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Infinity Ward issues statement amid backlash over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone cheatersJul 25, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward has issued a warning to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone cheaters, saying a fresh banwave is coming. The statement comes amid a growing backlash to cheating in the first-person shooter's battle royale and competitive multiplayer. Infinity Ward has spent much of 2020 trying to combat cheaters, particularly on PC and the free-to-download Warzone. Read more With any luck, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone mid-Season 4 weapon tuning will nerf the hell out of the GrauJun 20, 2020 - EurogamerCall of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone's long-awaited weapon tuning is set for the middle of Season 4, Infinity Ward has said. In a tweet, co-design director of multiplayer Joe Cecot said a batch of weapon tuning is in the works for the mid-season update, with patch notes to come when the tuning drops. Cecot responded to a tweet from a Modern Warfare player who was asking whether the Grau assault rifle would be nerfed. Anyone who's playing Call of Duty at the moment, whether that's Modern Warfare or Warzone, will probably point to the Grau as the most popular weapon. And it's popular for a reason: this devastating, meta-dominating assault rifle is easy to handle, easy to control, and powerful at a variety of distances. It has come to dominate battle royale - to the point where most players call it in - or at least try to call it in - via a loadout drop. Read more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 adds new maps, operators and a Ride of the Valkyries vehicle hornJun 11, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward has outlined the various new maps and modes coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare during Season 4. Multiplayer fans will see three new maps during the season. These maps are free for owners of the full version of Modern Warfare. Zhokov Scrapyard, which is a remake of Scrapyard from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, hits the game at the launch of Season 4. This is a small close quarters map. Read more Call of Duty: Warzone declassified - the Digital Foundry tech deep diveJun 11, 2020 - EurogamerWhen we look back at a console generation for its greatest hits, it's invariably the first-party titles that dominate - but sometimes multi-platform technologies emerge that are truly exceptional, and the fact they need to accommodate four very different consoles plus myriad PC hardware configurations only adds to the scale of the achievement. Today, Season Four of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare arrives - and I'd suggest that the IW8 engine from Infinity Ward is one of the most impressive accomplishments of the generation. Modern Warfare 2019 is the most complete COD package of the modern era. We've reported before on the key technologies that make it stand apart - an engine that renders in both visible, invisible and thermal spectrums (!) while also supporting volumetrics on every light source. IW8 shifts to a physically-based materials system, bringing COD into line with the most advanced engines in the business, and offering a beautiful level of realism from every authored asset in the game. Geometry is also massively improved, delivering an unprecedented level of detail to the Call of Duty franchise. All of this is achieved in a title targeting 60 frames per second. IW8 also revamps the background streaming system, using a hybrid tile-based approach, opening the door to bigger, more detailed worlds. It's the reason why the campaign is more detailed, but it's also how Infinity Ward delivered the vast Ground War mode of the launch code - but battle royale takes this to another level, as I discovered when visiting Infinity Ward's tech hub in Poland at the end of February. I spent the day with Principal Rendering Engineer Michal Drobot, who is also the studio head of the Polish arm of the developer. Read more Call of Duty: Warzone gets mid-game events with Season 4Jun 11, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward has announced some significant changes for Call of Duty: Warzone with the launch of Season 4. Season 4, whose enormous download is out now, adds Captain Price as an operator, as well as events that can occur during a match of the super popular battle royale, Infinity Ward revealed via the patch notes. These mid-game (after the first drop kit and before the Gulag closes) twists, which can happen in any given match without advance notice, include Jailbreak, Fire Sale, and Supply Chopper. Read more "84GB" trends on Twitter as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare update is lot bigger than expected for someJun 11, 2020 - EurogamerSome Xbox One players of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone were this morning faced with a mammoth 84GB download. Season 4 of Infinity Ward's shooter kicked off at 7am this morning, and with it came a download the developer had warned would be "large". The download weighs in at 45GB on PC, 32.375GB on PS4, and 44GB on Xbox One. At least, it's supposed to be 44GB on Xbox One. However, some Xbox One users are having to download twice that size - and as you'd expect the reaction is negative. Read more Infinity Ward warns Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 download "is going to be large"Jun 11, 2020 - EurogamerUPDATE 11th June 2020: The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 download has gone live - and it's huge. The download weighs in at 45GB on PC, 32.375GB on PS4, and 44GB on Xbox One. However, some Xbox One users are reporting having to download over 84GB with