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Black Ops 4 devs “frustrated” with Activision pushing microtransactions and crunch at Treyarch

Published: 26/Jun/2019 16:17 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 17:57

by Calum Patterson

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Call of Duty developers, Treyarch, the studio behind the incredible successful Black Ops series, have reported being frustrated with Activision’s “never-ending quest for increased revenue”, particularly regarding microtransactions.

When initially released in October 2018, there were very few microtransactions to speak of in Black Ops 4.

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However, in the months following, this quickly changed, with a Fortnite-style battle pass added, and later even ‘Reserves’ (better known as supply drops).

In their Days of Summer update in June, perhaps the most egregious example of microtransaction greed was on show, as new weapons were added to the game – available only through the luck-based supply drop system.

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Couple this with plain red dot reticles being sold for $1, and it’s easy to see why players have become angry with the constant push of microtransactions, but in a new report from Kotaku – the developers are too.

“Many (developers) said they were just as frustrated with publisher Activision’s never-ending quest for increased revenue, and they were frustrated with the lack of influence they had on it,” the report reads, with one developer stating “It makes you wonder, where does all the money go?”

TreyarchBlackout replaced the campaign mode that had been in development for almost two years, after Treyarch management cancelled it.

Extreme crunch for Black Ops 4, and 2020 CoD

Black Ops 4’s unusal October release date was apparently brought forward from the usual November launch, due to competition with Red Dead Redemption 2 (released October 26 – two weeks after BO4).

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Kotaku’s report highlights that this earlier release date, and the cancellation of the planned campaign mode, lead to excessive ‘crunch’ at the studio, with contractors working long hours and extra days.

There is also a focus on the contracted QA testers, who claim to feel treated as second-class to the core development team, even told not to speak to devs in other departments. 

Lead developers and staff at Treyarch received a bonus for Black Ops 4 earlier in 2019, which one contractor said saw the car park fill up with new Teslas and Jaguars, while other developers, especially the testers, didn’t see any of that bonus.

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TreyarchBlack Ops 4’s release date was brought forward, to avoid launching after Red Dead Redemption 2.

An earlier Kotaku report also revealed that due to a ‘mess’ with Sledgehammer and Raven Studio’s planned 2020 CoD release, Treyarch had been drafted in on late notice to take over the project.

Now with less than two years to develop the game, as opposed to the standard three year cycle, the developers are expecting even more gruelling crunch. Some QA testers only found out about the change from Kotaku’s article, too.

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Additionally, a number of developers told Kotaku that they have expressed concerns about the Call of Duty series becoming “stale”, and suggested taking the example of Assassin’s Creed, which took a year off to ‘revitalize’ the franchise.

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Trick or Treat in Warzone Haunting event: chest locations & rewards

Published: 20/Oct/2020 7:29

by Brad Norton

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From Blueprints to weapon charms and plenty more, Warzone’s new Haunting of Verdansk event has dropped 16 unique items across the map. Here’s everything you need to know to claim them all.

Verdansk has been well and truly taken over in the new Halloween-themed event. Horror film icons are available to unlock in new bundles, a spooky nighttime version of the battle royale has been deployed, and there’s even a new Zombie Royale Limited-Time Mode (LTM)

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Activision has clearly gone all out with this haunting takeover, but there’s still more to it than meets the eye. On top of everything outlined in the new roadmap, Warzone also comes boasting a ton of free items in the new event. Just for exploring the map, 16 unique unlocks can be yours.

There’s a special treat waiting for you at the very end as well. From an overview of each reward to where they can all be found, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown. 

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How Trick or Treat works in Warzone


From October 20 through November 3, there will be plenty of fresh content for Warzone players to sink their teeth into. Featured throughout the event is a new trick or treat system full of goodies and surprises. 

Boxes are scattered around Verdansk for you to find. Some might contain rare weapon Blueprints, though others could come with a “terrifying fright.” There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a reward from every box you open, but they’re well worth your time.

There’s no need to worry about these boxes ruining your run either. You’ll get a fright, but the ‘trick’ part of this trick or treat gimmick deals “no damage,” Activision confirmed

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Upon claiming all 16 rewards on offer, a Legendary Assault Rifle Blueprint will be all yours. The boxes are spread out far and wide so be sure to use our guide below to hunt them all down.

Trick or Treat locations in Warzone

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Trick or Treat boxes can be found all across Verdansk

Just like regular Supply Boxes in Warzone, these special crates are randomized. There’s no guarantee that one will be waiting for you at every single location in a single match. It might take some time across a good number of games over the next few weeks of the event.

There are five sections of the map that have a chance to contain Trick or Treat boxes, with two to four points of interest at each. You’ll need to claim rewards at each area over time as some are exclusive to certain points of the map. In other words, you can’t drop into the same location over and over expecting to find unique rewards each time. 

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Once you’ve claimed the rewards from a specific part of the map, a checkmark will appear in-game. Use this as you advance from one location to another, just to make sure you’re crossing every section off the list.  A full rundown of every possible location can be found below.

Sector One – North

  • Gora Dam
  • Arklov Peak Military Base
  • Karst River Quarry

Sector Two – West

  • Verdansk International Airport
  • Storage Town
  • Atlas Superstore
  • Zhokov Boneyard

Sector Three – Southwest

  • Hospital
  • Novi Grazna Hills

Sector Four – Central and South

  • BCH TV Station
  • Verdansk Stadium
  • Downtown

Sector Five – East

  • Gorengrad Lumber Yard
  • Port of Verdansk
  • Zordaya Prison Complex (Gulag)

Trick or Treat rewards

From spooky Calling Cards to weapon charms and a ton more, there’s plenty to unlock during this limited-time event. First up, just for opening the Trick or Treat menu in-game, a weapon charm will be yours.

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Next up, it’ll be on you to track down each location across the map. Once you’ve ticked off all 16, a special treat will be all yours. 

The “Pumpkin Punisher” Legendary Assault Rifle Blueprint is on offer throughout this Halloween-themed event. As the name implies, it’s a vibrant orange weapon with a creepy face carved into the side. Everything from the magazine to the muzzle has been painted or tinted orange to keep it consistent. 

“Pumpkin Punisher” Legendary Assault Rifle BlueprintThe “Pumpkin Punisher” Legendary Assault Rifle Blueprint is your final reward.

Below is a look at all 16 items you’ll collect on your way to the Legendary Blueprint.

Warzone Trick or Treat reward
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Warzone Freak of Nature Spray
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Warzone Chainsaw Fiend Spray
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Warzone Flashy Fate Sticker
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Warzone The Harvester Emblem
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Warzone Ghoulish Gift Emblem
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Warzone Scary Patch
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Warzone The Cleaver Melee weapon
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Warzone Spooky Scene Calling Card
Warzone Trick or Treat reward
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Warzone Jack-O-Lantern Charm
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Warzone Skeleton Crew Spray
Warzone Trick or Treat reward
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Warzone Time of the Season Watch
Warzone Trick or Treat reward
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Warzone Lil Demon Charm
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Warzone The Joker Sticker
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Warzone The Woodsman Spray
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Warzone Return To Dust Assault Rifle Blueprint
Warzone Trick or Treat reward
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Warzone Pumpkin Peril Calling Card

You have from October 20 until November 3 to track down every unique item. Once it’s over, the one of a kind Blueprint will be gone, so make sure you get in quick.