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No Campaign Mode Officially Confirmed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Published: 17/May/2018 18:20 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:55

by DG Goldstein

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a traditional ‘Campaign’ mode after it was confirmed by Treyarch during the ‘Community Reveal’ stream.

Taking place on Thursday, May 17th, the ‘Community Reveal Event’ was the first opportunity for the Call of Duty community to get a look at various aspects of Black Ops 4.

Prior to the reveal, a collection of leaks from a collection of sources stated that Black Ops 4 will not have a Campaign mode, which was eventually confirmed during the live stream by Mark Lamia.

Campaign mode will be replaced by Blackout, the first ever Call of Duty ‘Battle Royale’ experience, which will feature different aspects from past titles, such as maps, characters, and more.

When discussing Black Ops 4, Lamia mentioned how narrative will be included in ‘each of the modes,’ rather than a traditional Campaign.

“Look, it’s all about having fun with your friends – more fun than you’ve ever had before. Black Ops 4 doesn’t have a traditional Campaign, we’re weaving narrative into each of the modes.”

The full clip can be viewed below from the Black Ops 4 Community Reveal.

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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

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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.