Black Ops Cold War will feature an updated audio system with a focus on ensuring players are aware of their surroundings based on audio.
In the Black Ops Cold War launch broadcast, Treyarch Communications Director John Rafacz interviewed Audio engineers Brian Tuey, Collin Ayers, and Kevin Sherwood.
During this interview, the trio dived into the mechanics of the updated audio systems of Black Ops Cold War, and how the improvements will help players become more immersed in the game.
Directional Audio Improvements
According to Audio Director Brian Tuey, Black Ops Cold War’s audio system has been updated for players to better understand the environment and pin-point certain sounds. Through an acoustic simulation, they have mimicked the effects of sound traveling throughout environments.
This means audio will be more realistic, dwindling off with distance, and also properly changing depending on what materials the sound passes through.
Threat-Priority Sound System
Black Ops Cold War also features a threat priority system that puts certain sounds over others based on the immediate danger towards the player.
This system works to ensure the player always knows where enemies are.
For example, if teammates are running next to or behind you, their audio will be lower than the sound of an enemy running next to or behind you. When an enemy is firing at you, the bullet sounds will be much more prominent as it gets closer to your character.
As stated by Lead Sound Designer Kevin Shirwood “You should be able to create a picture of where things are coming from”.
The Importance Of 3D Audio
At the core of all this technology is the new generation of console’s ability to fully support 3D audio in headphones.
With this development, players will get much better directional understanding based on audio, especially based on height, or up and down audio. This improvement will be most noticeable when players are above or below you, or even in the new Fireteam mode when players are parachuting above you.
Due to the different audio presets available in Black Ops Cold War, combined with the newly supported 3D audio on next-gen systems, awareness for players in the game will be at a whole new level for those with headphones.
For those on old generation hardware, your systems may not support 3D audio (its best to check), but you most certainly will see improvements in audio across the board regardless.
Source – Treyarch on YouTube
Leak claims 12 maps still coming to Black Ops Cold War
There is plenty more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War content to come with a reported 12 maps still to arrive in Treyarch’s 80s shooter.
Despite the rumored Call of Duty: Vanguard title on its way, Cold War is showing no signs of stopping as a leak has suggested players have 12 more maps to look forward to.
Each new season of Black Ops Cold War always comes saddled with new maps, guns, game modes, and all the usual elements of a new season. Season 4 reintroduced Hijacked and Rush into the Cold War universe as extra maps for players to enjoy.
We’re not too far away from the game being a year old, and the anticipated unveiling of the rumored Vanguard 2021 iteration in the franchise. Yet, Treyarch still apparently has plenty left in the pipeline as a leak has suggested that 12 more maps are expected to feature in Cold War over the coming months.
Following the example set by Modern Warfare, it seems that not all players are desperate to move away from a CoD title to jump onboard the new one.
2019’s Modern Warfare reboot has managed to retain a healthy following of players, so much so that the game has continued to receive extra content well into its lifecycle.
According to MW2 OG, “There is still about 12 maps designed for Cold War yet to come. Say 3 each for S5 and S5, then a bunch post-season. That’s a nice amount of maps. Pretty sure there may be a remake post-launch too.”
For players that enjoy Black Ops Cold War and may not want to make the leap to the new CoD straightaway, this is good news.
Cold War has managed to remain quite popular since its release, and with the ongoing hackers and cheaters making their presence known in Warzone, Cold War could still remain a solid option past November.
Also, check out the classic Black Ops 1 map players want to return.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War players want one major change for Mastercraft blueprints
Black Ops Cold War Mastercraft blueprints are great, giving players detailed thematic skins for their weapons, but some players want one change.
Black Ops Cold War offers players great customization options for weapons, but it seems some players still want more, especially when it comes to Mastercraft blueprints.
Black Ops Cold War is now in its fourth season, introducing new content seasonally for players who are still enjoying the classic Call of Duty multiplayer experience.
One thing those dedicated players love is the customization and camos, with recent calls for the custom emblems to return. However, it seems some players want one change for the Mastercraft blueprints.
