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Black Ops Cold War Beta Patch Notes: Weapon Tuning & More

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Treyarch has released some patch notes for weapon updates for the Black Ops Cold War Beta.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta enters its final weekend, starting October 15 at 10AM PT and ending on October 19 at 10AM PT on all platforms.

Based on feedback from the weekend 1 of the beta on PS4, alongside other feedback, Treyarch has made updates to the game, including weapon tuning and more.

The studio released a brief look at some of the changes that are made as part of the update as Weekend 2 is set to kick off:

GAMEPLAY UPDATES

In response to player feedback and game data from last weekend’s PS4 Beta, we’ve made a new round of gameplay updates and tuning changes to movement, weapons, attachments, and more. For our PC players joining us this weekend, there’s also a list of known issues and workarounds to be aware of.

Movement

  • Reduced the speed of the initial slide impulse and slightly shortened slide duration.
    • During the PS4 Beta, we found players over-relying on sliding to traverse ground quickly or engage in close quarters, making it difficult to target players in the open. Our goal is for sliding to function as a smooth transition to cover, escape, or transition to a crouching stance. This weekend’s changes result in a snappier slide that better fit our goals for the mechanic. 
  • Significantly reduced slide speed with the Duster Stock attachment equipped.
    • In Weekend 1, the Duster Stock attachment accounted for massive slide speed increases that didn’t fit into our more grounded combat loop. With this new change, Duster Stock now offers a modest improvement in slide speed that is more balanced with other attachment offerings.

Weapons

  • Milano 821
    • Reduced damage falloff range.
      • This update causes the 4-hit kill range to turn to 5 hits at 12.8 meters, down from 19.2 meters during the PS4 Beta.
  • AK-47
    • Slightly reduced recoil.
      • We’d like to see the AK-47 remain a top contender for assault rifle picks, and it was barely edged out by the XM4 and Krig 6 in the PS4 Beta. By reducing its recoil, we’re giving AK-47 users a better opportunity to compete.
  • M16
    • Increased time between bursts from .216s to .233s.
      • This weapon’s high lethality and well-rounded attributes allowed it to over-perform even outside of its intended role during the PS4 Beta. This change keeps the M16’s power and accuracy while requiring more precision.
  • Type 63
    • Reduced recoil.
      • Our new recoil system tuning made this weapon a bit too difficult to hit multiple shots on target. We’ve toned down the recoil to make it more effective as the precision weapon it was meant to be.
  • RPD
    • Slightly reduced hipfire spread.
      • While the RPD can be effective at long range, we’ve improved its close-range reliability compared to the PS4 Beta.
  • Gallo SA12
    • Adjusted medium-range damage to require three hits to kill instead of two at mid-range.
      • This was an extremely effective secondary throughout the PS4 Beta. With this tuning update, it will still take two hits to eliminate an enemy within a short range, just not quite as far out.

Attachments

  • Agency Suppressor
    • Reduced some recoil bonuses.
      • This attachment came with too many strengths without enough tradeoffs during the PS4 Beta, particularly with how much it reduced recoil. This update reduces some of those bonuses while still making them notably beneficial.

Field Upgrades

  • Field Mic
    • Reduced the range at the Field Mic can detect players who are crouching, ADS walking, or moving but not sprinting.
      • During the PS4 Beta, this Field Upgrade did not incentivize counter-play as much as we were planning for. The Field Mic will now be less effective at detecting footstep noise from players who move more slowly.

Equipment

  • Frag Grenade
    • Reduced the damage on the outer half of the Frag Grenade’s splash damage radius.
      • While we expect Frag Grenade usage to drop significantly in the Crossplay Open Beta as more Wildcard and lethal options open up, we also agree with the feedback that frags resulted in kills a little too often.

Known PC Issues and Workarounds

  • Mouse Wheel Input Delay defaults at 0, which is lower than intended.
    • Workaround: The player canadjust the value for the mouse wheel delay input in Settings. Recommended default value is 80.
  • When many audio devices are available, it is not possible to view or select the last one from the drop-down list.
    • Workaround: These audio devices can be selected using the keyboard.
  • Some players on AMD GPUs may experience frequent packet burst spikes during gameplay. 
    • Workaround: Lowering the Graphics Settings can alleviate the severity of this issue.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Black Ops Cold War players are not happy with new LAPA SMG

The LAPA is a new SMG for Black Ops Cold War in Season 6, but fans have complained that it may not be as useful in-game as they hoped.

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Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is the last hurrah for the latest CoD entry before Vanguard takes center stage. Unfortunately, the new LAPA SMG has players talking for the wrong reasons since its addition in the last major update.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is the last chapter before the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5.

Developers added a whole host of new content for Season 6, from a new Battle Pass to a host of Halloween-themed challenges.

Unfortunately, not all of the new additions have gone down well among the community, with the new LAPA SMG in particular user under fire from fans.