this morning's update. Activision has said it's investigating the issue. Activision has said that once installed, the Series 4 update will only take up an additional 4GB on consoles. Read more Infinity Ward lays out plans to crack down on racism in Call Of DutyJun 4, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Call Of Duty developers, Infinity Ward, have pledged to “do more” against the racist content players bring to their games. Last night, they tweeted their plans to put more resources in place to monitor and remove racist and hateful content, improve reporting systems and increase the number and severity of bans. (more…) Call of Duty's new seasons postponedJun 3, 2020 - EurogamerActivision has postponed its new season in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, due to go live this week. In a statement posted to the official Call of Duty Twitter account, Activision said the launch of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 would shift to "later dates". There's no word yet on when those might be. Read more Call of Duty: Warzone finally gets duos modeMay 30, 2020 - EurogamerCall of Duty: Warzone now has duos - perhaps the most-requested mode from players. Developer Infinity Ward issued a playlist update for the battle royale overnight across all platforms. It now means Warzone has solos, duos, trios, quads and plunder quads modes. The playlist update comes alongside a double XP, double weapon XP and 2X tier progression weekend. This double XP triple feed runs until 7am UK time on 3rd June, which should help those who haven't quite wrapped up the current battle pass to do so. Read more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season four trailer shows Price, new guns and story cluesMay 28, 2020 - EurogamerI hope you're ready to witness hundreds of Captain Price clones in your Modern Warfare lobbies, as the latest trailer all but confirms Price will be the next operator available on the battle pass for season four. Oh, and that season is starting next week on 3rd June. To recap the narrative so far - which has run from the campaign through Spec Ops and into Warzone in the last couple of seasons - Infinity Ward has released a new story trailer to bring everyone up to speed. The most important titbits include the fact that chemical weapons are "in the wild", antagonist Mr. Z is still out and about, and Captain Price and Gaz have now been called in as part of an elite task force to sort out the mess in Warzone location Verdansk. There was also a brief snapshot of that nuclear warhead players recently discovered in one of the Warzone bunkers, which seems likely to play a part in the events of season four. At the end of the trailer there's also a peek at two new weapons: the Vector and the Galil, both of which were recently leaked on the Modern Warzone subreddit. Players have also spotted the Galil on a season four teaser posted to the Call of Duty Instagram - in case you needed further convincing. Read more Bunker campers are infuriating Call of Duty: Warzone playersMay 23, 2020 - EurogamerIt's an exciting time for Call of Duty: Warzone. Infinity Ward's battle royale recently opened its mysterious bunkers and kicked off an ongoing tease for the announcement of the next Call of Duty game, dubbed Black Ops Cold War. The bunkers are super cool and house loads of loot, including a unique blueprint, so players are putting in work to unlock them. But some of the bunkers are tricky to open. Bunker 11, for example, is closed off unless you perform a specific number of steps that involve blue phone locations, translating numbers from the Russian, visiting red phones in the right order, then trotting over to Bunker 11 north of the Arklov Peak Military Base for the spoils. (There's a lot more detail in our Call of Duty Warzone Bunkers guide.) That sounds like quite the effort, doesn't it? Well, clearly it's too much effort for some, as Warzone now has a bunker camper problem. Read more Finally, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is crossing over with Black Ops Easter eggs - in WarzoneMay 23, 2020 - EurogamerCall of Duty: Warzone players have found Black Ops Easter eggs, a significant ramping up of Activision's ongoing tease of the next mainline Call of Duty game, which Eurogamer this week reported is titled Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. Now Warzone's mysterious bunkers are open, Warzone players have discovered Black Ops' iconic RC-XD frame sitting on a table in a shack just to the west of the prison. Also inside the shack are a bunch of old computers - all very Black Ops / Cold War. A U-2 spy plane was discovered by dataminers - expect that to fly over the map seemingly at random. The spy plane was a killstreak in the original Black Ops. These discoveries are part of Activision's plan to reveal Call of Duty 2020 in Warzone, but the move is significant for another reason: it marks the first meaningful crossover of the Modern Warfare and Black Ops brands. Read more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare teases Price as season four operatorMay 22, 2020 - EurogamerIt all seems to be happening in the world of Call of Duty, as after players managed to burst into Warzone's bunkers for the first time (and found a nuke amongst other things), we've now got the first real teaser for Modern Warfare season four - and it looks like it'll feature a very familiar face. The hints began when players received a cryptic message on the Call of Duty companion app, which said some sort of meeting would happen on the 21st. Nothing obvious happened in-game, but Activision yesterday sent out an email linking players to a "confidential" page on the Call of Duty website, along with the following video. Along with some classic Call of Duty Russian accents (and what looks like a military Zoom call), the video mentions a "senior operator"... and up pops an image of Captain Price. Probably a not-so-subtle hint that we should expect Price to headline next season as an unlockable operator, in a similar manner to Alex in season three, who you could earn via the battle pass. