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Advanced Warfare patch released: 15 new prestiges & more weapon balancing

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A brand spankin’ new patch is currently being deployed to Advanced Warfare and it contains plenty of changes and additions.

The new update contains 15 (yes, fifteen) new prestiges, as the current 15 just isn’t enough for some players, as well as adding a grand master prestige rank if you manage to grind through all 30 of them.  So, that’ll keep people busy for another few months at least.

That’s not all, Sledgehammer Games have been hard at work making slight adjustments to the current arsenal of weapons in the game to help even out the playing field. The most notable change in this update is the increased movement speed with LMG’s and the slight nerf to the ASM1 SMG’s rate of fire.

Esport fans will also be pleased to hear that the broadcaster mode has also received a notable face lift and it now looks fabulous. Just in time for Call of Duty Championships too!

Full details below for the 4th March 2015 update via Charlie Intel.

    • Full Royalty Character Loot Set unlocked.
    • Connectivity Optimizations
    • Connectivity and matchmaking improvements when in a party.
    • Added 15 Master Prestige ranks and Grand Master Prestige.
    • Added 15 more Daily Supply Drop Challenges.
    • Fixed a rare issue where players were not able to spawn into the game.
    • Fixed the sound of the SAC3 with the Suppressor Attachment to not play in stereo to all players on the map.
    • Fixed a rare issue where players would spawn without a gun.
    • Players will now be shown a “Player does not own the map pack” message when a player without the Havoc DLC joins their party.
    • Added the ability for purchased Create-A-Class slots to appear in Private Matches.
    • [Xbox One] Connectivity improvement to Xbox Live servers when returning from Energy-Saving mode.
    • [Xbox One, Xbox 360] Fixed a rare crash issue with signing out with one player while split screen.
    • [Xbox 360] Reduced the max number of players in a Private Match to 10.

Weapon Balancing Updates (Note: Adjustments affect base weapon and all loot variants):

    • Heavy weapons: increase player movement speed by 5%
    • Corrected scopes on the AE4.
    • MK14 – reduced recoil
    • ARX160 – increased magazine size
    • AMR9 – increased damage, decreased time between bursts
    • SN6 – reduced recoil
    • KF5 – mid damage range increased
    • Atlas 45 – mid damage range increased, max damage range increased
    • PDW – increased damage
    • Shotguns: reduced spread when using Gung-Ho
    • S12 – increased fire rate, increased damage
    • EPM3 – reduced recoil
    • Lynx – reduced recoil
    • ASM1 – slightly reduced initial fire rate

UI Updates:

    • Rare Supply Drop Error messages when opening fixed.
    • Added a display for how many free slots you have in the Armory from the “Redeem Items” menu.
    • Replaced the camouflage images for Diamond and Royalty with the correct images in the Create-A-Class menu.
    • Replaced the Valkyrie loadout for the Centurion loadout for players who were incorrected rewarded this character gear in Clan Wars.
    • Fixed an issue where duplicates of unlocked items were showing in the New Items list.
    • Fixed an issue where some Create-A-Class were showing the incorrect lock status when selecting a Permanent Unlock when Prestiging.
    • Adjusted kill feed speed from 4 seconds to 6 seconds.

Challenges Updates:

    • Removed ability to earn more than one of a non-redeemable character gear from the Daily Supply Drop Challenges.
    • Players will no longer receive a Daily Supply Drop Challenge for non-redeemable gear they have already acquired.
    • Removed the incorrect challenge for the Crossbow Scope to unlock at 10 kills.

Store Updates:

    • [Xbox One] Players with other profiles who purchased DLC on the same console are now able to properly purchase DLC on their own profile.

Emblem Updates:

    • Fixed an issue where the Emblem would sometimes apply incorrectly to the player card.

Scorestreak Updates:

    • Sentry Gun turrets now die in one melee hit.
    • Decreased the amount of time the player has to hold X to exit a remote controlled Sentry Turret.
    • Unmodified Missile Strike missiles now travel faster when boosting (by hitting the fire button while coming down).
    • The Vulcan laser scorestreak now fires longer.

Ranked Play Updates:

    • Added probation time for players who do not complete or disconnect from Ranked Play matches.
    • Will properly award Division Points in the case of a forfeited match (when the entire other team leaves).

Broadcaster Updates

    • Adjusted the colors and over all look for Broadcaster mode to make text and names easier to read and a better experience for viewers.
    • Fixed a rare issue where HUD elements would get stuck on the broadcaster’s screen.

Game Mode Specific Updates:

    • S&D: Added UI to show if you were attacking or defending at the start of the round.
    • One Shot: Increased Kill Confirmed score limit to 80 in the One Shot Mosh Pit playlist.
    • Gun Game: Added a leaderboard for Gun Game.
    • Momentum: Adjusted spawn locations for the Drift map.
    • Uplink: Fixed an issue where the satellite drone could get stuck on the Clown Inn sign.

Map Specific Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.
    • Fixed an issue where Orbital Care Packages were removed from areas of the map on Drift after the dynamic map event.
    • Fixed an issue where indestructible objects would show up on the Sideshow map.
    • Adjusted the A Bomb site location on Sideshow.
    • Fixed a performance issue with some of the dynamic map pieces on the Core map.
    • Adjusted spawns locations for the Drift map..
    • Fixed Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world exploits on the Sideshow map.

Exo Survival Updates:

    • Fixed various out of map exploits across different multiplayer maps.

