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Major changes made to Black Ops 4 Multiplayer after Beta feedback – new weapons, scorestreaks, and more

Published: 10/Oct/2018 23:18 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 17:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Treyarch have revealed a slew of major additions and changes that are coming to the Multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

During their ‘Road to Launch’ live-stream on October 10, Expert Game Designer Tony Flame, Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar, and Senior Game Designer Matt Scronce broke down everything that Treyarch had added and/or changed following community feedback.

The feedback they received was during the two private beta weekends in August, during which players on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC had a chance to try out the beta version of the Multiplayer.

Some of the news that was revealed during the live-stream was about new weapons, new scorestreaks, and changes to core mechanics such as dropshotting, healing, Fog of War, and more.

Weapons

  • There has been a new sniper added to the game called ‘Outlaw.’ Gameplay with the new weapon was shown during the stream.

  • A new operator mod called ‘Dual Wield SMG’ will be available for some of the SMG weapons, and it will allow players to equip two of the same gun at the same time.

  • A new 3-round burst pistol has been added to the game called RK 7 Garrison.
  • Players using LMG weapons will have very little to no flinch when aiming down sights. There will also be two new LMGs added compared to what was available in the beta.
  • A brand-new thermal sight has been added as an option for certain weapons. The sight was noticeably missing during the beta.

Scorestreaks

  • Three new scorestreaks were revealed during the live-stream: Drone Squad, Sniper’s Next, and Dart.
  • Drone Squad proved a squad of drones that fly around the map and provide recon intel.

  • Sniper’s Nest is a helicopter that flies in and includes two professional snipers with .50 CAL sniper rifles shooting down, one on each side of the chopper.

  • The Dart returns and is very similar to its Black Ops 3 counterpart. This scorestreak allows players to remotely fly around a dart that can shoot down small rockets and provide intel on locations of enemies.

  • The RC-XD has been heavily improved as it now offers both better vision and more effective navigation.
  • The Gunship and Attack Chopper have also been improved, with the latter possibly having the potential to cause “devastating” damage.

Mechanics

  • Dropshotting, which had been nerfed in the beta compared to previous CoD titles, will now be further possible with the Stock II attachment.
  • Fog of War has been heavily changed, as players who show up on opponents’ FOW will get an “eye ball” icon on their screen notifying them that they’ve been detected. The FOW mini-map now comes in the form of a cone and no longer a circle.

  • Spawns, which were a big point of contention during the beta, have been dramatically improved.
  • Healing, more specifically the Stem Shot, has been slightly “dialed back” as the time it takes to use it has been increased. However, the animation of switching between healing and weapons has been smoothed out.

Just as with the Multiplayer, there are numerous major changes and adjustments that have been made to the Blackout battle royale mode, all of which can be found at the link below:

The entirety of Treyarch’s October 10 ‘Road to Launch’ live-stream can be viewed down below:

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Black Ops Cold War preorder guide: Editions, bonuses, cross-gen, more

Published: 27/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 6:11

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War is almost upon us and if you’re struggling to keep on top of the many different versions, early in-game bonuses, and even cross-gen features, we’ve got you covered.

Treyarch’s next mainline entry in the Call of Duty series is fast approaching. After a record-shattering Alpha, followed by an equally impressive Beta, it’s clear that we’re in store for one of the biggest releases in franchise history.

More players are eager to drop into the action than ever before, but preordering can be a bit confusing. There are multiple unique versions of the game that span across five platforms. For veterans and newcomers alike, it can be easy to lose track of what’s included with each edition.

If you’re wondering which to preorder, we’ve got you covered. Below is a complete rundown of every version of Black Ops Cold War.

When does Black Ops Cold War release?

Treyarch’s next big release is launching on Friday, November 13, 2020. Black Ops Cold War will be available across more platforms than many previous releases. Current-gen players can hop in on day one across the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Meanwhile, those with next-gen consoles from day one can access the game on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X + S. Of course, PC gamers will also be getting in on the fun as well.

Regardless of where you’re playing or where your friends are playing, everyone can still team up. Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will feature cross-platform and cross-generation play for all multiplayer modes as well as Zombies.

Digital Black Ops Cold War editions

It can be easy to lose track of what content and which features are included with the many different versions of Black Ops Cold War. Some come with weapon Blueprints while others come with the ability to play across multiple platforms.

To keep things simple, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are three main versions of the game. If you’re playing on PC, it couldn’t be simpler. Though if you’re a console gamer, things get a bit muddled due to the new generation of hardware.

Below is a full table of what you need to know. From preorder bonuses to the exact features and content provided with each version, use this as a guide before putting your money down.

PlayStation Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
PS4 version of the game Included Included Included
PS5 version of the game PS4 version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Xbox Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
Xbox One version of the game Included Included Included
Xbox Series X + S versions of the game Xbox One version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

PC Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Ultimate Edition
PC version of the game Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Physical Black Ops Cold War editions

If you prefer to snag a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War, there are some unique details to keep in mind. With many digital versions of the game, cross-platform functionality is built-in. If you opt for a disc, however, an extra cost is associated with unlocking this cross-gen feature.

For example, if you buy a physical copy for the PS4 but want to play on PS5 in 2021, you’ll have to pay $10. It gets even more complicated if you purchase a physical copy for next-gen and want to revert back for whatever reason.

Below is a complete list of details to be wary of before buying a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War.

  • PS4 Standard Physical edition can upgrade to PS5 for $10.
  • PS5 Standard Physical edition only comes with the PS5 version. 
  • Xbox One Physical Standard edition cannot upgrade to Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series X Standard Physical edition includes Xbox One copy
Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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Black Ops Cold War has three unique versions across five different platforms.

So there you have it, everything there is to know about the various editions of Black Ops Cold War. Options are almost always a good thing and there’s plenty to choose from to fit your ideal CoD experience.