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DLC Trailer for “Piazza” and “Liberation”

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-“Piazza” (Formally called Italy/Coast) is an Italian seaside village. “is very close quarters and has a lot of verticality to it, because you’re fighting this uphill battle up this mountainside in the city,”

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-“Liberation” (Formally called Park) is New York’s Central Park. “more wide open and gives you a lot more options in terms of moving around.” It’s filled with military emplacements, including turrets on opposite ends. The fighting takes place around the Bethesda fountain and boat pond.

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DLC news announcement Summary:

There will be at least 20 “drops” of new content for Modern Warfare 3, as a nine-month season of expansions to last year’s big game kicks off this month.

-The first 2 maps coming on Jan. 24th to Xbox Live Elite Subscribers.
2 more maps also coming in March.
-Non-Elite Premium will be able to purchase in March.
-There will be at least 20 “drops” of new content over 9 months (Till September).
-Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software are working on the DLC.
-Both new maps playable in competitive and the co-op Special Ops modes.
New Weapons and Campaign DLC are “on the table”
-DLC development started after MW3 was complete.
-There is NO “season finale” planned.
-No word on PS3 or PC release dates yet.

Quotes from Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling:
“We want to do more than just traditional multiplayer maps,”
“more post-launch support than we’ve ever done before,”
Campaign DLC and new weapons are, like anything else “on the table,” he said. “We’ll go with whatever works, whatever’s the most fun.”

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE after the break:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Modern Warfare® 3 blazes into 2012 with the debut of all-new multiplayer maps Liberation and Piazza, the front line of the Modern Warfare® 3 Content Season for Call of Duty® Elite, nine consecutive months of epic downloadable content that commences January 24th  for Xbox Live users. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI), revealed today that the content will  be available first for Call of Duty® Elite’s premium members on Xbox LIVE, followed by additional platforms at a later time. From January through September, Call of Duty Elitepremium members on Xbox LIVE will receive regular updates of all new content totaling at least 20 content drops.

The Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite will include a broader variety than ever, with brand new multiplayer maps, Special Ops Missions, new game modes and more.  While Call of Duty Elite premium subscribers get the new content first, as promised, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans who want to buy the content a la carte as they have in the past, will be able to purchase the content via Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections.

“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning.  Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “With the Call of Duty®: MW3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.”

All content drops for Call of Duty Elite premium members will occur once a month, starting in January for Xbox Live users and will continue through the year, ending in September.  During the first three months of 2012, Activision will release five different content drops on three occasions in January, February and March, first on Xbox Live, followed by additional platforms at a later time.

The first two Content Drops will be multiplayer maps—also playable in Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode—that throw combatants into a war-tornCentral Park and an Italian seaside village.  Liberation is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower.  Piazza is the idyllic Italian getaway that is anything but, where tight corners and branching pathways pose great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates in Piazza, where attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat.

The third Content Drop will be available for download in mid-February and two additional Content Drops will go live in March, as premium Call of Duty Elite members will receive new content once a month through September. Also in March, the first Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection will be available for purchase by the entire Call of Duty: MW3 player community on Xbox Live.

To celebrate the launch of each new content drop, Call of Duty Elite will run specialized events for real-world prizes throughout the nine-month Season. Additional details about the Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite and Collection series will be announced throughout the year.

The Modern Warfare 3 Content Season is co-developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games andRaven Software.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language.  For more information on the Call of Duty: MW3 content drops, season of content, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Elite visit www.callofduty.com/mw3 and www.callofduty.com/elite.

To become a Call of Duty Elite premium member, go to http://www.callofduty.com/elite/go-premium.  For additional Call of Duty Elite updates and information, visit www.facebook.com/callofdutyelite, and also via Twitter @CallofDutyElite.

Published by Activision and developed by Beachhead Studio, Call of Duty Elite is a comprehensive social gaming network offering a deep and innovative service for all registered Call of Duty players. Call of Duty Elite provides “always-on,” universal communication between the platform and the game. Players can access Call of Duty Elite via web or console—to connect with friends, plan multiplayer matches with their Clan or social Group, configure load-outs, access comprehensive stats and interactive heat maps, and much more.

