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Infinity Ward is still deciding how disturbing they want to make Modern Warfare’s campaign – Update

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UPDATE: In tweet replies to users, Infinity Ward’s Studio Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki has stated that they’re not censoring any of the Modern Warfare campaign, but as part of any game or entertainment piece, re-iterating on some aspects to ensure it fits in the game well.

He said that they are re-defining their own vision constantly.

Lastly, in another Tweet, Kurosaki confirmed that cross play is ‘working’ perfectly in the studio, even between PS4 and Xbox One.

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Back in late May when we went to Infinity Ward to check out an early look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, one of the immediate shocks behind the game was how real it was and how emotional the story missions will be — bringing a new level of realism to this franchise for the first time since No Russian back in 2009 in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

One out of the two missions we saw was a flashback mission as players are taught why Farah becomes a rebel fighter and why her life was completely changed because of events in her childhood. During this specific mission, the players will play as Farah, and we’ve got a full description of the missions here in case you missed.

One aspect of this mission which was very disturbing during the studio visit was that when Farah and her brother are navigating the area in stealth, you overhear Russian soldiers taking out civilians on the ground that are unable to move because of nerve gas. However, at one point, there’s a Russian soldier that says to round up the women and children because their boss “likes the young ones.”

Now, Kotaku is reporting that at E3 Activision PR told them that the line is being removed from the game, a change to a scene just a few weeks after we got to see it. Activision made no indication to us that specific line was being removed during our visit, but they were candidate in discussing that they are still figuring out many aspects of the engagement in this game and how far they want to take certain aspects. It’s a fine line that Infinity Ward is walking with this game. Activision at E3 2019 is showcasing gameplay demos of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign missions behind closed doors only. This could be a reason why gameplay is not shown to the public yet.

Kotaku even asked Infinity Ward developers about the “likes the young ones” lines, and got this response from the game’s Campaign Director, Jacob Minkoff:

“Part of the reality of war is that there are people who face unpleasant events, and there is a portion—I’m really trying to work around spoilers—but what we don’t want to shy away from is the realities that some people face in war,” Minkoff said. “And some of those things are touched upon in the storyline. All I can tell you is that, as with every case, we have many consultants on staff.”

Activision PR told Kotaku at their behind closed door sessions that Infinity Ward is removing that line from the game, and that specific line was reportedly meant to be foreshadowing a scene that was coming up later in the campaign, but that scene has also been removed from the game.

With how real and emotional this story is taking Call of Duty, Infinity Ward will have to be careful navigating a fine line of realism and how far disturbing they are trying to go. My impressions of this game also discussed this back during the reveal, as this game is coming into a world where politics is in a tricky place, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one wrong line away from making headlines in a bad way.

SOURCE: Infinity Ward

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Sept 25 Update: Double XP

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Infinity Ward has released the latest playlist update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.

This playlist update is the final new playlist update for Season 5 of the game.

As part of this being the final weekend for Season 5, Infinity Ward has activated the following in game:

  • Double XP
  • Double Weapon XP
  • 2X Tier Progression

Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression will end with the end of Season 5, which is set for September 29.

In addition, there’s an updated playlist option in Warzone. Infinity Ward has added Warzone Mini Royale mode for the weekend. In case you need a refresher, here’s what Mini Royale is:

This weekend only, battle in Warzone Mini Royale Trios. A short, sweet, and intense variant, Mini Royale likens the experience to the first and final minutes of a standard Battle Royale match. Other Warzone playlists available throughout the week include Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Plunder Quads.

Drop in and finish up those Season 5 Battle Passes before it ends!

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6: Date, Subway, & Operators

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Activision and Infinity Ward announced that Season 6 for Modern Warfare and Warzone begins on Tuesday, September 29.

The company released a new cinematic trailer for Season 6, unveiling the new operators coming including Farrah and Nikolai.

The trailer also revealed the new Subway system coming to Warzone, allowing players a new way to traverse the map as they play.

Here’s a look at the Subway system:

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The Call of Duty blog has provided more details on what to expect from the two new Operators, who are part of the upcoming Season 6 Battle Pass.

