January Call of Duty: WWII Update: 5 Things to Know

January Call of Duty: WWII Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

There is a January Call of Duty: WWII update coming this month with important updates and it paves the way for The Resistance, the first Call of Duty: WWII DLC map pack. Over three months after the release of the new Call of Duty, and well ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, there are still many key changes coming to the game that will impact the way you play.

We’ve been through so many weapons changes it’s a challenge to stay on top of them, and another one dropped today ahead of a major update. We’ve also learned that we will not see major changes to ADS out of a Sprint, but we are seeing some changes to ADS on specific weapons and there is work being done on the Spectator bug.

This is what you need to know about the January Call of Duty: WWII update that is coming later this month, likely before the first DLC arrives on PS4 later this month.

January Call of Duty: WWII Update Release Date

When to expect the January Call of Duty: WWII update.
When to expect the January Call of Duty: WWII update.

There is no specific January Call of Duty: WWII update release date yet, but we know one is coming this month. Studio head Micheal Condrey announced the update on Reddit saying, “There’s a game update coming with some key fixes too. Plus a host of additional news that we look forward to sharing in the days ahead.”

The Call of Duty: WWII DLC 1 maps and zombies arrive on January 30th, and it makes sense for any game update to arrive before the new content, not a day after. It’s not clear if the maps will come as part of the update, which could push the size, but that’s been done with the first DLC on other Call of Duty games.

January Call of Duty: WWII Update Release Time

Sledgehammer Games did not confirm a specific January Call of Duty: WWII update release time\, but thankfully they are predictable for Xbox One and PS4. We know that the team is working on updates for both consoles and PC, but there may be a small delay between the release times and sometimes the PC release date is a little later.

for the most part, you can expect to see the January Call of Duty: WWII update land around 1PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific. This is when most updates arrive including smaller weapons tuning updates.

January Call of Duty: WWII Update Fixes & Changes

Thanks to multiple updates through social channels we know some of the changes and what’s new in the January Call of Duty: WWII update. This is an important update that will include key changes and it comes right after a weapons tuning update.

Today, January 18th, Sledgehammer Games pushed out a weapons tuning update that includes the following changes. You don’t need to wait for the full update to see these changes in action. This also includes small maps updates.

WEAPON TUNING ADJUSTMENTS

FG 42

  • Recoil buff
  • Slight fire rate buff

Grease Gun

  • Recoil adjustment to give player more control
  • ADS transition time buff

Kar98k

  • ADS transition time nerf

Lee Enfield

  • ADS transition time buff

Combat Shotgun

  • Slight Max Damage range nerf, still overall buff to where it was at launch of game

Sawed-Off Shotgun

  • Max and Mid Damage range buff
  • Buff to number of pellets to kill
  • Reload time buff
  • Hip spread nerf

MAPS

  • Moved defensive start spawns in S&D on Sainte Marie du Mont
  • Moved CTF flag positions back on London Docks

In the full update we hope to see a fix for the Spectator bug. This is most prevalent on the Xbox One, and it puts you into a match as a spectator. Condrey had this to say about the problem,”[Update]: Morning all. I spoke out of turn on this post yesterday. In effort to communicate more here on Reddit, I hastily represented the console experiences as both being the same. That wasn’t fair to the community. I do play WWII a lot, but I’m primarily a CODWWII PS4 player. I play on PC too, but less frequently. This spectator bug definitely impacts X1 more than any other platform at the moment. The optimistic news, per my post above, is that a fix is coming and the SHG dev and QA team were aware of the need for urgency. The fix was integrated into our next game update for X1 and PS4, which will go live once it clears the first parties. It did considerably improve the PC experience, and the issue is less common, and brief, on PS4 which will also get the console fix. We will get it fixed for Xbox players too. So put this one on me – not the Team. And know every developer at SHG is listening and working to improve the game and bring exciting new events and content to fans of the game.”

We could also see a new Domination XL playlist that boosts the points per kill from 50 to 100 and other changes. Sledgehammer Games is testing a new health regen time that would speed up health gain after a shootout, but it’s unclear if it is going to be ready for this update.

We wouldn’t be shocked to see new weapons appear in the game, but there is no confirmation of that yet.

What’s Not In the January Call of Duty: WWII Update

We know that you will not see any changes to the ADS Time out of Sprint in the January Call of Duty: WWII update, or any near term update for that matter. Condrey shares a long explanation, but basically says it’s not happening. Here’s the full response on why you won’t see even a slightly faster ADS out fo Sprint in Call of Duty: WWII.

“In past Call of Duty games the Dexterity perk made the ADS time out of sprint faster, in some cases +50% faster than without dexterity. This made it a crutch perk and by far the most used perk in those games. We initially had a Basic Training that offered this functionality, but found that it was once again being chosen much more often than the other options presented. When there’s a “crutch” perk like this, it results in a non-choice for players since they feel they need to take that perk or Basic Training just to be competitive. This problem was exacerbated with our Divisions CAC system which promotes a more focused playstyle through a sole, meaningful Basic Training choice rather than a multi-choice Pick system.

Additionally, a main design pillar we had in this game was “boots on the ground in a WW2 era.” That meant more than just not having boost jump and an arsenal of speed buffs; it also meant a return to an overall more strategic and slower pace of conflict. The removal of boost / thrust also gave us predictable places from which threats could appear, and a more consistent closing speed between players. The question for us became, “Do we want a crutch perk that also makes the game play faster?” Our answer was no.

