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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Nov 15 Update Notes

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Treyarch has provided the latest update details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. A new patch update rolled out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

From Treyarch: 

Our latest title update to Black Ops 4 has arrived on PC, with a long list of changes exclusive to PC joining changes included in this week’s global update. Unique gameplay balance updates are made on PC separately from their console counterparts, and the team takes the time needed to ensure each meta is adjusted accordingly. Check out the PC section below for what’s included just for PC players, as these notes cover multiple updates over the past 24 hours, including what’s coming in today’s newest update.

We’ve also made a handful of gameplay and quality-of-life improvements across all modes on all platforms, including improved melee attack hit registration and exploit fixes in Multiplayer, as well as several more crash fixes and gameplay issue resolutions in Zombies. These include improved stability across all Zombies maps and numerous updates to IX and Blood of the Dead.

This week in Zombies, we’ve introduced a modifier to the Perk system (lovingly known as “Speed Cola” in previous games) that increases weapon reload speed. In Black Ops 4, this modifier adds a +33% reload speed improvement. When combined with Fast Mags/Hybrid Mags, it will have a combined effect of a 50% increase, which is the same as the highest increase in previous games. This preserves the role of these weapon attachments in creating the quickest-handling guns in each weapon class. Additionally, we wanted to ensure the reload modifiers from certain Pack-a-Punch versions of weapons are still meaningful, which stack with the “Speed Cola” new tuning values. As always, we will continue to monitor game balance and continue to make adjustments as necessary.

Global Updates:

Multiplayer

  • Gameplay
    • Improved melee attack hit registration. More improvements to come in an upcoming patch.
    • Added enemy attachment information to Killcam.
    • Resolved an issue where players leaving a match shortly after joining could cause a white square to appear in the Scoreboard.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Closed an exploit that allowed players to apply Dark Matter, Gold, or Diamond Camos on any weapon regardless of camo progress.
    • Resolved an issue where players with Signature Weapons could encounter UI Error 55068 when selecting a weapon under another Custom Class tab.
  • CWL Custom Games
    • General
      • Specialist Equipment restrictions are now implemented as intended.
      • Players now continue to earn score toward Scorestreaks after the first round of CWL Search & Destroy and CWL Control.
    • Torque
      • Torque is no longer selectable in CWL Search & Destroy to align with current official CWL ruleset. These changes will continue to be tested and reviewed for viability in competitive play.
      • Torque’s Razor Wire no longer does damage to align with current official CWL ruleset.
      • Resolved an issue where players could become stuck and unable to move when walking into an enemy Torque’s Razor Wire.
  • Maps
    • Nuketown
      • Closed an exploit where players could grapple on top of the red shed.
    • Firing Range
      • Closed a cover exploit on top of some sandbags.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when shooting down the Care Package, Mantis, or Strike Team Helicopters.
  • Modes
    • Gun Game
      • Resolved an issue in Gun Game where winning a match, then leaving the lobby before the next game starts, could cause that player’s name to appear on the next game’s Scoreboard with stats from the previous game.
  • Challenges
    • EKIA tracking has been added for Domination and Control to the “Proactive Measures” Challenge requirements in the Game Heroics category.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Global
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected while the Chakram was thrown.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when the Blightfather performed its tracking missile attack.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while using Anywhere But Here.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while using the Chakram throw.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur upon Homunculus death.
    • IX
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when fighting the Destroyer during the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur upon completing the Arena Rock side quest.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when enemies spawned during the Ra obelisk step in the Main Quest.
  • General
    • Resolved an issue in Blood of the Dead where ambient music would abruptly stop and restart when progressing through rounds.
    • Closed an exploit where players could use certain Elixirs without consuming them.

Blackout

  • Characters
    • Updated descriptions for Ranger, Airborne, Frogman, Seal, and Battle Hardened characters to clarify that they are unlocked by progressing to a specific Echelon.
  • General
    • Miscellaneous
      • Resolved an issue where attempting to load a custom Paintjob could cause a UI Error message to appear.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching between modes.
      • Fist Bump returned to the Gestures menu.
      • Resolved an issue where the Daily Tier Skip icon could appear misaligned in the main menu.
    • Black Market
      • Resolved an issue where current Tier progress could be reset by acquiring a Special Order.
      • Resolved an issue where the Black Market menu could disappear when switching between the Multiplayer and Zombies menus.

Exclusive Changes to PC, in addition to balance changes and fixes from this week’s global update and the changes listed above:

General

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash occurring on CPUs that don’t support SSE4.1 instructions extension. This issue was affecting AMD Phenom CPUs.
    • Fixed a rare crash during the first seconds after launching the game.
  • Gameplay
    • Added three new keybinds for Stance Up, Stance Up/Jump, and Stance Down.
    • Added a gameplay option for ADS sensitivity trigger timing.
    • Added a gameplay option to remove hitmarker visual and/or sound.
    • Added an option to toggle Asus Aura RGB effects On or Off.
    • Adjusted iron sights and scope movement while turning to make them appear close to the center of the screen.
    • Fixed an issue where the Push to Talk keybind would not work with an overlay opened.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where the player could not name Paintjobs.
    • Fixed an issue where the player could not change reticle color with the mouse.
    • Added visual improvements on tooltips throughout various menus.
    • New messages will now always be displayed in the chat box, including callouts.
    • Aligned buttons in the Custom Games lobby.

Multiplayer

  • General
    • Resolved an issue with re-rolling enemy Care Packages with the Engineer Perk.
    • Resolved an issue where a Specialist would appear in the preview slot when no Specialist was selected during the Specialist draft.
    • Resolved a visual issue in Heist where the close button would remain on screen when closing the Buy menu with the ESC key.
    • Resolved an issue where the textures would appear pitch black for several seconds at the beginning of a match.

Weapons

  • SMGs
    • Saug 9mm
      • Hip fire spread increased.
    • Spitfire
      • Hip fire spread increased.
      • Slightly reduced the hip-fire bonus granted by the Laser Sight attachment.
    • Cordite
      • Hip-fire spread increased.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Slightly increased rate of fire.
    • ABR 223
      • Reduced delay between each burst.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Paladin HB50
      • High Caliber I – Added shoulders to the one-shot kill zone.
      • High Caliber II – Now grants a one-shot kill to the stomach and above. Hands and lower arms have been removed from the one-shot one kill zone.
      • Fixed an issue where the game was not using the PC description for the Paladin and its attachments.

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Added a keybind to tag an item.
    • Added Perk activation feedback in the player HUD.
    • Pressing the Interact key will now close the Stash while looting a Stash.
    • Resolved an issue where players could use a Trauma Kit before the game began to start with 200 Health.
    • Resolved an issue where the “Toggle” healing would heal faster than the “Hold” option.
    • Resolved an issue where the Free Look mode would make it impossible to move the RC-XD.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash occurring when aiming down sights using a Hades equipped with a 2x scope.

Here’s what Treyarch is working on for PC players:

  • Left arrow to navigate through Custom Classes in the Create-a-Class menu is missing.
    • Players can still change tabs by using the “Navigate to Previous Tab” and “Navigate to Next Tab” keybinds.
  • Hitmarker options are not always set to their default value when launching the game.
    • New options were introduced to allow the player to remove the visuals and/or audio for hitmarkers. If you wish the enable them, you will find the following options in the Interface tab in the Options menu:
      • Hitmarker Visuals
      • Hitmarker Sound Effect
      • Damage-Based Hitmarkers

SOURCE: Reddit

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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