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New patch for Advanced Warfare now live on Xbox/PC; w/ Master Prestige Ranks, weapon balancing, broadcaster redesign, & more

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A new patch for Advanced Warfare is now live on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The new patch includes Master Prestige Ranks, Gun Game leaderboards, new font size/text for the Killfeed, pause feature for Exo Zombies, new layout for Challenges, early access to the Ohm weapon for Xbox Season Pass owners, Probation time in Ranked Play and more.

In addition, Broadcaster Mode has been completely redesigned with a new scoreboard and leaderboard:

This new patch is currently pending 1st party approval on PS4 and PS3. It’s expected to go live next week.

PATCH NOTES:

PC Specific Updates: 

DLC 1 Havoc New Content [PC]:

    • New Maps Added for Multiplayer and Exo Survival: Drift, Urban, Core, and Sideshow.
    • New Mode Added: Exo Zombies.
    • New Weapon Added: AE4, and 10 of the AE4 variants have been added to the loot pool.
    • Added DLC playlists; HAVOC TDM and HAVOC Mosh Pit.
    • Added the Havoc DLC maps to the map rotation in the Hardcore Mosh Pit playlist.

Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PC Game Update: 

In-Game Updates:

    • Full Royalty Character Loot Set unlocked.

    • Connectivity Optimizations

    • Connectivity and matchmaking improvements when in a party.
    • Added 15 Master Prestige ranks and Grand Master Prestige.
    • Added 15 more Daily Supply Drop Challenges.
    • Fixed a rare issue where players were not able to spawn into the game.
    • Fixed the sound of the SAC3 with the Suppressor Attachment to not play in stereo to all players on the map.
    • Fixed a rare issue where players would spawn without a gun.
    • Players will now be shown a “Player does not own the map pack” message when a player without the Havoc DLC joins their party.
    • Added the ability for purchased Create-A-Class slots to appear in Private Matches.
    • [Xbox One] Connectivity improvement to Xbox Live servers when returning from Energy-Saving mode.
    • [Xbox One, Xbox 360] Fixed a rare crash issue with signing out with one player while split screen.
    • [Xbox 360] Reduced the max number of players in a Private Match to 10.

Weapon Balancing Updates (Note: Adjustments affect base weapon and all loot variants):

    • Heavy weapons: increase player movement speed by 5%
    • Corrected scopes on the AE4.
    • MK14 – reduced recoil
    • ARX160 – increased magazine size
    • AMR9 – increased damage, decreased time between bursts
    • SN6 – reduced recoil
    • KF5 – mid damage range increased
    • Atlas 45 – mid damage range increased, max damage range increased
    • PDW – increased damage
    • Shotguns: reduced spread when using Gung-Ho
    • S12 – increased fire rate, increased damage
    • EPM3 – reduced recoil
    • Lynx – reduced recoil
    • ASM1 – slightly reduced initial fire rate

UI Updates:

    • Rare Supply Drop Error messages when opening fixed.
    • Added a display for how many free slots you have in the Armory from the “Redeem Items” menu.
    • Replaced the camouflage images for Diamond and Royalty with the correct images in the Create-A-Class menu.
    • Replaced the Valkyrie loadout for the Centurion loadout for players who were incorrected rewarded this character gear in Clan Wars.
    • Fixed an issue where duplicates of unlocked items were showing in the New Items list.
    • Fixed an issue where some Create-A-Class were showing the incorrect lock status when selecting a Permanent Unlock when Prestiging.
    • Adjusted kill feed speed from 4 seconds to 6 seconds.

Challenges Updates:

    • Removed ability to earn more than one of a non-redeemable character gear from the Daily Supply Drop Challenges.
    • Players will no longer receive a Daily Supply Drop Challenge for non-redeemable gear they have already acquired.
    • Removed the incorrect challenge for the Crossbow Scope to unlock at 10 kills.

Store Updates:

    • [Xbox One] Players with other profiles who purchased DLC on the same console are now able to properly purchase DLC on their own profile.

Emblem Updates:

    • Fixed an issue where the Emblem would sometimes apply incorrectly to the player card.

Scorestreak Updates:

    • Sentry Gun turrets now die in one melee hit.
    • Decreased the amount of time the player has to hold X to exit a remote controlled Sentry Turret.
    • Unmodified Missile Strike missiles now travel faster when boosting (by hitting the fire button while coming down).
    • The Vulcan laser scorestreak now fires longer.

Ranked Play Updates:

    • Added probation time for players who do not complete or disconnect from Ranked Play matches.
    • Will properly award Division Points in the case of a forfeited match (when the entire other team leaves).

Broadcaster Updates

    • Adjusted the colors and over all look for Broadcaster mode to make text and names easier to read and a better experience for viewers.
    • Fixed a rare issue where HUD elements would get stuck on the broadcaster’s screen.

