Treyarch’s update schedule has received criticism from fans as other developers have begun to employ quick patches and content drops.
Pamaj & other community influencers want to see Treyarch shift their update schedule to a quicker content output system. The reactions come in the wake of the release of Apex Legends and the continued success of Fortnite’s weekly and bi-weekly updates. The other titles also put out constant gameplay patches to ensure gameplay quality is maintained.
Treyarch’s lackluster update schedule and numerous delays have caused a backlash and it seems these players are fed up with the current state of affairs.
While the majority of Black Ops 4 players enjoy the core gameplay in Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout, the snail-paced content drops and delays in fixes are causing big influencers to look to other games for examples of alternative development paths.
PrestigeIsKey, a long time Call of Duty community member, states that he’s frustration does not stem from the core gameplay. Rather, it’s a bi-product of seeing other games with constant updates and patch fixes while Blackout simply exists. Treyarch should heed the words of such members of the community as they develop a lot of the hype around upcoming releases and events.
Driftor weighs in on how the monetization features in games like Apex Legends and Fortnite work as opposed to Black Ops 4. The games are completely free to play with optional cosmetic content. Apex’s loot boxes even display the odds of getting items in-game and the “Legend” balance is maintained well (a swipe against the Specialist balancing problems in Multiplayer).
Driftor’s tweet once again raises the question: Is Call of Duty’s yearly release a smart plan for Activision’s future? Cosmetic purchases are much more tempting to players when they know the game will stick around for a long time to come.
On the competitive side of things, Apex Legends has already held a $50K tournament and players have begun preparing. eU Burns pointed out Twitter that each game has a limited window in which to create an eSports scene and believes that Blackout may missed a big chance. Treyarch has stated in the past that they do not plan to pursue competitive features for Blackout.
So, with all this in mind, what would you like to see change in Call of Duty patching and content update schedules? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter at @CharlieIntel.
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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