Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial is now live on all platforms - Full info - Dexerto
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Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial is now live on all platforms – Full info

Published: 15/Jan/2019 18:15 Updated: 6/Oct/2020 16:36

by Bill Cooney


Blackout, Call of Duty’s popular new battle royale mode, will be available to play free of charge for one week, starting on January 17.

While there has been talk of making Blackout free to play for quite some time, it seemed like the best that fans were going to get was the Black Ops 4: Battle Edition that features the Multiplayer and Blackout modes as a standalone package.

That all change on January 15, however, as Call of Duty announced a special limited-time free trial for the popular battle royale title.

For the first time since the closed beta, Blackout will be free for players on all platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) from January 17 to 24.

The move comes at a perfect time as Treyarch just dropped the v1.11 update on January 15 that brings some huge changes to the mode.

Players on console will get to experience the new and improved looting interface while everyone will get to play the game without having to worry as much about Concussion Grenades after their stack count was reduced to 1.

It’s also likely that the limit-time modes that Treyarch teased on January 11 will also go live with this new free trial, giving everyone the chance to try out the new modes.

With this being the first major promotion for Blackout since Black Ops 4’s release on October 12, you can bet that there will be plenty of action to drop into come January 17.

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.