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New patch for Black Ops 3 (v. 1.09) now live on PS4, includes bug fixes and more

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A new patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now live on PlayStation 4. The version number is 1.09, and the update is around 1.07GB.

This update brings support for Eclipse DLC Pack 2, bug fixes, and more. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Eclipse DLC Pack 2 will be available to play starting at 12AM Pacific Time, April 19 on PlayStation 4. Unlike Awakening DLC, Eclipse DLC is a separate download from this patch update.

Patch Notes: 

GLOBAL:

Eclipse DLC 2 Map Pack Support

  • Spire: Spire takes Multiplayer combat to a futuristic sub-orbital airport terminal set high in the clouds. Multiple levels and open areas promote intense, mid-range combat around a clean, high-tech civilian environment. Watch your step, because one wrong move could send you plummeting back through the stratosphere.
  • Rift: Head to the core of a harsh futuristic military complex, set high above an active caldera. Rift funnels and forces tight, intense engagements, where the only way through is forward. Utilize the unique core movement opportunities to outsmart and outplay enemies as you traverse the suspended rail system.
  • Knockout: Housed in a traditional Shaolin Temple with a retro twist, Knockout sets the stage for a bloody Kung Fu tournament. This mid-sized map showcases a sharp contrast between the mid-range engagements of the traditional exterior architecture and the tight close-quarters of an eclectic 1970’s styled interior.
  • Verge: In this re-imagination of the classic Call of Duty: World at War map, Banzai, Verge drops Multiplayer combat into the center of a distant post-apocalyptic future, where two warring factions are entrenched in constant battle. Take control of the key bridge, fortresses, tunnel systems and waterfalls as you engage in high-speed action through this medium-sized map.
  • Zetsubou No Shima: Eclipse also sets the stage for Zetsubou No Shima, the highly-anticipated, all-new entry in theCall of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies storyline that spans the four DLC Map Packs for Black Ops III this year. The Originscharacters continue on their mission to stop the zombie apocalypse not only in this universe but in all universes. Our heroes find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island which is home to the Division 9 facility: a secret biological research lab whose experiments with Element 115 and its effects on human, animal, and plant biology has created horrors beyond belief. Zetsubou No Shima features a foliage rich island map including new terrifying zombie enemies, a variety of innovative transport mechanics, more devastating traps and classic Zombies side quests.

MULTIPLAYER:

General

  • Arena Season Vet Vanquisher Calling Cards should now properly unlock after meeting the required win total.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Rank 1” Calling Card was being awarded again in the After-Action Report after winning an Arena match, despite the user already having the card.
  • Earned Prestige Calling Cards now properly display within the Calling Cards menu.

General Gameplay

  • Resolved issue where grey boxes were appearing in place of the NX ShadowClaw.
  • Addressed exploit where Players were able to gain extra momentum at end of a slide.
  • Added pre-match “Waiting for Players” message when Pre-Match settings are altered in Custom Games.
  • Fixed issue where the HG 40 would appear as a large grey box if Players first entered a Zombies or Campaign game, and then went into Multiplayer.
  • NX Shadowclaw bolts will no longer remain on the map if the Player is killed by explosive-based Scorestreaks.
  • Players will no longer hear the whiz-by sound effect for NX Shadowclaw bolts throughout the map. This will only occur for Players near the bolt.
  • Time window to obtain “Tag and Bag” Medals has been extended, and the Medals are now properly rewarded at the end of the Vision Pulse range.
  • Fixed an error where double Winner’s Circles would appear if the top-scoring Player would quit the match just after the Host ended the game.
  • Fixed issues with the BlackCell projectile not properly impacting UAV’s.
  • Repeatable reload sounds are no longer heard when the NX Shadowclaw bolts hit surfaces near enemy Players.
  • Resolved an issue where spawn trap logic was not being enabled in 2nd and 4th rounds of gameplay.
  • Additional improvements to bot path selection and correction when becoming stuck.
  • Fixed an issue where certain weapons could be fired faster than their intended fire rate.

Black Market

  • Fixed issue where the wrong portrait image was appearing for Battery’s MMA Specialist Theme.
  • Fixed an exploit where Players were able to obtain more Cryptokeys than intended by manipulating game lobbies.

Perks

  • Ante-Up
    • Increased starting Scorestreak amount from 100 to 150.