Exo Zombies Updates:

    • Added ability for players to pause the game in single-player Private match.
    • Fixed an issue where players were not able to join a match together while in a party.
    • Fixed various out of map exploits where players could remain in place and not be attacked by zombies.
    • Removed the ability for host to start the match before players were ready in a Private Match setting.
    • Fixed an issue for the 20/20 Achievement so weapons that are reacquired after leveling it up to level 20 still count towards the achievement status.
    • Exo Zombies intro movie is now skippable.
    • Fixed a rare crash issue in Exo Zombies.
    • Fixed an issue where certain camos were missing for the ARX160.
    • Fixed an issue where the pop-up messaging for Player 2 could only be closed by Player 1.
    • Fixed a rare issue where the After Action Report was showing the incorrect map information after joining a Private Match.

Advanced Warfare Championship Pack now out, it’s pretty fancy

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Call of Duty Championship 2015 takes place in just a few months time and to help build a lil’ bit of hype, Sledgehammer Games have just dropped a brand new pack of skins revolving around the tournament and it’s now available on Xbox Live.

For just $3.99, you can get your hands on the premium Championship 2015 bundle which contains a themed exoskeleton, weapon camouflages, calling card, helmet and reticules. Best of all? It’s covered in gold from top to bottom, as you can see above.

I think this is one of the first times in Call of Duty history where the gold gun camo is well, actually gold, unlike past attempts which have been mustard/off yellow colour.

If that isn’t enough, you can also purchase additional create-a-class and armory slots which add tonnes of new room for just $1.99 a piece.

Disappointingly, Activision have yet to detail whether any of the money from these pack will go towards the Championship 2015 prize pool, similar to what plenty of other eSport tournaments have done in the past.

Advanced Warfare – meet the KillCameraman Randall Higgins

There’s tongue in cheek trailers and then there’s Call of Duty trailers – this time the team at Sledgehammer are dressing up their Havoc DLC announcement trailer with an amusing look at just who is behind the Kill cams of COD.

Randall Higgins is the man, the KillCameraman and he gets himself into some rather amusing situations in order to grab those kill cams. Of course the main attraction is a look at the Havoc DLC – the first DLC pack for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

Available to download from January 27, the DLC includes four new maps, bonus weapons and Exo Zombies – the new co-op mode that could almost be a stand alone game.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Banhammer Incoming

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Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder Michael Condrey has taken to the companies official blog to address an ongoing and increasing problem that is affecting Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare community.

Michael Condrey has detailed that players who partake in what is known as ‘reverse boosting’ will soon be clobbered by the mighty metaphorical banhammer.

If you’re not quite sure what reverse boosting is, let me give you a semi-detailed explanation: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare uses a skill based matchmaking system which overall leads to fairer and more equal matches taking place but unfortunately, some players are abusing this system by intentionally killing themselves/feeding the enemy team, forcing their ‘skill rating’ to go down, ruining the experience for everyone.

In other words, if you play like an ass and ruin other players experience, just so you can play against people worse than you, a ban will most likely be heading your way very soon. Always great to see a company continue to support its game and remove toxic players from online play.

 

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare $1,000,000 Championship Announced

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Activision and Xbox are once again teaming up to bring the Call of Duty Championship to sunny California.

This March, 32 teams from around the world will battle it out to try and take home the title of best Call of Duty team in the world and a significant chunk of that enormous $1 million prize pool.

The 32 teams will be made up from Europe, America, South America, Asia and Australia after an online qualification tournament that will take place in February.

If you’re yet to watch any of Advanced Warfare’s competitive multiplayer, I’d strongly recommend it. It’s one of the most entertaining when it comes to a spectating sport for a long time. MLG’s first competitive CoD season is well under way and OpTic Gaming are currently crushing the competition.

TL;DR: 27-29th March, $1 million, Santa Monica CA, streamed live.

Create some Havoc with Call of Duty’s Early weapon DLC

Buy the Season Pass. Get instant access to the DLC 1 bonus weapon – AE4 Directed Energy Assault Rifle and custom weapon variant – AE4  Widowmaker Directed Energy Assault Rifle. At least that’s what the Havoc DLC Early Weapon Access Trailer tells us… take a look below then lock and load for some pew pew laser action in Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gets a huge update

Would you believe it’s been a month since Call of Duty Advanced Warfare launched? Doesn’t time fly when you’re shooting your buddies online! Sledgehammer have been pretty active in addressing issues and bugs as quickly as they are discovered – now they are preparing to drop the biggest patch to date in Advanced Warfare’s short life.

The patch addresses weapon balancing, emblem problems, improvements to lobbies, exploits, spawn problems, connection issues and tweaks to Sledgehammer’s anti-cheat system – this is just the quick run down of the patch notes, for a more concise list of the improvements and fixes coming to Call of Duty Advanced Warfare this week be sure to swing by the community page on callofduty.com.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare First Patch In The Works

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launched this past week worldwide and developer Sledgehammer Games’ is “listening to the community” and has roughly detailed what the first patch will be fixing.

The vast majority of the changes that have been revealed on its official website revolve around general game polish and have also addressed the err… slightly dodgy connection the game has been experiencing this past week by stating the following:

Advanced Warfare employs game servers hosted at data centers globally on all platforms and listen servers as part of our proprietary matchmaking system. Our goal is to ensure the best possible connection and greatest gameplay experience regardless of location and time of day.”

The patch that is in the works and should be hitting the Xbox One platform soon contains a bunch of bug fixes, such as;

  • Prestige reset issues, including emblems and challenges.
  • Adjustment to the in-game chat names notifications placement.
  • Fix for weapon reloads counting as speed reloads in certain circumstances.
  • Connectivity optimizations.
  • Fix for stats accumulating towards leaderboards after prestiging.
  • Adjustment to challenges to unlock Camos for weapons.
  • Fix for round-based game modes, affecting Win/Loss ratios.
  • Implemented ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match.

Are you enjoying Advanced Warfare? Like the changes that are being made? Let us know in the comments!