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  1. Winter Siege Calendar [ Week 1 ]




    Call of Duty WWII UPDATES / NEWS [HBS]
    " Winter Siege Calendar "

    Prepare for a Frosty Fight in Call of Duty: WWII’s first community event – Winter Siege. Receive free Supply Drops, join 2XP playlists, play limited-time content, and collect special seasonal gear before Winter Siege ends on January 2nd 2018.

    Winter Siege Week 1


    The Winter Siege features new playlists, Orders, Contracts, bundles, and more every week during our first community event for Call of Duty: WWII. Plus, log in each week to receive a free gift and learn about all the other ways to earn Winter Supply Drops. Gather your crew and mark your calendars, because access to this limited-time content concludes on January 2, 2018.



  2. WINTER SIEGE IS COMING TO CALL OF DUTY: WWII




    Call of Duty WWII UPDATES / NEWS [HBS]
    " Sledgehammer Games "

    SHG's first Seasonal Community Event “Winter Siege” starts 10am PST on Friday, December 8, and will run through December. There’s a ton packed into this special event, but one thing that SHG's particularly excited about is Winter Carentan. One of the most beloved maps in Call of Duty history is now set in the cold and snowy winter of 1944 and will be free to all players for a limited time during the event and will be added to all MP game modes. Be sure to check out Domination and Hardpoint, they’re two of our studio favorites for Winter Carentan. We can’t wait to play online with you. Also, we have weekly Winter Siege rewards for players that join us throughout the event, and we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.

    Further Update details


    Welcome to the Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Event, where winter has arrived in full force. Your mission begins in Headquarters, where the snow has already begun to fall. Captain Butcher, of the British Special Air Service forces has arrived at the Quartermaster with an inventory of cold weather gear suited for the frigid weeks ahead. Pick up your payroll, grab your winter contracts, gear up, and get ready to head into battle.



    December 1944 was marked by bitterly cold weather across Europe. It is also remembered for the last major German offensive of World War II – The Battle of the Bulge. Cold, hungry, and tired, the Allied forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their hardest fighting of any operation during the war.

    One of the first stops will be Carentan, France. Carentan is in the grip of a snow storm, and under siege by a counterinsurgent German Wehrmacht force. It will require all your training to liberate this important port city and a major crossroad for the Allied operations. Winter Carentan will be free for all players starting on Friday throughout the Winter Siege event. With Winter Mosh Pit and Gun Game modes coming, new winter weapons, gear, emblems, 2XP events, and more surprises, Winter Siege is packed with plenty of excitement throughout the month of December. Be sure to stay tuned to our channels for more information and announcements, beginning December 8th at 10AM PST. And for the full Winter Siege schedule of events visit (https://www.callofduty.com/wwii/winter-siege).


    RANKED PLAY


    Last week, we launched Ranked Play on PS4 and XB1. It’s been great watching you all jump on and take part in Season 1: The Placement Season. We’re actively collecting data of individual MMR rankings, and look forward to rolling out Party-based teams shortly. The Placement Season will continue throughout the Winter Siege Event, so be sure to keep grinding for those top tier rewards, and perhaps a shot to make the Top 100 players and Pro Tier bragging rights. Also, please note that CWL Dallas begins this weekend. The following changes have been implemented in the pro event, and we will be updating Ranked Play to reflect soon.



    • FMJ added to the Restricted Items list
    • Molotov Cocktail added to the Restricted Items list
    • Capture the Flag: St Marie Du Mont removed from the rotation
    • Search and Destroy: Gibraltar removed from the rotation
    • All gametypes: Explosive Delay: 7.5 seconds


    UPDATE ON TOP FIXES

    While this is not a complete list, here is a preview of some of the fixes we are working to implement in our next update coming tomorrow morning:

    MULTIPLAYER FIXES:




    • Fixed Scorestreak Training exploits
    • Fixed Prestige exploits
    • Added Mute All in option in HQ
    • (+ much more...)


    RANKED PLAY FIXES:


    • Ranked Play UI issues with tracking wins and losses
    • General connectivity issues finding Ranked Play matches
    • Ranked Play counting towards global stats
    • (+ more...)



    ZOMBIES FIXES:


    • Issue where players lost all XP upon leaving match
    • Issue where players were unable to open supply drops after Prestiging
    • (+ more...)


