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Opinion: Black Ops 4 Leaderboards need to be upgraded following changes to Treyarch’s API

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Leaderboards are a common feature in gaming and provide an easy way for players to track performance among all players. Black Ops 4’s have been found lacking.

The Leaderboards in Black Ops 4 have been quite the mess from the beginning. While other games in the industry regularly release with full playerbase leaderboard functions or APIs for third-party sites, Black Ops 4 now lacks both.

The API was recently changed and disabled support for third-party tracking sites. You can find the full article on the subject here: Call of Duty API changes kill third party statistic tracking websites and services

The Leaderboards with the Black Ops 4 game are very lackluster to say the least. Call of Duty titles in the past have tracked two sets of players within the leaderboards: friends and “all players.” This should be, but is no longer the case in Black Ops 4.

Black Ops 4 now uses a “Player List” which can be populated using your friends list or recent players. It is up to the player to go and remove/add players to the list before they are gone from “recent players.”

The list showing current players is often broken and displays blank names. Removing names can also be glitched. Adding names to the list does work as of now, but the Leaderboards may or may not update accordingly.

This is, in our opinion, just unacceptable from a triple A game. The Leaderboards should show all players on the player’s current platform of choice. All friends should be automatically shown using PSN or Xbox Live as a database.

In addition, the information shown in the leaderboards is barebones. Search and Destroy for League Play is a great example. The menu shows Kills & Deaths, Avg. Objectives, Score/Min, and Avg Damage. While K/D is nice, Avg. Objectives means nothing. The leaderboard should show plants/defuses along with the other stats.

Overall, the feature is drawn back from other Call of Duty games and lacks real depth. We need Treyarch to truly implement leaderboard support for all gamemodes and give us all the proper stats. It should not be too much to ask as Call of Duty did this well for over a decade.

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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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