De listar en hel hög med balansändringar efter betatestet.

När Activision annonserade att Call of Duty skulle få ett Battle Royale-läge var det många, inklusive vi, som avfärdade. Såklart att den gamla draken ska försöka haka på den senaste trenden, resonerade en stor andel spelare. Därför blev överraskningen desto större när Blackout faktiskt var riktigt underhållande. Förra veckans betatest, som avslutades sent igår, visade sig väldigt populärt och utvecklarna Treyarch har granskat kritiken och kommer att agera på en rad punkter inför den skarpa releasen den 12 oktober.

Många har klagat på hur pass bra och lätthittad den allra bästa armor-utrustningen (level 3) är och det kommer att nerfas ordentligt. I det färdiga spelet har frekvensen sänkts med hela 75 % och de kommer oftast hittas i stashes och suppy drops (svengelska bonanza!). Det kommer dessutom gå sönder lättare. En annan detalj som vi själva reagerade på var hur svårt det var att se i vilken status ens eget skydd var, vilket ska bli tydligare i gränssnittet.

Armor

Armor’s role in Blackout is inherently unique compared to its role in MP. You only live once in Blackout, and you’re rewarded for scavenging in areas that often put you in perilous positions, especially as the Collapse gets smaller in the late game. For this and other reasons, we’ve been cautious about making sweeping changes to the way Armor works, though we’ve made some tweaks during the Beta and continue to evaluate how Armor will work at launch.

Every Item in the game, from Armor to Weapons to Perks, is constantly re-evaluated to ensure they fit in the correct place in the game’s meta. You can expect Armor to be tuned multiple times as the game, and the gameplay content, evolves over time.

Some changes to Armor since the start of the Beta include:

  • Spawn frequency of Level 3 Armor has been reduced by 75% compared to its initial spawn rate in the Beta.

  • Level 3 Armor will now most frequently be found in Stashes and Supply Drops, though it may occasionally spawn in the world.

  • Level 3 Armor now breaks sooner and passes more damage to the player wearing it, and still offers headshot and other types of damage mitigation. We’ve heard your concerns that Level 3 Armor was still perhaps too powerful by the end of the Beta, and will be evaluating the data to see what other tweaks may be required.

  • Level 2 Armor was also minorly adjusted during the Beta and will potentially be tweaked further in time for launch.

  • Players will see an indicator of the condition of their own Armor, and those of their teammates, in the HUD. This provides a more granular indicator of the damage that your Armor has taken beyond the Armor icon and will let you know if it’s time to seek out a replacement.

Treyarch kommer också justera hur gränssnittet fungerar när du ska plocka upp saker från marken och något många klagade på var hur lång tid det tog. Tiden för detta kommer att minskas så mycket det bara går utan att du ska råka plocka upp saker istället för att ladda om, vilket hanteras av samma knapp. Man kikar också på förbättringar vad det gäller tillbehören till vapnen.

Inventory & Item Management

On the first day of the Beta, the community almost unanimously asked for faster Item pickups. As a result, we made pickup speed as fast as possible while still protecting players from accidentally picking up an Item when attempting to reload.

Console players have asked for an option in Settings to allow them to tap a button to instantly pick up an Item. We like this idea a lot, and want to be sure we get it right and test it thoroughly.

The Quick Equip menu can be fantastic for making Inventory adjustments quickly, but could also get in the way of picking up Items, opening doors, or entering vehicles. We adjusted the Quick Equip menu so it automatically closes after a few seconds with no interactions. We are also looking into the feasibility of closing the Quick Equip menu if the player performs other actions such as firing a weapon, changing stance, starting a Sprint, etc.

We’ve already improved the proximity and height at which you can interact with Items on the ground so you don’t have to look down at that Item so precisely. It’s being tested now and is very likely to be in when the game comes out.

Last but not least, we are creating designs for other “quality of life” improvements to these very important game systems including, but not limited to:

  • Evluating options to improve the Stash interface when looting enemies and containers on console.

  • Adding a new method to allow you to quickly remove all Attachments from a weapon.

  • Incorporating a way to swap Attachments between Weapons, if both Weapons support the same attachment.

Att kunna lokalisera sina fiender (och vänner) med hjälp av ljud är en hörnsten i god multiplayerdesign och även där kommer Treyarch göra förbättringar inför släppet.

Audio Adjustments

We saw several reports of footsteps sounding louder or quieter than expected, and not always being able to tell the direction enemies were coming from. Others reported an uneven balance of footstep volume between teammates and enemies. We’re on it.

Improvements to how audio will work at launch include:

  • Sounds will be properly impacted by walls, floors, ceilings, and other objects in the world. This means enemies directly above or below the player should no longer sound louder than expected.

  • The volume of the cargo plane, punching, game countdown timers, and everything else you’ve brought to our attention (and many things you have not) will be reviewed in-depth as part of that process. The game has not yet had its final audio mix.

  • Teammates’ footsteps will be quieter compared to enemy footsteps.

  • The Awareness Perk will further reduce the loudness of the footsteps of your teammates.

  • All audio presets will be available at launch in the Options menu. Audio presets can make a big difference, and we offer many choices for those who play with headphones or surround sound.

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