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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 January 17 Game Settings Update: PC Patch, Blackout Trial, And More

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Treyarch has released the latest game settings update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, alongside releasing Patch Update 1.11 for PC Players.

UPDATE – 12:30PM PT: Treyarch has released additional updates to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4 and Xbox One, with PC to follow.

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Resolved an issue in the looting interface with Stash items being reordered when the player looted items from a Stash.
    • Resolved an issue with hit detection on ARAV passengers hanging out of the window.

Multiplayer

  • Game Modes
    • Heist
      • Resolved an issue that resulted in items being purchased multiple times automatically.
  • Specialists
    • Seraph
      • Tac-Deploy now properly expires after intended duration in the field.
    • Zero
      • Replaced missing voiceover lines for Zero.
  • Perks
    • Tactical Mask
      • Using an EMP Disruptor on an enemy with Tactical Mask equipped will now display the Tactical Mask icon on-screen.

Zombies

  • Blood of the Dead
    • Closed an exploit where the player could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to reach an exploitable area on the Docks Bridge.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected before a Wonder Weapon charged shot was cleared.

From Treyarch:

Our Blackout Free Trial is now live for everyone on PS4, Xbox One, and PC! We’ve also launched our newest limited-time mode in Blackout on PS4 with Down But Not Out, and our PC 1.11 update arrives today with PC-specific improvements. Here’s the rundown:

Blackout Free Trial (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

For those who still haven’t experienced the thrill of the hunt in Blackout, our Free Trial is now live and runs through 10AM PT Jan. 24 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC! Grab your friends (and enemies) and jump in for free – it’s going to be a wild ride.

After downloading and installing the Blackout Free Trial from your platform’s store, you’ll be able to party up with players who have the Free Trial and with friends who already own Black Ops 4, so everyone in the Call of Duty community can play together. Free Trial players will also earn Echelon progression and unlock Black Market Tiers and loot during the trial period, with no limits on playtime or player progression.

Xbox One players will need an Xbox Live account to play in the Free Trial, and PC players will require a Battle.net account. PS Plus is not required for PlayStation 4 players to play in the trial. Here’s how to download the Blackout Free Trial:

  • All Platforms: Register for a free My Call of Duty account if you haven’t already.
  • PS4 and Xbox One: In the console store, search for and download the Blackout Free Trial. When the download completes, start up the game and jump in.
  • PC: Go to Battle.net and log in with your account, or register if you haven’t already. Find “Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4”, and click the “Try For Free” button. Once the download is complete, click “Play” to launch the game.

1.11 Update (PC)

Our PC 1.11 update is live today with several PC-specific improvements listed below, in addition to the details laid out in our console 1.11 patch notes. Our PC team is also investigating community feedback regarding shotguns in Blackout and sniper rifle performance in Multiplayer. As always, thanks for your feedback while we examine the data – the team is dedicated to maintaining weapon balance on PC for fair and consistent gunplay, especially as new weapons are added to the game.

Down But Not Out – Blackout (PS4)

To celebrate the launch of the Blackout Free Trial, we’ve introduced Down But Not Out this week in Blackout on PS4! In our newest limited-time mode, fallen teammates redeploy with each new Collapse as long as one player in the squad remains alive. This new gameplay mechanic completely changes the tactical approach of the game – if you’re the last surviving member of your squad, you’ll need to make damn sure you can stay in the fight until your teammates redeploy, and plot a new course of action with your reunited squad to take on the other survivors. Remember, other squads will be parachuting in with you through the match, as well.

Players redeploy with a pistol, a handful of 9mm rounds, and five bandages, so you won’t be left empty-handed when you drop back in for revenge against the squad that took you out. Players can no longer redeploy once the countdown to the final Collapse begins, so strategize accordingly if you want to be the last squad standing. By the way, Collapses also happen more frequently this time around.

If this all sounds like a recipe for an insane final circle, you’d be correct – be prepared for some of the craziest game-ending fights you’ve seen in Blackout to date. Jump into the new mode on PS4 and let us know what you think in the comments! We’re planning to run Down But Not Out for two weeks on each platform, so everyone will have plenty of time to drop in and try it out.

NEW IN GAME SINCE TUESDAY:

  • Blackout Free Trial now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • PC 1.11 update now live.
  • Down But Not Out limited-time mode live in Blackout (PS4).
  • Improvements to Zombies Gauntlets (PS4).
  • “Clear all New item markers” button now clears “New” notifications in Personalization menu (PS4 and Xbox One).
  • Fix for Gunship camera resetting when switching ammo types.
  • Misc. stability and bug fixes in Multiplayer and Blackout.

ALL PLATFORMS:

Blackout

  • Blackout Free Trial
    • Play Blackout for free through 10AM PT Jan. 24 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
    • Free Trial players earn Echelon progression and unlock Tiers and loot through the Black Market, with no limit on playtime or player progression.
    • Download and install the Blackout Free Trial from the store on PS4/Xbox One, and from Battle.net on PC.
  • Stability
    • Fixed crashes that could occur in certain cases when joining a lobby and during infiltration at the start of a match.

Multiplayer

  • Scorestreaks
    • Gunship
      • Resolved an issue with the Gunship camera resetting when switching ammo types.
  • Black Market
    • Fixed a UI error tied to purchasing items in Blackjack’s Shop.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when a Zero player hacked Torque’s Barricade.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Prophet’s Tempest.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where a red triangle would appear on the Armory button after leaving a CWL Custom Game.

General

  • UI
    • “Clear all New item markers” button now clears “New” notifications in Personalization menu. (Live on PS4 and Xbox One; incoming on PC.)

PS4:

Blackout

  • Limited-Time Mode
    • Down But Not Out
    • Playlist now live in Blackout on PS4 through Jan. 30.
    • Fallen teammates redeploy with each new Collapse as long as one player in the squad is still alive.
    • Players redeploy with a pistol, 30x 9mm rounds, and 5x First Aid bandages.
    • Players can no longer redeploy once the final Collapse begins.
    • Collapses occur more frequently than in standard Blackout game modes.
    • Play in squads up to 4 players with a maximum total of 100 players per match.

Zombies

  • Gauntlets
    • Resolved an issue with players not being able to purchase wall-buys in certain situations.
    • Resolved an issue where the player would not have their Mule Kick weapon returned to them after round 14, if Mule Kick was acquired via the Perk Up elixir.
    • Updated the weapon descriptions in the rules for three rounds.
    • Replaced a thumbnail in local play to properly display “Unsinkable” for the new Gauntlet.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when players were downed during Gauntlets.

In addition to the details listed under “PS4 and Xbox One” across all three modes in our 1.11 patch notes, the following PC-specific updates are included in today’s PC 1.11 update:

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Added a new Gameplay option to allow using “Repair Armor” as a toggle instead of a hold.
    • Added Gamepad option that allows tweaking Reload behavior in Blackout.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where the weapon slot could change between Primary and Secondary when picking up attachments.

Multiplayer

  • Miscellaneous
    • Improved prompt visibility on Zero’s Ice Pick.
    • Resolved an issue where the player could not use “Change Class” shortcuts while the Change Class panel was opened.

General

  • Gameplay
    • Added “Change Class” keybind shortcuts for slots 7 to 12.
    • Added “Steady Aim (Toggle)” keybind.
    • “Center View” keybind will no longer instantly snap the camera to center position.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where the player could not swim up with the “Jump Button Also Mantles” option set to “Off”.

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.

Evolution of Zombies video

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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.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

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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