UPDATE – Dec 18th: Another new Game Settings Update has gone live – version This update improves Safeguard win conditions, tweaks matchmaking, fixes talon final killcam bugs, and includes Zombies related fixes.

UPDATE: Another new update has gone live – version This update more aggressively enforces kicking idle players from matches. 

Original Story:

A new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The version number is

The new update includes:

  • Fall damage fixes
  • Additional fixes for challenges tracking progress
  • AI scorestreaks will not effect team kill kick penalty
  • Exploits fixed
  • Shadows of Evil updates: fixes sword, pick up items, or Perks in Beast Mode

SOURCE: @DavidVonderhaar (1, 2)

  • wtflolsmh

    Nice ! More updates!

  • FazalGaming

    secund! kes my smeliy ass fegits

    • Bogs Bunni

      You sure you`re not first? Because you`re the last comment.

  • Niko

    What means “fall damage”?
    Sorry, im not the best on english!

    • bird

      being damaged when you fall or jump down from a high place

  • Guywithbrains

    Now remove head shot challenges from shotguns so I can live in peace.

    Haymaker-12 and Brecci 205 head shots sound so hard to achieve mainly because of players only running with VMP or Vesper and because it takes too long to kill one with those shotguns.

    • ScOott

      And replace them with what tho? I wish they stopped fixing tiny things n just focused on map voting and reducing it to twice..

      • Guywithbrains

        I have no idea for now at least but 100 head shots with them is going to be a nightmare for sure.

        • Almostatdarkmatter

          I did it and it was fairly easy. The haymaker is complete garbage but I consider the Brecci a very good shotgun. Just ADS and play Nuk3town.

        • infinity396

          hey,it could be dog fights instead like AW had for 1 of the Shotgun camos.. even with exos it was hard with some shotguns to manage to kill somebody else when you were both in the air..

      • TheDemonOfHate

        Unistall the damn video game. Jeez complain about Map Rotation boi sit the freak down & come home dinnur is ruday

        • Drank Bleach

          ^ This guy lol!

      • lunator100hd .

        I know right! At this point the bigest problem (besides the netcode which is always a problem in 3arch’cods) is the stupid map voting. I dont wanna play combine any more.

      • Mario Rivera

        Lets compromise to 3 times lol

      • Siftblade

        One shot kills, just like BO2.

        • ScOott

          Not really a challenge is it.. I reckon that’s why they Changed it in the first place..

          • Siftblade

            Personally, I’d rather have something kinda easy yet doable rather than challenging yet annoying as fuck.

        • Kobrah

          Two of them can’t even 1 shot kill tough…

          • Siftblade


          • RdJokr

            You shouldn’t be forced to play HC just to get 1SK challenges done.

          • Siftblade

            Well you can wait until you find half weak enemies and one shot them, it’ll just take longer. It was like this in BO2, really not a big deal to play in a new playlist.

      • RdJokr

        It’s on their to-do list. I’m sure they’ll get it done in the next big patch.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        Map voting is the least of this game’s problems. Now there’s SBMM. UGHHHH VONDERHAAAAAAAAAR!

    • Bogs Bunni

      I got ya bro……….. Hardcore.

    • LovekillerX

      I don’t know whose idea it was to put headshot challenges for shotguns but that guy clearly didn’t think enough far. As far as I know this game is dominated by SMGs and if you even try to play with shotgun you are going to have really bad time.

      I think shotguns should have 100 close range kills or 100 one shot kills (Argus and KRM).

      • fires

        practically all your shotgun kills are close range or point blank, while one shots are literally impossible on the brecci/haymaker unless hardcore. Headshots on shotguns have been done before on the executioner — not really hard since you ust aim above the head and hipfire.

        • Siftblade

          Just like in BO2. You had to play hardcore to get diamond shotguns. It wasn’t hard.

          • jordanxbrookes

            It’s a better system than trying to get headshots lol

    • Bob Saget

      It’s 100 one shot kills? I mean i just got them Diamond no problem…

      • Bob Saget

        Or wait was it changed?

        • PuddleOfStix

          Nope, looking at it now. It’s still headshots. Always was

          • Wheretuh

            I have diamond shotguns and it was one shit kills. You must have down syndrome.

          • Spiral

            It’s one shot kills with the krm and the argus only and it’s always been that way. Don’t be a dick

          • Myth

            Literally has been headshots with the Brecci and haymaker since release.

            Stop being a twat.

          • PuddleOfStix

            Do you want me to provide you with visual evidence? Or do you refuse to have a civil discussion? I in no way insulted Bob Saget, nor implied he was stupid. I’d appreciate the same.

