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Black Ops Cold War Dec 8 Update Patch Notes: Crash Fixes & More

New patch update incoming with much needed fixes.

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A new patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will go live on Tuesday, December 8 on all platforms. 

Treyarch announced the new updated patch release schedule last week alongside the new Season One release date.

This update is live on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC:

  • PC: 12.8GB
  • PS4: 12.7GB
  • PS5: 23.6GB
  • Xbox One: 14.6GB
  • Xbox Series X|S: 24.1GB 

The update brings a number of quality of life improvements and get the game ready for the Season One launch on December 16. 

The next update will arrive on December 15 for Black Ops Cold War and December 16 for Warzone.

Treyarch has provided the patch notes for the new update. 

PATCH NOTES:

It’s almost here! In preparation for Season One’s arrival in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone on December 16th, today’s incoming Black Ops Cold War update will include several quality-of-life improvements, stability and bug fixes, game mode updates, weapon and Scorestreak adjustments, and plenty more. As a reminder, you can also check out some of the issues we’re currently tracking at our Trello board.

This is our first major game update in the lead-up period before Season One drops. You can expect additional gameplay improvements, bug fixes, and more in our next major update in Black Ops Cold War on Dec. 15th, and in Warzone on Dec. 16th when Season One launches for all players.

In addition to a host of gameplay improvements and fixes in Zombies, this update also adds new Season One Intel to “Die Maschine” and Onslaught as a sneak peek of what’s to come for Zombies players. Happy hunting!

Free Bundles Available Dec. 8th

To thank everyone for their patience as we make the final preparations for Season One, we’re gifting free personalization items to all Black Ops Cold War players in one Pre-Season offer! Simply log in between 10AM PT Dec. 8th and the start of Season One to claim your items, including:

“Field Research” Bundle

  • 1 Epic Operator Skin (Park)
  • 1 Epic SMG Weapon Blueprint
  • 1 Epic Reticle
  • 1 Epic Calling Card
  • 1 Rare Weapon Charm

“Certified” Bundle

  • 1 Epic Operator Skin (Garcia)
  • 1 Rare Assault Rifle Weapon Blueprint
  • 1 Epic Reticle
  • 1 Epic Weapon Charm

Motherland Moshpit and 2XP + 2WXP Weekend Incoming

As part of this update, we’re introducing our new Motherland Moshpit playlist featuring TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on Moscow and Crossroads Strike. Hardcore Motherland Moshpit will also be available in Quick Play, featuring Hardcore TDM, Domination, and Kill Confirmed.

Jump in starting tomorrow – and no worries, Nuketown fans: Nuketown ’84 is still available in Core and Hardcore map lists, and the Nuketown 24/7 playlist will return with a special twist in Season One.

We’re also bringing an extended 2XP + 2WXP Weekend to everyone in MP and Zombies this Saturday, Dec. 12 until the start of Season One! Here’s your last chance to reach Prestige 3 and earn those Prestige Keys before Season One begins.

Here’s what to expect:

GLOBAL

Stability

  • Added crash fixes related to ray tracing on next-gen consoles.
  • General stability improvements.

Progression

  • Addressed an issue where Prestige Levels and Prestige Icons could display inaccurately in lobby menus.
  • Addressed an issue where the Prestige 1 icon could display in place of the Commander rank icon in the After Action Report.

UI

  • Addressed multiple issues for breadcrumbs appearing incorrectly throughout lobby menus.
  • Addressed an issue where the reward animation could sometimes appear corrupted in the After Action Report.

MULTIPLAYER

Playlists

  • Motherland Moshpit
    • TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on Moscow and Crossroads Strike.
    • Hardcore Motherland Moshpit also available in Quick Play (TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed).
    • Available Dec. 8 until the launch of Season One.

Progression

  • Camos
    • Addressed an issue where Mastery camos were not progressing properly for some players, despite being earned.
    • Reduced the number of kills without dying from 3 to 2 for launcher and M79 camo Challenges.

