Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Articles RSS Feed | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Every Video Game Halloween Event in October 2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:41:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell


Torchlight 3 Halloween — Gears 'N' Goblins Update


The Torchlight 3 Halloween update brings the pets along for the ride. Players can rescue three new Halloween-themed pets from bosses and dungeons: the Midnight Cat, Spooky Retriever, and Dragonling Spirt. Each with a special skill that summons skeletons in battle, but the pets are only available until December.


Aside from battle-pups, the update introduces the Ancient Ember gear set and two new skills along with it, plus new fort decorations and two new weapons: Sword of the Lost and Lightning Baller mace.


And that's it for now! Feel free to bookmark this page for more Halloween event updates throughout October! If you found this list frightfully delightful, please consider sharing it! 


Hardspace: Shipbreaker Halloween: Haunted Frontier


Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Halloween event is Haunted Frontier, full of spooky haunted ships that put your bravery — and desire for salvage — to the test.


The update, which is live now on Steam, turns any ship into a potential ghost ship. Things start deteriorating as you gather materials and fend off rogue AI nodes. Lights flicker on and off. Air gets sucked out of the room. And somewhere deep in the ship, unsettling sounds can be heard...


Should you make it out alive, you can show off your hard-earned rewards with new stickers and badges.


Hunt: Showdown Halloween Event


Hunt: Showdown has its first-ever Halloween event on now until November 4, with a gourd-full of ghoulish events and treats to earn.


Players earn Event Points for special equipment and other items by doing the following:

  • Destroying pumpkins scattered through the world 
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  • Destroying the Butcher's pumpkin head 
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  • Investigating a Halloween-themed Clue or Rift 
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  • Destroying pumpkins mounted on scarecrows 
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There's only so many Event Points you can earn each day, but using the special Halloween item Wormseed Shot increases the points earned by 25%.


1,000 Event Points are needed for all the event's special gear. Any points earned over that will be converted into Blood Bonds once the event ends.


Minecraft Halloween in the Minecraft Marketplace


Minecraft Halloween celebrations run through November 2, with frights aplenty in the Minecraft Marketplace. Mojang's got Halloween-themed maps and items in store there, plus Halloween Collections to choose from in the Character Creator and Marketplace.


Until November 2, you can grab a free Halloween skin pack and Halloween character creation item for free. These will still be available to get after November 2, but they won't be free then.


[Source: Mojang]


Fire Emblem Heroes Halloween  Special Heroes (Dragons Harvest)


Fire Emblem Heroes' Halloween event runs through November 7 at 7:59 p.m. EST and offers a chance to summon four new Halloween-themed units:

  • Fall Vessel Robin (Awakening)
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  • Autumn Trickster Xane (Mystery of the Emblem)
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  • Harvest Goldoan Dheginsea (Radiant Dawn)
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  • Harmonic Hope Ninian and Tiki duo unit (Binding Blade and Shadow Dragon)
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As always, the seasonal Fire Emblem Heroes' units come with a new Paralogue event, Dragons Harvest.


No Man's Sky Halloween Update


Head back to the outer reaches of the galaxy to find some new loot in the No Man's Sky Halloween update. Brave explorers can scour Desolation's wrecked vessels again to find a new item, Tainted Metal, and have a chance to snag some Quicksilver. But it comes at a cost. The freighters are full of new treats and a security system gone haywire.


Trade Tainted Metal with the Scrap Dealer to get new base decorations and additional customization options, or you can stockpile it to exchange for the Horrific Flesh-Helmet.


Scrap Dealers also have Orange Pustules and Detoxified Slimes for infesting and purifying bases.


[Source: Hello Games]


PixARK Halloween


PixARK Halloween brings a spooky makeover to the survival game from now until November 2, with costumes and treats galore.


Things kick off at the main menu, which is getting a Halloween re-skin. The main attraction is the Pumpkin Soul Reaper though.


When you defeat the Pumpkin Soul Reaper, it might drop:

  • Pumpkin Seed
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  • Magic Broom
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  • Flying Firework
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  • Clown Costume
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The Firework and Broomstick only last seven days, but you have a slight chance of getting a permanent one from defeating Ancient Wyvern King, Beach Bully, and Aurora Butterfly King enemies.


Then there's candy grenades, Halloween decorations, a creepy scarecrow costume, and plenty of events to make the most out of the season.


[Source: Steam Community]


Apex Legends Halloween: Fight or Fright 2020


Apex Legends' Halloween Fight or Fright event is back with Shadow Royale and more from now until November 3.


Shadow Royale sees night fall on Kings Canyon and its trio matches. When a Legend falls, they're reborn in Shadow form with a thirst for vengeance.


This year's event sees several all-new skins plus re-imagined versions of last year's, including Sweet Dreams Caustic and Wicked Harvest Bloodhound. Skins from last year are available on rotation in the in-game store as part of bundle offers or special offers.


There's a set of exclusive rewards in the event's Prize Track too with skins, charms, and more.


[Source: EA]


War of The Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Halloween Special


War of the Visions is celebrating Halloween with two featured UR summons and a bucketful of rewards. Players can summon UR Little Leela and UR Rairyuu from now until November 10, both in Halloween attire with appropriate skills to match.


The Halloween Special also includes a Rewards From the Producer reward period from now until November 10. It features:

  • 2,000 Visiore
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  • 20,000,000 Gil
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  • 1 Rainbow Fragment of Thought
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  • 3 Rainbow Vision Sphere
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  • 50 Adamantite (Large)
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  • 50 Burst Pot
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  • 50 Armor Pot
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In a separate update, new players who start the game get a 7-day free summon period where a UR summon is guaranteed.


From October 28 through Halloween, players can take advantage of 6-UR Guaranteed Step Up 10x Summon, which guarantees:

  • one UR unit or vision card on step 1
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  • two UR units/vision cards on step 2
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  • three UR units/vision cards on step 3
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There's also a  5-step 10x Summon which guarantees a MR+ unit or vision card on steps 1-4 and UR “Exorcists” on step 5.


And there's even more, from daily login bonuses and Halloween Challenge Missions to a spoopy new Halloween-themed game icon.


GTA Online Halloween Bunker Series


GTA Online has a bunker full of frightful delights this Halloween. Halloween Bunker Series features triple RP and GTA$ plus three Slasher maps: the depths of the bunker, the silo, and The Diamond.


Taking part in the Halloween Adversary modes such as Beast Vs. Slasher and Come Out To Play doubles your RP and GTA$.


The peyote plants are back, in keeping with the spooky season, though Rockstar isn't saying what they'll transform you into yet. Nightclub income rates are going up as part of the event, and there'll be an influx of Freemode Events with triple payouts through October 28.


[Source: Rockstar Games]


Mortal Shell Halloween: Rotten Autumn


Mortal Shell's first content update just so happens to be a Halloween update called Rotten Autumn.


After downloading the update, speak with Gorf to unlock a new mini-quest. Completing it earns you new shades to deck out your Shell with. And you can show the world just how you spruced up your Shell with Mortal Shell's brand-new photo mode.


There's also a separate download alongside Rotten Autumn that adds a new soundtrack for boss fights, courtesy of Rotting Christ.


Those who haven't jumped into Mortal Shell yet can do so with a limited-time 20% discount for the digital version on PS4 and PC. That same discount isn't live for Xbox players yet, but it will be come October 27. 


Mortal Shell's physical version releases November 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the U.S., then on October 23 for PlayStation 4 and PC (case containing a key) in Europe and October 30 for Xbox One in Europe.


Fortnite Halloween — Fortnitemares 2020


King Midas is back from the great beyond in Fortnite's Fortnitemares 2020 event from now until November 3, and he's giving you the chance to wreak havoc on friend and foe alike.


When you're eliminated in a Solo, Duos or Squads match, you get the chance to return as a Shadow in Nitemare Royal. Attack surviving players from the shadows and even possess vehicles to bring their game to an end.


That's the trick side of things, but the island has plenty of treats in store too. You can get your hands on the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, Fiend Hunter Crossbow, a special Midas invention, and of course, candy.


There's a suite of Fortnitemares challenges where you can unlock costumes and weapon skins such as the Smash-O'-Lantern Pickaxe and Midas' Shadow Wrap.


Finally, on Halloween night (October 31) at 9 p.m. EST, award-winning reggae singer J Balvin kicks off the Afterlife Party at the Party Royale Main Stage.


[Source: Epic Games]


PUBG Mobile Infection Mode


PUBG Mobile's Infection Mode is back from the dead from now until November 9, with new content, themes, costumes, and plenty of zombies.


Infection Mode's classic combat returns, pitting a team of Defenders against a team of Zombies in an all-or-nothing fight. Zombies — sporting Halloween masks, if you so choose —  can only use melee attacks, but fallen Defenders transform into Zombies with chances for form shifts and stat buffs.


If it all gets too much for the Defenders, they transform into Vanquishers when their team is down to three members. Foes they vanquish can't be resurrected.


These hellish fights unfold across maps decked out with pumpkins, gravestones, and other seasonal paraphernalia. More costumes and decorations are planned before the end of the event.


World of Tanks Halloween — Burning Games


Free-to-play war game World of Tanks is hosting the Burning Games Halloween event until October in partnership with Korn and their new video for "Finally Free." It's a chance for Tier V and higher vehicles to complete challenges and earn special items and take part in the new Wasteland map.


In World of Tanks Wasteland, tanks start with 1 HP and have to attack others to replenish it. Players can attack allies to restore teammates' health, and respawning increases the tank's overall power.


From October 16 through October 31, players can join The Way of the Raider 60-stage event to earn XP, camo, and the two new tanks featured in Korn's music video.


Finally, from October 24 through October 31, World of Tanks brings back Mad Games, a limited-time chance to outfit your tanks with the wildest abilities possible.


Red Dead Online: The Halloween Pass


It's spooky time at the Red Dead Online corral, with the game's first-ever Halloween Pass. Now through November 16, players can get their hands on wagon-loads of Red Dead Online Halloween rewards, ranging from weapons and costumes to decorations for the tavern. Everything acquired during the event lasts after it ends.


