BLACKOUT Battle Royale Comes to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 With A Combination of Previous Black Ops Maps, Characters, and More - Dexerto
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BLACKOUT Battle Royale Comes to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 With A Combination of Previous Black Ops Maps, Characters, and More

Published: 17/May/2018 18:10 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 15:46

by Ross Deason

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Perhaps the biggest announcement to come out of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal came when the developers announced “Blackout” – an all new Battle Royale game.

The Battle Royale phenomenon has taken the world of gaming by storm over the last two years and now the Call of Duty franchise has decided to get involved.

Rumors about Black Ops 4 featuring a Battle Royale mode have been leaking for multiple months but some fans of the franchise have doubted that it would work.

Well, if the reveal of Blackout is anything to go by, those doubters could not have been more wrong. Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale mode looks absolutely incredible.

The Blackout mode will bring together all of your favorite maps, equipment, characters, and more from previous Treyarch titles and put them into a massive map (1500 times bigger than Nuketown) to fight one another.

It looks like vehicles, including helicopters and RCXD remote control cars, will also be included in the game to make it one of the biggest Call of Duty projects in history.

The news about Blackout got the biggest cheer of the entire reveal and it certainly sounds like it could end up being a massive success.

With the reveal also noting that Black Ops 4 will focus more on PC users, the thoughts of playing Blackout on PC (or perhaps even cross-platform) will have millions of players salivating.

The official trailer for Blackout can be found below.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.