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New patch for Advanced Warfare now live on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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A new patch for Advanced Warfare is now live on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The new update brings support for Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC, weapon updates, bug fixes, and more. 

The update is coming soon to PSN and PC. 

     DLC 2 Ascendance Content: (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

    • New Maps Added for Multiplayer: Site 244, Perplex, Chop Shop, and Climate.
    • New Playlist Added for DLC 2 Maps:
      • Ascendance TDM; Ascendance Grapple; Ascendance Moshpit
      • Ascendance maps added to Hardcore Mosh Pit
    • New Weapon Added: OHM, OHM – Werewolf, and 10 of the OHM variants have been added to the loot pool.

  

    In-Game Updates:

    • Adjusted the amount of damage reduction by the Flak Jacket perk in Hardcore modes.
    • Fixed a rare issue where viewing the scoreboard could result in a crash.
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to join a playlist with a party size larger than the playlist allowed.
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to shoot directed energy weapons continuously without overheating.
    • Fixed an issue where some HUD elements were viewable when spectating in third-person mode.
    • Fixed an issue where some static UI would remain on the screen after spectating.
    • [Xbox 360] Fixed a rare crash issue when leaving a Private Match.
    • [Xbox One] Fixed an issue where players were not able to accept an invitation while in suspend/resume mode.
    • [Xbox One]: Fixed a rare issue where players were not able to enter the Xbox Live menu for online play.
    • [Xbox 360]: Fixed a rare issue where redeeming loot for XP could result in exiting out to the multiplayer lobby.
    • [Xbox One, Xbox 360] Fixed an issue where Advanced Supply Drops earned through leveling at 20, 30, and 40 were not always being delivered.
    • [Xbox One, Xbox 360] Fixed a rare issue where players were not able to add camos to the secondary weapon while using Overkill in Private Matches.
    • [Xbox One] Fixed a rare issue where players were not able to join a match together from an invite.
    • [Xbox One] Improvements to the “Invite to Game”, accepting invitations systems, and joining friend’s games.

  

    Weapon Updates:

    • Atlas 20mm – Snapper now has the correct magazine size.
    • Fixed an issue where the OHM’s shotgun mode would not have any spread for its shots.
    • PDW – Added laser sight attachment.

  

    UI Updates:

    • Fixed an issue where Advanced Supply Drops sometimes open on the left side of the screen.
    • Added Gun Game medals to Combat Record menu.
    • Added Gun Game to the list of modes in the Combat Record.
    • Fixed an issue where the “Favorite Weapon” displayed in the Combat Record was not tallying kills from weapon variants.
    • Double XP Images shown in game are now localized.
    • Fixed where the correct alternate weapon mode would display when a character has more than one weapon with an alternate weapon mode.

  

    Challenges Updates:

    • Fixed an issue where players were earning a Underdog and Vandalism medal from their own team.
    • Fixed an issue where some weapons picked up from an enemy did not count towards the Backfire medal or Guerrilla Warfare challenge.
    • Fixed an issue where the Tac-19’s Parabolic microphone attachment displayed it unlocked after 40 kills while aiming down the sights.

  

    Store Updates:

    • Store UI Improvements.

 

    Emblem Updates:

    • Added a confirmation pop-up when using copy / paste over an existing emblem.
    • Fixed a rare issue where emblems from purchased mDLC wouldn’t show in the Emblem Editor.

  

    Scorestreak Updates:

    • Fixed a rare issue where players could obtain a turret head with infinite ammo.
    • Fixed an exploit with the Aerial Recon Drone scorestreak.

  

    Broadcaster Updates

    • Adjusted the kill feed team color to match scorecard team color.
    • Improvements made to the legibility of the player card.

  

    Game Mode Specific Updates:

    • Gun Game: Increased the Party Size limit from 1 to 8.
    • Gun Game: Added random loot variants to each weapon tier.
    • Adjusted the Satellite drone mechanics so it would not be dropped immediately after going prone or sliding in water.
    • Adjusted spawning logic for Free-For-All & Gun Game game modes.
    • Adjusting various spawning logic for Domination game mode.
    • Adjusted various spawning logic for Search and Rescue game mode.

  

    Map Specific Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.
    • Adjusted various spawns for CTF and Uplink on Solar.
    • Adjusted various spawns for Uplink on Recovery.
    • [Xbox One] Adjusted various spawns for Momentum on Comeback.
    • Fixes for out of map exploits and bomb defusing on Comeback.
    • Various fixes related to the dynamic map event for the map Drift.

  

    Exo Survival Updates:

    • Fixed an issue where parties were being split when entering matchmaking.

