New Leaks Suggest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Will Feature Free DLC and Zombies Season Pass - Dexerto
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New Leaks Suggest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Will Feature Free DLC and Zombies Season Pass

Published: 19/May/2018 21:37 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Calum Patterson


Breaking new leaks suggest that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will no longer follow the same DLC model fans have become accustomed to, instead shifting to a free model.

The rumors were sparked after comments made by studio co-head at Treyarch Dan Bunting, and subsequent leaks of the ‘specialist’ edition of the game, which did not include a season pass.

In previous years, Call of Duty titles have released three or four DLC ‘packs’, which include an assortment of multiplayer and zombies maps, plus new weapons, outfits and more, all for the cost of around $10-$15.

As an alternative to paying the $15 at the time of DLC release, fans could simply purchase a season pass, giving them all the DLC packs at no extra cost.

As Dan Bunting explains however, in an interview with Polygon, it looks like Treyarch will be shifting away from this model.

“I can’t tell you at this point in time what [DLC] is going to look like, but I can tell you that we are pushing hard to release content to our fans in a way that’s going to make them happy and a way that we believe is the right thing to do in this stage in our game’s lifespan.”

With Black Ops 4’s increased emphasis on team play, forcing players to purchase DLC packs in order to play with their friends like in the past, doesn’t seem conducive this time around.

And new leaks, coming from Matthew Harris (who some may remember for numerous leaks including the lack of campaign mode, an Overwatch style game and more), claim a source has told them more.

“Our sources claim that this is where we will see the most radical shift in the delivery of content. As opposed to players getting the usual four maps every couple of months they will receive a map, or in some cases two maps, every month.”

This is said to desirable because it will avoid the drop in player base which Call of Duty titles see after the release of a DLC map pack.

The leaks also claim that there will still be a season pass, but for Zombies only. It would be the same as a traditional season pass, but would only contain Zombies related content.

Certainly, the paid DLC model has been becoming more outdated, with games such as Fortnite releasing a lot of content either for free, or allowing players to purchase small individual items as and when they choose.

Black Ops 4 also has a new battle royale mode too of course, called ‘Blackout’, and because this will split the player base of multiplayer, Treyarch may be keen not to split it further by having paid multiplayer DLC and season pass.

None of the leaks are confirmed of course, and any plans which Treyarch have could change before release.


Source: GamingINTEL

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.