Call of Duty Warzone: Raven Software ready to balance a powerful weapon

Call of Duty Warzone: Raven Software ready to balance a powerful weapon

Call of Duty Warzone

Days and months pass but Call of Duty Warzone never seems to tire. The battle royale of Raven Software and Activision is still breaking record after record with hundreds of millions of users still active today. The title offers three game modes: Battle Royale, Return and Swag, all unique that drastically change the way you play. As you well know, free to play is not without problems, the developers have seen themselves several times fighting against cheaters, bugs of all kinds and much more besides of course the constant balance of the weapons available.

Raven Software has recently made a general check of Season 3, following the feedback proposed by fans deciding to improve everything without distorting the experience too much. So, after the nerf related to the CR-56 AMAX, FARA 83 and Bullfrog the next to join the list is the Streetsweeper, a devastating shotgun that has probably already entered the meta with its ability to be able to "shoot" even enemies.

Through an official tweet, the guys at Raven Software have therefore decided to balance it through the next update. The post does not state anything else, it remains absolutely plausible that the power will be decreased, a bit like it already happened in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War by reducing the maximum damage from 138 to 88. If that weren't enough, the deadly shotgun is the only one with a mind-boggling capacity, even capable of taking out an entire squad without having to load shots.

We're taking a close look at the Streetsweeper in general. Changes are coming in the next update. No details to share just yet.

- Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) May 1, 2021

The Streetsweeper is also one of the weapons most easily found when opening chests during games, and Raven Software will probably fix this as well. In short, to date nothing is known about the possible update, so we invite you to follow our pages to find out some more details.

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'Call of Duty: Warzone' and 'Black Ops Cold War' perks aim to help military veterans get civilian medical jobs

'Call of Duty: Warzone' is adding a new healing game as part of its frenetic online combat action.

Through May 9, players who revive five people while playing 'Warzone' will earn a special Call of Duty Endowment calling card (a special perk to add to your collection).

In 'Warzone' and 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War,' players can also purchase a limited-time Battle Doc Pack ($9.99), which includes a new operator skin, as part of a campaign to bring attention to a real-world issue: the challenges military veterans with medical skills face getting health jobs as civilians.

Proceeds from the special pack, which will only be available until $2 million is raised for the endowment, will go to helping place vets in jobs.

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'Thanks to the reach of our Call of Duty franchise, we have the ability to raise awareness about the unemployment and underemployment affecting veterans, especially medical military service members,' said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in a statement to USA TODAY. He co-founded the endowment in 2009 with Activision Blizzard board chairman Brian Kelly. The company has donated more than $35 million to the endowment.

The Call of Duty franchise, begun in 2003, recently surpassed 400 million games sold. 'Call of Duty: Warzone,' the franchise's take on the battle royale genre made popular by games such as 'Fortnite,' has topped 100 million players.

Between now and May 9, the game publisher will donate $1 (up to $1 million) for each player who earns the endowment card by reviving other players. If 1 million players finish the challenge, all 'Call of Duty: Warzone' player will get a day in which they earn double experience points.

With other in-game promotions and events during May, which is Military Appreciation Month, the #CODEMedicalHeroes campaign hopes to raise $3 million to fund efforts to place more than 5,800 veterans into jobs. A key supporter, the Pilot Company, which has travel centers in 44 states across the U.S., has announced it is donating $100,000 to the campaign, which will fund the placement of about 200 veterans, the endowment says.

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The Call of Duty Endowment Battle Doc Pack, available in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' and 'Call of Duty: Warzone,' has a brand-new Operator Skin, available in May. Proceeds go to help veterans find civilian jobs.

U.S. Army veteran medic Timothy Hobbs is an avid Call of Duty player who helped design the battle doc pack. Hobbs knows about the struggles of military medical personnel in the transition to the civilian workplace.

Hobbs, 39, began researching his post-military career path two years before leaving the Army in 2020 and found it hard to be considered for health care jobs. “We get all this training in combat medicine, battlefield surgery … and we can do all these great things that you read about and make all these cutting edge decisions and it becomes the way of military medicine,' said Hobbs, who was deployed on four combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and on a humanitarian mission in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. 'But on the outside we can’t do any of that.”

Army Veteran Combat Medic Timothy Hobbs Jr., shown with his family (from left to right: Tim, Harrison, Brittany, and Jackson Hobbs) on June 30th, 2020 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sergeant First Class Timothy Hobbs was deployed on four combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and on one humanitarian mission in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria. The Call of Duty Endowment helped the avid Call of Duty player get a civilian job.

The organization Still Serving Veterans, based in Alabama but working across the U.S., connected him with Eagle Harbor Solutions, where he is currently a senior health care analyst.

Hobbs’ story is not unique, says Dan Goldenberg, the endowment's executive director and a retired Navy captain. During the coronavirus pandemic, he contacted one of the endowment’s biggest grantees, Hire Heroes USA, about how placement was going for medics and corpsmen. The group said more than half of the medics and corpsmen wanted to work in civilian health care but couldn’t find jobs, even with Hire Heroes USA's assistance.

At the minimum the military invests $100,000 in training for medical workers, Goldenberg said. “It is staggering to me that there is not a direct route to the civilian health care jobs for them,' he said. 'That stems from the patchwork of red tape across country.'

Still, there were prominent examples of military medical care helping in the fight against COVID-19. Military personnel staffed a temporary hospital set up in April 2020 in New York, overseen by the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital. And the Navy ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort went to the ports of Los Angeles and New York in March 2020 to help treat COVID patients.

Many states have their own certification for various jobs such as emergency medical technician and physicians assistant. But there's some potential breakthroughs on that front, too.

The Supporting Education Recognition for Veterans during Emergencies (SERVE) Act, reintroduced recently by U.S. Reps. Conor Lamb, D-Penn., and Jenniffer González-Colón, R-Puerto Rico, would recognize veterans’ medical qualifications in helping fight the pandemic and creates an intermediate care technician program to help them get jobs with the Veterans Administration medical centers and studies other opportunities beyond the VA system.

Veterans have much to give to health care beyond their medical knowledge, Dr. David W. Callaway, professor of emergency medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center In Charlotte, N.C., and a former physician with the U.S. Marines. “They understand team dynamics,' he said. 'They know when to lead and when to follow and decision making in uncertainty.'

Those with military medical experience can also handle situations health care facilities were confronted with during the pandemic, Callaway said. “What we found in the last year is that we had to make decisions not knowing all the information,' he said. 'People with the military understand that personal accountability. Like health care workers, those in the military have a sense of service and sense of purpose. Vets can come in and bring this resilience.”

Spreading the message of military medicine before tens of millions of young Americans who play 'Call of Duty,' he said, 'changes the narrative. That is important for changing things.'

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