SOURCE: Activision Press Release

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Does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

Let’s clear some community misconceptions regarding the anti-cheat in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Let’s discuss some of the main community misconceptions regarding anti-cheat measures in Call of Duty Warzone.

Warzone has been the hot topic of debate among the gaming community due to the excessive issues with players cheating in the game. Since the release of Warzone, players using aimbot and wallhacks have been a regular occurrence for players, and its led to increased frustration amongst the community.

This also becomes a worse issue for high-performing players, since Warzone utilizes skill-based matchmaking, which means players who cheat are likely to play against the highest-skilled players. Due to the volume of cheaters, it has led many players to believe the game has no anti-cheat at all.

So does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

In short – yes it does. Warzone has an anti-cheat. It is not conventional like other games, as it seems to be built into the game, rather than a dedicated third party tool, or separate install. Players seem to be asking more for a traditional anti-cheat, which many popular games opt to use, such as Fortnite and Battlefield.

Infinity Ward has touted this past September that they have banned over 200,000 accounts for cheating, but due to the game being free-to-play, it seems that players are simply making new accounts and cheating again.

Since this tweet, we have not received much more information about the on-going anti-cheat efforts for the franchise. In an Activision blog in April of 2020, it was promised we’d get more updates on the amount of players banned as needed. Since then, it seems we only got one update in September.

The lack of communication regarding the anti-cheat seems to be the main issue among players, and the confusion regarding the number of bans and effort put into banning players will most likely continue to be an issue until there is further comment from Activision.

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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

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Apex Legends dev explains why Airdrop Escalation won’t be permanent

Respawn Entertainment addressed player concerns that the Airdrop Escalation LTM would be permanent in Apex Legends.

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Airdrop Escalation LTM in Apex Legends

The new Airdrop Escalation LTM has brought some changes to the supply drops in Apex Legends. Some players are concerned about how this would affect care packages, so the devs responded.

The new Fight Night Collection Event finally went live on January 5 and brought many changes to Apex Legends Season 7. This includes an heirloom for Gibraltar and a brand new LTM called Airdrop Escalation. 

The LTM has replaced the normal game mode and will provide you with an increased number of supply drops containing different tiers of fully-knitted weapons. This can lead to players receiving extremely powerful gear in the midst of battle.

Some fans were worried that this system may stay in the game for good and cause it to become unbalanced. The developers took notice of this and addressed fan concerns.

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The Airdrop Escalation LTM isn’t permanent in Apex Legends

The quality of the gear that you can obtain from the LTM’s supply drops increases later in the match. While you might get something useful early one, the drops will contain Evo Shields and high tier guns that give the wielder a huge advantage during late-game.

This serves as a major change to the loot game of Apex Legends. The LTM will reward players who find supply drops later in the match by making them more powerful than others. While this works as a temporary feature, some players don’t want it to stick around for good.

Reddit user shiba219808 shared a YouTube comment complaining about how Airdrop Escalation “breaks late-game fights,” with the hopes that the developers will take notice. This caught the attention of Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein, who then chimed in.

“We really don’t wanna mess with the loot game of the base BR to this degree permanently,” said Klein. “There are issues that we’re seeing now already around high saturation of red guns deciding late-game fights.”

The devs made it clear that this is not a permanent feature. “The loot game is the beating heart of a BR,” says Daniel. “You better have a really good reason to make a change of this magnitude, and I don’t see one.” 

A few players mentioned that the game mode is still enjoyable, but could use some fine-tuning to improve upon its current issues.

“I actually enjoy the game mode,” said one user, “-but maybe to quell some of the issues you should make it that it only goes up to purple, and then reverts to regular care packages after that round? I feel like early and mid-game it is fine as is, but late game they shouldn’t be dropping.”

Luckily, Respawn Entertainment currently has no plans to shake up the loot game of Apex Legends anytime soon. With Fight Night well underway, we’re getting plenty of close looks at what to expect in the future, such as a new Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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