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Sledgehammer Games Co-Founder hilariously slams Black Ops 4 $30 melee weapon

Published: 27/Mar/2019 20:59 Updated: 27/Mar/2019 21:32

by Alan Bernal

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Treyarch came under fire from the Black Ops 4 community when it released their controversial Triple Play bundle on March 26, and now a former Sledgehammer executive is joining in on the fun.

The latest special offer in the Black Market let players spend a cool 2800 COD points, roughly $30, for a Weapon Crate, 10 cases, and 10 tiers as well as the new Home Wrecker melee weapon.

Since the main draw of the Triple Play seems to be the Ultra Melee Weapon, players felt Treyarch weren’t taking them into consideration when they locked the new item behind a bundled price.

TreyarchThe Triple Play bundle in the Black Ops 4 shop.

In a March 27 tweet, Co-Founder and former Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games Michael Condrey set the record straight when someone joked about the microtransactions that are filling Call of Duty titles.

In his reply, he detailed how he and his team at the time approached post-launch content, while clarifying that a $30 digital weapon wouldn’t happen under his command.

“To be clear, Advanced Warfare launched only with rewarded Supply Drops,” Condrey said. “We were driven by, and at the service of, providing fans more ways (than just XP) to earn rewards, customize their Create-A-Class, and express achievements in the virtual lobby. $30 for a melee weapon? Not on my watch.”

The former CoD exec left nothing to interpretation when expressing his views toward the latest bundle from Treyarch and Activision.

Twitter users flocked to his reply with both thunderous applause and cheer at the sound of a prominent figure in game development denouncing the latest microtransaction in Black Ops 4.

Since his time at Sledgehammer, Condrey was an executive at Activision until December 2018 when he left for a yet-to-be-announced studio under Take Two Interactive.

Going by his feelings toward the latest Triple Play bundle, it’ll be interesting to see how Condrey approaches microtransactions in his next project.

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Best Bullfrog loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 10:28

by James Busby

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The Bullfrog is capable of unleashing plenty of highly-damaging rounds in a matter of seconds. While it isn’t as potent as the pre-patch MP5, it’s still a great SMG for those that enjoy the run and gun playstyle. 

With the MP5 taking a significant hit to both its damage and range, many Black Ops Cold War players are now trying to find a worthy replacement. The Milano and AK-74u have been dominating the current SMG bracket, but a lot of players are starting to see just how lethal the Bullfrog can be. This weapon is the last to unlock in the game’s SMG category and while it can take a number of hours to obtain, it’s well worth the grind. 

Whether you prefer to aggressively flank your foes or just want a gun you can rely on in close-quarter fights, the Bullfrog is always a good option. In order to help you get the most out of the Bullfrog, we’ve put together a loadout that maximizes all this gun’s strengths. 

Best Bullfrog loadout

Bullfrog SMG
Activision / Treyarch
The Bullfrog SMG is certainly no MP5, but it’s still a decent pick.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your Bullfrog in Black Ops Cold War:

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 7.4” Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: VDV 85 RND Fast Mag
  • Handle: Gru Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

Black Ops Cold War’s maps offer plenty of opportunities for players to best their opponents in close-quarters combat, especially now that Nuketown has made its highly anticipated return. This Gunfighter loadout aims to bolster every aspect of the gun, making it more stable and deadly than ever before. 

First up is the Microflex LED. This optic offers excellent clarity thanks to its unobtrusive design, while the 1.25x zoom makes it perfect for spotting out close to mid-range targets. The Bullfrog does have some pretty strong vertical recoil, so the Spetsnaz Compensator and Spetsnaz Grip have been utilized. 

Even with these attachments, you’ll still need to pull down on your mouse/analog stick to control the bullet spread during mid-range firefights. However, the increased damage range/bullet velocity from the 7.4” Task Force does make it more viable outside of the usual SMG range. 

Of course, it’s still often best to avoid any areas that have particularly big sightlines. Instead, focus on flanking and use the Bullfrog’s great mobility to aggressively rush your enemies. 

Bullfrog Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Bullfrog is capable of some pretty quick kill times.

The Steady Aim Laser, KGB Skeletal Stock, and Gru Elastic Wrap allow you to be more reactive in your playstyle. Not only do these speed-enhancing attachments give you increased hip fire accuracy and sprint to fire time, they also bolster your ADS time. 

These attachments are the bread and butter of any good SMG class, so you want to use them if you wish to pull off those all-important flanks. Lastly, the VDV 85 RND Fast Mag gives you a huge amount of ammo to melt multiple foes with. 

Whether your aim isn’t as accurate as it used to be or you just want to crack that reload habit, then be sure to equip this magazine. Even if you do find yourself constantly reloading after every shot, the Bullfrog’s reload animation is incredibly fast. 


So there you have it, a well balanced Bullfrog loadout that you can use to wreak havoc across Black Ops Cold War’s smaller maps. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.