Kotaku’s extensive report on the human cost of getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ready was shared earlier today as the outlet shines a light as to the extensive crunch the studio goes through with QA and contractors to get Call of Duty ready for launch.
As part of that report, Kotaku has expanded just a bit on their own story from late May that Activision had decided to make Treyarch the lead on the 2020 Call of Duty after tensions between SHG and Raven continued to escalate. The 2020 game is set to be in the Cold War era.
Kotaku reports that many staffers at Treyarch only find out about the change after Kotaku reported that they’d be lead on the 2020 Call of Duty game.
“We didn’t know about the new title until your article dropped,” one tester told Kotaku. “A couple days later we received an email that wasn’t meant for us, confirming the new title… When we tried to ask about it, they said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’”
In addition, Kotaku reports that developers at Treyarch are already preparing for the crunch of what’s to happen with the series going back to a 2 year development cycle for the first time in years. Kotaku even noted that some at the studio have grumbled that they fear Call of Duty is feeling stale to fans as they pump out yearly releases.
Late last month, Treyarch informed staffers (except QA) that they would be taking a lead role on a new Black Ops game in 2020, one that takes the series back to its Cold War roots. There are concerns in the studio that returning to a two-year development cycle (after getting three years for each of the last two games) will exacerbate the crunch and worsen the issues that Treyarch has been facing. Even with sister studios Sledgehammer and Raven working on the game alongside Treyarch, will the development team be able to finish a new Black Opsin the next year and a half without killing themselves along the way? Without burning out all of their employees? Several Treyarch employees said they’ve grumbled about the long-running shooter series feeling stale, pointing to Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed as an example of how taking off a year can revitalize a franchise. There’s been a new Call of Duty every year since 2005, and so far, Activision has not shown any willingness to give the series a break.
How to get massive Weapon XP in Black Ops Cold War Zombies
Weapons are slower to level up in Cold War compared to previous titles, so here’s the fastest way to rank them up in Zombies.
A Youtuber has discovered a way to level up weapons extremely fast in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.
For the first time, progression is tied across all game modes. No matter which mode you play, weapon rank will increase for use in multiplayer and Zombies.
Treyarch has added a double XP bonus until November 30, so you can rank up your guns much quicker. Players were earning too much Weapon XP in Zombies, so the developers reduced the amount of 2WXP earned.
The community was left frustrated after this, but YouTube channel Glitching Queen uploaded a video explaining how to get ‘massive weapon XP’ in Cold War Zombies.
Earn XP fast
Glitching Queen discovered that killing Zombies in rounds two and three will net you considerably more XP than any other round. As rounds progress, you actually earn continually fewer points. Players have reported that when in the high rounds, weapons no longer earn any XP.
First, if you are a PS4 or PS5 player, they recommend partying up with someone also on PlayStation to receive bonus XP. As part of Activision’s deal with Sony, if PS players are partied up, they will receive a ‘party boost’ where weapons are leveled up even faster.
The method below also works on Xbox consoles and PC, but it won’t be quite as effective.
When ranking a weapon from level 0-40, Glitching Queen recommends playing up to round five then backing out. This maximizes your playtime, so everything you do counts towards unlocking new attachments and Camo Challenges.
When your weapon level is in the high 40s and 50s, you should drop out of Zombies after completing round three. With the drop in XP after this round, it’s not worth playing on if your goal is to rank up your guns.
Repeatedly quit your Zombies game after the first few rounds and you’ll find your weapons ranking up much faster than playing multiplayer or Zombies traditionally. You won’t be able to beat any world-records, though.
Black Ops Cold War dev confirms fix coming for Mastery camo bug
Cold War players have been unhappy with the appearance of the Mastery Camos, so Treyarch have promised a fix is coming soon.
Treyarch has addressed issues with the appearance of the Mastery Camos in Black Ops Cold War, saying they are the result of a bug.
Dark Matter is a time-consuming and tricky grind. Weapons level up significantly slower in Black Ops Cold War than previous CoDs, and some weapons clearly outshine others. The most hardcore players are grinding to get their hands on Dark Matter, with some unlocking it just weeks after launch.
Fans have been disappointed with the appearance of the Mastery Camos, though. Except for Diamond, the unique camos only cover some parts of the weapons while leaving the rest plain. For the amount of time it takes to complete these challenges, you want to be able to show off your rare camo.
Treyarch is aware of this issue. On the Official Trello Board, Treyarch posted that they have also spotted the “unintentional changes to Mastery Camo display.”
Fixes coming soon
“After our most recent update, some weapons began to display certain Mastery Camo differently,” the Trello card read. “We are looking to release a fix for this is in our next major update.”
So don’t let the appearance put you off working towards the camos. Treyarch hasn’t given a concrete date for when we can expect the fix, but it’s likely to be soon.
With a 24/7 playlist of Nuketown ’84 and double weapon XP currently being in the game, more and more players will be unlocking Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter over the coming weeks.
- Read more: The best RPD Class in Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch also addressed other problems with camos and Challenges. If you resume the game from a suspended state, weapon camo and challenges may appear to be locked. If you restart your game, you will be able to see your correct progress.
The developers have also discussed the power of the Perk Flak Jacket.
This Perk allows you to survive a direct hit with an explosive. This makes it extremely difficult to get kills with launchers for the Mastery Camo challenges if a player is running Flak Jacket.
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The best RPD Class in Black Ops Cold War
The RPD is a modest and powerful LMG.
Here’s the best class for the RPD in Black Ops Cold War.
Among some of the returning weapons from the Black Ops franchise is the RPD light machine gun. It offers decent mobility for a weapon of its class, solid strafe speed, and high power rounds.
YouTuber “Eross” shows us in the video below his loadout of choice with the RPD.
- Barrel: 16.5″ Cut Down – Shorter barrel which reduces overall weapon weight. Adds additional move speed while shooting.
- Underbarrel: Foregrip – Additional horizontal recoil control when firing.
- Magazine: Fast Mags – 33% boost to reload speeds. A huge boost to a weapon that’s known to have very long reload times. Best to reload before the mag is fully empty for a shorter reload animation.
- Handle: Speed Tape – 10% increase on aim down sight time. Can be replaced with GRU Elastic Wrap when unlocked at a later time.
- Stock: Tactical Stock – 40% boost to aim walking movement speed. Massive for a light machine gun.
Tips for the field
- Planned attacks – Since movement with light machine guns is sluggish, you’ll want to be well-prepared before you get into gunfights. Be sure to pre aim angles as much as possible. You won’t win gunfights if you aim down sight mid gunfight.
- Find the high ground – Lay waste to any foe in the middle of a field or just generally not in cover. You conquer anyone who can’t find immediate cover.
- Objective protection – Since you’re using a light machine gun, you won’t be hopping flags often. You can still play the objective though, with the power of defense. Find a nice piece of cover you can get behind with a good angle of a hardpoint, flag or bomb site to be a powerful objective player.
- Planned reloads – Reloads are long. Don’t get into a position where you’re low on ammo with enemies coming your way. Reload whenever you have downtime, even if you’re only missing 30 shots. You never know when you’ll need it…
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