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One of the standout features of the update is the disabling of helicopters in Warzone’s Battle Royale.
It’s unclear if the move is designed to simply add variety to the game temporarily, or if Infinity Ward plans to rebalance helicopters, which are reportedly being used to abuse out of bounds glitches.
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The airborne vehicles have also become increasingly popular as weapons since players realised their blades could be used to down opponents.
Update, May 7: A new Modern Warfare and Warzone patch includes a fix designed to help prevent vehicle exploits.
Update, May 8: The latest Warzone update reintroduces helicopters and adds a new Battle Royale playlist called Stimulus Solos, while Modern Warfare gets Shipment 10v10 and 3v3 Gunfight Knives Only.
Modern Warfare and Warzone playlist update
- Replacing Plunder Trios with Blood Money Trios
- Disabled helicopters in BR
- Removing: GW Reinfected, Cranked 3v3 Gunfight, Ground War
- Shoot the Ship becomes Shipment 24/7
- Gun Game becomes Gun Game Reloaded
- Adding Demolition
- Adding Boots on the Ground War
Original story continues: While it continues to work on fixes for several issues, including an XP bug which results in Battle Passes appearing inactive, as well as connectivity and voice chat problems, Infinity Ward has activated double XP in Modern Warfare and Warzone.
It said: “As a token of our appreciation for your patience while we worked on a few bugs over the weekend, we’ve turned on 2XP, 2X Weapon XP, and 2X Tiers, live now until Friday, May 8th!”
Activision said today that Call of Duty: Warzone has attracted over 60 million players since releasing on March 10, while 2019’s Modern Warfare has sold more copies and has more players “than any prior Call of Duty title at this point after its release”.
The publisher also said the next premium Call of Duty game, which is expected to be a Black Ops title from Treyarch, “already looks great and remains on track for release later this year”.