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Black Ops Cold War gameplay leaks reveal brand-new game mode

Published: 4/Sep/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton


Brand new Black Ops Cold War multiplayer gameplay has leaked online ahead of the September 9 reveal, showcasing an entirely new Call of Duty mode.

Treyarch is set to formally unveil the first Black Ops Cold War multiplayer footage on September 9. However, before we get to their highly anticipated reveal, a chunk of gameplay from a recent test has slipped through the cracks.

A handful of popular Call of Duty content creators were reportedly invited to a secret gameplay demo on September 3. During this behind closed doors showcase, one streamer accidentally went live on Twitch. While the mistake was quickly covered up, screenshots and brief snippets of Cold War gameplay soon spread.

Much of the footage is of an extremely poor quality, though plenty of details can still be made out. From map design to an all-new game mode in action, here’s what we can take away from the multiplayer leak.

Black Ops Cold War multiplayer leak reveals new mode

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The first Black Ops Cold War trailer gave us a brief look at multiplayer footage ahead of the September 9 reveal.

Right out of the gate, it’s clear that testers were invited to try out a brand new Call of Duty mode. ‘VIP Escort’ flashes on the screen at the beginning of the first round. It appears as though one team has to get a VIP target to an extraction point on the map. All while the opposing squad is trying to stop them.

While we can’t tell what the VIP actually is – an object or a human target, perhaps – we do know that it can take damage. “VIP is taking fire,” a voiceover came through early into the round. “Keep the package safe.”

Through other leaked screenshots, we can also make out that it’s a round-based mode. Similar to Search and Destroy, a tracker can be seen on the HUD that indicates how many players are left alive on both teams. What begins as a 6v6 mode can soon dwindle down to 1v1 fights as players compete near the VIP target. There’s also a timer that ticks down, forcing teams to act urgently. VIP Escort appears similar to a mode that was originally planned for Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. However, this version never saw the light of day as it was cut prior to release.

Additionally, there are two separate extraction points across one of the maps played during the test. A night-time landscape is lit up by bright neon lights in what looks to be a Miami-inspired setting. Players can fight in the streets or inside one of many open buildings. 

Beyond the new mode, a few key tidbits can be taken away from the leaked footage. A circular radar is back in the top left corner of the HUD. Player health bars can be seen at all times. And there’s room for three unique items in the bottom right corner. Presumably a lethal grenade, a tactical grenade, along with another feature that charges over time. Perhaps a Field Upgrade similar to Modern Warfare.

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It’s too early to tell how many modes or maps will be available, though this leak confirms at least one brand-new mode is on the way.

As for weapons on display, it appeared as though the tester was sticking with a basic Assault Rifle. No particular attachments stood out as they jumped in the game with a regular iron sight equipped.

Activision is sure to be striking down any leaks of this Black Ops Cold War gameplay. So expect it to be removed across the board over the next few days. At the timing of writing, however, the clip is still active and can be seen here.

Anxious fans won’t have to wait long to see a proper reveal, however. Treyarch will be lifting the lid on the highly-anticipated multiplayer component on Sep. 9.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.