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Black Ops Cold War Nov. 13 Day 1 Patch Notes: Movement, Weapons, more

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Treyarch has released the patch notes for changes the studio has made since the game’s beta.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on Nov. 13 across platforms. The studio has taken a lot of feedback and data from the beta, and made updates to the overall game ahead of its launch as part of the Day 1 update.

In a new blog post, the studio has outlined these changes, including updates to the movement system, slide mechanics, weapons, Gunsmith, and so much more.

Get the details on what’s new from Treyarch below:

Starting on Day One, you’ll have new maps to play, more game modes in both Core and Hardcore playlists, new weapons and Create-a-Class content, more Perks, more Scorestreaks, a new Seasonal Prestige system, new Challenges, and other new features to enjoy. As we begin the final countdown to launch, we’ve provided the high-level details on what’s been updated and improved across Multiplayer and Audio for launch (or shortly afterward) since last month’s Open Beta:

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Additional Modes
    • Added modes since Beta:
      • Search & Destroy
      • Free-For-All
      • Hardcore Team Deathmatch
      • Hardcore Domination
      • Hardcore Kill Confirmed
      • Hardcore Search & Destroy
      • Hardcore Free-For-All
  • Fireteam: Dirty Bomb
    • Gameplay
      • Added Ammo Caches to Ruka and Alpine.
      • Added rappel lines to Alpine.
      • Players can now continue sprinting while equipping Armor Plates.
      • Players will now automatically be air deployed after 15 seconds in the overhead spawn view.
      • Both the downed player and player reviving will be locked in place during a revive to avoid the revive from failing.
      • Added the ability to Call for Help while downed.
      • Added support for bashing a door when beginning to sprint next to a door.
      • Added support for configurable squad wipe respawn delays based on squad size (squads of 1 have no additional squad wipe respawn delay).
      • Made adjustments to objective placements.
    • Dirty Bombs/Radiation
      • Arming progress will now display on the charge when arming a dirty bomb.
      • When arming the dirty bomb, lights on the charge will now show how many teammates are assisting in arming.
      • Improvements made to radiation visuals when in the overhead spawn view.
      • The line to safety while inside of a radiation zone will no longer point players toward out of bounds.
    • Loot
      • Radiation Vest item added to loot pool. This vest will prevent the wearer from taking radiation damage inside of the radiation zones.
      • Combat Bow, VTOL Escort, Cruise Missile, and Gunship added to loot pool.
      • Adjusted item spawn rates to reduce higher end Scorestreak frequency.
    • Vehicles
      • Reduced frequency of Hind spawn.
      • Adjusted vehicle drop timing to reduce the frequency of Hind, Tank, and FAV spawns.
      • Directional damage indicators now point toward the vehicle when taking explosive damage from a Hind or Chopper Gunner.
    • Ping
      • Added the ability to Ping while downed.
      • Added the ability to Ping from vehicles.
      • Added the ability to Ping downed teammates.
      • Added the ability to Ping Field Upgrades and thrown C4 explosives.
      • Added a center dot while freefalling and parachuting for more accurate pinging.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Made adjustments to the fireteam intro scene to better highlight the fireteam.
      • Added an in-game outro scene that highlights the winning fireteam.
      • Killcams and Best Plays will now prioritize downs instead of clean-ups.
    • Bug Fixes
      • Addressed an issue that would prevent objective waypoints from displaying in the overhead spawn view.
      • Addressed an issue where players could be killed as soon as they deployed via air.
      • Addressed a number of issues that would cause a player to spawn away from their intended teammate on the ground from the overhead spawn view.
      • Addressed an issue where players could not deposit Uranium into a dirty bomb.
      • Addressed an issue where the player could be considered out of bounds when deploying from the infil plane.
  • VIP Escort
    • Players can now quick-deploy parachute in Crossroads and Armada in VIP Escort.
    • The VIP is now taken into the helicopter by a winch operator upon exfil completion.
    • The exfil notification is now triggered when the VIP gets near an exfil helicopter in order to give the defending team more time to react.
      • Upon getting near the exfil site, the helicopter will begin lowering the fast rope, and all players in the match will be notified that the exfil process has begun.
      • Once the fast rope is lowered, the VIP can interact with the rope to hook up for exfil.
  • Combined Arms
    • Players can now quick-deploy parachute in Combined Arms game modes (where applicable).

