[UPDATE] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PS4-Exclusive Gunfight Alpha Now Available


UPDATE: Infinity Ward and Activision decided to surprise avid Call of Duty fans by making the PS4 exclusive alpha start today, which is earlier than expected. You can download the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight alpha right now and jump right into some matches. The original story is as follows…

Activision and Infinity Ward recently announced that PS4 owners would be getting an exclusive alpha version of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight mode this week. That wait is almost over, as the alpha is now available for preload on the PlayStation Store. Players in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand can download the alpha right now, while players in Asia can do so in the next few hours. The alpha runs from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25 and doesn’t require PlayStation Plus.

Gunfight pits two teams of two against each other. Both teams are equipped with the same loadout that changes every two rounds–as do spawn locations. The objective is to simply take out the other team.

A flag spawns and a 10-second overtime begins if neither team is eliminated by the end of the time limit. The first team to wipe out the other or capture the flag wins. If this still ends in a stalemate, winners will be determined by the highest combined health between teammates. If both teams have the same health, it’s a draw. The first team to win six rounds takes the game.

Five maps will be available during the alpha: Docks, King, Pine, Speedball, and Stack. Docks and Speedball are exclusive to the alpha. Most of the maps, besides Docks, take place at a shooting range. Docks is set at a London shipyard, King in a warehouse, Pine in a forest, Speedball at what looks like a paintball course, and Stack in the desert. Overall, there seems to be a decent spread of wide-open areas and areas tightly packed with cover.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on Oct. 25, 2019. You can pre-order it on Amazon if you’re so inclined.

 

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Developer Says the Game Isn’t Political


In a new interview with Game Informer, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward discusses the question of if the game is political.

“The question ‘Is this a political game?’ doesn’t actually mean anything,” says Jacob Minkoff, campaign gameplay director. “Because what does the word ‘political’ mean to you?”

“These are the types of questions that have been asked for the last 50 years,” says Taylor Kurosaki, studio narrative director. “We do talk about concepts like colonialism, occupation, independence and freedom. We don’t maybe say those words specifically, but that’s the realm we’re in. You could have a game set in revolutionary America talk about those exact same things.”

Kurosaki continues by saying they want to explore the concepts of people not being completely good or completely evil. Additionally, they want to tackle the concept of what people will do to achieve victory and what comes from doing that.

“Do we touch on topics that bear a resemblance to the geopolitics of the world we live in today? Hell yeah, because that is the subject matter of Modern Warfare,” Minkoff continues. “Are we telling a story that has anything to do with the specific governments of any countries that we’re portraying? No. So if you’re asking is Trump in the video game? No, he isn’t.”

From there, Minkoff says their goal is to present different perspectives in the game. Additionally, they want players to get an understanding of why different groups fight “and to have empathy for all of them and what puts them in this situation.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on October 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Reportedly Have Battle Royale Mode; Will Be Free-To-Play


If you were one of the people disappointed by the fact that Modern Warfare didn’t seem to have a battle royale mode planned, then I have some good news for you. According to some rumors by a credible individual, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will indeed be getting a battle royale mode…just later down the line than most people expected.

The rumor, which was revealed by YouTuber The Long Sensation (who previously leaked the title of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), indicates that, while the mode will be connected to the main game, it will be available separate from the base package, and will also be available free to download. We previously heard that Activision was looking into a free-to-play component with this title, so this kind of lines up perfectly with what we heard.

On top of that, Long Sensation says that the mode will be available in 2020, during the game’s post-launch season. While this is a bit later than some people wanted, it certainly makes sense considering Infinity Ward just wants to focus on the three main modes of the game: campaign, multiplayer, and Spec-Ops.

Unfortunately, beyond that, we don’t know much of anything else about the battle royale mode itself. Of course, take these rumors with a grain of salt, but considering Long Sensation has been accurate about Call of Duty rumors in the past, I would think that it’s at least in the pipeline right now.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Disney Ought to Buy Activision, Says Investor


Activision Blizzard Inc. has seen its share prices drop more than 40% in the past year. To some, this represents a good buying opportunity, and there is no greater buyer in the entertainment industry than Walt Disney Co.

