Activision Reveal New Details About CoD: Black Ops 4 Development - Esports, Mode Innovations, and More! - Dexerto
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Activision Reveal New Details About CoD: Black Ops 4 Development – Esports, Mode Innovations, and More!

Published: 3/May/2018 23:05 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:48

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty publisher company Activision have revealed new details about Black Ops 4, the next title of the storied first person shooter franchise.

In Activision Blizzard’s quarterly Financial Call, the company discussed their vision for the game, including certain aspects of its development and esports scene.

Activision and developer Treyarch first announced CoD: Black Ops 4 on March 8th, confirming long standing rumors that the fourth game of the popular Black Ops series would be the next title in the franchise.

The vast player-base has since waited in anticipation of the Community Reveal event that is set to take place on May 17th, with the game due to be released on October 12th.

The October release will be relatively early compared to previous titles, which have usually been released in November. 

Activision explained that this decision was based on the popularity of the Black Ops subfranchise, which has had over 200 million players and 15 billion hours played.

When asked about the game’s development, Activision confirmed that Treyarch were hard at work on introducing innovations into the longstanding Multiplayer and Zombies modes. This could very well mean that these popular modes will include never-before-seen features.

 “We are very quick to capture innovation from new ideas.”

Treyarch are widely considered to be the best of the three CoD developers, and Activision has shown great confidence in Treyarch’s “deep understanding of the community” and their ability to “execute their vision” in making Black Ops 4 a game that is built on what players love to play.

“You are going to see a number of great developments on the core game itself beyond innovations.”

However, there was no mention or talk of any single-player or campaign modes, which lines up with reports that the next title will be the first to not include a campaign.

Treyarch previous developed CoD game was Black Ops 3, which many consider to be the best among recent titles in the series.


One thing that was mentioned was the popularity of the Battle Royale genre, and especially Fortnite. Activision acknowledged that BR games are getting increasingly popular and bringing in new people to the online gaming world. 

There have been long standing rumors that Black Ops 4 will feature a Battle Royale mode, which would be a first for a CoD game.

Activision also made mention of the increased in-game sales in CoD: WWII, which is the current title. 

It would appear that the success of WWII’s increased in-game content and ‘seasonal events’ will inspire similar promotions and content to be added to Black Ops 4.

Seasonal events and promotions, like WWII’s Operation Shamrock and Awe, could be an example of what is to come in Black Ops 4.


Another important part of the Financial Call was the discussion of the esports scene, which is of course a huge aspect of Call of Duty.

The Call of Duty World League completed Stage One in mid-April and continues to have strong viewership, with cumulative hours watched doubling year-over-year”

Activision also said that they have learned a lot from the new Overwatch League about esports league development and some aspects of that could be applied to CoD esports in ‘the near future.’

One huge difference between the two esports scenes is that the OW League has franchised teams that compete against each other while CoD esports uses the standard promotion/relegation format.

If such a format change were to come to Call of Duty, it could massively change the landscape of its esports scene.


Sources – Activision Blizzard; charlieINTEL

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.