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New patch for Black Ops 3 now live on PS4/XB1/PC; Black Market Updates and more

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Treyarch has released a new patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and (as of Dec 15) PC; the new patch is version number 1.04.

The patch brings support for the new Call of Duty Points feature. Learn more about Call of Duty Points here.

This update includes: a Quick Join feature in menus to let you join your friends that are also online, see items that you have recently acquired from the Black Market, burn duplicate items from the Black Market for more Cryptokeys, save custom game settings, updates to Arena, and added three brand new secondary special weapons, which can be unlocked via earning in the Black Market: the wrench, the butterfly knife, and the brass knuckles.

Patch Notes (notes for all platforms; platform specific changes marked specifically): 

Global

Introducing COD Points

  • Introduction of COD Points currency. COD Points (CP) are now available for purchase through the in-game Store. COD Points are an in-game currency that can be used to obtain Rare Supply Drops in the Multiplayer Black Market and Liquid Divinium for use in Dr. Monty’s Factory in Zombies. As a bonus to get started, all players will be awarded 200 COD Points, which can be used right away!

Extra Slots Pack Now Available

  • Extra Slots Pack increases the number of customizable Create-A-Class slots to 10 sets of slots, and significantly expands media storage and showcase storage by more than 3 times the number of slots for Emblems, Paintjobs, Gunsmith Variants, Screenshots, Films, and Custom Games.
  • Players can now purchase the Extra Slots Pack using COD Points. In Create-A-Class, simply cycle through the new Class Sets menu to gain access to the option to purchase.

C.O.D.E. Warriors Personalization Pack

  • The C.O.D.E. Warriors Personalization Pack includes 3 reticles, Calling Card and custom weapon camo. All profits from the Personalization Pack sales will go towards the Call of Duty Endowment’s support for organizations that prepare veterans to reenter the job market. Offer only available in select regions.

Multiplayer

Black Market

  • Recently Acquired
    • Players are now able to review the last 25 unique items received through the Black Market.
    • Items are tagged with a timestamp and duplicate items are noted.
  • Burn Duplicates
    • Players are able to burn all duplicate Black Market Contraband in exchange for Cryptokeys. More Cryptokeys are rewarded for exchanging duplicates of higher rarities.
  • Trade Again
    • Players are now able to exchange COD Points or Cryptokeys directly from the Supply Drop results screen without having to go back to the Black Market dealer. Simply highlight and select the option to the left of the item rewards under the Trade Again label.
  • Black Market in Game Lobbies
    • Players are now able to access the Black Market from Multiplayer game lobbies, allowing players to exchange COD Points or Cryptokeys for Supply Drops before and after matches.
    • If Players are in the process of opening a Supply Drop as a match begins, the menu screen will close but content is still awarded. Players can view items earned through Supply Drops from the Recently Acquired menu option in the Black Market.
  • Rare Supply Drop Tuning
    • As always, Rare Supply Drops guarantee at least one Rare or better item.
    • Opening a Rare Supply Drop now has slightly better odds of receiving Legendary and Epic items than the equivalent of opening three Common Supply Drops.
    • Guaranteed to receive a bonus reward with each Rare Supply Drop.
    • Rare Supply Drops now guarantee at least one item related to Specialists or Weapons including the following:
      • Specialists
        • Specialist Themes [Rare, Legendary, Epic]
        • Taunts [Legendary]
        • Gestures [Rare]
      • Weapons
        • Melee Weapons [Legendary]
        • Cosmetic Attachment Variants [Legendary]
        • Reticles [Rare]
        • Camos [Legendary, Epic]
  • New Melee Weapons
    • Players have a chance of acquiring the following Legendary melee weapons from Supply Drops:
      • Butterfly Knife
      • Wrench
      • Brass Knuckles

Theater

  • Theater editing suite added. This includes the following modes:
    • Basic
      • Create shot using the basic replay functionality.
      • Screenshot functionality has been added.
    • Director
      • Create epic shot using animated dolly camera.
    • Object Link
      • Attach the camera to Scorestreaks, Lethals, and Tacticals.
    • Timeline Editor
      • Add dynamic lights to the map to enhance your shot.
    • Highlight Reel
      • An auto-generated clip based off of the player’s recent games.