Game Modes 

  • Hardpoint
    • Checkmate
      • Adjusted spawns for zones 1, 3, and 4.
      • Resolved an issue where the Hardpoint could be captured behind a crate on zone 4.
    • Garrison
      • Zone 1 adjusted to provide more balanced cover for both teams.
      • Adjusted spawns for zones 2 and 3.
    • Crossroads Strike
      • Adjusted spawns for all Hardpoint zones.
      • Moved zone 4 to the adjacent tents to provide more opportunities for the attacking team.
    • Moscow
      • Removed spawns near back statue for zone 3.
  • Control
    • Moscow
      • Adjusted attacker spawns to reduce travel time to objectives.
      • Additional attacker spawns added closer to mid-map when B has been captured.
    • Miami
      • Adjusted attacker spawns to reduce travel time to objectives.
    • Checkmate
      • Adjusted attacker spawns to reduce travel time to objectives.
  • Fireteam: Dirty Bomb 
    • Gameplay
      • Reduced spawn protection time to reduce frequency of protection nullifying explosives (e.g. War Machine) for extended periods of time.
      • Addressed an issue where players could collide when redeploying from a Squad Wipe.
      • Addressed an issue where players could land on each other and die if they waited until they were auto-deployed during Infil. 
      • Addressed an issue where players could get stuck by mantling in certain spots on Alpine.
      • Addressed an issue where Containers could spawn inside objects.
    • Scorestreaks
      • Reduced spawn rates of the Gunship, Chopper Gunner, and VTOL Escort.
      • Addressed an issue where the Cruise Missile HUD effects could be seen in the Redeploy menu.
    • Vehicles
      • Addressed an issue where the Hind could exit the playable space in Alpine.
    • HUD
      • Addressed an issue where dust and threat perception effects could display on the overhead camera.
    • Party Invites
      • Addressed an issue with Party invites in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.
  • Combined Arms
    • Adjusted the interact radius on mounted turrets to be easier to get onto.
  • Custom Games
    • Added options in Custom Games Scorestreaks settings for Score Reset On Death and Scorestreak Death Penalty, allowing players to set the percentage of score lost on death from 0% (Disabled) to 100% (all score lost on death).
  • Round-Based Modes
    • Addressed an issue where players could be kicked for inactivity while spectating in round-based modes.

Weapons

  • Visuals
    • Added polish to visual kickback when hip-firing weapons.
  • Hauer 77
    • Addressed an animation issue with the Hauer 77 when firing the last shot while aiming down sights.
  • Launchers
    • Addressed an issue where launchers could lock onto Stationary Turrets in Combined Arms.
  • Optics
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent thermal scopes from showing a thermal overlay when riding a vehicle. 

Scorestreaks 

  • Care Package
    • Care Package explosion will no longer damage teammates in Hardcore.
    • Addressed an issue that could cause the Care Package to go through the roof in Checkmate. 
  • Combat Bow
    • Addressed an issue where the Tactical Mask icon would incorrectly display when damaging enemies with the Combat Bow.
  • Cruise Missile
    • Addressed an issue where damaging a Cruise Missile would not display a hit marker. 
  • VTOL Escort
    • Addressed an issue with the VTOL Escort camera when it would be destroyed from going out of bounds.
  • Chopper Gunner
    • The Chopper Gunner will now follow its correct shorter path on Crossroads Strike instead of its wider path from Combined Arms. 

Maps

  • Crossroads
    • Parachutes can now be activated where applicable in all modes in Crossroads.
    • Added a unique 6v6 intermission camera on Crossroads Strike.
  • Armada
    • Parachutes can now be activated where applicable in all modes in Armada.
  • Garrison
    • Addressed an issue where one of the explosive barrels would never detonate in Garrison.

Field Upgrades

  • Trophy System
    • The Trophy System will now destroy incoming Trophy Systems.
    • Addressed an issue where the Trophy System occasionally would not destroy incoming projectiles.
    • Addressed an issue where shooting your own Trophy System could show enemy infantry hit markers.
  • Assault Pack
    • The Assault Pack will now be destroyed if an enemy uses it. 
  • Field Mic
    • Addressed an issue where a player could earn double score events if two Field Mics were overlapping. 

Vehicles

  • General
    • Added a new Helicopter Aiming Mode option.
    • Addressed an issue where the camera could clip through the player’s head when switching from driver to passenger while aiming down sights in a vehicle.
    • Addressed an issue where players could spawn with corrupted animations if they squad-spawned onto a Dirt Bike as a passenger.

