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RUMOR: Basic Training, Headquarters features, game modes, and Ranked Play info found in WWII PC Beta Files

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Another leak has been posted to Reddit recently with details on the Basic Training, some of the features inside Headquarters, MP modes, and first details on Ranked Play. We do caution that all of these leaks are from WWII PC Beta files and could be wrong or subject to change before launch.

Basic Training:

There are 37 total basic training selections available in Call of Duty: WWII.

  • Hustle: Reload faster and while sprinting
  • Gunslinger: Fire guns while sprinting and diving.
  • Energetic: Sprint again sooner, and no damage from falling.
  • Inconspicuous
  • Scoped
  • Duelist: Take two attachments on Secondary Weapon.
  • Rifleman: Take two Primary Weapons, and swap weapons faster.
  • Primed
  • Forage: Resupply bullets from killed enemies, and swap weapons faster.
  • Ordnance: Cheaper scorestreaks, and ability to re-roll your own Care Packages.
  • Requisitions: Scorestreaks do not reset on death, but cost more and can only be earned once.
  • Serrated
  • Concussed: Take a British N° 69 as a Tactical and an extra piece of Lethal equipment.
  • Hunker
  • Launched: Take Launcher as Secondary, and resupply it from enemies killed without explosives.
  • Bang: Take an extra Tactical and a Mk 2 Fragmentation as a Lethal.
  • Undercover
  • Lookout: Enemy targets appear from further away, and increased mini-map coverage.
  • Instincts: Warning when targeted off-screen, and detect enemy explosive equipment.
  • Espionage: Enemy Scorestreaks and enemies you damage appear on mini-map.
  • Cartographer: Radar ping at the start of each life that reveals nearby enemies. Sprint for longer distances.
  • ?: Hidden from player-controlled Streaks.
  • Encampment: Bouncing Betty as Lethal Equipment. Choice of Tactical Equipment.
  • Flanker: Delays enemy pressure-triggered explosives (like Bouncing Betties).
  • Klutz: Increased explosive weapons damage. Take less explosive damage.
  • Knockout: Increased melee damage (always a one-hit kill). Melee faster.
  • Loaded: Extra magazines. Reload weapons faster.
  • Gassed: Two Tabun Gas grenades as Tactical Equipment. Choice of Lethal Equipment.:
  • Grenadier: Extra piece of equipment.
  • Raze: Deeper bullet penetration. Increased fire rate of bullet weapons.
  • Resolve: Longer breath hold for steady sniper shots.
  • Retaliate: When damaged, move and aim down sights significantly faster. Slower health regeneration.
  • Saboteur: Capture objectives faster. Build walls and MGs faster in War. Assists gives same score/XP as kills.
  • Shaker: Swap weapons faster.
  • Smoked: Extra piece of Lethal Equipment. M18 Smoke Grenade as a Tactical Equipment.
  • Steady: Immune to Shell Shock and tactical equipment. Sprint for longer distances.
  • Versatile: Increased hip-fire accuracy. Move faster while aiming down sights.

Headquarters Feature:

Emblem Editor

  • Customize your emblem, share it with others, and view your friends’ emblems
  • Create / Edit Emblem
  • Upload Emblem
  • Browse Emblems

Leaderboards

  • Career Leaderboard
  • Top Clans in Hub
  • CoD World League Standings
  • Domination Leaderboard
  • Top Players in Hub
  • Ranked Leaderboard
  • Scorestreak Leaderboard
  • Social Score Leaderboard
  • Top 1v1 Player Emblem
  • Top Career Player Emblem
  • Top Social Score Player Emblem
  • Top TDM Player Emblem
  • Top War Player Emblem
  • Top Zombies Player Emblem
  • War Leaderboard
  • Zombies Leaderboard

Parties

  • &&1 declined your party invite
  • &&1 has been reported
  • &&1 is currently busy
  • &&1 sent you a party invite. Do you want to join?
  • Request to Join Party Sent
  • The party host has entered a lobby
  • Request to join player’s party
  • Look for Party

Boards

  • Social Media
  • Message of the day

Theater

  • Thanks for watching CoD eSports!