Specialists

  • General
    • Reduced Specialist earn rate in the Hardpoint Gametype.
  • Reaper
    • Reduced accuracy when firing un-zoomed.
    • Reduced ammo count from 120 to 100.
  • Outrider
    • Increased First Raise speed.
    • Increased ADS speed.
    • Increased sprint recovery speed.
    • Increased ammo count from 8 to 10.
  • Spectre
    • Reduced leftover Power when Spectre is killed while Ripper is Active.
  • Ruin
    • Increased Overdrive earn rate.
  • Nomad
    • Increased Rejack earn rate.
  • Reaper
    • Increased Psychosis earn rate.
  • Firebreak
    • Reduced Heat Wave earn rate.
  • Battery
    • Reduced Kinetic Armor earn rate

Weapons

  • Submachine Guns
    • Kuda
      • Reduced 1-hit kill range in Hardcore Mode.
      • Laser Sight bonus more aligned with bonus received on other SMGs.
      • Reduced ADS movement, but no longer lose speed while firing.
    • VMP
      • Reduced ADS movement, but no longer lose speed while firing.
    • Weevil
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased 5-hit kill range.
    • Vesper
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased ability to control recoil.
    • Pharo
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
    • Razorback
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased 4-hit kill range.
      • Reduced 1-hit kill range in Hardcore Mode.
    • HG-40
      • Increased 3-hit kill damage range.
  • Assault Rifles
    • HVK-30
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased aim stability.
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • ICR-1
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • Sheiva
      • Increased ADS Speed.
      • Increased flinch stability.
      • Rapid Fire now functions properly.
    • MX Garand
      • Increased fire rate, now performs better with Rapid Fire.
  • Shotguns
    • KRM-262
      • Increased 1-hit kill range potential.
    • Haymayker-12
      • Increased 3-hit kill range.
    • Argus
      • Increased 1-hit kill range potential when hip-firing.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • BRM
      • Increased ADS out speed.
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • Dingo
      • Increased tightness of bullet spread while ADS.
      • Increased hip-fire accuracy.
    • Gorgon
      • Increased ADS out speed.
      • Increased recoil stability.
      • Increased damage through light cover.
    • 48 Dredge
      • Increased Fire Rate.
      • Increased ADS out speed.

Attachments

  • Laser Sight
    • Increased the accuracy bonus received from Laser Sight.
  • Recon
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • BOA
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • Thermal
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • Ballistics CPU
    • Increased recoil stability.

Scorestreaks

  • Rolling Thunder
    • Increased drone count.
    • Increased entry speed.
  • R.A.P.S. Deploy Ship
    • Increased drone count per drop.
  • R.A.P.S. Drones
    • Increased movement speed of drones.

Maps

  • Nuk3town
    • Added additional spawn logic to mitigate spawn trapping.
  • Infection
    • Closed up a line of sight through the wood pile outside of the barn.
    • Fixed an issue where players could reach outside of the intended playspace.

Game Modes

  • Hardcore
    • In Hardcore game modes, fixed an issue where the owner of a Care Package would be killed if a teammate stood under it during the first 15 seconds of a round.
  • Hardpoint
    • Adjusted positioning of objective markers inside of the Hardpoint zone to be more centralized.
  • Uplink
    • Improved the ability to pick up a dropped Satellite Drone.

Challenges

  • The challenge, “Hundred Percenter”, now properly appears when completing all of the Multiplayer challenges listed under Operations.
  • Increased window of time to earn the “Tag and Bag” medal.
  • Fixing an issue where players could earn the “Heat Stroke” medal when killing an enemy stunned by a teammate.

ZOMBIES:

General

  • Blocked an exploit that allowed the players to use the Death Machine indefinitely.
  • Resolved an exploit allowing players to access unintended areas.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur during a host migration while reviving teammates.
  • Fixed an exploit where players would be able to keep their perks after being revived.
  • Resolved an error that occurs when Prestiging in Zombies.
  • Addressed a bug where the Rocket Shield icon wouldn’t disappear after being destroyed.
  • Fixed a bug relating to certain attachments not working correctly with upgraded weapons.
  • Addressed stability issues regarding cross-mode play in split screen.

Shadows of Evil

  • Addressed an issue where players would rarely be killed while riding the train.
  • Fixed several bugs with the Undead Man Walking GobbleGum.

Der Eisendrache

  • Balance improvements for the Kreegakaleet lu Gosata’ahm and Kreeaho’ahm nal Ahmhogaroc bows.
  • Addressed a number of exploits that allow extended use of the Ragnarok DG-4.
  • Resolved a bug where the Ragnarok DG-4 would be put away before expiration.
  • Addressed a variety of exploits where Players were able to exit the playable area.
  • Fixed an issue where skulls would not appear after being collected during the bow upgrade quest.

DOA II

  • Fixed bug where COA’d enemy could persist past round exit and possibly kill player while screen was faded out.
  • Fixed bug where scoreboard on subsequent Redins Rally play through was not completely cleared out.
  • Increased weighting for karma points to determine winner in ROJ event.
  • Fixed bug where a player in last stand could pick items up.
  • Fixed bug where score multiplier got out of sync with multiplier increment bar on players fated with Fortune or Fortitude.
  • Added new reoccurring challenge, Eight before Fate.
  • Round no longer expires if a boss is still alive.
  • Added animations to the Siege Chicken.