Given that, we decided to make the ADS time out of sprint the same as the normal ADS time and not offer a means to make it faster. We do have the Quickdraw attachment, which makes ADS speed faster across the board and, as you can imagine, it’s super popular. A dexterity perk + quickdraw attachment “crutch combo’ just didn’t work for our design ambitions and game feel for WWII.

We have discussed a buff to ADS sprint out times for Airborne, but we already have an SMG heavy meta and we’re not convinced that’s the best option for the game. I don’t think a Dexterity Basic Training is either. Perhaps a new movement focused Division, with other trade-offs built in, would be a future option (but don’t hold us to that).

I’m sure for some people this will go down like a lead ballon(sic). Given everything we see across all players, regions, game modes, skill levels, etc, we’re definitely listening here but not acting on any sprint out changes in the short term. Hope this update helps provide context, if nothing more.”

The Resistance Call of Duty: WWII DLC Content

While not specifically a part of the update, we traditionally see a major update pave the way for the new Call of Duty DLC content and we expect this is the case in January.

The Resistance Call of Duty: WWII DLC map pack 1 includes three new multiplayer maps, a new war mode map and a new zombies experience. One of the three new maps is a re-imagining, so keep that in mind.

Players can buy The Resistance as a standalone DLC for $14.99 or buy the Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass for $49.99 and get four map packs.

7 Things to Know About Call of Duty: WWII The Resistance DLC 1

Call of Duty: WWII The Resistance Release Date

Call of Duty: WWII The Resistance Release Date

We know the exact Call of Duty: WWII The Resistance release date for the PS4, and we have a good idea when you can expect to see this new DLC on the Xbox One and PC. 

The Call of Duty: WWII DLC 1 release date is January 30th on the PS4. Sony has an exclusivity deal with Activision for Call of Duty games that brings DLC to the PS4 first. This often includes a theme, but not all the time. 

We expect the PC and Xbox One Call of Duty: WWII DLC 1 release date 30 days later in March 2018. This should arrive on March 1st, which is a Thursday. Typically we see the second release land on a Thursday and this is 30 days after the initial release. 

As this is the first Call of Duty: WWII DLC map pack, there is a chance that some of these small details will change, but Activision typically sticks to a pretty tight script for Call of Duty DLC.  

January Call of Duty: WWII Update: 5 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nokia 6 (2018) and 7 now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Nokia is a company not dissimilar to BlackBerry. Both companies found themselves pushed to the edge of financial collapse, with their handsets becoming decreasingly popular. But both companies created valuable partnerships that have allowed them to rebuild by creating brand-licensed Android smartphones. Nokia and its partner, HMD Global, have created several Android smartphones for the Chinese market, the most recent being the Nokia 6 (2018).

Beginning today, Nokia and HMD have announced that they’re pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to both the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7. Android Oreo is a significant update that has yet to make its way to many smartphones on the market. With the update, Nokia 6 (2018) and 7 owners can expect improved performance, better background app management, and increased battery life.

Nokia has also stated that Oreo will come to the Nokia 6 (2017) soon, but provided no release date.

Have you used one HMD’s Nokia-branded smartphones? What are your thoughts?

OnePlus 3 and 3T now receiving update to OxygenOS 5.0.1

OnePlus has released a new update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T that brings them up to OxygenOS 5.0.1. Though Oreo has already been released with the OxygenOS 5.0 update, this latest update brings bug fixes, additional features, and a security patch. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Added support for aptX HD
  • Added Wi-Fi hotspot device manager
  • Added “adaptive mode” screen calibration
  • Updated Android security patch to December
  • General bug fixes and stability improvements

The addition of aptX HD and the December security patch is definitely appreciated, though the January security patch should have been used. However, many users have noticed a warning popping up saying a system app is harmful. The FactoryMode app was previously called EngineerMode and received quite a bit of time in the spotlight over security concerns.

The app can be disabled if one wishes as it’s not a critical system app. But Google seems to want users to disable it, likely to remove any potential security issues.

The update is now rolling out, though it’s a staged rollout so you may not receive it immediately. Let us know if you get it! And if you want the system images, head here for the OnePlus 3 and here for the OnePlus 3T.

Honor 7X to get update with face unlocking feature in Q1 2018

It seems that face unlocking is all the rage these days. It was introduced and abandoned back in the earlier years of Android and now it’s back (no thanks to Apple dropping Touch ID and introducing a biometric face unlock method with the iPhone X).

The OnePlus 5T now has a rudimentary face unlock feature and the OnePlus 5 should be getting it soon. Now Honor has announced that the Honor 7X, a budget device starting at $200, will be getting a face unlock feature in Q1 of 2018.

The feature won’t be as secure as Apple’s Face ID since the Honor 7X (and OnePlus 5T for that matter) lacks any sensors other than a front-facing camera. You’re likely better off using the fingerprint sensor if you really care about security. Nonetheless, it’s another option for unlocking your device while keeping the everyday intruder out.

OnePlus 5 Oreo update halted due to bug

The OnePlus 5 just recently received its Android 8.0 Oreo update, but it was not meant to be. OnePlus has halted the rollout and cancelled the OxygenOS 5.0 update entirely due to a bug.

The bug was not named, but it must be big if an update was cancelled over it. The secrecy may be due to a security flaw, but it’s all speculation for now. The next update will be OxygenOS 5.0.1 and will bring a safe version of Oreo to the device, but there is no ETA for its release.

If you’ve already received the Oreo update, OnePlus has not given us any reason to be concerned. Nonetheless, keep an eye out for the fix and let us know if you’ve found any major bugs with OxygenOS 5.0!