Call of Duty’s ridiculous shotgun has been nerfed

One of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s funniest and most annoying guns, the 725 shotgun that seemed to have unlimited range, has been nerfed. The nerf came as part of a balance patch that developer Infinity Ward released on Friday morning. The patch also fixed several bugs in the game, added the Hardpoint mode to multiplayer, and gave players two free maps.

After the patch the 725 shotgun will have a bigger spread, both for hip fire and when aimed down sight, and most importantly reduced damage range. This should help stop its proliferation across multiplayer, and reduce the incident of players who were using it to get kills from across entire maps. Modern Warfare’s latest patch also significantly changes the way recoil works in the game. Being crouched or prone used to adjust the recoil players felt from guns, but that’s no longer the case. Claymores have also been adjusted to have a narrower trigger and damage area of effect.

This patch also adds Hardpoint mode to multiplayer. Hardpoint is an area defense mode where both teams are tasking with attempting to take over and control a specific location. As long as your team is in control and has members standing on the point, your team’s score will go up. This makes for a fast and chaotic mode that has been a favorite of the Call of Duty community.

Players will also get Modern Warfare’s two latest maps for free as part of this update. The Krovnik Farmland map is coming to the big-team Ground War game mode while Shoot House will be added to the smaller multiplayer modes.

For a full look at all the changes coming to Modern Warfare as part of this patch you can see the full notes below.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Hardpoint patch notes

General

  • Backend fixes to prevent crashes and improve stability across all platforms, include dev errors, and various performance fixes.
  • Fix for a few bugs where some streaks and Field Upgrades were able to be flown out of bounds without penalty. General out of bound fixes were also added.
  • Fix for a bug where a player being killed by an enemy with a Variable Zoom Scope would not see the zoom function in the killcam
  • Fix for the Semtex warning audio being heard at the same volume whether in a building or outside
  • In Headquarters, players were able to place a Tac Insert and respawn when their team owned the point. This has been fixed.
  • Fix for various collision issues across maps
  • Added UI that shows when XP events are active in playlists menus
  • Sprint and Tactical Sprint speeds are now back to speeds in Beta
  • Fix for a bug where the progress of the bomb defusal can be seen by the team that planted the bomb
  • Fix for a bug that revealed players to UAVs when they fired their weapons, even if they had Ghost and a silencer equipped
  • Fixed an issue where if multiple Personal Radars were active on a team, and are both marking the same enemy, only one player would see the enemy on their minimap.

Riot Shield:

Fixed an issue where the throwing knife and Thermite weren’t causing the shield to go on the player’s back when thrown. We’ve also fixed the issue where explosive splash damage wasn’t working consistently. We’ll continue to tune the Riot Shield in future updates.

Claymores:

Detonating an enemy claymore with bullets is now non-lethal when at full health. We’ve also reduced the trigger and damage radius and also reduced the damage width to better match the trigger width.

Battle Chatter:

Removed the ability for enemies to hear when they’ve been called out by the opposing team. We also adjusted the enemy callouts so they are never from your Operator. Enemy callouts now use a more restricted cone at the hip and even more restricted in ADS when calculating whether or not to trigger. We’ll continue to monitor this and make additional tweaks to Battle Chatter in future updates.

Mounting:

Slight increase to recoil while mounting.

Perks:

E.O.D. now clamps damage to a non-lethal amount, assuming the player is at full health

Lighting:

Continued updates to player visibility in dark windows and dark areas.

Footsteps:

We’ve increased the occlusion percentage to filter footstep sounds behind geometry and adjusted the footstep volume at a distance. We have another large footstep change coming in the next update which will make crouch and ADS movement significantly quieter. Stay tuned!

Challenges/Rank/Progression

Daily Challenges and Active Missions are getting a full sweep of testing and fixes. We’ll have more updates to these systems in future updates.

  • Fix for a bug where the Infiltrator challenge was not tracking properly
  • Fix for launchers not giving XP when shooting down killstreaks
  • Fix for a bug where planting or defusing 5 bombs in Cyber Attack or SnD was not tracking properly
  • Camo challenge for “Kills After a Reload” didn’t give the player enough time to acquire a kill, so time has been increased
  • Fix for a bug where your XP require to reach the next rank was higher than the value needed

Weapons

  • 725 Shotgun: Increase to ADS and Hip Spread, reduced damage range
  • M4A1 Assault Rifle: Reduced damage range, small recoil increase
  • Assault Rifles: Increased hip spread to reduce effectiveness up close, less damage at long range for full auto 5.56 rifles
  • SMGs: Increased move speed, increased ADS move speed, small reduction in sprint out time
  • UZI SMG: Increased damage range
  • MG34 LMG: Increased hip spread, damage range reduction, small ADS slow down
  • M91 LMG: Increased hip spread, small damage range reduction
  • PKM: Increased hip spread, medium damage range reduction
  • Pistols: Increased move speed, reduced sprint out time, increased damage range
  • Crouch and Prone no longer adjust recoil

Call of Duty League

Updated rulesets for CDL competitive modes in private match

Cyber Attack

Fix for a bug where a player could use lose their primary weapon and would be unable to see their viewmodel after being revived by a teammate

Ground War

  • Fix for a bug where players would sometimes be unable to pick a spawn location
  • Fix for a bug where a Tac Insert could cause players to spawn on the enemy home base

Special Ops

  • Pick up Intel! – In the Operations, explore Verdansk to find additional backstory information of Verdansk and the Operators.
  • Fix for scoreboards displaying incorrect data
  • XP adjustments and general backend fixes
  • Various fixes for out of bounds and parachute exploits
  • Respawn timer no longer stays on screen after teammates are revived from bleedout
  • Fix for issue where the Munitions were not usable after respawning via Gunship
  • Fix for losing your weapons when picking up the core
  • Achievements can now be unlocked in CP
  • Fix for issue where players could spawn with their weapons in the downed state
  • Picked up Munitions no longer carry over from match to match. Only the Munitions you purchase with points will.
  • When respawning via the Gunship, you will no longer be given the Tank role
  • Selecting an Allegiance Operator or Allegiance as a favorite faction will now properly assign the voice of the correct operator
  • Operation Headhunter: Fix for a bug where players are not able to lock missiles onto the final boss helicopter
  • Operation Crosswind: Adjusted stealth for gameplay
  • Operation Paladin:
  • Fix for a bug where there was no UI or indicator of where to go or how to finish the objective after defending the 3rd arms crate
  • Fix for a bug where the default weapon was different than the weapon a player would hold if they were placed in Last Stand

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