UPDATE: Mark Rubin issued a statement to Polygon about his decision to leave Infinity Ward:
As you know, I had been at IW since the tail end of CoD2 development. Got to be part of the 360 launch and watch CoD become a massive franchise. It’s been just under 10 years at IW and I was just ready to retire. I didn’t leave because of anything that “happened” at work, rather I just wanted to stop working and start enjoying life outside of work. I’ve been amazingly lucky to have been apart of one of the most amazing and influential properties in all of entertainment and that success has given me the opportunity to retire earlier than most people get to. So yea I’m happy and doing well. I’ve got some business investments that I’m working on but for the most part I’m hanging out with friends more than I was able to in the past and enjoying my passion for video games — not as a developer. 🙂
Polygon has reported that Mark Rubin has departed Infinity Ward. Mark Rubin worked as the Executive Producer at Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Ghosts; he was with Infinity Ward since Call of Duty 3. Mark Rubin left earlier this year, but it’s unclear as to why he departed; Activision declined to issue a comment on his departure. Polygon has stated that there’s no information if a replacement for Rubin has been named.
In addition, former Lead Designer on Call of Duty, Todd Alderman, who left during the 2010 Infinity Ward / Activision law suit crisis, has returned as the Multiplayer Project Director, Activision confirmed to Polygon. Alderman worked on desigining multiplayer from Call of Duty 1 up to Modern Warfare 2 during his time at Infinity Ward. After originally leaving Infinity Ward, Alderman joined Respawn, but left in 2012; since then, he has been at Riot Games.
“The chance to come back to Infinity Ward and Call of Duty is something I didn’t think would ever happen,” Alderman told Polygon in a prepared statement. “It’s been five years since I’ve been here and a lot has changed. There are a lot of new faces and motivated people who want to make something great. It’s a really cool game concept that I want to be a part of. I can’t wait to see what we do with a three-year dev cycle.”
Infinity Ward has been through many changes since its inception; in 2010, after a big law suit, co-founders Vince Zampella and Jason West departed, taking many employees with them to their new Respawn studio. Just last year, Infinity Ward announced that they’ve merged with Neversoft. Infinity Ward’s studio head also changed following merging with Neversoft; Dave Stohl, previously Executive Vice President at Activision, took over as the studio head of Infinity Ward. Stohl issued the following comment about today’s news:
“This is about hiring the best talent for the right position,” Stohl said. “Todd’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We’re happy to have him lead multiplayer development here at Infinity Ward as well as provide a level of leadership across the entire studio team. Following last year’s combination with Neversoft, we’ve continued to add some great talent throughout the studio. As we focus on the future, there’s a real sense of energy that has us all excited about what’s to come.”
Over the past several months, Infinity Ward has been adding new developers on to their team. In July 2014, two Naughty Dog developers joined the team. In September 2014, 3D programmer on Far Cry 4, Michal Drobot, joined as the Principals Rendering Engineer.
Last year, Activision made a big change to the Call of Duty development cycle; they transitioned into a three year cycle, giving studios an extra year on each release. With that, Sledgehammer Games took 2014 with Advanced Warfare, and Treyarch’s next title is confirmed to come this year, which means we should expect Infinity Ward’s next title in 2016.
How to play Rebirth Island in private matches
Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War has arrived in Warzone, and it has delivered the ability to play Rebirth Island in private matches.
Season 3 has officially arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone. It has brought plenty of changes, with one of the most notable is the ability to play private matches on Rebirth Island.
The first season of Black Ops Cold War content for Warzone saw Rebirth Island become the second map that players could battle on in the popular Call of Duty battle royale. The much smaller map and lower player count resulted in players being able to have quicker and even more intense matches than Verdansk.
While the community has been able to play private matches on Verdansk for some time now, the same has not been true for Rebirth Island, until now thanks to the Season 3 update for Warzone.
How to Play Rebirth Island in Private Matches
Players looking to customize their experience on the smaller Warzone map and host their own exclusive matches now can, thanks to the addition of private matches to the Black Ops Cold War map for Warzone.
