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David Vonderhaar Gives New Details About Call of Duty Blackout Battle Royale Mode in Black Ops 4

Published: 22/May/2018 19:41 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:57

by Calum Patterson

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Studio design director at Treyarch David Vonderhaar, has released lots of new information on the upcoming battle royale mode ‘Blackout’, set to launch with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Sitting down with PlayStation shortly after the Black Ops 4 community reveal event on May 17th, Vonderhaar went into more details about all of the new features on show.

But most crucially, he gave a lot more information on the new Blackout mode – Call of Duty’s first attempt at battle royale – of which there was very little shown at the reveal event.

It is clear that the Blackout mode is still deep in development, hence why there was only a short teaser, but Vonderhaar has expanded on his comments about the map size (1500x the size of Nuketown), and confirmed it will be first person.

He also confirms that ten years worth of the Black Ops sub-franchise will ‘inspire’ the new mode, and we will see characters, weapons and vehicles from the previous titles return.

“1500 times bigger than Nuketown. And I think that’s probably being conservative really. It’s a big world. Biggest we’ve ever created for sure. And you navigate it with land, sea, and air vehicles, both new and potentially, inspired by the games that came before it. In terms of the characters you can play and the weapons you can use.

But it is distinctly its own experience, it is a battle royale experience. But it’s done in a Black Ops way – no one has ten years worth of universe, characters, weapons and vehicles, and no one has the mechanics, control systems, fluidity and the refinement. And it’s distinctly first person, obviously. And it’s all day one, unless we blow it.”

You can listen to David Vonderhaar’s full interview with PlayStation below.

It was also reported recently that development for the Blackout mode only began early last year, which means the team will likely be working around the clock in order to have it complete and refined for October 12th.

Another lead developer at Treyarch, Matt Stone, also recently stated that the team believe that Blackout will be “better than everybody else” – hinting at the competition they will face from the already established Fortnite and PUBG.

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Insane Warzone exploit somehow makes Juggernauts even more powerful

Published: 30/Nov/2020 5:02 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 5:18

by Brad Norton

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As though Juggernauts weren’t already enough of a problem in Warzone, a ridiculous new bug gives them a wild advantage that could outright ruin any given match.

It’s no secret that Juggernauts have been an issue for quite some time in Warzone. Every time you get an alert that one has appeared in your lobby, you know it’s going to be an uphill battle. The near-impenetrable suits of armor take some hefty killstreaks to deal with, regular guns will rarely do the job.

They can beam you down from afar with their minigun and it’s an almost guaranteed win unless strangers team-up. Despite weeks of dealing with their extreme power, Juggernaut’s have barely been addressed. While they’ve been removed as loot inside of vaults, they’re still fairly common.

These devastating suits of armor were already enough of a challenge. However, a new bug is making them even stronger. You’re going to want to look out for this insane exploit until a new patch is deployed.

Warzone Juggernaut gameplay
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Juggernaut’s might already haunt your games but this exploit makes them even more of an issue.

Juggernaut’s will already have you on your toes if one appears in your lobby. Though now you’ll have even more of a reason to be cautious. If you hear the warning that a firesale event is about to kick off, you’re about to have a real problem on your hands.

This random-chance event has paved the way for an absurd Juggernaut exploit. Items in the Buy Station are cheaper than ever, though one goodie is often free for each player as well. If you’re in a suit of armor, it turns out that one free goodie can be redeemed an unlimited number of times.

In one example, Reddit user ‘TarleenG’ was able to secure well over a dozen self-revive kits in the blink of an eye. While only one can be used at a time, this obviously creates an unbalanced state of affairs. 

If Juggernauts can provide their full squad with self-rez, it saves funds for other powerful items. Not only that, but additional copies of the item will drop on the ground. Meaning you can always return to the Buy Station later to have an endless supply of free lives.

During fire sale as jug you can buy unlimited self revives from CODWarzone

The only plus side to this exploit is that it’s quite rare. To have a Juggernaut suit and then get a firesale event requires some crazy luck. Though it’s clearly possible and will clearly be frustrating when it happens.

Treyarch is yet to respond to this particular issue. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when a fix comes through. Perhaps in the next major update as Black Ops Cold War’s arsenal transitions into Warzone on December 10.