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Could these Stock 2 fixes help weapon balance in Black Ops 4 MP?

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Over the recent days, the Stock 2 attachment has become a topic of great controversy.

The issue was brought up by professional and amateur competitive players, but the problem extends to casual multiplayer as well. While many pro players want to see it banned, the casual community would prefer a patch fix.

The basics of the Stock 2 conundrum is that attachment allows the Saug 9mm to move at incredible speeds while ADS’d. The reason this is an issue is a multi-faceted one.

Firstly, the Saug 9mm is one of the best weapons in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer WITHOUT the use of Stock 2. The attachment further buffs a weapon that already performs at the top of its class.

Secondly, the current animation for strafing in Black Ops 4 is unable to correctly handle quick-strafing and constant switches in strafe direction. The animations easily bug out and cause the user to bend their player character’s spine at 30 degrees. This effect is repeated each time the player switches directions.

While a minority of professional players have argued that if the Stock 2 is “banned” then all level 2 attachments should be removed, Parasite made a strong case against this on Twitter.

The Stock 2 attachment is so powerful that players must choose specific specialists to counter its speed. According to prominent players, only a few teams want the attachment to remain in play.

Now, while professional players want to see the attachment banned from competitive, this is not a solution for the problem.

A more permanent solution should be applied in the form of a patch from Treyarch. Two possible patch solutions could help to remove the problem from both competitive and casual play.

Treyarch could choose to remove the Stock 2 from the Saug 9mm as the item is not a problem on other weapons (VAPR, slower base strafe speed).

Alternatively, Treyarch could look into fixing the current strafing animations in the game. The unnatural side-to-side bending of the character makes it difficult to aim at the strafing target and an animation fix could be all that is needed.

Either way, the issue will continue to plague casual multiplayer until a patch is applied. The professional scene’s problem with the Stock 2 may be band-aided through an item ban or “gentlemen’s agreement.”

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

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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

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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

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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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