Nick Licouris of the investment firm Gerber Kawasaki reportedly sees benefits between Activision’s esport business and Disney’s TV networks, and Disney has plenty of character properties that could be leveraged further. Disney’s checkered past in the world of video games may put them off, however. Disney Infinity, for instance, was an ambitious attempt to enter the world of video games, but this project ended in costly failure.

And yet, a deal with Activision Blizzard would be potentially lucrative. The industry continues to grow, and Activision Blizzard may have a hit up their sleeves with the upcoming release of World of Warcraft Classic. Furthermore, Disney already televises Overwatch League through ESPN3, so we know they already have some interest and knowledge of Activision Blizzard’s properties.

Despite ActiBlizz’s recent woes in the stock market, the deal would not come cheap. The company is still valued at $34.85 billion dollars. For comparison: Disney acquired Marvel Studios in 2009 for only $4 billion.

For now, this all seems like an investor’s dream rather than Disney’s actual business strategy. Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co., remarked that “We’ve just decided that the best place for us to be in that space (video games) is licensing and not publishing.” Disney, it seems, is still relatively content to let EA and other publishers work with their properties. Oh well, at least Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order looks good.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight 4K Footage Officially Released


If you were intrigued by what you saw from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight mode, but you were annoyed by either the streaming quality, the excessive and loud commentating, or both, then there’s some good news. Today, Infinity Ward released some brand new, 4K footage of the mode on its YouTube channel for the world to see.

The footage, which you can check out below, shows off all of the content previously revealed in the initial livestream last week. While all this footage does technically classify as “new,” there’s not anything crazy different, besides the lack of facecams and commentary. Still, it does a good job of showing off the mode, the weapons, the maps, and more in just almost six minutes. Plus, seeing the game in 4K quality for the first time is awesome, especially since streams can be a bit unreliable. Of course, if you want to check out the game for yourself, which was running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, you can do so at the end of the article.

For those that don’t know, Infinity Ward has been extremely tight-lipped about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While the press, including DualShockers, got to see a mission from the game’s single-player at E3 2019, the public didn’t see anything from the game (besides the reveal trailer back in May), until last week.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be available on October 25, 2019, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Full Multiplayer Reveal Coming in August


Even though fans were able to get their first-look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer earlier today, we were only able to see one mode from the game. Well, it seems like fans won’t have to wait too much longer to learn more about everything the multiplayer has to offer, as Infinity Ward has announced that the full gameplay reveal will be coming on August 1, 2019.

Details about the reveal are scarce, however, Activision and Infinity Ward say the event will “reveal the multiplayer universe of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” Of course, this interesting part of that sentence is the use of the word “universe.” In all my time being a fan of COD and covering, I’ve never seen the developers use the word “universe” to describe it’s multiplayer. This instinctively tells me that the mode will be incredibly different from everything that we are used to, however, that’s all speculation on my part.

Fans will be able to check out the reveal for themselves on Call of Duty’s official Twitch channel when it goes live in August. As of the time of this writing, it’s unknown how much will be shown off, or how long the reveal itself will be.

For those that don’t know, the mode that was revealed earlier this morning is called Gunfight and it pits two players against two other players in a fight for a flag at the center of a small map.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be released on October 25, 2019, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Multiplayer to be Shown Off Tomorrow


Well folks, if you’ve been waiting for the reveal of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s gameplay then it’s time to officially get hyped. Not only are fans going to be able to get their first look at gameplay tomorrow, but it’ll be from a brand new, 2v2 multiplayer game mode in Modern Warfare called Gunfight.

The reveal will be coming from two separate influencers TeePee and Courage, who have both captured gameplay from the new mode and will be revealing it on their Twitch channels. Currently, details about the mode are scarce, with the only real news being that it revolves around 2v2 gameplay in some way. If I didn’t know any better, given the history of the Modern Warfare games, I’d say this sounds like it might be similar to the Face Off mode from the MW3 days, however, this is all just speculation.

In addition to the gameplay reveal, the streams will also bring some new Call of Duty announcements, although the details of those announcements have obviously not been divulged. Both streams are set to go live at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST) tomorrow, July 11, 2019.

