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Black Ops Cold War development team includes multiple Activision studios

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has officially been unveiled on August 26, with the first reveal trailer showcasing the campaign of the game.

In the press release, Activision has confirmed a variety of support studios working on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for it’s release on November 13. The game is being developed by Treyarch and Raven Software as lead, with additional support studios.

The support studios include High Moon Studios, Beenox, Activision Shanghai, and Sledgehammer Games.

All the logos can be seen on Battle.net under the development list:

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is published by Activision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, and developed by award-winning studios Treyarch and Raven Software. Black Ops Cold War for the PC delivers a fully optimized experience, developed by Beenox, exclusively for Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service. The title includes additional development support from High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai and Sledgehammer Games.

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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.

Learn more about Black Ops Cold War MP by checking out our category page

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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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