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New Barebones ‘no Specialists’ playlist coming soon to Black Ops 4 – everything we know so far

Published: 25/Mar/2019 21:59 Updated: 25/Mar/2019 22:09

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty developers Treyarch have confirmed that the highly anticipated Barebones playlist will be making its debut soon in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer.

During their special Studio Livestream on March 25, Treyarch developers gave players a glimpse at what they should expect from Barebones once it goes live in Multiplayer.

Since it was first announced several weeks ago, players have been eagerly waiting for the release of Barebones, especially since it was the “no Specialist” playlist that everyone had been asking for. 

What is Barebones?

Barebones is a Multiplayer playlist in Black Ops 4 that strips away some of game’s more advanced and modern aspects and essentially boils gameplay down to the more classic battle involving just weapons and scorestreaks.

In this playlist, players will not be able to use Specialist equipment or abilities, weapon Operator Mods, or Gear, such as Stim Shot, Armor, Acoustic Sensor, etc…

Although players play as Specialists for cosmetic purposes in Barebones, they will not be able to use any of the Specialist equipment or abilities.

Furthermore, regular equipment, such as grenades or trophy systems, will be available once per life and will not recharge after being used within a single life. 

The playlist will not be completely old school, however, as Treyarch have decided to keep in manual healing and For of War within Barebones.

When does Barebones go live?

The Barebones playlist is set to go live when the next major Black Ops 4 update releases on March 25, most likely at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM GMT.

As for how long this playlist will be available remains to be seen, as Treyarch have not yet announced an end date for Barebones.

Manual healing will continue to exist in Barebones, but players will not be able to use Stim Shots to speed up the process.

What modes will be available in Barebones?

The first two Multiplayer modes to be available in the Barebones playlist will be Team Deathmatch and Domination, although Treyarch have pretty much confirmed that more modes will be added down the line.

There will also be a Barebones Hardcore Moshpit available for Hardcore players, and this Moshpit will also just feature TDM and Domination at the start. 

You can watch Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 Studio Livestream in its entirety down below, with the Barebones section starting at the 1:03:05 mark

Make sure to follow us @DexertoINTEL as we will provide more information about the upcoming update in Black Ops 4, including the full patch notes, as soon as it becomes available. 


NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun


From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

Fortnite Item Shop
Epic Games
Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.