 

    Exo Zombies Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits where players could remain in place and not be attacked by zombies.
    • Enemies will now correctly ignore players in the incinerator room.
    • Fixed an issue where items required for the Exo Zombies Easter Egg would disappear when a player respawns.
    • [Xbox One] Exo Zombies: Fixed an issue where the nano swarm would remain for a longer duration after a host migration.
    • [Xbox One, Xbox 360] Exo Zombies: Fixed an issue where the 3D printer would malfunction without having enough credits to operate.

SOURCE: Advanced Warfare 

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Call of Duty dev finally confirms that games have had SBMM all along

A former Call of Duty developer has confirmed that the series has used skill-based matching since 2007’s Modern Warfare.

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Skill-based matchmaking has been a hugely controversial issue among Call of Duty fans for years, and former developer Josh Menke has finally confirmed that CoD titles have had SBMM as far back as 2007’s Modern Warfare.

In the early days of online multiplayer gaming, players would have to select a server to join by themselves. As time went on, developers started to automate that process, eventually introducing skill-based matchmaking in an attempt to keep matches competitive.

While this seems logical, it’s been a highly contentious issue among gamers who claim it has ruined games and made them less fun.

Games like Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have been criticized for using skill-based matchmaking too much, with players comparing them to older Call of Duty titles. However, former Activision Senior Systems Designer Josh Menke has revealed that SBMM has been in CoD games since 2007.

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The idea behind skill-based matchmaking is to place you in lobbies with players of a similar skill level. While many believe that older Call of Duty titles didn’t do this, Menke states it’s been used as far back as the original Modern Warfare.

“[Call of Duty 4] did have some skill-based match-making, all of them always have,” he told GDC. “It’s just the math and science have gotten better over the years. If you grew up on it back then, your expectations are very different than if you have it now.”

“The same thing happens in Fortnite, even today. When the game first started, I believe they had very little skill-based matchmaking, then over the years they’ve experimented with different levels of SBMM and using bots.”

“You’ll have players who play Call of Duty that will be like, ‘I don’t like skill-based matchmaking,’ but then they go play Valorant and it’s fine.”

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One of the biggest complaints about skill-based matchmaking is that while it should be used in ranked modes, public or casual matches have become too difficult because of the system.

Menke does feel that developers are making one major error with current matchmaking systems, saying that when a game can’t find a good match for a player, it just “settles” for a bad one. Instead, he suggests using “real-time stats” on the player base to create the best games possible.

Whether you like SBMM or not, the system isn’t going anywhere. At least the long-running debate over CoD’s historical matchmaking system can finally be put to rest.

For more Call of Duty, check out everything you need to know about Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map.

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Top 5 hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time

Call of Duty has produced some of the most memorable campaigns in FPS history, but we’re counting down the top 5 hardest ever.

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As well as delivering epic narratives and creating iconic characters, plenty of CoD campaigns have also offered a nice challenge down the years. So we’ve picked out the top 5 hardest CoD campaigns ever, and ranked them.

Whilst it’s Call of Duty’s multiplayer that understandably gets all the plaudits, the franchise has produced some incredibly good single-player experiences too – with Vanguard being the latest one. After all, before online gaming really got going in the mid-late 2000s, campaigns were the main selling point of FPS games.

Many games have since overlooked this aspect in favor of keeping players hooked to live service models. However, barring Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, every major CoD title has had a campaign, and we’ve sifted through them all to rank the top five hardest of all time.

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player fighting through Paris in MW3

We can confirm that we’ve played and beaten all these campaigns on the Veteran difficulty setting – apart from BLOPS III which we did on its debuting Realistic difficulty.

As most players will know, Veteran can turn a simple corridor into a test of patience that can take a long time. This separates the weak from the strong and is a perfect way to differentiate campaigns.

Recent years have phased out repsawning enemies and grenade spam, and as a result, have been a lot easier. But a trip down memory lane will dig up some of the most frustrating levels and sections in the series.

5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

soap looking at gulag in MW2

Definitely not as tough as the later entries on our list, but Infinity Ward’s second installment of the Modern Warfare saga had the odd mean level that will bring out the veins in your head.

The game actually starts out fairly generously for the first few levels, and then dumps a harsh one-two punch of Takedown on you, a nerve-inducing push through the Favela, and the extremely open nature of Wolverines.

You’re allowed your breath back for a bit, and then you’re plunged into the infested depths of the Gulag that has some positively vile checkpoints to clear. Through Whiskey Hotel and Loose Ends you have a ton of enemies to contend with and these are the levels that test your Veteran instincts, especially the survive and escape formula of Loose Ends.

Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t have a defining level or section that stands out, it’s just packed with lots of solid fights that will test your mettle.

4. Call of Duty 2

player fighting across bridge in COD2

The early Call of Duty games set the standard for some of the difficulty that was going to be featured down the line.

CoD2 feels a bit more streamlined and thought-out compared to the first game, but it’s still rife with grenades flying in from every angle and Germans that have had their skills honed by the Matrix.

