Detailed look at what the latest Contraband stream has to offer.
Looking at the new Contraband that comes with Operation Grand Heist, there are definitely some stand out items. The Warden Blackout skin, a sack of coins melee weapon, and even a new Shotgun. However, players have noticed a heavy amount of Calling Cards and Stickers.
Wondering how many of each type of loot there actually is in the Contraband, I tallied up every piece of loot and broke it down in this helpful chart. While Treyarch recently brought back the ability to earn reserves after completing the Contraband due to fan backlash, here are the guaranteed stats for the first 100 tiers in Operation Grand Heist:
- Stickers – 45 (45 Common)
- Calling Cards – 24 (24 Rare)
- Outfits – 12 (2 Rare, 6 Legendary, 3 Epic, 1 Ultra/Character)
- Warpaints – 5 (5 Rare)
- Weapon Camos – 4 (1 Legendary, 2 Epic/Reactive, 1 Ultra/Mastercraft)
- Gestures – 4 (2 Rare, 2 Legendary)
- Weapons – 3 (3 Ultra)
- Specialists – 1 (1 Ultra)
- Jump Packs – 1 (1 Legendary)
- Reticles – 1 (1 Legendary)
Looking at these numbers, there’s a lot of information to pull. The most frequently appearing items which are Stickers and Calling Cards make up 69% of the Contraband.
Ultra items that include Mastercrafts, new weapons, unique Blackout Skins, and a new Specialist make up only 6% of Contraband while Common and Rare items take up 78%.
Several categories are severely lacking such as Jump Packs, Reticles, and Gestures, making them as infrequent as Ultra items totaling at 6%.
Absent from the 100 tiers are Tags which are the spray paints that can be equipped and used in Multiplayer and Blackout. Luckily, there are no character specific items like Gestures or Warpaints, however all outfits are of course character specific.
After going over this data it’s clear the loot balance is not as even as it should be. Personally, I think Stickers and Calling Cards should be cut in half, and the Tiers should give more love to Weapon Camos, Reticles, Specialist Skins, and Jump Packs.
It doesn’t make sense why Stickers, which are used to create emblems, are so prevalent in the Contraband. I have seen user-created emblems that use just basic shapes that are more unique and original than some Stickers. Likewise, it baffles me that Calling Cards are so heavily featured when players can unlock Master Calling Cards that display their in-game skill rather than just time played. Hopefully, the next Operation in late April adds more variety.
Operation Grand Heist is currently live on PS4 and is set to drop on Xbox One and PC on February 26th.
If your’re wondering what each Tier looks like, check out the gallery below to see all 100 pieces of loot.
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…
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.
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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