Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 continues to 'push the envelope' with a collection of new features set to be implemented into the title.
On August 2, it was revealed in a vg247 interview with Treyarch Developer Tony Flame that the studio will be implementing 'mixed ballistics' in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta.
The feature, which will be fully present in the 'Blackout' Battle Royale mode, implements 'bullet drop' on certain weapons, meaning that players may need to 'lead' their targets while aiming. Bullet drop can be found in other titles such as Fortnite: Battle Royale, PUBG, Battlefield, and more.
Flame states that mixed ballistics will be an 'experiment' in the Beta as an opportunity to potentially have a better chance to balance weapons down the line.
"With multiplayer, we’re experimenting with that in the beta – we’ve got kind of a mixed system there, what works best for what gun – so we’re going to see how that works [...] It really gives us an opportunity to balance some guns that we traditionally had trouble balancing in Call of Duty."
He later goes on to provide an example of weapon balancing with submachine guns in the past, and how mixed ballistics would give the studio an opportunity to change the meta by making weapons 'feel good in their role.'
"For example, submachine guns have always been tough to get right because good players can do really well with them, even at a distance – so we’re utilising ballistics in the beta to counteract that and keep SMGs within their role in that close-to-mid-range engagement. At the longer range, ballistics kicks in and they’re a little harder to use. We’re really excited to see how that affects the meta and makes all of the guns feel good in their role.”
PlayStation 4 users will have the first opportunity to play the Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Beta, which is set to kick off on Friday, August 3 at 10 AM PST and will run until Monday, August 6 at the same time.
More information on mixed ballistics and bullet drop can be found in the original vg247 interview with Tony Flame.