With Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer footage having gone live earlier today around the world, there's been concern from players over the use of new emotes. The emotes, included in a Call of Duty game for the first time, temporarily switch the camera perspective from first to third-person, which has some people worried about an exploit.
As strange as it sounds, this advantage is the ability to look round corners. Over on Reddit, a post from Activision asking for general player feedback was met with some skepticism from fans, with many asking if the devs would "address the concern about 3rd person emotes being potentially used to peek around corners." A new thread is also riding high on the Black Ops 4 Reddit homepage.
Just above, you can see a selection of the emotes available in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 being demonstrated. While the game is and always has been played from the first-person perspective, pulling off an emote temporarily switches the camera back to a third-person perspective, allowing for a wider cone of vision either side of the player character. This, as it turns out, can let players look round corners, to see potential opponents and give them a slight advantage over the competition. It's currently unclear if any system is in place to remove an advantage this extra vision will give players, but fans are keen for Treyarch to respond to their concerns.
It's interesting to note that when previously asked about the possible inclusion of a lean mechanic for the Blackout mode, Treyarch's design director called the mechanic "BS", saying that he wasn't a fan of peeking around corners.
There's actually a game that suffers from this problem already: Destiny 2. On the same Reddit thread where Activision were asked for comment on the matter, there are those pointing out that Destiny 2 suffers from the issue of players peeking around corners using emotes. "People do it in Destiny," replied one commenter. "Yeah, it's actually a huge issue in Destiny," agreed another player.
We've reached out to Activision for comment, but have yet to hear any official word on the matter.
With Black Ops 4 set to launch in less than 24 hours, there's a lot of information already out there about the game. You can check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guide for more general info, or our Black Ops 4 Zombies guide, for a breakdown of the horde mode.