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Best RPD loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 25/Nov/2020 20:22

by Tanner Pierce


Despite not being an extremely popular weapon within Black Ops Cold War, the RPD light-machine gun has incredible potential for a variant that has extremely low recoil but keeps its high rate of fire. Here’s what you need to know about setting it up. 

Light-machine guns aren’t the most popular weapon class in Black Ops Cold War right now. While the Stoner 63 enjoyed some play during the pre-release version of the game, the fact of the matter is that LMGs just haven’t been as viable in the game as of yet. Sure, some people use them, but not very popularly.

That being said, the class is full of potential, especially with the RPD. The weapon is a very good overall weapon, meaning it can be easily modified to fit whatever you need. Because of this, it’s very easy to make a low-recoil version of the gun that increases its high magazine capacity and reload speed, while also keeping its decent firing rate.

Best RPD loadout

This RPD loadout gives the weapon some pretty low recoil, plus a high capacity and fast reload speed.

As previously mentioned, this loadout is designed for low recoil, allowing you to fire consistently in whatever area you’re aiming, meaning a couple attachments will be focused on this.

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 7.62
  • Barrel: 20.3″ Task Force Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: VDV 125 RND Fast Mag
  • Handle: Spetsnaz Field Grip

Let’s break down what all that means. First off, there’s no optic to speak of in this loadout. Simply put, the RPD has some pretty clear iron sights and doesn’t need an optic to help you aim. While one could probably be added without detriment, it’s simply unnecessary.

When it comes to the muzzle, the Muzzle Brake 7.62 is the simplest option because of its early unlock, but it’s also one of the best because of that simplicity. It only increases your vertical recoil control and doesn’t negatively impact your weapon at all. Sure it doesn’t increase the vertical recoil control as much as other muzzles but the absence of negatives allows it to earn its spot in the loadout.

For the barrel, we’re going with the 20.3″ Task Force Barrel. This gives the weapon a huge increase in damage, damage range, and bullet velocity, making it a powerhouse that opponents won’t want to reckon with. It does come at a cost of your ammo, as you’ll start with a bit less ammo capacity, starting ammo, and magazine capacity, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.

The VDV magazine on the RPD gives it a higher capacity and reload speed.

There’s also no body attachment here because the weapon really doesn’t need it all that much. For something like SMGs, where you’re going to be firing from the hip often, it’s definitely worth using this slot, but, for LMGs, not so much.

For the underbarrel, the attachment of choice here is the Spetsnaz Grip because it improves both the vertical and horizontal recoil on the weapon. Unfortunately, this does mean that your shooting movement speed is going to be lower, but not to the point where it’s extremely hurting your performance. You can still easily work with it.

For the Magazine, the VDV 125 RND Fast Mag is the best option. Not only does the high capacity make up for the negatives on the barrel in spades, but it also gives the weapon an extremely fast reload speed, allowing you to get back into firefights faster. That being said, it does negatively affect your aim-down-sight speed, which for LMGs is already slow. Fortunately, there’s a solution.

To make up for the negatively affected ADS time, we’ll be using the Spetsnaz Field Grip to bump it back up. While this does come at the cost of your sprint-to-fire time, like the decrease in aim movement on the Spetsnaz Grip, it’s easy to work with and shouldn’t be a problem.

All in all, this loadout is pretty solid and allows you to keep steady fire for a while without having to reload and, even when you do have to, you can reload fairly quickly. Hopefully LMGs and, by extension, the RPD, get more love in the future.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby


From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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