Call of Duty: Modern Warfare might be getting a battle royale. At least, that’s in case you’ve been following the leaked pictures, trailers, and unintentionally-revealed menu choices which were popping up these days. Naturally, Activision are a bit miffed over these leaks. The writer has taken a scorched-earth method to stamping out these rumours – slamming takedown notices in opposition to leaked pictures and issuing a subpoena in opposition to Reddit to resolve Call of Duty’s worst-kept secret.
If Activision weren’t planning on cultivating a battle royale rumour-mill, they’ve executed an terrible job of it. That Season 2 of Modern Warfare arrived with a “confidential” menu merchandise doesn’t even scratch the floor – VGC reports that gamers have discovered their approach into an enormous atmosphere stuffed with well-liked Call of Duty areas, very like Black Ops 4‘s personal battle royale map.
One of the extra telling items of proof was a picture posted by Redditor Assyrian241O, claiming they “found this image online. Not sure what it is. Possibly Battle Royale.”
They’ve since deleted their account and the picture has scrubbed from Reddit – however as soon as one thing hits the web, there’s no placing it again within the bag. The picture beneath, reposted by Twitter person Carson J Kelly (by way of Eurogamer), reveals a number of gruff gunmen atop a crashed helicopter with the title Call of Duty: Warzone.
CALL OF DUTY WARZONE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISE pic.twitter.com/tXW912vhqM
— CARSON J KELLY (@CARSONJKELLY) February 12, 2020
Activision haven’t been taking these leaks too properly. There’s the standard response, in fact – eradicating movies and pictures from the web, together with a YouTube clip of a participant wrangling their approach into the mode’s tutorial. A megathread accumulating each identified leak now notes that Activision have filed copyright in opposition to the “majority of the source material” linked within the thread, and compelled the removing of all pictures within the publish.
It’s a dense thread, even in its chopped-up state. The publish hints at many Apex Legends-style options, from pings and respawns to the concept of a “jumpmaster” who controls the staff’s flight path.
TorrentFreak reports that the publishers have gone even additional, issuing a subpeona in opposition to Assyrian241O. This would require Reddit to share their private particulars in order that, I’d assume, Activision may take harsher actions in opposition to the leaker – and whoever gave them the saucy data.
Activision are understandably inside their proper to guard their launch. They’d relatively launch Warzone, or no matter it’s they’re cooking up, on their very own phrases. But this mess has hardly earned the publishers a lot goodwill. Commenting on the megathread, Reddit person DougDagnabbit feels Activision have dealt with the state of affairs within the “worst way possible”.
“I’m sure they didn’t intend on any of this to happen, but the public opinion of them has definitely gone down since everything started, and everyone knows the current public opinion on Activision isn’t exactly great.”
It’s maybe unlikely that Activision can be profitable of their subpeona. Last 12 months, as Gizmodo stories, the “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society” tried an identical trick to try to establish an nameless person posting damning non secular works on the location. Courts again then discovered that, as an American website, Reddit customers are protected by the First Amendment’s proper to nameless free speech.
After all this, although, I’m positively satisfied that Warzone doesn’t exist. Absolutely sure. Totally certain. Yup.