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Opinion: How Exoskeleton could work in Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

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Editor’s Note: This is just an opinion piece on what we think are the possibilities of Advanced Warfare Multiplayer. No official MP details have been announced yet, other than the fact that we’ll be seeing exoskeleton in some form in Multiplayer. 

With Sledgehammer Games bringing Call of Duty to a new era with Advanced Warfare, we wanted to investigate the possibilities of how Exoskeleton can be used inside of the multiplayer aspect of the game. Sledgehammer has stated that Advanced Warfare MP will have the Exo-Suits, which will foster in changes to the core mechanics. Other than that, they haven’t said anything official on how it will work.

The Exoskeleton will provide new abilities to players that we’ve never seen before. In the campaign mode, Exoskeleton delivers the abilities for boost-jump, dodge-jump, cloaking abilities, and more. How could this all translate to multiplayer?

Boost-Jumps:

Boost-jumps is definetly a new thing for Call of Duty fans. Within Call of Duty titles, verticality hasn’t really been a major factor, as jumping has been more “realisitic” to modern-era times; nothing as crazy as Titanfall, or as Halo up until now. But in Advanced Warfare, the Exoskeleton will allow players to boost jump, jumping up to new heights and places like never before. So, what could this do for MP?

It could bring more verticality to maps and even allow players to reach new places in maps. Currently, in Call of Duty, we’re limited to how high up we can reach, dependent upon the accessibility of features like stairs/ladders. With boost-jumps, we could get from roof top to roof top a lot quicker. We could even get to higher places faster, without having to find stairs/etc.

It’s also a possibility that we could see no more falling damage in Advanced Warfare. That would be big for Call of Duty. When we’re in game, and our screen is all red, we know anything we do may get us killed. The worst is when you fall out and die due to fall damage. Having no falling damage would be a great addition. This could also mean we can jump from place to place, without the fear of dying upon accidentally falling short of a jump.

When we say verticality, we don’t want maps like Battlefield at all. Those are way to high up roof tops, and we don’t see the boost jump taking us up that high in Call of Duty.

Dodge-Jump:

Another interesting ability players will get is the new dodge jump; this is demonstrated in the “Induction” campaign mission, where the player jumps out of the way from fire to get a new angle on the enemy. In MP, this could change the strategies and way we play. If you’re stuck in a situation where there’s to many players and cover is the just to one side of you, you could be able to get their quicker, and get right back into the battle.

Cloaking Abilities: 

Advanced Warfare’s Exo-Suit allows for Cloaking abilities, where you go completely invisible from view for a short period of time. Now, it’s not confirmed at all if this is coming to MP, but what are the possibilities and results if it does end up in MP?

For one, we see it maybe implemented as an ability you can get from a streak reward (note: it’s not announced or discussed yet how killstreaks, etc will work). If it’s a reward, then it can be balanced and effective for players. Balance wise, this feature, shown in campaign mode at a behind doors demo at E3 in BioLab mission, would only work for a certain period of time. After a while, it needed to be charged up again before reactivating. Cloaking would allow you to sneak by in objective game modes or get to cover without being seen.

Overdrive: 

There’s also a feature, discussed by Sledgehammer in this video, called ‘Overdrive.’ This feature makes you go faster, which makes you feel like the world around you is going slower. Here’s another situation where we see players getting this via a reward; sort of like a KEM strike, it would alter the world that would result in enemy players are slowed down, and the player who earned the streak gets to use the mode to move faster.

Strength: 

Exo-Suits also provide for more player strength and player driven control. As demonstrated in the Induction mission, players have more strength to the point that they can rip off a car door and use it as cover till it get’s damaged. In MP, this could basically become a riot shield for anyone who wants to use it; we would no longer have to equip a separate riot shield, instead just rip off a certain object and have one ready at cover at any point in a map.

Let us know what you think about Exo-Suits in MP and give us feedback on what else you would like us to go in depth on in the comment section below! 

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Estimated total number of players on PlayStation 4 for each Call of Duty title since 2013

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Last week, Sony launched the PS4 My Life campaign which allows PlayStation 4 players to see some of their stats. Statistics include overall play-time, top 3 most-played games, rarest trophy, and more.

The rarest trophy statistic provides the exact number of players who earned said trophy. Using this data, Redditor /u/Kalinine has created a report on /r/CallofDuty estimating the total number of players each Call of Duty title since 2013 received on PlayStation 4.

It’s important to note that these are simply rough estimations – Activision has not confirmed these numbers.

Black Ops 4’s numbers will appear significantly low due to releasing only 2 months ago. The influx of players from Christmas also have yet to arrive.

via /u/Kalinine | /r/CallofDuty

In order of highest player count to lowest…

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 54.7M
  2. Call of Duty: WWII – 25.5M
  3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 21.3M
  4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – 18.4M
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts – 13.2M
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – 10.6M
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 9.8M

Black Ops III’s player count is incredibly high, likely to it being available for free to all PlayStation Plus members from June 12th to July 11th, 2018.

While this is a rough idea of total player counts, there’s still many variables which contribute to its inaccuracy.

  • It’s assumed that the numbers are global, however this cannot be confirmed.
  • It’s not known whether these numbers are players who launched the titles or simply had them installed.
  • According to Redditors, the numbers span only from November 20th to December 4th, 2018.
  • The author of the report did not include Trophies with a percentage lower than 0.5% to reduce inaccuracy.

What are your thoughts on these numbers? While it may seem worrying to see Black Ops 4’s numbers low, it’s important to take into account all of the aforementioned points.

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All Call of Duty titles on sale for Steam Winter and Xbox Countdown sales

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The holidays are here! Steam and Xbox have launched their Winter and Countdown sales respectively. From the original Call of Duty up to Black Ops 4, plenty of Call of Duty titles are on sale on both platforms.

Steam (PC)

Steam’s Winter Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019 at 10AM PT. All prices are in US Dollar.

It’s important to note that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is available exclusively on Battle.net for PC and thus is not included.

Xbox One / Xbox 360

Xbox’s Countdown Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019. All prices are in US Dollar. Xbox Live Gold members also receive up to an additional 10% off.

All of the following Xbox 360 titles are Backwards Compatible on Xbox One.

Do you plan to pick up any of the titles while they’re on-sale?

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Call of Duty Black Friday Deals 2018

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Black Friday 2018 is here! In this post, we are sharing all of the Call of Duty related deals that are available at retailers across the US.

Here’s a breakdown of deals by retailers and digital stores:

PlayStation Store:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $47.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass — $24.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles — $19.49
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Deluxe Edition – $49.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass — $24.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe Edition — $49.99
  • PlayStation Plus 12 Months Membership — $39.99

Xbox Store: 

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $47.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Edition — $89.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced — $116.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $20.00
  • Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe Edition — $50.00
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $30.00
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $16.49
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99

GameStop:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $38
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition — $24.99
  • PlayStation Plus 1 Year — $39.99
  • PlayStation 4 Slim with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Pre-Owned) — $11.99
  • Xbox One X with Fallout 76 — $429.99
  • Xbox One S with NBA2K — $229.99

Best Buy

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $44.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $24.99
  • PlayStation Plus 12 Month — $39.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $14.99
  • PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Xbox One S 1TB – $199

Walmart

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with Double XP — $39.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $17
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • PlayStation 4 1TB Slim with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Xbox One X 1TB Console — $399
  • Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft — $199

Target:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $44.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII — $25

If you’re looking to get a new console this Black Friday, PlayStation has stated that PS4 Slims with Spider Man will be available at retailers for $199. Xbox has announced that they’re reducing the price of all Xbox One consoles, so be sure to check each retailer for the deal.

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