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Blackout reportedly set to return with Call of Duty 2020

Published: 10/Jun/2020 4:31 Updated: 10/Jun/2020 12:20

by Brad Norton

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Treyarch’s 2018 battle royale could be making a comeback as Blackout is reportedly set to return alongside the 2020 Call of Duty release.

Despite the success of Infinity Ward’s take on the battle royale genre with the record-breaking Warzone, Call of Duty’s first battle royale mode could soon be re-introduced. While Treyarch’s release came out of the gates hot in 2018, it slowly tapered off throughout the following months. 

Playing second fiddle to the wildly popular Warzone ever since, Blackout is now rumored to be accompanying 2020’s CoD release and making a grand return.

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Blackout was the first attempt at a battle royale in the CoD franchise.

“Blackout is going to return in some form with Black Ops this year,” Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb said in a June 9 tweet.

There’s no telling exactly what form this may take. It could be a refreshed version of the game or just the same as before. The map and all of its loot may remain identical, or it may be modified to fit the upcoming release.

A wide array of leaks have pointed at the 2020 entry being a reboot of the Black Ops franchise. While Blackout accompanied Black Ops 4 upon release, a few gameplay tweaks could see the 100-player mode return alongside the rumored reboot.

Black Ops 4 released in 2018. Since then, Treyarch has been assigned the task of developing the next CoD in just two years, opposed to the traditional three-year cycle with Infinity Ward and  Sledgehammer Games.

Going back to their roots with classic maps and a returning battle royale could help pad the new release under such a strict development timeline. 

Blackout was the very first attempt at a battle royale in the CoD franchise. However, Warzone soon trumped its success following its March 10, 2020 release.

Infinity Ward has previously revealed that they will still have plans for Warzone following the release of the next title, with intentions to continue the momentum it has built during its early stages.

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Could Warzone be put on the back burner as Blackout takes over?

As a result, it is also quite possible that Blackout and Warzone may even be integrated together at some point, with CoD fans calling for Verdansk and any future Warzone maps to be accessible in the rumored Black Ops release.

While nothing has been confirmed on how the two major modes will coexist down the line. Offering both options within the one game could prevent a major divide within the Call of Duty player base.

For the time being, Warzone still appears to be the top priority for Activision Blizzard. Season 4 is rapidly approaching with a plethora of leaked content finally set to make its mark.

With more and more information slipping through the cracks regarding the next big release, however, a full unveiling should be close by.

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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby

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While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 

AK-47

AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
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Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
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The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 

M16

M16 Black Ops Cold War
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Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 

MP5

MP5 Black Ops Cold War
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The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
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The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 

AUG

AUG Black Ops Cold War
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The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
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The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 


So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.