Infinity Ward’s Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki, who was one of the leads on the Modern Warfare campaign, has sat down for an interview with VentureBeat to talk about how the studio has been able to keep a narrative going in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare world with the new seasons and Warzone.
The studio has used the in-game intro cinematic for each season to carry on the overall narrative that the studio wants to tell with the game. The second season trailer showcased the return of Ghost and how he was asking Price for allies in the fight; the third season trailer showed that Soap sent in Alex to help.
Now, Kurosaki says the studio is looking at continuing the story through seasons and showcasing to fans a deeper look into the overall story of the universe.
Taylor Kurosaki: We’ve talked a lot in the past about whether games like Fortnite have a narrative. I would say yes, absolutely. I’d say Warzone does as well. But for me, it’s in a genre and a tone that I greatly prefer.
He also confirmed, more interestingly, that there are currently plans in the world to have some Fortnite like events in Warzone. The VentureBeat reporter made a comparison to Fortnite’s blackhole event, which left the game in a black screen for a few days. Infinity Ward says they are working on similar kind of events for Warzone, but it will all fit into the overall world of Modern Warfare and shine through Warzone as well.
VentureBeat: There are things you could do with the world. I think of things that Fortnite has done, like the eclipse they had for a couple of days.
Taylor Kurosaki: That’s exactly the kind of thing that we’re working on, that we have planned. Again, it’s all going to fit into this macro that we’ve established in Modern Warfare, and that we’ve continued into Warzone. If you know who the players are in Modern Warfare, it’ll all make sense, and it’ll all feel appropriate to the universe.
Warzone devs confirm 120Hz returns to Xbox Series consoles soon
Xbox Series consoles can no longer run Warzone at 120FPS, but Raven Software have confirmed the fix is coming very soon.
Xbox Series consoles haven’t supported 120FPS on Warzone since December, locking the game at 60FPS. Players have been desperate for it to return, and Raven Software have confirmed that 120Hz is coming back very soon.
While Warzone Pacific brought a brand-new map and has continued to bring a number of major quality of life updates, console players have been suffering from stuttering and textures failing to load. While PlayStation 5 players can enjoy the game at 120FPS, Xbox Series players lost the ability with the Season 1 update and have been stuck playing at 60FPS ever since.
In a pre-Warzone Season 3 interview with CharlieIntel, Raven Software’s Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins reaffirmed that they “absolutely want” to bring 120 FPS back to Xbox Series consoles, and have now confirmed that it’s coming back very soon.
When is 120FPS coming back to Warzone on Xbox Series X?
Raven Software announced on May 20 that 120Hz will be returning to Xbox Series X|S consoles with the Season 3 Reloaded update, which is set for Wednesday, May 25.
Raven’s Ted Timmins confirmed they were aware on December 12 and were looking into the issue, but when speaking to us ahead of Warzone Pacific Season 3, they said it’s a “very complex” issue that’s “still being investigated.”
It appears this issue has now been resolved, with the devs confirming that it will arrive with Season 3 Reloaded which they hope “will make for an even more enjoyable experience in Caldera!”
In the same interview, Timmins also confirmed that the team is “working as hard as they can” to resolve other console performance issues. While things are looking positive, they are grateful to see the videos and screenshots that the community sends in.
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Best Shotguns in Warzone: Season 3 ranked list
If you’re looking for the most powerful close-range weapons Warzone Pacific has to offer, here are the best Shotguns for Season 3.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 3, here are the five best Shotguns you should be running.
With Warzone players having an arsenal of weapons from Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Vanguard at their disposal, there are plenty of options for close-range engagements. SMGs such as the Owen Gun are extremely popular, but for a little more stopping power up close, you can’t go wrong with a trusty Shotgun.
With how many fights occur indoors in Warzone, a Shotgun is a perfect weapon for getting up in players’ faces. We’ve compiled the five best Shotguns that you should run in Warzone Pacific Season 3.
Best Shotgun in Warzone ranked list
Call of Duty: Warzone has 14 Shotguns in total, each suiting unique situations. However, as with all weapons, some are better than others.
We’ve placed every Shotgun from Modern Warfare, Cold War, and Vanguard into a ranked Warzone list.
- Gallo SA12
- Combat Shotgun
- Einhorn Revolving
- Origin 12
- Double Barrel
- Gracey Auto
- VLK Rogue
- Hauer 77
- .410 Ironhide
- Model 680
Best Warzone Shotguns
5. Einhorn Revolving
When Warzone Pacific introduced Vanguard weapons to Warzone, the Einhorn Revolving was a truly terrifying sight. However, the powerful Incendiary ammo eventually got nerfed in Season 1 knocking its viability down.
It’s a shame that the Incendiary Ammunition attachment received a considerable nerf but the Shotgun is still powerful enough to crack the top 5 on its own merit.