General

  • Quick Join option added to the Multiplayer Main Menu. This allows Players to party-up with any eligible Players on their Friends List who are currently playing Black Ops III.
  • Multiplayer Music option in the Audio menu now allows players to preview music samples and change the music heard when playing Multiplayer.
  • Custom Games functionality has been expanded. Support has been added for official Custom Game Variants as well as saving Custom Games.
  • Fixed an error that would occasionally occur when returning to the Multiplayer Lobby after completing a match or entering/exiting the Arena Lobby.
  • Fix for slow game load on some machines when vsync is enabled [PC only]
  • Performance optimizations [PC only]
  • Various bug fixes [PC only]

General Gameplay

  • XP earn rate increased for Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, Capture the Flag, Safeguard, Demolition, and Free-For-All.
  • Increased rate at which Cryptokeys are earned.
  • Players no longer get points for killing teammates with the Satellite Drone in Uplink, when Friendly-Fire is enabled in Custom Games.
  • Players will no longer spawn at the same point in Free-For-All if there are more than 8 players in a Custom Match.
  • Fixed an issue where the tinted full screen effect would remain after the player had exited the Hardened Sentry.
  • Improved the Dart Scorestreak’s ability to lock onto enemy targets.
  • Fixed a start spawn issue with Free-For-All where waiting to select a class could spawn the Player behind other Players.
  • Improved enemy spawns during Gun Game and Free-For-All.
  • Players who join a Free-For-All or Gun Game match in-progress will not have a loss recorded if they do not place in the Top 3.
  • Addressed an issue where Players would get disconnected from Gun Game if they joined a match in-progress.
  • Players will now be kicked for inactivity if idling in Gun Game.

Specialists

  • General
    • Reduced Specialist earn rate over time in objective game modes.
  • Reaper
    • Scythe
      • Reduced earn rate.

Create-A-Class

  • General
    • When entering Weapon Prestige with a MAX level weapon that is equipped in Custom Classes, the Attachments now properly get reset.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Kuda
      • Increased recoil control.
    • Weevil
      • Increased recoil control.
    • Razorback
      • Increased recoil control.
      • Increased damage range.
    • Vesper
      • Reduced damage range.
    • VMP
      • Reduced aim down sight speed.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
  • Assault Rifles
    • KN-44
      • Increased recoil control.
    • HVK-30
      • Increased recoil control.
    • ICR-1
      • Increased recoil control.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
      • Fixed an issue with the reload animation when a certain magazine was equipped.
    • Man-O-War
      • Increased recoil control.
    • XR-2
      • Reduced movement speed.
    • M8A7
      • Reduced fire rate.
  • Shotguns
    • KRM-262
      • Increased damage, it will now be a maximum 2 shot kill.
    • 205 Brecci
      • Increased damage range.
    • Haymaker 12
      • Increased damage range.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • Dingo
      • Increased movement speed while firing.
      • Increased recoil control.
    • 48 Dredge
      • Reduced fire rate.
  • Pistols
    • MR6
      • Increased movement speed.
    • RK5
      • Increased movement speed.
      • Reduced damaged range.
    • L-CAR 9
      • Increased movement speed.
      • Reduced damage.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
  • Special
    • In-game melee weapon flourish and inspect animations added.
      • Flourish animations can be triggered by pressing the Use/Reload button with any melee weapon equipped.
      • Inspect animations can be triggered by pressing and holding the ADS button with any melee weapon equipped.
  • Attachments
    • Supressor
      • Increased damage range.
    • Laser Sight
      • Increased hip fire accuracy on Assault Rifles and Light Machine Guns.
    • Fast Mags
      • Increased reload speed.
    • Rapid Fire
      • Changed to increase the fire rate and not the burst delay on burst weapons.
    • Dual Wield
      • Reduced movement speed.
      • Reduced switch weapon speed.
  • Equipment
    • Concussion
      • Reduced stun time.
  • Perks
    • Overclock
      • Increased earn rate.
    • Ante Up
      • Increased starting bonus toward Scorestreaks.
    • Hard Wired
      • Increased effectiveness against enemies who have Sixth Sense equipped.

