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No more FMJ? Black Ops Cold War makes changes to bullet penetration

Published: 15/Sep/2020 0:22

by Tanner Pierce


Treyarch Game Designer, Tony Flame, has commented on bullet penetration in Black Ops Cold War, saying that it will feel different depending on the weapon you’re using and hinted that a classic attachment won’t be making an appearance.

Ever since the reveal of both the single-player and multiplayer components of Black Ops Cold War,  Treyarch and Raven Software have been pretty open about certain aspects of the game. The communication between the creators and the community for the game is a bit unusual for the franchise, as the developers generally like to keep secrets for as long as possible.

One of the more socially active developers at Treyarch is Tony Flame, who works as a game designer for the company. He’s been fairly open about certain facets of the multiplayer, including the changes to damage flinch when shot at and adjustments to scorestreaks. Now, he’s dropped some new information about bullet penetration.

According to Flame, bullet penetration will feel completely different in Black Ops Cold War when compared to other games in the franchise. While he didn’t go into an insane level detail about it, he did give two reasons as to how it’ll feel different.

FMJ was last featured as a weapon perk within Modern Warfare (2019) and has been a part of almost every entry of the series.

The first is the fact that each weapon class will have a different level of penetration. LMGs, for example, will be able to fire through surfaces better than most other weapons because they have a larger rounds. SMG’s, on the other hand, won’t be very good at penetrating because of how small the round is. Assault rifles will be somewhere in the middle.

It’s worth noting that Flame also seems to say that every gun in each class will feature the same level of penetration, so certain ARs, for example, wouldn’t be better at that sort of thing than other weapons in that category.

Beyond that, Flame also hinted that FMJ would not be a part of the game. While he didn’t explicitly state this as a fact, he did say that while “previous games” have included it as an attachment, the developers found it to be “inconsistent”.

If true, this would make Black Ops Cold War the first Call of Duty game to not include FMJ in any capacity since 2014’s Advanced Warfare. While 2019’s Modern Warfare didn’t include it as an attachment, it did come as a weapon perk.

So far, the reception to this announcement has been pretty positive, which makes sense since people love consistency when it comes to Call of Duty. Even if FMJ is completely omitted, players will likely be fine with it as long as what Flame says about equal bullet penetration holds up.

TreyarchOnly time will tell whether this new bullet penetration system will be effective in Black Ops Cold War.

Of course, we won’t know whether or not it does until the game releases, or at least the beta, since that’s when a much larger player-base will be able to try the multiplayer for the first time and get a sense of all these new and/or adjusted mechanics.

Also, we’ll have to wait and see how this new system actually affects the game and if BOCW will play better or worse because of it, compared to past games, because this isn’t guaranteed to be a success until it’s tested at a large-scale.

Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with the Open Beta launching on October 8 for PS4 users who pre-order any digital version.

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CDL Commissioner confirms Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans

Published: 21/Jan/2021 0:59 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 2:34

by Theo Salaun


The Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, has confirmed that Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans and will be featured in a more “structured” integration moving forward.

Activision’s unprecedented success in 2020 could not have been achieved without Warzone. While Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, the Activision-Blizzard franchised CDL, and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War have all been their own successes — Warzone is more than a cherry on top.

Regularly near the heights of Twitch’s viewership, the CoD battle royale has amassed both a huge casual community and more dedicated fans committed to watching tournament play. As such, it’s unsurprising that the CDL wants to do more than the casual Warzone content it created in the inaugural season.

That content typically spanned getting pro players, coaches, and analysts involved in custom matches on Verdansk. While entertaining, Faries has revealed that the league has much more competitive plans in store for the battle royale.

In an interview with ScreenRant, Faries, who heads both the CDL and Overwatch League, expressed that Warzone will be getting more properly integrated into the CDL’s plans: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months.”

The Head of Leagues continued, contrasting these new plans with the casual content of the inaugural season and confirming that future integration will be much more esports-focused: “We did bring in Warzone related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

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The CDL kicked off to a boisterous start in its inaugural season.

As mentioned earlier, the CDL’s Warzone content in 2020 was primarily casual. Weekend custom lobbies created some fun clips and moments, but overall didn’t have quite the drawing power of Warzone’s more legitimate esport events.

We’ve seen former CDL bench players grow into massive Warzone careers, such as the London Royal Ravens’ Rhys ‘Rated’ Price as well as Charlie ‘MuTeX’ Saouma and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren formerly of the Dallas Empire. 

The league obviously has the talent for appealing Warzone competition, so fans will be antsy to find out exactly what kind of “structured” integration may be coming in the future.