LAPA in Black Ops Cold War

Reddit user PartyImpOP posted expressing their confusion on what the purpose of the LAPA is when its characteristics are compared with other weapons in the same class.

“…the only thing this thing has is relatively good handling, which is hardly even significant considering all SMGs carry that trait anyways,” said the user.

“It’s the slowest killing SMG, and depends on headshots to simply equal the body shot TTK of other SMGs, and has a very slow muzzle velocity to the point where it becomes almost unusable.”

They go on to say that the LAPA is a less effective version of the Milano 821 or AK-74u, meaning that there is little reason to choose it in multiplayer modes.

PartyImpOP also slammed the rest of the Season 6 content, such as “the worst weapon in the Call of Duty history” in the Battle Axe.

Other players were quick to respond to the post, calling the new additions in Season 6 “filler” content at the end of the game’s life in the spotlight.

“Honestly, they were probably just afraid to release more broken weapons right before they abandon ship on this game,” added another Reddit user.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

While The Haunting event has been a hit for the most part for Call of Duty fans, it’s clear that some of the new content is living up to expectations.

With so little time before Vanguard drops, it remains to be seen if Raven will take steps to make the LAPA more useful.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out the 10 best guns in the game, as well as how to open Scare Packages in Season 6.

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How to get Donnie Darko Frank skin in Warzone & Cold War: Release date, price & contents

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get the Frank The Rabbit skin from Donnie Darko during The Haunting event.

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The Haunting event will be delivering plenty of scary moments for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players, and they will be able to experience them as the Frank The Rabbit skin from Donnie Darko.

It is the Halloween season, and Call of Duty is celebrating the spooky time with the second iteration of The Haunting event, which became a fan-favorite in 2020, especially in Warzone.

The Haunting event for the Black Ops Cold War cycle will feature some significant differences compared to the Modern Warfare version, but it will still feature two horror movie icons that players will be able to purchase skins for and terrify their enemies.

Joining Scream’s Ghostface, Frank The Rabbit from Donnie Darko will also be appearing in The Haunting event, so here is how to unlock the Donnie Darko Frank skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold war.

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How to get Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War

Players can now unlock the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War, as October 24 is when the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack was added to the Call of Duty store for both games.

All you need to do is go to the Call of Duty store in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold war and purchase the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack to acquire the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War.

How much does the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack cost?

The Donnie Darko Tracer Pack will set you back 2,400 COD Points, understandable given the top-tier nature of the costume and license, and this translates to roughly $19.99 / £16.79.

Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Black Ops Cold War

What’s in the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack?

You can find everything that will be in the Donnie Darko Tracer Pack below:

  • Frank The Rabbit Operator skin
  • “Sky is Falling” finishing move
  • Epic-Rarity Weapon Charm
  • Epic-Rarity Calling Card
  • Epic-Rarity Emblem
  • Epic-Rarity Watch
  • Legendary Sniper Rifle blueprint
  • Legendary SMG blueprint
  • Legendary Assault Rifle blueprint

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be excited to get the Frank The Rabbit Donnie Darko skin in Warzone and Cold War and dominate their opponents in a truly terrifying fashion.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the most popular loadouts for the Call of Duty battle royale in Season 6, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone & Cold War

Here’s how Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players can get an exclusive Ghost of War Ultra Skin to spook their enemies out.

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For those interested in getting the new Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, here’s our guide on how to do so.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War‘s integration is coming to an end, and although many have enjoyed the six seasons, a lot of the community can’t wait for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

In the spirit of Halloween, Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have released a new spooky skin called the Ghost of War, and here’s how you can get it.

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Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6 has introduced loads of new content for players. Most recently, the Haunting event has brought new Operators Ghost Face and Donnie Darko to the roster.

However, there is another new skin players can get, and there are multiple ways for players to obtain it.

How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Cold War

The new skin up for grabs is the Ghost of War Ultra Skin, a new Halloween-themed skeleton skin for you to hunt enemies down. There are two ways to get the skin, but one of them is a limited offer.

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Here are the two ways you can obtain the new Operator skin:

  • Players can get the Ghost of War Ultra skin by simply pre-ordering Call of Duty: Vanguard digitally
  • The Ghost of War Ultra skin is also available in a new bundle right now

For those interested in the bundle, it costs 2,400 COD Points and also comes with various other items, including three Legendary weapon skins and a vehicle skin.

If you have already pre-ordered Vanguard, you’re in luck, as you will also be awarded the Ghost of War Ultra Skin with all of the exciting items that accompany the Warzone Ghost of War skin which you can find below:

For those who want to acquire the skin through pre-ordering, you will need to pre-order Vanguard between October 22 and November 2, as after this period, it will not be available through pre-order.

There you have it. For more on Call of Duty, check out our how to fix the Warzone Status Savannah error.

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