Scorestreaks

  • General
    • Aerial Scorestreaks must be within a minimum distance from the map before locking onto them with a Launcher.
  • HC-XD
    • Increased explosive damage.
  • UAV
    • Increased base health.
  • Counter-UAV
    • Increased base health.
  • Dart
    • Increased explosive damage for collision explosion.
    • Reduced minimum speed.
    • Handling tuning.
    • Fixed an issue where the Dart was not locking onto enemy players.
  • Lightning Strike
    • Increased speed of payload delivery after target selection.
  • Hellstorm
    • Increased explosive damage of cluster bomblets.
  • Cerebus
    • Increased missiles required to destroy by 1.
    • Increased EMP Grenades required to destroy by 1.
  • Rolling Thunder
    • Increased explosive radius per drone.
    • Increased explosive damage per drone.
    • Increased health per drone.
    • Added 4 pairs of drones.
  • Talon
    • Increased damage when AI controlled.
  • Wraith
    • Increased base health.
    • Fixed an issue where the Flak Drone would not intercept incoming missiles.
  • R.A.P.S.
    • Increased missiles required to destroy Deploy Ship by 1.
    • Increased health per drone.
    • Increased explosive damage per drone.
  • G.I. Unit
    • Increased number of War Machine hits required to destroy.
    • Increased duration of G.I. Unit.
    • Increased recovery speed when stunned by an EMP grenade.
  • Mothership
    • Increased missiles required to destroy by 2.
    • Increased explosive bullet damage for owner turret.
    • Increased projectile speed of missiles for owner turret.

Maps

  • Hunted
    • Addressed an exploit where players were able to mantle to an unintended area on top of a waterfall.
  • Aquarium
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to mantle and reach a non-playable area.
  • Combine
    • Changing Hardpoint rotation for gameplay balancing.
  • NUK3TOWN
    • Fixed an exploit involving the Dart Scorestreak and one of the building walls.
  • Evac
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to contest the center Hardpoint from outside the Hardpoint boundaries.

Arena

  • Adding Power Rating when reaching Arena Masters rank.
  • Added support for displaying restricted item warnings.
  • Addressed an issue where players were able to ban or protect multiple items.
  • Leaving any time after ban/protect or draft in Pro-Series will result with the player losing a star.
  • Leaving before the match ends in Moshpit will count as a loss and the player will lose a star.
  • If the player has 0 stars for their current rank, they will not lose any stars. This applies to Pro-Series and Moshpit.
  • If the Player completes a match with a win/loss/draw, the correct stars are now awarded.
  • Players now properly receive losses when playing Search & Destroy in Arena.

CODcaster

  • Kill Feed colors will no longer swap when a CODcaster switches between players on opposing teams.
  • Fixed an issue where teams would occasionally be swapped on the Round Win and Game Win screens.
  • Addressed an issue in Uplink where the Satellite Drone would show an incorrect ‘Away’ tag when switching to the other team’s perspective.
  • Fixed issues with incorrect team coloring on the minimap.
  • Outcome will now show the winning team’s name.
  • Death icons will now be colored by team.
  • CODcaster will no longer be affected by EMP grenades.
  • CODcaster will now show clantags.

Challenges

  • Fixed an issue where Concussion Grenades, Flashbang Grenades, and Trip Mines weren’t properly getting tracked for Challenges.
  • Updated Challenges for new Black Market melee weapons.

My Showcase

  • File-share support added for Custom Games, Screenshots, and Edited Films.

