Last week, Treyarch finally released the long-awaited League Play mode for Black Ops 4. The game mode was described as “unlike any League Play you’ve seen from us before” by developer Tony Flame and he was certainly correct.
The game mode doesn’t include a visible active MMR ranking system like most popular ranked modes from across the industry. Siege’s Copper to Diamond, Black Ops 2’s Iron to Masters, and League of Legends Iron to Challenger are examples of visible MMR systems.
Instead the game mode contains a hidden MMR used for matchmaking to keep matches competitive. The visible rank only tracks long term performance by tracking event wins (events last 3-4 days). This would have a great been additional rank to traditional MMR, but alone it only rewards play-time and long-term grinding.
We asked you about your initial impressions for the game mode last week as it came out. You responded and the opinions were quite split. The majority of readers who voted gave League a “50-50” feeling. The game mode provides something for the competitive player, but lacks true skill tracking. A majority voted for either “I moderately like League Play” or “I love League Play.”
Fortunately for Treyarch, the bottom two options in our poll ended up being “I hate League Play” & “I moderately dislike League Play.” The overall opinion seems to be positive leaning, but it seems everyone is looking for Treyarch to do a little more with the mode.
We published an article with suggestions for League Play’s expansion. We suggest you check it out and tell us what you would like to see added to the mode. You can find it here: Opinion: League Play could be significantly improved with these additional features
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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