The Halloween Pass is available in the progress menu or the Wheeler, Rawson & Co selection.


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020


Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 runs from October 23 at 9 p.m. EST through November 3 at the same time and offers the first chance to get your hands on Galarian Yamask among other things.


Completing the Halloween Special Research "A Spooky Message Unmasked" gets you one step closer to finding both Galarian Yamask and Spiritomb. Other Field Research tasks will also center around Halloween themes during the event.


Ghost-type Pokemon will be more common in the wild, in Raids, and in Eggs. You might even find a costumed Gengar in Raids or hatch a Sableye in costume if you're lucky.


Talking of Raids, Darkrai takes center stage for five-star Raids, but there's more Halloween Raid goodness in store.


On October 31 from 11 a.m. local time through 5 p.m. local time, there's a higher chance Alolan Marowak will show up in Raids.


There's a special Halloween Cup from October 26 at 4 p.m. EST through the end of the event where only Poison, Dark, Bug, Ghost, and Fairy Pokemon can compete, and they have to have less than 1,500 CP.


It just wouldn't be Halloween without costumes. Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 amps up the costume game with a Gengar onesie, Sableye goggles, Pikachu mask, and more, along with bundles in the in-game shop.


Finally, there's an all-new event on October 26, the Catch Mastery event, which we cover in more detail elsewhere.


Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Darkness Rising 2020


Harry Potter Wizards Unite is back for 2020 and, like its Pokemon counterpart, you can play it safely from home.


This year, Darkness Rising revolves around weekly events where completing tasks — brewing potions, collecting notes, and the like — earns you rewards such as extra XP, Portkeys, and books.


The ultimate goal is finding the Dark Witch, masquerading as a Brilliant Oddity. Other oddities abound, too, including Brilliant Witch, Brilliant Dark Wizard, and Brilliant Giant Stone Hand.


Dreams Halloween


If you're looking for a more atmospheric experience, Dreams' Halloween event, All Hallows' Dreams, may be for you. The whole thing is user-generated, like the rest of Dreams, and All Hallows' Dreams pops up at the top of the world list when you boot the game up.


Choosing it takes you to a dream world with different scary mansions to explore.


Some are reportedly very scary indeed, though they have their biggest frights confined to the upper floors. Others are just fun, creepy haunted houses to explore, complete with pumpkins carved by other Dreams players and a costume zone.


Call of Duty Halloween 2020 — Haunting of Verdansk


Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare share a Halloween event in 2020: Haunting of Verdansk. The event runs from October 20 through November 3. It's a multi-pronged event featuring crossovers with SAW and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but some of it does come at a cost.


If you want the film crossover treats, you'll have to shell out for the SAW and Chainsaw Massacre bundles, both of which include skins, items, and weapons inspired by their respective franchises.


Activision promised more Halloween-themed bundles for the in-game store, including the new Dr. Karlov bundle focused on regional Verdansk folklore and a Grim Reaper bundle.


In addition to Trick or Treat crates with Halloween items galore, Haunting of Verdansk adds night modes to event maps, zombie battle royale, scavenger hunts, and much, much more.


[Source: Call of Duty]


Minecraft Dungeons Spooky Fall Halloween Event


Spooky Fall is coming to Minecraft Dungeons from October 26 until November 3 with challenges and rewards galore.


Seasonal Trials are summoning up ghoulish mobs for players to take on. If that weren't spoopy enough, the event turns down the lights with Night Mode — but only until the event ends.


Completing the Season Trials earns exclusive seasonal weapons and gear, whether Night Mode is enabled or not.


Elder Scrolls Online Halloween — Witches Festival 2021


Elder Scrolls Online's annual Halloween Witches Festival is back once more with double XP and plenty of treats to go around. ESO's 2020 Witches Festival runs from October 22 at 10 a.m. EST through November 3 at the same time.


If this is your first time taking part, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown Store and earn the Witchmother's Whistle item. If you already have it, just select it from your collections to get started.


Using the Whistle kicks off a two-hour period of bonus XP, but there's a lot more.


Players can earn new mementos, furnishings, and Dremora and Hollowjack-themed items through Plunder Skulls earned in battle.


Bosses drop Dremora Plunder Skulls with extra goods, including treasure maps and pages for the Grave Digger weapon style.


There's the final evolution of the Indrik, a costume gala, grab bags, deals, and more. Check out the full details on the ESO event site.


Overwatch Junkenstein 2020


Overwatch's Halloween Terror 2020 event, aka Junkenstein 2020, is live now through November 3, bringing the Junkenstein's Revenge Brawl back alongside new skins and more.


Baptiste and Ashe are added to the brawl mix as playable characters this year, and there are weekly challenges to take on to earn new skins.


These are the new Legendary skins for the Halloween Terror 2020 event:

  • Karasu-Tengu (Genji)
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  • Dai-Tengu (Hanzo)
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  • Werewolf (Winsto)
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  • Flying Dutchman (Sigma)
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  • Shin-Ryeong (D.Va)
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That's in addition to three new Epic skins:

  • Fantasma (Sombra)
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  • Stone (Brigitte)
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  • Ragdoll (Echo)
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Here' the schedule of events.


October 13-20

  • Vengeful Ghost — get chased by ghosts
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  • Frenzied Stampede — chase down fast-moving zomnics
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October 20-27

  • Volatile Zomnics — zomnics explode when you get close
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  • Three They Were — take on missions with just three characters
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October 27-November 3

  • Mystery Swap — heroes get randomly changed
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  • Shocking Surprise — shock tires spawn from defeated enemies
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Overcooked! 2  Moon Harvest Festival


Overcooked! 2's Halloween celebration isn't technically Halloween-themed. It's in honor of harvest and autumn celebrations throughout eastern Asia, but it's fall-ish, so it works.


Better yet, it's a free update with no end time, and the content will appear in Overcooked! All You Can Eat for next-gen consoles.


Overcooked! 2's Moon Harvest Festival introduces new kitchens themed around water and lily pad obstacles. There are five new levels total, plus three succulent-looking mooncakes to add to the menu.


Doom Eternal Halloween 2020


Doom Eternal's Halloween 2020 event is pretty straightforward. Until October 29, log in every day, complete campaign missions to earn XP, play Battlemode, and complete weekly challenges to unlock skins. Challenges refresh every Thursday.


These Doom Eternal skins include:

  • Halloween Slayer
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  • Black Widow Mancubus
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  • Webenant Revenant
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  • Cultist Marauder
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[Source: Bethesda]


Dragalia Lost — Postmortem Panic


Dragalia Lost's Halloween event for 2020 is Postmortem Panic, a series of increasingly difficult challenges with a slew of rewards. It's live from October 12 at 2 a.m. through October 19 at the same time, but the event rewards can be claimed until October 26 at 1:59 a.m.


Postmortem Panic divides its missions by difficulty. Completing all the challenges at one tier earns battle charts and stratagems for unlocking the next level of quest.


Some of these are special dragon battle challenges, pitting adventurers against the toughest of foes like Astral High Mercury.


Victory earns wind and water tomes to unlock new skills for certain characters, while completing quests earns primal crystals used for treasure trading.


[Source: Nintendo of America]


Splatoon 2 Halloween Splatfest — Splatoween


Splatoon 2 is hosting a Halloween Splatfest called Splatoween, where the Tricks face off against the Treats. The special Splatfest kicks off on October 30 at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST and runs through November 1 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST.


During the event, players can get their tentacles on some Halloween Splatoon 2 gear, including:

  • Kyonshi Hat
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  • Li'l Devil Horns
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  • Hockey Mask
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  • Anglerfish Mask
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These will be available via a Switch News article, so make sure you're signed up to get Splatoon 2 news on your Switch system. 


Star Citizen: Alpha 3.11 High Impact and Halloween


Star Citizen's Alpha 3.11 update includes a bounty of additions, and among them is Star Citizen's first-ever Halloween event. It kicked off earlier this month and runs through Halloween on October 31.


During the event, players can earn Halloween helmets and a special Day of the Vara Cutlass skin. There's a cosplay competition and even a pumpkin carving contest with plenty of "sweet prizes" in store for those who take part.


Borderlands 3 Halloween — Bloody Harvest Returns


Borderlands 3's Bloody Harvest Halloween event is back for October 2020. The ghoulish festivities run through November 5, and it's easier than ever to get your hands on some sweet, ghastly gear.


To kick things off, head to Sanctuary III, and speak with Maurice. Maurice tasks you with collecting Hecktoplasm from haunted enemies, easily spotted by their ghostly green glow.


Defeating haunted enemies spawns specters you'll need to defeat as well, and that's when you finally get ahold of Hecktoplasm.


After collecting enough of Hecktoplasm, Maurice opens the gate to Heck, where you can chat with Captain Haunt to access a number of quests, through which you'll earn Bloody Harvest items and cosmetics.


This year, the Bloody Harvest quests are less demanding than before, making it easier to get loot.

  • 4 challenges completed  “A Shrinking Feeling" weapon trinket
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  • 8 challenges completed  "Message from Beyond" ECHO Device skin
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  • 12 challenges completed  "Haunted Look" shared Vault Hunter skin
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  • 15 challenges completed  "Porphyrophobia" weapon skin
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Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2020


Destiny 2 brings back the Festival of the Lost and the Haunted Forest for 2020, with new weapons, triumphs, armor sets, and cosmetics for Exotics to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Festival of the Lost 2020 is free for all Destiny 2 players and runs from October 6 through November 3. 


Festival of the Lost 2020 adds new perk rolls for the Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story, plus new sets for a few classes:

  • Hunter — Lycanthrope Set
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  • Warlock — Daywalker (vampire) Set
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  • Titan — Promethean Set
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On the official Festival of the Lost blog post, Bungie provided more information on the Halloween event. The Spider is a new NPC that gives players Cipher Decoders that unlock special chests at the end of The Haunted Forest. The chests are worth pursuing because they contain Legendary items specific to the Festival of the Lost. 


