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Black Ops Cold War Editions: Pricing & Details Confirmed

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Following the leak from the game files on August 25, Activision has confirmed the editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game is available on November 13. 

Pre-orders are now live on PlayStation 4 store, Xbox One Store, and Battle.net for PC.

There are three editions of the game: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle, and Ultimate Edition.

Standard Edition (PS4, Xbox One, and PC): $59.99

Standard Edition includes:

  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War game
  • Confrontation Weapons Pack

Pre-order any digital edition and receive:

  • Early access to the Open Beta
  • Iconic Operator Frank Woods and an assault rifle Weapon Blueprint for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty®: Warzone™

Cross-Gen Bundle (PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Xbox Series X): $69.99

Includes Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War game (current-gen version and next-gen version when it launches) and Confrontation Weapons Pack. Pre-order and receive early access to the Open Beta and additional MW and WZ content. 

  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War game (current-gen and next-gen versions) 
  • Confrontation Weapons Pack

Pre-order any digital edition and receive:

  • Early access to the Open Beta
  • Iconic Operator Frank Woods and an assault rifle Weapon Blueprint for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty®: Warzone™

Ultimate Edition (PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Xbox Series X, and PC): $89.99

  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War game
  • Console versions include current-gen version and next-gen version when it launches
  • Land, Sea and Air Pack
    • 3 Operator Skins
    • 3 Vehicle Skins
    • 3 Weapon Blueprints
  • Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips)
  • Confrontation Weapons Pack

Pre-order Ultimate Edition and receive:

  • Early access to the Open Beta
  • Iconic Operator Frank Woods and an assault rifle Weapon Blueprint for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty®: Warzone™
  • 10 Tier Skips for immediate use in Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty®: Warzone™

The Battle Pass Bundle will be available when Season 1 Battle Pass for Black Ops Cold War is made available. 

Pre-orders of the different editions will go live soon on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC (Battle.net) stores now. 

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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.’

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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Snipers in Black Ops Cold War alpha intentionally overpowered to test balance

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Treyarch’s Designer Tony Flame has stated on Twitter that the team intentionally overpowered the sniper rifles in the alpha.

One of the first thing many players have noticed in the Black Ops Cold War Alpha is that Snipers are quite strong compared to past Treyarch games.

Now, Flame says that this was intentional in the alpha testing period. As the alpha was only on PS4, with no crossplay, they wanted to test the power of the sniper with players to gather data to fine tune it for the Beta.

Flame says “we buffed snipers to evaluate their performance in this Alpha.”

The team plans to take all the data from weapons in the alpha to fine tune the upcoming Beta, which is set to begin on October 8 on PS4.

Stay tuned for more information.

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