Reddit user MultiBlueGamer put up a post with the suggestion that Mastercraft blueprints should keep their aesthetic even when players change the attachments on the weapon:
“Can we make some kind of Petition to make it so attachments don’t change the look of MasterCrafts? Some of these MasterCraft look sick but have terrible attachments, PLEASE Treyarch!”
Although it may seem small, it is pretty frustrating when you want to use a certain Mastercraft because you like the look of it but have to use attachments you don’t want to keep the intended design of the Mastercraft.
This would be a great quality of life change for Black Ops Cold War, mostly for those players who are dedicated to getting Mastercraft blueprints but still want to use the attachments that give them the best stats.
Users in the comments seem to agree, but most are fairly pessimistic about the developers taking the time to change something as small as this and are merely hoping that it will change in future Call of Duty installments.
One comments even suggested separating the gunsmith and attachments:
“This is why stat-changing attachments and the gunsmith should be separate. The only attachments that should alter the appearance are optic sights and suppressors. Then make the gunsmith completely cosmetic. That way you can make the gun look how you want without having to run attachments you don’t want, and vise versa.”
This would definitely be interesting and probably be a welcomed quality-of-life change by players, but who knows if this will ever happen.
Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision
Warzone players call for boycott over Blizzard lawsuit and hacking problems
Due to the Blizzard lawsuit and endless hacking, Warzone, and other Call of Duty players, are calling for a boycott of Store purchases.
Warzone players are encouraging all Call of Duty gamers to boycott the purchase of skins and bundles from the store in response to the recent Activision Blizzard lawsuit and constant Warzone hacking.
It’s been an unsettling time for Call of Duty and its respective titles – Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, CoD: Mobile, and Modern Warfare. The ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit has impacted the franchise, and fans are calling for fellow players to stop buying goods from the CoD store in protest.
This includes everything from skins to Operator Bundles to even the Seasonal Battle Pass. Warzone players are citing the lawsuit, “empty updates,” and hackers as the driving force behind this movement.
Added to this is the purported series of empty updates “full of microtransactions in order to milk the players,” and the ever-increasing threat of hackers, and players have seemingly had enough.
Reddit user Jaszs has lead the charge by saying: “I’m writing this as someone who has played every. single. COD since COD2, and WZ since day 1 until yesterday, and also a former Blizzard fan. Yes, I know it may sound bad, but based on what’s going on (sexual harassment lawsuit, suppressing and abusive treatment of their employees…) I really think those guys don’t deserve anything from us, their customers.
“You can even keep playing the game if you want (there are some cool alternatives though; if you need some just ask in the comments!), just don’t spend any money in their store. In any case, you should also remember that they are the same guys that are releasing empty updates full of microtransactions in order to milk the players, releasing over and over the same game and not giving a single f*ck about the increasing number of hackers.”
The very passionate statement received over 300 comments and counting, and it’s universally in favor of boycotting Activision’s Store ahead of the Warzone Season 5 launch.
Given that there are many responses, here are a selection of replies:
- “I’ve got 900 COD points and level 90 on the battle pass. Not spending a penny more on this game. They don’t respect their employees, they don’t respect the players (anti-cheat lmao) they aren’t getting anymore of my money.”
- “Once all this sh*t came to light, my entire friend group collectively uninstalled the game and swore off of it for good. We were already mad at the game for being poorly managed with hackers and constant glitches/crashes. I suppose this was the lead straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.”
- “Based on the way they’ve handled cheating, the CW integration, and the general state of the game in the last year, I’m shocked than any of you have been buying cosmetic items from them. Do you realize what kind of message you’re sending by making the worst CoD their highest-earning one?”
At the time of writing, the post has nearly 1.8K upvotes and rising. Given the player count of Warzone far exceeds this, it’s hard to imagine this boycott would do too much damage.
Conversely, Producer at Sledgehammer Games Alayna Cole has Tweeted an important message concerning the circumstances.
Boycotting the Activision store will have an obvious knock-on effect in terms of sales revenue, and would ultimately disrupt the salaries and jobs of many employees who are not involved in this lawsuit.
It’s a hard position for all involved and for players who engage in Call of Duty games. The lawsuit is still long ongoing, and we’ll continue to update you at Charlie INTEL with any breaking developments.
Image Credit: Activision Blizzard
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