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David Vonderhaar reveals upcoming changes to Blackout in Black Ops 4

Published: 2/Nov/2018 23:38 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 23:39

by Albert Petrosyan

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The popular Blackout battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to receive some major changes in the near future.

Treyarch Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar took to social media on November 2 to reveal that adjustments are coming to some of the fundamental aspects and mechanics of Blackout.

In his tweets, he hinted at changes to SMGs, Armor, and stun items such as 9-Bangs and Concussions.

“Expect changes to the SMG viability at mid-range, armor re-design, consolidated roles that 9-Bangs and Concussion play to the late game,” he tweeted. “Hint: less redundancy and less punishing to mobility.”

While the topics are not discussed in-depth, they at least provide a framework for the changes that players can expect in upcoming updates.

Vonderhaar also went on to reveal that alternative Backpack items were in the works for Blackout.

“We have prototypes of alternative Backpack types other than the +5 Inventory storage,” he revealed. “This would NOT be Backpack 2 (now with +10 Inventory Slots). Modifies other things like maximum stack carry or combos with other content.”

As the tweet states, these new Backpacks would not be an advanced or upgraded version of the current one in-game, but rather the inventory within it would be managed differently. 

Finally, Vonderhaar mentioned that there is a system in development that would allow players to better understand how many people drop with them at a certain location.

“Excited about the work we have going to help you understand how many people are dropping with you,” he said. “Wingsuits get you into the action fast and we like that, but it comes with the penalty of not being able to really size up just how hot it is.”

As of now, it is not clear exactly when these changes will be implemented in Blackout, or if all of them will be added together in one large update.

However, all of these changes seem to be positive and players can rest assured that Treyarch are continuously working at improving Blackout. 

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale

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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.