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The only thing that can bring down Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the microtransaction system



As we have made it through the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Reveal, this game does have the most content and variety of content in it at launch that Call of Duty has not seen in a few years.

The reveal on August 1 showcased that Infinity Ward is bringing the new 2v2 Gunfight experience, standard 6v6 mode, a new 10v10 mode, a 20v20 large map mode, and Ground War with more than 100 players.

There is a mode for anyone to play for those who want to experience different player counts, different map styles, and more in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Activision confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not have a Season Pass, and all post launch maps will be free for everyone. This is the first time in Call of Duty history that post launch DLC Maps will not be a paid thing.

The Season Pass in Call of Duty started in 2011 with Call of Duty: Elite with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and since then, there has always been a $50 Season Pass included with the game. Majority of the gaming industry had moved on from paid DLC a few years ago, but Activision decided to live in the past up until this year.

And, the company has confirmed that there will be Cross-Play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, bringing together PS4, Xbox One, and PC players together so that all players can join into any lobby and play with any Call of Duty: Modern Warfare player.

All of the above sounds incredible. Call of Duty offering a variety of ways to play the game; Activision eliminating the Season Pass; and Cross Play support.

There’s one thing that can completely bring down this year’s Call of Duty game: the microtransaction system.

Call of Duty has had a rough history with the microtransaction system. Microtransactions, MTX for short, were introduced to Call of Duty with Black Ops 2 with the ability to buy camos and items separately. With Advanced Warfare, Activision introduced the ability to buy Supply Drops, one of the most controversial MTX systems in the gaming industry today.

Infinity Ward games, however, have usually had a fair MTX system overall. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did feature Supply Drops and stat changing weapon variants, but the studio did allow new weapons to be unlocked via challenges and the Season Pass. Infinity Ward also had Collections and ways to break down items to earn credits to continue to build other variants.

But, many fans are worried about what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have as this year’s game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, has had one of the worst systems that Call of Duty has ever seen. Back in May, Activision executives said that they were “testing” out new MTX systems in Black Ops 4 for the “the current game” and the “future” which led many players to wonder if Black Ops 4’s system would come into Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has one of the worst systems that Call of Duty has ever seen before: weapons locked behind loot boxes, $30 hammers, camos locked in the shop only, and systems that makes it seem like it’s a free to play game, versus a $60 game with $50 Season Pass.

The MTX system is the one thing that can bring down Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare seems to be one of the most content rich Call of Duty game the franchise has seen in years; multiple different play-style modes, maps designed for each of the modes, a full campaign, and a Spec-Ops mode.

How Activision determines the MTX system in Modern Warfare will determine how the next year goes, and we hope that the company has learned from their mistakes to make a better game for the fans.

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New Modern Warfare MP maps returning soon

Killhouse added to Modern Warfare, as two more maps to come soon.



Killhouse in Modern Warfare

Following the Warzone Season 2 Reloaded update, Modern Warfare received three new maps – Call of Duty 4’s Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage. Now, the two new maps have been temporarily removed but will return soon, and Killhouse still remains.

Although Call of Duty games usually lose the majority of their player base when the next installment of the franchise releases, Black Ops Cold War’s joint progression system has given Modern Warfare fans a reason to stay. Even while playing 2019’s title, they will continue to increase their rank in Warzone and Cold War.

Modern Warfare’s content lifecycle was set to end in November 2020 with the release of Cold War, but as part of Warzone’s mid-Season 2 update, Activision treated fans to three new maps: Killhouse, Al-Raab Airbase, and Drainage.

Killhouse was, and still is, available in a 24/7 playlist in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, but Al-Raab and Drainage were only available in private matches. Now, however, Al-Raab and Drainage have been mysteriously removed from the game.

Old-school CoD fans will remember Killhouse well as it made its debut in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but has also been included in CoD Mobile and Modern Warfare Remastered.

This close-range map, inspired by CoD 4’s tutorial level, F.N.G, is set in a military training warehouse. Although the map is small, it has plenty of cover and obstacles to navigate between.

You can still jump straight into Killhouse by selecting the “Killhouse 24/7” playlist from the Modern Warfare menu.

Al-Raab Airbase map Modern Warfare

The other 6v6 map added in this surprise update was Al-Raab Airbase, but it could only be accessed through Private Matches. This map may also be familiar as it appears to be modeled after the Russian airbase Alex and Farah assault in the campaign mission, Proxy War. This map is relatively larger than CoD’s standard 6v6, with plenty of verticality and long lanes to snipe down.

