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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 June 21 Update – 2XP, New Content Coming, And More

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The latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been released across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Today’s update is highlighted by a First Day of Summer Double XP celebration, which is live now on all platforms through June 25.

Treyarch has also shared a preview of what’s coming to Black Ops 4 on Tuesday, June 25, including a weather-altered map, Contracts, and more.

Here’s the full details on today’s update, from Treyarch:

Fun in the Sun Weekend is Here

It’s officially the first day of summer… who’s ready for some 2XP and free map access all weekend long? Better yet, why not all the way through Tuesday? Our Fun in the Sun Weekend kicks off today in Black Ops 4, featuring:

  • 2XP in Multiplayer
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP in League Play
  • 2X Merits in Blackout
  • Free Black Ops Pass MP Map access for all players in all Featured, Core, and Hardcore playlists
  • Map Pack Moshpit playlist featuring Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD
  • 50% Off Tiers

This event runs through 10AM Tuesday, when we’ll be dropping more new content in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies. Speaking of which…New Content Arrives Tuesday with Contracts, Hacienda Twilight, Blackout Updates + More

Our next major update is coming on June 25th, including:

  • The launch of Contracts on all platforms, kicking off with a rotating selection of up to 28 Contracts to complete each day across all four modes (up to 196 Contracts per week!)
  • Our newest alternative lighting map in Multiplayer, Hacienda Twilight
  • More maps added to rotation for Prop Hunt and Capture the Flag
  • New MedalsEquipment, and Humiliations in Blackout
  • The introduction of Hard Mode Gauntlets in Zombies
  • Weapon tuning for the Daemon 3XB, Switchblade X9, and MOG 12 + more

In case you missed it, head over to our Contracts Blog for all the info on how Contracts work in Black Ops 4, as well as intel on the new Ultra Weapon Bribe that we’ll be introducing the following week as part of a new special event.

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We also have some highly-requested bug fixes lined up for Tuesday that couldn’t be hotfixed before this next major game update. An issue with leveling up MKII Weapons is planned to be fixed in this update, as well as a remaining exploit on Grind. Thanks as always for the reports, and we appreciate your patience while we’ve nailed down these issues.Grav Assault Rifle Unlocked on PS4

With 15 million matches completed during our Community Challenge on PS4, the Grav assault rifle has now been unlocked for PS4 players in Multiplayer! Xbox One and PC players are already well past the 50% mark with their combined efforts, and will unlock the Grav in MP once the Community Challenge has been achieved across all platforms. Almost there!

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On the competitive side, we’ve made a conscious decision to include the Grav in League Play. The Grav was designed with competitive play in mind, built with a set of attachments that are all unrestricted in the CWL ruleset. The release of the Grav gave us an opportunity to keep the competitive meta fresh with a new weapon available to everyone, and offers an alternative to the KN-57 or ICR-7 for mid-to-long range position play. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the performance and community/pro feedback for this weapon as we evaluate its place in the future of League Play.Featured Playlist Updates

We’ve added Map Pack Moshpit to the MP Featured Playlists with free access to Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD for all platforms, and for Zombies players on PC, we’ve replaced the Chaos and Aether Moshpits with individual playlists for each Zombies map. Enjoy the 2XP in all modes through Tuesday, and we’ll see you online.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

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GLOBAL

  • Fun in the Sun Weekend Event (10AM June 21-25)
    • 2XP in Multiplayer
    • 2XP in Zombies
    • 2XP in League Play
    • 2X Merits in Blackout
    • Free Black Ops Pass MP Map access for all players in all Featured, Core, and Hardcore playlists
    • Map Pack Moshpit playlist featuring Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD
    • 50% Off Tiers

MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapons
    • S6 Stingray
      • Spectrum Camo progress can now be properly earned in Hardcore modes.
  • Featured Playlists (June 21-25)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Map Pack Moshpit
      • Capture the Flag
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
    • PC
      • Map Pack Moshpit
      • Capture the Flag
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4/Xbox One (June 18-25)
      • Ground War
      • Alcatraz Quads
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads
    • PC (June 21-25)
      • Ground War
      • Alcatraz Quads
      • Solo
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ZOMBIES

  • Playlists
    • Chaos and Aether Moshpits have been replaced with individual playlists for each map.

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.

Read more: Verdansk map to remain in Warzone after Black Ops Cold War launch

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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