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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 November 12 Update – Black Market Changes

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Treyarch has released the latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Tuesday, November 12, and this new update has brought some huge changes to the Black Market.

The changes make the Black Market more user friendly and not a pay to win situation that it has been over the last year. Treyarch making this change so far out from launch seems to be related to the fact that Activision executives recently made the decision to not have any supply drops in Modern Warfare.

The new changes for the Black Market in Black Ops 4 are:

Black Market Revamp: Earn Weapons and Items in Blackjack’s Shop

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We’re excited to roll out today’s new Black Market revamp that gives all Black Ops 4 players new direct paths to earning new weapons and rewards through gameplay. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit Blackjack’s Shop today:

  • Pick-a-Weapon Bribe: Trade in 50 Reserve Cases to unlock a weapon of your choice from a Crate that also includes 2 Reserve items, along with a bonus of 5 Duplicate-Protected Crates for 15 additional Reserve items. Choose from a selection of base weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII weapons, Signature Weapons, and even the new MicroMG 9mm SMG or Eye of Apophis melee weapon. Watch for this bundle to refresh on a regular basis in the future.
  • Reserves Stack: This new rotating offer displays a Reserve item that you don’t currently own, which can be unlocked by trading in 2 Reserve Cases. With the Reserves Stack, you’ll be able to see Reserve items before acquiring them. This offer will refresh to reveal a new item on a regular basis and refreshes instantly after acquiring the current item on display.
  • My Deals: Two new rotating offers can now be unlocked with Reserve Cases and will always showcase items that you don’t currently own. Like the Reserves Stack, these will refresh on a regular basis, or instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.

If you see it in Blackjack’s Shop, you can earn it by trading in Reserve Cases! And speaking of new items to earn…

New Rewards and New Zombies Gauntlet on Xbox One + PC

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Today’s update introduces a new collection of Black Market rewards to earn on Xbox One and PC, including the new “MicroMG 9mm” SMG, “Eye of Apophis” amulet weapon, “Pentagon Thief” Blackout character, as well as new Reactive Camos, weapon camos, outfits, Death Effects, Weapon Charms, and more. If you haven’t seen the Eye of Apophis in action yet (or been on the receiving end of one)… it’s pretty wild.

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Our new “Tag der Toten” Zombies Gauntlet also arrives today on Xbox One and PC with “An Ice Day in Hell”, delivering 30 new rounds of challenges to complete for in-game rewards at rounds 10, 20, and 30. Good luck conquering all 30 with no strikes!2XP Stockpile in Multiplayer

Our second 2XP Featured Playlist joins the MP rotation this week with the return of Stockpile! We’ve had plenty of requests for this one to come back since its debut, so get in there and rank up all week long while it’s in the spotlight. Party game fans should keep an eye out for 2XP Prop Hunt coming to all platforms next Tuesday.

Duos Moshpit, Alcatraz Quads, Contract Fixes, and PC Optimization in Blackout

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We’re constantly examining Blackout wait times across multiple regions and optimizing playlists to make sure people get into matches as quickly and reliably as possible around the world. While the introduction of LTM Moshpits and our new rotating playlist schedule make this possible, we understand these changes can come at the expense of those who play core modes exclusively.

Furthermore, our Daily Contract schedule wasn’t properly lined up with the latest playlist schedule, which led to a few Contracts that couldn’t be completed on certain days last week. PC players have also been asking for ways to start matches sooner… and we definitely heard your feedback on Alcatraz Duos. Today, we’re addressing everything above.

Quads-only players: we heard you last week and we’re keeping Quads permanently. For players asking for more Duos matches, we’re introducing our new Duos Moshpit today featuring Ambush Duos, Hardcore Duos, Down But Not Out Duos, and Close Quarters Frenzy Duos. If variety isn’t your thing, core Duos will be added to rotation more frequently in the near future.

Alcatraz Quads is replacing Alcatraz Duos today, and we’re keeping it at Quads. We heard your feedback that redeploying into the chaos of Alcatraz is more forgiving and simply more fun as a full squad, and while we heard from players who preferred the Duo model, we agree that Alcatraz works better in fours.