Weapons / Gunsmith

  • New Weapons
    • Added new weapons in multiple categories:
      • FFAR 1 assault rifle
      • Bullfrog SMG
      • M60 LMG
      • DMR 14 tactical rifle
      • M79 special launcher
      • + more
  • Weapon Balance
    • Assault Rifles
      • Tuned general assault rifle performance closer to Krig 6 and XM4 Beta performance for better balance across the class.
      • Increased AK-47 recoil.
    • Submachine Guns
      • Reduced SMG effectiveness at longer ranges to counter the dominance of the class seen in the Beta.
    • Light Machine Guns
      • Increased LMG damage output to improve the effectiveness of the class.
      • Increased LMG ADS times.
    • Sniper Rifles
      • Adjusted aim assist to feel smoother yet require more skill and precision.
      • Slightly increased sniper rifle ADS times.
      • Sniper scope glint will now display more regularly.
    • Pistols
      • Decreased burst-fire pistol hip-fire accuracy.
      • Reduced burst-fire pistol max damage range.
    • Shotguns
      • Reduced semi-auto shotgun fire rate.
    • Launchers
      • Slightly increased inner damage of launcher rockets to allow for lethal damage when placed precisely.
    • Melee
      • Slightly reduced sprinting speed with the Knife equipped.
  • Recoil and Sight Alignment
    • Cleaned up issues with bullet direction and recoil to feel more intuitive and responsive.
      • In the Beta, the location of the player’s bullet was always based on the direction of their weapon, which could have a slight deviation to their eye-view perspective through the sights. These should now line up better across all iron sights and optics, providing more precision when ADS-firing.
  • Aim Assist Tuning
    • Adjusted a number of aim assist parameters to provide a more expected feel across weapon classes.
  • Aiming Down Sights (ADS)
    • Adjusted ADS transitions to make them smoother and more fluid.
    • Adjusted ADS sway to provide more dramatic feel while reducing weapon rotation.
    • Adjusted weapon pushback when firing in ADS to address cases where optic models could get too close to the player camera.
  • Attachments
    • Additional Attachments
      • Added more attachments to equip in the Gunsmith.
    • Attachment Balance
      • Updated balance for roughly half of the attachments across all weapons to increase viability across the board.
      • Reworked bonuses and penalties on Barrel attachments to better reflect relationship between ranges, muzzle velocities, and barrel length.
      • There are now Barrel attachments that offer shorter Barrel length for increased strafe speed movement, either when hip-firing or ADS-firing. This provides players with greater options for leaning into movement as a kit option.
      • Increased enemy reveal range when using the mounted light attachment.
    • Attachment Descriptions
      • Updated names, descriptions, and statistics categories for weapons to provide a clearer picture of functionality and authenticity.
  • Dual Wield
    • Added the ability to dual-wield pistols.
  • Weapon Levels
    • Increased primary weapon levels from 40 to 55.
  • Stationary Turrets
    • Increased use radius of stationary turrets.

Movement

  • Sliding
    • Shortened slide length.
    • Reduced slide speed.
      • Sliding is intended as an escape mechanic or quick entrance into crouch or cover. It’s not intended to be over-used during engagements, or to be too advantageous in close quarters. We’ve shortened the slide length and reduced its speed to address these goals.
    • Ending a sprint to fire is now faster than sliding to fire.
      • In the Beta, it was faster to fire your weapon from a sprint by sliding than by simply ending your sprint to fire. This has been fixed so that ending a sprint to fire is the faster way to get your gun up, and sliding to fire is no longer faster. 
  • Mantling
    • Increased speeds for all mantles.

