David Vonderhaar Hints at Tools For Streamers and Discusses Making Black Ops 4 "Fun To Watch" - Dexerto
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David Vonderhaar Hints at Tools For Streamers and Discusses Making Black Ops 4 “Fun To Watch”

Published: 7/Jun/2018 19:33 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Calum Patterson

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As part of the Black Ops 4 multiplayer live stream on June 7th, studio design director David Vonderhaar discussed briefly Treyarch’s focus on ensuring the game will be “fun to watch”.

Streaming has become an ever more integral part of what makes a successful video game, with the likes of battle royale games Fortnite and PUBG benefiting greatly from the increased exposure.

Call of Duty also has a well supported esports scene, which Treyarch and Vonderhaar particularly have been very attentive to with previous Black Ops releases.

For Black Ops 4, Vonderhaar made it sound as though the development team are very aware of the demands that esports spectators and stream viewers will have for the game.

He first hints at supporting “streaming features” for both streamers and viewers, although he doesn’t go into details as to what this exactly entails.

Presumably, Treyarch will be looking at how they can incorporate Twitch, the most popular video game streaming platform, directly with the game.

Vonderhaar then moves to discussing gameplay itself and how the new specialist system should improve the experience for spectators watching the action, possibly with esports in mind.

“There’s a lot of ways to think about “Fun to Watch”. It’s not just, ‘hey this supports streaming features’, right – that’s a thing. That it is streamer friendly.

And also the game design itself. As a spectator, while you’re watching the game, you understand a bit more what’s happening, because you are watching a particular player play a particular specialist.

That particular specialist has things and does things within the game loop that no other player can do. So that makes it easier to understand when you are watching. And to associate how well you are doing playing that [specialist], with the person who is streaming.”

It sounds as though Treyarch are very focused on making Black Ops 4 as streamer and spectator friendly as possible, for both casual streamers on Twitch and esports.

Along with the release of Black Ops 4, there is also going to be a standalone battle royale mode named ‘Blackout’, but Vonderhaar didn’t touch on how this will also be tailored for streaming.

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale

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One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
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The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.