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.
Cold War devs respond to Zombies bug blocking 8 attachment Custom Mods
A Cold War Zombies bug has been blocking Custom Mods with over five attachments, and Treyarch has responded to the problem.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies players have been unable to equip Custom Mods with more than five attachments, and Treyarch have responded to the issue.
Custom Mods have arrived in Black Ops Cold War, allowing players to save their favorite attachment and Blueprint combinations. They can then quickly equip these Custom Mods in multiplayer, Zombies, and League Play.
However, a frustrating bug has been preventing players from using their Custom Mods equipped with eight attachments, and Treyarch has confirmed they are working to fix the issue.
When trying to equip a Custom Mod with eight attachments in Zombies, you will be met with a message that states players “Must equip Gunfighter Wildcard to equip a Custom Mod with more than 5 attachments.”
This message is designed for multiplayer to prevent players from bypassing the Gunfighter Wildcard by equipping a Custom Mod with eight attachments already on the game.
However, the problem is that Zombies doesn’t have Wildcards. This means that players can’t use their eight attachment Custom Mods, even though they can equip eight attachments through upgrading their weapon classes with Aetherium Crystals.
A concerned player asked Treyarch and their community manager, Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres, “is there any workaround or fix for equipping an 8 attachment Custom Mod in Zombies?” They also confirmed they had everything “fully tiered up,” unlocking eight attachment slots.
FoxhoundFPS replied, saying “Our team is aware of this issue and working toward a fix.” The issue hasn’t been added to their official Trello board so we don’t have a date for the fix being issued, but it is being addressed.
There is also no Gunfighter Wildcard in Warzone, which is a possible reason why Cold War Custom Mods can’t be taken into the battle royale, as the same issue as here would occur.
In the meantime, players will need to build their Custom Mods again when picking attachments before deploying to Die Maschine, Firebase Z, and Outbreak.
Image Credit: Treyarch
New leak claims fan-favorite Black Ops maps arriving in Cold War Season 3
A fresh leak is hinting at some new, fan-favorite maps coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in Season 3.
Treyarch could be set to bolster Black Ops Cold War Season 3 with all-new map remakes if a reliable source is to be believed.
A new season of Call of Duty is always exciting as it means that a whole new bundle of content is on the way. It does reach a point where the current maps have been played to death, and the game could do with a fresh lease of life.
This is why this potential leak could be great news for players as not one, but two new maps could be on the way to Cold War Season 3 in the form of Echelon and Standoff.
It was back in January that a major leak had confirmed the intent to add 8 new map remakes to Cold War throughout its life lifespan. Some of them have indeed been added, and now it looks like we’re set for two more if a Tweet from TheGhostOfMW is accurate.
As with all rumors, they usually originate from somewhere, pretty much from a reliable source. So it’s not crazy for this statement to be true.
Both of these maps would be welcome additions to Cold War and we’ve even made our own list of maps we’d like to see appear in CoD: Black Ops Cold War in the future.
As with all big rumors of this nature, we recommend you take it with a pinch of salt. But leaks have generally been reliable for the latest Call of Duty game, and we’ll wait to see what else is coming in Season 3.
Image credits: Treyarch
Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork reportedly leaked
A first look at Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork has leaked online.
A first look at artwork for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 has leaked.
The user who shared this artwork on social channels has since deleted his Reddit account & post on it.
This leaked image, which was then re-uploaded to Imgur, showcases a new female Operator with Season 3 having a blue color scheme.
Please note: Activision has issued a DMCA take down of the images.
This artwork also shows in the background what looks to be a destroyed part of Verdansk, which lends more confirmation to the rumors of Verdansk’s major changes coming in Season 3.
It’s not clear which part of the map is shown behind her.
It’s also not confirmed yet as to how the leakers found the images, whether it was through data mining of certain game files or from another source.
For now, Activision has not officially confirmed or commented on these images.
Season 3 for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone is set to begin on April 22. There has not been much reveals for Season 3 yet from Activision besides some teasers that Treyarch has started to post on their social accounts. More information is set to be announced as we get closer to the start date.
On the Warzone side of things, Raven has already teased some of the changes coming, including weapon balancing, skin adjustments, and more.
Warzone will also see a major event, which will begin on April 21 at 12PM PT.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3.
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