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What’s coming soon to Blackout? – Armor changes, map updates, weapon camos, and more

Published: 29/Nov/2018 1:55 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 18:30

by Albert Petrosyan


The popular Blackout battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is in store for some major changes coming soon.

David Vonderhaar, Studio Design Lead at Treyarch, took to social media on November 27 to discuss some of the things that the studio was working on for Blackout.

Vonderhaar and Treyarch have made it clear that Blackout is an ever-evolving project and that the version of the mode at game’s release is just a base for what’s to come.

In his social media discussion, Vondy mentioned several things, including weapon camos, map updates, audio improvements, more levels, and changes to Armor.

Weapon camos have been something that players have been asking for since Blackout was in its beta testing phase. According to Vondy, the development team is “WORKING ON IT RIGHT NOW,” so players can expect to see them sooner rather than later.

The popular weapon camos that are in Multiplayer may soon be coming to Blackout as well.

As for audio fixes and improvements, he said that there is an action plan in place, but described audio as a complex aspect of the game and so it may take some time.

“As much as I wish it was as simple as adjusting the mix, these kinds of problems have to be tackled from many angles,” he tweeted. The tweet below contains a thread in which he goes into details about the state of audio.

In terms of increasing player echelon levels in Blackout, Vonderhaar said that there is a “full design waiting to go” but there is no schedule or timetable for releasing it yet.

He alludes to there being longer lead-time for it because of the asset requirement, but that it will happen “eventually.” The current echelon level cap in Blackout is 80, which is called the Battle Hardened Echelon.

The Battle Hardened Echelon 80 is the highest level a player can currently reach in Blackout.

As for map updates, Vonderhaar reveals that there are changes coming to the Blackout map, although he did not reveal any further details other than saying that he’s played it.

In an individual post on Twitter, Treyarch has already announced that they are looking at making changes to the current map instead of making a brand new map.

The Blackout map hasn’t changed since the game released on October 12, but updates are on the way.

Last but not least, Armor. Arguably the most polarizing and talked-about thing in Blackout, Armor is once again in store for a change, although it’s something that has been alluded to before.

According to Vondy, Treyarch are already in the process of creating a system which would allow players to repair their Armor using pieces of Armor from players they eliminate.

There is no timetable for the release of this feature yet since there is a long and complex process before it can be considered game-ready. 

YT: InkslasherArmor continues to be the subject of discussion among the players and developers, as more changes appear to be on the way.
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World Champion John nearing return to professional Call of Duty

Published: 22/Oct/2020 23:42 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 23:59

by Theo Salaun


After eons of silence, Johnathan ‘John’ Perez is updating fans on his status as a competitive Call of Duty player and suggesting that he is nearing a highly anticipated return to the scene.

One of competitive Call of Duty’s greatest mysteries appears to be unfolding into its next chapter, as John has finally spoken up and let fans, and competitors, know that his return is nigh. 

A former Call of Duty world champion and MVP, John surreptitiously vanished from the competitive circuit with rumors that he was banned from participating in the inaugural Call of Duty League season.

Although those rumors couldn’t specify why he was banned or for how long he would be (some saying one year, some saying indefinitely), it appears that John is making headway on his highly anticipated return. In a tweet that has sent the CoD community into an uproar, he explained that he will be coming back, but only once he is entirely healthy and distraction-free.

A 2016 World Champion and MVP while playing with Team Envy, John has been widely considered a premier SMG player in Call of Duty. Absent from the inaugural CDL season, he nonetheless made one appearance at a local LAN — taking first place at AGN Charlotte with Total Advantage.

Following some highly contested rumors that he was on the New York Subliners’ radar for 2020 rostermania, John’s tweet is the first true indication that he will be making a CDL debut. 

He explained his current progress, along with two pictures, to share his status update with, and encourage patience from, his fans: “I’m close to getting my mind and health perfect with the help of my second home…trust the process.”

In the pictures, it appears that John is prioritizing his health over everything before returning to high-level CoD competition. One image shows a sports therapy room with what appears to be an OxyHealth hyperbaric chamber, typically used to stimulate oxygen flow. Another shows him looking into a office as a doctor monitors an Eclipse eVive pulse wave therapy device, typically used to repair and stimulate growth of red blood cells.

None of that really matters, as the specific health and distractions affecting John have been, and will continue to be, up to his own discretion to disclose. What matters is that one of Call of Duty’s biggest stars appears nearly ready to make his return.

Following the early rumors that he was banned from the professional circuit, this is exciting news. Among teams that have the roster space to sign the former SMG superstar, the Subliners remain the most intriguing. Further, the London Royal Ravens, Paris Legion, and Florida Mutineers all have undecided starting spots available, while numerous other rosters have substitute spots unoccupied.

Among fellow competitors, peers like the New York Subliners’ James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and OpTic Gaming’s Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan have already expressed excitement over this focus on a return.

As for when John might be making his CDL debut, no one knows when it will be or which team it will be with. But he’s reminded us all that when he’s back, he’ll be at his best: “Just know that when I’m 100 percent ready, I’ll be coming back with none of the health issues or distractions that I was lowkey playing with before.”