Game Mode Specific Updates:

    • S&D: Added UI to show if you were attacking or defending at the start of the round.
    • One Shot: Increased Kill Confirmed score limit to 80 in the One Shot Mosh Pit playlist.
    • Gun Game: Added a leaderboard for Gun Game.
    • Momentum: Adjusted spawn locations for the Drift map.
    • Uplink: Fixed an issue where the satellite drone could get stuck on the Clown Inn sign.

Map Specific Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.
    • Fixed an issue where Orbital Care Packages were removed from areas of the map on Drift after the dynamic map event.
    • Fixed an issue where indestructible objects would show up on the Sideshow map.
    • Adjusted the A Bomb site location on Sideshow.
    • Fixed a performance issue with some of the dynamic map pieces on the Core map.
    • Adjusted spawns locations for the Drift map..
    • Fixed Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world exploits on the Sideshow map.

Exo Survival Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.

Exo Zombies Updates:

    • Added ability for players to pause the game in single-player Private match.
    • Fixed an issue where players were not able to join a match together while in a party.
    • Fixed various out of map exploits where players could remain in place and not be attacked by zombies.
    • Removed the ability for host to start the match before players were ready in a Private Match setting.
    • Fixed an issue for the 20/20 Achievement so weapons that are reacquired after leveling it up to level 20 still count towards the achievement status.
    • Exo Zombies intro movie is now skippable.
    • Fixed a rare crash issue in Exo Zombies.
    • Fixed an issue where certain camos were missing for the ARX160.
    • Fixed an issue where the pop-up messaging for Player 2 could only be closed by Player 1.
    • Fixed a rare issue where the After Action Report was showing the incorrect map information after joining a Private Match.

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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors

Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.

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Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.

Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.

As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.

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“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.

Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.

“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.

There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.

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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art

Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.

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Black Ops 4 Specialists

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.

While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.

Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.

Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.

Black Ops 4 operators

The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.

Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”

Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.

This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.

Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.

But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.

The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.


Modern Warfare 2 brings a fully-fledged campaign that will reportedly arrive ahead of the full game’s launch, so be sure to check out everything we know about the single-player.

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Players share Call of Duty Next reveal wishlist for Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2

With the Call of Duty Next event set to showcase MW2 and Warzone 2, players reveal exactly what they’re desperate to see.

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The upcoming Call of Duty Next event is set to deliver a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal as well as new Warzone 2 information. Here’s what players are desperate to see from the event.

During Call of Duty Champs, the biggest competitive CoD event of the year, Activision and Infinity Ward brought Call of Duty Next to the community’s attention. This one-of-a-kind event that will be broadcast on September 15 is set to tease the future of the Call of Duty franchise.

The event will include a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, as well as new details concerning the Warzone 2 project and a mobile version of Warzone. With a ton of new information expected to shock the community, here’s what players are hoping to see most.

CharlieIntel took to Twitter to ask CoD players what they’re hoping to see from the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Next broadcast. While the details concerning Warzone 2 are shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to expect gameplay footage of Modern Warfare 2.

Keep in mind that Modern Warfare 2 is set to release on October 28, and with all eyes on Call of Duty Next, it’ll be a great opportunity to build some excitement. Some players in the replies had very specific expectations, while others wish to see more of the game’s technical aspects.

MW2 & Warzone 2 gun mechanism & gunsmith system

This is a great example of the technical side of Modern Warfare 2, and by expected association Warzone 2, that we’ve yet to fully discover. Gun mechanisms and how they feel while firing lay the groundwork for the game’s tone. Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay will likely be heavily influenced by how intuitive the guns feel in players’ hands.

Furthermore, the loadouts and the gunsmith feature are another vital technical aspect. While these aren’t the flashiest concerns, they go a long way in setting the foundation for a high-quality experience. After all, players love to customize and tweak aspects of the game when they’re not engaged in battle.

While we already have some major information about Modern Warfare 2’s gunsmith, including the ability to tweak certain attachment characteristics, hopefully, Call of Duty Next will provide even more insight.

Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play

While the gameplay is set to take center stage, it’s not beyond belief that Call of Duty Next could showcase various game modes. Perhaps the broadcast will mark the official reveal of the rumored DMZ mode.

However, fans of multiplayer will have their fingers crossed for something they’ve been wanting for what seems like ages: “League play at launch.”

Call of Duty fans looking for a top-tier competitive mode have been let down in recent years. Either they’ve had to wait months after release to receive a Ranked Play mode, or in the case of Modern Warfare, it came without Skill Divisions or an ELO system.

Classic Call of Duty weapons

FaZe Testy replying with an image of the iconic Intervention sniper gives us a specific weapon request. Surely, the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal is going to include gameplay footage. Of course, with gameplay footage comes the inevitable reveal of weapons.

It remains to be seen if classic Call of Duty weapons will feature in Modern Warfare 2, but players are surely going to lose their minds if the Intervention makes its way to the game. The Sniper is undoubtedly one of the most beloved weapons in Call of Duty history.

That just about wraps up some of the most intriguing hopes and wishes for the upcoming Call of Duty Next event. Don’t forget to tune into the broadcast on September 15 to find out if any of these desires come to fruition.


For more, check out how leaked Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer images seem to confirm that factions are back.

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