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PSA: Call of Duty’s Exclusive Deal with MS Ends This Year

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Lots of PS3 and PC fans have been pretty upset this past week when it was finally confirmed that MW3’s season of content will ONLY kick off on the Xbox 360 this Jan. 24th. Specifically, PS3 players were up in arms when they assumed they would be getting content first also because of their yearly subscription and promise of early content. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. The only way this would have been possible is if Activision backed out of the deal which gave Microsoft exclusive rights to obtain Call of Duty DLC first.

In a way, we’re kind of surprised Activision decided to launch ELITE this year and not wait for Microsoft’s deal to expire seeing as how its pretty complicated to explain the scattered DLC release schedule. Even now, PS3 players are left wondering when they’ll be playing Liberation and Piazza. A lot of them expressed their anger via forums, Twitter, and even YouTube with Modern Warfare 3’s recent “Season of Content” trailer receiving 6,697 likes, and a staggering 10,281 dislikes.

The main purpose of this article is to remind the fans that the 3 year deal which began in 2009 is set to expire at the end of the year, December 31st to be exact.. However, PS3 and PC players aren’t out of the woods yet, there’s still a chance Microsoft could announce another deal with Activision during this year’s E3 press conference in June. As always, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

 

Original Press Release after the break:

Activision, Microsoft Enter Long-Term Agreement to Release Call of Duty(R) Downloadable Content First on Xbox 360

Multi-Title, Multi-Year Agreement for Blockbuster Franchise Extends Through 2012

 

LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced today a multi-year agreement that will continue to bring Call of Duty(R) game add ons and map packs first to Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. The news was revealed today to a capacity-crowd at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 E3 press conference in Los Angeles. The agreement which began in 2009 now extends for all add ons and map packs from the mega-blockbuster Call of Duty(R) franchise through 2012, including Call of Duty(R): Black Ops, the follow up to the largest entertainment launch in history and one of the most-anticipated titles of the year set for release Nov. 9th.

“Our Treyarch Studio is doing something special with Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is why we’re thrilled to announce this Xbox LIVE agreement,” said Philip Earl, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Activision’s Call of Duty Business Unit. “This agreement reflects our shared and continued focus on creating the most compelling and exciting content releases for fans around the world.”

With billions of hours logged online, Call of Duty titles consistently rank atop Xbox LIVE’s most-played charts, making it the largest Call of Duty community of any entertainment system.

“With 25 million members, Xbox LIVE is the industry’s premier online gaming service that establishes the best in cooperative and multiplayer online play for blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty,” said Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE. “With the release of game add ons and map packs coming first to Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE is the place to play Call of Duty for years to come.”

For more information about Call of Duty: Black Ops, visit www.CallofDuty.com/BlackOps.

 

SOURCE: Acitivision Press Release

Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone October 15 update patch notes: Iron Trials ’84 Trios, new Tac Sprint settings, more

Raven Software has rolled out the Warzone October 15 update patch notes, and they include Iron Trials Trios and a change to Tactical Sprint.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes

The Warzone October 15 update patch notes have officially arrived, and they are bringing Iron Trials ’84 Trios to the Call of Duty battle royale and a major accessibility change when it comes to available settings for Tactical Sprint.

Warzone Season 6 has brought plenty of changes to the Call of Duty battle royale, such as significant map changes, the M1 Garand and STG44 weapons from Call of Duty: Vanguard, and more.

However, Raven Software is still updating the popular game, with the Warzone October 15 update patch notes being the latest set of changes for the fan-favorite Call of Duty game.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone October 15 update patch notes.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes

Weekend-Exclusive Playlist – Iron Trials ‘84 Trios

Last weekend, we let you pick your 3 best squad mates. This weekend, you only choose 2. Time to decide who made the cut!

This Weekend-Exclusive Playlist went live earlier today at 10 AM PST and will remain live through Monday, October 11th, at 10 AM PST.


Adjustments:

The same changes that were implemented for Quads last week will be applied to the Trios version of Iron Trials ‘84.

Below is a recap:

  • Buy Station
    • Specialist Token has been removed.
  • Equipment
    • Medical Syringe now heals 25% faster.
  • Gulag
    • Loadouts have been updated.
    • Loadout primary Weapon Attachments increased from 2 to 3.
  • Loot
    • Specialist Token now drops on death.
    • Classified Weapons have been updated.
    • Foresight has been added as an exceedingly rare drop.
  • Player
    • Base health regen speed has been increased.
  • Vehicles
    • Tac Rovers have been enabled.
  • Weapons
    • Sniper Rifle headshot down distance increased to 50 meters.
    • Sniper Rifle headshot damage beyond 50 meters has been increased from 300 to 325.

