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Black Ops Cold War dev reveals sniper changes coming before launch

Published: 19/Sep/2020 10:09 Updated: 19/Sep/2020 10:12

by Joe Craven


Tony Flame, developer at Treyarch working on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, has confirmed that sniper changes will be made after the ongoing Alpha, as the weapon class continues to cause discussion.

The hugely anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War stunned fans on September 16, confirming that an open Alpha would drop for the weekend and be completely free for all Playstation players.

Despite being less than a weekend old, opinions have swirled about the relative strength of sniper rifles, with some suggesting they are too strong.

Black Ops Cold War Alpha
The Alpha went live on September 18, and lasts until September 20.

There are only two sniper rifles available in the Alpha, both bolt-actions and both one-hit kills to the upper body and head. Regardless, the speed of scope ins and mobility while using snipers has been discussed, with many suggesting they are slightly too powerful.

However, Treyarch developer Tony Flame was on hand to communicate why they may feel strong in the Alpha, and confirmed that they will be toned down for the subsequent Beta and full game release.

“Ok let’s talk sniping in Cold War.  Crossplay is coming, but we knew it wouldn’t be in Alpha,” he explained on Twitter. “We buffed Snipers to evaluate their performance in this Alpha specifically. Sniper Rifles WILL have balance changes for the upcoming Beta based on our analytics data this weekend.”

In short, Treyarch intentionally made snipers stronger for the ongoing Alpha so they could better understand how controller players will deal with the mechanics. They will be adjusted before the closed Beta drops in October, and the full game releases in November.

How they will end up fitting into the game’s wider meta remains to be seen, but many have commented on their power in the current build of Black Ops Cold War. They will undoubtedly be relieved, though, to find that this strengthening was intentional, and for research purposes.

The full game is set to release on November 13.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.