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Black Ops Cold War features FOV slider & Ping system on all platforms

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Treyarch has announced the addition of a highly requested feature: field of view (or FOV, for short) slider.

As part of the blog post detailing the ways to play in the Black Ops Cold War beta, Treyarch has announced that an FOV slider will be available on ALL platforms for the game.

FOV slider has been highly requested as it allows players to change the view of the screen they can see. PC players have been able to do this for titles for a long time, but console players have not. Treyarch is now allowing console players to match the PC experience in how wide they want to make their own field of view.

In addition to the FOV slider, the game’s beta will also offer HUD Visual Toggles, including removing health bars, and more options to pick from.

The team is also announcing the addition of a Ping system to MP, allowing players to communicate more accessibly with teammates across MP modes.

Read on below for the full details.

FOV Slider on All Platforms

We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta. This is another way we’re optimizing Black Ops Cold War for a globally connected, cross-play experience, and the team is dedicated to providing the best performance possible for this feature across all platforms at launch. Give it a shot this weekend and see which setting feels right for you.

HUD Visual Toggles

It’s our goal to offer a wide range of heads-up display (HUD) element settings so you can customize your UI experience to what works best for you, even during the Beta. This includes the ability to toggle visuals for the compass, enemy and ally health bars, hit markers, crosshairs, player names, and button hints. In Black Ops Cold War, how much you see on your HUD is up to you.

Ping System:

For the first time in Black Ops Multiplayer, we’re adding a locational Ping system as a feature across all MP modes, allowing you to ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies for your teammates during a match. From Team Deathmatch to Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, you can use the Ping system to communicate non-verbally with your teammates for increased coordination.

By default, Ping is mapped to D-pad left on controllers and bound to Z on keyboards. You’ll also find alternate Ping-prioritized button layouts, like Bumper Ping and Bumper Ping Tactical, in the Gameplay Settings menu. Coordinate with your team by pinging objectives, pointing out loot for your Fireteam, or warning your squad of nearby danger by double-tapping Ping (or the dedicated Danger Ping key on keyboards). And for those tired of asking the age-old question, “Can anyone take out that Spy Plane?” … you can even ping enemy Scorestreaks.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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PlayStation exclusive Black Ops Cold War Zombies mode revealed

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Sony PlayStation has announced the PlayStation exclusive content for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

The exclusive PlayStation content is a brand new Zombies mode is called ‘Zombies Onslaught.’

Here’s the reveal trailer for this mode, posted by PlayStation:

Warning. Containment Breach. Dark Aether anomalies have infested familiar locations across the globe with hordes of the undead in an all new Zombies experience – Onslaught. Grab a teammate in this 2-player co-operative experience and fight off wave after increasingly difficult wave of zombies. You have one goal… survive. Fight hard enough and you’ll reap exclusive rewards. Experience Onslaught first on PlayStation.* *Not available on other platforms until Nov 1. 2021.

Onslaught Mode Overview:

In Zombies Onslaught, you and one other Operator will deploy to one of several locations derived from various Multiplayer maps with your custom loadouts. These are the very same loadouts you’ll carry into traditional Zombies and Multiplayer, complete with your preferred primary weapon, whether it be an LMG, heavy-hitting sniper rifle, or other fully kitted-out tool for zombie destruction.

Once you drop in, the onslaught begins; the Dark Aether Orb will confine your duo to a specific space on the map, where the undead will begin spawning in. Killing these zombies will power the Orb. Kill enough Zombies and the Orb will move. While you’re inside the Orb, you won’t take Dark Aether damage from outside the specific map zone the Orb protects, helping keep players alive as they fight increasingly difficult undead enemies, with each “surge” bringing more resilient, faster and deadlier zombies.

As the Orb gains power and you clear out more enemies, expect to stay on the move as the safe area shifts to different areas around the map, forcing you to change strategies on the fly while fending off the undying horde.

Surges can also include Elite enemies, more powerful adversaries compared to the regular zombified masses. However, don’t count them as cannon fodder: the restricted area can bring them within arm’s length, which is all they need to bring you and your duo down.

For the sake of scoring, Elites should be your primary target, as you’ll receive either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold ranking based on the number of Elites you and your partner can defeat.

By achieving a specific rank, you will unlock useful rewards for use across Zombies and Multiplayer. Each season, new maps and rewards will be introduced for PS4 and PS5 players.

The Zombies Onslaught will be timed exclusive until November 1, 2021

The overall Zombies experience, including the main storyline maps, will be on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. 

Activision x PlayStation

Activision and PlayStation have continued their partnership for Call of Duty since 2015, and has changed over the years. It started off as giving PlayStation players DLC first, then moving to all new post launch content first. 

In 2019, the deal changed to allow all post launch maps & modes to release simultaneously on all platforms, but gave PlayStation players timed exclusive content, including Modern Warfare’s Survival mode, for one year. 

SOURCE: PlayStation

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Black Ops Cold War music composed by Jack Wall

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Jack Wall has been confirmed as the composer for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War theme.

As first reported by SPIN, Jack Wall returns to compose the theme for the game, after being featured composer for previous Call of Duty: Black Ops games.

“I wanted to create something for the main menu that immediately said very clearly ‘Cold War’: Reagan, Brezhnev, Soviet choir,” Wall said. “I wrote a distinctly ‘of the era’ Soviet-sounding theme, mixing Soviet choir and orchestra with dark synths. Making music and sounds from the ‘80s — [using instruments like] Moog Modular, Minimoog, and CS80, as well as other soft synths — to give it that dark, shadowy Black Ops feel in the time of larger-than-life Cold War political figures like Reagan and Brezhnev.”

Treyarch has also released the Black Ops Cold War main music theme song on their YouTube Channel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available on November 13 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

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Black Ops Cold War Beta Oct 18 Patch Notes: Attachments

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Treyarch has released a new game settings update for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Crossplay Beta.

The new update on October 18 unlocks attachments for everyone to use across the board. Treyarch wants fans to try out all the different combinations available in the Gunsmith before the beta ends.

In addition, the beta is being extended for an extra 24 hours, now ending on October 20 at 10AM PT thanks to the community finishing a new Easter Egg.

The update also brings up stability update and fixes to the Beta.

See the full patch notes below, and dive in before the Beta ends!

October 18 Patch Notes:

ALL ATTACHMENTS UNLOCKED + 2XP CONTINUES

Today, we’ve unlocked all attachments for every weapon to help everyone test out a wider variety of loadouts for the remainder of the Beta, and 2XP continues for all players so everyone can rank up twice as fast unlock more weapons. Get out there and build your perfect loadout for every situation.

OPEN BETA EXTENDED 24 HOURS!

Thanks to the Call of Duty community’s code-breaking efforts to uncover more hidden secrets via Pawn Takes Pawn, an extra day of the Beta has been unlocked for everyone! The Crossplay Open Beta now ends at 10AM PT on Tuesday, Oct. 20th.

We’ve also implemented some new stability improvements in our latest update:

STABILITY IMPROVEMENTS

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur if the player’s score tracking was not set properly.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur in certain cases when a disconnected player was going to be awarded credit for a kill.

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  • Addressed an issue where Activision Friends were shown offline when they were online.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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