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

Published: 11/Sep/2018 12:44

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.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

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.