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Top 7 tips to master Outbreak in Black Ops Cold War

Here are 7 absolutely essential top tips to master Outbreak, Black Ops Cold War’s new open-world Zombies variation.

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Outbreak is the newest take on the popular Call of Duty Zombies mode. We’ve come up with 7 must-have tips to help you survive longer and perform better in it.

When the initial announcement for Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War was announced, no one was quite sure what to expect from the new Outbreak mode. Treyarch promoted it as the biggest take on Zombies yet.

The expansive Zombies mode is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and incorporates elements of the expansive nature of Warzone’s sprawling maps with their new Zombies addition. Outbreak is a welcome change of pace that can be a lot of fun to play, and here are the seven best tips to get you rolling.

1. Do all side activities

In addition to the main objectives you’ll be presented with in Outbreak, the round you’re on will usually have two or three extracurricular activities for you to do.

Reoccurring side missions will include the hungry dragon that requires you to kill zombies inside of a specially-designated ring. There is also a recording that, when triggered, teleports in a couple of Megatons or other tough enemies, requiring you to kill them. Both of these usually appear in every round and are a consistent way to boost your points.

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2. Find Floating Essence

Players that engage in the Fireteam modes will already be quite familiar with the maps used in Outbreak as they are exactly the same.

Lots of the maps have buildings and towers and what you need to know is that in Outbreak they contain a lot of valuable Essence to find. You can usually find vials of Essence around the map which give you 100 points, but the larger floating ones will net you a whopping 500 points. Make sure you seek them out.

3. Listen out for loot drop audio cues

We don’t need to tell you the importance of regularly finding loot chests in Outbreak. Legendary weapons, free armor/damage upgrades, materials, and a lot more can be found in these necessities.

You’ll know when you’re close to one as they make a distinctive beep-boop sound – sometimes accompanied by a child’s laugh. Don’t worry about hogging them as they’re scattered all-around the map you’re on and there’s plenty to go around.

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4. Maximize your total points

It goes without saying that your best chances of survival are predicated on you earning many points and investing them wisely.

As well as side activities and finding essence, there are also some other things you can do to kep your score rising. Killing at long-range will earn extra longshot points, stun grenades hurled into large groups of zombies will do wonders, and the “Ring of Fire” equipment can reward lots of bonus points for kills and assists.

5. Pack-a-Punch your gun

With all those extra points in the bag, you need to make sure you’re not wasting them. Above all else, Pack-a-Punching your weapon is an absolute must if you want to survive as Zombies get stronger, and get stronger quickly.

Now, which weapon you select is obviously up to you, but it has to be said that certain weapons are better equipped to cope with the rigorous demands of the later rounds, such as LMGs.

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6. Collect materials and make sure you use them

It’s so easy to dismiss materials when you’re in the middle of Outbreak, but you should never underestimate how much they are actually needed.

Materials can upgrade your weapon’s damage, the sturdiness of your armor, and buy you super-powerful scorestreaks like a Chopper Gunner.

7. Pick up items

One final reminder is to make sure you’re vigilant and constantly check the surrounding area to see what items have been left as a present by the undead.

They can drop all kinds of useful gear that should never be scoffed at. Aside from the obvious fact they can inflict copious amount of damage, as we’ve said, they can also warrant additional points too. Frag Grenades, Semtex, and C4 are great for crowd control, and if you’re lucky enough to get a Cymbal Monkey, then you should feel safer.

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Those are our seven best tips to survive Outbreak and if you’re also kitted out with three teammates to go through this journey together, then you should hopefully enjoy a longer experience.

Image credits: Treyarch

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Black Ops Cold War players want one major change for Mastercraft blueprints

Black Ops Cold War Mastercraft blueprints are great, giving players detailed thematic skins for their weapons, but some players want one change.

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Black Ops Cold War offers players great customization options for weapons, but it seems some players still want more, especially when it comes to Mastercraft blueprints.

Black Ops Cold War is now in its fourth season, introducing new content seasonally for players who are still enjoying the classic Call of Duty multiplayer experience.

One thing those dedicated players love is the customization and camos, with recent calls for the custom emblems to return. However, it seems some players want one change for the Mastercraft blueprints.

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Reddit user MultiBlueGamer put up a post with the suggestion that Mastercraft blueprints should keep their aesthetic even when players change the attachments on the weapon:

“Can we make some kind of Petition to make it so attachments don’t change the look of MasterCrafts? Some of these MasterCraft look sick but have terrible attachments, PLEASE Treyarch!”

Although it may seem small, it is pretty frustrating when you want to use a certain Mastercraft because you like the look of it but have to use attachments you don’t want to keep the intended design of the Mastercraft.

This would be a great quality of life change for Black Ops Cold War, mostly for those players who are dedicated to getting Mastercraft blueprints but still want to use the attachments that give them the best stats.

