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RUMOR: Call of Duty 2020 connected to Black Ops universe

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A new rumor from TheGamingRevolution claims that the 2020 Call of Duty game will not actually be a Black Ops game anymore, even if many rumors have suggested that over the last year.

The new video, posted by TGR, has stated that the game will encompass the Cold War era, and possible touch on the Vietnam War.

The game will be tied into the Black Ops universe in some ways, but the game’s official title itself will not be Black Ops or Black Ops 5.

Some of the information presented in the video – the game being connected to the Black Ops world – lines up with some of what CharlieIntel has heard about the upcoming 2020 title, which is being developed by Treyarch with support from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. We are unable to verify the name details, however.

There were rumors floating around for a while that the title may be ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 5’ or a reboot of Black Ops and be simply called ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops,’ but that has changed in the recent months, according to the video.

The new title, which Kotaku first reported back in May 2019 that Treyarch would take over development, is set to release this Fall. There has no information from Activision if the company plans to delay the game because of COVID-19.

The 2020 Call of Duty title is also expected to be a cross-generational title, launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC alongside being launch titles for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Activision has not officially announced any details on the 2020 Call of Duty game. We are getting closer to May, which is usually the month Activision announces the newest Call of Duty title.

Stay tuned for the latest news on the 2020 Call of Duty game.

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YouTuber shows the effects of Skill-Based Matchmaking in Cold War

YouTuber Xclusiveace shows us an example of Skill-based matchmaking in Black Ops Cold War.

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Black Ops Cold War’s matchmaking system is being tested by YouTube creators. Here’s what they found.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is a system used in online multiplayer games to pair players against other players of similar skill levels.

Mostly, this system is used in ranked games or competitive playlists. Occasionally, games use it in regular matchmaking pools to ensure players of lower skill levels can also have fun without worrying about playing against a drastically better opponent.

Black Ops Cold War has a system like this, and if you make a fresh account and perform poorly for a few games, you may end up in the lowest skill bracket or the “protected” skill bracket. In the video below, Xclusiveace shows us what those games look like.

In the clip, you can clearly see the enemies Ace is fighting are far less skilled than he is. He can juke them out and even stand next to them without anyone noticing him. You may think these players are bots, but they are, in fact, real players.

This video proves that there is skill-based matchmaking in the game, but not to a strict degree. Many top players feel like the system is strict; however, the data needed to prove this is not yet available until large content creators like Ace test the system.

As for easy games like the one Ace was in, this was considered a protected bracket game – or a game for extremely low-level players. These lobbies are normally reserved for the worst players in the game who have not figured out the game mechanics and need a little breathing room to get their feet off the ground.

If players like this were tossed into higher-skilled games, they might quit the franchise before even giving it a go.

Protected brackets also allow players with disabilities to enjoy the game in a multiplayer environment. In the coming weeks, Ace will have some data for the system at large, which will hopefully provide some clarity to the community on how strict the system may actually be.

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YouTuber reveals huge reticle problems in Black Ops Cold War

YouTuber JGod has discovered a serious issue affecting the reticles in Black Ops Cold War, and offered some temporary solutions.

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Youtuber JGod has discovered an issue in Black Ops Cold War in which some reticles completely blend in with the environment.

As is a tradition in Call of Duty games, Black Ops Cold War players get the option to equip a range of different reticles on their weapons. There are several shapes and colors to choose from, from the traditional Red Dot to a more outlandish mustache-shaped reticle.

YouTuber JGod has uploaded a video addressing problems with certain sights, also revealing the best ones to use in Cold War.

Reticle Issues

In a video titled “Reticles Need to Be Fixed,” JGod shows off the problem with reticles in Black Ops Cold War.

The reticles in-game don’t always match their image from the Gunsmith screen. Some are a different size, color, and are much blurrier than they appear in the menus. You can see the differences in JGod’s findings below.

Perhaps an even more worrying issue is that some reticles completely blend in with the environment while aiming down sights. When the reticle is against light-colored walls and the sky, they’ll be invisible. You can see it from JGod’s comparison above, but the problem is more apparent in-game.

This almost game-breaking bug means that you are putting yourself at a disadvantage just by using certain reticles. The color blind settings in Cold War don’t change the reticle color either, so there isn’t a simple workaround.

The reticles earned for playing Zombies are significantly better than those from multiplayer. Zombies reticles have a different color scheme, most of which are much easier to see against the environment.

JGod says that the best reticles are:

  • Glare
  • Apex
  • Luminary
  • Pitboss
  • Intersect
  • Teardrop

These aren’t the best shape, but their color scheme effectively contrasts with the environment, so you can stay accurate at all times.

Treyarch has acknowledged on its Trello board of known issues that reticles may appear upside down on next-gen consoles, but there is currently no word on reticle visibility.

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Classic CoD map Raid returns in Black Ops Cold War Season One

BOCW’s armory of maps is getting some reinforcements in the form of classic CoD map Raid, it returns in Black Ops Cold War Season One.

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One of the new maps that will headline the beginning of Black Ops Cold War Season One has been announced as being Raid. Debuting in Black Ops 2, the map is a beloved treasure in Call of Duty and will be a great addition to the game.

Black Ops Cold War already has quite a few maps that feel like they could seamlessly slot into any classic CoD title and it would be a perfect fit. Treyarch has definitely tried to regain some of that formula that has made the franchise an unprecedented success with their latest effort.

But their current crop of corridors and open-spaces will not be alone for too long as the hotly-anticipated Season One kicks off very soon bringing with it new content. We know for certain that in that airdrop of goodies we will get the Hollywood-inspired map, Raid.

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Raid returns

The triumphant return of Raid can only be good news as the L.A estate is jam-packed full of life and personality. Whether it’s tussling behind expensive cars waiting to be written off or destroying priceless architecture with semtex. Raid is a superb map that compliments any 6 v 6 mode.

Its luxurious nature is furthered by just how diverse it is. In addition to all the cover-based shootouts you can have, Raid also has plenty of scope to use…well a scope. Long-range battles are perfectly suited to this map and its complexities are what make Raid thrive as a total package kind of environment.

But when will you be able to play it? The map was originally supposed to be dropping along with the rest of the Season One content on December 10.

Due to unforeseen circumstances however, that date has now changed to December 16.

Along with Raid, Treyarch has reiterated that its player base can prep themselves for more multiplayer modes, maps, weapons, challenges, and a deeper prestige system.

Image credits: Treyarch

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