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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Jan 7 Update: New Playlists & More

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Treyarch and Raven Software have released a new playlist update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone on January 7.

Treyarch announced this week that playlist updates were moving to Thursdays starting January 7.

Treyarch has provided the patch notes for what’s new in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone:

Patch notes:

GLOBAL

Daily Challenges

  • Addressed an issue that could prevent new Daily Challenges from appearing.
  • Addressed issues preventing the following Daily Challenges from tracking properly:
    • “Team Deathmatch Challenger”
    • “Hardcore Challenger”
    • “Hardcore Champion”

Season Challenges

  • Addressed an issue that could prevent progress from tracking for the “Mass Casualties” Challenge when using a Cruise Missile.

MULTIPLAYER

Featured Playlists

  • Raid + Crossroads Strike 24/7 [NEW]
    • Includes TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on Raid and Crossroads Strike.
    • Hardcore version also available in Quick Play.
  • Gunfight Blueprints [NEW]
    • 2v2 Gunfight matches using new randomized Weapon Blueprint-based loadouts.
  • Fireteam: Dirty Bomb Duos [NEW]
    • Fireteam: Dirty Bomb played with 20 players (10 teams of Duos).
  • Nuketown 24/7 [UPDATED]
    • Nuketown ’84 Holiday replaced with Nuketown ’84.
  • Face Off
  • Prop Hunt
  • Fireteam: Dirty Bomb

Modes

  • Gunfight
    • Added extra models and collision to prevent being able to kill enemies at their spawn in Game Show at the start of a match.
  • Combined Arms
    • Adjusted time in Combined Arms: Assault when a zone is captured.

Scorestreaks

  • H.A.R.P.
    • Addressed an issue in Hardcore modes where Spy Planes exiting the map could override the mini-map being active, even if a H.A.R.P. was still active.
  • Care Package
    • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when calling in a Holiday Care Package.

Operator Missions

  • Adjusted XP values for Operator Missions.

ZOMBIES

Stability

  • Added various stability fixes.

Gameplay

  • Closed various map exploit areas.
  • Addressed an issue that prevented the Ammo Mod from appearing on the player’s weapon immediately after using the Pack-a-Punch.

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Addressed an issue where the player could load into Dead Ops Arcade with the wrong Operator Skin.
  • Addressed an issue where the player could be downed by walking underneath a spike trap.
  • Addressed different effect issues occurring when transitioning from solo play.
  • Addressed various particle effect issues.

Onslaught (PS4/PS5)

  • Addressed an issue where a player could lose their Bronze chalice after a private match.

WARZONE

Featured Playlists

  • Verdansk
    • Verdansk Quads – 152 Players
    • Trios – 150 Players
    • Duos – 150 Players
    • Solos – 150 Players
    • Plunder Quads – 100 Players
  • Rebirth Island
    • Resurgence Trios – 45 Players
    • Mini Royale Duos – 40 Players

Weapons (went live January 6):

  • DMR 14
    • Reduced headshot damage.
    • Increased recoil.
  • Type 63
    • Reduced headshot damage.
    • Increased recoil.
  • Mac-10
    • Decreased headshot damage multiplier.
  • Handgun Charlie (Akimbo Only)
    • Decreased damage range.
    • Increased hip-fire spread. 

This playlist update for Warzone follows this week’s update to weapons in Warzone, including the DMR, dual pistols, and MAC 10 SMG. Patch notes for the weapon changes are here, but some players believe the changes were not enough. Raven has not yet commented on any additional changes.

In addition, the studios have added in two new store bundles, which are both available now in the Black Ops Cold War & Warzone stores. The new bundles feature the Streetsweeper Shotgun, and some functional kill tracker watches.

Bundle 1: Shock Value

Bundle 2: Mint Condition Mastercraft Bundle

Drop in to Black Ops Cold War & Warzone now!

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How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Warzone & Cold War Season 3

Here’s how to unlock Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 3’s fast-firing bolt action Sniper Rifle, the Swiss K31.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 3 will be introducing a new sniper, the Swiss K31, so here’s how you can get your hands on this new bolt-action rifle.

Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone has officially been revealed. On top of new maps and Operators, players can bolster their arsenal with new weapons – the legendary Ballistic Knife, classic PPSH, and the all-new Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle.

The Swiss K31 follows Season 2’s ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle, but appears to be the polar opposite. While the ZRG is heavy, powerful, and slow, the K31 is described as having “exceptional accuracy, as well as fast rechamber and aiming speeds with a large ammo capacity.”

