ByNicholas Montegriffo, writer at Creators.co
NowLoading's Lucky Office Goth. Tweets: @unstabledweomer
Nicholas Montegriffo

Data mining is proving to be a productive source of leaks, leading to some big revelations for GTA V and Pokémon Sun and Moon. Most recently, players have been wondering if there's any secrets in #CoD to be found. Well, intrepid data miners have discovered some interesting details surrounding hidden weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and the community is not happy with the implications.

Digging for a Shovel? Wait.

Datamined shovel on display. Source: Imgur
Datamined shovel on display. Source: Imgur

The details of the hidden weapons were unearthed by redditor Semyel, who was attempting to use cheat codes to access the melee shovel, a previously discovered hidden weapon. Building on the work of another redditor known as Tails, Semyel uncovered a variety of hidden weapons in the data files of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Most of the hidden weapons are actually from older CoD titles. For example, the Dragunov from CoD 4, or the Galil from Black Ops as pictured below:

Bring a spade to a knife fight

Weirdly, there are different versions of the shovel, all looking the same but having different names like Bayonet, Blade, Bottle, Paddle, Icepick, and yes, Shovel. They're marked as (temp), which indicates that they are intended as placeholders for a range of melee weapons. Also interesting is the Kamchatka (below), an automatic shotgun that has not appeared in any CoD game before.

lovely paint job
lovely paint job

Something else that came up in the data files are texture files with the word 'loot' in them, and animations that reference an armory and dealer, suggesting something like the black market from Black Ops 3 may be coming to Modern Warfare Remastered.

Prepare for War

Hey, half my gun's missing - MP5 accessed via cheating in the weapon code
Hey, half my gun's missing - MP5 accessed via cheating in the weapon code

At the moment it is still unknown if these data files represent planned features for future DLC or abandoned ideas that were scrapped during the development. The possible return of supply drops and melee weapons has the CoD reddit community up in (presumably long-range) arms already.

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of goodwill towards Activision at all. I've never seen gamers more terrified of the possibility that they will receive more content:

Y they mad tho?

Activision
Activision

The possibility that these weapon codes are planned content for the game stoke fears that that they are in fact intended for Supply Drop-style loot boxes, which contain an assortment of weapons including some exclusive items.

In #InfiniteWarfare, weapons found in supply drops can have better stats and special perks compared to standard items, and because Supply Drops can be bought with real-life money, it means that players can buy their way into multiplayer advantages.

Would you shell out real $$$ for this muddy Desert Eagle?
Would you shell out real $$$ for this muddy Desert Eagle?

Player skill is naturally a huge part of CoD and one of the main reasons why the franchise is so popular, but it must still hurt to see competitors buy themselves an edge in what's supposed to be a contest of skill. So when CoD players saw the details of these weapon files, it's understandable that they cried 'Pay to Win'! More realistically, this is 'pay to get slight situational advantages', but it's still frustrating.

Could this really happen?

Activision
Activision

Hard to say. Because this is a remastered version of an older game, Activision might be hesitant to mess around with it, as a large selling point is its fidelity to an older style of CoD play.

CoD Modern Warfare Remastered, sold as a classic game experience with a modern shine:

On the other hand, despite gripes from the player base, Supply Drops and microtransactions still work out very well for them financially, and they, like most corporations, will be tempted to further monetize their properties.

It's possible that the community will react better to potential microtransactions if they are simply cosmetic changes that don't offer different stats from the base weapons, but based on what we've been, it'd be unbalancing if, for example, one player could pay to have melee weapons when there are no free ones available.

Some of these weapons are pretty cool though, here's to hoping they'll be free
Some of these weapons are pretty cool though, here's to hoping they'll be free

Activision has so far remained tight-lipped about the leaks, but have pulled videos featuring the secret weapons off YouTube. But (keep it on the down-low) you can watch them here and here. See the full gallery of weaponry here.

Poll

Would you pay for extra weapons in CoD: MWR?

[Source: Reddit]