I don’t know why, but Treyarch still hasn’t managed to implement a decent split screen. Not even close.
This has been a studio weakness in the past, and I’m sure it’s just not a priority, but at this point there’s really no excuse. Activision should, at the very least, ensure that the split screen is the same across all of its titles.
There is no reason that the two Call Of Duty: WWII and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare should have a very good split screen while Black Ops Cold War split screen is basically unplayable garbage (when you can get it to work for a start).
Here is a screenshot of Second World War split screen in action:
Here is Modern warfare:
And here Cold War Black Ops, the most recent (and the only next-gen) title on this little list:
As you can see there is a lot less screen used in Cold War compared to other games. While the two the Second World War and Modern war fill the whole TV top and bottom, Cold War Black Ops has black margins that severely restrict what players can see. There is no reason for this that I can see. It’s already a challenge to play split screen instead of using an entire screen – why make it even more difficult?
What these images don’t show is the frame rate. While the two the Second World War and Modern war play great in split screen, there is a noticeable and distracting framerate drop Cold War Black Ops. It basically ruined my excitement for the return of Gunfight mode when Season 1 kicks off. I play this with my kids, my brother, and sometimes with friends (although we mostly play online) in Modern war all the time and it’s awesome. I can’t imagine playing split screen Cold War Black Ops. The screen size and frame rate are just too big.
This is nothing new when it comes to Treyarch games. As far as I can remember Black Ops 4 and Black Ops 3 had similar issues (although it was good to be able to play Blackout battle royale split screen). I hope, but I certainly don’t expect a solution.
I appreciate Cold War more than I expected, though, so it’s not all dark. I will have a review of the game soon. This is certainly not the biggest problem in the world and will not impact many players who never play split screen. But that’s a big deal for those of us, and that pretty much means I’ll stick with it Modern war MP when it comes to playing with children. Never mind.