Zombies

  • Switching to Nazi Zombies will remove you from any active lobbies and your current Headquarters session. Your party will migrate with you. Continue?
  • Zombies Officer
  • Fight back waves of the undead! Gather some friends and jump in!
  • Browse Loot
  • Zombie Combat Record

1v1

  • Do you want to enter the 1v1 arena?
  • &&1 – VS – &&2 in the 1v1 arena
  • Hold [{+reload}] To Queue up for 1v1
  • Join the queue and be ready to enter the pit when you’re at the top of the list
  • Don’t think you have what it takes? Go home and be a family man
  • Challenge player to a 1v1 match
  • You are number &&1 in the queue
  • &&1 tied with &&2 in a 1v1 match
  • &&1 beat &&2 in a 1v1 match
  • Get a better view of the action in the current 1v1 match
  • Participate in a 1v1 on the Beach
  • Prove yourself in the pit. 60 seconds, 3 lives. Winner stays.

Skeet Shooting

  • Successfully shot a flying plate
  • Hold [{+reload}] to fire plate

Shootouts

  • SHOOT TARGETS TO SCORE POINTS
  • &&1 challenges you to a shootout! Do you want to accept the challenge?
  • Challenge player to a shootout

AA Defense

  • &&1 Planes Escaped
  • Enemy Planes Incoming! Get to an AA gun.
  • All Attacking Planes Destroyed

Scorestreak Training

  • View Scorestreak Stats & Challenges
  • Going to scorestreak training will force you to leave any lobbies or private parties you’re in. Continue?

Boxing

  • Invite player to box
  • Boxing Match Invite Sent

Supply Drops

  • Call in a Supply Drop
  • Cannot place supply drop here!
  • You received a locked supply drop – HUB_LOCKED_SUPPLY_DROP_CHALLENGE
  • Press [{+usereload}] to open another crate, or [{+stance}] to exit
  • Press [{+usereload}] to reveal item
  • &&1 is opening a supply drop!
  • &&1 just received an epic item!
  • You received a supply drop. Visit HUB to open

Duels

  • &&1 challenges you to a duel! Do you want to accept the challenge?
  • Press [{+gostand}] to Continue or [{+stance}] to Quit
  • Holding [{+usereload}] will forfeit

Feed Messages

  • &&1 throws a few punches
  • &&1 cheers excitedly
  • &&1 celebrates
  • &&1 salutes
  • &&1 makes a threatening gesture
  • &&1 is number one!
  • &&1 waves
  • &&1 has reached Prestige &&2
  • You Commended &&1

MP Game Modes:

We want to caution here that some modes listed below could just be internal testing and never released to the public. This is just the full list of what modes are currently inside the code files of Call of Duty: WWII PC Beta. 

  • Control
  • Search & Destroy
  • Search & Rescue
  • Demolition
  • Capture the Flag
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Gun Game
  • Infected
  • Hardpoint
  • Gridiron
  • Aces
  • Air
  • Lockdown: Capture and hold more designated positions than the enemy to gain points.
  • Blades: No guns at this knife fight. Throwing knifes and combat knifes only.
  • 1v1: A Cage Match to the death in two flavors. Classic: A gun with two attachments and no perks, equipment or scorestreaks. Party: A sampling of classic COD party modes.

Ranked Play:

Playlist Details:

  • unlockxp 0
  • maxparty 4
  • nojoinonpresence
  • set party_matchedplayercount 8

Map and Gamemode Set (expect this to change):

  • Ardennes Forest Search & Destroy
  • Ardennes Forest Capture the Flag
  • Ardennes Forest Hardpoint
  • Gibraltar Search & Destroy
  • Gibraltar Hardpoint
  • Sainte Marie du Mont Search & Destroy
  • Sainte Marie du Mont Capture the Flag
  • Sainte Marie du Mont Hardpoint
  • Flak Tower Capture the Flag

Skill Rating:

Whilst in a Ranked Play pre-game lobby, players on each team will be given one of 3 strings below, based on the teams’ Skill Ratings.

