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Black Ops Cold War campaign has multiple endings 

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign has multiple endings. 

Players have a ton of choice during the campaign experience – from how they play certain missions to the voice lines they pick during different parts of the missions. 

The campaign also offers mission choices, which allows players to choose how to play and interact with certain missions. Some missions can be played in different ways – stealth, run and gun, and more, while others will be more linear overall. The narrative seasons also have player choice options.  

There are a few side missions for players to experience as well. These side missions start off locked, but as you experience the main campaign, you continue to reveal the side missions. You can collect additional evidence from side missions. 

And all of these decisions will influence the campaign’s ending. This is not the first time a Black Ops game has had multiple endings, but the amount of player choice available in Black Ops Cold War is vastly different than past experiences. 

The endings are dictated by how you as character play the entire campaign. There are missions where you select how to play it: stealth option, run and gun into the action, and more as the mission progresses. And those decisions are vital in building the overall story you’re playing. 

Raven says that each of the different endings are “special endings” and the team “love how these have turned out.” The Creative Director says that the endings will “feel uniquely Black Ops.”  

This also leads to replay-ability for the campaign for fans who want to experience the alternate endings throughout the story. 

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Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Beta Dates announced

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Activision has officially announced the dates for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Open Beta. 

The Open Beta will give fans their first chance to go hands on with MP mode of Black Ops Cold War ahead of the game’s November 13 launch. 

The Early Access of the Open Beta will begin on October 8 on PlayStation 4. 

Beta Schedule:

  • Weekend 1 —  PlayStation 4 Exclusive 
    • Early Access Begins: October 8
    • Open Beta Begins: October 10
    • Weekend 1 Ends: October 12
  • Weekend 2 — Beta on PS4, Xbox One, and PC 
    • Early Access for Xbox & PC (PS4 Open Beta) Begins: October 15
    • Open Beta Begins: October 17
    • Open Beta Ends: October 19

Fans can get early access to the Open Beta by pre-ordering any edition of Black Ops Cold War digitally on the PlayStation 4 store, Xbox One store, or Battle.net for PC. 

The Beta will feature more modes than the PS4 only Alpha, including the new VIP Escort mode, and Fireteam.

More news on the Open Beta, including content, features, and progression, to come soon.

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Treyarch dev says all CoD games have had SBMM, says it can be ‘tuned’

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Treyarch’s Director of Technology Martin Donlon has spoken out on Twitter after fans have complained about SBMM in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

A fan wrote that several original Call of Duty games did not have SBMM which made the experience enjoyable. In a tweet, he said that Black Ops 2 ‘felt amazing’ because there was ‘no SBMM.’

SBMM is also known as Skill Based Matchmaking, a system where players are matched based upon their skill set and stats versus prioritizing connection in matches.

Donlon says that all Call of Duty games, including Black Ops 2, had SBMM. He says he ‘wrote the implementation’ of SBMM in Black Ops 2.

Fans followed up saying Black Ops Cold War’s implementation, similar to Modern Warfare, appears to be a bit extreme. Donlon says that is a ‘perfectly’ valid viewpoint to have.

He also says that SBMM is just ‘one’ of the several parameters in matchmaking that can be fine tuned. It’s not just an on or off switch for it.

It’s not clear if his tweet is confirming that there will be changes to SBMM in Black Ops Cold War as of now.

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SBMM trends on Twitter as fans experience it in Black Ops Cold War Alpha

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SBMM, or known as skill based matchmaking, is the main topic of the conversation from the Black Ops Cold War Alpha.

Fans were surprised to see how strong the SBMM is set to in the Black Ops Cold War Alpha. While the first few matches that players have played were enjoyable, the next set started to become more complicated as SBMM kicked in.

‘SBMM’ was trending on Twitter on Friday, Sept. 18 for a few hours under the gaming category as both major Call of Duty content creators and fans alike voiced their frustration.

We also shared our own thoughts on the SBMM in the beta on Twitter:

There’s most certainly a time and place for SBMM in video games, but in casual playlists, it does not belong. It takes away the experience and enjoyment for so many players and forces the game to be catered to the subset of new players.

Players like Scump, Attach, and Pamaj all voiced concerns.

SBMM has been in Call of Duty in the past. Previously, games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were heavily criticized for SBMM. But, Modern Warfare & Warzone started the overall trend of an advanced level of SBMM in casual playlists for players.

Although dev teams continued to state that connnection remains a priority, it’s hard to not feel the SBMM as you’re playing the Black Ops Cold War alpha.

At the time of this writing, Treyarch has not commented on how the matchmaking system is setup in the Alpha.

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