          • ModoftheMod


    • Which is why I play hardcore, especially FFA. I got 22 headshots in one match with the Vesper.

    • Greasy Neckbeard

      It’s honestly not as hard as it looks. Got diamond shotguns within 3 days

    • ShadowMaster862

      It was rage inducing, but I got all the Haymaker camo challenges done in one Friday night. It was only like 4 hours of effort. It was worth it in the end and I plan on finishing the Brecci once I get the rest of my Gunfighter wildcards

    • jordanxbrookes

      Yeah I don’t understand the headshot challenges either. Black Ops 2 didn’t have it. I mean sure you had to play hardcore to get the one shot challenges done, but I didn’t mind, it was much better than these headshot challenges on a shotgun.

    • Tipsman

      If you go in to ffa and use the shot gun with the laser and red dot sight you can get alot of head shots by aiming higher than you normally aim (hip fire only, only aim when someone is ark or just don’t see you)

  • aarjen116

    Am I the only one who doesn’t have music during the actual matches? I hear music in the menus, but at the start of the match, during a match and directly after a match, I don’t hear it anymore.

    • Tayler Hammond

      Go to your audio settings, they also added new music to play during MP matches. Some people’s settings got set to None by default. (including me)

      • This is true. I had my music volume set to 5 since I wear headphones and the music was so loud at 10 I couldn’t hear shit. After the previous patch, I couldn’t hear the volume. I changed the volume back to 10 then changed it back to 5 and I could hear music again. Weird bug.

      • aarjen116

        Ah thanks guys!

    • Mick

      That happened to me yesterday too. I thought it was because I went to theater mode and me fast forwarding all the way fucked up my audio. But it happened to me at the end of the match. I couldn’t hear the victory/defeat music and the winners circle sound. But it seems fine now for me.

    • Laddie

      A previous patch implemented an option to change the multiplayer music in matches. This caused it to switch to no music. Just go into audio in the options and switch it back.

  • dan

    I’m still showing the icon for prestige11 in zombies – but, when I go to upgrade, it says locked – what gives?

  • YoungMurf

    I can’t keep up with all these hot fixes! Great to see Treyarch so committed to this game and listening to community feedback.

    • Kyle Soule

      I think I heard that some of them are so committed that they sometimes spend the night at the studio. I don’t know if it’s true or not but that’s what I’ve heard.

      • Scott

        I heard that too when they were making the game.

      • YoungMurf

        Yeah I would definitely believe that because that ties in with how zombies came to be all those years ago. Committed people who came up with great ideas and things after normal working hours.

        • Kyle Soule

          Yh and it was just a very small group of just a couple of people too.

    • The Flash

      for MP they seem to be doing a lot of stuff but they dont seem to give 2 shits about zombies

      • YoungMurf

        Yeah zombies has been pretty much neglected so far, which does suck. Maybe if they keep hot fixing like this zombies will get fixed eventually.

      • Deadpool

        – Shadows of Evil updates: fixes sword, pick up items, or Perks in Beast Mode

        how is that not giving 2 shits?

        • The Flash

          that one was such a minor issue which hardly anyone knew about, they’re fixing anything that is helpful to us or considered OP but leaving anything else, the Wunderwaffe has been broken since release for fuck sake and they’ve done nothing to fix it, but they’re right on it to stop us from PaPing the WW in SoE. they leave the stuff that gets us killed but but patch everything useful to us.

          • Aymen Skiken

            well that’s because it is supposed to be paped by another way. they didn’t remove the paped ww.

          • The Flash

            i know that but it does not need a side step to upgrade it, theres enough tedious EE steps as is, now there is another one which no-one has figured out yet just to upgrade a gun

      • CerebralAssassin Harris

        Zombies suck anyway

        • The Flash

          To you.

    • Fredrick Warren

      They not listening. I hate that they fixing scorestreaks and safeguard and weapons and adding crap to black market before they fix the servers.. I host partys and sometimes it’s kicks everyone then I have to invite again … Or we all playing online and the screen goes black and we all back in the lobby.. Fix the big stuff 1st please.. The robot gets stuck on infection and breach at the beginning when you escort.. Lol fix the game

  • Kyle G

    Things they still need to do:

    Reduce the viewkick when getting shot (flinch)

    Reduce overall idle sway when aiming with weapons and reduce ADS movement when aiming and boosting

    Increase benefits when using stock on assault rifles and lmgs

    Make it so when using high caliber you either have more recoil or shoot slower

    Make dead silence completely overpower awareness

    Nerf the Argus and buff the KRM

    Instead of the sheiva being a “2 shot kill marksman rifle” they should make it more like the BO2 FAL