General

  • Stability
    • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when a player was dismembered by an explosive. 
  • Finishing Moves
    • General clean-up and bug fixes for Finishing Moves.
    • Addressed an issue where performing Finishing Moves on enemies while being downed would not count toward the Stone Operator unlock challenge. 
  • Gestures
    • Added voiceover to first-person Gestures.
  • Mouse and Keyboard
    • Addressed an issue when Jump and Mantle were bound to the Mouse Wheel.
    • Addressed an issue with mouse navigation in Theater.
    • Addressed an issue with mic status icon not displaying properly in the Party tab.
    • Addressed an issue with Voice Chat Volume setting functionality.
    • Improved mouse rotation controls for Weapon Inspect.
  • Audio
    • Addressed an issue where a character’s exert audio for a weapon melee could be delayed.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue where players were not immediately killed when being downed while in water.

ZOMBIES

General

  • Progression
    • Addressed an issue causing progress on the Trapper Challenge to get stuck at 255.
    • Addressed an issue that caused incorrect Mastery camo progression information to display.
    • Addressed an issue where incorrect Prestige Icons could display in Zombies menus.
    • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused the player’s primary weapon camo to appear on a Knife equipped as a secondary weapon.
  • Combat Record
    • Addressed an issue with incorrect Engagement Range data for some weapons for Zombies.
    • Killing Blows will now register properly for Zombies in Combat Record.
    • Elite Eliminations will now register properly for Zombies in Combat Record.
  • UI
    • Addressed issues with text overlapping or extending outside the panel in the Intel menus.
    • Addressed issues with 3D models not properly orienting in Intel menus.
    • Addressed an issue where additional Create-a-Class slots were not appearing in the Zombies lobby on PlayStation platforms.

Die Maschine

  • Stability
    • Added various stability fixes.
  • Intel
    • Added new Season One Intel to discover in “Die Maschine”.
  • Gameplay
    • Closed various exploit areas.
    • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused zombies to get stuck inside a spawn location.
    • Addressed an issue that caused zombies to incorrectly use their ranged attack in specific locations.
    • Addressed an issue that caused zombies to path incorrectly when Decoys were used in specific locations.
    • Addressed an issue that caused the incorrect floor of the mini-map from appearing after spectating.
    • Addressed an issue that caused shadows to appear incorrectly on a quest character when viewed with the flashlight.
  • Weapons
    • Addressed an issue that caused ammo to be incorrectly deducted from the D.I.E. Electrobolt while using Aether Shroud.
    • Addressed an issue that caused the incorrect weapon rarity to appear for the player’s weapon after respawning.
    • Addressed an issue that caused the duplication of weapons using the Arsenal under specific circumstances.
  • Trials
    • Addressed an issue that caused the Take Damage and Recover Health Trial from granting progress when recovering the bonus health granted by Jugger-Nog.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented a specific Trial from granting a reward.
  • Mystery Box
    • Addressed an issue that prevented some weapons from appearing in the cycle animation when using the Mystery Box.
  • Main Quest
    • Addressed a rare issue that could cause the Main Quest to stop progressing at the Decontamination step.
  • Ping
    • Addressed an issue that caused incorrect icons to display when pinging certain weapons.
  • Audio
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent certain voiceover lines from playing.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that could occur where the Pause menu couldn’t be closed when interacting with the Arsenal.
    • Addressed an issue that caused a mix of visual effects from different Ammo Mods to display when navigating the Skills menu.

Dead Ops Arcade

  • Stability
    • Added various stability fixes.
  • Gameplay
    • Added Room of Judgment event.
    • Added various enemy AI tuning changes.
    • Added various weapon tuning changes.
  • General
    • Added Host Migration to Dead Ops Arcade.
    • Added options to turn off various UI elements and features.

Onslaught (PS4/PS5)

  • Intel
    • Added new Season One Intel to discover in Onslaught.
  • Gameplay
    • Added various enemy pathing fixes.
    • Addressed a rare issue that could cause a redundant Perk to be granted from power-ups.

PC

  • Stability
    • Added various stability fixes.
  • General
    • Addressed an issue with text wrapping in Windowed mode.
    • Addressed an issue that could cause a blurry screen with NVIDIA Ansel when using a sniper scope.

Stay tuned as Season One approaches.

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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