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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 December 14 Update: Blackout Custom Games Details + More

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Another day, another update from Treyarch!

Treyarch released the latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 across all platforms today and brought Double XP for the weekend, alongside providing additional details on what’s to come to Blackout soon.

Treyarch has also announced that Custom Games for Blackout is coming next week, with Weapon Camo support for the mode as well. Custom Games in Blackout will support up to 12 players when it launches, with more to come over time. Weapon Camos will be available in Blackout Custom Games as well.

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The weekend has arrived, Operation Absolute Zero is upon us, and the holidays are nearly here. Here at Treyarch, that can mean only one thing… it’s 2XP time! Now live through 10AM PT on Dec. 17, we’ve turned on 2XP in Multiplayer and Zombies and 2X Merits in Blackout on all platforms!

We’ve also launched a limited-time mode in Blackout this weekend through 10AM PT on Dec. 17: Close Quarters Frenzy! While some of you will remember an early version of this one back in our Blackout Beta, we’ve made gameplay improvements and added more weapons in the meantime for a truly frantic fight to the center of the circle. The rules are simple:

  1. Outrun an even faster Collapse than usual.
  2. Take out your enemies using only SMGs, shotguns, pistols, launchers, and melee weapons.
  3. Don’t die.

We’re excited to jump into Blackout with friends this weekend in Close Quarters Frenzy in Quads… and in our next update, we’re expanding how players will interact with the mode through the introduction of Blackout Weapon Camos and Custom Games.

Weapon Camo support is coming to Blackout across the entire mode, including in Custom Games. Here’s how it works, with more details to come with our next update:

  • Camos earned in Multiplayer, Zombies, and the Black Market can be applied in Blackout.
  • Players set up their Weapon Camos in the new Armory menu prior to a match.
  • Player will see their selected camos applied when they pick up those weapons in-game.
  • Support will be included for Blackout Custom Games.

Blackout Custom Games will allow players to drop into their own private match to explore the map, visit destinations at their own pace, and practice Black Ops 4’s battle royale experience with teams of friends. As a starting point, Custom Games in Blackout will be introduced with a maximum player count of 12. As with all features in Black Ops 4, this will evolve over time as we evaluate how players are engaging with the system, and that includes increasing player count and expanding feature support.

At launch next week, Blackout Custom Games will support:

  • Up to 12 players per match
  • Solos, Duos, or Quads
  • Weapon Camo support
  • Full character customization support
  • Online only to ensure each Custom Game is up-to-date

We’re eager to see what you do when you’ve got the freedom to explore every nook and cranny of the Blackout world. Who knows how many secrets are still out there to discover?

Two additional items of note: in Blackout, we’ve increased the chances of finding Character Mission items in Zombies Stashes to help out our Blackout Character Mission hunters – and in Multiplayer, we’ve temporarily pulled Jungle from rotation to address a gameplay issue with ladders, and will return it to its rightful place in our next update.

Today’s Patch:

ALL PLATFORMS

General

  • Event
    • 2XP now live in Multiplayer and Zombies through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.

Blackout

  • Event
    • 2X Merits now live in Blackout through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.
  • Limited Time Mode
    • Close Quarters Frenzy (Quads) now live in Blackout through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.
  • Character Missions
    • Increased the chances of finding a Character Mission item in a Zombies Stash.
    • Increased the number of Zombies Stashes that can include Character Mission items per match.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Classic Call of Duty maps recreated as awesome LEGO sets

Everyone has their favorite Call of Duty map and these eight classic maps have been fully recreated with LEGO bricks in stunning detail.

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The Call of Duty series has been responsible for some of the most iconic maps in gaming history over the years. Now, some of the most beloved have been reimagined in LEGO.

With the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the 18th main CoD entry, edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to celebrate the series’ history. The sheer number of classic maps has gone a long way to CoD as popular as it is today.

With that in mind, the folks over at Diamond Lobby have recreated some of the most recognizable Call of Duty maps as real LEGO sets. See for yourself below.

Rust map from CoD Modern Warfare

If you’re wondering how it was done, Diamond Lobby used a computer program containing every LEGO brick to design and create each map.

Then a 3D designer was drafted in to help make the creations a reality. While it is possible to make these sets yourself, it can vary between $1,340 and $4,726 to track down every brick needed.

You can see all eight of the classic CoD maps, as well the first game they featured in, right here:

Nuketown – Black Ops

Nuketown map out of LEGO

Arguably one of the most iconic maps in the entire series, this staple has been updated and revamped for every entry in the Black Ops series.

Rust – Modern Warfare 2

Rust map made out of LEGO

Rust is possibly best known as where the dramatic finale of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign took place. Or where disputes were settled in a 1v1.

Castle – World at War

Castle map made out of LEGO

Castle is one of the best WWII-themed maps in the series to date. That explains why it’s coming back in CoD: Vanguard later this year.

Terminal – Modern Warfare 2

Terminal map made out of LEGO

Another MW2 classic, going for a nuke by camping on the plane will bring back plenty of memories for long-time fans.

Slums – Black Ops II

Slums map made out of LEGO

This may not have been the favorite among the average players, but anyone who follows competitive CoD will know that Slums is one of the best.

Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)

Crash map made of LEGO

The sign of any great map is when it comes back again and again. Crash has featured in four separate titles, securing its place as an all-time great.

Firing Range – Black Ops

Firing Range CoD map made from LEGO

Yet another close-quarters map showing up in many different games, Firing Range, along with Nuketown and Launch, were the standouts from the first entry in the Black Ops sub-series.

Raid – Black Ops II

Raid map made out of LEGO

The newest map on this, but by no means the worst. Raid made its way into Blacks Ops Cold War thanks to its popularity back in 2012.

Those were eight classic Call of Duty maps amazingly recreated as LEGO sets.

For more of the latest CoD news, check out the teaser for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6.

Image Credits: Diamond Lobby / Activision

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All Black Ops 4 Prestige emblems & how to get them

Here’s every Black Ops 4 Prestige emblem across multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout – and how to unlock them to show off your accomplishments.

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Black Ops 4 Prestige Master emblem

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to feature a traditional Prestige system, so here are all the emblems and how to get them.

In every Call of Duty game since the original CoD 4: Modern Warfare, players have been able to flex their skill and time put in my Prestiging.

This resets your rank back to level 1, giving you a new grind and rewards to show for it. One of these rewards is a cool-looking new emblem to show everyone in the lobby that you’re a serious competitor.

2018’s Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty to feature the classic Prestige system, so we’re taking a look at how to Prestige and every emblem in BO4.

How to Prestige in Black Ops 4

Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

To Prestige in Black Ops 4, you need to hit the max level in the game. Once you’ve done that, you can Prestige and start unlocking new items as you continue to do so. And once you’ve Prestiged 10 times, you can hit Prestige Master and get another unique emblem.

The max level in Black Ops 4 is 55 in multiplayer and Zombies and 80 in Blackout, so you need to hit this level 10 times to be Prestige Master.

Here’s a simple guide to Prestiging in Black Ops 4:

  1. Play Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Zombies, or Blackout until you reach max level
  2. Press the ‘menu’ button and you’ll see a prompt saying, “Prestige mode available”
  3. Follow the prompt to the Progress & Unlocks screen
  4. Press ‘Enter Prestige Mode’ in the top right corner of the screen

You’ll have now Prestiged, so keep doing this until you hit Prestige Master!

All Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblems

There were 10 Prestige levels in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer, with a unique emblem available for players who reached Prestige Master.

Here’s every Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblem in order.

black ops 4 multiplayer prestige emblems

All Black Ops 4 Zombies Prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 offers separate Prestige emblems for the Zombies grinders. Again, there are 10 Prestige levels to climb through, and a special Prestige Master emblem for those who went above and beyond.

Here are Black Ops 4’s Zombies Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 zombies prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 Blackout Prestige emblems

As part of Operation Grand Heist, Call of Duty 4’s battle royale, Blackout, got its own Prestige system. This acts the same as multiplayer and Zombies, with those hitting level 80 being able to Prestige.

Here are all of Black Ops 4’s Blackout Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 blackout prestige emblems

And those are all of the Prestige emblems in Black Ops 4! For more on this Call of Duty title, check out how many people play it in 2021.

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How many people play Black Ops 4? 2021 player count

Ever wondered how many people are currently playing Black Ops 4? We look at the 2018 Call of Duty title’s 2021 player count.

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Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

If you’re looking at picking up Black Ops 4, it’s worth knowing how many people are playing the game. We’re taking a look at how many are still playing 2018’s Call of Duty title in 2021.

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to release before Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War shook up the formula. It featured the first-ever CoD battle royale, Blackout, which paved the way for Warzone’s incredible success.

The game became free as part of PlayStation Plus in July, but with no joint progression system, there’s less of a reason to go back to it. However, many still prefer the game’s mechanics and maps, so it still has a player base.

Here’s how many people are still playing Black Ops 4 in 2021.

What is Black Ops 4’s player count in 2021?

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 operators

Unfortunately, there’s no precise way to tell how many people are playing Black Ops 4 in 2021. However, we’ve done some digging around various player count tracking websites to come up with a rough estimate.

According to PlayStation tracking website PS-Timetracker, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was played by 2,510 of their users in August 2021. Of course, the number is likely much higher because you must sign up to have your stats tracked, and it only takes PlayStation players into account.

Another website, PlayerCounter, says that, at the time of writing, there are roughly 12,000 people playing Call of Duty games released before Modern Warfare (2019). Unfortunately, Black Ops 4 has been included with the other previous CoD games, so there is no precise data.

From this info, we estimate that there is likely somewhere between 5,000-10,000 players playing Black Ops 4 in September 2021.

Black Ops 4 player count comparison

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Activision revealed in May that Call of Duty: Warzone has had over 100 million players log in to the battle royale title. According to PlayerCounter, there are 2 million players playing Modern Warfare right now, but this likely takes Warzone into account too.

According to Steam Charts, Black Ops III has 1,300 active users and the rest of the Call of Duty titles on Steam, such as WWII and Advanced Warfare, have player counts only in the hundreds. However, incorporating consoles likely makes the player counts higher.


You can also check out Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Battlefield 4’s player counts for 2021 too!

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