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Treyarch developing Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 for 2020 with Sledgehammer Games and Raven to support

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A new bombshell report has surfaced from Jason Schreier of Kotaku regarding Call of Duty’s 2020 release. He has reported that current in-development Call of Duty 2020 game is in “a mess” state, and Treyarch is taking over the development to bring Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 as the 2020 Call of Duty game.

Kotaku states that Activision informed the studios this week of the major change that the company is making to its plans, as Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were still in development of the 2020 Call of Duty game.

It’s a significant shift for Activision’s massive first-person shooter franchise, which is one of the most lucrative video game series on the planet. Every fall for the past 15 years, Activision has put out a new Call of Duty game, supported by a stable of different developers who rotated duties as required. Since 2012, Activision has followed a three-year cycle for its three lead studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer. 

Kotaku reports that Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will serve as support studios to work with Treyarch on bringing out the 2020 Call of Duty game. Raven Software was actually the lead development studio for the 2020 Call of Duty game with Sledgehammer Games supporting them.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven have been working on a single player campaign for their 2020 game set in Cold War, and that is supposed to be the campaign for the new Black Ops game.

As part of their report, Kotaku sources told them that there was tension between Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software during the development of 2020 title. The studios kept arguing over the features of the 2020 title. The game was apparently a “mess.” Activision decided to step in and put Treyarch in charge of a new Black Ops project for 2020.

This will be the first time that Treyarch is making a Call of Duty game in the 2 year development cycle since the release of Black Ops 2 back in 2012. Since then, Treyarch’s Black Ops 3 and Black Ops 4 have been created in a 3 year development cycle.

Sledgehammer Games has been having a rocky time the last year, with co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield departing the company in 2018. The new studio leadership is under Aaron Halon. It was not clear what the studio planned to make after the Call of Duty: WWII season with the co-founders departing.

Michael Condrey has reportedly been recruiting Sledgehammer Games developers to his new 2K Studio, and many developers have been leaving SHG over the past year. Developers still at Sledgehammer have been shocked by the amount of developers leaving, Kotaku reports.

Sledgehammer Games not releasing a fully fledged title for 2020 will be the first time the studio has missed three year release since 2014. Sledgehammer Games was founded in 2009 as an Activision-owned studio and started their journey as co-developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 back in 2011 with Infinity Ward. After that, Activision transitioned Call of Duty to a three year development cycle with Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward as the lead developers rotating through the cycles.

Sledgehammer Games released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014 and Call of Duty: WWII in 2017.

If this is the case, next year will see a new Call of Duty: Black Ops game — marking the fifth title in the sub-series.

Activision has not confirmed this info and did not issue a statement.

SOURCE: Kotaku

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to get more mags in Black Ops Cold War’s Firebase Z

A Black Ops Cold War player has found a neat trick with the RAI K-84 that lets you get extra mags in Firebase Z.

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The RAI K-84 in Black Ops Cold War

One Black Ops Cold War player has discovered a neat trick involving the RAI K-84 that allowed them to gain extra mags in Firebase Z, even when they had full ammo.

The RAI K-84 is the wonder weapon of Firebase Z and is the strongest one that you can build in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. A cross between a laser gun and an assault rifle, this weapon lets you dish out a ton of damage to the undead.

You can kill your enemies with purple blasts, along with an explosive ball that can be detonated. In Zombies mode, you’ll need all the ammo you can get and will have to make each shot count. This makes it wise to conserve as much as you can.

Luckily, one player has discovered a trick that you can use to get some extra mags for yourself, even if you have the max amount of ammo.

The RAI K-84 in Black Ops Cold War

Reddit user oreo368088 posted a clip of their Firebase Z gameplay in the Black Ops Cold War subreddit. In this, they showed off a clever tactic that many players will undoubtedly take advantage of.

They already had the max amount of ammo that one can carry in the game, so they shouldn’t have been able to buy any more. However, by switching to the Ray-K’s alternate firing mode, they were able to refill their ammo while carrying 7 extras.

You don’t have to worry about losing the extra mags by changing it back, since the player confirmed that they will remain in your inventory.

The comments were filled with impressed Black Ops Cold War fans that thanked the Redditor for showing them this incredibly helpful trick. Ammo is of great value in Zombies mode, so you’ll want to collect as much as you possibly can.

