Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout Emotes Peeking

Fans of FPS games know that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now available; it’s practically one of the biggest releases each year anyway. One of the biggest features for this year’s iteration is Blackout, the first time the battle royale genre meets fast and frantic Call of Duty gameplay. There’s just one problem: players can exploit and cheat their way to gain an advantage via the emotes and gestures in the game.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 — No Peeking!

Given that Call of Duty games are first-person shooters, competitors will only be able to see towards the direction they’re facing. Black Ops 4, however, has certain emotes (known in-game as gestures) that allow you to pan the camera around. This would offer you a 360-degree view of your surroundings. Not only that, certain emotes such as the Sitting Bull lower your stance, making you harder to hit. This is an absolute nightmare to deal with in Blackout, as you can easily get spotted without knowing where your opponent is. You can see an example in the GIF above from Reddit user Sparky780.

While emote peeking offers an unparalleled advantage for players, it can also be a double-edged sword. That’s because when you do an emote, it actually locks you in the animation. In fact, when you’re finished with the gesture, it usually takes a couple more seconds before you can control your character again. It works exceptionally well when you’re on rooftops and when the safe zone’s still pretty huge. However, it’s going to be a hazard if you try that out when you’re down to just a handful of players or when you’re out in the open. Getting animation locked just because you want to scout will be the death of you. In that case, the reprisal from an aggressive opponent would serve you right.

Blocking The Exploits In Blackout

Regardless, Treyarch has promised a fix. The developers are aware that players are abusing the emotes in Blackout to exploit their way to an easy advantage. They’ve mentioned that a future fix could still see you use emotes/gestures in the staging area or pre-match Blackout lobby. Once competitive matches get underway, that’s when the game would use a restrictive camera option.

This is good news indeed. One of the key reasons for a game’s success is the promotion of fair play and reducing exploits used in multiplayer matches. We can only hope that Treyarch can roll out a fix soon.

Also, we’ll be having more Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 coverage in the coming days including our review, benchmark, and competitive gameplay guides. Be sure to stay tuned for those.

Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez writes for various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella -- Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion. Jason's Steam library has 1,400+ games at the moment so he definitely has a lot of things to talk about. He's also one of only five games journalists from the Philippines. Just kidding. There are definitely more around, but he doesn't know anyone. Mabuhay!

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