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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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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.