SOURCE: Activision Support: PS4

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased in-game using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Christmas skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailers stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your character regardless of your preferred title.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Curse of the Ancients bundle

Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who still have CoD Points in their account from Black Ops Cold War don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when turning to Vanguard.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are currently in Season 1 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 1, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Vanguard Season 2 and Warzone Pacific Season 2 are set to begin.

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CouRage explains what “killed” his love for CoD Multiplayer

Popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage revealed the main reason his love for CoD Multiplayer was “killed.”

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CouRage has given fans the reason why he has lost his love for the standard Call of Duty Multiplayer mode.

Call of Duty has always been praised for its Multiplayer mode, which became its most popular aspect ever since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released in 2007.

The Multiplayer mode spawned a massive community of players, some of which made a living through becoming professional players and content creators.

With the game developing so fast, many of these players have ultimately fallen out of love with the standard Multiplayer mode, with things like Warzone and other battle royale games becoming more appealing. With that being said, CouRage revealed why he no longer has the passion to play CoD Multiplayer.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest installment in the franchise, which of course comes along with the classic Multiplayer mode that a lot of players look forward to every year.

Over the years, this mode has changed a lot, from Exo suits to the return of boots on the ground gameplay. As well as this, players began to realize that the game possessed a skill-based matchmaking system, which has since become a very controversial topic of conversation in recent years.

For those wondering why popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage isn’t grinding Vanguard’s Multiplayer mode, he revealed back in 2020 that “Skill based matchmaking” killed his love for Call of Duty’s Multiplayer mode, which is a system that pits similarly skilled players against each other.

In the tweet, CouRage explains that SBMM causes players to “sweat 100% of the time,” with no “pop off” games and “ability to use fun weapons,” asking Warzone to “save” him. This is very telling considering Warzone became his go-to game for quite some time.

A recent Reddit post brought this tweet back up for players to share their opinions on SBMM in Call of Duty. Some of the users are clearly in agreement with the streamer, with one comment saying:

“Matchmaking should not be skill based.. that why there is ranked mode to play on your own skills. Sadly they dont make competitive modes that rewards any way.”

Having said that, the community is definitely torn, as others feel as if SBMM is justified: “I feel like a lot of proficient COD players do not seem to understand that their “relaxed” games were built upon the backs of all of us who are mediocre to average players.”

Ultimately, SBMM was most likely introduced to make the game more accessible for new players, which may be a massive part of Call of Duty’s continued success. However, that clearly is alienating the more advanced and experienced players.

With CoD 2022 in the works, perhaps Activision will decide to switch it up, or players will be getting the same experience that may not be as appealing to the individuals who have been playing Call of Duty for years.

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Clever CoD Zombies trick gives Chronicles players unlimited max ammo

CoD Zombies players have discovered a useful Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles trick that grants you unlimited max ammo drops.

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Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode is popular among Call of Duty players, and now few of them have discovered a trick that grants you infinite max ammo drops in Zombies Chronicles.

Call of Duty players have been disappointed with Vanguard Zombies, and many of them have gone back to Black Ops 3. The game offers players 13 different maps after the release of Zombies Chronicles.

If you play enough times, you’re bound to pick up some useful tricks. Now one has been discovered that grants you infinite max ammo drops in the Zombies Chronicles Shangri-La map.

CoD Zombies trick for unlimited max ammo 

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Reddit user ‘I_Play_Zetsubou’ showcased this trick in the CoD Zombies subreddit. It requires you to drop into Shangri-La and acquire the Widow’s Wine Perk, which is located in the mines.

Zombie Monkeys will randomly appear whenever there’s a drop on the map. They attempt to steal the drop you need to kill them before you can collect it yourself. However, they can be helpful for this trick.

Here’s how you can get infinite ammo in CoD Zombies:

  1. Collect Widow’s Wine on Shangri-La
  2. Take out zombies until the Widow’s Wine grenade refill drop appears
  3. Let a Zombie Monkey steal the Widow’s Wine grenade drop
  4. Kill the Zombies Monkey after it cycles over the max ammo

This trick will keep filling up your max ammo, and you can repeat these steps to ensure that you never run out of rounds. While players have been able to visit this version of the map for a while, many of them were unaware of this tactic.

“I never would have noticed till you posted this,” commented one surprised user. So, if you find yourself running low on bullets when playing on the Shangri-La map, then this can save your life.

For more Call of Duty, check out this Bizarre Warzone glitch that breaks players’ audio after getting kills and how to fix Warzone Pacific & Modern Warfare’s Status Goldflake error.

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