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As a special thanks to our fans and to celebrate Earth Day, we are giving everyone that plays Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare today (from Wednesday, 4/22 at 9AM PDT to Thursday, 4/23 at 9AM PDT) the ATLAS Intel EXO 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 EXO, is now a permanent 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:

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The ATLAS Intel 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 week! As always, feel free to reach out to us via our official studio channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+.

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We’re off to Berlin, Germany next week for Quo Vadis and International Games Week Berlin, April 20th – April 24th! Our studio heads, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, have been asked to participate in a number of events surrounding the conferences, including fireside chats with indie developers, talks with students, and we’re presenting an award at the German Games Awards show. In addition to the events, we’re happy to announce that Glen is giving a talk during the show entitled, “Visual Storytelling” where he’ll outline the power of Visual Storytelling in video games and how this technique can be utilized to empower and energize your art teams.

 

We’re also sitting in on two great panel opportunities at the show with visionaries from across the industry. Michael Condrey is joining Dorian Kieken (Bioware), Matias Myllyrinne (Remedy Entertainment), and Harald Riegler (Sproing) on the “Maximizing Working with Big Teams, and Keeping the Vision of a AAA” panel taking place Wednesday, April 14. Also, Glen Schofield will be discussing “The Future of the Games Industry” with Ed Fries (Gaming Legend & Advisor), Noah Falstein (Google), and Jens Begemann (Wooga).

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Aside from the show, we’d like to invite you on a tour of Berlin on Monday, April 20th with Glen and Michael. It’s our first time visiting the city, we’ll be taking in the sites, and we’re planning to do some live check-ins via Periscope.tv – a live-streaming mobile app. Be sure to watch our Twitter account on Monday for announcements when we go live. If you don’t have the app, you can download it here: Periscope.tv.

 

  To all of our local fans in Berlin: Wir können es kaum erwarten euch auf der Quo Vadis und der International Games Week in Berlin zu treffen. Falls ihr uns auf der Straße oder auf den Events seht, sprecht uns gerne an. Wir freuen uns auf euch!



Update: Here's some photos and video from our team's visit to Berlin. Thanks so much for your hospitality, we had a great time representing Sledgehammer Games at Quo Vadis and International Games Week Berlin!



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What a weekend! The 2015 Call of Duty Championships was a great experience for the dev team that travelled down to LA to support the show.  We were treated to some amazing matches from 32 teams around the world. In the end, it was Denial and Team Revenge who were poised to face off in the Grand Finals. Team Revenge had an incredible run, proving that any team can make it when given a chance. Ultimately, Denial took the title of World Champions in matches that went up to Game 5.

 

 

On Day 1, Pool Play matches were played to determine which 16 of the 32 teams moved on to play the next day. Some surprisingly plays like both Team Epsilon and TCM Gaming were sent packing on Day 1.

 

 

Day 2 consisted of the Upper and Lower Brackets being played out by the 16 teams. Several fan favorite teams were eliminated before reaching the Top 8. FaZe Red mounted a run through the Lower Bracket securing win after win to make it on to the Lower Bracket Finals, along with Denial and Team Revenge for Championship Sunday.

 

 

Championship Sunday had some of the most intense matches of the whole weekend. Be sure to check out the whole day here, but Game 4 of the Upper Bracket Finals (Detroit  - Uplink) is a highlight of the weekend. Such intense back and forth matches throughout the day.

 

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Denial’s Players: James ‘Replayy’ Crowder, Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan, James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, Dillon ‘Attach’ Price

 

Congrats to Denial, the 2015 Call of Duty World Champions! It was great to see our game be played at such a high level of skill by all teams and players this last weekend. We can’t wait to see how the rest of the competitive season turns out.


- The Sledgehammer Games Dev Team

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We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with all-new #AWGearDrops and #DoubleXP. Starting right now, we’re turning on Double XP for the day and we’re giving everyone that plays Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare throughout the remainder of this week (from Tuesday, 3/17 at 9AM PDT to Friday, 3/20 at 9AM PDT) the ATLAS Engineer EXO as an exclusive reward just for playing. After Friday, 3/20 at 9AM (PST) the only way to get the ATLAS Engineer EXO will be through Advanced Supply Drops, so be sure to grab it this week. The new set, minus the exclusive EXO, is now a permanent 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:

 

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The ATLAS Engineer 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 Double XP, and on behalf of everyone @SHGames, have a great week! As always, feel free to reach out to us via our official studio channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+.

With the all-new Master Prestige ranks, inventive ways to earn 15 Elite Loot Weapons, and a brand new Grand Master Prestige Gear Set, we’re adding new ways to level up and earn rewards in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The all-new Master Prestige ranks and Grand Master Prestige character gear set give Max Prestige players the chance to continue to rank up and earn XP. When you enter Master Prestige your player XP is reset, challenge status remains the same, and challenges are not reset. Each new rank of Master Prestige unlocks a specific Elite Loot Weapon for use in multiplayer matches – be sure to check out the chart below for details. At the Grand Master Prestige ranking, players will also unlock the exclusive Grand Master Prestige Gear Set. The set is clad in purple royalty camo and accented with gunmetal for a truly unique look in game. All of these features are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in March. Stay tuned to our studio social channels for more information.

 

Update 3/3/15: Live on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC. Pending game update on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3.

Update 3/11/15: Live on PlayStation 4. Pending game update on PlayStation 3.

 

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We’re always here and listening to your feedback and Grand Master Prestige is just one example of what positive community feedback can lead to. Please feel free to reach out to us over our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.

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Please pardon today's delay, and accept this KVA Paramilitary Exo as a small token of our appreciation. The KVA Paramilitary Exo’s unique look matches the exclusive AE-4 Widowmaker directed energy Assault Rifle. This Rare Enlisted Loot will be contained in the next Supply Drop you open and Double XP has been activated through the PC launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare HAVOC DLC on March 3rd.

 

Sincerely,

The Sledgehammer Games Dev Team

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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!

 

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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).

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

 

MICHAEL CONDREY

 

Studio Head & Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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


UPDATE 4/1/15: Ranked Play Season 4 is live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Season 3 is live on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Division Gear rewards from Ranked Play will begin 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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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+.

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