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Treyarch’s Vonderhaar teases upcoming changes to Call of Duty Blackout: Alcatraz

Published: 13/Apr/2019 14:35 Updated: 13/Apr/2019 17:19

by Paul Cot


Call of Duty Blackout’s new map, Alcatraz, could be getting some much-needed changes in the near future after Treyarch’s Studio Design Director, David Vonderhaar, discussed some of the fixes.

Alcatraz changes incoming

The surprise release of the second Blackout map has been received positively by fans. Alcatraz provides an alternative Blackout experience with the emphasis being on close quarters combat and frantic, fast-paced action.

However, there are some clear faults with the design of the additional mode. The map itself runs well but the collapse mechanics and debatably a few other elements need adjusting.

We’ve already discussed five changes that Call of Duty Blackout’s Alcatraz needs and it looks like a few of them are going to be implemented.

Alcatraz is getting some exciting changes in the near future.

Collapse speed

The most obvious change that’s needed is the collapse speed. Many fans feel the collapse is currently your primary enemy in the final stages, something Vonderhaar has made clear shouldn’t be the case.

On April 12, Treyarch’s most public figure tweeted: “I still don’t love the final collapse in Alcatraz. I want to slow it down even more. The collapse should push engagements – it shouldn’t be your primary enemy.”

In a later Tweet, he went on to add: “We doubled the time (slowed it down) it will take to collapse. Just need to get it play tested & integrated into the live environment.”

While no specific time frame was mentioned, it sounds like the change could be added very soon.

Interestingly, he also stated that the final collapse, in its current form, kills two-thirds of the remaining players. This seems hard to believe, but if true, it shows just how much the final collapse needs altering.

Taking the cowards way out

Anyone who has played Alcatraz will know that getting knocked early and being left to bleed out is one of the most frustrating things in gaming, period. If left untouched after being knocked, it can take a minute to bleed out, resulting in two respawn opportunities missed.

Vonderhaar agrees that this is poor, regarding this he said: “Not being able to take the Coward’s Way Out when you have zero chance of being revived in Alcatraz and miss the wave spawn timer? Yep. Gross. Will fix asap, Please don’t hang me over what asap means.”

An open, quick and excellent response – something the Treyarch team are becoming known for.

@DavidVonderhaarThis could the new stash box UX in Blackout…

Stash box change

Otherwise known as a body bag or death box, Blackout players have grown accustomed to the looting process. However, one slightly annoying issue remains whereby it is difficult to get off the stash box UX, especially with multiple boxes in close proximity.

A new concept has been shared which would remove this problem. Currently, you need to walk away from the stash box to close it. The new method would see you click circle on PlayStation, or B for Xbox users, instead.

While it would come at the expense of being able to move while looting a body, it would significantly improve the speed of which you can loot multiple boxes.

Pistol spawns

One change that looks unlikely is the load out you will spawn with.

Vonderhaar makes a fair point here. Maybe spawning with a RK 7 Garrison would be appease those on both sides of the fence.

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Best KSP 45 loadout Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 11:59

by James Busby


Black Ops Cold War is certainly no stranger to burst fire weapons, particularly those of the assault rifle kind. However, there is also one SMG that shares this firing pattern. Here are all the attachments you should be using to unleash the KSP 45’s full potential.

The KSP 45 may not be your go-to SMG in Black Ops Cold War, especially when the likes of the MP5 and Milano dominate the category. However, despite being a three-round burst weapon, the KSP 45 offers great damage and decent range. Only one burst is needed to drop an enemy in close-quarters engagements, while two are needed at mid-range. 

This deadly gun blends both AR and SMG playstyle together, making it a great choice for those that want to remain competitive across all distances. In order to help you get the most out of the KSP 45 in Treyarch’s latest title, we’ve created a loadout that will help you secure more frags in no time. 

Best KSP 45 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

KSP 45
Activision / Treyarch
This loadout balances the KSP 45’s range and close-quarter effectiveness.

Here’s how you need to kit out your KS5 45 SMG to dish out the most damage across all ranges. 


  • Barrel: 10.5 Reinforced Heavy 
  • Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Front Grip
  • Magazine: 42 RND
  • Stock: Tactical Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Whether you prefer to seek out close-quarter firefights or take down foes in mid-range engagements with deadly precision, then this KSP 45 loadout will enable you to do just that. The 10.5 Reinforced Heavy increases the SMG’s effectiveness at range and bolsters its bullet velocity. 

Combine this with the horizontal recoil control from the Front Grip and you have an extremely accurate SMG. While the KSP 45 will still struggle to outgun the game’s meta assault rifles, you’ll at least have a fighting chance. After all, being able to take down mid-range targets in just two bursts is hardly anything to scoff at. 

Meanwhile, the SWAT 5MW Laser Sight improves the gun’s hip-fire accuracy. Mobility and ADS speed remains a big part of Black Ops Cold War, especially when you’re playing on maps like Nuketwon ‘84. As a result, being able to accurately kill any targets without ever looking down your gun’s sights is great.

The 42 RND Mags ensure you have plenty of ammo when it comes to snagging those game-winning multi-kills. Lastly, the Tactical Stock increases aim walking movement speed, enabling you to keep on your toes and quickly sweep those corners. 

KSP 45 Black Ops Cold War
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The KSP 45 may not be as dominant as the MP5, but it still packs a punch.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Assassin enables you to shut down any enemies that are currently on killstreaks, while Scavenger keeps your ammunition reserves healthy. Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep you hidden from pesky enemy spy planes and silences your footsteps. 

In terms of equipment, we’ve chosen the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic items. Having the healing from Stimshot will keep you fighting, while the Field Mic allows you to pick up on any enemy movements. 

So there you have it, an extremely deadly and versatile KSP 45 loadout. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel