players, warning that rank and unlock progress must be reset, is not as severe as it first appears.Players have reported the appearance of a concerning error message that reads “Your data is corrupt or didn’t download properly. You must reset your rank and unlocks to continue,” accompanied by yes or no options. For anyone with a long-term Modern Warfare career this is a terrifying prospect, but Infinity Ward has assured players that the situation is not as dire as it seems, and that progress will not be lost.
A 30gb update to essentially render the game unplayable. Thanks can’t wait to pay for data overages to download the 60gb fix pic.twitter.com/nS9lJlWpbc
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Infinity Ward has put out a statement regarding the error, explaining that if players accepted this reset, their ranks and unlocks were not actually lost. Instead, stats for combat record, leaderboards, custom classes and operators would have reset instead. Battle pass progression, weapon unlocks, XP, ranks, and other such elements will not have been affected in the manner the message suggested.
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The error message, which occured due to a problem with the latest update, has since been removed from the game. However, Infinity Ward has yet to deploy the fix for the error that caused this message to be displayed. The developer warns that when a fix is deployed, statistics may have to be rolled back to the state they were before the latest update. While that still means your unlock and rank progress is safe, any recent changes to your combat record may be undone with the fix.For more Call of Duty, check out how Modern Warfare 2 foreshadowed the Piccadilly Circus mission in the new Modern Warfare, and the news of the 3v3 Gunfight mode coming to the FPS reboot.
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