  • EVEN MATCHUP
  • FAVORED MATCHUP
  • UNFAVORED MATCHUP

Here we see what can be inferred to be a Skill Rating system similar to Overwatch’s MMR System. No information can be given on this as it is calculated server-side.

  • end_mmr_min
  • end_mmr_max
  • end_mmr_current

Here we see a punishment system, temporarily banning players from Ranked Play for abandonment (leaving early).

  • LUA_MENU_RANKEDPLAY_LOCKED_MESSAGE
  • LUA_MENU_RANKEDPLAY_MEMBER_LOCKED_MESSAGE
  • ranked_abandon_strikes_count

Supply Drops:

In addition, many of the different bribes which could be released have been found in the game files. There are also different types of Supply Drops to earn and unlock.

Bribes

  • Airborne Camo Bribe
  • Armored Camo Bribe
  • Cavalry Camo Bribe
  • Infantry Camo Bribe
  • Mountain Camo Bribe
  • Airborne Emote Bribe
  • Armored Emote Bribe
  • Cavalry Emote Bribe
  • Infantry Emote Bribe
  • Mountain Emote Bribe
  • Airborne Title Card Bribe
  • Armored Title Card Bribe
  • Cavalry Title Card Bribe
  • Infantry Title Card Bribe
  • Mountain Title Card Bribe
  • Airborne Uniform Bribe
  • Armored Uniform Bribe
  • Cavalry Uniform Bribe
  • Infantry Uniform Bribe
  • Mountain Uniform Bribe
  • Airborne Weapon Bribe
  • Armored Weapon Bribe
  • Cavalry Weapon Bribe
  • Infantry Weapon Bribe
  • Mountain Weapon Bribe
  • Heroic Bribe

Supply Drops

  • Supply Drop
  • Armory Supply Drop
  • Rare Armory Supply Drop
  • Locked Supply Drops
  • Rare Supply Drops
  • Supply Drops
  • SUPPLY DROP PROGRESS
  • Raid Supply Drops
  • Rare Raid Supply Drops
  • Zombie Supply Drops
  • Rare Zombie Supply Drops
  • Support Drops

Again, none of the details above have been officially confirmed by Activision or Sledgehammer Games. All of the details above are subject to change before launch, so please be vary of that.

SOURCE: Reddit

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Call of Duty dev finally confirms that games have had SBMM all along

A former Call of Duty developer has confirmed that the series has used skill-based matching since 2007’s Modern Warfare.

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Skill-based matchmaking has been a hugely controversial issue among Call of Duty fans for years, and former developer Josh Menke has finally confirmed that CoD titles have had SBMM as far back as 2007’s Modern Warfare.

In the early days of online multiplayer gaming, players would have to select a server to join by themselves. As time went on, developers started to automate that process, eventually introducing skill-based matchmaking in an attempt to keep matches competitive.

While this seems logical, it’s been a highly contentious issue among gamers who claim it has ruined games and made them less fun.

Games like Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have been criticized for using skill-based matchmaking too much, with players comparing them to older Call of Duty titles. However, former Activision Senior Systems Designer Josh Menke has revealed that SBMM has been in CoD games since 2007.

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The idea behind skill-based matchmaking is to place you in lobbies with players of a similar skill level. While many believe that older Call of Duty titles didn’t do this, Menke states it’s been used as far back as the original Modern Warfare.

“[Call of Duty 4] did have some skill-based match-making, all of them always have,” he told GDC. “It’s just the math and science have gotten better over the years. If you grew up on it back then, your expectations are very different than if you have it now.”

“The same thing happens in Fortnite, even today. When the game first started, I believe they had very little skill-based matchmaking, then over the years they’ve experimented with different levels of SBMM and using bots.”