For those that don’t know, Infinity Ward has been notoriously tight-lipped about Modern Warfare. No gameplay has been shown off to the public and the press have only seen around 15-minutes of gameplay from the campaign, so this is a pretty major deal.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be released on October 25, 2019, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Post-Launch Support Begins with Grand Prix


Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was released by Beenox and Activision on June 21, 2019. The game was met with critical praise, and the developers are keen on sticking to the game with post-launch support. On July 3, the first round of post-launch support will arrive, adding new characters, the first Grand Prix Season, and more. You can check out a trailer highlighting some of the updates below.

The game’s first Grand Prix Season runs from July 3 to July 28. During this time, there will be Grand Prix Challenges for players to complete in order to gain XP and unlock new rewards. This first Grand Prix Season does bring new karts, skins, and customization items to the game, but most notably it allows players to unlock new characters, including Tawna. She was Crash’s girlfriend in the first Crash Bandicoot game, and her addition to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled marks the first time she’s ever been playable in a racing game featuring Crash. The Nitro Squad, better known as the Trophy Girls in the original CTR for PS1, are also playable now.

Another major draw of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s first Grand Prix Season is the new Twilight Tour map. It is inspired by the Middle East and dynamically shift from day to night while players are racing on it. All of these additions are pretty hefty for being less than two weeks out from the game’s launch, but Beenox and Activision don’t plan on stopping here. The next season will introduce characters like Baby T. and Baby Crash, while the one after that will actually bring Spyro the Dragon, who saw his own remaster last year, into the mix. DualShockers will keep you updated as more details about those seasons come out.

Below, you can see some screenshots featuring the new characters and map. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is currently available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If this free post-launch support is drawing you in, you can pick up the game right now on Amazon.








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Infinity Ward Pushes Back on Notion that Activision is Pushing the Studio to Make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Darker than Past Games


Earlier this week, a new interview with former Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey was released in which the developer talked about how Activision had supposedly pushed Infinity Ward to make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare darker than past games. “That said, MW seems like a tough challenge for any studio, especially if they are being pushed by publishing to be more controversial and ‘darker’ for the sake of headlines,” Condrey stated in the interview. Now, it seems as though Infinity Ward is directly pushing back on this notion.

In a new tweet that went out earlier today, Infinity Ward stated that it’s not being pushed by anyone to make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare anything other than what they want it to be. “To be very clear, we’re making the exact game we want to make, and we can’t wait until October 25th,” the tweet from Infinity Ward said.

It was a bit surprising to see Infinity Ward respond so directly to this story that has been making the rounds over the past day or so. Usually, you don’t see face-forward companies make responses like this in such a public manner, especially to a talking point stemming from Condrey that I don’t believe was all that damaging to the company or Modern Warfare. Regardless, I guess Infinity Ward just wanted to make it known that Activision hasn’t pushed them to make Modern Warfare darker whatsoever and that all development decisions have seemingly been their own.

And if you’re wondering just what all of this talk is about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare being darker than in the past, be sure to check out our preview of the game from E3. That should help shed some more light on what you should expect from this year’s entry.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to arrive on October 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Call of Duty Job Listing Confirms Treyarch is Working on 2020 Title


A few weeks back, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier blew everyone’s minds when he reported that Treyarch had taken over as the developer for 2020’s Call of Duty title, replacing Sledgehammer Games. While we haven’t gotten any official confirmation from Activision of this news as of yet, earlier today it was reported that Treyarch is hiring for a next-generation, AAA title, set for release in 2020, all but confirming this news.

The job listing, which was found by the good people over at CharlieINTEL, is for a Senior Tools Engineer, who would create toolsets for their engine. The job itself is pretty normal, however, the original listing specifically mentioned work on a “next-generation AAA title in 2020,” which lines up exactly with what Schreier reported just a few days ago. The mention of the 2020 release has now been removed from the original listing.

For those that don’t know, Schreier reported that Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software had been developing a Vietnam-era Call of Duty game for next year, however, it was in such a bad state of development that Treyarch had now taken over. Reportedly, Treyarch will be using most of Sledgehammer’s assets in a single-player story mode for their next game, which is rumored to be Black Ops 5. 

Call of Duty 2020 will more than likely arrive in the fall of next year and will probably be available on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Until then, players can play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which just got a new Days of Summer update, and the recently announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is set for release on October 25, 2019.

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