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Black Ops Cold War dev confirms weapon & streak balancing coming soon

Published: 15/Nov/2020 15:42 Updated: 15/Nov/2020 15:43

by Connor Bennett


Tony Flame, Treyarch’s lead designer, has confirmed that the CoD developers are planning to roll out some changes to weapons and scorestreaks, perhaps even before the start of Black Ops Cold War Season 1. 

Even though the Black Ops Cold War year has barely gotten rolling, players – both casual and professional – have already been discussing changes. 

The attention has, for the most part, centered around the ongoing skill-based matchmaking debate with players like Nadeshot pleading with the devs to dial back the SBMM for the time being. 

Others, though, have focused on trying to get the devs to make changes to certain weapons as well as the scorestreaks system that has been criticized since the beta period. 

Black Ops Cold War characters fighting on the Moscow map
Cold War players have been asking for numerous changes already.

Well, it appears as if they’ll get this wish in the near future as Tony Flame confirmed that Treyarch are looking to make some changes. 

“There WILL be Weapon, Scorestreak, and more balance changes coming in with Season 1, if not sooner,” the Treyarch designer tweeted on November 15. “Already seeing some interesting trends in the analytics, but it’s too soon for conclusions.” 

The dev also noted that they are taking community feedback on-board too. “If you’re giving feedback, know that we see it and are taking it into consideration,” he added. 

Weapons like the MP5, Krig, and XM4 have jumped out ahead of the pack as some of the game’s most powerful, and fans would certainly like to see them being tweaked prior to Season 1, which is currently slated to begin on December 10.

At the end of the day, though, the final decisions lay with Treyarch and as noted, changes could come beforehand. They are the ones with all the data, and while they’ll certainly take player feedback onboard, changes will only happen if they make sense on all fronts and don’t ruin the multiplayer experience.

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Blatant Warzone hackers take over TikTok and players are furious

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:11

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone fans are no strangers to dealing with hackers, but the community is growing outraged now that those hackers are brashly sharing their escapades on TikTok.

Despite Activision actively banning hundreds of thousands of hackers, and shutting down websites selling those hacks, since Warzone debuted in March 2020, the problem persists. At this point, practically all fans have either seen a hacker in their own games or during Twitch streams of their favorite players.

While some of these cheaters simply find inherent joy in bending the rules, others do it for the clout and attention gained by trolling others and ruining competitive integrity. Back in October, one such hacker, ‘festation,’ streamed his gameplay live on Twitch, pulling the curtain back and giving a look behind the scenes.

That wasn’t the first time someone had purposefully or accidentally displayed their unfair shenanigans, and it would not be the last. Most recently, CoD fans on Reddit have grown incensed upon finding out that hackers are growing exponentially on TikTok.

Hackers taking over warzone… from Warzone

As seen in the clip, shared by ‘GoodRedditBoss’ on the Warzone subreddit, a player is running through Verdansk with an M4-A1, surrounded by seemingly color-coded boxes that display every opponent on the map. Outside of reloading and repositioning, the hacker’s gun automatically locks onto every victim at will.

It appears that the players are marked as yellow when behind cover, red when within line of sight, and fallen items are marked as blue. Furthermore, each player’s ‘box’ has their name and primary weapon written out as well.

While the hacker, who goes by ‘waldo41’ on TikTok, slyly mentions that interested players should “Direct Message for info on the gaming chair,” it’s unclear how many customers have inquired about their cheats. 

While waldo41’s TikTok comments are generally more entertained than angry, the Reddit comments express serious outrage. While one user called them “scum of the earth,” another called them “a waste of time/life,” and yet another summed it up with an insult that extends past the game: “Weak men who suck in real life.”

With hundreds of thousands of views on TikTok and growing, it’s clear that there is an audience for Warzone hackers. While the app does delete similar accounts regularly, it still has become home to a subculture that CoD fans are not very happy about.