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Hey Hammer Fans, we’re another month into 2015 and we’re continuing to roll out new features for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare like this month’s surprise gear drop — the Marine Grenadier. As with previous gear drops (like the KVA Paramilitary set), we’re giving everyone who plays an online multiplayer match of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this weekend (between Friday, 2/13 at 9AM PST to Monday 2/16 at 9AM PST) the Marine Grenadier Exo as an exclusive reward.


Don’t miss out on playing this weekend, as this will be the only chance to receive the Marine Grenadier Exoskeleton. All of the other items in this gear set will be added to the available loot from Supply Drops. Be sure to give us a shout out over our social channels if you’ve received the complete set!



At Sledgehammer Games, we love playing all types of game modes and offering new ways to play to the community. We’re proud to announce that Gun Game is coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This game mode pits players against each other in Free For All matches allowing you to show off your gun-skill. Starting with an ASM1, a kill with your weapon will progress you forward to the next weapon. If you get knifed, you’ll drop one weapon rank and have to get a kill with the previous weapon again. There are a total of 26 weapon ranks with the last rank requiring a kill with the Crossbow. To celebrate its launch, we’ll also be turning on #DoubleXP for the all-new Gun Game Mode this weekend (from Friday, 2/13 at 9AM PST through Monday, 2/16 at 9AM PST).



Earlier this year, we introduced One Shot, a new team based game mode with five specific sniper classes. It’s been a huge hit within the community, and we’ve seen a lot of fan feedback suggesting that you’d like to play in other game modes besides Team Deathmatch. So starting today, we’re introducing the One Shot Mosh Pit, which includes a rotation of game modes including Free For All, Domination, Hardpoint, Team Deathmatch, and Kill Confirmed. You’ll be able to find this playlist under Bonus Playlists in the Find Match menu.


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We’re always listening to your feedback and looking for opportunities to make Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the best it could possibly be. Be sure to grab a couple of friends and get the Marine Grenadier Exo this weekend! Let us know how you like Gun Game and the new One Shot Mosh Pit by reaching out to us on our social channels at Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


It’s been an amazing few months since Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launched, and we’re committed to continuing to deliver the best experience for our fans through this upcoming season of content. To celebrate the upcoming Havoc DLC, coming to Xbox on Tuesday, January 27th, we’re having a special DoubleXP weekend – starting Friday, 1/23 at 9AM PST and ending Monday, 1/26 at 9AM PST. This is a great chance to go online with some buddies and gain a Prestige level or two! In addition to DoubleXP weekend, we’re launching two new playlists that we encourage you to try out.



Some of you may remember that we launched the Mosh Pit playlist last month, and it was great seeing the extremely positive community reaction to a mix of game types all in one playlist. This weekend, we’re doing the same for our Hardcore community. Introducing the Hardcore Mosh Pit playlist, including a mix of Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Search and Destroy on a variety of maps. You’ll find the same limited HUD, decreased health, and that friendly fire is turned on for our Hardcore players.



We’ve also been gathering feedback from our players on their favorite maps in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We held a poll on our Facebook page last week, and after a week of voting, the map “Comeback” narrowly beat out “Detroit” with 19% of the votes. In this new Community Playlist, you’ll find “24/7 Comeback” with a variety of game modes like Team Deathmatch, Uplink, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and more. This playlist will be live just during this weekend, and definitely let us know if this is something you want to return!


We’re always here and listening to your feedback, and these two new playlists are just some of the ways you can party up with some friends this weekend for some Advanced Warfare DoubleXP. Feel free to reach out to us over our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


I wanted to start this off by thanking you all for being passionate and enthusiastic fans of Call of Duty. We, as developers, owe all of Advanced Warfare’s success to you. We are absolutely committed to making the game better every day for you. When we set out to make Advanced Warfare, well over three years ago, we dedicated ourselves to delivering something special, and the team is as driven now, as it was then, to achieving that goal. We have pushed to improve and add to the game in pursuit of something that keeps everyone thrilled. A huge part of that is listening to how you react as we add new features to the game, being extremely considerate of your feedback, and making the best decisions to ensure a quality experience for the very large and diverse player base that enjoys the game each and every day.