“You’ll have players who play Call of Duty that will be like, ‘I don’t like skill-based matchmaking,’ but then they go play Valorant and it’s fine.”

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One of the biggest complaints about skill-based matchmaking is that while it should be used in ranked modes, public or casual matches have become too difficult because of the system.

Menke does feel that developers are making one major error with current matchmaking systems, saying that when a game can’t find a good match for a player, it just “settles” for a bad one. Instead, he suggests using “real-time stats” on the player base to create the best games possible.

Whether you like SBMM or not, the system isn’t going anywhere. At least the long-running debate over CoD’s historical matchmaking system can finally be put to rest.

For more Call of Duty, check out everything you need to know about Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map.

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Top 5 hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time

Call of Duty has produced some of the most memorable campaigns in FPS history, but we’re counting down the top 5 hardest ever.

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As well as delivering epic narratives and creating iconic characters, plenty of CoD campaigns have also offered a nice challenge down the years. So we’ve picked out the top 5 hardest CoD campaigns ever, and ranked them.

Whilst it’s Call of Duty’s multiplayer that understandably gets all the plaudits, the franchise has produced some incredibly good single-player experiences too – with Vanguard being the latest one. After all, before online gaming really got going in the mid-late 2000s, campaigns were the main selling point of FPS games.

Many games have since overlooked this aspect in favor of keeping players hooked to live service models. However, barring Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, every major CoD title has had a campaign, and we’ve sifted through them all to rank the top five hardest of all time.

Hardest CoD campaigns ever ranked

player fighting through Paris in MW3

We can confirm that we’ve played and beaten all these campaigns on the Veteran difficulty setting – apart from BLOPS III which we did on its debuting Realistic difficulty.

As most players will know, Veteran can turn a simple corridor into a test of patience that can take a long time. This separates the weak from the strong and is a perfect way to differentiate campaigns.

Recent years have phased out repsawning enemies and grenade spam, and as a result, have been a lot easier. But a trip down memory lane will dig up some of the most frustrating levels and sections in the series.

5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

soap looking at gulag in MW2

Definitely not as tough as the later entries on our list, but Infinity Ward’s second installment of the Modern Warfare saga had the odd mean level that will bring out the veins in your head.

The game actually starts out fairly generously for the first few levels, and then dumps a harsh one-two punch of Takedown on you, a nerve-inducing push through the Favela, and the extremely open nature of Wolverines.

You’re allowed your breath back for a bit, and then you’re plunged into the infested depths of the Gulag that has some positively vile checkpoints to clear. Through Whiskey Hotel and Loose Ends you have a ton of enemies to contend with and these are the levels that test your Veteran instincts, especially the survive and escape formula of Loose Ends.

Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t have a defining level or section that stands out, it’s just packed with lots of solid fights that will test your mettle.

4. Call of Duty 2

player fighting across bridge in COD2

The early Call of Duty games set the standard for some of the difficulty that was going to be featured down the line.

CoD2 feels a bit more streamlined and thought-out compared to the first game, but it’s still rife with grenades flying in from every angle and Germans that have had their skills honed by the Matrix.

There’s definitely a sense that the levels get harder towards the end, as a natural difficulty curve should do. The German respawn factory never ceases production, even until the very end. The only thing that lessens the difficulty a tad is the fact that Call of Duty 2 introduced regenerating health for the first time, meaning players had time to recover.

3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

player looking at chernobyl wheel in cod4

We consider CoD4 to be the best Call of Duty game, and its characters, set-pieces, that nuclear explosion scene, and so much more make this campaign memorable, not least the punishing difficulty.

But it’s a handful of missions and sections that will get you used to the death screen. Charlie Don’t Surf’s push through the Broadcast area is painful, the Hunted is littered with large space and tight areas packed with enemies, and even scaling the hill in Safehouse can take a while.

But it’s some of the game’s final missions where things are turned up to 100. The iconic One Shot, One Kill mission is a supreme test of skill, patience, and luck on Veteran, No Fighting in the War Room is a timed slog through steam, claustrophobic corridors teeming with foes, and of course – Mile High Club.

