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Blackout concept involving vending machines could encourage players to look for kills



One Call of Duty fan has come up with a great concept for Blackout that would reward more aggressive players.

Since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds shook the gaming industry last year with its engaging take on the battle royale concept, detractors of the genre would argue the mode was too slow and boring. On November 23, one Reddit user came up with a solution that would entice players to come out of hiding through a token reward system.

So rather than wait out the collapsing circle in a bathroom with your sights pointed at a door, you would be encouraged to go out and try your hardest to score a kill. User jonathorston suggests that killing enemies should grant a token that can be used to purchase loot from one-time use vending machines.

Rewards can range from higher quality items like level three armor, that would require several tokens, to more common items like Dead Silence that would only require one token.

The full concept can be viewed in the Reddit post below:

An Idea for Blackout from r/Blackops4

The Blackout map already has several interactable elements scattered throughout, so this wouldn’t be too big of a technical hurdle for Treyarch. For example, players can hold square on the jukebox in the Diner to play Zombies tunes, as well as open the blast doors in Fracking Tower to quickly go underground.

Yet the issues may arise when considering gameplay balance. Would all kills net you a token? Do you need to pick up the token from the body, or is it automatically added to your inventory? Does downing an enemy grant a token as well, or only kills? These are the questions Treyarch would have to consider if they choose to implement such a system.

This concept is also very reminiscent of the vending machines in Fortnite which gives players the ability to spend gathered resources on one of three randomly chosen items.

Treyarch’s studio design director, David Vonderharr, has said in the past that the Blackout map will evolve and update over time, and has so far stayed true to his word. Updates since launch include the Blightfather event in early November, the addition of zombies on Nuketown Island, as well as new weapons such as the Bowie Knife.

Remember, this is still just an idea thought up by a fan, but if you would like to see Treyarch add a kill-based token system, make sure to show your support in the comments down below.


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COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile



As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.

The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:

There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:

These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.

In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.

It’s getting cold out there…

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Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed



A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.

Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.

On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.

The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”

Here’s the gameplay footage:

The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.

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Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6



To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.

Live in game now is:

  • 2XP in MP
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP Party Game Moshpit

All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.

For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!

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