This defies all logic. For the most part it's been complained about relentlessly for the last 2 titles and yet here we are having to deal with it again. Why? Who has defended it because all I see are complaints?
Gotta keep the newbies happy.
And it will still be a crutch for people... they will use it thinking it gives them an advantage... get tunnel vision... and better players will take advantage of that.
The player running around the map with a TF isn't what bothers me. The player hiding behind cover in a position that maximizes their FoV and limiting their flank is what bothers me. We saw with the TF in Black Ops Il and Thermal in Ghosts. Just sit in a bush on the edge of the map or headglitch behind a car/crate. You can't flank them because of where they are and because they're so well protected you can't out gun them head on.
The moral of the story here is that TF and other sight assisting scopes only serve the purpose of helping players play like asshats.
It may be hated on the forums and other avenues of Social Media but the devs have data we don't have. It could be that their data says the silent majority loves using them and that's why they are back.
Well, whats popular isn't always right so I hope they didn't go based on that alone.
But with the verticality and movements in this game,, the TF might be a useful tool to spot players amidst the madness.