Farah

“This occupation must end. That we can all agree on, yes?”

The founder and Commander of the Urzikstani Liberation Force, Farah, grew up a fighter after surviving imprisonment by Roman Barkov. She’s an exceptional soldier and leader that’s known a lifetime of war. Her skills have been further honed with additional training with the SAS, and she’s led dangerous missions to fight off Al-Qatala forces and other regimes stationed in her country. 

Following the events of Campaign, Farah joins the Chimera of the Allegiance reuniting with Iskra, a former scout of hers. Farah is instantly unlocked at Tier 0 of the Season Six Battle Pass. In addition to Farah’s base skin, players can earn additional skins and other rewards by completing her Operator Missions. 

Nikolai

“Nikolai, you’ve been a bad boy.” “From you that’s a compliment.”

Nikolai is the leader of the Chimera, a PMC within the Allegiance. A long-time friend to Captain Price, Nikolai initially worked with Price, Kamarov, and Kate Laswell to build the Armistice to stop the rise of a new AQ. After the Armisitice collapse, Nikolai now takes the battle in his own hands to stop Zakhaev. 

Nikolai is a Russian patriot at heart with a deep love for his country only matched by his love for weaponry. He’s known as a fixer and can acquire most anything, anywhere. Despite his murky background, he’ll always choose what’s right when it counts. Nikolai is unlocked at Tier 100 of the Season Six Battle Pass. Players can complete Operator Missions to earn additional skins for Nikolai and other rewards. 

Season 6 will begin on Sept. 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Alongside the new content teased in the trailer, there will also be more to come in MP.

Stay tuned for the latest on Season 6.

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This Week in Modern Warfare & Warzone: 2XP & Store Bundles

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Call of Duty 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 21.

This week sees 24/7 Shipment and 24/7 Shoot House, and new playlists Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, alongside Gunfight 3v3 Snipers.

And, in Warzone, Warzone Mini Royale Trios is available.

This is also the final week of Season 5 in Modern Warfare & Warzone. Season 6 is set to begin Sept. 29, so Infinity Ward will add Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression starting Friday, Sept. 25 at 10AM PT and ending with the Season 5 end.

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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This week the Shoot the Ship-tember playlist is breaking off into 24/7 Shoot House and 24/7 Shipment, players can battle in a trio in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers, experience an objective moshpit in Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, and play in the weekend only Warzone mode – Mini Royale Trios. Plus, players will get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting this weekend!

A double dose of objective fun is available in the Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone mosh pit. In Deathmatch Domination, earn points for capturing objective and eliminating enemy players so OBJ and slayers can earn score. In Drop Zone, hold the objective to receive the gift of Care Packages and a flurry of Killstreaks that keeps the match interesting. All Care Packages are up for grabs, it just takes longer to capture enemy packages, but good things are worth the wait.

Get with your squad and battle in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers. Map knowledge is key to success in this sniper shoot-out as is teammate communication. Make callouts and watch the flag during Overtime. Pro-tip: Consider closing the distance and performing a Finishing Move while the enemy reloads for an epic Killcam. 

Get a new look for Ghost in the ‘Beyond the Pale’ bundle with his ‘Dreadwood’ skin. The bundle also includes two Legendary blueprints – the Spanish Moss and Old Road – a watch, calling card, emblem, spray, quip, weapon charm, and gesture. 

Put the enemy on notice with the ‘Notice Me: IV’ bundle. It’s included blueprint, Showcase, deals high damage and has extra oomph in both the range in accuracy category making this a sniper rifle worth noticing. In addition to the Epic Showcase sniper blueprint, players will also get a weapon charm, calling card, and emblem when they pick up the bundle in Store.

This weekend only, battle in Warzone Mini Royale Trios. A short, sweet, and intense variant, Mini Royale likens the experience to the first and final minutes of a standard Battle Royale match. Other Warzone playlists available throughout the week include Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Plunder Quads. Then hop over to Multiplayer to choose between 24/7 Shipment or 24/7 Shoot House for your close quarters mosh pit mayhem. Whichever mode you choose, you’ll get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting on September 25 at 10AM PT to September 28 at 10AM PT.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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