Rounding things out, there are new Sparrow skins available, as well as festival masks and vanity items for various armor sets, including broomsticks and witch hats. 


Resident Evil Resistance October Update


Resident Evil Resistance has a big October update in store, which is basically a Halloween update without actually being called a Halloween update.


Jill Valentine joins the ranks of the Survivors, with powerful weapons and her characteristic dodge mechanic from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake. And as is only fitting, Nemesis itself is a playable Mastermind for the first time. Players control Nemesis through playing as Nicholai, another new Mastermind.


The Prison is a new map added in RE Resistance's October update, and the Uptown Raccoon City and Bemusement Park maps get a remix with new layouts.


Finally is a slew of new costumes and weapon skins, Survivors' perks and customizable abilities, and Mastermind traps.


[Source: Capcom]


Grounded October Update


Grounded’s October update adds ziplines and more to the survival game, including some Halloween-themed items. The initial announcement is relatively light on details, but players can expect decorations, recreational items, and doodads to use with friends. These include harvestable Candy Corn and a new landmark in the Frankenline, which is described as "a creepy discarded Etch-a-Sketch you can actually draw on."


Aside from washing The Backyard in a spooky glow, the October update for Grounded does a lot on the backend as well, including fixing a handful of bugs, fine-tuning combat, and unlocking new perks. You can see the full patch notes here


Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath  All Hallows' Eve


Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath is getting some Halloween goodness with the All Hallows’ Eve character skin pack. It’s available now and is free for Aftermath owners. Those who haven’t upgraded to Aftermath yet would need to purchase the expansion, which also unlocks the Summer Heat and Femme Fatale packs from earlier in 2020. 


Mortal Kombat 11’s All Hallows’ Eve skin pack trailer highlighted three of the included skins. One is the “Blizzard King” outfit for Sub-Zero, and then there’s the part-werewolf part-school spirit “Beast Within” skin for Johnny Cage. Then there’ “Bad Medicine” for D’Vorah, turning the Kytinn fighter into a spidery nurse from hell. 


It’s not certain if Warner Bros. is adding anything else to Mortal Kombat 11’s Halloween event, but we’ll update if something new turns up.


Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Halloween


The Halloween fun isn’t limited to New Horizons, as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp celebrates spooky season in its own way. The 2020 Pocket Camp Halloween event features a number of special activities with ghoulish treats on offer for those who complete certain goals.


Jack comes around and demands sweet treats. Hand over bat-themed lollipops to get bat furniture as a reward, and plant pumpkins during the month’s Garden Event to nab hatbats. Jack offers exclusive items such as mystical pumpkins in return.


Taking part in the October Fishing Tourney nets some goodies as well, with potion-themed furniture on offer every time players reach a size goal with the fish they catch.


Then there’s a fright night gyroidite scavenger hunt, new Happy Home classes and challenges, wall and carpet sets, special cookie items and more. The Pocket Camp Halloween and October events are live now.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Halloween update is available to download for free now, and it’s bringing more than just the Czar of Halloween to the island. 


Animal Crossing patch 1.5 paves the way for Halloween by adding Candy as an item players can purchase from the Nooklings’ store and pumpkins as growable DIY fodder.


The patch 1.5 trailer shows players planting, watering, and harvesting at least four different pumpkin varieties and then using them in various Halloween-themed DIY recipes.


On Halloween night (October 31), Jack himself visits the island. It’s not clear yet what he requires of the player, but all the residents will be lurking about, asking for Candy and showing off their costumes.


The patch adds new skin tone options for players to look their creepy best as well. We’ll update with more information about what New Horizons Halloween brings to the table as it becomes available.


Monster Hunter: World Iceborne — Fun Fright Fest


Capcom’s brewing up a special Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Halloween event called the Fun Fright Fest, part of the hefty Title Update 5. It runs from October 15 at 8 p.m. EST through November 5 at the same time and is exclusive to the expansion.


The Autumn Harvest Fest is returning to the base Monster Hunter: World game, but Capcom hasn’t said much about it yet.


Fun Fright Fest (starting at 7:06 in the above trailer) sees the Seliana Gathering Hub decked out with spooky furnishings, and the handler dons a Cute Demoness outfit to celebrate the occasion. There are two special ticket types to collect during the event and trade in for loot: the Fun Fright Ticket and the VIP Fun Fright Ticket. 


The former get doled out as daily login bonuses for the MHW Halloween event and can be used to craft armor with Decoration slots. Players can exchange the latter for in-game decorations and Layered Armor, but these are only available as random item drops. Both ticket types can be exchanged for Melding Tickets too.


There’s at least one new set of armor coming to the Fun Fright Fest, Demon Lord Alpha+. Wearing pieces of this armor set increases the chance of getting VIP Fun Fright Tickets.


Capcom may reveal more about Monster Hunter: World Iceborne’s Fun Fright Fest as the start date approaches, and we’ll update if that happens.


Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection


It wouldn’t be Halloween without Killing Floor 2’s annual Halloween celebrations, and 2020 is no different. This year’s Halloween event is Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection, and it brings treats galore, including new weapons, maps, and cosmetics.


Infernal Insurrection’s new map is Hallmark Station, a twisted take on London’s famous King’s Cross Station. Hallmark Station has been overrun by zeds, of course, and players must team up with fellow mercenaries to take down the demonic threat. Hellmark Station includes Survival, Endless, and Weekly modes.


Two new HRG weapons make their debut in Killing Floor 2’s Halloween event.

  • HRG Scorcher (Firebug class bonus) — a flare gun that marks targets by setting them on fire
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  • HRG Arc Generator (Survivalist class bonus) — fires EMP blasts in short bursts or powerful charges
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From now until November 10, Killing Floor 2 is also introducing a number of Halloween events, objectives, bonuses, and cosmetics.


October 2020 is upon us, which means it's time for scary movies, The Simpsons Tree House of Horror, and Halloween events in all our favorite video games! While we're still on announcements from Overwatch and Apex Legends, games like Killing Floor 2Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and MHW already have their in-game-event plans laid out for the spooky season.


From new weapons and outfits to new DIY recipes and Palico Halloween costumes, there are plenty of tricks, and even more treats, in store for the witching month. 


Games that haven't announced Halloween plans yet likely will in the coming weeks, and we'll update this list of Halloween events when that happens. Be sure to bookmark this and check back throughout October!

Call of Duty: Warzone Contraband Contracts Guide Fri, 12 Jun 2020 11:44:41 -0400 JosephYaden

As part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Season 4 update, its battle royale component, Warzone, has gotten some new content, as well. One of the new additions is Warzone Contraband Contracts, which offer players a unique way to earn loot and goodies to help survive against the enemy. 

However, Warzone doesn't do a great job of explaining how the new contracts work. In our Contraband Contracts guide below, we'll explain what they are, how to initiate them, and how to complete them effectively.

Call of Duty: Warzone Contraband Contracts Guide

Accepting a Most Wanted contraband contract in Call of Duty Warzone.

What are Contraband Contracts?

Contraband Contracts are a new type of Contract in Call of Duty: Warzone. Specifically, they give you the chance to earn a new weapon blueprint by collecting the contraband and delivering it to the LZ. It's similar to delivering cash in the Plunder game mode. 

The blueprint will then be added to your list, giving you new weapon types to try out later on. These weapon blueprints are exclusive to Contraband Contracts, so if you want a new shiny weapon to show off to your friends, you'll need to complete these contracts. 

How to Find Contraband Contracts in Warzone

Contraband Contracts are marked with a blue icon with an arrow in Warzone.

Finding Contracts isn't too complicated, but you'll need to have some patience. Unfortunately, they only appear as random drops after completing a regular contract, so make sure you complete as many as possible.

In our first game in Season 4, we had to complete two contracts before a Contraband Contract appeared. After that, we completed four contracts and couldn't get one to spawn. In other words, it truly is random.

You'll be able to spot a Contraband Contract by an icon indicated by a blue arrow pointing up. It will appear as a blue box, so grab it to start the contract.

If you're having trouble, it's recommended to work with a team to complete the easier contracts like Scavenger Hunt and Recon. If you're really good at the game, you may be able to blow through the Bounty Hunter contracts, but those are far more skill-dependent. 

We had much better luck when the whole team was working towards completing contracts, as opposed to going solo. 

Keep in mind, other players can take you out and steal your Contraband Contract, and vice-versa. If you're an aggressive player, this might be the best way to go about obtaining one. 

How to Complete Warzone Contraband Contracts

You'll need to drop contraband contracts off at the helicopter after it lands at the LZ.

The hardest thing about Contraband Contracts is actually finding them. Once you've initiated the contract, you'll be tasked with delivering the contraband to the LZ, where a helicopter will land and collect it. Do it quickly, because other players can steal it from you.

Once you get to the LZ, you'll need to drop off the goods and wait for the chopper to arrive. Make sure you're in a safe place where you can not only watch the chopper, but also other enemies who may be scouting you out. When the chopper arrives, run up to the LZ and interact with it once more to acquire a sweet new blueprint.

You'll need to go back to the main menu to equip it, just like with other blueprints. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season Three Deploys Today Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:37:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 3 is live today. The initial update brings with it new modes, characters, weapons, and a new move for your battalion's doggo assistant, plus there's a new mode for the free-to-play Call of Duty Warzone.

Warzone is adding a Quads mode to Battle Royale and Plunder, where you can team up with three other players to accomplish your missions. This download is separate from Modern Warfare, so you don't need to own that game if you want Warzone's Quads mode.

Activision will be adding new weapon-specific loot and new playlists to Warzone as the season progresses, too.

Modern Warfare players get three new 6v6 maps:

  • Talsik Backlot
  • Hovec Sawmill
  • Aniyah Incursion

There are two new, free weapons to earn as well: the Renetti Handgun at Tier 15 and the SKS marksman rifle at Tier 31. Both are highly customizable and just the start of Season 3's new weapon additions.

Today's update (re)introduces Alex as a playable Operator, but you'll need to buy the Battle Pass to access him, and a new Finishing Move for Riley once he's reached Tier 20.

