Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone. During this holiday in the US, we celebrate everything we are grateful for in our lives. At Sledgehammer Games, we are incredibly thankful for the support of the Call of Duty: WWII community. We’re also very appreciative for the patience and feedback you have given us since we launched the game. As a gesture of our thanks, we’re kicking off a Thanksgiving 2XP weekend a day early. We’re activating Double XP for all MP Modes starting at 10am PST Wednesday, November 22, and continuing through 10am PST Monday, November 27. We look forward to celebrating the long weekend with you and we’ll see you online!
The 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 we’ve collected. We worked to redeploy our dedicated servers globally on all platforms last week, with stability and speed of connection (ping) being our top priorities. We were able to address a number of important things noted in previous blog posts, and we remain 100% committed to providing the best possible online game experience for the entire community.
The core game experience will always be our #1 priority, but we also wanted to let you know about many feature updates and community events in the works.
Winter Carentan Map – Our first Seasonal Community Event for Call of Duty: WWII titled “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 we’re 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.
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 – Our 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. We 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, we’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, we 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. We are currently play testing a reduced flinch over all weapon primaries, and will look to update once we verify the balance across all weapons remains. Stay tuned for more exciting news on changes coming, including new game modes launching during our Winter Siege event.
In addition, there are many feature-specific and backend-related updates that our teams are addressing daily. You can find the latest info and updates on our social channels. We’re always on the lookout for all of your feedback, so please continue sharing it with us at @SHGames on Twitter, Facebook, and our 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.
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