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Treyarch under fire for releasing identical skins in Black Ops 4 supply drops

Published: 7/Jul/2019 10:58 Updated: 7/Jul/2019 13:44

by Marcus Banks

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 developers, Treyarch, have been criticized by fans after they released a skin with almost identical features to another, and giving it a different name.

Like almost every other multiplayer game on the market right now, players are able to make their character unique in Black Ops 4, by purchasing or earning various skins that alter the clothing their in-game soldier wears.

However, fans were left disgruntled after finding that Treyarch had released another variant for the Battery specialist, noticing it was extraordinarily similar to another skin.

TREYARCHPlayers can find cosmetic items in Reserves.

The rare outfits – Fall and Classic – both feature a similar design, with very few differences despite being released as standalone cosmetic outfits.

In case you can’t see, there are some very minor differences: there is hints of green in the Fall outfit which isn’t seen on the Classic variant, as well as the scissors on the character’s leg changing color.

Other than that, the skins appear to be exactly the same – prompting fans to vent their frustrations at Treyarch’s lazy cosmetics, and some suggesting that it is a deliberate ploy to fill up the ‘loot’ pool for supply drops.

The two rare outfits are virtually the same.
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Players on Reddit were quick to mock the design, claiming to have won a “spot the difference” challenge for highlighting the subtle differences between the two items, as well as joking that someone had forgot to “pay the designers”.

Treyarch were criticized for their laziness, and some players were forced to check whether they already owned the outfit due to its similarity.

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It wouldn’t be the first time that a Call of Duty developer has been blasted for releasing similar items with different names either.

In 2017’s WWII, Sledgehammer Games were called out for releasing multiple emotes in supply drops with 100% identical animations, but with a new name for each, filling up the supply drops with duplicate emotes.

TREYARCHPlayers only receive one item in Black Ops 4 reserves, and they’re not duplicate protected.

Whether these skins are intentionally the same or simply an oversight on Treyarch’s part, fans are right to be upset, given how long it currently takes to earn a supply drop, or ‘reserve’ as they are called in-game. 

Some estimates suggest it takes over an of playtime to earn a supply drop, and players are only given one item in the drop, rather than three as in all previous Call of Duty games.

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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young

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Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

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Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.