Then there's the usual glut of new skins included, plus a range of skins and Finishing Moves you can purchase with CP if you have the Battle Pass.

PlayStation 4 Modern Warfare players get exclusive new content in Season 3, though. The first piece is the Shoot House survival map, and PS Plus subscribers get the Warzone combat pack for Modern Warfare and Warzone:

  • Epic Operator skin for Wyatt
  • Epic sniper rifle blueprint
  • Epic handgun blueprint 
  • Epic tactical knife 
  • Epic weapon charm
  • Animated Calling Card 
  • Spray 
  • 60-minute Double Weapon XP Token

You'll find it under the PS Plus section of the PlayStation Store.

Finally, the update introduces a load of bug fixes. You can check out the full patch notes on Infinity Ward's website.

That's just the start of Modern Warfare Season 3, and the full details on everything included are over on Activision's website. Activision has a lot more planned, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare news as it develops.

Call of Duty Warzone Plunder: How to Dominate Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:53:00 -0400 Jason Coles

Call of Duty: Warzone is here. It's big, it's loud, and it's full of money. In fact, it's so full of money that there's a separate mode within it that's all about collecting and depositing money. It's called Plunder. 

Imagine how hard saving money is normally with bills and student loans and then throw guns and team-based tactics into the mix. That's Plunder, and you're going to want to know what it's all about if you want to dominate.

What is Warzone's Plunder Mode?

A bag of cash sits next to a downed player in Warzone's Plunder.

Plunder is a bit like Warzone's primary battle royale mode but instead of killing everyone on the battlefield, your goal is to collect and then deposit as much money as possible. Like Team Rumble mode in Fortnite, you'll just respawn if you die.

This makes it a little less intense than the main Warzone mode. It also means there are a few key differences, such as the circle doesn't collapse. Instead, you've got the whole of Verdansk to explore. 

How to Play Plunder and Get the Most Money

Players carry cash bags to a helipad drop point.

To play and win in Plunder, you need to get cash, and there are a few different ways to do so. 

Killing Enemies

This one is the most obvious and probably the one you'll be doing most of the time. Killing an enemy makes them drop some of their cash on the floor. Drop them and pick it up to add to your stockpile. 

Cash Drops

Planes will occasionally fly overhead and drop cash during the match. These crates are easiest to spot by keeping an ear out for planes flying overhead, or by looking around for the green smoke trails that come off of them. 

You can also spot them on the map by looking for the dollar sign in a box; they get dropped across the map simultaneously, and they usually have killstreaks and other items in them as well.

Attack Choppers

Plunder matches have a Bonus Round. During this time, you may spot some black helicopters in the air. Destroy them, and they'll drop a lot of cash. But keep in mind that they'll definitely fire back with the on-board machine guns, so stick to cover where possible. 


You can also find cash as loot around the map, as well as inside loot boxes. The mantra here is: never stop looting. Check anywhere and everywhere for cash. You'll often find the supply boxes indoors or tucked up against walls. This means it's always worth heading inside where you can, just to clear the place out. 


You can also try and complete contracts, which can be found all over Verdansk. To find them, open up your Tac Map and look for the magnifying glass symbol. Contracts will give you special missions to undertake, and completing them will result in a big payout. 

There are three types of contracts: bounty, recon, and scavenger. Bounty contracts have you hunt down a specific player in a certain amount of time. Recon contracts are basically small games of CTF. Scavenger contracts entail finding supply boxes across Verdansk. 

Rob Banks

Finally, you can rob banks in Plunder. The National Acropolis Bank branches spread around the map might still have cash inside. This can be a great way to get money fast, but keep in mind that it will set off an alarm that will alert other players to what you're doing. 

What to Do With All That Cash

Once you've got your hands on a chunk of cash, you'll need to deposit it. You can either use the Cash Deposit Helipads or the Cash Deposit Balloons. Helipads will be marked with a small piggy-bank, and you can deposit unlimited amounts of cash. You can only deposit a limited amount of cash in balloons. 

Helipads become available once one of the teams has a total of $300,000, while the ballons are a special field upgrade that can be found in loot boxes or bought at buy stations

General Gameplay Tips

Players robbing a National Acropolis Bank branch.

As the aim of Plunder is to get cash, you should do everything you can to further that goal. That means doing everything you can to protect your own team and take out others.

Keep an eye out for wide-open spaces, as you'll draw fire for crossing them. Also, make sure to act as a squad at all times, which will help deter ambushes. 

Whenever another team is doing particularly well, their approximate position will be marked on the map. It's important to stop other teams from pulling too far ahead, so it's worth tracking where these teams are and going in and taking them out if you're worried they're too far ahead.

The actual score leaders will have a crown over the circle, too. If you see a money bag over the circle, that means the team has a lot of cash on them, take them out as well. 

You can actually win Plunder without ever depositing your cash. To do so, one of your team members has to gather $1,000,000 without depositing it. If you can manage that, then the money will automatically be deposited.

The key to this style of play is to know who is going to be carrying all of your money, and then making sure you keep them alive. Think of it a bit like playing a support role and you'll be much more successful. 

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That's it for our Call of Duty: Warzone guide to Plunder. Now you know what the mode is, how to play it, and how to win. Check out our other Warzone guides here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on CoD: Warzone.

How to Survive in Call of Duty: Warzone — Tips and Strategies Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:42:58 -0400 Sergey_3847

Call of Duty: Warzone is not your typical battle royale. Of course, the main objective is to kill all enemies, but staying alive is just as important, especially if you're playing Plunder. This guide will provide you with tips and strategies on how to survive in the warzone of Verdansk.

Below, we'll go over jump strats, why armor matters, why dying is different than other battle royales, the role of buy stations, and other general survival tips. 

Jump as Soon as Possible

Drop in to Verdansk quickly to maximize loot pick ups.

Warzone gives you complete control over your landing spot, so opt to jump off the plane as soon as you can. Considering where other players are jumping, this strat gives you an advantage over other players to find better loot in a zone before anyone else.

To jump below the plane, move straight down while falling and delay your parachute for as long as possible. But don't forget to open it up before hitting the ground.

If you're specifically looking to land at a certain location, then you can artificially prolong your falling, which becomes almost horizontal, by repeatedly opening and closing your parachute. 

Use Armor Plates

Although the HP system in Warzone is flexible and allows players to heal without the use of health kits, using armor is essential. 

Each extra armor piece adds +50 health to your overall health pool, and you can use up to three plates simultaneously. These are indicated by the blue gauges on your health bar.

You can pick up armor plates from loot crates or dead players. You can also replenish your armor by pressing "4" on PC, "Y" on Xbox One, and "Triangle" on PS4. You can do this continuously. 

Get a Second Chance in the Gulag

It's not that easy to die in Warzone. Well, at least not as easy as in other battle royale games.

Here you don't die when your health bar is depleted. Instead, you get downed, giving one of your teammates the chance to revive you. You will need to be shot a second time to actually die. 

However, even if you die, you get a second chance in the Gulag, which is a separate arena where you meet other "dead" players. You fight one-on-one, and if you survive, you return to Verdansk to continue the game. 

The Gulag is a circular room with walls, so it's a matter of seconds before you kill or get killed. Here are a few tips on how to survive the Gulag:

  • Be patient and never rush into a fight. Wait for your opponent to attack first.
  • The Gulag gives you either a pistol or a shotgun, so master these weapons with the help of bots.
  • Chase down your opponent and try to attack your enemy from behind. If they can't spot you, then you win every time.

Don't Neglect Buy Stations

Buy station redeployment ribbon.

Besides loot crates and dropped loot from the dead players, you will encounter buy stations. These stations not only allow you to purchase items, but they also pay for your teammate's redeployment, among many other things. 

This means that your friends can revive you with money, even if you died in the Gulag.

Buy Stations can also provide you with loadout drops. These are essential for surviving in Warzone and ultimately winning the game. Here's everything to know about buy stations

Before buying a loadout, it is recommended you create some custom loadouts prior to the match. You can check some of the best loadouts right here. If you don't have any custom loadouts, then the game will offer the default ones, which aren't too bad.

Tips for Combat Survival

Here are a few tips on how to survive during the actual combat:

  • The best way to quickly dodge any attack is to slide sideways.
  • Always crouch when you move inside buildings, otherwise, enemies will hear you coming.
  • Use map markers (ping) to let your teammates know where you are. This may save your life.
  • Use killstreaks and perks that compliment each other for maximum efficiency. 
  • Lastly, find a good spot inside or on top of a building and camp out. There is no shame in it. Though be ready to move if enemies find you out. 
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Call of Duty: Warzone's Best Guns and Best Loadouts Guide Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:44:41 -0400 Sergey_3847

The free-to-play battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone brings on a whole new challenge for all the fans of this franchise who skipped out on Fortnite, Apex Legends, or PUBG.

Now you can find all the weapons you need in loot crates. This guide will provide you with the list of the best guns in Warzone and give you tips on the best possible loadout for each of them.

In Warzone all weapons have the same bullet drop-off and handling. This means that you need to focus on the most accurate long range weapons, such as assault rifles and sniper rifles. Below you will find the best of these and more.

Best Assault Rifle: Oden

  • Magazine: 20 rounds
  • Fire mode: Full-Auto/Semi-Auto
  • Ammo: 12.7×55mm

This may not be an obvious choice, but pro players do miracles with this AR. It has huge damage and range, which is exactly what you need in a battle royale.

The ammunition is designed to hit hard, although it may influence the fire rate. But with special attachments it can do no wrong at mid and long ranges.

If you are a new player, then the best choice would be M4A1. It has a slightly lower damage, but will prepare you well for mastering Oden in the future.

Best Loadout
Attachments Oden Factory 810mm (Barrel)
VLK 3.0x Optic (Optic)
Oden Ultralight Hollow (Stock)
Rubberized Grip Tape (Rear Grip)
30-Round Mags (Ammunition)
Perks Battle Hardened
Tune Up



  • Magazine: 25 rounds
  • Fire mode: Full-Auto/Semi-Auto
  • Ammo: 9mm Parabellum/5.56 NATO

If you're looking specifically for a weapon with a high fire rate, look no further. Although AUG is a perfect SMG for close combat and high mobility, it becomes completely nuts with a scope attachment, and will be able to hit as far as assault rifle without losing its accuracy.

