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Black Ops Cold War maps allegedly leaked for Call of Duty 2020

Published: 29/May/2020 0:47

by Albert Petrosyan

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Although the 2020 Call of Duty title hasn’t been revealed yet, leakers have presented information about some of the multiplayer maps that the game will feature upon release.

With Activision and Treyarch continuing to remain mum on CoD 2020, fans have had to rely on rumors, leaks and speculation to get information about the upcoming game, even if most of it will likely end up being false.

The latest leak to surface covered some of the multiplayer maps, as prominent leaker ‘TheGamingRevolution’ published a video on May 28 claiming that four old-school Black Ops settings will be brought back.

Those are Nuketown, Jungle, Summit and Firing Range, all of which are iconic maps from the earlier Black Ops games that almost every CoD fan will recognize, even if they’ve never played them.

This was apparently first reported by Twitter user @LongSensationYT, whose account was recently suspended, forcing them to tweet it out from an alternate page.

If this info turns out to be correct, it wouldn’t really come as a major shock to anyone, considering that all four maps are staples of the Black Ops series and have featured in multiple games in the past.

Nuketown, which debuted back in BO1, has been included in all four multiplayers of the franchise and was always going to be the most likely to be brought back in 2020.

The same goes for Jungle, Summit and Firing Range, which were also first released in BO1 and then remastered for both BO3 and BO4.

The question now is how these maps will be portrayed in Black Ops: Cold War. For example, Nuketown has been released with three different thematic designs – it’s original form in Black Ops 1 and 2, then a futuristic one in BO3, and finally a Cold War theme in BO4, which is obviously a candidate to be used again in 2020.

As for the other three maps, their remastered versions were identical to the originals, but that doesn’t rule out Treyarch tweaking them for their next game.

We’re also still unclear as to their availability; in BO3, they were released as part of a special ‘Back in Black’ pre-order pack but were then made fully available in BO4 for free.

TreyarchThe ‘Back in Black’ pack gave players who preordered Black Ops 4 the chance to play four classic maps in Black Ops 3.

Of course, all of this information is definitely not official and shouldn’t be considered as such until it’s formally announced by Activision and Treyarch. We don’t even know whether or not the 2020 game will be a soft reboot of the Black Ops as claimed by leakers, so verifying everything will come down to a waiting game.

That said, both TheGamingRevolution and LongSensationYT have been correct in numerous Call of Duty-related leaks in the past, including pre-launch details about Modern Warfare and Warzone – so there could be something in this new set of info.

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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.