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Operation Apocalypse Z for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 live now with Patch Update 1.20

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 as patch Update 1.20 is now live and is 12.7GB.

Today’s update brings the new Operation Apocalypse Z to Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 with release on Xbox One and PC to follow on July 16.

“We have a team of talented storytellers that have been helping to craft Zombies experiences for more than 10 years, and we wanted to bring that imagination to every mode of Black Ops 4, which is why we’re excited to put Operation Apocalypse Z in player’s hands,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “This is a veteran team that strives to do their best work with each new experience and this is no exception –Operation Apocalypse Z represents a ton of creativity and passion from everyone to really immerse fans in our unique world of the undead.”

A full roadmap of what’s coming to Black Ops 4 with Operation Apocalypse Z is available here, with some content listed above coming throughout this Operation.

Patch Notes:

The Undead Takeover Begins on PS4

Operation Apocalypse Z kicks off today on PS4, delivering new Zombies-inspired content to all modes with Reaper’s Black Ops 4 Multiplayer debut, three Black Ops Pass MP maps, the latest Aether story Zombies experience, multiple Blackout map updates, new weapons, new modes, and much more. Get up to speed at our official Operation Apocalypse Z Blog, and let’s get straight into what’s included in our fifth Operation.

MULTIPLAYER: Reaper, Sticks and Stones, Three Black Ops Pass Maps + More

MP fans have a ton of new and classic content to dig into with Operation Apocalypse Z, starting with the introduction of Reaper as our latest Specialist to join the fight. This pre-Black Ops III prototype of everyone’s favorite war machine comes equipped with the devastating Scythe machine gun and the new Radar Shroud, which acts as an anti-Sensor Dart to scramble portions of enemies’ mini-maps and cloak your team’s advances.

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Sticks and Stones makes it Black Ops 4 debut, where players face off in a free-for-all using only Ballistic Knives, Combat Axes, and the new auto-crossbow. Rack up points with your ranged weapons and melee attacks, bankrupt your enemies’ score to zero with successful Combat Axe throws, and fight your way to the top of the scoreboard. Keep an eye on the occasional UAV sweep, which reveals the top player as a gold dot on the mini-map.

Black Ops Pass holders get access to three additional MP maps in this Operation, available this week in the new Map Pack Moshpit playlist on PS4:

  • Der Schatten, a snowy battlefield set in 1940s Austria in the shadow of the castle from “Der Eisendrache”, featuring plenty of Zombies Easter eggs to discover throughout.
  • Remnant, an overrun Museum of Unnatural History packed with exhibits recounting key moments in Zombies lore from the Aether and Chaos stories.
  • Havana, a classic Black Ops flashback set in the revolutionary streets of Cuba, featuring all-new Zombies-inspired twists.
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ZOMBIES: “Alpha Omega”, New Perk and Epic Elixirs

The Aether story returns in “Alpha Omega”, where fans can play as both the Ultimis and Primis crews for the first time in Zombies history. With 400% more area to explore than the original “Nuketown Zombies” and over twice as much written dialogue compared to previous Zombies experiences, “Alpha Omega” takes place after the events of “Classified” as different versions of Nikolai, Richtofen, Takeo, and Dempsey come together to solve the mysteries of an infested Broken Arrow testing facility.

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A new Perk and two Epic Elixirs are also now available on PS4 for all Zombies maps. The Blood Wolf Bite Perk spawns a wolf companion named Luna to help thin out the horde, and Phoenix Up and Head Drama return as Epic Elixirs in the Laboratory to give you and your squad a welcome leg-up against the undead. Check out the patch notes below for all the details.

Long-time Zombies fans will also be treated to a chilling new rendition of the classic “Damned” theme when they join the Zombies lobby. You may have heard its debut in yesterday’s Operation Apocalypse Z studio broadcast… if you missed it, check out the full recording here, including a special behind-the-scenes segment from the Treyarch Zombies team.

