“We’ve worked with teams from our partner studios to advance our tech tremendously since Black Ops 4. Art and design really nailed it with natural environments and lifelike characters, weapons, and vehicles. When you experience all this along with our awesome 3D audio, it’s fully immersive.” – Eran Rich, Director of Technology
Black Ops Cold War features enhanced in-game audio, including 3D audio support on next-gen and PC, and a complete acoustic model to provide an authentic sound experience on all platforms. This allows sound waves to be delayed, reflected, and obstructed by geometry accurately, dynamically changing as players and other sound sources navigate through complex scenes.
We’ve also incorporated a new Threat Priority audio system that dynamically assigns higher priorities to direct threats during a firefight, so you always hear what you need to be successful. Shots are louder and sound different when an enemy is firing toward you; directional footsteps help determine the proximity and position of your enemies above, below, and around; directional bullet cracks and bullet impacts let you know where the highest threats are located; and improved occlusion provides more detail about the direction and distance of events all around you. On top of all this, next-generation hardware supports awesome 3D audio features, like HRTF on the PlayStation®5.
In the heat of a Multiplayer shootout, these new audio systems more clearly communicate where the danger is coming from at all times. In a game where sound can sometimes mean all the difference between victory and defeat, players will have every bit of information they need to win based on their awareness, map knowledge, and talent.
On next-gen consoles, players can expect 120Hz support for reduced input latency and a smoother gameplay experience, and hardware-based raytracing will be possible on next-gen, along with DirectX raytracing on PC for more realistic lighting and shadow effects. And on the PlayStation 5, haptic feedback and HRTF 3D audio will provide the most tactile combat experience yet in a Black Ops game.
SEE YOU IN THE OPEN BETA
We can’t wait for you to see, hear, and play everything that was covered today when the game launches on November 13th… but before all that, the Open Beta kicks off in just a matter of weeks! Starting on October 8th for Early Access pre-orders on PS4, the game will be out in the wild and we’ll be playing alongside all of you.
There’s still plenty of work to be done before now and then, so we’ll wrap it up here. Download our new Multiplayer Fan Kit for official screenshots, mobile wallpapers, and more, and let us know what you thought of today’s Multiplayer Reveal on Twitter and Instagram! We’ll see you soon.
* GAME FEATURES DESCRIBED ABOVE ARE BASED ON CURRENT IN-DEVELOPMENT FEATURES THAT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON FINAL DEVELOPMENT CHANGES AND/OR GAME TUNING OR UPDATES THAT MAY REMOVE OR MODIFY SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE FEATURES.