David Vonderhaar hints at major changes to Concussions in Blackout [UPDATE] - Dexerto
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David Vonderhaar hints at major changes to Concussions in Blackout [UPDATE]

Published: 22/Jan/2019 12:54 Updated: 23/Jan/2019 6:05

by Matt Porter

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Treyarch Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar has dropped a sneaky hint on Twitter that may tie-in to some major changes to  Concussion Grenades in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode.

Blackout is Call of Duty’s first foray into the battle royale genre that has dominated gaming for a number of years, and has quickly become a fan-favorite mode amongst fans of the legendary first-person-shooter.

However, one item that has infuriated fans since Blackout’s launch is the Concussion Grenade, which some players claim is extremely overpowered and needs to be removed from the game.

This is because Concussion Grenades are stronger in Black Ops 4 than in any other Call of Duty title, as players who get hit by one are unable to see where they’re going, heal themselves or even through equipment of their own as a way to counter the item.

The Concussion Grenades have been unpopular amongst Fortnite fans for some time.

There may be hope for frustrated Blackout fans, as a recent tweet from Vonderhaar appeared to hint at the possible removal of the item entirely.

On Monday, January 21, YouTuber PrestigeIsKey tweeted out that he believed Blackout would be a much better mode without Concussions, an opinion shared by OpTic Gaming member Ashley ‘MiDNiTE’ Glassel who replied to the tweet saying: “100%.”

It response to MiDNiTE’s tweet, Vonderhaar tweeted: “I agree with MiDNiTE but not with Prestige,” an interesting statement since both tweeted echoed the same sentiments.

UPDATE

Following up his Tweets on the matter, Vonderhaar went in depth in a discussion on Reddit to give a bit more information on upcoming changes to Concussion Grenades. 

While he did confirm that the team at Treyarch is evaluating the item, Vonderhaar nonetheless said “We have no plans to remove them from the game.”

In addition to this confirmation, Vonderhaar also gave some further clarification on the so-called “all or nothing” approach to the grenades in response to a Reddit user wondering why the stun isn’t affected by distance. 

There’s no official word on when the next Blackout update will release, but Call of Duty fans will be hopeful that some changes to the Concussion Grenade are included when it finally drops.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.