Users in the comments seem to agree, but most are fairly pessimistic about the developers taking the time to change something as small as this and are merely hoping that it will change in future Call of Duty installments.

One comments even suggested separating the gunsmith and attachments:

“This is why stat-changing attachments and the gunsmith should be separate. The only attachments that should alter the appearance are optic sights and suppressors. Then make the gunsmith completely cosmetic. That way you can make the gun look how you want without having to run attachments you don’t want, and vise versa.”

This would definitely be interesting and probably be a welcomed quality-of-life change by players, but who knows if this will ever happen.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our article on how to turn off crossplay.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision

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Warzone players call for boycott over Blizzard lawsuit and hacking problems

Due to the Blizzard lawsuit and endless hacking, Warzone, and other Call of Duty players, are calling for a boycott of Store purchases.

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Warzone players are encouraging all Call of Duty gamers to boycott the purchase of skins and bundles from the store in response to the recent Activision Blizzard lawsuit and constant Warzone hacking.

It’s been an unsettling time for Call of Duty and its respective titles – Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, CoD: Mobile, and Modern Warfare. The ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit has impacted the franchise, and fans are calling for fellow players to stop buying goods from the CoD store in protest.

This includes everything from skins to Operator Bundles to even the Seasonal Battle Pass. Warzone players are citing the lawsuit, “empty updates,” and hackers as the driving force behind this movement.

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The lawsuit is dealing directly with an “alleged toxic workplace,” and has even lead to a full walkout by employees in response to the unfortunate situation.

Added to this is the purported series of empty updates “full of microtransactions in order to milk the players,” and the ever-increasing threat of hackers, and players have seemingly had enough.

Reddit user Jaszs has lead the charge by saying: “I’m writing this as someone who has played every. single. COD since COD2, and WZ since day 1 until yesterday, and also a former Blizzard fan. Yes, I know it may sound bad, but based on what’s going on (sexual harassment lawsuit, suppressing and abusive treatment of their employees…) I really think those guys don’t deserve anything from us, their customers.

“You can even keep playing the game if you want (there are some cool alternatives though; if you need some just ask in the comments!), just don’t spend any money in their store. In any case, you should also remember that they are the same guys that are releasing empty updates full of microtransactions in order to milk the players, releasing over and over the same game and not giving a single f*ck about the increasing number of hackers.”

The very passionate statement received over 300 comments and counting, and it’s universally in favor of boycotting Activision’s Store ahead of the Warzone Season 5 launch.

Given that there are many responses, here are a selection of replies:

  • “I’ve got 900 COD points and level 90 on the battle pass. Not spending a penny more on this game. They don’t respect their employees, they don’t respect the players (anti-cheat lmao) they aren’t getting anymore of my money.”
  • “Once all this sh*t came to light, my entire friend group collectively uninstalled the game and swore off of it for good. We were already mad at the game for being poorly managed with hackers and constant glitches/crashes. I suppose this was the lead straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.”
  • “Based on the way they’ve handled cheating, the CW integration, and the general state of the game in the last year, I’m shocked than any of you have been buying cosmetic items from them. Do you realize what kind of message you’re sending by making the worst CoD their highest-earning one?”

At the time of writing, the post has nearly 1.8K upvotes and rising. Given the player count of Warzone far exceeds this, it’s hard to imagine this boycott would do too much damage.

Conversely, Producer at Sledgehammer Games Alayna Cole has Tweeted an important message concerning the circumstances.

Boycotting the Activision store will have an obvious knock-on effect in terms of sales revenue, and would ultimately disrupt the salaries and jobs of many employees who are not involved in this lawsuit.

It’s a hard position for all involved and for players who engage in Call of Duty games. The lawsuit is still long ongoing, and we’ll continue to update you at Charlie INTEL with any breaking developments.

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How to turn off crossplay in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone

Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s Crossplay functionality in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4.

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While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 4.

Crossplay in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.

How to turn off crossplay for Black Ops Cold War

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  1. Log into Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer
  2. Navigate to ‘Settings’
  3. Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

How To Turn off Warzone Crossplay

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  1. Log into Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Options’ section
  3. Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.

Also, be warned, only PlayStation can turn off crossplay in Warzone. Xbox and PC players will be forced to turn the option back on before beginning matchmaking.

Why turn off crossplay for Cold War & Warzone?

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Simply put, cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While Raven Software has been issuing ban waves in an attempt to stop the constant torrent of blatant cheaters and constant hackers, they still continue to exist.

We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.

Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.

Why should I keep crossplay on?

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If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.

Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.

Lastly, connections. You’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be matchmade into the best available games.

Ultimately, it’s up to you how you proceed with matchmaking but we would definitely recommend factoring in all the information above and thinking carefully.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Treyarch

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