With special ammo its damage scales up the further the bullet goes, so it's important to consider something like a thermal scope for long range engagements, which makes gunfights even more intense.

Best Loadout
Attachments 622mm Long Barrel (Barrel)
Thermal Hybrid (Optic)
FFS Heavy Stock Pro (Stock)
Rubberized Grip Tape (Rear Grip)
5.56 NATO 60-Round Mags (Ammunition)
Perks Battle Hardened
Tune Up


Best Shotgun: R9-0

  • Magazine: 14 shells
  • Fire mode: Double-barrel pump-action
  • Ammo: 12 Gauge

A shotgun will probably never be your primary weapon unless you love to play on a quirky side. All jokes aside, there is no better secondary weapon than R9-0 shotgun.

It has high damage and is easy to handle, which makes it an indispensable weapon in close combat. You want to combine it with an assault rifle, such as Oden or M4A1 as your primary weapons.

Best Loadout
Attachments Forge TAC Gemini (Barrel)
5mW Laser (Laser)
FSS R9-0 Bulldog (Pump)
Granulated Grip Tape (Rear Grip)
Ranger Foregrip (Underbarrel)
Perks Battle Hardened
Tune Up



  • Magazine: 100 rounds
  • Fire mode: Fully-automatic
  • Ammo: 7.62×54mmR

Machine guns combine the accuracy and long range of the assault rifles, and the fire rate of the SMGs. While in the case of assault rifles you can switch between fire modes, here you can only go fully automatic, which may change the way you approach match-ups.

With the PKM machine-gun you can get as aggressive as you need to. However, it is important to keep your distance and shoot enemies from afar.

At times it may take a lot more than your standard hundred bullets, but with a few proper attachments you can turn this into a real meat-grinder.

If you go for an RPG rocket launcher as a secondary weapon, then you can take out vehicles, too.

Best Loadout
Attachments Compensator (Muzzle)
6.9” Extended Barrel (Barrel)
Merc Thermal Optic (Optic)
Commando Foregrip (Underbarrel)
150 Round Belt (Ammunition)
Perks Amped


Best Sniper Rifle: HDR

  • Magazine: 5 rounds
  • Fire mode: Bolt-action
  • Ammo: 12.7×108mm

There is an entire movement of battle royale players that play exclusively with sniper rifles. This is their main weapon, and if you want to try it out, then pick up HDR as your primary weapon.

It hits hard and one-shots anyone in the range, and that range is really long. Obviously, when talking about close range, then sniper rifle will do you no good, so opt for an SMG or a pistol as your secondary weapon.

Best Loadout
Attachments Monolithic Suppressor (Muzzle)
26.9" HDR Pro (Barrel)
Tac Laser (Laser)
Thermal Dual Power Scope (Optic)
FTAC Stalker-Scout (Stock)
Perks High Alert
Tune Up


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That's it for the best guns and best loadout guide for Warzone, and for other Call of Duty Warzone guides, check out the list above.

Will Modern Warfare's Rumored Battle Royale Mode Deploy Soon? Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:25:50 -0500 Jason Coles

Let's be honest: Call of Duty and secrets don't go well together. They simply never last.

The latest not-so-secret secret concerns the upcoming Battle Royale mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. At this point, the existence of the mode is more fact than fiction. Not only has it been leaked by all the usual dataminery but also by the game itself, thanks to a greyed-out menu found just after Season 2 dropped last week.

Well, it looks like the newest rumor is that Modern Warfare's battle royale mode will drop in March. Reportedly, it's called Warzone. 

This all comes off of the back of a report from VGC, where sources say that the mode is a few weeks away, but that it is indeed coming. It will apparently unlock via the aforementioned greyed-out menu option, but it will also be released as a standalone game for free. 

Apparently, the proper marketing for the mode will kick off sometime this week, with North American content creators visiting the studio and prepping videos for the official reveal is.

The concept of a free Call of Duty mode is certainly enticing, and no doubt the aim of the mode is to draw in new players and get them to buy the Modern Warfare reboot. It's likely to work, though it also means that many people will simply be getting a new battle royale game to play for free. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the not-so-classified Modern Warfare battle royale mode in the coming days and weeks. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Drops Care Package of Info for Season 2 Battle Pass Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:30:00 -0500 Jason Coles

We're at the beginning of a new season in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and that can only mean one thing: a new Battle Pass. Infinity Ward released new information on the Modern Warfare Season 2 BP, which is out today. 

Whether you decide to buy the premium version or just stick with the free one, there's lots of loot to unlock whether you're playing on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. But what do you get for the price this time around? 

As was the case with the previous Battle Pass, this season's new weapons are available in both the free and paid tiers, with the Grau 5.56 unlocking at Tier 15, and the Striker 45 unlocking at Tier 31. Players in the free tier will also be able to earn 300 CoD points and other goodies, such as charms and cards. Oh, and everyone will get access to the Rust map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The premium Battle Pass will have a huge slew of cosmetic items and currency, but for the most part, you can be safe in the knowledge that CoD hasn't gone pay-to-win. 

Players in this tier gain access to Simon "Ghost" Riley, the game's new operator, alongside a new Operator mission. On top of that, there are 100 Tiers of unlocks, Operator skins, tokens, and 1,300 CoD points. 

So, for just $9.99 (or 1,100 CoD points) there's still a couple of good reasons to invest your hard-earned money if you're going to be playing a lot of Modern Warfare

Also, just in case you missed it, you should have a read up on whether or not there will be a new entry in the series this year (yes, obviously there will be, but there are more details in the link above, I promise). 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on the Call of Duty series and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as it develops. 

Activision Confirms New Call of Duty for 2020 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:04:08 -0500 Jason Coles

In an earnings call this week, Activision Blizzard confirmed that we will be getting another Call of Duty game. I know, shocking stuff. The franchise has seen yearly installments since 2005. The only time it didn't was between the first Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2, between 2003 and 2005.

We've previously reported that CoD 2020 could be called Black Ops, retaining the naming convention of last year's title. We've also reported that it's changed studios (for sure) and might be called Black Ops 5 (not for sure). It's certain, though, that we'll learn more in the coming months. 

As expected, sales figures for Modern Warfare were also discussed during the earnings call, and Activision is currently not expecting Call of Duty 2020 to sell as well as last year's reboot. 

Since these types of calls are often meant to make stakeholders feel better about upcoming projects, it's a touch odd that Activision is not expecting the next installment of CoD to do as well as the last installment. However, setting expectations lower could mean that this year's entry could be doing something different, which is always a nice change of pace.

It could also just be because Modern Warfare generated $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2019, which is an astounding figure to try and match this year. 

For more Call of Duty, be sure to check out our review of the latest Modern Warfare. While other critics were mostly pleased with the first-person shooter, we were a bit less enthused. 

If you're of that variety and looking for something genuinely different in the world of shooters, you could always have a look at our list of the most exciting FPS games of 2020.

Whether or not Call of Duty delivers and does something new in 2020, or sticks to the same reliable formula, at least we can always rely on other developers to keep pushing the genre forward as a whole. 


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season One Live, Brings Supply Drop of Freebies Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:11:21 -0500 Jason Coles

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't messing around, at least not when it comes to the content updates. Season One is now live, and with it comes the single largest free content drop in the history of the series, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment. 

It includes four multiplayer maps, three new spec ops experiences, and two new free weapons as well. Perhaps the most exciting part of this for series veterans is the return of Crash, from the original Modern Warfare.

This map is predominately what you expect, but it's also had a few new areas added to keep things fresh. 

This Activision blog post details everything that's coming to the game, and it includes another two classic maps in the form of Vacant and Shipment. So, that should keep fans of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare happy. 

Activision has also given some more details about Modern Warfare's Battle Pass system, which will allow players to unlock over 170 new items, assuming they're tenacious enough to play their way through the ranks. 

Naturally, the Battle Pass comes with both free tiers and paid tiers, but that's standard stuff at this point thanks to games like Fortnite. A new edition of the game has also been announced, but one that includes some in-game currency so that you can buy the Battle Pass among other things. 

If you're not sure about playing the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, then you should probably have a read of our review to find out if it's the right game for you or not. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as it develops. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Prestige Guide Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:51:29 -0500 John Schutt

Prestige in Call of Duty Modern Warfare has changed. In the soft reboot of the franchise, we now have Officer Ranks. This Modern Warfare tips guide will walk you through what you need to know, including the level at which you "prestige" — or move from Enlisted Rank to Officer Rank. 

Of course, reaching maximum Prestige has been one of the calling cards of any hardcore Call of Duty player since the system first appeared in Call of Duty 4. The system garnered a loyal following, and each year since the release of at least Modern Warfare 3, influencers gathered together to race their way to max level.

How to Prestige and Enter Officer Ranks

However, that changed with 2019's entry to the franchise. There is not a traditional Prestige system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Instead, once you reach Enlisted Rank 55 by playing well or grinding (whichever term you prefer), you enter Officer Ranks, a seasonal system separate from Enlisted Rank, the base leveling system.

Here are the basics:

  • Officer Ranks last only as long as their season, resetting at season's end and leaving you at Enlisted Rank 55.
  • You will never lose your Enlisted Rank, meaning so long as you reach the base level cap of 55, you will never go below that rank.
  • Because you can never go below level 55, you will never lose access to any of your weapons, challenges, camos, streaks, or anything else you earned on your way there.

Previously, the draws of going through each prestige level rank were the various cosmetic upgrades and class unlocks you nabbed along the way. That's not to mention the general fun of going through the equipment trees again.

While you'll never lose access to weapons, attachments, or perks with the Officer Ranks system in Modern Warfare, you could simulate the process by taking everything off and playing with your guns naked. Not that you'd want to, but the option's there.

What Do You Get with Officer Rank Prestige?

