Treyarch have confirmed that they will be nerfing sniper rifles following the recent Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha test. This comes after feedback from players during this past weekend when PlayStation 4 gamers were able to get some early hands on time during the exclusive preview period.
The long-time Call of Duty developers haven’t given any specifics, though Black Ops game designer, Tony Flame, did reveal that the sequel’s spread of sniper rifles will be subject to balance changes. This could affect the time it takes to aim down sights, their handling/mobility, clip size, among other stats. Treyarch could also rework the buffs and nerfs that are granted via the many attachments available for these guns.
Here’s what Flame said when addressing Black Ops Cold War alpha players:
Ok let’s talk Sniping in Cold War.
Crossplay is coming, but we knew it wouldn’t be in Alpha. We buffed Snipers to evaluate their performance in this Alpha specifically. Sniper Rifles WILL have balance changes for the upcoming Beta based on our analytics data this weekend.
— Tony Flame (@Tony_Flame) September 18, 2020
Hopefully, we’ll get sample these weapon balance changes in an upcoming beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. With the game due out in a couple of months’ time there’s still plenty for Treyarch to tweak and fine tune before unleashing the latest annual entry in Activision’s power-selling series.
Black Ops Cold War featured heavily during Sony’s big PlayStation 5 showcase last week. Not only did Treyarch unveil the PS4 exclusive alpha, we also got a look at the hotly anticipated shooter running on PS5. The footage was taken from Cold War’s singleplayer campaign with Mason and Woods infiltrating an airbase, blending stealth and all-out action with plenty of trademark set pieces.
Call of Duty: Black Ops will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on November 13th. The PlayStation 5 version will follow shortly after on November 19th
Fans will be able to upgrade their copy of Cold War between current and next-gen systems – we’ve got a handy guide to explain how this works.