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Patch Update v1.13 for Call of Duty: WWII now live

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A new patch update for Call of Duty: WWII, version 1.13, is now live on PS4 and Xbox One; PC update to go live April 17.

This new patch brings the big, previously announced Divisions overhaul update, alongside other bug fixes and more.

PATCH NOTES:

FEATURE UPDATES

  • Call of Duty: WWII DLC Pack 2: The War Machine now live on PS4 with 3 new maps (Egypt, Dunkirk, V2), War Mode: Operation Husky, and Nazi Zombies: The Shadowed Throne
  • Paintshop
  • Divisions Overhaul Changes (listed below)
  • New Themed HQ
  • Emblem Gallery – Recent and Trending tabs

MULTIPLAYER

Connectivity/Spawns/Performance/Split Screen/Mechanics

  • Pushed out Phase 1 of “Memory Error” fix
  • Fixed crash and functionality loss issues in Public Match menu
  • Fixed issue where map voting would occasionally show two of the same options
  • Fixed issue where Afterlife and Return to Sender medals were being incorrectly awarded
  • Fixed issue where splitscreen players were kicked after receiving their login bonuses
  • Fixed splitscreen issues on Shipment 1944
  • Fixed splitscreen issue in Prop Hunt where Player 2 does not have functionality
  • Fixed performance issues with scrolling rapidly in menus
  • Fixed issue where players were kicked from a lobby when accessing Special Helmets

Maps

  • Fixed loading screen issues for War Mode on Operation Intercept
  • Fixed issue with War Mode on Operation Neptune where trying to start a Custom Match resulted in an error message and crash

UI

  • Various UI fixes and improvements (menus, base weapon text, HUD, icons, subtitles, error messages, splitscreen, Division slots, description text, overlay alignment, AAR, Combat Record, timers, clan tags, Emblem Gallery, Firing Range, inspecting weapons, default Uniforms, Prop Hunt)
  • Fixed issue where “Leave Match” and “Quit to Desktop” buttons in MP were not functioning properly

Audio

  • Fixed audio issues in the HQ Theater

WEAPONS/SCORESTREAKS

  • Various weapon art and animation improvements
  • Fixed issue where STG-44’s appeared with 2 iron sights
  • Fixed issue where players had problems respawning in a match while using the Battle Watch II variant of the M1941
  • Fixed issue where players were not able to shoot Care Packages out of the sky by shooting the parachute

SCORESTREAK COSTS FOR ESPORTS CWL ONLY (Scorestreaks not listed remain Restricted):

  • 700 Glide Bomb
  • 750 Mortar Strike
  • 800 Flak Guns
  • 825 Artillery Barrage
  • 850 Fighter Strike
  • 950 Flame Thrower
  • 1050 Fire Bombing Run
  • 1400 Carpet Bombing
  • 1700 Plane gunner

GAMEBATTLES/CoDCASTER/ESPORTS MODE

  • Various UI fixes and improvements for CoDCaster (menus, functionality)
  • Fixed crashing issues for CoDCaster matches
  • Fixed functionality issues with the social tab

ZOMBIES

  • Pushed out Phase 1 of “Memory Error” fix
  • Various UI fixes and improvements (menus, incorrect error messages, subtitles, weapon names, description text, clan tags)
  • Fixed various map exploits on The Darkest Shore
  • Fixed issue where “Leave Match” and “Quit to Desktop” buttons in Zombies were not functioning properly
  • Fixed issue where splitscreen players were freezing after certain easter egg steps on The Darkest Shore

MP DIVISION CHANGES:

Here’s the new level ranking unlocks for each Division in Call of Duty: WWII:

Infantry:

  1. Additional Primary Attachment
  2. Second Pistol Attachment & swap weapons faster
  3. While aiming down sights, have less idle sway
  4. Move faster while aiming

Airborne:

  1. Fire guns while sprinting & diving
  2. Reload while sprinting
  3. Climb over obstacles faster & no damage from falling
  4. Sprint faster over time