    Make it so your custom paint jobs actually cover your gun and not just a quarter of it

    Misc. connection problems including randomly 1-barring in lobbies and unable to invite friends or join sessions

    Fix hit detection and bad camera angles, i’m tired of being less then a second around a corner and dying, whilst on the kill cam i’m two seconds around the corner and I stare into the mother fuckers eyes as he guns me down

    Increase default bullet penetration on some weapons

    Re-balance some specialist weapons and abilities including charge rates, rate at which the energy is depleted, etc

    IMO the “Afterburner” perk should not be in the game and instead should be the default charge rate for boosters

    The hard-wired perk bonus that negates tripping equipment should have been a bonus from the engineer perk instead, that way hard-wired wouldn’t be as much of a crutch perk (which is why stopping power and toughness perks were removed)

    Decrease the range drawbacks when using suppressor and decrease the range buff long barrel has on assault rifles

    You should be able to toggle on/off automatic wall running, I’ve lost count of the amount of times i’ve died because my character decided to run on a wall instead of jumping next to it and it fucked up my aim

    Allow people to disable the “winners circle” screen and either go straight to the pregame lobby or have an extended loading screen. I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of seeing that screen every game

    Reduce the effects of some tactical grenades (and whoever thought it was a good idea to allow the black hat to steal scorestreaks should be fired immediately, same for the guy who thought FISTS were a good idea and you have to use a slot to equip a knife)

    IMO the blackcell’s ammo count is fine however the speed at which it reloads, locks on, and the speed the rocket travels could all use a rework (and this is coming from an avid blackcell user)

    Increase the score toward your scorestreak earned when getting kills in TDM (and some other gamemodes) and increase the kill limit to 100 and remove the time limit in TDM

    And finally, after being unable to remember anything else (although i’ll probably remember more things 5 minutes later after I click “post”), instead of featuring nuketown as the 24/7 map for double xp, pick a map that people actually enjoy.

    • Matt Perry

      I agree with almost all of this. I’d add a reduction in viewport drop when landing from a jump. That gets right on my nerves. Also increase the flinch on sniper rifles. You want to get a guaranteed one shot kill on me, you’re going to have to work for it! Haha

      • Kyle G

        Lol, the snipers don’t bother me that much, but speaking about flinch, what bothers me the most is losing a gunfight due to the enemy flinching into a headshot. Apparently i’m not the only one who notices this shit; a few youtubers that I watch notice this shit happening to them as well.

        • ArtisanKnight

          Hell no you’re not the only one. I barely even play because of that

          • Kyle G

            Lmao yeah, that along with shitty camera angles and lag, 6-man parties, scrub based matchmaking and bullshit deaths really turned me off from this game

          • DEMOLITION12

            there are actually people who believe that bo3 is some kind of “saviour” of cod, when in reality it is bo2 with worse lag comp

            these same people hate on ghosts, yet i can boot up ghosts and play a proper game and get a 5+ kd.. while in bo3 people take 20 bullets to die and i cannot go positive and never get more than 10 kills, unless i headglitch the window on nuketown

        • DEMOLITION12

          it’s been around since mw3 lol

    • Scott

      That’s a lot of things to fix , I agree with some but what specialist need to be balanced?

      • Kyle G

        It’s kinda hard to explain when talking about the specialists. In short I feel that the game will benefit as a whole if the non-lethal abilities got some attention.


      a simple fix is to close the app and play ghosts instead

      • Kyle G

        I was a lest-gen scrub when Ghosts was out, don’t own it for the Lunchbox Done and don’t plan on re-buying it lol.

    • Luna

      Why increase the score limit for Team Deathmatch? I think 75 is good enough, or maybe increase it slightly to 80. Also, the Black Cell’s ammo is not ok, 4 is way too much, and the standard two has always sufficed.

      • Kyle G


      • ArtisanKnight

        Uh no, after the buff of the scorestreaks, you need the black cell as it is. Maybe before it needed to be nerfed but not now.

        • Luna

          There are a bunch of ways to destroy enemy scorestreaks or make them negligible, (FMJ, some specialist weapons, sniper rifles, perks, etc.) so I think the BlackCell shouldn’t have two more rockets than normal. Scorestreaks (since they’re hard to get) should be difficult to take down in the first place, buff or not; they’re a reward for the better player, not the one who’s gonna shoot them down immediately afterward and get a bunch of points.

