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Treyarch Say They Only Started Making Battle Royale Mode BLACKOUT Last Year for CoD: Black Ops 4

Published: 19/May/2018 16:25 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Scott Mahoney


The inclusion of a Battle Royale mode marks a major change for the Call of Duty franchise, single-player campaign out, Battle Royale in.

Co-Studio Head of Treyarch, Dan Bunting, discussed the addition of Battle Royale into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in an interview with EuroGamer.

Bunting says, “It’s no secret to anybody in the industry that battle royale took the world by storm when it first hit early last year.”

Long time Call of Duty fans will be excited to see how Treyarch approaches the Battle Royale game mode.

With the increase in Battle Royale style games in 2018, the Treyarch team will have their hands full as their is no shortage of competition in the industry.

Bunting was asked about the challenges they have faced in developing the Battle Royale mode into a Call of Duty Formate, here’s how he responded:

“I would say that’s generally true for things like multiplayer maps, because that’s the kind of style of play we have. But the reality is, we have been developing advanced engine tools for our developers to be more effective and more efficient in building large open spaces for a long time.

This game, actually, from the early days we started a heavy push to build a new technology we call superterrain. It allows our artists and level designers to essentially paint terrain into the map in a fast and fluid way, and also build it into a massive open space that can stream very easily and efficiently for the engine. 

That was a technology we started working on very early in this project. It has proven to be a really strong investment. It’s overhauling what our team is capable of building.”

The reveal for the new ‘Blackout’ Battle Royale mode

However, Bunting was unable to confirm that the Battle Royale would feature a 100 players in the game mode.

Nonetheless, fans are ecstatic about the game mode coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

As for how the game mode turns out, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Black Ops Cold War devs respond to console-bricking Xbox Series X issues

Published: 24/Nov/2020 6:29 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 6:44

by Brad Norton


Despite the Xbox Series X console just launching, Black Ops Cold War players have reportedly encountered a number of game-breaking bugs already, some that have even supposedly ‘bricked’ the hardware completely.

The new generation of gaming consoles have certainly been hard to come by. However, certain players that were able to get their hands on the Xbox Series X at launch haven’t all been feeling lucky.

Black Ops Cold War launched on the new system, alongside five other platforms. With plenty of unique hardware to account for, it’s no surprise that the release has been accompanied by some critical bugs. While some pull players from the game momentarily, others appear to be far more damaging.

If you’re playing on the Xbox Series X and notice a few crashes, it might be time to put the controller down for a little while.

Gamers that have tried to play through certain issues have reported their brand new Xbox Series X consoles outright breaking and refusing to turn back on.

Word of Caution Xbox Series X from blackopscoldwar

“My Cold War had been crashing my Series X a bunch over the weekend,” Reddit user ‘Junesfoshiz’ said. While it wasn’t a major deal at first, things soon became much worse. “I’d just reboot and move on,” they explained. “Well, when it happened this morning, it was for good. Xbox will not boot back up.”

With their console no longer functioning, they advised others with the same crashing issues to “play something else until there’s a patch.”

Treyarch already investigating Xbox issues

Treyarch is well aware of these devastating issues already. In fact, it’s the top problem on the official Trello board, with developers investigating it at this very moment. “We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres added on Reddit.

“My immediate recommendations are to make sure that you’re using the correct version for your platform,” the community manager wrote.

Similar to those playing on the PS5, you can still access the PS4 version by mistake. This can seemingly lead to all sorts of unique problems. Double-check that you’re running the proper version of the game if your Xbox Series X has been crashing while playing Cold War.

Last but not least, “players have also shared that disabling Ray Tracing on XSX has helped.” While you won’t be using the flashy new hardware to its full potential with Ray Tracing disabled, it should prevent some devastating crashes.

An incoming patch should help mitigate a good number of these problems on the Xbox hardware, including those that brick the Series X console. However, there’s currently no ETA on when this patch will arrive.