In an effort to be transparent with you all, I also wanted to address a few of the bigger conversations happening within the community today. We have seen a lot of discussion about matchmaking in Advanced Warfare. I wanted to provide some information and help clarify for those interested as there is a collective passion for the topic. First, and I can't stress this enough, player connection to the host always takes priority over skill in the matchmaking process – always, no exceptions. Fast connection to a match hosted on our global dedicated servers is the most important component of our matchmaking system. And yes, to a lesser extent skill as a component of matchmaking is important, too. We believe that it adds a level of fairness in the mechanism for team balance and individual enjoyment. The system we have today is, to all intents and purposes, identical to what Activision has always had in place, with the same matchmaking parameters, as previous Call of Duty titles. We continue to monitor and optimize our systems, but the speed of connection is and always will be our first priority. The system is designed to put you in the best match, with balanced teams composed of players of varying skill from your geographic region.  We consistently look at millions of points of player and match data, and kill to death ratios are up across every band in Advanced Warfare.  Yes, even Glen's KD of 0.10 is a vast improvement from his previous performances. In short, almost universally, kill to death ratios are up, and people are playing longer, and that makes us happy. A few of you have asked, and we’ve also noticed, that some players have experienced fringe cases like being matched with someone in another country.  Much of this comes down to the pool of people online and which modes are being played at any point in time. This is a constantly moving target – from day to day, night to night, across every time zone and region on the planet.  It also changes as we introduce new game modes to the experience, or have DoubleXP events within parts of the game. For now, know that our engineers are constantly reviewing the game telemetry data so that we can make the best-informed decisions with speed to connection as the first and most important criteria.  We remain committed to optimizing our matchmaking and connectivity, like we always have, throughout the weeks and months ahead.  Of course, we’ll update you on any new improvements as we make them and look forward to hearing your feedback on our efforts.


On a separate topic, we’ve also heard questions about our banning policy, particularly as we've seen players using “reverse boosting” with excessive suicides in online matches driving a lot of frustration within the community. Playing at home, I’ve been randomly matched with players doing this and it’s incredibly frustrating to lose based largely on my team being down a contributing teammate.  We’ve also had a lot of players bring up their same concern about playing in matches with these players.  No one wants to lose an objective based match by effectively being outnumbered while their teammate shoots grenades into their own forehead 100 times in the corner. It’s not right, and it hurts you and your team’s online experience. Call of Duty is both social and competitive, and we respect and honor that. Part of the competition that is core to our values is that players do not adversely degrade their team's ability to compete fairly.  It's not dissimilar from the bans that cheaters and boosters receive, and we have increased our focus on reverse boost banning to combat the growing issue. No one is trying to restrict the fun factor of playing Advanced Warfare with this policy, nor are we actively banning against particular styles of play, like trick shots.  However, we have a low tolerance approach to people who ruin the experience for others through cheating, boosting, reverse boosting or being caught with toxic emblems in game. We don’t like seeing any of these happen, and we're pushing to eliminate these behaviors from the game.


I play Advanced Warfare, our 200+ strong team of developers at the studio plays Advanced Warfare, and we’re committed to making this the best experience for the remainder of 2015 and beyond. This has been an intensely personal journey for all of us, and there’s nothing more important to us than making this to be the greatest game, and gamer community, that it can be. I hope, even if you don't agree with everything I've shared here, that you recognize our commitment to you and the game. If you do agree, don't hesitate to drop me a note on Twitter. If you disagree or need to rant, please hit up to Glen Schofield.  And If you have any questions about our policies, please direct them to our social team @SHGames, our customer service partners at @ATVIAssist, or be sure to check out our support forums located at https://support.activision.com/aw.


Thanks so much for your time.  I'll see you online!




Studio Head & Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games


We’re excited to announce that the Opening Season for Ranked Play in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare starts January 9th, 2015. In Ranked Play, players will be matched with similar skilled opponents and compete in 4 vs. 4 matches in game modes like Search & Destroy, Capture the Flag, Uplink, and Hardpoint with eSports settings enabled. Winning a match earns points towards being promoted into the next division. Losing a match, or forfeiting by leaving the game will result in a penalty by loss of points. You’ll have until January 31st to play matches and be promoted through divisions before this inaugural season ends.