A new Gunfight map, Drainage, was also added to Modern Warfare’s Private Matches. Similar to Airbase, Drainage is large for a 2v2 map, but it will also support 3v3 and other small team game modes. A bridge goes over the map as its standout feature, and there’s a ton of debris on the ground for players to use as cover.

These two maps will be returning to Modern Warfare MP “soon” Infinity Ward says in a new tweet. The maps needed more “love” before they could become available to play.

Drainage map Modern Warfare

Infinity Ward never acknowledged the maps being added or taken away, so we don’t know if these are the only changes made to Modern Warfare.

We’re also still waiting for the Soap Operator Bundle the Sykov pistol to arrive in MW and Warzone.

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Warzone players call for “Classic” mode with only Modern Warfare weapons

Many Warzone players feel that Call of Duty’s battle royale game could do with a mode that only allows the use of Modern Warfare weapons.



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Disgruntled Warzone players want to see the game incorporate a “Classic” mode that goes back to the game’s roots, using only CoD: Modern Warfare weapons.

The integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone really did change the game and its meta forever. Across Season 1 and Season 2, Warzone’s already stellar roster of guns received a massive boost and gave players a lot more options to choose from.

But these extras haven’t been to the delight of everyone, as some of them namely Cold War’s DMR, Diamattis, and MAC-10 have had a huge impact on Warzone. In response, some players are keen to see a mode that only makes use of the game’s original weapons.

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It speaks volumes that most loadouts in Warzone Season 2 have featured either one or both of the FFAR and AUG.

Cold War and Warzone use different game engines, meaning that the guns don’t translate as well when they make the transition to a different game.

melon_b0y has alluded to this fact and is calling for Raven Software to accommodate frustrated CoD players.

He said, “Without the Cold War weapons, the game would flow a lot smoother and would bring back skill into gunfights, not just who shoots first. Not to mention that without the FFAR and AUG around to compete, the game mode would be more balanced.

I’m not saying completely remove Cold War weapons, but I think a mode without them would greatly improve the fun in Warzone and bring back some nostalgia as well.”

It’s an interesting concept that should definitely be considered. It certainly does feels like a lifetime ago that Warzone was only populated by Modern Warfare weapons and felt more balanced.

If this became a reality, you’d imagine that it would be supported by many players, and could result in players abandon the normal version of the game.

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New Warzone leak reveals possible Sykov pistol release date

A Warzone date miner has revealed a potential release date for the upcoming dual wield, fully automatic Sykov pistol.



Warzone akimbo sykov pistols

A new leak has revealed a possible release date for Modern Warfare and Warzone’s highly anticipated and feared full-auto Sykov pistol, also known as the Makarov.

Players have been waiting to get their hands on new Modern Warfare weapons that are expected to arrive in Warzone soon. After players could find the unreleased Sykov pistol in Plunder, many are looking forward to using it in their loadout.

Warzone data miner TailsDoll553 has revealed potential release dates for several upcoming Warzone and Cold War bundles. The standout piece of information is the release date for the Sparks Operator Bundle, which contains a new Operator and a Blueprint for unreleased full-auto Sykov pistol.

Warzone sparks operator bundle with sykov pistol

It’s highly likely that the weapon will be released along with the Blueprint for it, as Activision has recently done with the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow and the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

According to TailsDoll553, Warzone’s new pistol is set to release on April 15. They noted that “these could be subjected to change at any time, but these are the most likely dates for the bundles.”

Many players expect this new pistol to become the close-range meta when it arrives. The akimbo Diamattis from Black Ops Cold War dominated all point-blank fights for their high fire rate and insane damage output, but the Sykov is set to be even more powerful.

Through the Gunsmith system, it can be customized to be wielded akimbo and made fully automatic with an 80 round mag. This is sure to melt enemies up close and because it’s a secondary, you can run it along with the Ghost perk.

As for the other weapons set to be arriving, the CX-9 SMG and Raal LMG, as well as the Soap Operator Bundle, TailsDoll553 said they couldn’t find any dates for their release as the date doesn’t appear to be in Warzone’s files yet.

As this is a leak, there’s no guarantee that the Sykov will release on April 15. However, by following our guide, you can try it out early in Modern Warfare’s Survival mode.

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