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Infinity Ward Art Director explains the optical zoom looks in Modern Warfare

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Infinity Ward’s Art Director has responded to a user on Reddit that asked why Infinity Ward has gone back to the style similar to Call of Duty: Ghosts were aiming down sights using an optical zoom with snipers no longer has black borders but rather showcases some awareness of the surroundings.

As seen in gameplay of the Gunfight 2v2 mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, optical zoom with snipers did not have black borders but rather showcased actual surroundings. This is natural peripheral awareness that Infinity Ward is bringing as they aim to make this a realistic Call of Duty title.

Infinity Ward Art Director also noted that in Ghosts the technique used was not a natural method but picture-in-picture style to avoid excessive strain on the older engine used in that title.

But with the new engine in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, they are able to achieve a more natural, realistic magnification without too much strain on the engine.

Here’s the full response:

The blacked out sections of our optics always bothered me. We had to do it that way because we had to achieve magnification by physically pushing the camera out to the target. It wasn’t a true optical zoom. The blacked out parts of the screen were not only unrealistic but took away peripheral awareness. In reality even with one eye closed you still get peripheral awareness and can pick up movement on your sides while focusing on the site picture. What you are seeing in MW is an actual optical magnification. All of our powered optics use the technique. Its usually something that has to be reserved for beasty PCs. This was done in Ghosts but used a picture on picture technique that came at a heavy cost on the renderer. It was basically rendering the screen twice and the second picture was lower fidelity. We completely rebuilt this for MW so we could achieve the realistic effect and not tax our engine. The result is totally badass and gives purpose to the deep bench of optics in gunsmith. Our optics have realistic purpose and usages for various situations and missions.

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6 start date confirmed

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There’s been a lot of confusion around if there would be a Season 6 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone, but now it’s officially confirmed.

The Call of Duty League team, Minnesota ROKKR, has tweeted out that they’re hosting a CDL Pros & content creators Warzone event for Season 6.

Season 6 in Modern Warfare and Warzone will begin on Tuesday, September 29.

There’s no news yet on what the Season will include in the content.

The Season will of course include a new Battle Pass, new MP content, and new Warzone content, but specifics have not been announced.

Stay tuned for the latest news on Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 6 as Sept. 29 approaches.

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This Week in Modern Warfare & Warzone: New Playlists & Bundles

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Activision Blog has posted the latest This Week in Call of Duty post highlighting what players can expect in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone for the week of September 4.

This week sees the continuation of Shoot the Ship, and new playlists like Ground War Reinfected, and more in MP.

And, in Warzone, Buy Back Quads playlist is available this weekend, alongside the standard BR Solos, Duo, Trios, and Quads.

This week will also see new store bundles for fans to pick up who want to customize their operators and weapons, including the Tracer Anime Pack and new Alex Bundle.

Here’s the breakdown from Activision Blog:

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Shoot the Ship-tember continues with more 24/7 action of the fan-favorite playlist! Also play tight and tactical on the Gunfight Face Off moshpit, avoid the infected in Ground War Reinfected, and stock up on cash this weekend to get right back into the match in Buy Back Quads.  

Get with your squad and battle in the Gunfight Face Off Moshpit. Enjoy standard Multiplayer modes like Cranked and Grind and be ready to employ a new set of strategies on these much smaller battlegrounds. Communication is key and consider crafting a loadout for the closer quarters of Gunfight maps. 

Get three blueprints, a Riot Shield, melee weapon, and more in the ‘Tracer Pack Anime Super’ bundle. Give your enemies a deadly dusting of pink tracer fire courtesy of the Legendary assault rifle, Legendary SMG, or Epic assault rifle included in the bundle. 

One of the Campaign’s heroes returns with a covert look in the ‘Alex: Death Stalker’ bundle. Get two Legendary blueprints for a complete silenced loadout and eliminate the opposition from the shadows in the latest threads for Alex. 

Keep back from the horde and use the map to avoid and push back the infected in Ground War Reinfected. This large-scale Infected mode challenges you to play together with your team and watch out for any attacks from Infected players. Or join the legion of Infected, rise up, and take down anyone left standing. 

Don’t stop fighting in Buy Back Quads, available only this weekend. Don’t spend all your money on Buy Stations instead have some handy to get back into the match, in case you face an unfortunate demise. Other Warzone modes available this week: Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Blood Money Trios. 

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Tune in this week for intense-action, fights for survival, and frenetic hot drops streaming #LivefromWarzone. A showdown is in the works on September 16 from 11AM – 2PM PT in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown. On September 17, link up with FaZe clan in the Twitch FaZe event featuring Duos and Quads matches with teams seeking the most eliminations.

SOURCE: Activision

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Activision files cease and desist letter against another cheat manufacturer

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Activision Blizzard continues to take down cheat manufacturer sites to stop the spread of different cheats for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In August, the company filed a lawsuit against CXCheats for illegally creating cheats to be used in an IP owned by Activision Blizzard. CXCheats since deleted all cheats for Modern Warfare and Warzone in compliance with the lawsuit.

Now, in September, another large cheat manufacturer, GatorCheats, has said that Activision Blizzard has filed a cease and desist letter to stop them from making cheats for Call of Duty games.

The owner of GatorCheats said in their Discord that the first letter was filed by in May 2020, but they did not fully comply with that – opting to allow cheats to continue to be available.

In May 2020, Activision Blizzard’s attorneys contacted me via a Cease and Desist letter. Considering this event, I decided to act on my already pending decision to close all sales to new customers for my product relating to Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Activision has since escalated the requests. In Sept. 2020, the owner of GatorCheats claims that Activision Blizzard served another cease and desist letter. But, this time, a PI showed up at his residence with the letter and informed him of what Activision knows about their site and the owners behind it.

In September 2020, Activision Blizzard’s attorneys had another Cease and Desist letter hand delivered to me by who I assume was a PI, considering he knew my family members by name and made a point to showcase that he did. Also in September 2020, I received very clear communication in a follow up from Activision Blizzard’s attorneys communicating that they would litigate (file a law suit against me) if I didn’t comply with continuation of stopped sales as well as a complete stoppage of interaction with and updating of any products related to their client’s products.

The full letter from the owner states that he will “never make or create” a cheat for an Activision Blizzard product again after receiving the letters and a visit from them at his house.

Activision has not commented on their anti-cheat initiatives since June, where the company said they continue to ban players on a regular basis.

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