Accessibility

Warzone tactical Sprint Accessibility settings
  • Tactical Sprint
    • Tactical Sprint allows players to eliminate the need for a double tap on analog sticks. This option is intended to support Fine Motor Accessibility. This menu option is located within the Controller tab of the Options and Accessibility Options menu.
    • The setting has 3 options:
      • Double Tap: Double tap to Tactical Sprint (default)
      • Single Tap from Sprint: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while sprinting
      • Single Tap from Run: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while running

We want players to be able to use Tactical Sprint strategically without the need to choose between Auto Tac Sprint and the physical pain associated with repeated quick presses of the left / right analog sticks. The option to Single Tap from Run gives players the ability to use a single button press to go from basic speed to Tactical Sprint. The Single Tap from Sprint option allows players to opt to use a single button press to go from Run to Sprint, and then another single button press to go from Sprint to Tactical Sprint. Each of the available choices allow players to customize their button functionality and balance that against individual gameplay style and noise associated with player movement. 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing Custom Weapon Modifications to lock Players out of the Armory.
  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect text to appear for the Unlock Criteria text on locked Attachments.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players returning from the Gulag to be incorrectly kicked from a live match for “being AFK”.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to get kicked out of the Look For Party menu when selecting the Start Looking For Party button.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to occasionally experience a client crash while modifying Loadouts during a live match.

Source: Raven Software

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies will feature fan-favorite World at War Zombies map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies’ latest reveal trailer may have hinted at a fan-favorite World at War map returning to the mode.

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The latest news on Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies revealed some exciting developments for a fan-favorite World at War map potentially returning.

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t too far away now, and players are beginning to get more information about its release, such as the new anti-cheat system and map when it is integrated into Warzone.

As we edge closer, it seems the developers have decided the time was right to release a new trailer for Vanguard’s Zombies mode in the spirit of Halloween.

The trailer didn’t just reveal information and details about the story direction, it also hinted at a fan-favorite map returning.

Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies artwork

Vanguard Zombies will launch with a new mode called “Der Anfang,” which is said to combine the classic round-based format with features seen in Black Ops Cold War‘s Zombies and some new innovative mechanics that haven’t been seen before in Zombies.

As we know, the mode will be created by Treyarch, but in the Vanguard/Modern Warfare engine, and it will carry on the Dark Aether storyline introduced in Cold War.

During the trailer, it’s clear that players will be going through rifts and traveling across various maps to complete challenges.

One of the maps the players in the trailer travel to is a classic from World at War, Shi No Numa.

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In Der Anfang, not only will players be battling hoards of Zombies in areas exclusive to Vanguard, but also the swamps of Shi No Numa, and who knows, maybe even more classic Zombies maps.

Shi No Numa is a great Zombies map to bring back into the Zombies mode for Call of Duty, allowing those new players to experience a classic map and giving those dedicated fans a nostalgia trip.

This particular map was one of the first that helped put Call of Duty Zombies on the map and become the global success it has been over the years, with Vanguard taking the franchise back to World War II and Treyarch leading the development of the game’s Zombies mode. Shi No Numa is a perfect choice for incorporating classic areas into the franchise’s latest game.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, make sure you check out our piece on Warzone players being mad about the STG44’s visual recoil in Warzone Season 6.

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Call of Duty RICOCHET anti-cheat to introduce trusted matchmaking for Warzone & Vanguard

Raven Software and Activision recently revealed more details about the new Warzone anti-cheat, which include plans for trusted matchmaking.

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New information regarding Warzone’s RICOCHET anti-cheat has revealed plans to introduce trusted matchmaking.

Warzone‘s new anti-cheat system called RICOCHET has been trending a lot recently since more information was revealed.

Popular Warzone YouTuber’s and streamers were invited to a briefing of Raven Software and Activision’s, which provided new details about RICOCHET.

One of these new details is about trusted matchmaking, which could drastically improve player experience.

ricochet anti-cheat

RICOCHET is set to land in Call of Duty: Warzone once the game has integrated with Vanguard, which releases November 5.

Cheaters and hackers in Warzone have been a severe problem for some time now, with some famous Warzone players like NICKMERCS even leaving for Apex Legends because of it.

The fact that players now have a new anti-cheat to look forward to is excellent, especially as RICOCHET is promising, as it looks to stop as many cheaters and hackers as possible.

RICOCHET anti-cheat trusted matchmaking

One of the RICOCHET anti-cheat features revealed by the developers is called trusted matchmaking, which will potentially reduce the number of hackers in legitimate players’ games drastically.

Trusted matchmaking is RICOCHET collecting data from players and placing them in “trusted” and “untrusted” player pools. If this works, this will place hackers in lobbies with other hackers and legitimate players with those alike.

Further, Activision has also confirmed that even if players are in the “trusted” pool, they will still be monitored and moved to “untrusted” if there’s any suspicious activity, as no player will be immune to the anti-cheats initiatives.

There is plenty of hope in the Call of Duty community that features like trusted matchmaking will allow the RICOCHET anti-cheat system to make hacking extremely difficult for cheaters in Warzone and Vanguard, and while it will never be 100% effective should make the appearance of hackers in lobbies much rarer than currently.

That’s all for the trusted matchmaking in Warzone’s upcoming RICOCHET anti-cheat in what is one of the system’s exciting features to combat hackers.

For more Call of Duty, check out the weapon FaZe Swagg believes can replace every SMG in Warzone Season 6 and what Activision had to say regarding RICOCHET’s ability to combat players using Cronus controllers.

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