Treyarch's Vonderhaar gives update on Hardcore mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for first time - Dexerto
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Treyarch’s Vonderhaar gives update on Hardcore mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for first time

Published: 29/Sep/2018 15:17 Updated: 29/Sep/2018 16:15

by Calum Patterson


Update: David Vonderhaar has now clarified that he was only referring to Blackout (the battle royale mode). Hardcore modes are expected to be in regular multiplayer.

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Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar has discussed hardcore modes in Black Ops 4 for the first time answering a fans query on Twitter.

Hardcore is a variation of the standard playlists in Call of Duty, which has been a feature in every CoD multiplayer so far, and has had its own dedicated community for years.

It strips the game down to its barebones, removing the HUD, ammo counts, and leaving only the player and their weapon. Health is also set to 30%, meaning players die in 1-2 bullets typically.

Another notable point, is that in previous games, there was no health regeneration in hardcore, which is where the problem perhaps lies for Black Ops 4.

There is no more automatic health regen in Black Ops 4, instead players must manually heal, but this leaves a problem for hardcore – would manual healing just be removed entirely?

For now, it seems that Treyarch have not come up with a solution for hardcore, as Vonderhaar responded to a question asking “is the hardcore mode in Black Ops 4? and is it still no health regeneration”, answering “not yet.”

This response likely means that hardcore is not going to be available at launch, which will be a major disappointment to a large portion of the Call of Duty player base.

While the standard ‘core’ playlists have always been more popular, hardcore has been a warranted playlist in all previous games, with many players much preferring it to the bullet sponging in core.

Vonderhaar’s answer certainly leaves room for optimism that it could be added in the future, but it will not quench the desire of a lot of players.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.