BLACKOUT: “The Haunting Fog” and “Alcatraz: Nightfall” Map Updates, Quads Fog and Alcatraz Horde LTMs + More

Both Blackout maps get a full makeover in Operation Apocalypse Z this week on PS4. “The Haunting Fog” takes over the main map with an eerie mist and rivers of blood, while “Alcatraz: Nightfall” plunges the prison island into darkness.

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Two new limited-time modes also launch with the Operation on PS4. Drop into Quads Fog for a spookier, more tactical Blackout experience where the fog is at its thickest, and test your skills against the undead in the Alcatraz Horde playlist featuring more undead, new Zombies enemy types, and more opportunities to score some new Zombies Wonder Weapons along the way. Zombies will also now attack player Equipment, including the new Sentry turret and Barricade.

Reaper’s Outfit Mission is also now available in Blackout on PS4 to unlock “The Numbers” camo in all modes, as well as new Humiliations to perform on downed enemies. Plenty of Easter eggs and new surprises await players in both updates maps, so drop into Blackout and keep an eye out as you fight to survive.

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BLACK MARKET: New Contraband Stream, Earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe, Two Additional Weapons + New Personalization Items

This Operation brings 40 new Tiers to the Contraband stream, including the “Wundergewehr 115” Koshka Mastercraft at Tier 20 and a new earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at Tier 40. New personalization items have been added to the Black Market, including new weapon camos, Blackout characters, MKII Weapons, Zombies-themed outfits, the new Daemon 3XB Mastercraft, and more. Two additional weapons are also now available in Reserves: the new Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Black Ops III’s lever-action Argus shotgun.

As a reminder, Ultra Weapon Bribes will always reward players with a Black Market weapon that they don’t already own, unless the player has already unlocked at least one variant of every existing Black Market weapon. In that case, Ultra Weapon Bribes will reward an additional weapon variant.

To clarify, players cannot receive the base version of a Black Market weapon from an Ultra Weapon Bribe if they already own the MKII version, unless they already own a version of every Black Market weapon currently in the game.

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Read on below for all the details on what’s new in today’s update:

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  • Multiplayer
    • Reaper now playable in Multiplayer, earnable at Tier 1 in the Contraband stream (PS4).
    • 3 Black Ops Pass maps added to rotation: Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana (PS4).
    • Sticks and Stones game mode now in Featured Playlists (PS4).
    • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured Playlists, including Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana (PS4).
    • New weapon tuning for the Daemon 3XB.
    • Featured playlist updates on all platforms.
  • Zombies
    • “Alpha Omega” Zombies experience now available for Black Ops Pass holders (PS4).
    • New Perk: Blood Wolf Bite (PS4).
    • 2 Epic Elixirs added: Phoenix Up and Head Drama (PS4).
    • New Black Ops 4 version of “Damned” music now plays in the lobby (PS4).
    • Support added for new Black Market weapons and new MKII Weapons (PS4).
  • Blackout
    • “The Haunting Fog” and “Alcatraz: Nightfall” map updates (PS4).
    • Quads Fog and Alcatraz Horde limited-time modes (PS4).
    • Zombies Wonder Weapons now available in the Mystery Box (PS4).
    • Outfit Mission added to unlock “The Numbers” Outfit for Reaper (PS4).
    • Zombies-themed music now plays during infiltration (PS4).
    • New Humiliations now available (PS4).
    • Featured playlist updates on all platforms.
  • Global
    • New Contraband stream added to the Black Market, including “Wundergewehr 115” Koshka Mastercraft at Tier 20 and earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at Tier 40 (PS4).
    • Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Argus shotgun now available in Reserves (PS4).
    • New weapon camos, MKII Weapons, Zombies-themed outfits and more now available in the Black Market (PS4).
    • Various fixes for Contracts in Multiplayer and Zombies.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Specialists
    • Reaper
      • Reaper now available in Multiplayer after being unlocked at Tier 1 in Contraband.
      • Weapon: Scythe – High-damage machine gun with a fast fire rate and suppressing status effect.
      • Equipment: Radar Shroud – Deployable jamming device that conceals an area from enemies’ mini-maps.
  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana added to rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • Game Modes
    • Sticks and Stones
      • Now live in Featured Playlists.
      • Free-for-all mode where players only use crossbows, Ballistic Knives, and Combat Axes.
      • Score varying points by getting kills with crossbows and Ballistic Knives.
      • Reset your enemy’s score to zero with a successful Combat Axe kill.
      • UAV periodically sweeps, marking the score leader with a gold dot on the mini-map.
  • Weapons
    • Reaver C86
      • Added Create-a-Class support for the Reaver C86 auto-crossbow.
    • Argus
      • Added Create-a-Class support for the Argus shotgun.