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read more Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat appears to be making an impact - and cheaters hate itMay 16, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward's Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat effort seems to be making an impact in the free-to-download battle royale. This week, the developer enabled two-step SMS authentication for new Warzone PC users who log-in as free-to-play. This was seen as a crucial step in the fight against Warzone cheaters, many of whom would simply create a new account, download the free-to-play Warzone and jump straight back into the action after a ban. Read more Five of the Best: Achievements or TrophiesMay 15, 2020 - EurogamerFive of the Best is a weekly series about the small details we rush past when we're playing but which shape a game in our memory for years to come. Details like the way a character jumps or the title screen you load into, or the potions you use and maps you refer back to. We've talked about so many in our Five of the Best series so far. But there are always more. Five of the Best works like this. Various Eurogamer writers will share their memories in the article and then you - probably outraged we didn't include the thing you're thinking of - can share the thing you're thinking of in the comments below. Your collective memory has never failed to amaze us - don't let that stop now! Today's Five of the Best is... Read more Infinity Ward ramps up the fight against Call of Duty: Warzone PC cheaters with two-step authenticationMay 13, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward's latest salvo in the battle against Call of Duty: Warzone PC cheaters is two-step authentication. Specifically, the developer has enabled two-step SMS authentication for new Warzone PC users who log-in as free-to-play. Infinity Ward has come under fire in recent months for Warzone cheating, which is more problematic on PC. In April, Eurogamer revealed how Call of Duty console players were disabling crossplay to try to avoid PC cheaters. In response, Infinity Ward outlined a string of new security measures, including matching suspected cheaters together. "There's no place for cheating in games," Infinity Ward said at the time. "Warzone has zero tolerance for cheaters." Read more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings back its April Fool's 10v10 Shipment 24/7 playlist - and it is glorious chaosMay 9, 2020 - EurogamerLast night, Infinity Ward issued an update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that brought back an April Fool's playlist - and I love it. Shipment is one of Modern Warfare's best multiplayer maps, its tiny, square playspace a chaotic playground for two teams of five or six players. It was playable in this form around the clock as part of the Shipment 24/7 playlist - something fans had called for for some time. But now Shipment has levelled up - bringing back the wonderful troll update that was Modern Warfare's April Fool's 2020's playlist. With 20 players crammed into Shipment, the carnage is relentless. You can find yourself instantly dying upon respawn over and over again. Killstreaks can be devastating, wiping out the entire enemy team in the blink of an eye. Wheelson, Modern Warfare's remote control tank buddy, is a hilariously effective weapon. Corpses pile up on capture points. B, which is in the centre of the map and accessible from all four sides as well as other cheeky nooks and crannies, is a virtual hell on earth, the bodies piling up so high players can hide amid them while prone. Survive for longer than 10 seconds and you're doing well. Survive for longer than that and you probably have enough kills to call in a Gunship... or worse. Read more Random Call of Duty: Modern Warfare glitch makes the game third-personMay 2, 2020 - EurogamerA Call of Duty: Modern Warfare player encountered a glitch that let them play in third-person. The first-person shooter series never normally lets players change the player's camera perspective. But redditor Tkade14 found themselves playing in third-person after a glitch of some sort during a revive. The video below shows Tkade14 running around the Shoot House map on the PlayStation 4-exclusive Survival mode, in third-person, slicing up AI enemies with a knife. While the character runs about unrealistically fast, movement looks fluid, and the camera position grants a decent view of the action, trailing the character neatly even with slides and knife attacks. We see the soldier fire a pistol in third-person, too, after being downed. There's no reticle, but we do see the red hit marker when Tkade14 lands a killing shot. Read more Bounties back in Call of Duty: Warzone just a day after Infinity Ward pulled themMay 1, 2020 - EurogamerInfinity Ward has reversed its controversial decision to pull bounties from Call of Duty: Warzone in favour of a new contract after a backlash from fans. On Wednesday, Warzone received the Most Wanted contract, a high risk high reward pick-up that marked you for all other teams on the map. Survive for five minutes, and not only would you get a pot of cash, but redeployment for your entire squad. However, players quickly found that the Most Wanted contract had replaced bounties - a change Infinity Ward failed to announce for some reason. This change did not go down well among Warzone's most prominent players, with many wondering why it could not have been added to the game without the removal of existing bounties. Read more