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Will Call of Duty veer towards battle royale ahead of multiplayer going forward?

Published: 24/Apr/2019 15:05 Updated: 24/Apr/2019 20:37

by Paul Cot


Over the past few years, the battle royale genre has emerged as one of the most popular game types, but will traditional multiplayer games such as Call of Duty deviate away from the multiplayer model and prioritize battle royale modes?

Call of Duty is multiplayer

The Call of Duty series is synonymous with the online multiplayer concept. Team based FPS, in a small to medium sized map, with unlimited respawns is essentially what Call of Duty is to most gamers.

Consequently, it is hard to imagine a time where it won’t have that. In the short term, it seems unthinkable that a Call of Duty game would completely neglect the mode that made it the mammoth title that it is today.

Call of Duty is one of the biggest game franchises ever…

Modern Warfare 4 all but confirmed

With Modern Warfare 4 almost confirmed for COD’s next release, multiplayer will almost certainly come with it. MW4 follows on from some of the most iconic Call of Duty games to date, within the Modern Warfare series.

A Modern Warfare 4 title isn’t officially confirmed yet, but there are still additional rumors circulating that the COD 2019 title will actually be multiplayer only, as opposed to offering battle royale as well. This would make some sense, given that it’s a new Modern Warfare game.

This MW4 menu logo has been making the rounds in COD forums…

Additionally, there are even rumors that MW2 remastered and MW3 remastered will release as part of MW4. The rumors even suggest that the two classics will release in the months after MW4 is initially released in order to not split the player base.

Battle royale

Call of Duty has delved into the battle royale genre just once. This, of course, came within Call of Duty’s latest game, Black Ops 4, in the form of Blackout.

It has inherited all things Call of Duty, namely the signature gun play, but has still divided opinion. Many consider it the best battle royale game to date because of the smoothness of play, yet others still prefer battle royale stalwarts such as Fortnite and PUBG.

Despite this division, it’s very likely Call of Duty will make another. With a new generation of consoles just around the corner, the prospect of another Call of Duty battle royale mode is exciting.

There’s no doubt that gaming is evolving away from smaller team based games on limited maps and embracing the excitement of a 100+ man free for all.

Therefore, yes, we can expect Call of Duty to deviate away from multiplayer to battle royale. Multiplayer will likely always be a part of Call of Duty games, and rightly so, but there will be a shift towards the new phenomenon of battle royale. However, with the aforementioned Modern Warfare 4, it might not happen just yet…

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale


Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.