Armored:

  1. Take significantly less explosive & fire damage
  2. Immune to Shell Shock and Tactical Equipment
  3. Increased bullet penetration through surfaces
  4. Greatly reduced flinch when shot

Mountain:

  1. Invisible to enemy Recon Aircraft & controlled streaks
  2. Killed enemy death locations hidden
  3. No name or reticle change when enemies aim at you
  4. Silent movement

Expeditionary:

  1. Double Lethal + Tactical & enhanced equipment use
  2. Munitions replenish from killed enemies & over time
  3. Improved Tacticals & Easier to destroy War buildables
  4. Equipment damage paints enemies on mini-map

Resistance:

  1. Mini-map indicator & scrambler of close hostiles
  2. Enemy movements are easier to hear
  3. Kills & assists grant Intel Ping of nearby enemies
  4. Easier to spot targets & increased mini-map coverage

Here is all of the brand new Division Changes, including Unlimited Sprint for all Players, a 4th Perk option, and more:

Loadout Selection Changes:

  • LMG Bipod and Sniper Sharpshooter are automatically available when using an LMG or Sniper
  • Remaining Division Skills (weapon class attachments) are selectable in CAC (and no longer given by division)
  • Each Division has a 4th perk and their levels have been adjusted & rebalanced
  • All players have unlimited sprint & sprint speed is slightly slower
  • 3 Primary Attachments for all loadouts
  • One piece of both Lethal & Tactical equipment for all loadouts
  • Launchers can be equipped for all loadouts
  • The Rifle Grenade is an available attachment for all rifles
  • The Suppressor is an available attachment for all pistols
    • The Pistol Suppressor has a 15% range reduction vs. the SMG Suppressor’s 30% range reduction
  • The following Basic Trainings are cut & no longer selectable: Primed & Bang
    • Prestige tokens spent on these are refunded & associated challenges are auto-completed
  • The following Basic Trainings are newly added: Blitzkrieg & Clandestine
    • Blitzkrieg: “Streaks are earned by Kills (instead of Score). Bonus: Streaks are improved & select a 4th Streak.”
    • Clandestine: “Slain enemies drop Intel Packs that reveal nearby hostiles. Bonus: Intel ping at the start of each life.”

Resistance/Infantry Shifts:

  • Moved “Second pistol attachment & swap weapons faster” to Infantry to align with its marksmanship focus
  • Filled gap in Resistance with “Enemy movements are easier to hear” to align with its counter-intelligence focus

Weapon/Mechanic Tuning Changes:

