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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 March 29 Update – 2XP, And More

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The latest Game Settings Update is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 across platforms, bringing 2XP for the weekend and some bug fixes.

Here’s the details on the update:

Between Barebones in MP, “Ancient Evil” in Zombies, Hardcore in Blackout, and this week’s new ranks in League Play, there’s a whole lot to celebrate in Black Ops 4 this week, and we’re kicking off the weekend the best way we know how.

2XP + 2X Merits Weekend

Now live through 10AM Monday, April 1, players on all platforms get the following:

  • 2XP in Multiplayer
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP in League Play
  • 2X Merits in Blackout

Go forth and rank up!

Weapon Tuning: Rampart and Saug 9mm

The Rampart has been slightly overperforming in its weapon class lately, so we’ve got some tuning changes in this update. Damage per shot has been reduced a bit from 46 to 40, High Caliber shots do 70 damage per hit to parts of the body affected by High Caliber, and ADS-in speed has been slightly reduced to better balance the Rampart against the rest of the assault rifles in the current meta.

We’ve also slightly increased the 6-shot range on the Saug 9mm SMG, and for those OCD players running the Daemon 3XB with iron sights, we’ve realigned a couple of pixels to make it 100% dead-center. Yeah, it was bothering us too.

Read below for the rest of today’s updates, including a fix for Reactive Camos in Custom Games, restored Dart functionality, several stability and gameplay improvements in “Ancient Evil” for Zombies players, and more.

  • 2XP + 2X Merits Weekend now live on all platforms.
  • Weapon tuning for Rampart and Saug 9mm.
  • Fix for Dart functionality in Multiplayer.
  • Unwrapped Reactive Camos now longer show as wrapped in Custom Games.
  • Various gameplay improvements and stability fixes in Zombies.

General

  • 2XP Weekend
    • Now live through 10AM PT Monday, April 1:
      • 2XP in Multiplayer
      • 2XP in Zombies
      • 2XP in League Play
      • 2X Merits in Blackout

Multiplayer

  • Weapons
    • Rampart
      • Adjusted damage per shot from 46 to 40.
      • High Caliber I-II shots deal 70 damage when hitting parts of the body affected by High Caliber.
      • Slightly reduced ADS-in speed.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Slightly increased 6-shot range.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Iron sights are now properly centered.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Dart
      • Addressed an issue where the Dart could self-destruct when maneuvering quickly around the map.
  • Reactive Camos
    • Addressed an issue that would show an unwrapped Reactive Camos as wrapped in Custom Games.
  • Barebones
    • After Action Report now properly appears after Hardcore Barebones matches.
  • Friendly Fire
    • 20-second respawn penalty now occurs after a 5th teamkill in Hardcore and League Play matches.
  • Stability
    • Fixed various potential crashes.

Blackout

  • Quick Equip Menu
    • Quick Equip Menu scroll behavior now works as intended when using alternate button layout settings.
  • UI
    • Added game type information to the map loading screen.
  • Low-Population Playlists
    • Featured Playlist set to Hardcore.
    • Rotating playlist set to Solos.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when the host quits a Custom Match after deployment after having been in a previous Custom Match that was played to completion.

Zombies

  • Perks
    • Added individual sound FX when equipping Perks.
    • Addressed an issue where Stone Cold Stronghold prevented the player from acquiring an armor buff from Special Weapons.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Fixed a potential crash that could occur when using the Zombshell Perk.
  • Ancient Evil
    • Wonder Weapons
      • Hand of Gaia’s charged shot now always kills zombies in one shot.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Addressed an issue where zombies would cease to spawn if a player started the “Light” step during the Main Quest.
      • Addressed an issue where players were able to Fast Travel during defense in Rush Mode.
      • Addressed an issue where the Objective Marker would remain visible during the defend moment.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when both the player and a bot were downed during the Sentinel Artifact event.
      • Addressed an issue where being revived during the Boss Fight with “Join the Party” caused players to lose functionality.
    • Stability
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when interacting with the statues during the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur while playing as Shaw during “Blood” step of the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected while auto-reviving.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected during the Wonder Weapon upgrade quest.
      • Fixed a potential crash caused by Wonder Weapon FX impact.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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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Black Ops Zombies fans are begging Treyarch for a standalone game

Call of Duty fans are once again calling on Activision to create and develop a massive standalone Zombies game.

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Zombies is one of the most popular facets of any Call of Duty game, and fans are once again calling for a standalone game to create the biggest Zombies experience ever.

When Zombies was first added to Call of Duty: World at War back in 2008, few could have predicted the juggernaut it would become among fans of the legendary FPS series. Since then, Zombies has been a staple in Treyarch CoD games, while Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward have dabbled in it too.

Black Ops Cold War‘s take on the game is certainly one of the most ambitious, with the open-world Outbreak mode a fan favorite. While Cold War has plenty of undead action, fans are still calling for even more: a standalone Zombies game developed by Treyarch.

Black Ops Cold War character fighting zombies

There’s definitely interest from the community around this idea, with Reddit user ‘shweba16’ posting their idea about how it could work on the CODZombies subreddit, while asking others for their thoughts on whether it was a good idea.

“What would you guys think if Zombies became its own separate game like Warzone with Treyarch [as] developers?” they asked. “What if this game had all the maps, running on BO3 mechanics, while also having the upgradeable features from Cold War?”

“The game gets a constant stream of updates, season after season, with Wonder Weapons and maps being added. I’m only saying this since there’s a huge disparity between how much time I’ve put into Zombies compared to multiplayer this year.”

Zombies fans were definitely into the idea, with some saying they “only play CoD games for Zombies anyway,” while others discussed the possibility that they could turn it into a true campaign too, like other popular horror games such as Resident Evil or Days Gone.

Unfortunately for those who love this idea, it definitely won’t be happening any time soon. Sledgehammer Games have already confirmed that Treyarch have built and developed Vanguard’s Zombies mode, which will continue Cold War’s Dark Aether storyline.

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