ZOMBIES

  • “Alpha Omega”
    • New Zombies experience now available for Black Ops Pass owners.
    • The Aether story continues in a new experience taking place in an overrun Broken Arrow testing facility in Nevada, where both the Primis and Ultimis characters are playable for the first time.
  • Perks
    • Blood Wolf Bite
      • New Perk now available in Chaos and Aether maps.
      • Spawns a wolf companion to fight alongside you.
      • Modifier: Wolf attacks have the chance to spawn a mini-Power-up.
  • New Epic Elixirs
    • Phoenix Up
      • Revives all teammates and allows them to keep their Perks.
    • Head Drama
      • While active, any bullet that hits a zombie counts as a headshot.
  • Weapon Support
    • Support added for Reaver C86 auto-crossbow, Argus shotgun, and new MKII Weapons.

BLACKOUT

  • Map Updates
    • “The Haunting Fog”
      • An eerie fog has covered the map, bringing with it blood-red waters, dead vegetation, new Wall Buys at the Asylum, signs of a violent apocalypse throughout the map, and more.
      • Applies to Quads, Duos, and Solo matches; heavier fog theme is exclusive to the Quads Fog limited-time mode.
    • “Alcatraz: Nightfall”
      • Night has fallen across the entire island, along with a brooding storm in the distance.
  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Quads Fog
      • Tactical limited-time mode featuring a thicker fog than the standard map.
    • Alcatraz Horde
      • Alcatraz limited-time mode featuring an increased horde of zombies over the entire island, along with new Hellhound and Brutus enemy types.
  • Wonder Weapons
    • Various Zombies Wonder Weapons can now be rewarded from Chaos Mystery Boxes and Zombies mini-bosses.
  • Infiltration
    • Zombies-themed music now plays during infiltration in Blackout.
  • Zombies AI
    • Zombies can now destroy doors and attack player Equipment, including the Sentry and Barricade.
  • Outfit Mission
    • Reaper’s Outfit Mission now available to unlock “The Numbers” Specialist camo.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New personalization items added to the Black Market: weapon camos, MKII Weapons, Daemon 3XB Mastercraft, Zombies-themed outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Pack, and more.
    • Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Argus shotgun now available in Reserves.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapon Tuning
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Reduced 6-hit kill range by 5 meters.
      • Reduced 7-hit kill range by 6 meters.
  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • PS4
      • Sticks and Stones
      • Map Pack Moshpit (featuring Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana)
      • Prop Hunt
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
    • Xbox One
      • Stockpile
      • Prop Hunt
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Endurance Chaos Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • PS4
      • Alcatraz Horde
      • Quads Fog
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo
    • Xbox One
      • Alcatraz
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo

GLOBAL

  • Contracts
    • Addressed an issue where Contracts could shift slots, making it difficult to select new Contracts.
    • Addressed an issue where Barebones playlists weren’t properly tracking progress toward the “Challenger” Contract in Multiplayer.
    • Addressed an issue where the “Ticket to Ride” Contract in Zombies would not properly track the use of telepads.
    • Addressed an issue where players would have to get a direct hit in order to progress the “Shotgun Kills” Contract in Zombies.
    • Addressed an issue where Perks and bonus point Power-ups that spawn from the Reign Drops Elixir did not count toward the “Power Master” Contract in Zombies.
    • Closed an exploit where players could complete the “Hoarder” Contract in Zombies by dropping and picking up weapons multiple times.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-11)
    • Quickplay
    • Stockpile
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • Prop Hunt

BLACKOUT

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • Quickplay
    • Alcatraz Duos
    • Hot Pursuit
    • Solo

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.

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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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