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New update for CoD Strike Team adds new weapon and mode

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The Blast Furnace has released a new update for Call of Duty: Strike Team on iOS, providing some new features and big fixes.

The update adds a new Domination mode, a new combat zone aboard a US Naval ship, and new weapon – the PDW-57

  • Global Conflict
    • Global Conflict is an all-new way to play “Call of Duty®: Strike Team”. Flashpoints of insurgent activity appear around the globe and are only available for a set amount of time. It’s then up to the Strike Team to defuse the situation in the combat zone and stop the enemy before the time runs out. Successful missions win you extra token rewards and the chance to move up the new tiered leagues at the end of each week. The faster the flashpoint missions are completed, the bigger the reward.
    • The new Global Conflict mode also includes tiered leaderboards to which players can submit their scores to compete against others worldwide. Starting in the Iron League, players can move up through the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum leagues to stand alongside the elite players in the Master league.
    • Each Global Conflict flashpoint has one of three unique objectives: “Collect”, “Destroy” or “Survive”.
      • The “Collect” game style requires the operative to track down pieces of Intel concealed around the map while under heavy enemy fire. The faster the pieces of Intel are collected, the higher the player’s score will be.
      • “Destroy” sees the player planting C4 in select locations to deal a heavy blow to enemy plans, while fighting against the incoming threats. Each piece of C4 must be planted within a set time limit, otherwise the mission over, and the flashpoint falls to the enemy.
      • In the “Survive” game style, the player must hold off incoming enemy attacks for an allotted time to keep their squad in control of the area.
  • Domination Game Mode
    • The popular Domination game mode is also new to all of the Strike Ops maps.
    • This mode requires the player to capture and hold three strategic points in the combat zone for a set amount of time while holding off a constant stream of enemies. The longer the player survives, the more deadly the enemies become as the horde floods into the game map to try to recapture the markers.
  • Pacific combat zone “USS Ironhide”
    • Players can now play all of the Strike Ops and Global Conflict game styles on the all-new Pacific combat zone, which takes place on a stricken naval carrier.
    • The USS Ironhide has recently come under attack and serves as the perfect arena for the player to take the fight back to the enemy. Do battle amongst the debris on the carrier deck or weave through the Ironhide’s control room to secure the vessel.
  • Mystery Box
    • The Mystery Box gives players new kinds of reward while fighting the enemy in any of the Strike Ops game types (Survival, Time Attack, or Domination).
    • As soon as the Mystery Box becomes available, players must fight their way through enemy forces to open the box and receive game-changing powerups (such as Invincibility Shields, XP Multipliers, Speed Boosts, or the devastating Infrasonic Smart Bomb which emits a sonic blast and takes down multiple enemies) or a vital restock of your Ammo, Grenades, Claymores or Health Kits.
  • Submachine Gun Weapon Class
    • Last but not least, we’ve added the fan favorite SMG weapon class, including the PDW-57 and others for you to discover. These can be used across the main campaign missions as well as the all-new Global Conflict mode and the Strike Ops game types.

You can download the App on the App Store here. The update is available for free.

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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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