Other players reported having similar success with this method in the comments. “I tried this and it does [work],” wrote petrussian69420. Some of the comments noted that Treyarch will probably patch this up soon.

So far, it doesn’t seem that the developers are aware of this exploit yet. If they implement a change, then we’ll be sure to update you.

If you’re wondering how to get your hands on the RAI K-84, you can take a look at our full guide here.

Image Credits: Treyarch/ Activision

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Black Ops Cold War Season 2 is getting a bonus map

Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War will introduce some new maps, as well as a brand new bonus variant of Miami.

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Daytime Miami in Black Ops Cold War

Treyarch have revealed the new multiplayer maps that they will introduce in Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War, and it seems that we will also get a daytime variant of Season 1’s Miami as a bonus map.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 1 brought a ton of new content for Call of Duty fans to dive into. This included a few new maps to battle in, and we’re already wondering what Treyarch have planned for Season 2.

The devs have unveiled their plans for the game’s next update in the Season 2 roadmap, which confirmed four new incoming multiplayer maps. It turns out that we will also be getting a new version of Season 1’s Miami as a bonus.

Miami in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War Season 2 will have a new Miami

Treyarch decided to stick with a 1980s aesthetic when designing Miami and while this is a cool concept, the map’s final design has received backlash from a good portion of the Call of Duty community due to some major problems.

One of the most glaring issues is the map’s dark lighting, as it makes it difficult to spot your opponents in the shadows. You’ll waste a good portion of your time searching for them, and will have to do it again once you get killed.

Another problem is the map’s openness, which discourages you from going into the center due to the number of players that are scanning the area. Treyarch have listened to the criticisms and will introduce a new daytime variant of Miami in Season 2.

This new version is known as Miami Strike and will be smaller than the original. As the name implies, we can expect this map variant to have a lot in common with the “strike” versions of Combined Arms. They’ve teased it with this description:

Rise and shine, Miami… because soon, it will be time to infiltrate Ocean Park Drive during the day.

With the sun glistening off the colorful murals of Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, Miami Strike will focus the action into a smaller daytime rendition of the original map. Whether it’s a white-knuckle game of TDM or a tense Hardpoint battle, the heat is always on in the streets of Miami.

This seems like an apt response to fan complaints with Miami, as a smaller daytime version will solve the visibility issues without messing with the aesthetic of the original. This will also allow you to move in the middle of the map without being instantly eliminated.

Hopefully, this will please the fans since they have had many complaints about the maps in Black Ops Cold War since it first launched. The game went live with a low number of 6v6 maps at its base, and they have the same gripes with Season 2.


For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate |

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision

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CoD Mobile devs confirm the return of classic Nuketown

The return of the classic Nuketown map in Call of Duty: Mobile has been confirmed by the developers in a community update.

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Nuketown in COD Mobile

While a snowy winter-themed area has been the focus of CoD Mobile since December, the developers have confirmed that the classic Nuketown map will be making its return to the game in the future.

Call of Duty: Mobile Season 1 serves as a soft reboot that resets the battle royale while adding a ton of exciting new content to it. It seems that the developers are also looking to bring back some classic content soon.

While the winter variant of Nuketown has been fun, there’s just no replacing the original. Luckily, the devs have officially confirmed that the classic version of this map will be making its return to CoD Mobile soon.

Nuketown in COD Mobile

When will classic Nuketown return to CoD Mobile?

During their February 12 Community Update, the CoD Mobile devs announced a few upcoming changes and answered fan questions about what to expect in the future. When asked about Nuketown, they confirmed that we’ll see the normal version return eventually.

“Yeah, we’ll likely have that map returning in the future and especially as we move further and further away from the Winter seasons,” they said. “We had Classic Nuketown there for more than a year, so we don’t mind giving Nuketown Russia some time to breathe on its own too.”

Nuketown Russia was introduced during mid-December to celebrate the holiday season, so we expect it to get replaced after a few more weeks of being in the rotation. After which, they’ll probably switch back to the classic Nuketown.

CoD Mobile devs message on Reddit about Nuketown

At the moment, the developers have not revealed exactly when we’ll see the map return, but as we can expect to hear more soon as we move further away from the winter theme. In the meantime, Season 1 has many other additions for us to enjoy.

The all-new Reclaim map was added to the game as part of the Season’s January 26 launch. There was also some cool loot in the form of a new Battle Pass, weapons, characters, and cosmetics. We’ll be sure to update you whenever they add something new.

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