Ranked Play features seven divisions: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Masters, and once players are in Masters, the top 100 players by division points will be counted as Grand Masters. Our team has created exclusive Divisional Gear for each Division Ranking that will be awarded at the end of each season for use throughout the next season in Ranked Play, Multiplayer, and Exo-Survival. To rise up in the ranks of each Division, players need to reach a total of 100 division points, and then a Division Promotion Challenge (best of three matches). Matchmaking takes into account if players are predicted to win or lose against opponents, and players will receive between 15 to 25 division points for a victory and lose 10 to 20 points for a defeat. Here’s the full list of rules and settings for Ranked Play in Advanced Warfare:



UPDATE: After viewing UMG Orlando, we agree that the restriction of the Exo Abilities Stim and Cloak offers the right balance for the eSports and Ranked Play rule set.


UPDATE 2/1/15: Ranked Play Season 2 is live on Xbox One. Season 2 will be live on PlayStation 4 and PC starting 2/4/15, and Season 1 will be live on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on 2/3/15. Division Gear rewards from Ranked Play will be rolling out this week.


At Sledgehammer Games, we’re huge fans of eSports and competitive Call of Duty. We want to take this opportunity to wish all of the competitors luck as this season begins, so party up with your friends and get ready to take on the competition. As always, we’re committed to listening to your feedback, and feel free to reach out to our team via our official Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram accounts.

DoubleModeXP_ONESHOT_v01_1920x1080.jpgSledgehammer Games has always had a singular goal: Achieve Excellence. Since launch, our team has been experimenting with fun new ways to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and we’re proud to announce our new team based game mode called “One Shot” – available right now. We’re also turning on Double XP this weekend (Friday, 12/26 9AM PST through Monday, 12/29 9AM PST) while playing in this new game mode. One Shot is a brand new snipers-only game mode with decreased health and highly specific classes. Each of the five classes have been custom designed by our development team and OpTic NaDeSHoT, to test the true sniper skill of Advanced Warfare in this new custom mode. Each class features the MORS, a bolt-action railgun sniper, along with a variety of perks, Scorestreaks, and Exo abilities. Here’s the five classes available for ONE SHOT:




There are no secondary weapons, so make sure your shots count. Party up with up to five of your best snipers buddies to take on this new game mode and be sure to share your best moments in the One Shot playlist with our official studio channels on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. We’ll pick our favorites and give you a shout out!


Happy Holidays, Hammer Fans! It has been a truly amazing 2014, and we didn’t want the year to end without giving our community a special holiday surprise – The KVA Paramilitary Character Gear Set! We’re giving everyone that plays Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this week (from Monday, 12/22 at 9AM PDT to Friday, 12/26 at 9AM PDT) the KVA Paramilitary Helmet as an exclusive reward. Be sure to play, or you’ll miss out on your chance to get the helmet. The rest of the items in the KVA Paramilitary set, minus the exclusive helmet, have become permanent additions to the 1000+ loot items available via Supply Drops in Advanced Warfare. Be sure to check out the "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, and the AE4 Widowmaker" – a perfect complement to the complete KVA Paramilitary Character Gear Set! Unlock them all.


We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and be sure to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the studio via our official studio channels Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Supply Drops come packed with hundreds of weapon variants and unique character gear – allowing for Helmets and Armor, to Loadouts and Exoskeletons. In today’s Game Update for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, we’re introducing an all-new way for players to earn extra XP and Supply Drops, or exclusive pieces of loot. Get ready for our new Supply Drop Daily Challenges! Each day, you’ll receive a randomized message containing a challenge that, when completed, will award your character with an XP bonus and Supply Drops, or a rare piece of Character Gear from the Exclusive KVA Recon Character Gear Set. The Supply Drop Daily Challenges will be displayed in the “Find Match” menu, and can also be found in the “Challenges” menu so you can track your progress towards completing them.


SupplyDropsBlog_image_02.jpgClick to expand. KVA Recon Character Gear is now available in Supply Drop Daily Challenges.


Supply Drop Daily Challenges will be issued for a variety of game modes and will range from completing specific game mode objectives, reaching a certain amount of kills with a specific weapon type, and many more. Each day, you’ll receive a new Supply Drop Challenge and have another chance at getting a Supply Drop or a KVA Recon character gear.

