Considering all the issues that are plaguing Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (BOCW), not even a massive update filled with tertiary content will help if the core problems aren’t solved.
Season One for BOCW is just around the corner – after being delayed – and with it, the hopes of a more polished game that will make it actually fun for once.
By now, the issues with BOCW are well documented: the skill-based matchmaking is leading to a horrible multiplayer experience, which won’t change anytime soon; there are numerous visual and gameplay bugs in all three modes; and most concerningly is that the game has been shutting down Xbox One and Xbox Series X’s and, in some cases, completely bricking PlayStation 4 and 5’s. This is all among other issues, too.
Even with all the issues, Treyarch and Activision are prepping players for Season One of BOCW, which brings new maps, weapons, cosmetics, modes and integration with Warzone. As a result, Treyarch has been pumping out update after update to make BOCW a more cohesive game in preparation for the aforementioned season, which is said to kick off the “biggest” year.
However, a quick look at the BOCW subreddit shows that players are finding more glitches and bugs as these updates and patches are released. Players have seen new skins, playable characters and scorestreaks they shouldn’t have; there are “naked” players, meaning the character model has no clothes or any discernible features; players are being told they need to purchase the “battle pack,” and more.
While it’s admirable that Treyarch is doing its best to address the ever-growing list of issues that players are experiencing while playing BOCW, it’s just not prepared to handle the release of Season One and a new set of issues for players to find.
Don’t get me wrong; I am completely applauding Treyarch for doing what they can to help players get a better experience playing the game. Especially during a pandemic, so much credit has to go to the development team for being able to find ways to address the players’ concerns in such a quick manner.
That being said, my expectations for Season One are extremely low. While the influx of content is great, if the aforementioned core issues that players are experiencing remain, it amounts to the same buggy game with potentially more ways to make it worse. WIth the integration of Warzone, there are so many ways that BOCW could be made worse, especially since players seemingly enjoyed Warzone and Modern Warfare (2019) more.
As I’ve stated before, BOCW should not have released this year — it feels like an incomplete game, especially after all the development turmoil that took place behind the scenes. Due to Activision’s extremely strict Call of Duty release schedule, the game was released anyway.
Instead of giving Treyarch the time it needed to fully work out the issues in the game, the developers were pushed to release a game that shouldn’t have been. As such, both parties – players and the developers – have to deal with an unhappy situation and try to make it work.
It’s also interesting to note that the Standard Edition of BOCW is on sale for $39.99 USD, a 33% reduction, while the Ultimate Edition is available for $70 USD, down from $90, on Battle.net. Though this may seem like a harbinger of bad things to come for BOCW, it’s important to remember that Modern Warfare (2019) had a similar sale.
In all, am I excited that Season One of BOCW is coming? Sure, I guess. Do I have big expectations? Not really.
Right now, it feels like Treyarch and Activision releasing Season One content instead of fixing the issues is putting a bandaid on a gaping wound. BOCW needs surgery or else it will continue to hemorrhage bugs and glitches for players to encounter
If anything, instead of a Season One update, I would much rather have an update that made BOCW a more enjoyable and bug-free game, or at least as bug-free as it can be. I’m sure other players feel the same way.
All we can do now is hope.