          This is also considering the fact that the H.A.T.R. and R.A.P.S. shouldn’t even be able to be destroyed in the first place. I mean, you can take down the H.A.T.R. in one life!

          Scorestreaks make games fun to me, so of course its my opinion.

          • ArtisanKnight

            You’re right

  • Emre

    They should fix splitscreen. Its not possible to pauze the game when playing zombies or dead ops 2 or the campaign. And the score and kills text are small as @@@@

  • PandaslapMC

    Im glad to see treyarch on top of hotfixes. Remember when the DLC 3 maps in advanced warfare were unplayable for months because there was so many out of map glitches? It took em a good 2 months before the patched them.

  • lunator100hd .

    Whats the ”team kill kick penalty”?

    • YoungMurf

      If you team kill 3 times in hardcore you get kicked from the game.

  • They need to Fix THE Black Ops II Servers


    Surprised how people forgot that Treyarch turned zombies into a pay to win game

    • [EV] BLISS

      You have to be joking right?

    • lunator100hd .

      Who cares about zombies? You dont hurt anyone if you pay to win in zombies.

      • D3ADWANTED 25

        Wow just by reading that comment really surprises me how people see zombies in cod

        • lunator100hd .

          Whatever dude.

    • Siftblade

      Pay to win? You can’t win at zombies and you can do just as good without paying anything. Zombies isn’t a competition at all.

    • ShadowMaster862

      Well, people can sort of get higher on leaderboards with the gobblegum purchases. One solo game with alot of the Aftertaste, Perkaholic, On the House, Unquenchable, and the non-mega gumball – Alchemical Antithesis: all this can keep you going for hundreds of rounds if you have the patience and skill.

      • Siftblade

        Yeah but honestly nobody gives a shit about leaderboards. Going to high rounds in zombies isn’t difficult, it’s time consuming.

        • DEMOLITION12

          “nobody gives a shit about leaderboards” – guy that is at the bottom of the leaderboard

          • Siftblade

            Lol I could go and screenshot my leaderboards but I honestly couldn’t care less about what some guy online believes, I got nothing to prove

    • RdJokr

      Gobblegums may help you, but it’s not that much of an advantage. Plus, how do you “win” Zombies? I don’t recall having an ending in SoE or The Giant that ends the game, unless they just added that in.

      • D3ADWANTED 25

        Look up an opening of liquid divinium and see examples of god tier gobblegums

        • RdJokr

          You act like I haven’t seen any “god-tier” Gobblegums in use before. They help, sure, but not to the point where it makes you invincible against zombies. I’ve used all sorts of Gobblegums, and they don’t help me get to higher rounds any more than my usual average in past games.

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            I see and sorry for misunderstanding you

      • DEMOLITION12

        by getting high rounds? lol

        • RdJokr

          Not even God-tier Gobblegums can get you easy 100+ high rounds, if that’s what you’re getting at.

    • Onemanarmy

      there is only a fucking team idiot

  • ShadowMaster862

    What about the glitch on the catwalk on The Giant? I can’t play one freakin’ game on that map without some noob doing the glitch. Sad thing is, I’ll still do better then everyone else.

  • I wonder what they are fixing with the fall damage? IMO it is fine as is.

    • lunator100hd .

      They must take it out completely.

  • imBATMAN

    Which exploits were fixed?

    • TheDemonOfHate

      Your mom exploit. Where you could into her walls boiy.

      • imBATMAN

        I’ve raped better people

        oi men i gev ur mem xtecy n puled uh bell cusby

  • Drasadex

    I wanna see an update that kicks people for being AFK in Zombies when the game starts.

    AFK for one round and you’re kicked

    • RdJokr

      Wait… why do people even AFK in Zombies?? I mean, if you’re playing with friends, you could just AFK for a while to go to the bathroom or whatever, but… it’s not like AFK-ing in Zombies will earn you XP, or Diviniums…

      • Guywithbrains

        They decide to go on a vacation after they find a lobby.

        So annoying… kick them out and replace them with someone else in first 10 rounds. And after 10 rounds no replacements.

        • RdJokr

          Man, I’m glad I don’t play Zombies pubs.

          • Scott

            Pubs zombies does suck

    • lunator100hd .

      Yeah but just letting you know, this player will never be replaced by another one, you will keep playing as 3-man team in a game which ”thinks” that you are 4.

      • Drasadex

        That’s fine.
        Would rather have that than someone sitting on their ass doing literally nothing being carried by people trying to play the game.

  • Buttplogss

    Bo3 is shit

  • Vermell

    Will they do anything about kicking players, in say SnD, that don’t spawn in? It doesn’t kick players if they don’t spawn in…annoying to have some dumbass take up a space when someone else could be playing.