Zombies

Dr. Monty’s Factory

  • Be sure to check out Dr. Monty’s Factory in the Zombies game mode lobby. You can use your vials of Liquid Divinium earned in Zombies mode to create GobbleGums by placing vials in the vats. GobbleGums are one-time use perks for Zombies mode and come in multiple rarities which have varying effects on your Zombies match. Use one vial to create one GobbleGum or experiment with two or three vials at a time for more GobbleGums and better odds at getting a Rare Mega GobbleGum, an Ultra-Rare Mega GobbleGum or a Special Sphere!

General

  • Addressed an issue with Weapon Kits when reaching Prestige in Zombies.

Shadows of Evil

  • Addressed exploits in the Shadows of Evil map.
  • Addressed various areas where zombies would not path to players.
  • The Dark Ops challenges should now unlock properly when reaching Prestige and completing the final Easter Egg.
  • Fixed an issue involving an active Level 2 Ghost Sword and the KN-44 wall-buy in the Footlight District.

The Giant

  • Addressed exploits in The Giant map.
  • Addressed various areas where zombies would not path to players.

Campaign

General

  • Addressed split screen issues and general bugs.

Nightmares

General

  • Nightmares will be unlocked for all players by default and will be selectable from the main menu, listed below Zombies.
  • Addressed split screen issues and general bugs.

SOURCE: PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Classic Call of Duty maps recreated as awesome LEGO sets

Everyone has their favorite Call of Duty map and these eight classic maps have been fully recreated with LEGO bricks in stunning detail.

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The Call of Duty series has been responsible for some of the most iconic maps in gaming history over the years. Now, some of the most beloved have been reimagined in LEGO.

With the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the 18th main CoD entry, edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to celebrate the series’ history. The sheer number of classic maps has gone a long way to CoD as popular as it is today.

With that in mind, the folks over at Diamond Lobby have recreated some of the most recognizable Call of Duty maps as real LEGO sets. See for yourself below.

Rust map from CoD Modern Warfare

If you’re wondering how it was done, Diamond Lobby used a computer program containing every LEGO brick to design and create each map.

Then a 3D designer was drafted in to help make the creations a reality. While it is possible to make these sets yourself, it can vary between $1,340 and $4,726 to track down every brick needed.

You can see all eight of the classic CoD maps, as well the first game they featured in, right here:

Nuketown – Black Ops

Nuketown map out of LEGO

Arguably one of the most iconic maps in the entire series, this staple has been updated and revamped for every entry in the Black Ops series.

Rust – Modern Warfare 2

Rust map made out of LEGO

Rust is possibly best known as where the dramatic finale of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign took place. Or where disputes were settled in a 1v1.

Castle – World at War

Castle map made out of LEGO

Castle is one of the best WWII-themed maps in the series to date. That explains why it’s coming back in CoD: Vanguard later this year.

Terminal – Modern Warfare 2

Terminal map made out of LEGO

Another MW2 classic, going for a nuke by camping on the plane will bring back plenty of memories for long-time fans.

Slums – Black Ops II

Slums map made out of LEGO

This may not have been the favorite among the average players, but anyone who follows competitive CoD will know that Slums is one of the best.

Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)

Crash map made of LEGO

The sign of any great map is when it comes back again and again. Crash has featured in four separate titles, securing its place as an all-time great.

Firing Range – Black Ops

Firing Range CoD map made from LEGO

Yet another close-quarters map showing up in many different games, Firing Range, along with Nuketown and Launch, were the standouts from the first entry in the Black Ops sub-series.

Raid – Black Ops II

Raid map made out of LEGO

The newest map on this, but by no means the worst. Raid made its way into Blacks Ops Cold War thanks to its popularity back in 2012.

Those were eight classic Call of Duty maps amazingly recreated as LEGO sets.

For more of the latest CoD news, check out the teaser for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6.

Image Credits: Diamond Lobby / Activision

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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

New Warzone Pacific Map

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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