Call of Duty

David Vonderhaar Explains to Shroud and Lirik Why Freelook is Unlikely to Feature in Blackout

by Calum Patterson


Treyarch's David Vonderhaar was playing some games of the new Blackout beta with streamers Shroud and Lirik, and answered a few design questions the players had.


Vonderhaar, who has worked on all of the Call of Duty: Black Ops titles, has shifted his focus this year to the new battle royale mode, 'Blackout', as the genre has taken over the gaming industry.

But because there are already popular games in the genre, there are certain standards to be aimed for and comparisons are already being made, with the likes of Fortnite and PUBG.


Shroud particularly is known as one of the top PUBG players in the world, as well as by far the most popular PUBG streamer, and he has been keen to try out the new Blackout mode.

Currently, the beta is only available on PlayStation 4, but Shroud is known as one of the best PC players, so had a few questions for Vonderhaar relating specifically to the PC experience.

One such idea was 'freelook', allowing players to hold a key to look freely in all directions, but Vonderhaar suggested that with a strictly first person game, this would almost be cheating.


Vonderhaar has been busy responding to requests from the community already though, addressing issues around looting and even cross-platform potential.

Shroud, being a Twitch streamer himself, was also interested whether there will be exclusive Twitch Prime loot, similar to how Fortnite has done theirs, and Vonderhaar responded optimistically.