Even with the loss of some progression systems, you'll still have content to chase after. All the standard challenges remain. 

  • There are still hundreds of weapon camo skins to grind for.
  • You're not likely to have every weapon at max level by Enlisted Rank 55, so you'll be missing a ton of attachments you can acquire in Officer Rank.
  • Daily challenges and long-term missions for XP, weapon blueprints, emblems, watches, and more are still available

Each Officer Rank season will also carry with it new unlocks, blueprints, maps, events, and other content that will become available over time.

Officer Challenges and Emblem Progression

As of writing, two of the main grindable elements found in Officer Ranks are the Officer Challenge and Emblem progression. Completing one challenge earns you a seasonal Ribbon, and when you collect 10, you'll nab a Season Emblem.

As you continue completing Officer Challenges, you'll keep collecting ribbons, and every 10 allows you to upgrade your Season Emblem one step. Reach 100 Ribbons, and you'll max out your emblem, evolving it to an animated version that signals your mastery of the season.

What's Already Dropped Since Release?

Right now, we've seen one large content drop, bringing:

  • Two free multiplayer maps
    • The small, frantic Shoot House and Ground War's Krovnik Farmland.
  • An additional game mode into the Quick Play rotation
    • Hardpoint.
  • Plenty of weapon tweaks via patching.

As of now, that's all you need to know about how to prestige in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, as well as at what rank you can expect to unlock the "prestige" Officer Ranks. 

The developers at Infinity Ward promise much more to come as the year goes on. Time will tell if the content will be worth continued player investment, but for now, things are moving at a healthy pace.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Review: Marching in the Shadow of Call of Duty 4 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:11:49 -0400 John Schutt

2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has a lot to live up to. Too much, probably, for most fans of the series who remember 2007's Call of Duty 4

In many ways, this new title can't possibly be the CoD 4 of our time. The original game helped reinvent — or straight up define — the multiplayer FPS space entirely. This new Modern Warfare doesn't attempt to one-up its predecessor or any of the other games in the series. Instead, it opts to pay homage to them the best it can.

Success on that front is tough to come by. The campaign tries to equate shock value with establishing character moments, lacks a robust and memorable cast, and generally fails to create a world of its own.

The multiplayer is also a mixed bag. There are plenty of moments where players feel powerful, and where the gunplay and pacing work wonders for the proverbial fun factor. Sadly, the maps, along with several core design philosophies, get in the way of making Modern Warfare the modern take it could be.

The co-op Spec Ops mode, though one of the three pillars of gameplay present on the game's main menu, is more a side dish that's good a few times with friends. It, like the story and multiplayer components, fails to stand alone in a game trying to be so much more than the sum of its parts.

Modern Warfare Review: A Story Needs So Much More

Historically, Call of Duty campaigns are short affairs, with mildly political stories told across five or six hours. Their casts are usually small, but each character receives some defining moment. The story is also typically sprinkled with more minor arcs that round out each character's personality. 

The stories in Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2, though briefly told, still managed to capture the imagination. Through compelling inciting incidents and unique beats, players experienced intense but deftly crafted narratives punctuated by quiet moments of relative calm. The pace, in other words, gave players the time to reflect on their choices, on the events that had just occurred. It gave them time to wonder what might come next.

This year's Modern Warfare has few such moments. Everything is some form of high-stress scenario, whether things happen "quietly" or not. More importantly, when the story has such levity, it's usually relegated to pre-rendered cutscenes. And where a better story might allow events to show the state of a character's mind, we are told it, bluntly and pointedly.

That's not to say there isn't subtlety to be found in Modern Warfare. The first house-clearing mission makes no overt statements. Instead, it allows the people in the house to speak through their actions.

It's a striking sequence, one that made me uncomfortable with its gravity and the knowledge of its reality. There is no music, only the sounds of people, some of whom know what is coming, others who want it to go away. By the end of the mission, I understood what kind of message Modern Warfare wished to send, and I hoped it could do so without losing itself to more established tropes.

On the whole, I would be disappointed. But when the game called on me to do a second room-by-room house clearing, my initial discomfort had waned to a mild apathy. I assume that was at least partly the point.

The trouble was, my apathy at that moment wasn't relegated to only acting through the sequence. It had also grown to encompass everything else I'd done previously, lulling me into the mindset of, "Well, I'm playing Call of Duty again." 

Endless waves of faceless enemies. A cartoonishly evil villain I knew I'd end up dramatically killing. Characters trying to convey more complex emotions than those of a cardboard cutout. All of the story beats I've seen a thousand times before. 

Some of that I could forgive if I didn't feel like the game was preaching to me at almost every turn. Rather than allow me to make my assumptions and value judgments, Modern Warfare told me what I should think about this or that terrible thing. Even the moments that were supposed to be poignant ended up feeling precious, too wrapped up in their gravitas to understand that sometimes less is more.

All of that said, I won't go so far as to say the campaign is bad by recent Call of Duty standards. It's probably better than most of what we've had since the original two Modern Warfare titles. But I cannot call it "well done" when a game like Titanfall 2 exists and packs more character and narrative quality into a shorter timeframe.

2019's Modern Warfare has its moments, and when they land, they land well. It's just a shame they only do it one or two times, and only for a short while.

A Team Too Far

The multiplayer aspects of Modern Warfare — Spec Ops and the competitive online modes — suffer from many of the same ills as the single-player.  

Spec Ops, for its part, is too short to build on the story told in the campaign, and what story exists is somehow even less interesting. This mode is more a sequence of challenge encounters than anything resembling a narrative, though that might be the point.

"Classic" Spec Ops in Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare followed a similar system, extracting different arena's from the campaign and putting players through different takes on how they played.

Like the new campaign, however, Spec Ops feels like it's missing a solid direction, lacking as it is in anything to keep players invested over time. The fact that the reward structure won't be ready until November doesn't help either. Perhaps the worst sin Spec Ops commits is how unforgiving it is. Earlier iterations allowed some room for error, and if you made a mistake, there was still some way to salvage the situation.

In Modern Warfare, a single wrong choice can and will end otherwise good runs, especially as a solo player. It sometimes feels like "No team, no Spec Ops," and even though I could field a full squad, sometimes I want to try something for myself. I have no doubt I could beat every level on my own, but unlike previous games, I don't have any desire to.

Modern Warfare's multiplayer eschews much of the design philosophies that define earlier Call of Duty titles in favor of a slower, more measured experience. Footsteps are louder and easier to follow. Holding a position is more effective than covering the whole map. Patience is rewarded over all-out aggression. In a game where everything else worked toward that end, I would probably be over the moon for it.

That's not the case here. 

First and foremost, because of the more "realistic" color palettes on both maps and player models, sometimes I can't see my enemies beyond the browns and grays all around them. 

Then my character calls out "Enemies in the area!", as though I should know where and how to look down a sightline where they could be any number of gray splotches on my screen.

Secondly, the maps leave a lot to be desired. They lack easy ways to move between lanes, and most of the areas cater to long-distance engagements. Cover is haphazardly placed, entire sections of some maps are unused, and there are too many places to hide that serve no purpose beyond being hiding places.

The spawn system is also aggravating, especially so on the larger maps. Sometimes you will spawn in at the far end of the map and need to run for 30 seconds or more to get in on the action. Other times, on the same maps, you'll spawn right across from an enemy, or even looking directly at them.

Weapon balance needs a significant tuning pass, as well. Right now, not even a week from release, the community has settled on a viable meta. It's called the M4A1 assault rifle. There is little reason to use anything else, unless you want to use the 725 shotgun, itself a broken mess than can one-shot people from ludicrous distances. 

Using either gun, broken though they are, is incredibly satisfying. Using most of the weapons in Modern Warfare is a lot of fun. They're punchy, weighty, they sound great, and racking up even a few kills grants a feeling I don't think I've experienced in any other shooter of recent memory.

The killstreaks are fantastic, too. They're tougher to get, but when you do, you feel powerful, raining death and destruction with the press of a button. The higher-value streaks can and will melt entire teams at least twice over, which makes earning them worth the struggle. They'd be even better if the maps were better suited for airborne support.

I can say I enjoyed my time with the multiplayer generally, but not in the same way I have with previous games. It lacks the pizazz I'm looking for, and the frustrating parts are so much more frequent than the fun ones. It's a shame because when this game does shine, it does so brightly.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Review — The Bottom Line


  • Great gunplay 
  • A moving score 
  • Moments of brilliance that almost make the entire experience
  • Lackluster story and characters
  • Below-average map design
  • Frustrating mechanics that get in the way of moment-to-moment fun

If you want Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to be the return to form the series seems to need, I think you'll be disappointed. From its story to its multiplayer, there are too many things that needed addressing before release, and too many aggravations with what we can play.

As it currently stands, I would give the game a few months to fix what issues it can. There's a real gem buried in here. I hope we see it someday.

[Note: A copy of Call of Duty Modern Warfare was provided by Activision for the purposes of this review.]

Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Installing Shaders Error Fix Wed, 30 Oct 2019 10:25:41 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest installment of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been experiencing issues with its installation process. Many players report that during the first installation, the game sticks at the "installing shaders" step. This guide will give you a few tips on how to fix the "installing shaders" error.

But even if you manage to install the game, the bug can return and pop-up during gameplay, which can be fixed only when Activision releases an official fix to the problem.

Method 1: Restart Installation

Many players whose installation process got stuck at the "installing shaders" stage report that a simple restart of the installation helped.

Here's how you can do it efficiently:

  1. Cancel the installation
  2. Go to launcher
  3. Select Modern Warfare
  4. Click on Options tab
  5. Press Scan and Repair
  6. Install the game

This simple solution should help you go through the "installing shaders" step a second time. Hopefully, you won't get stuck again. 

Method 2: Lower Your Graphics Settings

If the dreaded message pops up during gameplay, you can simply reduce your graphics settings to "Low" or "Medium" for a time being. When Activision releases the actual fix, you can return to your desired settings.