“The design for the KVA Recon gear was intended to be bold and high-contrast while still feeling grounded. The matte green on white was inspired by winter gear, and the dark-on-light makes it stand out while still looking military.” said Alex Jessup, the Associate Concept Artist who worked on the creating the gear. “Instead of trying to be flashy, I wanted a minimalistic utilitarian look, much like actual recon equipment.”


Senior Concept Artist, Jesse Lee, added “The goal for the mask was to create a piece of gear for the KVA Rebels that was both tactical and believable.” The KVA Recon set is an exclusive set that’s only available through these Supply Drop Daily Challenges.


We hope that this new Challenge system helps you get that sweet Elite weapon variant or that missing piece of gear from the set you’ve been working on completing. You can also check out some of the other changes in our latest update here.


Be sure to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the studio via our official studio channels Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


It’s been exactly one month since we’ve launched Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and it has been an amazing time celebrating with fans. It’s been so much fun playing the game in the wild and watching the community surprise us with new ways to play as the Advanced Soldier. We also used this time as an opportunity to focus on the little things that would make a big difference to our community. Since day one, we’ve had consistent online uptime stability and global dedicated server coverage, and we’ve rolled out several important updates to make the game even better.


This week we’re rolling out our biggest title update yet with a ton of exciting enhancements for Advanced Warfare coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, with similar changes coming to the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 soon. We’ve included weapon balancing tweaks, fixes and improvements for emblems, improvements within the Player Lobby (including a new way to view your Armory), map exploit fixes, spawn improvements, connectivity optimizations, improvements to our anti-cheat measures, and even more. Full list of updates on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare forum page.


Thanks for the community feedback – the dialog and collaboration with fans has helped make this update possible.  Please keep it coming!


Be sure to check the full list of updates on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Game Update Forum Page. Also, please continue to update us via our official studio channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+.

As a special thanks to our fans, we are giving everyone that plays Advanced Warfare throughout the remainder of this week and weekend (from Wednesday, 11/26 at 12PM PDT to Monday, 12/1 at 9AM PDT) the Nigerian Command loadout as an exclusive reward just for playing. Be sure to play during this time or you’ll miss out on your only chance to get this exclusive loot piece.  The new set, minus the exclusive loadout, is part of the 1000+ pieces of loot available via supply drops. Will you be the first to own the full set?  Check it out below:


The Nigerian Command Character Gear Set is available to anyone that plays Advanced Warfare. Supply Drops, your Virtual Operator, and the Virtual Lobby are big parts of the new era of Call of Duty Multiplayer. Enjoy the gear, and on behalf of everyone @SHGames, have a great holiday weekend!


Be sure to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the studio via our official studio channels Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


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On behalf of the entire team, thanks so much for playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Some of you may have already noticed something curious if you made it to the end of Riot playing in Exo Survival mode. For those of you that are still working on your first prestige in multiplayer, or are still knee-deep in the story mode and haven’t checked out co-op yet, we have included that little Easter Egg below. Have a look--



As things were wrapping up around launch, we started playing around with the idea of what happens when zombies were thrown into the mix with exoskeleton gameplay. What we came up with is Exo Zombies — an entirely new breed of zombies and an entirely new co-op experience that is truly unique to Advanced Warfare.


The first chapter of Exo Zombies will be coming with the Havoc DLC pack early next year. Fans can grab that DLC pack to jump in, or access via the Season Pass. More information about Exo Zombies will be coming in the next few weeks. We can’t wait show you more – see you online!



We’re taking your feedback seriously and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting better because of it. The changes below are currently going live on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Thanks for being vocal about exploits and cheaters, and making this a better experience for everyone playing. Please be sure to let us know if you have any issues with today's improvements.




