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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 September 30 Update

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Here’s the details from Treyarch:

Operation Dark Divide Now Live on All Platforms

With today’s launch on Xbox One and PC, Operation Dark Divide is now live across all platforms, bringing a ton of new content to Black Ops 4 in our sixth post-launch season:

  • MULTIPLAYER
    • Two Black Ops Pass maps: Lair and Launch
    • New weapon support: Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP
    • New MKII Weapon support: Paladin HB50, VKM 750, and Mozu
    • New Mastercraft support: “Game Over” KAP 45, “Predator” S6 Stingray, “Desecrator” Rampage, and more
  • BLACKOUT
    • New limited-time mode: Heavy Metal Heroes
    • New Tank vehicle, Flare Gun, Hellion Salvo Operator, vehicle variants, thrust jumps, unlimited Grapple Gun + more in Heavy Metal Heroes
    • New Wonder Weapon support: Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury
  • ZOMBIES
    • “Tag der Toten”, the final Black Ops 4 Zombies map for Black Ops Pass holders
    • New Perk: Blaze Phase
    • New Epic Elixirs: Power Vacuum and Secret Shopper
    • New weapon support for the Mystery Box and Zombies Armory
  • BLACK MARKET
    • New 50-Tier Contraband stream including a new Ultra Weapon Bribe
    • New personalization items including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more

Get all the details on everything new in this Operation at our latest Treyarch studio blog.“Tag der Toten” Arrives on Xbox One and PC

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Our final Black Ops 4 Zombies map is now available on all platforms with today’s launch of Operation Dark Divide on Xbox One and PC, loaded with new secrets, Wonder Weapons, story elements, and of course, Easter eggs. A huge thanks from the team to everyone in the community for your support thus far, and for those who haven’t experienced the map yet… enjoy, and happy hunting!

In addition to the entire Zombies team that brings every map to life from design to narrative and everything in-between, we’d like to thank our incredible audio department for going above and beyond with the original songs and sound design in “Tag der Toten”. In case you haven’t heard them yet, take a moment to enjoy the map’s newest tracks from Treyarch’s Brian Tuey and Kevin Sherwood, mastered by Scott Eckert:

Zombies Stability Improvements

We’ve added a handful of additional stability improvements for “Tag der Toten” in this update, including a fix for a crash that could occur when players became no longer frozen from standing or swimming in freezing water for too long, and another that could happen from stunning groups of zombies with a headshot with the Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze. Read on below for the full patch notes.Heavy Metal Heroes Continues

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Thanks to everyone for your love and support for our insane new Blackout LTM, Heavy Metal Heroes… or as we like to call it here at the studio, “Hot Pursuit on Steroids”. We’ve been watching tons of streams and clips since last week’s launch on PS4, and we’ve heard one particular piece of feedback more than a few times: too many rockets!

With today’s update, we’ve reduced the number of available launchers by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes, so get out there and let us know how the mode feels today. For our players on Xbox One and PC jumping in for the first time – enjoy, and remember to use the new thrust jumps and unlimited Grapple Gun to your advantage!

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

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  • Lair and Launch maps added to Multiplayer rotation for Black Ops Pass (Xbox One/PC).
  • Create-a-Class support added for Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP in Multiplayer (Xbox One/PC).
  • “Tag der Toten” now available in Zombies for Black Ops Pass holders (Xbox One/PC).
  • Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP now available in the Mystery Box and Armory in Zombies (Xbox One/PC).
  • New Heavy Metal Heroes LTM in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury Wonder Weapons added to Mystery Boxes in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • New Contraband stream added to the Black Market (Xbox One/PC).
  • New personalization items added to the Black Market, including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more (Xbox One/PC).
  • Map Pack Moshpit featuring Lair and Launch added to Featured Playlists in Multiplayer on all platforms.
  • Chaos Domination added to Featured Playlists in Multiplayer on PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Reduced Hellion Salvo launcher spawns by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes in Blackout.
  • Misc. Zombies stability improvements for “Tag der Toten”.
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MULTIPLAYER