If you don't want to reduce your graphics settings, then you can follow these steps to turn off the message:

  1. Go to Campaign menu
  2. Press "I understand"
  3. Start a story mission
  4. Select Pause Installation
  5. Return to gameplay

This bit doesn't solve the problem; instead, it simply postpones it. But at least you can keep your graphics settings intact. You will also be required to do this every time you play the game before the issue gets fixed by the developer.

For more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare guides, please see the list below:

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Perks Guide: Loadouts and Weapons Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:53:19 -0400 GS_Staff

Call of Duty Modern Warfare has a lot of perks to choose from. Many are connected to your loadout. Though, there are a few specific to your weapons. Every perk provides a certain advantage on the battlefield. Some keep you hidden from enemy radar, while others allow you to reload faster or use killstreaks for one less kill. 

You get three perks slots in Modern Warfare, with each perk falling into a particular category. As expected, you can have three perks active at one time. However, you can also swap out your perks during a match, allowing you to adapt as other players unveil their tactics. 

Below, we lay out all of the game's perks we know about so far. Since Modern Warfare just released and we're currently working through the game, this guide will updated as we discover more. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Loadout Perks List

Perk Slot 1
Perk Name Unlock Level Description
Double Time Lvl 1 X2 Tactical sprint duration;
30% increase to crouch movement
E.O.D Lvl 1 Hack claymores, Proximity Mines, C4;
take less dmg from fire, non-killstreak explosives
Overkill Lvl 8 Carry two primary weapons 
Scavenger Lvl 18 Get ammo from dead players for resupply
Cold-Blooded Lvl 29 Undetectable by targeting systems,
thermal optics
Quick Fix Lvl 42 Increase health regen by killing players,
capturing objectives, holding objectives

Perk Slot 2
Perk Name Unlock Level Description
Restock Lvl 1 Recharge equipment over 30 seconds
Hardline Lvl 1 Killstreaks cost 1 less kill
High Alert Lvl 11 Vision pulses when enemies outside of
your line of sight see you
Ghost Lvl 24 UAVs, drones, and heartbeat sensors can't detect you; Snapshot Grenade immunity
Kill Chain Lvl 34 Killstreak kills count to more killstreaks;
resets when you die
Pointman Lvl 49 Killstreaks can turn into score-streaks

Perk Slot 3
Perk Name Unlock Level Description
Tune Up Lvl 1 Field upgrades charge 33% faster
Amped Lvl 1 Swap weapons and reload rocket
launchers faster
Shrapnel Lvl 13 Spawn with +1 Lethal Equipment; your explosive dmg delays enemy health regen
Battle Hardened Lvl 26 Reduces impact of enemy flash, stun, and EMP grenades
Spotter Lvl 38 See enemy equipment, field upgrades, killstreaks through walls; mark them with ADS
Tracker Lvl 51 See enemy footprints, enemy death locations; hide death locations of enemies you kill

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Weapons Perks

While you can have three loadout perks active at one time, you can only have one weapon perk active at one time. Additionally, weapons perks take up an attachment slot.

As you play more and level up your character, you'll unlock more weapons perks, just as you unlock more loadout perks. These are the ones we know about as of this writing.

Perk Name Description
Burst Changes fir mode to 3-round burst
Burst Fire Enhanced 3-round burst + improved fire rate
Fast Melee Attack faster with melee weapon
FMJ More bullet penetration; dmg against equipment
and killstreaks increased
Frangible [Disabling] Bullets slow enemy movement; enemy super sprint
briefly disabled when shooting enemy legs
Frangible [Wounding] Briefly delays enemy target healing
Heavy Hitter Melee stuns enemies much better
Mo' Money Headshots give more money and XP
Presence of Mind Gives you infinite breath (e.g. Iron Lungs)
Sleight of Hand Reload weapons faster
Stance Training Crouch/prone increase accuracy


That's all you need to know about perks in Call of Duty Modern Warfare. If we come across any other perks while playing the game, we'll be sure to update this guide as quickly as possible. 

While you wait for our Modern Warfare review, be sure to check out our other Modern Warfare guides, as well as our multiplayer beta impressions from a few months ago. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Killstreaks Guide Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:16:43 -0400 GS_Staff

It's little surprise that Call of Duty Modern Warfare has killstreaks, especially considering this is technically an adjacent remake of Call of Duty 4. If you've played previous games in the franchise, you know that killstreaks provide important bonuses that can turn the tide of any multiplayer match.

From strategy to tactics, killstreak advantages have myriad uses; put together in the right ways, and put into the right hands, they can help create unstoppable builds. 

Below, we've outlined all of the killstreaks in Call of Duty Modern Warfare. We've laid them out by the number of kills you need to activate them. Additionally, we've provided the rank at which you can unlock them, as well as a small description of what they do. 

CoD Modern Warfare Killstreaks

Killstreak # of Kills Rank Unlock Description
Personal Radar 3 kills Lvl 1 Pings nearby enemies
Shield Turret 3 kills Lvl 1  Manual turret w/ shield
UAV 4 kills Lvl 9 Reveals enemy locations
Counter UAV 4 kills  Lvl 36  Scrambles enemy maps,
impairs enemy senses
Care Package 4 kills  Lvl 28  Gives random killstreak
Cluster Strike 5 kills Lvl 1 Fires mortar cluster
Cruise Missile 5 kills Lvl 45 Player-controlled missile
Precision Airstrike 5 kills Lvl 15 Two jets lay waste
Infantry Assault Vehicle 7 kills Lvl 44   Manned light vehicle 
w/ .50 cal
Sentry Gun 7 kills Lvl 13 Automated turret
Wheelson 7 kills Lvl 23 RC airburst turret
Emergency Airdrop 8 kills Lvl 41   3 random killstreak packs
VTOL Jet 8 kills Lvl 20 Fires missile barrage,
protects player
White Phosphorous 10 kills Lvl 51 Drop incendiary on battlefield
Chopper Gunner 10 kills Lvl 1 Control assault chopper,
has turret, missiles
Support Helo 11 kills Lvl 5 Heavy helo patrols map,
has two turrets
Gunship 12 kills Lvl 31 Devastating gunship
Advanced UAV 12 kills Lvl 48 Shows enemy location
and direction
Juggernaut 15 kills Lvl 55 Jugg assault gear + minigun

And there you have it: all of Call of Duty Modern Warfare's killstreaks in one easy to access place. Make sure to bookmark this page for quick reference. For more on Modern Warfare for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, be sure to check back for our official review coming sometime next week, as well as a handful of more Modern Warfare guides

Until then, you can see what we thought of the multiplayer beta, which is essentially what you can expect in the release build. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Economy Outlined, Doesn't Include Loot Boxes Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:08:25 -0400 GS_Staff

A few days ago, we reported that Call of Duty Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes. Today, Activision doubled down with a blog post on the game's official website. Instead, the developer says that Modern Warfare will implement a battle pass, similar to those found in Fortnite and Destiny 2

The blog post goes on to outline what will be available in the game's battle pass system. They clearly state that players can earn "all functional content that has an impact on game balance," by playing the game. There will be no pay-to-win systems in Modern Warfare

We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system.

All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.

The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying. Battle Passes will launch timed to new, post-launch live seasons, so you can unlock cool new Modern Warfare-themed content that matches each season.

With the new Battle Pass system, players will be able to earn COD Points by playing the game. 

There will be both a Free Stream and a Premium Stream of content in the Battle Pass System in Modern Warfare. New base weapons will be earned through gameplay, simply by playing Modern Warfare. Functional attachments for base weapons can be unlocked through gameplay as well just like in the game’s Beta.

The Battle Pass and the In-Game Store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance.

According to the post, the battle pass will not release with the game on October 25. Activision wants to focus on the game's launch while giving players time to play through the game, earning rewards detached from a battle pass system. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare will release on October 25 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For more on the upcoming first-person shooter, be sure to check out our beta impressions ahead of our official review. Then watch this awesome Spec Ops trailer to get hype for the game's multiplayer offerings. 

Source: Activision

Modern Warfare's Base Game Won't Devour Your Hard Drive, Though DLCs Might Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:06:49 -0400 GS_Staff

A few days ago, we reported on the PC requirements and specs for Call of Duty Modern Warfare. We, along with a few other publications, noticed that the game was said to take up a whopping 175GB of hard-drive space.

As it turns out, our collectively nonplussed reactions were kind of, sort of unnecessary. Today, Activision clarified that players won't actually need that much space to install and play the game. At first, anyway. 

In a recent blog post, David Hodgson, editorial manager at Activision, said that 175GB is what the developer recommends players have available to experience everything Modern Warfare has to offer, now and in the future.

In other words, 175GB includes future DLCs as well. Hodgson said:

In each of the Specs, the HDD references HD space of 175GB. 175GB is the storage space we recommend players keep available in order to download the post-launch content we’ll be bringing to Modern Warfare. At launch, the initial download will be smaller.

Though Hodgson admits the install size of Modern Warfare's base game will be smaller than 175GB, he does not provide any information on what that size might be. For reference, last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 required an 80GB install size. Using that as a baseline, we can deduce that Modern Warfare's size will be in the same ballpark.  

We've reached out to Activision for comment, but we have yet to hear back. We will update this article once we learn more. 

For more on Call of Duty Modern Warfare, which is set to release on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, be sure to check out everything we know so far

Source: Activision

Explosive Modern Warfare Spec Ops Trailer Turns Hype to 12 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:36:59 -0400 GS_Staff

As we approach the launch of Call of Duty Modern Warfare on October 25 (yep, it's just around the corner), Activision is steady dropping new trailers left and right. 

A few days ago, it was Modern Warfare's epic launch trailer set to Metallica's Enter Sandman that blew us away. Now, it's an incredibly action-packed glimpse at the shooter's Spec Ops mode. You can see all of the action above. 

Not only does the trailer show the return of what looks like the Mile High Club mission from Call of Duty 4, but it also shows various other combat zones, such as airports, city streets, municipal buildings, vaults, and a whole lot more. 

Oh, and there's a nuclear warhead because of course. 

