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Blackout’s brand new ‘Down But Not Out’ mode adds respawn to battle royale

Published: 16/Jan/2019 21:37 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 21:52

by Albert Petrosyan


A brand new limited time mode has gone live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout battle royale called ‘Down But Not Out.’

The mode, which went live on January 16, adds the element of respawn to Blackout and is the first mode to do so since the game’s release in mid-October. 

Down But Not Out is a Squads-based LTM, which means teams can feature up to four players, and the way it works is if at least one member of the team is alive when the Collapse safety circle resets to the next one, then all of the team’s players can respawn on the map, even if they had been previously eliminated. 

Thus, the only way for teams to lose in this mode is to have all of the players eliminated prior to the next Collapse reset, otherwise players will be able to load back into the match thanks to even just one surviving teammate.

As for how the respawning works, players who can spawn back in are dropped into the map via the same helicopters that fly over at the beginning of every match. 

Each player who spawn back into the game is given a small basic loadout kit that includes a pistol, some bandages, and a single perk. This allows players to have some ability to survive once they land again, especially if they choose to land somewhere other than near their teammate(s). 

A good demonstration for how this game works can be seen in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber ‘thewalkthroughking.’

This respawn element potentially makes for very hectic late game situations as the safe zone can get minuscule while there are still a lot of players remaining on the map. 

On the flip side, constantly coming up against players who may have been eliminated before could lead to some crazy number of kills for those who can keep mowing down enemies from start to finish. 

As for how crazy things can actually get in this mode, OpTic Gaming’s TeeP experienced the mayhem firsthand as he tried to fend off several enemies at once in a very late-game situation. 

As mentioned above, Down But Not Out went live on January 16 and will only be available until January 30, when it will go offline at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

The mode is currently only available on the PlayStation 4, as per Sony’s seven-day exclusivity agreement with Activision, and will be available on the Xbox One and PC platforms on January 23. 

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How to find Warzone Leatherface house easter egg on Verdansk map

Published: 24/Oct/2020 15:53

by Joe Craven


With Call of Duty: Warzone celebrating its first Halloween, there’s some unique changes to the map: here’s everything you need to know to find and enter Leatherface’s house on the Verdansk map.

Warzone’s Halloween celebrations are well underway, with a ton of new content for players to dive into. This includes a number of ghostly easter eggs, one of which takes the shape of a creepy Leatherface shack located on the Verdansk map.

Leatherface is infamous for his role as the antagonist in The Texas Chainsaw film series. First debuting in 1974, the cannibalistic murderer has been reincarnated multiple times. You can even unlock Leatherface content in Modern Warfare and Warzone to strike fear into the heart of your opponents.

Warzone Zombie in Verdansk
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Warzone’s Halloween event has given the map a major spooky makeover.

Leatherface’s house location in Warzone

In order to find his house, you need to head to the very east side of the map, towards Krovnik Farmland. Once there, you’ll find a small hut towards the top of the south east areas of huts.

Once you’re nearby it should be pretty easy to locate – there are plenty of signs that it’s the house of a serial killer. A demonic Leatherface figure will greet you at one of the windows, while body parts are littered around the downstairs. Chainsaw noises will also play from upstairs, before two Leatherface figures ambush you on your trip up the stairs.

Leatherface's house circled on Verdansk map
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The location of Krovnik Farmland on the Verdansk map, then of Leatherface’s house within Farmland.

There’s no in-game reward for visiting the house of Leatherface, but it’s an awesome feature for fans of The Texas Chainsaw series to enjoy nonetheless. It’s fair to assume you could terrify unsuspecting players by waiting among the scattered body parts and incarnations of the mass murderer.

At the time of writing Halloween is still has over a week left, so Infinity Ward could well have some more tricks (or treats) up their sleeves for the Haunting of Verdansk event.