During Activision Blizzard’s First Quarter 2018 Results call, the company talked about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Treyarch after an investor asked a question about it.
Activision President and Chief Operating Officer, Coddy Johnson, said “Black Ops 4 is going to be an awesome game…giving the community really just an incredible experience across gameplay features and modes.”
Johnson spoke at length about the strength of the Black Ops sub franchise, noting that it is in the best selling and most played sub franchise in Call of Duty, with over 200 million players and 15 billion hours of gameplay recorded in the series to date. And, players are still engaged in Black Ops games to this day.
“First it’s just Black Ops…it’s the most played Call of Duty sub-franchise to date. And that’s say something, you know, in a franchise like Call of Duty that’s had the success it’s had. The Black Ops, three iterations so far, over eight years, has drawn in 200 million players and billions and billions of hours of gameplay. And by the way, that’s still on going, as we speak, there’s still millions of people playing in the Black Ops franchise right now.”
He also touched on the fact that Activision has full confidence in Treyarch and their proven record of delivering innovations and responding to community requests in their games.
“And it kinda leads to the second advantage which is what we see from those billions of hours of gameplay, where we get to see in depth and in real time what really engages our players. Black Ops 4 builds on all that, and on everything Treyarch has learned about what players love to play. So that’s kinda this third main area is the confidence we have in Treyarch and their ability to execute on their creative vision. It’s an incredible developer, with a deep understanding of the community and the first-person genre. But also, a real proven track record of innovation, including Zombies and multiple multiplayer innovations that have really transformed the industry.”
Lastly, Johnson also made a note of the fact that the team is investing new resources and design talent on ensuring they deliver a great game for the PC community, alongside new development features that are going to be rolled out soon.
“And it’s kinda the most important last point, which is that this is not just a game that is going to build on our strengths. It will continue to push the envelope in innovation. You’ll see that in the core game itself, where we have a number of new exciting developments to roll out very soon, but also, in the game’s appeal on growth platforms like PC, where we’ve invested significant dedicated resources and design talent to make sure that we can deliver a great PC game to serve that community. So, very soon…May 17. We’ll have a lot more to say at the Black Ops 4 Global Reveal, and I hope you tune in…you should.”
May 17 is almost here. Stay tuned for the latest Black Ops 4 news!
Activision merges Vicarious Visions into Blizzard Entertainment
Activision owned Vicarious Visions will now be part of Blizzard Entertainment division.
Activision has announced that one of their wholly owned studios, Vicarious Visions, will no longer be part of the Activision Publishing division.
The company has revealed that Vicarious Visions will be fully merged into Blizzard Entertainment division of the company effective immediately.
Vicarious Visions has worked on many titles and projects for Activision, including Skylanders, Destiny franchise, supported development of select Call of Duty games, and more. Most recently, the studio developed and released remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2. The studio was listed as a support developer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
In a statement to GamesIndustry, Blizzard says the studio becomes a “natural fit” after working on several Blizzard projects behind the scenes for the last several years.
“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support,” a representative explained to us.
It’s not truly clear how long Vicarious has been supporting Blizzard projects.
Vicarious Visions’ studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to be Executive VP of Development at Blizzard Entertainment as part of the merger. She will report directly to Blizzard President J. Allen Barrack. All 200 Vicarious Vision employees will be part of Blizzard and work on Blizzard projects.
Her role is being replaced by Simon Ebejer, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the studio. It’s not clear what projects within Blizzard they are working on. Blizzard has multiple projects in the works, including Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and more.
Clever Warzone tricks lets you land without a parachute
A few players have discovered a fun little trick in Call of Duty Warzone that allows them to touch down on Verdansk without a parachute.
There is a useful trick that you can use in a Call of Duty: Warzone match to break your fall while in mid-air. This will allow you to land safely in Verdansk without worrying about deploying your parachute.
Call of Duty: Warzone will pit you against a ton of other players in a highly competitive Battle Royale match. The instant you land in Verdansk, you’ll have to find ways to get ahead of your enemies through different weapons or gear, scoring killstreaks, and even making use of glitches.
Players have discovered many different maneuvers in the game since its release in March 2020. These grant you an advantage over your opponent, including one that has you take out enemies by firing in mid-air.
This will have you deploy your parachute when you’re near the ground, and is a great way to score kills in mid-air. Now a neat new trick has been discovered that removes the need for a parachute altogether.
How to land in Warzone without a parachute
This trick was pointed out by Reddit user Thexer0, who posted a clip of them dropping into Verdansk in the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit. Here they showed that you are able to land on different surfaces without deploying your parachute.
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Al you need to do is try hitting certain edges and surfaces in mid-air to break the fall before landing on your feet. In the clip, the player used a Satellite dish for this purpose, and slid off the curved edge before taking out their weapon.
While this trick is useful, it’s not guaranteed to work unless you’re precise with your landing. If you don’t hit the right type of surface, then you’ll find yourself in a world of hurt. The player pointed this out and mentioned that you should try this “at your own risk.”
That said, this trick is absolutely worth trying out. Other players also commented on the thread about their own attempts at this neat little exploit, and many of them reported that it worked out successfully for them.
One Reddit user said “You can do it as well with some of the telephone/electrical towers,” and another mentioned “It works on stones and stuff too. You gotta land on the edges, something around 45 degrees.”
Parachutes are a vital component in Warzone matches, so you should definitely go for this trick. All it takes to succeed in pulling it off is some practice, along with a ton of patience. You can learn some more helpful tricks in our Warzone tips and tricks guide.
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Treyarch dev Tony Flame’s Twitter account hacked
On this Christmas morning, Treyarch’s Lead Designer, Tony Flame, has had his Twitter hacked.
A user hacked Tony Flame’s Twitter account in the early morning hours of December 25, and has gone on a posting rampage, including posting racial slurs and more across the account. The hacker is @wixyV3.
We’re not going to showcase posts here with any racial slurs. The Twitter account has been locked by Twitter for the amount of slurs the hackers have posted, per images sent around in Discord servers.
One of the hacked tweets that has gone viral is about SBMM, asking Activision to remove it from his “game” he “worked hard to make.”
The account still remains hacked at this hour, but it does appear that tweets are being blocked from posting at this time. Twitter locked the account due to the content being posted.
Tony Flame’s account is not verified on the platform.
Flame has been active in posting since Black Ops Cold War’s alpha launched back in September. He’s been posting updates and thoughts around what the team is doing in terms of balancing and content updates.
The last tweet from Flame himself was a Merry Christmas post on the night of December 24.
Activision has not stated anything yet on this hack.
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