Modern Warfare has sort of redeemed the Call of Duty franchise after a series of lackluster launches from Activision. Personally, this is the most fun I have ever had with a CoD title since Black Ops 3. Starting with Modern Warfare the series will drop the season pass with paid maps which means all post content launch will be free and accessible for everyone.
Modern Warfare’s first big update brings a new map, Shoot House 24/7. This update also brings a lot of balance changes, major ones we will cover below.
Firstly game lighting has undergone a slight change so players can see enemies better, this is very minute and most players won’t be able to differentiate. Claymores can be annoying to deal with and the devs have nerfed them a bit, with the new update shooting claymores point-blank won’t kill you.
Player voice cues are universal in the game, so if your character spots an enemy and shouts “contact!”, the enemy player hears it too. This is problematic for obvious reasons and with this update, the devs remove the enemy player’s ability to hear you. The field of view to trigger the callout for your team has also been reduced. Footsteps have also been reworked and the devs have reduced its volume at a distance and behind objects, again a very slight change.
Coming to weapons, the dreaded 725 shotgun finally gets a nerf with a reduced damage range, for 725 players this means less 1 hit kills at distances. All 5.56 Assault Rifles including the M4A will be slightly nerfed, with reduced damage at range and increased hip fire spread. In SMGs, the UZI has been buffed dealing more damage at range. This covers the most important parts of the update, you can, however, read the full changelog below.
Backend fixes to prevent crashes and improve stability across all platforms, include dev errors, and various performance fixes.
Fix for a few bugs where some streaks and Field Upgrades were able to be flown out of bounds without penalty. General out of bound fixes were also added.
Fix for a bug where a player being killed by an enemy with a Variable Zoom Scope would not see the zoom function in the killcam
Fix for the Semtex warning audio being heard at the same volume whether in a building or outside
In Headquarters, players were able to place a Tac Insert and respawn when their team owned the point. This has been fixed.
Fix for various collision issues across maps
Added UI that shows when XP events are active in playlists menus
Sprint and Tactical Sprint speeds are now back to speeds in Beta
Fix for a bug where the progress of the bomb defusal can be seen by the team that planted the bomb
Fix for a bug that revealed players to UAVs when they fired their weapons, even if they had Ghost and a silencer equipped
Fixed an issue where if multiple Personal Radars were active on a team, and are both marking the same enemy, only one player would see the enemy on their minimap.
Fixed an issue where the throwing knife and Thermite weren’t causing the shield to go on the player’s back when thrown. We’ve also fixed the issue where explosive splash damage wasn’t working consistently. We’ll continue to tune the Riot Shield in future updates.
Detonating an enemy claymore with bullets is now non-lethal when at full health. We’ve also reduced the trigger and damage radius and also reduced the damage width to better match the trigger width.
Removed the ability for enemies to hear when they’ve been called out by the opposing team. We also adjusted the enemy callouts so they are never from your Operator. Enemy callouts now use a more restricted cone at the hip and even more restricted in ADS when calculating whether or not to trigger. We’ll continue to monitor this and make additional tweaks to Battle Chatter in future updates.
Slight increase to recoil while mounting.
E.O.D. now clamps damage to a non-lethal amount, assuming the player is at full health
Continued updates to player visibility in dark windows and dark areas.
We’ve increased the occlusion percentage to filter footstep sounds behind geometry and adjusted the footstep volume at a distance. We have another large footstep change coming in the next update which will make crouch and ADS movement significantly quieter. Stay tuned!
Daily Challenges and Active Missions are getting a full sweep of testing and fixes. We’ll have more updates to these systems in future updates.
Fix for a bug where the Infiltrator challenge was not tracking properly
Fix for launchers not giving XP when shooting down killstreaks
Fix for a bug where planting or defusing 5 bombs in Cyber Attack or SnD was not tracking properly
Camo challenge for “Kills After a Reload” didn’t give the player enough time to acquire a kill, so time has been increased
Fix for a bug where your XP require to reach the next rank was higher than the value needed
725 Shotgun: Increase to ADS and Hip Spread, reduced damage range
M4A1 Assault Rifle: Reduced damage range, small recoil increase
Assault Rifles: Increased hip spread to reduce effectiveness up close, less damage at long range for full auto 5.56 rifles
SMGs: Increased move speed, increased ADS move speed, small reduction in sprint out time
UZI SMG: Increased damage range
MG34 LMG: Increased hip spread, damage range reduction, small ADS slow down
M91 LMG: Increased hip spread, small damage range reduction
PKM: Increased hip spread, medium damage range reduction
Pistols: Increased move speed, reduced sprint out time, increased damage range
Crouch and Prone no longer adjust recoil
CALL OF DUTY LEAGUE
Updated rulesets for CDL competitive modes in private match
Fix for a bug where a player could use lose their primary weapon and would be unable to see their ViewModel after being revived by a teammate
Fix for a bug where players would sometimes be unable to pick a spawn location
Fix for a bug where a Tac Insert could cause players to spawn on the enemy home base
Pick up Intel! – In the Operations, explore Verdansk to find additional backstory information of Verdansk and the Operators.
Fix for scoreboards displaying incorrect data
XP adjustments and general backend fixes
Various fixes for out of bounds and parachute exploits
Respawn timer no longer stays on screen after teammates are revived from bleedout
Fix for issue where the Munitions were not usable after respawning via Gunship
Fix for losing your weapons when picking up the core
Achievements can now be unlocked in CP
Fix for issue where players could spawn with their weapons in the downed state
Picked up Munitions no longer carry over from match to match. Only the Munitions you purchase with points will.
When respawning via the Gunship, you will no longer be given the Tank role
Selecting an Allegiance Operator or Allegiance as a favorite faction will now properly assign the voice of the correct operator
Operation Headhunter: Fix for a bug where players are not able to lock missiles onto the final boss helicopter
Operation Crosswind: Adjusted stealth for gameplay
Fix for a bug where there was no UI or indicator of where to go or how to finish the objective after defending the 3rd arms crate
Fix for a bug where the default weapon was different than the weapon a player would hold if they were placed in Last Stand