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Leaks Reveal New Blackout Details, Weapon Variants and More in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Published: 25/Aug/2018 13:59 Updated: 25/Aug/2018 14:03

by Calum Patterson


In a set of new leaks about the upcoming Call of Duty title, Black Ops 4, news of weapon and specialist variants as well as new Blackout information has been revealed.

This is of course unconfirmed, but the source previously correctly leaked details of the fourth DLC pack for Call of Duty: WWII, so there is a good chance that some or all of this information is accurate.

Firstly, details of the ‘Specialist Stories’ Black Ops 4 was revealed, which are intended to give some backstory to the multiplayer specialist characters.

But in addition to this, a new mode, weapon and specialist variants, in-game events and features coming to the Blackout battle royale mode have been discovered.

This information was posted to by a Reddit user, but comes originally from a YouTube channel named The Wew Lads.

Note, this information is not confirmed, and could change prior to release.


[Treyarch] have developed two new weapons which weren’t in the beta:

· A small launcher – somewhat similar to the Blackcell in appearance and may be lock-on only.

· An assault rifle with angular lines on its receiver and curved iron sites.

NOTE: This is an artist rendition of the weapon, not an official image.


[Treyarch] have been developing variants of weapons and specialists under the theme of “Day of the Dead” and “Halloween”. This includes a Halloween themed supply drop – although this could change as Activision and Treyarch still make decisions on how to handle microstransactions in this game. Image of themed specialists.

  • Variant of the of the VAPR-XKG (Artist’s rendition)

NOTE: This is an artist rendition of the weapon variant, not an official image.

  • Variant of the MX9 (Artist’s rendition)

NOTE: This is an artist rendition of the weapon variant, not an official image.

New Mode: “Outboarding”

NOTE: This mode may have been cut and replaced by Specialist Stories Mode, leakers are uncertain.

  • A training/tutorial mode.
  • Features Sgt. Frank Woods and Reznov. Woods wakes up from some sort of simulation, perhaps ran by the Specialist Organisation.


  • Cracked and Array from BO1 have been remastered into Blackout areas.
  • There are doors, just like in PUBG and Fortnite, which can be opened and closed.
  • Scavengeables like in Heist mode.
  • While it’s aimed to have zombies present in some areas – such as Verrückt – this may not make it into the Blackout beta.
  • Some people have datamined that there are 100 players in Blackout. These are slots they used for testing but doesn’t necessarily mean the mode supports it.
  • You do, in fact, parachute into the map after gliding in on a wingsuit.

Some of this information lines up with what was seen in the Blackout trailer, for example the wingsuit.

Zombies have also been confirmed to feature in some way in Blackout, but this could simply mean that maps or weapons from Zombies will be used, not necessarily actual Zombies. It is confirmed that characters from Zombies will be playable in Blackout.

Some of this information will be proven true or false when the Blackout beta launches on September 10.

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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.