Here’s how to unlock this new, fast Sniper Rifle in Cold War and Warzone Season 3.

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Swiss K31 unlock requirements in Cold War & Warzone Season 3

Players can get their hands on the Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle by simply reaching Tier 31 in the Season 3 Battle Pass. And if you miss out on it in Season 3, it will be available later through a challenge.

You don’t have to pay anything either. The weapon is included as part of the free version of the Battle Pass, so simply play games, rack up Scorestreaks, score Warzone Victories, and you’ll have your hands on it in no time.

This is the second weapon you’ll unlock in the Battle Pass, as the PPSH will be unlocked at Tier 15. These weapons aren’t all there is though as the Ballistic Knife will also be included when the season begins, likely locked behind a challenge.

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Following Cold War’s integration with Warzone, the K31 will be available in both battle royale and multiplayer. The devs described how, “Aggressive sharpshooters will be in their element with this new rifle, whether it’s sniping out in the wilds of Warzone or pushing forward on objectives in Black Ops Cold War.”

The Kar98k has long dominated Warzone as the aggressive sniper, but it’s possible the Swiss K31 will take its spot in the sniping meta.

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Cold War devs respond to issues with PlayStation 5 controller

If you’ve ever had issues connecting your PlayStation 5 controller to your PC to play Cold War, then this dev response should clear it up.

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One of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s devs has cleared up an issue regarding the use of PlayStation 5 controllers on PC.

PCs are normally very accommodating when it comes to supporting different controllers. Whereas the conventional setup revolves around a comfy mouse and keyboard, most PCs allow users to mix and match.

In the same way that you can use a game controller to play CoD: Mobile, you can also play Black Ops Cold War using different PlayStation and Xbox controllers. However, a complaint about the use of PS5 controllers on the PC version has prompted a response from Treyarch.

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Treyarch Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres is a reliable source of feedback who regularly engages with the player base to assist with any persistent matters to do with CoD: Cold War.

He recently engaged in a back-and-forth with a Black Ops Cold War player who was dissatisfied about the game’s reported inability to cater for PlayStation 5 controllers.

The original question asked, “Will you guys ever fix controller input on PC? Trying to use my PS5 controller on Cold War but it won’t let me change it. It’s locked.”

An ensuing exchange took place to try and reach the bottom of things until Josh found out some vital information regarding PS5 controllers on PC.

So for the time being, PC players are unable to play CoD: Black Ops Cold War using a PlayStation 5 controller.

We are still only a few months removed from the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so it’s understandable if additional controller compatibility hasn’t been at the top of the priority list.

It’s safe to assume that by raising this query, PC players with PS5 access can expect to be able to use their PS5 controllers on PC sooner rather than later now. In the meantime, CoD players can still enjoy the new Season 3 content in the normal way.

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How to unlock PPSH-41 in Cold War & Warzone Season 3

The fearsome PPSH-41 SMG is being included in CoD: Cold War Season 3, and this is how you’ll be able to wield this dangerous weapon.

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A returning legend is coming to Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War with the PP-SH41. The devastating SMG can rip enemies apart in seconds, and these are the unlock requirements for it in Call of Duty.

It’s almost like Christmas Day when the next season of content is announced for Call of Duty. After the official Roadmap for Season 3 was revealed, one tasty proposition is the forthcoming return of the PPSH.

The SMG has tore up CoD games for years with its insanely-high rate of fire, and it could be a legitimate meta-changer for Cold War and Warzone Season 3.

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PPSH-41 unlock requirements in Cold War & Warzone Season 3

As with every new Season of modern Call of Duty games, we usually get a new gun or two, new maps, and a new Battle Pass to complete.

Nothing has changed in this regard for Season 3, and players will be pleased to know that the PPSH can be in their loadouts very quickly.

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To unlock the PPSH-41, players will simply need to reach Level 15 in the Battle Pass. Don’t want to pay for the Battle Pass? Not a problem because just like with the MAC-10 from Season 1 and FARA-83 from Season 2, the PPSH is a free Tier for players to earn naturally.

There are no pay-to-win elements here, and everyone will be able to unlock and use the SMG when they’ve reached the required level.

Also, because the same XP is tied to both Cold War and Warzone, the good news is that you can unlock the PPSH-41 on either game. So you can pick your poison and choose which game will be easier for you to get to Level 15 quicker.

The PPSH-41 has featured in many previous Call of Duty games including the original titles, World at War, and most recently, the Black Ops titles.

Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will go live on April 22, and players can get stuck into unlocking the PPSH-41 as soon as possible!

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