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Squelching the Noise

We take feedback about communication abuse seriously, and in the past we’ve shipped settings that let customers control their exposure to other players’ avatars, names, and voice/text chat. (You can find these in Settings->Game->Communication and on the scoreboard). The settings are useful, but they have the downside of squelching communication indiscriminately.

So we’ve been working on a new system that will work more precisely. When the new system is fully deployed, players will receive a warning if they receive significantly more abuse reports than other players.

If they ignore that feedback and continue to receive abuse reports, they’ll receive a penalty: they will be muted by all other players by default. This ‘default mute’ state will remain until the player earns enough XP to remove the penalty, but other players can choose to manually unmute the user (as they would any other muted player).

Because the new system is driven by reports, it lets players establish their own standards for communication and ensure that their fellow players receive anonymous feedback when they’re out of line.

We’ve already started tracking players’ reports with the new system, and you can help us by getting into the habit of reporting abusive players for ‘Abusive Communications or Profile’ when you come across them. Note that reports are weighted higher for players that play more and/or report less frequently, so accounts that generate no XP and/or spam reports will have little to no impact.

As always, you can send feedback and/or concerns to [email protected]

Raw Athleticism

The Shattered Web missions for week 10 are now ready to play!

Get 15 default pistol kills in Deathmatch, 20 M4A1-S kills in Guardian: Canals, 5 kills with the enemy’s rifle in Casual: Dust II, 3 knife kills in Arms Race, deal 100 utility damage in Competitive, and earn 5 aces in Wingman.

Easy Peasy.

Call of Duty: Warzone (Released)

Activision has finally revealed Call of Duty: Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale. As we learned from leaks and can now confirm, it’s a standalone battle royale rather than a mode attached to Modern Warfare. Give the trailer a watch above, and then take it for a spin tomorrow. 

150 players will have to fight each other and outrun a deadly cloud of gas in the battle royale brawls, but Warzone’s also launching with a second mode. Plunder is all about getting rich, scouring the map for loot and killing players to steal their cash.

Both modes will take place on Verdansk, which we learned earlier is a new map stitched together from locations both old and new. There’s a city to fight over, but you can also leave civilisation behind and duke it out in Verdansk’s forests and mountains. Activision says the map features 300 points of interest, and each zone has its own landmark, including a lumber yard and a dam. It’s a big map, but you’ll be able to get around faster in vehicles. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find an ATV, tactical rover, SUV, cargo truck, or a helicopter before someone else pinches it.

As well as a novel respawn system that forces players to fight in 1v1 battles in the Gulag for the chance to return—only in the battle royale mode—both modes let you and your squad select a contract, a special objective that will reward you with in-match cash, loot and abilities like seeing the next circle location before the map shrinks. There are different types of objective, including ones where you have to hunt down supply boxes or secure specific locations.

That cash you earn can then be spent at Buy Stations where you can pick up tokens that let you respawn fallen teammates, revival kits that you can use on yourself, and killstreaks. In Plunder, you can also buy balloons that let you deposit your cash so other squads can’t steal it.

More details on both modes will appear tomorrow, along with a more in depth look at the map. Modern Warfare players will get a head start at launch, dropping into Verdansk at 3 pm GMT/8 am PT tomorrow. Four hours later, however, the doors will open to everyone else. Check out the launch map below.

Source: PCGamer