There’s definitely a sense that the levels get harder towards the end, as a natural difficulty curve should do. The German respawn factory never ceases production, even until the very end. The only thing that lessens the difficulty a tad is the fact that Call of Duty 2 introduced regenerating health for the first time, meaning players had time to recover.

3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

player looking at chernobyl wheel in cod4

We consider CoD4 to be the best Call of Duty game, and its characters, set-pieces, that nuclear explosion scene, and so much more make this campaign memorable, not least the punishing difficulty.

But it’s a handful of missions and sections that will get you used to the death screen. Charlie Don’t Surf’s push through the Broadcast area is painful, the Hunted is littered with large space and tight areas packed with enemies, and even scaling the hill in Safehouse can take a while.

But it’s some of the game’s final missions where things are turned up to 100. The iconic One Shot, One Kill mission is a supreme test of skill, patience, and luck on Veteran, No Fighting in the War Room is a timed slog through steam, claustrophobic corridors teeming with foes, and of course – Mile High Club.

A one-minute sprint through about 50 enemies in the tightest fighting area yet, going up a floor, demanding absolute precision and excellence on your part. You’ll find that if you check many gamer’s Trophies and Achievements for CoD4, they’ll be missing this one on Veteran.

2. Call of Duty: World at War

a squad advancing in world at war mission

Call of Duty: Grenade would’ve been a more apt title for Treyarch’s 2008 World War II shooter and many players to this day still see grenade indicators appearing in their vision.

Every mission is an exercise in patience and bravery thanks to unlimited enemy respawns and the germans owning every grenade in existence.

The game is a brutal journey for its first 14 missions on Veteran, and then you get to what is probably the most difficult FPS mission ever created – Heart of the Reich. The act of taking down four AA guns can take literally hours as you have little cover, enemies are attacking (infinitely) from all sides, and you’re having to constantly retreat from grenades every two seconds.

World at War is one of the last true tests of outrageous CoD difficulty.

1. Call of Duty 1 (Call of Duty: Classic)

player making their way to eder dam in cod 1

Anyone who thinks World at War or CoD4 are the hardest campaigns only say that because they haven’t the arduous task of completing the first-ever Call of Duty campaign on Veteran.

Why’s it the hardest? It’s very simple. No health regeneration, no health packs, the checkpoints are utterly unforgiving as you need to have a certain amount of health to trigger them, otherwise, you get diddly squat, checkpoints can be awarded as you’re getting shot, enemies can regularly appear behind you, and they have an immaculate aim.

Then when you start to factor in Chateau, POW Camp, Eder Dam, Truck Ride, Battleship Tirpitz, and the absolutely mind-bogglingly difficult Pavlov’s House, then it’s easy to see why Call of Duty 1 has the hardest campaign ever.

Don’t believe us? Go and play it on Veteran, then get back to us.


So that’s our top 5 list of the hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time. Even if your list has one or two slightly different entries, we can all agree that Call of Duty has done a great job of serving up some fiendishly tough treats.

If you enjoyed our list and want more original content, then check out the best CoD Zombies maps ranked, every gun in Vanguard ranked, or even the 10 best FPS weapons of all time!

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Leaker claims Activision is considering changing Call of Duty’s annual release schedule

A leaker has suggested that Activision’s annual CoD release may be coming to an end with extended cycles being considered.

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A new Call of Duty title is released every year, with multiple studios taking it in turns to bring out a new game. A new leak however has made the bold claim that Activision may be thinking about changing its release schedule and model.

It’s become a given that a new CoD game will be released in November of each year, with the likes of Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward all taking it in turns to develop a new game.

2019 saw the release of IW’s Modern Warfare reboot, 2020 was Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, and this year has seen the release of Sledgehammer Games’ Vanguard.

It’s already rumored that Modern Warfare 2 is in the works for 2022, but depending on Activision’s approach, they may opt to change their release policy, starting with MW2.

player sniping in modern warfare 2019

Leaks seem to happen left, right, and center these days, with people able to learn a great deal of information about projects and plans, many of which turn out to be true.

The new Call of Duty rumor comes from leaker Ralph, who recently claimed that the reported Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer remaster has been canceled, and thinks that annual releases are being reconsidered.

A recent Tweet from them quite simply said: “Activision are reportedly in discussion for extending Call of Duty’s annual releases.”

As with any leak, this should be taken with a major pinch of salt. RalphsValve has recently come under scrutiny from fellow leakers regarding the accuracy of his claims.

With the rumored 2022 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 title still potentially a year out, maybe two now, things can always change, and we’d recommend taking these claims with a pinch of salt.

Furthermore, given how much this could change the Call of Duty landscape going forward, we’d also strongly recommend waiting for official confirmation from Activision before assuming this is the direction CoD will be going in the future.


For more Call of Duty news, take a look at when Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 starts.

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