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Black Ops Cold War reportedly isn’t bringing back Prestige Mode

Published: 4/Sep/2020 3:16 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 7:47

by Isaac McIntyre


Bad news Call of Duty grinders… it’s looking “very doubtful” Black Ops Cold War will bring back the popular Call of Duty prestige system last seen in Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 title in 2018, despite community backlash on its removal.

Call of Duty’s prestige system has become synonymous with the multi-billion dollar series since its introduction in the franchise’s fourth installment, Modern Warfare, all the way back in 2007.

Infinity Ward made the bold move to dump the system heading into the release of their 2019 title, however, and it looks like Treyarch will ⁠— for better or for worse, depending on who you ask ⁠— be following their lead in Black Ops Cold War.

According to Call of Duty insider TheMW2Ghost, sources are suggesting the prestige system is “likely not returning” for the 2019-20 release. Apparently, many of the ‘Blops 5’ devs are “in favour” of Modern Warfare’s season rankings instead.

This was backed up by Modern Warfare leaker ModernWarzone. He revealed it was looking “very doubtful” Cold War would bring back Prestige Mode in any capacity. He did add, however, that “plans change,” and things could still be swapped.

Call of Duty’s Prestige Mode had become a staple of the franchise from 2007 until 2018; it has appeared in 12 mainline titles, as well as Modern Warfare’s remastered version in 2016.

The leveling system offered players the opportunity to reset your character progression once you hit max rank. This would reset all weapon and equipment unlocks, but hand the max-level player rare emblems and cosmetics.

Modern Warfare did away with this feature. Instead, the 2019 title saw players hit level 155 as ‘max cap,’ and reset players to level 55 during every season launch.

Black Ops flamethrower Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is due for release on Nov. 13, though it won’t have a Prestige Mode when it launches.

The Prestige system being removed has gone down like a lead balloon in much of the Call of Duty fandom. One fan, NerosCinema, said ⁠— albeit a little hyperbolically ⁠— they “literally don’t know a single person who prefers seasonal ranks over the proper prestige system.”

Another wrote Modern Warfare’s leveling was “way too low”.  They added “rewards for hitting max rank suck” in the battle pass system Infinity Ward had implemented.

Only time will tell if Treyarch sticks to their guns on the decision, however. Black Ops Cold War will host its full multiplayer reveal on September 9. Expect to hear more about the future of Prestige Mode, or lack thereof, during that major unveiling.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
Activision / Infinity Ward
Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
Activision / Infinity Ward
You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.