Dubbed by Activision as the "next evolution in Spec Ops," the mode includes 4-player co-op across massive missions and operations. As we've known for some time, Modern Warfare's single-player and multiplayer elements will be interconnected via a "unified narrative experience," and Activision says that Spec Ops will be a crucial part of that

According to an official blog post about the mode, Activision says that: 

A greater evil has taken over the Eastern Hemisphere, and it is up to the global alliance Armistice, a joint force of Allegiance and Coalition operators led by Kate Laswell (CIA) and Sergeant Kamarov (FSB), to stop and sever a global terror organization’s access to weapons, funds, intelligence, and hardware.

Activision has also confirmed that many multiplayer killstreaks will be available in the mode. There will also be several vehicles available. The official blog post mentions airstrikes and UAVs as two killstreak rewards, and tanks, helicopters, and ATVs as three of the mode's available vehicles.  

Spec Ops will also feature Operations and Missions. Featuring 4 players on a single team, Operations are vast and expansive — think something similar to Operations in Battlefield 5. Missions are a bit smaller and can be completed alone or with a team. According to Activision, Missions will have specific challenges for players to complete and will include a star ranking system. 

Other multiplayer modes will sync with Spec Ops, as well. Progress made in multiplayer will "carry over" to Spec Ops, where "operators, load-outs, and progress," will be available. 

Finally, Modern Warfare will have a horde mode of sorts. Called "Special Ops Survival," this mode will allow players to team up with three friends (4 players total) to face waves of enemies across three different maps. The only catch is that the mode is a timed PS4 exclusive until October 1, 2020, which is a bummer for Xbox One and PC players. 

Most of Modern Warfare's Spec Ops mode will be available on all platforms when it launches on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you've not already pre-ordered the game, be sure to head over here and secure your copy ahead of time.  

In the meantime, be sure to check out our beta impressions ... as if you needed more reason to be on the hype train. Stay tuned for our official review in the coming weeks.  

Source: Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Impressions — Mostly on Target Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:29:38 -0400 John Schutt

This past weekend, everyone with a PS4 had the chance to try out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's multiplayer beta. We took on the franchise's first 10v10 mode on Grazna Raid, detonated EMPs on Hackney Yard, and generally got a feel for how Night Vision gameplay felt. 

Going in, there was no end to my list of questions: How would gameplay feel? How effective were the killstreaks? Were the maps any good? Was it satisfying to use the guns? Did the game perform well? 

Here are my impressions from about eight hours with the game over the weekend, touching on gameplay, map design, and overall enjoyment.

Solid, Grounded Gameplay

From what I played, I can safely say that the jumpy, floaty, incredible pace of previous Call of Duty titles is significantly pared back. Your soldier feels heavier, the guns have more weight, and getting around generally takes more effort than other games. 

I think that's both a good and bad thing.

On the one hand, Call of Duty is often at its best when it embraces the arcadey games that birthed it — Quake, Doom, and other early FPS games. On the other, there's something incredibly satisfying about the punch and weight of Modern Warfare. There's a deeper sense of immersion when everything seems to take effort to accomplish.

And that's not for everyone. There's a reason the original Modern Warfare, and Black Ops 2, are remembered as fondly as they often are. Neither game had any pretentions about what kind of experience they were selling. They eschewed a substantial sense of realism for power fantasy, fast pace, and moment-to-moment thrills.

Modern Warfare's gameplay is something of a hybrid. On the smaller maps and in more constricted game modes, instant action is still very much the order of the day. It still feels like Call of Duty: fast time-to-kill, quick, responsive controls, the occasional killstreak, and generally high-pace. 

Jump to the larger maps and more open modes and suddenly, everything slows down, as might be expected. What I wasn't expecting was how quickly players would gravitate to the close-quarters areas. The long sightlines and open fields got almost no use save for the occasional sniper.

Players spend their downtime avoiding — or at least minimizing — the time they spend in large areas. It's something I found myself doing as well, if only because I'm about three times worse when playing on the sticks. 

Frequently enough, I was more comfortable in spaces where I had some amount of control over my own destiny. I knew when and where enemies would appear and respond accordingly. The large maps, when they felt large, robbed me of that sense of control. 

Another player with another playstyle (I'm a rusher, often to my death) probably feels exactly the opposite. The large, open field and the long streets of Grazna Raid are a sniper's playpen, or really for anyone with good aim. Frustrating as it might have been for me never to use a portion of a map, I think the general population will have plenty of places to play.

While we didn't have the opportunity to try out vehicles in the PS4 beta, we should in the cross-platform beta this weekend. We'll be getting our hands on the Ground War game mode starting Thursday.

Neo-Classic Map Design

Infinity Ward made something of a stir when they announced a departure from the classic, more symmetrical three-lane map design philosophy. While they clarify that overall, the three-lane design remains, symmetry is out the window to avoid the arcadey-ness I mentioned above.

I was concerned that even with the core design thinking intact, maps wouldn't be as nuanced, or that they'd play poorly.

In practice, that's rarely the case. None of the 6v6 maps lost much to the subtraction of symmetry. Even 10v10, spaces were compartmentalized enough that hot zones still developed, movement patterns became predictable and safe, killstreak-call-in locations were plentiful. 

Of the maps on offer, I cared for Azhir Cave the least. The cave clutter, lights, and general flow were too haphazard for my tastes. The map fell into the old trap of "not enough ways to move between lanes" that plagued many Black Ops 3 maps. It forced players into sightlines and into hidey-hole to await their prey.

On the flip side, the Hackney Yard map was my favorite. It has everything I want out of a Call of Duty map. There were plenty of sightlines and ways to traverse, so I always had options for attack or defense. There was ample airspace for killstreaks to do their work as well.

Hackney Yard also played to the strengths of some of Modern Warfare's new mechanics — from doors to its new equipment types — while maintaining the fundamentals that make CoD maps work.

The other two maps fell somewhere in the middle. Docks played a bit like Hackney Yard, but like Ahzir Cave needs more traversal routes, and there's almost too much clutter. The visual noise sometimes makes it hard to pick out what is and what isn't an enemy.

Grazna Raid is also a mixed bag. I like the center area filled with its broken buildings and verticality, but I could do without the large field on the one side. That said, I don't know if the map isn't much bigger than saw Strike from CoD4 or Plaza from Black Ops 2. It just feels bigger because of the layout.

If Modern Warfare can introduce even a few more maps like Hackney Yard — large scale or otherwise — we'll have a great game on our hands.

Improvements Needed

Thankfully, the Modern Warfare beta was just that: a beta. Several things need tending before it's a game I could sink hundreds of hours into. It does seem like the developers are listening to help make such dedication a reality.

Just two days in, Infinity Ward reenabled the minimap after player outcry. While I didn't feel its exclusion as someone better at the game, the experience was rather odd without it. I found myself looking to the top left of the screen often, only to find it empty.

And while I wasn't as bothered by a lack of minimap, what did frustrate me were the spawns. I kid you not: I watched an enemy player kill me as one of my teammates spawned almost inside him. To add insult to injury, those two kills were in the final killcam, and you could hear my teammate spawning just after I died.

The number of times I entered the fight with an enemy either looking at me or otherwise close was almost comical. I sincerely hope spawn logic receives a long look before launch.

Performance on a base PS4 also left something to be desired. I don't feel like I was pushing a stable 60 FPS for even a minute of my playtime, and CoD at 30 FPS is like playing in quick-drying concrete. I felt like textures, draw distance, and overall fidelity were also heavily compromised in ways previous games haven't been  at least this generation.

Lastly, and this isn't something that has a good answer, I think UAV spam is a bit much. That's likely because it was one of the only streaks players could equip, but I know from experience that a three-kill UAV (with Hardline, in this case) is asking for the announcer's throat to go dry. 

The callouts were non-stop, and if Modern Warfare has as many people running UAV as previous games, I'm almost a proponent of taking out the minimap. At least as long as a UAV puts it right back. There's always one in the sky anyway.

Overall Verdict of the Beta

If Infinity Ward wanted to get people back into Call of Duty, this is the best chance they've had to reinvigorate the franchise since Modern Warfare 2. No game on the market does quite what CoD does quite as well. Some titles offer similar experiences, sometimes much better experiences, but none that capture the old magic. 

Based on the beta alone, it's not a perfect game by any means, and I can see old-school fans of the series turned off by some of the design choices. The maps are hit and miss as well, as can be the movement system. I'm on the fence myself, unsure whether to embrace this slightly more realistic take on an old formula or retreat to what's familiar.

It's a good game, though. Not the game people expected, and maybe not the one they wanted, but one worth trying at least once.

Hurry! We're Giving Away 15 Call of Duty Modern Warfare Beta Codes Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:39:26 -0400 GS_Staff

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare beta period is almost here! In less than two days, those who pre-order certain version of the game will start to get access to the early beta period on PS4. Those on PC and Xbox One will get access starting September 19. 

But if you enter using the widget below, you don't have to pre-order to get early access to those beta periods. However, you have to act fast. Since we JUST got codes, we're only running this giveaway for the next 36 hours!

Each action will give you a certain amount of entries, meaning the more actions you perform, the more entries you'll get, and the greater chance you have at winning.  

Please note that must be 18 years or older to enter

Any of the information provided below is only used to contact you in the event you are chosen as a winner. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Pre-Order Beta Giveaway

When We’ll Announce Winners:

There will be 15 Call of Duty Modern Warfare beta keys given away and the winners will be announced September 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The contest closes at 6:30 a.m. EDT on September 12. 

How Do You Redeem Your Code? 

Per Activision: 

  • You must redeem code at
  • You can then pick the version of the game/platform you want to play on, and you will be sent a code for that specific platform
  • You can then use your code and start playing on the dates below

When Do the Pre-Order Betas Begin? 

Per Activision, this is when the pre-order codes we are giving away will be useable for each platform: 

  • PS4
    • Sept 12-13
  • Xbox
    • Sept 19-20
  • PC
    • Sept 19-20

Codes will only be useable during the days listed above per Activision.

The open beta periods for each platform will begin shortly after each of the dates above, so you'll still have access anyway. To see the specific dates for each open beta period, head here