Individuals who would like to set up these kinds of games on this particular map will need to head into Warzone and click on the tab at the very bottom of the Warzone playlist where you find all of the different game modes that you can play currently.
You will then need to select which game mode you would like to play. Once you have selected the game mode, you will be sent to the lobby screen, where you will be able to go to the bottom of the screen and switch the map from Verdansk to Rebirth Island.
Make sure you have enough players in the lobby to start a match, and then press start match.
There is no doubt that the addition of this feature to Verdansk was a hit amongst the community and will likely be used a great deal by players throughout Season 3 who prefer to get their victories and highlights on the smaller Warzone map instead of its larger predecessor.
The addition of this feature is just one of the many changes that have arrived in Warzone by way of the Season 3 update. From new weapons like the PPSH and Swiss K31 to the Hunt for Adler event, community members will have plenty to enjoy for the foreseeable future.
How to Get Your Call of Duty: Warzone Report
You now have the opportunity to get a detailed summary of your time playing in Verdansk thanks to the Call of Duty: Warzone report.
Players looking to see detailed statistics of their time spent playing the adrenaline-fueled battle royale of Call of Duty: Warzone can currently get their own report.
It has been an exciting year for the Call of Duty community, thanks largely to the success of Warzone and its entertaining battle royale action that has captivated the world.
Millions of players have taken to the battlefield of Verdansk to be the last player or team standing, resulting in plenty of impressive statistics culminating in the highly-anticipated nuke event that took place on April 21, 2021.
Individuals who may be interested in seeing their detailed stats can now do so by looking up their very own Call of Duty: Warzone report so you can put together some evidence the next time you are looking to brag to your friends.
How to Get Your Call of Duty: Warzone Report
The social media platform of Twitter is where you will need to make your way if you would like to get your hands on your own list of stats accumulated during your time playing the popular first-person shooter.
Once you are on your Twitter account, you will need to make a post with your Activision ID and the hashtag #WarzoneReport. This will then cause the official account for the high-profile franchise to reply to you and provide you with a customized image that shows a variety of statistics.
These statistics consist of your K/D ratio, total kills, deaths, hours played, the total number of wins you have gotten so far, and the total number of games you have played.
You can find an example in the tweet below:
There is no doubt that plenty of players will be happy to see the stats they have been able to put together so far in their career, while other players will be motivated to do better and have greatly improved stats the next time they get their report.
Players getting a summary of their career stats was just one of the highlights in the community on April 21, 2021, and there are sure to be plenty of more following the nuclear destruction of Verdansk and the official Season 3 update.
Glitch giving free Stitch Skin to Black Ops Cold War players
A glitch has been giving Black Ops Cold War players access to a new Stitch skin ahead of the Season 3 update for the first-person shooter.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players have been confused about having access to a new Stitch skin ahead of the Season 3 update for the first-person shooter.
Stitch is one of the many Operators that players can choose to play as in Black Ops Cold War when they are gunning down zombies or battling it out against other players in multiplayer.
Skins for these Operators can be acquired through various means, but it looks as though a bug is currently allowing players to have a new Stitch skin unlocked without having to do anything.
Over on Twitter, The Baron of ZLand showed off this Stitch Brute skin and how they thought they were likely not supposed to have this skin unlocked when they launched Black Ops Cold War. Other players also have reported gaining access to this cosmetic item even if they did not have Stitch unlocked.
Players were able to use this new skin in matches and quickly discovered that the character was barefoot when using it.
This lead to many believing that having access to the skin was a mistake and that this unfinished nature of the item meant that Treyarch did not intend for it to be in the hands of players yet.
The Baron of ZLand later posted a tweet saying that this free Stitch skin had been removed from their inventory, lending more support to the idea that it had been an unintentional addition to the cosmetic inventories of players ahead of the Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War.
While players are likely going to have to wait till later on in Season 3 to get their hands on this Stitch skin officially, there is still a wide array of exciting changes that will be taking place when the Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War officially goes live on April 21 and April 22.
From a group of brand new weapons like the PPSH and Swiss K31 to a multitude of new maps for players to battle each other on, there will be plenty for players to enjoy when they finally get to use this Stitch Brute skin at some point in the future.
For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie Intel for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch
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