Featured Playlists (Sept. 30 – Oct. 8)

  • PS4/Xbox One
    • Map Pack Moshpit (Lair and Launch)
    • Chaos Domination
    • Barebones Moshpit
    • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit
    • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
  • PC
    • Map Pack Moshpit (Lair and Launch)
    • Party Game Moshpit
    • Endurance Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Gameplay
    • Reduced the number of Hellion Salvo launcher spawns by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes.
  • Vehicles
    • Helicopter
      • Addressed an issue where the Helicopter could malfunction inside the safe zone near Turbine on the main map.
  • Featured Playlists (Sept. 30 – Oct. 8)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Alcatraz Portals
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo
    • PC
      • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Alcatraz Portals
      • Duos

ZOMBIES

  • “Tag Der Toten”
    • Stability
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when players exited the frozen state from standing/swimming in freezing water for too long.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when stunning large groups of zombies from landing a headshot with the Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Level 3 Ragnarok DG-5 against enemies on top of an active flinger.
      • Fixed a crash that could occasionally occur when all players used ziplines simultaneously.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Addressed an issue that could prevent the Fuse step from progressing.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • Lair
      • Added to core and hardcore map rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Launch
      • Added to core and hardcore map rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • Playlists
    • Map Pack Moshpit
      • Added new Map Pack Moshpit playlist featuring Lair and Launch.
  • Weapons
    • Echohawk Dual Bore
      • Create-a-Class support added for the Echohawk Dual Bore assault rifle.
    • AN-94
      • Create-a-Class support added for the AN-94 assault rifle.
    • VMP
      • Create-a-Class support added for the VMP submachine gun.
    • MKII Weapons
      • Support added for new MKII variants of the Paladin HB50, VKM 750, Mozu with +25% XP bonus per kill in Multiplayer.

BLACKOUT

  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Quads LTM featuring new Tank vehicle, comic filter, thrust jumps, vehicle air drops, Flare Gun, new vehicle variants, ramps, infinite Grapple Gun, and new Hellion Salvo Operator.
      • Cel shading comic book visual effect turned on, exclusive to Heavy Metal Heroes.
      • Activate thrusters by tapping the jump button during a jump.
      • Acquire Tanks via air drop or by finding and firing a Flare Gun. Two Tanks become available with each Collapse.
      • Mode-specific vehicle variants (ARAV, Helicopter, Motorcycle) feature new boost ability and unique visual designs.
      • All players are automatically equipped with a Grapple Gun with unlimited uses.
      • New Hellion Salvo Operator launcher comes equipped with multiple attachments.
      • Last team standing wins.
  • Wonder Weapons
    • Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury now available in Mystery Boxes.

ZOMBIES

  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • “Tag Der Toten”
      • The final episode of the Black Ops 4 Zombies Aether story is now available on PS4 for Black Ops Pass holders.
      • New Wonder Weapons: Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze and Tundra Gun.
  • Perk
    • Blaze Phase
      • Charge up and unleash to blaze a path through zombies in a direct line.
      • Available to use in all Black Ops 4 Zombies maps.
  • Elixirs
    • Power Vacuum
      • New Epic Elixir available in the Zombies Laboratory.
      • Spawns power-ups at a much higher rate for five minutes.
    • Secret Shopper
      • New Epic Elixir available in the Zombies Laboratory.
      • Allows players to buy ammo for any weapon at any wall buy location, including ammo for Wonder Weapons.
  • Weapons
    • Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP now available in the Mystery Box.
    • Armory support added for Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Dead of the Night
      • Addressed an issue where the Molten Silver icon would not appear in the player’s inventory when obtained.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New 50-Tier Contraband stream added to the Black Market, including a new earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe and new customization gear.
    • New personalization items added, including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more.

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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