Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War’s most overpowered and much-criticized MP5 submachine gun has now been nerfed. The game was released just last week, coinciding with the launch of the Xbox Series X|S across the world and the PlayStation 5 in select regions.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War has received mixed reviews when it comes to its launch. While the title has done particularly well financially, it doesn’t appear to be living up to the massive success of some other entries in the series.
Like a lot of games when they first come out, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War had its fair share of glitches, balancing issues, and bugs, which is likely all the more disappointing when coupled with the inescapable issues of a brand new console. However, developer Treyarch Studios appear to have expected this to a degree, and just five days after release have delivered the first update for the game.
#BlackOpsColdWar update: We've reduced the base effective damage range by 33% and adjusted the initial recoil for Submachine Gun Alpha.
Now get out there and try the other four! 👊
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) November 18, 2020
The development team revealed on Twitter that it had made adjustments to the Submachine Gun Alpha, or MP5 as players call it. The gun’s base effective damage range has been lowered by 33% and its original recoil was changed.
Treyarch then asked its players to try some of the other guns in the game now that the MP5 is no longer overpowered. Meanwhile, the comments section had a minimal reaction to the update as players rather took the chance to speak out their ideas for improvements they want to be implemented in the future.
There were a lot of recommendations for other guns in the game to be adjusted as well or removed entirely, but one recurring topic that appears to reverberate among players is skill-based matchmaking. While the idea is logical, the implementation of the feature has caused a lot of issues in the gaming community. Even top pro players are having a difficult time with the punishing system, making the suggestions for change resonate through every skill level in the player spectrum.
Recognition needs to be provided to the developers for its quick response to an apparently prevalent problem. Though the adjustment was small as it simply changed the statistics of a single weapon, the timing needs to be lauded.
The update also proves that the development team is listening to fan outcries. If this is an implication of how Treyarch will manage concerns and updates moving forward, then Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War players are definitely in good hands.