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Vahn teases upcoming changes to Alcatraz Blackout map

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A little over a week since Alcatraz has made its way to Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode and we’re already starting to see some major changes on the horizon.

Treyarch Game Design Director, David Vonderhaar, tweeted out some light details on how the young Alcaztraz Portals – Quads mode will evolve in the future.

He first comments on how he doesn’t believe players redeploying should have a better loadout than they already do. At the moment, after a player bleeds out while one of their squadmates are still alive, they’ll redeploy up to five times with a Strife and some bandages.

“Goodnight to everyone except the people that think you should have a better loadout when you redeploy in Alcatraz than the folks on the ground who destroyed you and others and were able to loot up because they are vicious.”

Vahn goes on to talk about bleeding out on Alcatraz when you have no chance of being revived.

“PS: Not being able to take the Coward’s Way Out when you have zero chance of being revived in Alcatraz and miss the wave spawn timer? Yep. Gross. Will fix asap, Please don’t hang me over what asap means. I don’t have that kind of power. Even the bosses have bosses.”

Coward’s Way Out is a mechanic from past Call of Duty’s that lets the player choose if they want to die immediately so they can respawn quicker. In Alcatraz, if you’re bleeding out in the Collapse, it’s unlikely a squadmate will run out there to pick you up, but the time it takes to fully bleed out may cause you to miss the designated respawn time.

Lastly, he talks about the final collapse and how he’s unsatisfied with it and would like to slow it down.

“PPS: I still don’t love the final collapse in Alcatraz. I want to slow it down even more. The Collapse should push engagements. It shouldn’t be your primary enemy. (Stole that line from @MaTtKs.) I know some people.”

Vahn made it pretty clear he didn’t want to say any specifics on when these changes will make their way to Black Ops 4, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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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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