  • Atlas Gorge - Momentum - Adjusted spawn locations.
  • Biolab - Crane Wash - The Aerial Assault Drone out of world.
  • Biolab - Hallway - Player out of world .
  • Biolab - Jutting piece of collision - Player out of world .
  • Defender - Security Gate Area - The Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world.
  • Defender - Laser Center - Care Package invalid location.
  • Detroit - Jimmy’s Diner Corner - Player out of world.
  • Detroit - Lower Street - The Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world.
  • Detroit - Park - Portaling.
  • Greenband - Atrium - Player out of world.
  • Greenband - Zen Garden Lane - The Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world.
  • Greenband - Aquarium Lobby - The Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world.
  • Horizon - Mission Control - Player out of world.
  • Horizon - Exterior Hangar - Player out of world.
  • Instinct - Temple - Player out of world.
  • Recovery - Command Center - Player out of world.
  • Retreat - Pool Area - Player out of world.
  • Retreat - Turtle Garden - Player out of world.
  • Connectivity Optimizations.




  • Exo Survival Global - Losing HUD in Goliath.
  • Exo Survival Global - AI issue after completing level 25.


We appreciate your help in making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the best possible experience, and look forward to hearing from you. Please continue to keep in touch with us via our official studio social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.

What an incredible first week for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare! It’s been three years in the making, and we’re so excited that our fans have finally had the chance to play as an advanced soldier. There's no greater feeling than being able to celebrate and play online with the community after putting this much care into a game.  As the saying goes "The journey is the reward"; thank you so much for being with us on the journey.


Our team has been working hard on improvements to the game. We’ve also had our ears to the ground, listening to your feedback. Our commitment to continuing to support the game and community is as strong as ever, and we have the whole team focused on making the experience the best it can be.


There’s an update in the works that includes a number of polish items, fixes, and community requested changes. Below is a list of some of the improvements you can expect to reflect in-game soon.


  • Prestige reset issues, including emblems and challenges.
  • Adjustment to the in-game chat names notifications placement.
  • Fix for weapon reloads counting as speed reloads in certain circumstances.
  • Connectivity optimizations.
  • Fix for stats accumulating towards leaderboards after prestiging.
  • Adjustment to challenges to unlock Camos for weapons.
  • Fix for round-based game modes, affecting Win/Loss ratios.
  • Implemented ability to unlock eSports Rule options in Private Match.


Also, we've been asked several times about the status of dedicated server support. Activision shared this statement earlier this week:


Advanced Warfare employs game servers hosted at data centers globally on all platforms and listen servers as part of our proprietary matchmaking system. Our goal is to ensure the best possible connection and greatest gameplay experience regardless of location and time of day.


We hope you have a great Advanced Warfare launch weekend!   We've activated DoubleXP as a thank you for the continued support from fans across the globe.


More news to come over the days, weeks and months ahead. Until then, know that we are listening, excited, and happy to be part of this with you.




Michael Condrey

Studio Head, Co-founder Sledgehammer Games



With our Day Zero Live Stream , we’ll be having some of our lead developers on hand to take a deep dive into our multiplayer, explain our philosophy behind map design, talk about our cutting edge audio system, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your questions to our developers and even have a chance to win a Digital Pro Edition for Xbox One! Be sure to tune in starting at 10AM PDT at http://www.callofduty.com/dayzero-live.


Follow us for live updates all throughout the stream on our Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.


Giving back to the community has always been one of the core studio values at our studio. Each month, we highlight a particular charity as a studio, but when October rolls around, our focus has always been on Extra Life. We are proud to be a participant again this year raising money once again for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All of the funds raised through our studio page will benefit the children at our local CMNH, the Oaklands Children’s Hospital & Research Center.



This will be our fourth year participating with Extra Life, and each year we’ve exceeded our previous totals. With this year also being the launch year for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, our studio has been heads down to finish the game, but we will have a number of our Hammers committed to raising funds. One Hammer has issued the challenge that he will shave his beard into specified shapes if he reaches his goal. Others are holding events like Poker Night and a Bake Sale at our Studio while others will be taking part in the 24-hour marathon – playing games for 24 hours straight.


We would also love to extend the invitation to join our Extra Life Team to our community of fans! If you’re interested in joining up with us, you can sign up by clicking that green button that says “Join Our Team” on the Sledgehammer Games page. Please be sure to include your email so we can send along our thanks for your commitment to helping us out.


You can also choose to donate to anyone who’s a part of the “Sledgehammer Games” team this year. Your donation is tax-deductible and all proceeds go towards helping kids.

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