4. Combat Shotgun
While it looked like the Double Barrel would be Vanguard’s best Shotgun, a Season 1 nerf ended its chances of ranking on top. This opened the door for a different weapon and in Season 3 the Combat Shotgun is Vanguard’s best.
For starters, the damage output of this weapon is absolutely ridiculous and it will surely dominate in tight spaces. Whether you’re clearing Caldera’s various buildings or running across Rebirth Island, the Combat Shotgun is one of the best available.
The Combat Shotgun outclasses the Einhorn Revolving thanks to a faster reload time as well as the luxury of equipping 10 Round Drums.
3. Gallo SA12
Reminiscent of the fan-favorite SPAS-12 from the original Black Ops, the Gallo SA12 packs a punch in all indoor situations.
The Gallo SA12 is so powerful that it was banned from Warzone tournaments. While this was way back in Season 5, it still packs a punch in Pacific Season 3.
It’s especially powerful in solos, as it’ll take out an individual player in only a couple of shots. Thanks to its excellent range it’s also a great option across Caldera.
Introduced in Black Ops Cold War Season 1, the Streetsweeper is an automatic Shotgun that’s deadly up close.
This weapon will allow you to take out whole teams at close range, and with how fast it expells bullets, you’ll get off several shots before they even know what’s happening. Just be careful of the Streetsweeper’s reload time, however, as it’s exceptionally slow.
1. JAK-12 – best Shotgun in Warzone
Although relatively unpopular, the JAK-12 is an excellent weapon for taking out full squads in the blink of an eye. It has one of the greatest disparities between a pick rate of 0.29% and a K/D of 1.20 in Season 3. This proves that it is massively underrated, and even top players are frustrated by how powerful it is.
Modern Warfare’s JAK-12 acts very similarly to Cold War’s Streetsweeper but has the advantage of a much faster reload. In addition, it was also proven to be the fastest-killing close-range weapon available in Warzone at the moment.
If you plan on pushing buildings with a whole squad camping inside, the JAK-12 could be the perfect Shotgun for you.
For more loadout guides check out the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Season 3.
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Warzone 2 reportedly set to introduce bag system & new armor vest mechanic
Renowned leaker Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 could introduce a bag system for looting as well as a new armor vest mechanic.
Industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 could introduce players to a bag system for looting purposes much like Escape from Tarkov. The same report also suggests that the sequel will come with a new way to store armor.
On May 20, Tom Henderson published a Warzone 2 report which revealed various details that could be coming to the battle royale. While players are already excited by leaks of classic MW2 maps being involved in Warzone 2, they also got word of the potential inclusion of Pro Perks.
Henderson’s report highlighted several exciting new features that are rumored to make their way to Warzone 2. Among these new features is a bag system for looting as well as armor vests that are similar to what players had in Black Ops 4’s Blackout.
Warzone 2 rumored armor vests explained
It seems the devs have decided to combine the current armor system in Warzone with the previous armor system in Blackout. In Blackout, players were tasked with searching for one of three levels of body armor that would increase their overall health.
According to Henderson, “players will need to find a tiered armor vest in order to equip armor plates,” in Warzone 2. If leaks are true, players can expect both armor plates and a version of body armor, aka armor vests, in Warzone 2.
The report claims that there will be three tiers of armor vests, and each tier will hold one more armor plate than the previous tier. Furthermore, “your armor vest does not break, but your armor plates do.” These claims suggest that plating in Warzone 2 will abide by a similar structure to the familiar Warzone system.
Bag system reportedly coming to Warzone 2
Another interesting aspect of the report was the suggestion that Warzone 2 could adopt a bag system, with similar functionality to that of Escape from Tarkov’s. Henderson stresses that the bag system is in early development and far from finished as a new feature.
Once again, it seems there will be different bag tiers, with the higher tiers carrying more loot. Rumors suggest that bags could carry killstreaks, ammo, and weapons, making them a vital aspect of surviving until the endgame.
Here’s a rough example from Henderson’s report detailing how the bag system could work:
“Example of how the Bag System works (not accurate numbers).
- Ammo – Takes up 1 Slot
- Killstreaks – Takes up 4 Slots (2 by 2)
- Assault Rifle – Takes up 6 Slots (2 by 3)
- Sniper Rifle – Takes up 8 Slots (2 by 4)
- Tier 1 Bag – 10 Slots (2 by 5)
- Tier 2 Bag – 15 Slots (3 by 5)
- Tier 3 Bag – 20 Slots (4 by 5)”
Based on the size of the bag, players will have to strategically decide which items to carry. In addition, those familiar with Tarkov will know that you can flip items to allow for maximum storage space within the bag. Henderson claims that “at this moment in time, you cannot “flip” weapons to add to your bag as they can only be placed horizontally.”
With several of these features drawing from Blackout, it’s no surprise that Henderson suggested Warzone 2’s map is more like Blackout than Verdansk or Caldera.
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