showing what happens after activating the button in the Firing Range.
The video shows Biast boarding a ship after activating the button. Biast arrives at a new location where another button awaits, which activates an elevator. This then takes you into a small arena where a massive hollo of future Legend Ash is shown along with a voice line that states, “The Arena awaits.”
This is clearly a teaser for the upcoming 3v3 mode ‘Arena,’ which will be arriving in Season 9. However, this is also a teaser for the future legend, Ash. Although Ash will likely be arriving at a later Season – more like Season 10 – it does confirm that she will be arriving sooner than later.
In fact, it’s not the first time an announcer for a game mode has eventually become a playable Legend. Back in Season 3, the Shadow Fall game mode saw Revenant as the announcer, who later became a playable Legend in Season 4.
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If this stays true to the format, Ash could be the new Legend for Season 10, after being an announcer for the previous season much like the introduction of Revenant. Players will be able to activate this teaser towards the end of Season 8.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
JGOD explains whether or not Warzone Kilo got secret buff
Warzone expert JGOD has crunched the numbers and explains if the Kilo received a secret buff in the popular Call of Duty battle royale.
The chatter in the Call of Duty: Warzone community regarding a possible secret buff to the Kilo 141 led statistics master JGOD to test and see if the assault rifle did indeed receive some unannounced improvements
There was a lengthy period of time where the Kilo 141 assault rifle was seen as the deadliest weapon for Warzone players when they were battling on Verdansk. However, following the integration of content from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the Kilo took a backseat to the best weapons from Treyarch’s latest entry in the franchise.
The Kilo still finds itself used in loadouts by players who prefer its low-recoil and damage output, and recent discussion in the Warzone community has focused on the weapon possibly getting a secret buff to its stats.
This talk of a possible improvement for the Kilo was the focus of an April 19, 2021 video from YouTuber JGOD, the master of Call of Duty: Warzone statistics.
In the video, JGOD explains that he did not see any increase in the damage output of the Kilo when it came to Warzone, as it still took 14 shots to take down an enemy through his testing.
Moving on to the damage output at various ranges for the assault rifle, JGOD describes how the damage output for the Kilo in Warzone is the same as it was when it was a top meta choice for players over the past year, with it taking 11 or fewer shots to kill an enemy.
However, the damage output past 86 meters is currently at 14 shots to kill, which was implemented for the assault rifle following the integration of Black Ops Cold War into the battle royale title.
JGOD explains that some players may feel that the Kilo is killing faster than usual due to team shooting where a player’s teammates are also dishing out damage towards an enemy player.
Looking into detailed numbers for kill to death ratios and time to kill for the Kilo over the past few months of Warzone, JGOD found that the data did not support the idea of there having been a secret buff to the weapon, as it is currently ranking behind multiple other weapons for these important areas.
There is no doubt that fans of the Kilo will be hoping for a major buff to the weapon when Season 3 of Warzone kicks off this week. If not, there will still be a variety of new weapons for players to try out.
Image Credits: Activision
Apex Legends Mobile beta announced
Respawn Entertainment has officially announced that players will soon be able to take part in beta tests for Apex Legends Mobile.
Apex Legends is one of the top battle royale games globally, with players across multiple platforms able to enjoy all of the title’s action. Now, it has been confirmed that mobile players will soon be able to join in on the fun with upcoming beta tests.
The adrenaline-fueled action of Respawn’s first-person shooter has been available for players on consoles and PC but has been missing from the popular world of mobile gaming.
With such a large untapped community waiting for their chance to step into Respawn Entertainment’s popular title, it was not surprising to see the developer announce that a mobile version of Apex Legends would arrive at some point.
Apex Legends Mobile Beta
April 19, 2021, saw major announcements be made for the game, such as the reveal of a new character and a huge development in the timeline for the game’s release on its newest platform with the official announcement of upcoming beta tests for Apex Legends Mobile.
These tests will begin to roll out during Spring 2021, with a series of smaller closed tests in India and the Philippines, and will only be available on Android devices. Over time the tests will expand in size, cover more regions, and have iOS support.
Respawn also confirmed in the announcement that this upcoming version of the battle royale game will be free-to-play and specially designed for touchscreens.
Due to this version being designed specifically for touchscreens, there will be no cross-play with other platforms during the tests or following its official release.
A whole new community of players will now have the chance to experience everything that the high-profile battle royale game has to offer.
In contrast, veteran players will be able to continue their adventures on the go wherever they may find themselves in the future.
These beta tests will also undoubtedly be a great opportunity for the community to help Respawn Entertainment weed out any major bugs like the hip-fire glitch that is currently causing headaches for players on console and PC.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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