The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta released yesterday.
Treyarch is already coming under fire for some critical changes that they recently made. It wasn't just the Cold War Time To Kill change either.
It was largely expected that there would be changes to the Cold War gameplay as we moved from alpha to beta. However, the Treyarch development team was not prepared for the amount of backlash they would receive from the community over two changes they implemented.
Disbanding Lobbies Returns
The first change went under the radar initially. The disbanding lobbies feature that was introduced with Modern Warfare has returned.
It's deemed to be one of the worst features that have been added into Call of Duty in recent times.
It would appear that Treyarch decided to bring it back in Blacks Ops Cold War. This means that after each game, the lobbies will completely reset and match you with a group of different players.
Many dislike this feature as continuing to place with and against the same players for a few games created a competitive age and also a way to make new friends and connections in the game.
Cold War Time To Kill Increased
The second change is the one receiving the most backlash and feedback. Treyarch reduced time to kill (TTK) in the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta.
The community were discussing it on Reddit and felt like Treyarch was taking too many aspects from Modern Warfare that wasn’t actually favoured by the community. Some even went as far to speculate that Activision Blizzard could be pushing for these implementations.
Interestingly enough, there have also been changes brought in, allowing players to customize their field of focus (FOV). This has been introduced to both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. Finding the best FOV slider settings could help you get the edge over competitors following the increased TTK.
Time-to-kill (TTK) has always been a controversial talking point with each and every Call of Duty title. As it changes each year during the annual game cycle, there are always slight differences that players need to adjust to.
Comparisons were being made between the TTK in Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Black Ops 4. The highly scrutinized “Stim” from Blacks Ops 4 came into conversation. People believe Treyarch would have had the perfect TTK in that game if stim had been removed.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Treyarch takes this feedback on board. Although it’s unlikely we will see the time-to-kill adjusted during this weekend of beta access, we could see a change for the second weekend.
There have been some positive changes introduced into the new game. Over the past week reverse boosting has come to the forefront as an issue and Treyarch has swiftly addressed the issue. Treyarch has confirmed that they are tackling reverse boosting, and will continue to deter people from exploiting the game.
Accessing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Beta
You may be reading this and wondering how you can get access to the game to find out how you feel about these changes yourself. We have a full breakdown of the Black Ops Cold War beta schedule available.
There have been a few other changes from the Black Ops Cold War Alpha to the Beta which you will want to become familiar with before jumping into the game.