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Players ruining Black Ops 4 League Play will soon face penalties

Published: 12/Mar/2019 15:26 Updated: 12/Mar/2019 17:09

by Calum Patterson

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 developer at Treyarch, Matt Scronce, has confirmed that they are implementing penalties in League Play mode for “unsavory play”, specifically teamkilling.

To be in-line with the competitive ruleset, friendly fire is enabled in Black Ops 4 League Play, but this can lead to frustrating moments when playing with randomly assigned teammates – who are either careless, or deliberately ruining the fun.

As well as teamkilling, another problem is with players leaving matches early, usually when their team is behind and the comeback seems difficult, or sometimes for seemingly no reason at all – they just decided to quit.

League Play and the ‘World League hub’ was finally added to Black Ops 4 in February, after numerous delays.

In previous ‘ranked’ modes in Call of Duty, penalties have been enforced for players who leave matches early, or teamkill regularly, but Black Ops 4 currently has no such penalties.

Unsurprisingly, players have been asking for stricter rules around League Play, and Treyarch are delivering, as Scronce explains.

Specifically, friendly fire ‘ricochet’ will be enabled at the start of rounds, meaning that players who shoot teammates early in a round will actually inflict that bullet damage to themselves.

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Additionally, Treyarch will also be implementing a change to how teamkilling is registered with AI controlled scorestreaks, namely the Thresher.

As the targeting of this streak is not directly controlled by the player, it seems unfair to punish them for any accidental friendly fire, and so friendly fire will be removed from the Thresher altogether in League Play.

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Whether the planned updates to League Play will be enough to satisfy players’ complaints remains to be seen, but it’s a step in the right direction at least.

League Play was delayed for some months, only launching in February – five months after Black Ops 4’s release – which set it off on a bad foot with players. 

Call of Duty fans had been getting understandably impatient, especially considering 2019’s Call of Duty release will likely be teased in a matter of weeks.

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Black Ops Cold War PlayStation-exclusive Zombies mode revealed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 18:41

by Tanner Pierce

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Just a few short weeks ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s official launch, Activision and Sony have announced a brand new Zombies: Onslaught mode. It will be exclusive to PlayStation consoles, at least for a little while, before coming to other platforms.

According to PlayStation, a new Black Ops Cold War Zombies mode titled Onslaught will be exclusively available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players for almost an entire year before coming to other platforms.

The mode itself is a simple variation of the classic Zombies experience: Two players will be dropped into maps from the game’s base multiplayer mode and will be forced to fight the undead in specific sections of the map, marked by a Dark Aether Orb. After taking out enough enemies, the section will move, forcing the player themselves to move as well.

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Onslaught players will be dropped into multiplayer maps and forced to fight the undead.

Like the normal Zombies mode in Black Ops Cold War, players will be able to use their custom classes in Onslaught, allowing you to fight the way that you want. This is certainly a welcome addition, although an expected one.

During the match itself, different enemies will spawn in, including a type called Elites. Taking out these zombies is apparently be what players should shoot for (no pun intended) when fighting through Onslaught matches, as they’ll directly affect your ranking when you finish.

Depending on the rank you achieve, you’ll be able to earn rewards for both Multiplayer and Zombies, further bridging the two modes. Currently, it’s unknown exactly what the rewards are, although it’ll more than likely be calling cards, emblems, and weapon blueprints.

While this news is certainly exciting for PlayStation players, fans on Xbox and PC are going to, once again, be left in the dark until November 1, 2021. Modern Warfare’s Survival mode was exclusive to PS4 in 2019 and, while it ended up not being received very well, it was still a bummer for players on other platforms as it was content that was simply locked out.

Black Ops Cold War is set to release on PS4, PS5, the Xbox family of consoles, and PC on November 13, 2020.