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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Update – February 26th – Swordfish Nerf, Engineer Fix, Blackout Quick Equip 2.0, and more

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Treyarch released a playlist update and a Reddit post on February 26th with some keys changes to the game as well as the release of Grand Heist on Xbox and PC platforms.

February 26th’s update includes all Grand Heist content for Xbox and PC along with bug fixes and minor balance tweaks. Today’s update is a playlist update and no out-of-game download is required.

The Swordfish has received a slight nerf to its ADS strafing speed, the Engineer perk now once again properly marks K9-Units and Strike Teams through walls, and Blackout’s Quick Equip system will now stack items vertically for less clutter.

The full patch notes for today’s update as well as Grand Heist content can be found below:

From Treyarch:

Feb. 26 Update: Operation Grand Heist arrives on all platforms!

Operation Grand Heist Now Live on All Platforms

With today’s updates on Xbox One and PC, Operation Grand Heist has now arrived on all platforms, delivering the initial wave of a full season of content across all modes! New content for Xbox One and PC includes:

  • New Specialist in MP and Blackout: Outrider
  • New Party Game MP mode: One in the Chamber
  • 2 new Multiplayer maps for Black Ops Pass holders: Lockup and Casino
  • New Blackout destination: Ghost Town
  • Blackout Prestige System with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons
  • Cosmic Silverback character in Blackout for Black Ops Pass holders
  • New “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet in Zombies
  • New Ethereal Razor Perk in Zombies
  • New Contraband stream with 3 new earnable weapons, new Blackout character, Mastercraft Weapon, Reactive Camos, Epic Outfits, new Jump Pack item type, and more
  • Revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack

League Play and the World League Hub will launch this Thursday on Xbox One and PC, with our new Hot Pursuit game mode rolling out on Friday in Blackout on those platforms. One in the Chamber, League Play, and Hot Pursuit continue this week on PS4, along with the additions of Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit and Mercenary Objective Moshpit to the MP Featured Playlist category on all platforms. We’ve also implemented some bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, including…

Blackout Quick Equip 2.0

Live today in Blackout, we’ve upgraded the Quick Equip interface to stack items of similar types vertically for easier access and less clutter. For example, healing items will appear in a single stack that allows players to quickly scroll through First Aid, Med Kits, and Trauma Kits in one column when the Quick Equip menu is open. Players can toggle this new setting in the Controls section of the Options menu. Give it a shot and let us know what you think after a few matches!

PC Curated Playlists

As we mentioned yesterday from /u/TreyarchPC, we’ve updated the PC playlists in Multiplayer and Zombies to provide faster matchmaking across all game mode types. Check out the PC patch notes below for all the details on our new-and-improved curated playlists.

Here’s what’s new today in Black Ops 4:

  • Multiplayer
    • New Specialist: Outrider (Xbox One/PC)
    • 3 new weapons earnable in the Black Market (Xbox One/PC)
    • 2 new Multiplayer maps for Black Ops Pass holders: Lockup and Casino (Xbox One/PC)
    • Featured Playlist: One in the Chamber (Xbox One/PC)
    • Map Pack Moshpit, Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category (Xbox One/PC)
  • Blackout
    • Quality of life improvements to Quick Equip menu
    • New destination: Ghost Town (Xbox One/PC)
    • Two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps, “Buried” and “Outlaw” (Xbox One/PC)
    • Prestige System with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons (Xbox One/PC)
    • New Specialist: Outrider (Xbox One/PC)
    • Cosmic Silverback character for Black Ops Pass holders (Xbox One/PC)
  • Zombies
    • New “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet on “Classified” (Xbox One/PC)
    • New Ethereal Razor Perk (Xbox One/PC)
  • Black Market
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream (Xbox One/PC)
    • Revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack (Xbox One/PC)
  • PC curated playlist updates