    Be on the lookout for our full list of game updates on console coming tomorrow.



    PC UPDATE


    We’re finalizing an update that will go live for the Call of Duty: WWII PC version on Friday, December 8 at 10AM PST. This update addresses some of the top observed community feedback on Steam and Reddit, and will activate PC Ranked Play – Season 1: The Placement Season. In addition, we’re activating the enhanced Emblem Editor feature and adding various fixes to improve Discord support. Be on the lookout for this update on Friday via our Steam forum with a full list of Game Updates.


    When it comes to feedback, as always, it is greatly appreciated and extremely helpful for us as we continue to make updates and improve the game. So please continue reaching out to us and commenting on the game, whether it’s on Twitter @SHGames, Facebook, the WWII subreddit, or the Call of Duty: WWII Steam community hub. The more constructive, descriptive, and detailed – the better!


    Much love,

    The Sledgehammer Games Team





  3. Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Event feature updates and community events in works




    Call of Duty WWII UPDATES / NEWS [HBS]
    " Sledgehammer Games "

    Winter Siege Event set to kick off on December 8th 2017 starting 10am PST and will run throughout December.

    Winter Siege Event
    "Winter Carentan Map"
    SHG's first Seasonal Community Event “Winter Siege” starts 10am PST on Friday, December 8, and will run through December. There’s a ton packed into this special event, but one thing that SHG's particularly excited about is Winter Carentan. One of the most beloved maps in Call of Duty history is now set in the cold and snowy winter of 1944 and will be free to all players for a limited time during the event and will be added to all MP game modes. Be sure to check out Domination and Hardpoint, they’re two of our studio favorites for Winter Carentan. We can’t wait to play online with you. Also, we have weekly Winter Siege rewards for players that join us throughout the event, and we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.





    Further Update details


    SHG's development team has been working incredibly hard since launch to continue improving the online experience, and making in-game tuning adjustments based on the enormous amount of match data they've collected. SHG worked to redeploy their dedicated servers globally on all platforms last week, with stability and speed of connection (ping) being their top priorities. SHG were able to address a number of important things noted in previous blog posts, and remain 100% committed to providing the best possible online game experience for the entire community.


    The core game experience will always be SHG's #1 priority, but they also wanted to let you know about many feature updates and community events in the works.


    Ranked Play – Ranked Play Season 1 launches on console on Friday, December 1. Battle your way through the tiers to earn rewards based on your Season 1 ranking for the ultimate in competitive bragging rights!


    Headquarters – There goal from day one has been for everyone to experience HQ as a fully populated space where you can socialize, compete, show off, and earn rewards. They have been testing HQ in a variety of regions, and continue to drive towards that goal for everyone globally. Be sure to come back to HQ for your daily login bonus and new challenges, and just maybe some winter spirit.


    Game Updates – Next week, they’ll have a game update that contains many important changes including map exploit fixes, UI improvements, fixes to issues with Party, connectivity optimizations, and more. Listening to fans and looking at global match data, they adjusted the BAR (increased recoil), reduced the flinch-reduction in the Primed Basic Training, fixed the “snaking” exploit while crouching and proning repeatedly, and fixed an important bug with the smoke grenade. They are currently play testing a reduced flinch over all weapon primaries, and will look to update once they verify the balance across all weapons remains. Stay tuned for more exciting news on changes coming, including new game modes launching during the Winter Siege event.


    In addition, there are many feature-specific and backend - related updates that SHG's teams are addressing daily. You can find the latest info and updates on SHG's social channels. They’re always on the lookout for all of your feedback, so please continue sharing it with them at @SHGames on Twitter, Facebook, and their official Call of Duty: WWII Subreddit and Steam forums. For Customer Service related issued, please reach out to Activision Support on Twitter and the support website.


    There’s much more to come. Thanks for being on this incredible journey with us says.



    • Sledgehammer Games




  4. Battlefield 1 PRISE DE TAHURE Update Notes




    BATTLEFIELD UPDATES / NEWS [HBS]
    " EA DICE " set to release PRISE DE TAHURE.