Scorestreaks

  • Additional Scorestreaks
    • Added new Scorestreaks since Beta:
      • Combat Bow
      • Armor
      • Care Package
      • Cruise Missile
      • VTOL Escort
      • Gunship
  • Earn Rate
    • Improved score event tuning and Scorestreak earn potential across all modes.
    • Increased score bonus thresholds at 10-kill and 15-kill streaks to make high streaks feel more rewarding, and to help boost score to higher-end Scorestreaks.
      • In the Beta, Scorestreaks were being earned more often than intended in several game modes, so we’ve made tuning adjustments to bring the overall earn rate down. On the other hand, because even top players were having a hard time getting to the highest Scorestreaks, we’ve increased the score bonus thresholds for higher kill streaks.
  • Scorestreak Tuning
    • Attack Helicopter
      • Increased Attack Helicopter damage from 5-hit kill to 3-hit kill.
    • Chopper Gunner
      • Slightly reduced Chopper Gunner duration and damage.
  • Costs
    • Balance adjustment to all Scorestreak costs.
  • UI
    • Added a numerical display showing remaining score required to earn your equipped Scorestreaks, which appears briefly on respawn and after closing the Scoreboard.
    • Improved Scorestreak tablet cursor speed.
    • Improved visibility of Scorestreak tablet red dots for indoor enemies.
  • Cooldowns
    • Added variation to Scorestreak cooldowns to allow for more interesting player choices and strategy, while also reducing low-end Scorestreak spam.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Updated default Scorestreak selection.
    • Updated Scorestreak descriptions with more detail on new functionality.
    • Improved rumble/camera shake on Scorestreak events.

Spawns

  • General spawn adjustments across all modes.
  • Enemies in Gunboats will now properly cancel spawns within their line of sight.

Perks

  • Flak Jacket
    • Flak Jacket damage reduction reduced by 5%.
  • Paranoia
    • Updated the sound for when an enemy is aiming at you with Paranoia equipped.

Equipment

  • Frag
    • Improved Frag throwback speed.
  • Stim Shot
    • Cooldown increased from 8 seconds to 11 seconds.
  • Decoy
    • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds.
    • Decoy will now play a static sound effect every few seconds, so attentive players can discern fake footsteps from real ones.

Field Upgrades

  • Field Mic
    • Field Mic listening radius reduced by 10%.
    • Field Mic cooldown increased to from 3:00 to 3:30.

Features

  • Added Military Ranks up to 55 in standard player progression.
  • Added Seasonal Prestige player progression system, beginning at launch after completing Military Rank 55.
  • Added Challenges for Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies.
  • Added unlockable Weapon Camos.
  • Player and weapon customization now available.
  • Added Combat Record.
  • Added Theater support.
  • Added Multiplayer bot support.
  • Added Finishing Move support.
  • Added Weapon Inspect support.

AUDIO

Game Audio

  • General
    • Polished volumes and sound falloffs for weapons, foley audio, ambient systems, and map transitions.
    • Additional map sound design improvements.
  • Gameplay Audio
    • Improved weapon and footstep sounds.
    • Improved hit marker sounds.
    • Improved player damage feedback sounds.
  • Acoustics
    • Polished acoustics systems that simulate how sounds travel through/around geometry.
      • Since the Beta, we’ve created new reverbs for multiple areas, polished filter values so full occlusion now sounds more natural, and tweaked the way interior and exterior sounds blend as you move through spaces.
    • Tuned acoustics of every map.
      • This affects how the map geometry influences every sound, from reverb (how sounds bounce and echo) to occlusion (how objects block sound waves). Map acoustics are based on physical simulations of sound waves travelling through the map. As a result, all sounds should feel even more immersive and realistic, with a high level of fidelity.
  • Music Player
    • Added Music Player, allowing players to listen to music tracks unlocked by playing the game.
    • Players can select tracks as their menu music or in-game music.
  • Audio Presets
    • Added multiple audio mix presets.

SOURCE: Treyarch

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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Best UGR loadout in UGR

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

Operator underwater using UGR
  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

UGR in Warzone

To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.

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Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.

While Black Ops Cold War’s seasons have ended, the Call of Duty title received additional content through an update in March, including the arrival of the WMD map and the Vargo 52 Assault Rifle.

Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.

Cold War Jungle map remaster release date

Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.

Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.

When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.

Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.

New Cold War weapon

Black Ops Cold War operators

Treyarch also teased the arrival of an “all-new ranged weapon” that players will be able to use in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. This new weapon arrived alongside Jungle on May 6.

Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.


For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.

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