Multiplayer

  • Game Modes
    • One in the Chamber now live as the Featured Playlist.
      • Players are given three lives and a pistol with one bullet.
      • Land a shot or melee enemies to gain another bullet and 100 points.
      • Keep an eye on the UAV sweep and earn the most points to win.
    • Map Pack Moshpit, Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category.
  • Weapon Tuning
    • Swordfish
      • Reduced ADS move speed slightly.
  • Perks
    • Engineer
      • Players now properly see K9-Unit and Strike Team Scorestreaks through walls with the Engineer Perk equipped.
  • Specialists
    • Outrider
      • Addressed an issue where Outrider would not respawn until her Hawk was destroyed, if she was killed during the last frame of her deploy animation.
  • World League Hub
    • Fixed a crash that could occur while trying to load into a Search and Destroy match.

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Quick Equip 2.0
      • Items of similar types are now stacked vertically in the Quick Equip menu for quick cycling and less clutter.
      • Players can toggle this new setting in the Controls section of the Options menu.
  • Prestige
    • Prestige icon now displays in the After Action Report after Blackout matches.

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist
    • Outrider playable in Multiplayer after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
    • Special Issue Weapon: Sparrow
      • Fire explosive-tipped arrows with deadly accuracy.
    • Special Issue Equipment: Hawk
      • Pilotable drone that can be parked at strategic overwatch positions. Automatically tags enemies in its view.
  • New Weapons
    • Three new weapons now earnable in the Black Market to use in Multiplayer:
      • Switchblade X9 folding SMG
      • Rampage full-auto shotgun
      • Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon
  • New Multiplayer Maps
    • Lockup and Casino maps now available for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Available in standard map rotation (Core and Hardcore) and in the Map Pack Moshpit playlist.

Blackout

  • New Destination: Ghost Town
    • Drop into a new Western-themed destination in the southeast desert featuring two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps: “Outlaw” above ground and “Buried” below.
  • Prestige System
    • Prestige up to 10 times on your way to Prestige Master and conquer 1,000 Echelons.
    • Unlock unique Prestige icons, Calling Cards, Victory Coins, and Echelon Characters as you rise through the ranks.
  • New Characters
    • Outrider playable in Blackout after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
      • Outrider’s Outfit Unlock mission now available to find and complete.
    • Cosmic Silverback now available for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • New Gauntlet: “Death-Con Five”
    • 30 rounds of challenges on “Classified” with unique rules for each round.
    • Players earn medals and tiered rewards for completing rounds 10, 20, and 30, as well as a cosmetic reward for completing round 30 without failing a round.
    • Players are issued a Strike by failing a round, with the game ending after three Strikes.
    • All matches are timed for competitive speed-run support.
  • New Perk: Ethereal Razor
    • Provides health gain and greatly increased damage to melee attacks.

Black Market

  • Contraband Stream
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream including:
      • 3 new earnable weapons
      • New Blackout character
      • New Mastercraft Weapon
      • New Reactive Camos
      • New Epic Outfits
      • New cosmetic Jump Pack item type + more
    • Newly revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack.
  • Progression System Updates
    • Reserve Cases earnable at every Tier after 100 in the Contraband stream.
    • Daily Tier Skips apply to Tiers after the 100-Tier mark through play in all modes.
    • Players earn new Cases in addition to unlocking Contraband Tiers through gameplay time.

Multiplayer

  • New Core Playlists
    • Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Team Deathmatch
      • Kill Confirmed
    • Objective Moshpit
      • Domination
      • Hardpoint
      • Safeguard
    • Limited Lives Moshpit
      • Control
      • Search & Destroy
      • Heist
    • Free-for-All
  • New Hardcore Playlists
    • Hardcore Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Hardcore Team Deathmatch
      • Hardcore Kill Confirmed
    • Hardcore Objective Moshpit
      • Hardcore Domination
      • Hardcore Search & Destroy

Zombies

  • New Public Playlists
    • Featured Gauntlet
    • Latest Released Map
    • Chaos Maps
    • Aether Maps
    • Rush

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.

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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

Call of Duty Zombies Evoltuion List

The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

Evolution of Zombies video

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Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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