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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 July 2 Update – Fourth of July Contraband Stream And More

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The latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now officially live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

As part of this update, Treyarch has added in a Special Fourth of July Contraband Stream into the Black Market across platforms, giving players new tiers to go through to unlock July 4th-themed gear. The new Tiers also includes the first Ultra Weapon Bribe, which gives players one dupe-protected Black Market weapon to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

The new tier system has 15 tiers total. Every other tier is a Reserve Case, and then the highest tier is an Ultra Weapon Bribe.

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Beyond this week’s update, the next big content drop for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be on July 9 with the fifth Operation for the game releases on PlayStation 4 and brings a new Zombies DLC map. Stay tuned for more info on Operation 5.

FROM TREYARCH:

Operation Apocalypse Z Starts July 9th on PS4

The zombie apocalypse arrives one week from today on PS4 as the undead take over Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout in Operation Apocalypse Z! We’ll have more intel and surprises to share as we count down to launch, along with more of what’s in store for the next chapter of the Zombies Aether story in “Alpha Omega”.

Speaking of which… prepare to get your hands on some newly-upgraded hardware courtesy of Broken Arrow.

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“Fourth of July” Special Event Now Live

Starting today on all platforms, our “Fourth of July” special event is now live in the Contraband stream, culminating in a new earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at the 15th Tier. Ultra Weapon Bribes reward players with a new ranged Black Market weapon and two Reserve Cases when opened. If you already own a variant of all Black Market weapons, you’ll be rewarded with an additional weapon variant from your Ultra Weapon Bribe. Get out there, enjoy the new rewards, and have a safe and happy Fourth!Duplicate-Protected Crates Now Available for Trade-In

New Duplicate-Protected Crates are now available on all platforms for trade-in at the Reserves tab in the Black Market. Players can trade in six Reserve Cases for a new Duplicate-Protected Crate containing three distinct Reserve items, so be sure to complete as many Contracts as possible across all modes each day to maximize your rewards.Bolt-Action Barebones and Hardcore Blackout Return

As we ramp up to next week’s new Operation, we’re bringing back two fan-favorite playlists this week with Bolt-Action Barebones in Multiplayer and Hardcore Duos in Blackout, both available on all platforms. Multiplayer fans on PC can also jump into Endurance Free-for-All for the first time this week!

On Xbox One and PC, today’s update delivers the new Hard Mode “Unsinkable” Gauntlet in Zombies, Blackjack’s Stash in Blackout’s limited-time modes, and the new “Numbers” Death Effect to all modes for players who’ve completed at least one Outfit Mission in Blackout. Check out the patch notes below for all the details.

We’re also tracking a known issue with the Koshka MKII incorrectly displaying the base version of the weapon in-game, with a fix planned for our next major update. Here’s what new today:

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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • Special Event
      • “Fourth of July” event now live in the Contraband stream on all platforms.
      • New Ultra Weapon Bribe earnable at the 15th Tier, which will reward players with a new ranged Black Market weapon and two Reserve Cases. If the player already owns a variant of all Black Market weapons, they will be awarded an additional weapon variant.
    • Duplicate-Protected Crates
      • Duplicate-Protected Crates now available for trade-in at the Reserves tab in the Black market.
      • Players can now trade in six Reserve Cases for a new Crate containing three duplicate-protected Reserve items.

BLACKOUT

  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Hardcore
      • Hardcore Duos playlist now live on all platforms.
      • Disabled EMP Disruptor in Hardcore playlists.
    • Hot Pursuit
      • Added a fifth Collapse to Hot Pursuit.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the last squad member to die from seeing their Merit report.
  • Featured Playlists (July 2-9)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Hardcore Duos
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads
    • PC
      • Quickplay
      • Alcatraz Duos
      • Hardcore Duos
      • Quads

MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists (July 2-9)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Endurance Chaos Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Barebones Objective Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
    • PC
      • Quickplay
      • Endurance Chaos Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Endurance Free-for-All
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GLOBAL

  • Death Effects
    • “Numbers” Death Effect now rewarded in all modes for completing at least one Outfit Mission in Blackout.

BLACKOUT

  • Blackjack’s Stash
    • Blackjack’s Stash now available to find and open only in limited-time modes.
    • Players can unlock only one of Blackjack’s Stashes per match, which contain Black Market weapons currently in the player’s collection.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets (Hard Mode)
    • Hard Mode “Unsinkable” Gauntlet now available with doubled Nebulium Plasma rewards and Hard Mode-exclusive Medals and Calling Cards to earn.

SOURCE: Treyarch

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops 4 assets appear in Black Ops Cold War

Weapon icons and symbols from Black Ops 4 have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

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Weapon icons and symbols from Black Ops 4 have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War has had a rough launch, as is somewhat expected with a major new release, with widespread crashes and game-breaking bugs being reported.

While a game is in the development process, developers often use assets from previous games as placeholder images. Until the game has been fully developed, they’ll add images from previous games to take up space until the new image can be inserted.

Some of these placeholder images have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

Reused assets

The Dual Wield attachment icon in Cold War appears as the Saug’s dual wield icon from Black Ops 4.

While hovering over weapons, the game can show weapons from Black Ops 4 instead. When u/Metoaga hovered over an M82 Sniper Rifle in the campaign, the image for it displayed BO4’s SDM Sniper Rifle. Also, while in Zombies, u/IronClooch69‘s RPD was displayed as the Hades Light Machine Gun from Black Ops 4.

Reddit user u/Lorenso0 reported getting Black Ops 4’s Prestige Master screen after completing a match of Free for All in Cold War. Other players confirmed they were also receiving the Prestige Master screen at around level 94.

Black Ops Cold War has seen multiple game-breaking bugs and crashes, such as the PlayStation 4 controller disconnecting. With those bugs, it’s likely that fixing reused assets appearing in Cold War will be far down on Treyarch’s agenda.

We will probably have to wait for the launch of Season 1 on December 10, where a large patch will be available to download.

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How Nuketown has changed over the years

We take a look at Nuketown throughout the years.

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Call of Duty revealed that classic map Nuketown will be coming to Black Ops Cold War on November 24.

Nuketown has been in every iteration of the Black Ops franchise and Cold War will be no different. It will feature a brand new version of Nuketown called Nuketown ’84. We’re taking a look at how the classic map has evolved throughout the years.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

Nuketown

Where it started. This small map started as a project by level designer Adam Hoggatt. It wasn’t intended to be in the full game but after playtests, it quickly became a favorite among the developers.

Inspired by the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the map is designed to be a nuclear testing facility modeled after 1950s suburban America.

Nuketown is a small map, capitalizing on the popularity of Shipment in CoD 4: Modern Warfare (2007) and Rust in Modern Warfare 2 (2009). With its yellow school bus in the center and picket-fenced gardens, it instantly became one of CoD’s most memorable maps.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)

Nuketown 2025

Nuketown returned in the next installment of the Black Ops franchise. With the exact same layout, this updated version brought Nuketown to the 21st century.

Nuketown 2025 came as a pre-order bonus with Black Ops 2 but could also be purchased as DLC. This version of Nuketown swapped the classic 1950s look for a blend of retro 60s with Black Ops 2’s futuristic aesthetic.

This updated version fixed the spawn issues from the original Nuketown, leading to many believing this to be the best iteration.

Nuketown Zombies

Nuketown was also included in Black Ops 2’s Zombies mode. It was basically the original Nuketown map designed for Zombies.

This version of Nuketown is the aftermath of the nuclear bomb that goes off at the end of every Nuketown round.

In this version, the map has been damaged by the Nuclear Bomb and smoke and ash blotting out the sun. Zombies spawn in all the usual ways but the Pack-A-Punch and Perk-A-Cola machines spawn after killing certain numbers of zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (2012)

Nukehouse

This is a version of Nuketown most will be unfamiliar with. Activision released a stripped-back version of Black Ops for the PS Vita called Black Ops Declassified. The single-player took place between the original Black Ops and Black Ops 2 and also included multiplayer.

A smaller version of Nuketown which only featured the yellow house and the truck on the street was included. This map was extremely small with players often spawning right next to each other.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

Nuk3town

Black Ops 3 recreated Nuketown in a science-fiction style. With bright colors, futuristic cars, and digital confetti rising from the buses, this was a very different looking Nuketown. The layout of the map stayed much the same, however.

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This map wasn’t available for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as this game released during the transition between console generation.

Apart from the aesthetic changes, this version also had high walls to take advantage of ‘wall-running’ which was part of Call of Duty’s movement system at the time.

There were also Easter Eggs included in Nuk3town such as shooting mannequins in a certain sequence which would start a zombie-esque outbreak.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

Nuketown 2018

Nuketown 2018 received a mixed reception. This version took on a Soviet aesthetic, being set in the winter with a muted color palette. Although less of a change compared to Nuk3town, players were underwhelmed by the map’s design.

The specialist abilities such as the Grapple Gun drastically altered the flow of the map. Players felt that Nuketown 2018 played too differently to the original.

An addition some liked was the RC-XD tunnel system, in which the remote car could be driven beneath the map past missile silos, and come out the other side.

Nuketown Island (Blackout)

Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout featured many classic Black Ops maps. Nuketown was included in a location of the map called Nuketown Island.

Nuketown Island includes the whole town that Nuketown is part of, taking heavy inspiration from the classic Nuketown map as well as Nuketown Zombies. The area is heavily damaged similar to how it is in Nuketown Zombies and contains the original cul-de-sac from Nuketown.

Brand new to Nuketown, the area has a nuclear bunker and tunnel system underneath that players can access.

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Call of Duty Mobile contains classic maps from both the Black Ops and Modern Warfare franchises and Nuketown is no exception.

This brought it back to the very original Nuketown map we had in Call of Duty Black Ops. Although played on mobile devices, the map plays much the same as it did in the very first Black Ops.

With Nuketown returning in Black Ops Cold War, expect it to have a 1980s theme.

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COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile

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As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.

The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:

There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:

These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.

In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.

It’s getting cold out there…

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