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Could the Call of Duty: Blackout beta be returning? [UPDATED]

Published: 20/Sep/2018 11:03 Updated: 20/Sep/2018 14:42

by Matt Porter

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Update: Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the Blackout beta will not be returning anytime before Black Ops 4’s launch on October 12.


Rumors are circulating that the massively popular Call of Duty: Blackout beta could be making a return on Thursday, September 20, based on hints given by some popular streamers.

The Blackout beta was live between September 10 and September 17, and gave players a chance to get their hands on the brand new battle royale mode that will be making its debut in Black Ops 4.

The beta was a massive success, with fans and streamers alike saying how impressed they were. Now, it seems like a couple of major Twitch streamers may be dropping hints that we haven’t seen the last of Blackout before Black Ops 4 officially releases on October 12.

All of the streamers who have hinted at the return of the beta are involved in the ‘Doritos Bowl’, a Blackout event being held at Twitchcon on October 27. While this doesn’t confirm that the beta is returning, it could perhaps add some legitimacy to the rumours.

Shroud was playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with fellow streamer Chad Goff on September 19 when he said “Blackout tomorrow, woo!” before quickly backtracking by repeating “No, no.” while Chad questioned the statement.

Elsewhere, rock band Avenged Sevenfold announced on Twitter that the new music video for their song ‘Mad Hatter’ would be exclusively premiering on Dr. DisRespect’s stream on September 20. While this would line up with Shroud’s comment, it’s worth noting that ‘Mad Hatter’ was made specifically for Black Ops 4s Zombies mode, and the Doc is also set to host a PUBG tournament on the same day.

Another popular streamer in the form of Jake “ChocoTaco” Throop dropped a hint recently that he didn’t think fans had seen the last of the Blackout beta. When a fan in his chat stated “This is it, no more betas,” the Chicago native replied by saying “Uh, Just wait and see about that, I would say”.

Of course, all of these hints are far from concrete, and we may not see the return of the Blackout beta before the mode launches with the full Black Ops 4 game on October 12. 

There has been no official announcement from Treyarch or Activision regarding the beta.

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Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton

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An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”