The Black Ops Cold War beta will kick off this weekend, and Treyarch has clearly been taking notes from other shooters.
In a new blog post, the devs revealed that a Ping system is coming to multiplayer.
Here's why that's important.
Black Ops Cold War: How To Ping
In the blog post, the devs said:
"For the first time in Black Ops Multiplayer, we’re adding a locational Ping system as a feature across all MP modes, allowing you to ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies for your teammates during a match. From Team Deathmatch to Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, you can use the Ping system to communicate non-verbally with your teammates for increased coordination."
"By default, Ping is mapped to D-pad left on controllers and bound to Z on keyboards. You’ll also find alternate Ping-prioritized button layouts, like Bumper Ping and Bumper Ping Tactical, in the Gameplay Settings menu."
"Coordinate with your team by pinging objectives, pointing out loot for your Fireteam, or warning your squad of nearby danger by double-tapping Ping (or the dedicated Danger Ping key on keyboards). And for those tired of asking the age-old question, “Can anyone take out that Spy Plane?” ... you can even ping enemy Scorestreaks."
Sounds like a robust system, then, and we'll be getting to know our D-Pad and Z keys more over the course of the weekend.
If you're jumping in this weekend, the developers have promised a big step up from the Alpha.
You can read our impressions of the Alpha here.
In other news, Modern Warfare Season 6 is here, although it's still a sizeable download.
Black Ops: Cold War featured heavily in the PS5 showcase we saw last month, but there may be some things that you missed.
We also know that the game's version of Warzone will still be set in Verdansk.
Then there's the seemingly inevitable Modern Warfare Season 7, which we've rounded up all the latest news for here.