  • FoxyTheDankPirate

    you can pick up stuff in beast mode… wtf i just see a octopus wiping on the a weapon and drinking perks slipping and sliding all over the damn place

  • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

    I may be struggling, but man is this game’s post-launch support extraordinary.

  • Johnny

    It would be nice of they fixed the Spawn issues. Several times in the kill cam I’ve seen me spawn right in front of ,or next to the enemy by less than 20 feet.

    • Shantzonpoint

      They have gotten worse no doubt. This happens all the time. The have been countless times recently where I’ve spawned within 20 feet of where I died. This puts me at such an advantage over the guy that just killed me since I know exactly where he’s at. Many times a couple teammates spawn with me so it’s 3v1 against him. You know this works both ways.

  • AlmightySatan

    Not seeing these hot fixes on PC. Why haven’t they fixed the music not playing at the start and end of rounds?

    • lunator100hd .

      Why you even play cod on pc?

      • AlmightySatan

        Because I like playing with high resolution textures at 2560×1440 @ 144Hz and 1ms response rate. If you’ve never played games like this, then you have no idea what an incredible gaming experience you’re missing out on.

        • lunator100hd .

          Hahahahahaha ok mr Satan, Your name suits you perfect.

    • tactikz4

      Go to audio options and turn it back on. The last BIG update screwed it up lol

      • AlmightySatan

        Thanks. @pcdev told me the same thing yesterday. Glad I have my music back.

  • Diego Diniz

    What about the Avenged Sevenfold Songs in the end of the Map???

  • Jay3

    They still need to fix the split screen problem

  • Scott

    They fixed SBMM ? ( Scrub Based Match Making )

    • YoungMurf

      What do you think? You lead the way of the scrubs.

  • Cat hunter

    I heard some rumblings of SBMM being added, anyone know it that’s true?

    • w

      its pretty obvious that it’s there.

      • Cat hunter

        It’s already been removed from what I have seen

  • K. Mathis, Kcdawg (Kcdawg1)

    The new anti camping update is shit. You can quick scope someone with a sniper rifle while jumping 30 feet in the air moving sideways but can no longer sit in one location without getting kicked. Nice realistic gameplay. sarcasm intended. When I was in the service we were taught to camp but never to jump in the air with a sniper rifle. After playing for years this will be the end of this franchise for me. Would have been nice to know this was going to be the new rule before taking my $110.00, should be provided a refund from Treyass.

  • Greasy Neckbeard

    rip bo3. fuck sbmm

  • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

    Skill-Based Matchmaking confirmed. Treyarch, you done fucked it up.

    • YoungMurf

      But regardless of SBMM you admittedly are horrible at the game so don’t blame that. Your hardly matched with real good players if you are bad so what’s your excuse?

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        Are you serious? You’re seriously defending SBMM without any valid explanation other than “you’re just bad at it”? I’m not a bad player. Even if I were, that does not excuse adding SBMM. What’s your excuse for defending terrible game design? My ‘skill’ level is average. I’m not “horrible” like you said I am (without even seeing me play a full match so that’s ignorant). I wasn’t great nor even good at the game for many reasons without SBMM, however. Now I’m done. Treyarch fucked up. What factored before was shooting first and dying for no reason and not understanding why the gunfight was lost, but figuring out a second later that they actually probably either sidestepped with a shotgun or SMG to the side and the bullets didn’t hit for that reason, or because of viewkick. I wasn’t very smart and didn’t enjoy it because I was getting my ass kicked without understanding why that was the case. My main complaint was matchmaking, to stop all of the lobbies from being so damn close every time. That’s not fun, and it’s even worse now.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        Nevermind, it was actually just taken out. I’m still tired of the close games and getting melted for no reason. Would rather have that than SBMM, though.

        • Playboi Carti

          It was just taken out? Do you have a source or anything? I still find people raging on the Subredditt and interwebs.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Nope, no evidence, just people on Twitter like Thunder and other members of our community, and just like those who have no detailed analysis nor evidence that SBMM even existed at all. I don’t think Vahn would lie about connectivity being a priority or else Activision would get sued.

  • Cristopher

    I have a problem….when i try to get a arena game it says searching games 0 matches to 50 matches but never finds a game

    • August West

      I have the same problem with Shadows of Evil.

  • baseballer59

    “Matchmaking tweaks” = skill based matchmaking. Like so people can see.

  • Nicholas

    Honestly zombies needs a pause option for online splitscreen private matches. More people need to tweet treyarch about this.