A giant a part of the advertising and marketing for the brand new Call of Duty sport has surrounded Headquarters, a brand new social hub the place gamers are supposed to have the ability to hang around and customise load-outs collectively in-between multiplayer matches. The solely drawback is that they’ve spent a lot of the weekend vacant.
The as much as 48-player house is meant to characterize an Allies encampment after having stormed the seashores of Normandy. Normally, gamers hanging out within the HQ would be capable to watch each other open loot crates and even go play the odd sport of Pitfall—you already know, conflict stuff.
But after Call of Duty: WWII began having main server points at launch, Sledgehammer Games ultimately determined to make HQ default to solo mode. That means whereas gamers can manually invite badociates to hitch them within the house, they received’t routinely see anybody else after loading it up for themselves. Imagine strolling into an empty bar the place there’s nobody on the counter and the folks you anticipated to satisfy there have solely simply texted you “On our way.” A social house isn’t a lot of 1 if it’s populated completely with the sport’s AI-controlled characters.
Late on Saturday, Sledgehammer Games introduced that Solo HQ can be the default expertise for gamers whereas updates have been being pushed out to try to enhance server efficiency. Then earlier at the moment, Activision introduced “We’re performing server fixes & will be restarting Call of Duty services to improve the quality of connection. Sorry for the inconvenience.” While the servers have now recovered in accordance with the corporate’s Support Twitter account, many gamers have nonetheless been reaching out to Activision concerning the persistence of Solo HQ:
Quite a lot of gamers seem annoyed partly as a result of some Daily Orders, actions that supply bonus rewards upon completion, actively require you to work together with different gamers within the HQ to satisfy them. In the absence of the HQ house working as initially meant, gamers who wish to get their rewards for beating another person in a 1v1 or commending one other participant should invite a good friend to hitch their sport or just forgo them if no person’s round.
HQ was revealed again in June as the sport’s “dynamic social hub,” one the place gamers would be capable to observe, sharpen their purpose in capturing ranges collectively, or simply take a stroll round and admire the surroundings. “Socialize, customize, compete, reward,” it was referred to as within the trailer. Basically it might be what the Tower has change into to Destiny gamers, however to this point that hasn’t been the expertise for lots of people.
Users on Reddit and the Call of Duty boards have been commiserating over the present state of the HQ and sharing photos of their existential loneliness to manage whereas they anticipate the service to be full restored. This video is an effective instance of what some are experiencing. It’s considerably totally different trying from the HQ’s authentic trailer.
At this time it’s nonetheless unclear what number of gamers are affected or if Solo HQ remains to be the default whereas Sledgehammer Games continues to tinker round with the servers. While some folks have continued to report bother discovering matches in multiplayer, the studio’s server updates from earlier within the day seem to have improved issues. When precisely the Headquarters will lastly change into the bustling WWII occasion everybody was promised at launch stays to be seen.