Starting today on consoles, all Contracts should always line up with the playlists currently live in Blackout. For example, this means you shouldn’t see a Daily or Hard Contract that can’t be completed that day because the mode required was currently out of rotation. Let us know if you do.

We’ve recently adjusted the maximum player count for Moshpit game types on consoles to 80 players, ensuring a balanced chance of matching into any available LTM. And on PC, we’ve reduced the maximum player count to 60 with a minimum of 50 players on all core and limited-time mode playlists. This should result in faster match start times across the board, while keeping the max player count at 40 in Alcatraz. We’ve also brought the PC playlist selection back to three playlists per week to further improve matchmaking health.

Keep your feedback coming, and enjoy the new Duos LTMs this week!

Weapon Charm/Death Effect Bug Fix

This update also fixes the pesky bug that prevented certain Weapon Charms and Death Effects from staying equipped after a match. This one has proven especially tough to nail down, so please let us know if you’re still experiencing this issue after today’s game update.

Here’s what’s new today:

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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • System Revamp
      • Reserve Cases can now be traded in for items in Blackjack’s Shop through the new Pick-a-Weapon Bribe, Reserves Stack, and My Deals offers.
    • Pick-a-Weapon Bribe
      • Regularly-scheduled bundle available in Blackjack’s Shop and Reserves screens in the Black Market.
      • Allows players to trade in 50 Reserve Cases to unlock a weapon of their choice from a Crate that also includes 2 Reserve items, along with a bonus of 5 Duplicate-Protected Crates.
    • Reserves Stack
      • Rotating offer that always displays an item from Reserves that the player does not currently own, which can be unlocked by trading in 2 Reserve Cases.
      • Allows players to see Reserve items before acquiring them.
      • Refreshes on a regular basis to reveal a new item, and will refresh instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.
    • My Deals
      • Two new rotating offers that can be unlocked with Reserve Cases and will always showcase items that the player does not currently own.
      • Refreshes on a regular basis to reveal a new item, and will refresh instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.
    • Duplicate-Protected Crates
      • Reserve Crate purchases are now always Duplicate-Protected.
    • Create-a-Class
      • Addressed an issue that could prevent certain Weapon Charms and Death Effects from stay equipped after a match.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Stockpile (2XP)
      • Nuketown
      • Barebones Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
    • PC
      • Stockpile (2XP)
      • Nuketown
      • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Duos Moshpit
    • New Moshpit of Duos-only Blackout modes with a maximum of 80 players on consoles:
      • Ambush Duos
      • Hardcore Duos
      • Down But Not Out Duos
      • Close Quarters Frenzy Duos
    • Alcatraz
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads replaces Alcatraz Portal Duos.
    • Contracts
      • Contracts will now properly line up with available playlists on consoles.
  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Duos Moshpit (Ambush, Hardcore, Down But Not Out, Close Quarters Frenzy)
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads
      • Quads
      • Solo
    • PC
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads
      • Duos Moshpit
      • Quads
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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New collection of rewards now available to earn in Reserves.
    • Rewards include the MicroMG 9mm SMG, Eye of Apophis melee weapon, Pentagon Thief Blackout character, and new Reactive Camos, weapon camos, outfits, Death Effects, Weapon Charms, Jump Packs, Gestures, and more.
  • ZOMBIES
    • Gauntlets
      • “An Ice Day in Hell” Gauntlet now available in “Tag der Toten”.
      • Complete 30 rounds of new challenges for rewards at Tiers 10, 20, and 30.
      • Complete all 30 rounds without a single strike for an exclusive cosmetic reward.
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BLACKOUT

  • Optimization
    • Maximum player count set to 60 with auto-start set to 50 players on all core and limited-time mode playlists for faster match start times.
    • Maximum player count remains at 40 for Alcatraz playlist.
  • Playlists
    • Schedule now reflects three available playlists each week for improved matchmaking.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.

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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

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The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

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Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

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Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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