A one-minute sprint through about 50 enemies in the tightest fighting area yet, going up a floor, demanding absolute precision and excellence on your part. You’ll find that if you check many gamer’s Trophies and Achievements for CoD4, they’ll be missing this one on Veteran.

2. Call of Duty: World at War

a squad advancing in world at war mission

Call of Duty: Grenade would’ve been a more apt title for Treyarch’s 2008 World War II shooter and many players to this day still see grenade indicators appearing in their vision.

Every mission is an exercise in patience and bravery thanks to unlimited enemy respawns and the germans owning every grenade in existence.

The game is a brutal journey for its first 14 missions on Veteran, and then you get to what is probably the most difficult FPS mission ever created – Heart of the Reich. The act of taking down four AA guns can take literally hours as you have little cover, enemies are attacking (infinitely) from all sides, and you’re having to constantly retreat from grenades every two seconds.

World at War is one of the last true tests of outrageous CoD difficulty.

1. Call of Duty 1 (Call of Duty: Classic)

player making their way to eder dam in cod 1

Anyone who thinks World at War or CoD4 are the hardest campaigns only say that because they haven’t the arduous task of completing the first-ever Call of Duty campaign on Veteran.

Why’s it the hardest? It’s very simple. No health regeneration, no health packs, the checkpoints are utterly unforgiving as you need to have a certain amount of health to trigger them, otherwise, you get diddly squat, checkpoints can be awarded as you’re getting shot, enemies can regularly appear behind you, and they have an immaculate aim.

Then when you start to factor in Chateau, POW Camp, Eder Dam, Truck Ride, Battleship Tirpitz, and the absolutely mind-bogglingly difficult Pavlov’s House, then it’s easy to see why Call of Duty 1 has the hardest campaign ever.

Don’t believe us? Go and play it on Veteran, then get back to us.


So that’s our top 5 list of the hardest Call of Duty campaigns of all time. Even if your list has one or two slightly different entries, we can all agree that Call of Duty has done a great job of serving up some fiendishly tough treats.

If you enjoyed our list and want more original content, then check out the best CoD Zombies maps ranked, every gun in Vanguard ranked, or even the 10 best FPS weapons of all time!

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Leaker claims Activision is considering changing Call of Duty’s annual release schedule

A leaker has suggested that Activision’s annual CoD release may be coming to an end with extended cycles being considered.

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A new Call of Duty title is released every year, with multiple studios taking it in turns to bring out a new game. A new leak however has made the bold claim that Activision may be thinking about changing its release schedule and model.

It’s become a given that a new CoD game will be released in November of each year, with the likes of Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward all taking it in turns to develop a new game.

2019 saw the release of IW’s Modern Warfare reboot, 2020 was Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, and this year has seen the release of Sledgehammer Games’ Vanguard.

It’s already rumored that Modern Warfare 2 is in the works for 2022, but depending on Activision’s approach, they may opt to change their release policy, starting with MW2.

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Leaks seem to happen left, right, and center these days, with people able to learn a great deal of information about projects and plans, many of which turn out to be true.

The new Call of Duty rumor comes from leaker Ralph, who recently claimed that the reported Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer remaster has been canceled, and thinks that annual releases are being reconsidered.

A recent Tweet from them quite simply said: “Activision are reportedly in discussion for extending Call of Duty’s annual releases.”

As with any leak, this should be taken with a major pinch of salt. RalphsValve has recently come under scrutiny from fellow leakers regarding the accuracy of his claims.

With the rumored 2022 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 title still potentially a year out, maybe two now, things can always change, and we’d recommend taking these claims with a pinch of salt.

Furthermore, given how much this could change the Call of Duty landscape going forward, we’d also strongly recommend waiting for official confirmation from Activision before assuming this is the direction CoD will be going in the future.


For more Call of Duty news, take a look at when Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 starts.

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