    French raiders and German storm troopers clash in an urban trench setting as the nights grow colder in the Champagne-Ardennes region. Released July 20th 2017

    Prise De Tahure
    " Gruesome Trench Combat"

    Welcome to the Prise de Tahure Update – our third monthly update and second additional map release for Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass. We’ve also brought out Premium Trials, made some changes to the UI, added features to the Rental Server Program, and added various tweaks and fixes to enhance gameplay. Let’s dive into the details of the Prise de Tahure Update.


    Jojje “Indigowd” Dalunde





    Prise de Tahure


    Prise de Tahure is our second night map and the final map for Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass. French raiders and German stormtroopers clash in an urban trench setting as the nights grow colder in the Champagne-Ardennes region. The frontline trench networks cut right through several villages facing obliteration from the constant skirmishing between German and French troops. This content will be available for Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners and owners of the They Shall Not Pass expansion pack. Non-Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners will be able to access the content via Premium Friends or Premium Trials.




    PREMIUM TRIALS With this update, we’ve introduced Premium Trials. Premium Trials are timed events that allow non-Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners to experience the maps of our fully released expansion packs before they buy. Sounds similar to Premium Friends, right? It’s the same feature, but without the need to party up with a Premium Pass owner. Earning XP, spawning in vehicles released in the expansion, and progression/unlocks will be restricted to Premium Pass owners.
    MAPS & MODES



    • Soissons: Adjusted Flag D capture area in Frontlines to improve map balance.
    • Nivelle Nights: Fixed a bug where the Out of Bounds grayscale screen-effect would sometimes fail to enable.
    • Nivelle Nights: Fixed an issue where field kits in sector five in a Rush game could be used before the sector was active.
    • Fort de Vaux: Players should no longer be able to get on top of the fort around the courtyard area.


    OTHER FIXES



    • Updated the Map Voting system to exclude the previous map (as well as the current map) from the random selection pool to prevent the possible A-B-A-B map play pattern.
    • Game will now cancel matchmaking whenever backing out of the Operations globe screen. This to prevent a lingering blur state of the globe.
    • Synchronized damage taken effect to the actual shooter networked state. Previously it lead to out of sync effects where the shooter was not yet visible.
    • Fixed a rare client crash that could occur when a player joined late and a player just dropped/picked up a weapon.
    • Fixed a disconnect issue that could occur when loading a map.


    PREMIUM



    • Premium Friends - Non-Premium players' score will now show 0 throughout the match on all Scoreboards and End-of-Round screens.


    RSP



    • Added new setting to allow for limited number of specific kits.
    • Added setting for round time limit multiplier.
    • Added setting for Unlimited Magazines.
    • Countdown stops if players drop: Lowered the required player count for countdown to start game round to the minimum number of players required to finish a game if preround is enabled. The player count is unchanged if preround is disabled.
    • Implemented a latency soft lock option where players with a ping higher than 100ms higher get kicked automatically.


    UI



    • Fixed issue where the "Player-Created Content" option was grayed-out, unusable, and set to "Hide" after booting the title without a network connection.
    • Fixed the wrong transport driver chase camera caption in the controls UI.
    • The networking issues icons will not show up in Spectator Mode anymore.






  5. The Road Ahead for Battlefield 1: Revolution is Coming




    BATTLEFIELD UPDATES / NEWS [HBS]
    " EA DICE "
    The Road Ahead for Battlefield 1: Revolution is Coming
    These are exciting times for Battlefield 1 players. As we march towards a Revolution for Battlefield 1, here’s a hint of what we have in store for you.

    Read on and be prepared. Revolution is coming.

    Premium Trials
    " Premium Trials and more on the horizen"
    Access New Maps with Premium Trials

    Premium Trials is a way for players who don’t own a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass to play on maps they normally wouldn’t have access to. Unlike Premium Friends, Premium Trials doesn’t require you to join a squad with a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owner – you’ll simply have access to Premium maps by logging into the game*.


    Access New Maps with Premium Trials

    The first run of Premium Trials will start with this month’s launch of Prise de Tahure, the urban- and trench-based night map for Battlefield 1. If you do not own a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, you can use Premium Trials during this period to play Prise de Tahure – along with Nivelle Nights and the 4 other maps from Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass.

    Before Gamescom, there will be another Premium Trials event after this first one. In September, another Premium Trials event will be held, meaning all players will have the opportunity to play on previously released expansion pack maps.

    Also note that the current Premium Friends period is still active and will last until Gamescom.





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