  • Global sprint speed reduced (to account for Unlimited Sprint)
    • 1.3x instead of previously 1.4x
  • Reduced Launcher effectiveness against players
    • Panzerschreck nerfed damage & projectile speed
    • Bazooka buffed radius, buffed projectile speed & nerfed damage
    • Bazooka should more reliably give hitmarkers than before & increased projectile speed should make it better than Panzer against streaks.
  • Frag & Sticky grenade max damage nerfed
    • ~10% max damage reduction to account for all players having both Lethal & Tactical and address existing complaints of grenade spam
  • Shellshock & Earthquake effects from Lethal Equipment significantly reduced
    • Reduced effect radius and duration to address existing complaints and account for all players having both Lethal & Tactical
  • Tactical Equipment strength adjusted
    • All tacticals without Expeditionary III got a small nerf
    • Smoke lasts 10 seconds (previously: 14 seconds; Expeditionary III: 14 seconds)
    • Signal Flare lasts 3.5 seconds (previously: 5 seconds; Expeditionary III: 5.5 seconds)
    • Stun effects last between 1.75-3.5 seconds (previously: 2-4 seconds; Expeditionary III: 2.5-4.25 seconds)
    • Tabun Gas deals 1 dmg every 1 second 5 times (previously: 10 dmg every 1 second 5 times; Expeditionary III: 5 dmg every 0.625 seconds 8 times)
  • The following Basic Trainings have had their benefits changed:
    • Energetic: Adds “Increased sprint speed”. Removes “Sprint again sooner”
    • Forage: Adds “Resupply bullets over time”. Adds “Extra magazines”. “Removes “Swap weapons faster”.
    • Ordnance: Adds “Killed enemies drop Streak packs that fill your meter”. Removes “Re-roll your own care packages”.
    • Launched: Adds “Additional launcher ammunition”. Removes “Only way to take a Launcher”.
    • Concussed: Adds “Take two pieces of Lethal & Tactical equipment”. Removes “presetting what the equipment is”.
    • Instincts: Adds “Immune to Shell Shock and Tactical Equipment”. Esports-only change to remove “warning when targeted off-screen” benefit (with the intention for this BT to be unbanned by MLG and used in competitive to counter Tacticals).
  • Incendiary Shells attachment buffed
    • Gives Additional Shells (7 for Combat Shotgun; 8 for all other shotguns)
    • Range reduction of Shells buffed to -10% from -15%
    • Sped up loading of shells for Combat Shotgun
  • M30 Rifle Bullet ammo buffed
    • Gives Additional Bullets (8 bullets instead of previous 6)
  • LMG Bipod Buffed
    • Increased fire rate while mounted (+9% which is equal to Rapid Fire attachment for LMGs [which stacks])
    • Firing while mounted initially draws ammo from reserve then once exhausted draws from current clip (removing the need to reload).
  • Sniper Sharpshooter Duration Buffed
    • Hold breath increased to 10 seconds from 4 seconds. Promotes using snipers the “proper” way rather than quickscoping.
  • Buffed “Take Significantly less fire & explosive damage” from Armored
    • 80% reduction from fire & explosive damage (previously was 65% reduction)
  • “Reduced idle sway” from Infantry III & Scoped now affects snipers
    • 30% reduction for Snipers; vs. all other weapon classes’ 65% reduction
    • This does stack with Ballistic Calibration attachment
  • Buffed “Move faster while aiming” from Infantry IV & Scoped
    • Maintained separation between weapon classes (Sniper < LMG < Rifle < SMG < Pistol / Shotgun)
    • LMGs mostly got their ADS firing speed buffed since that was previously very slow even with Infantry IV
    • Snipers got a smaller buff than other weapon classes since it isn’t beneficial to move too fast
    • Pistols & Shotguns already equaled non-ads speed with Infantry IV so they were not adjusted

SOURCE: SHG

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Activision reportedly committed to releasing next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation

A new report claims that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least the next three releases, including Warzone 2.

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Activision Blizzard have committed to releasing the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The gaming world was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft announced it was set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion. While 54% of Call of Duty fans polled are happy at the news, there has been some concerns about whether Microsoft would make the franchise exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Now, a new report claims that Activision’s flagship FPS will stay on PlayStation for at least the next three releases.

warzone operator using binoculars

Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier claims that “Activision had already committed to making the next few CoD games available on Sony’s console,” before news of Microsoft’s purchases broke.

That means Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare sequel, which is set to release later this year, Treyarch’s next entry in 2023, and a planned “new iteration of Call of Duty: Warzone” will all be playable on PlayStation consoles.

While Activision haven’t confirmed this publicly, Schreier states that he spoke to “four people with knowledge of the deal,” who have asked to remain anonymous.

While this is good news for Sony fans. the future of CoD on PlayStation is still difficult to predict. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously stated that they “intended to honor all existing agreements” after the Activision Blizzard deal is complete, but didn’t mention what would happen once those agreements have ended.

Taking away Call of Duty from PlayStation would mark a seismic shift in the gaming industry, and for the franchise. It seems Call of Duty could change forever under Microsoft’s ownership, with talks ongoing about ending the franchise’s annual release schedule.

Image Credits: Activision Blizzard / Sony

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

Vanguard players running in-game

According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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