Player grievances have arisen in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 concerning the frequent use of flashbangs as tactical grenades due to the intense white light that they emit.
These players have requested that Infinity Ward implement a similar approach to grenade handling, as seen in Battlefield 2042.
One user, Johnny_Tesla, has shared a video on the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit showcasing footage of flashbang grenades from Battlefield 2042.
The intention behind sharing this video is to highlight how Battlefield 2042 has addressed the issue of intense light from flashbangs and to urge Infinity Ward to consider incorporating a similar feature in Modern Warfare 2.
To begin with, the player tosses a flashbang grenade, causing it to explode and flood the screen with a bright light that lingers for a brief period before disappearing. The player then navigates to the game’s accessibility options and alters the concussion effect by selecting the dark option.
Following this, the player hurls another flashbang grenade, and upon detonation, the screen instantly goes black, replacing the customary blinding white light observed before the modification. The modification has effectively resolved the issue of excessive glare caused by flashbang explosions in the game.
Beenox, one of the developers of Call of Duty: Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, has announced an upcoming patch for the game, set to be released as part of Season 2 Reloaded.
The patch will introduce a new feature eagerly anticipated by players: a reduction in the intensity of flashbang grenades. This feature has been specifically designed to address complaints from players who have found the effects of these grenades to be too overwhelming.
Although the quality is relatively small, it is an important improvement that will likely enhance the overall gameplay experience for many players.
Beenox, a subsidiary of Activision, has earned a strong reputation for its PC porting abilities and support of other notable game development studios, including Raven, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward.
Beenox has worked on several projects, including the reconstruction of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s original campaign, assistance in developing remastered editions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and collaboration with Raven and Treyarch on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Beenox was among the development studios that contributed to the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward, resulting in the spin-off game, Call of Duty: Warzone 2. Players have been voicing their dissatisfaction with the flashbang grenades in both games, as they can be uncomfortable when used in a dark environment.
Despite their intended effect of temporarily blinding players with a bright white flash, some players have found the experience unpleasant.
To address this issue, the game’s Season 2 Reloaded update introduces a new “Inverted Flash” setting that can be activated from the interface menu. The objective of this unique setting is to alleviate the problem and offer relief to those players affected by the intense brightness of the flash.
A video shared on Twitter by Beenox showcases the new “Inverted Flash” setting in action, giving players an insight into how it functions. The video clip shows a player in Modern Warfare 2 activating the inverted flash setting before throwing a flashbang grenade at their feet.
Normally, the player’s screen would be completely white for a brief moment before slowly becoming visible again.
However, with the “Inverted Flash” feature activated, the screen goes completely dark and slowly fades in, transitioning to a white effect until the flashbang wears off.
By using this setting, players can prevent the real-world discomfort caused by the intense brightness of the flashbang grenade. Remembering to activate the feature from the game’s interface menu to avail of this added functionality is crucial.
The newly added “Inverted Flash” option in Call of Duty: Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 had already been implemented as an accessibility feature in Battlefield 2042. However, some Warzone 2 players have advocated for this feature for a while, although it remains uncertain whether Raven Software and Beenox were aware of these requests.
Despite this, the introduction of the new feature has garnered a positive response from the gaming community on Twitter, who are pleased that it will relieve the eye strain caused by the flashbang’s intense light, providing a more comfortable gaming experience.