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Modern Warfare fans upset as evidence suggests skill-based matchmaking

Published: 16/Sep/2019 18:53 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 19:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Evidence has been found that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer will include skill-based matchmaking, and players are not happy about it in the least.

The first of two Beta weekends for Modern Warfare came to a close on September 16, after four days of access for those playing on the PlayStation 4.

While there was a variety of things discussed about the current build of the game, one of the topics that was brought up the most was skill-based matchmaking (SBMM).

SBMM is an in-game system that pits higher-skilled players against each, and player skill is determined by the trend of their performances in recent matches.

This means that those who perform well throughout the course of several matches will be matched up against each other, and those who don’t put up good stats and results will end up facing lower caliber players. 

Infinity WardHow bad is the SBMM in Modern Warfare?

While SBMM has not been 100% officially confirmed to have existed in the Modern Warfare Beta, YouTuber ‘S0ur’ conducted an experiment on his own that yielded evidence suggesting there was something definitely there.

In a video he published on September 16, he demonstrated how intentionally playing bad and losing matches for five games in a row put him in a considerably weaker lobby for the sixth match, during which he tried to play normally and actually did really well.

While that is not conclusive and irrefutable proof that Infinity Ward had implemented SBMM, the YouTuber did bring up an interview the developers had done with GameInformer in which they talked about potentially installing such a system for multiplayer.

“I know there was a GameInformer interview a couple of months ago where they talked about wanting to have SBMM in this game, but that they were also aware of not wanting to ruin the experience for the higher skilled group. They acknowledged that if it gets too sweaty, that isn’t fun.”

Judging by many of the comments on Infinity Ward’s Beta wrap-up Reddit post on September 16, that sentiment is also shared by a lot of players who don’t want there to be SBMM in multiplayer.

“I have decided to cancel my pre-order because SBMM defeats the whole purpose of CoD, in my opinion,” wrote ‘DazzledTad.’ “If I want to sweat, I already have Overwatch and Rainbow6 for that.”

“I may cancel the preorder if SBMM stays,” added ‘Lucky1ex1.’ “It’s unreal how bad it is for the longevity of the game. Nobody wants a sweat-fest every single game. I played on my son’s shitty account and it was unreal the difference that it makes. Random lobbies are better vs punishing better players for being better, it does not make it fun for us to be in a constant clan way.”

Infinity Ward have yet to comment on this barrage of messages from players, so it remains to be seen whether or not there will be any changes made to matchmaking for the second weekend of the Beta.

The second session will kick off on September 19 for those with early access on Xbox One and PC, as well as everyone on PS4, before opening up to all players across all platforms September 21-23.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.