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Patch Update 1.04 for Black Ops 4 live on PC

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A new patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, version 1.04, is now live on PC, and it’s 4.5GB in size.

Treyarch stated that they planned to release a new update for the game this week, with new changes to weapons, bug fixes, and more set to be part of the update.

PATCH NOTES:

PC SPECIFIC NOTES:

Stability Improvements

· Resolved crashes during the first seconds after launching the game.

· Resolved crashes when exiting the game.

· Resolved crashes when dropping from a match.

· Resolved crashes when changing the graphics settings.

· Resolved crashes in the Battle.net checkout page.

· Resolved rendering issues with some special effects when playing with a wide FOV.

· Resolved rendering issues with “missing” grass in Blackout.

General

· Enabled Timeline Editor in Theater.

· Resolved an issue that triggered a UI error when editing an Emblem.

ALL CHANGES:

Multiplayer

  • Playlist Updates
    • Featured Playlists
      • “Gun Game” playlist added to Featured Playlist (no parties allowed).
      • “Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit” playlist added to the Featured Category (TDM and Kill Confirmed, no parties allowed).
      • “Chaos Domination” playlist to Featured Category (3-second captures, 150-point rounds, 6v6).
    • Hardcore TDM / Hardcore Kill Confirmed
      • Player count increased to 6v6.
      • 2 Specialist limit per team.
  • Assault Rifles
    • We’re dialing back some previous buffs to Assault Rifles to help close the gap in effectiveness between ARs and SMGs, allowing SMGs to be more effective at firing on the move.
    • Slight reduction to ADS move speed for all Assault Rifles.
    • Slight reduction to ADS-in transition speed for all Assault Rifles.
    • ICR-7
      • Reduced headshot damage.
      • Slight reduction to reload speed.
    • VAPR-XKG
      • Reduced close-range headshot damage.
      • Damage now falls off sooner.
      • High Caliber: Reduced headshot multiplier, eliminating the possibility of a 3-hit kill.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Mobility is the primary strength of SMGs, speeding across the map to engage or disengage quickly. Some of the close-range SMGs were performing quite well, while others struggled to compete with the rest of the category. This week’s balancing pass levels the playing field between SMGs.
    • MX9
      • Extended all damage ranges.
      • High Caliber: Reduced headshot multiplier, eliminating the possibility of a 4-hit kill.
    • Cordite
      • Extended all damage ranges.
      • Belt-Feed Operator Mod: Increased overheat rate.
    • GKS
      • Quad Shot Operator Mod: Slight time increase in between bursts.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Dual Wield Operator Mod: Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • We’ve buffed the ABR to be more competitive with the other Tactical Rifles, while stepping down its Operator Mod to keep it from becoming a crutch Attachment. The Swordfish received some Attachment adjustments, as well.
    • ABR 223
      • Extended maximum damage range.
      • Repeater Operator Mod: Now takes longer to accelerate fire rate.
      • Stock: Slight reduction in movement speed bonus.
      • Laser Sight & Laser Sight II: Improved hip-fire accuracy.
    • Swordfish
      • High Caliber: Reduced headshot multiplier, eliminating the possibility of a 3-hit kill.
      • Penta Burst Operator Mod: Reduced extra granted clip-size.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • The other Sniper Rifles needed help to fight King Paladin. We’re giving these rifles reduced idle sway and upping their damage to help finish off wounded targets more consistently.
    • Removed turn sway when aiming down sights on all Sniper Rifles to better ensure the weapon reticle stays centered when turning.
    • Paladin HB50
      • High Caliber II: Hitting the lower torso on a full Tak-5-boosted enemy will no longer be a 1-hit kill.
      • FMJ II: Improved damage against Scorestreaks.
      • Stabilizer II: Player can now hold breath sooner after the previous hold breath.
    • Outlaw
      • Improved base damage from 110 to 130.
      • Reduced idle sway.
      • Increased base movement speed.
      • Stock: Slight increase in ADS movement speed bonus.
    • SDM
      • Increased clip size from 10 to 12.
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • Koshka
      • Improved Damage from 120 to 140.
      • Stock: Slight increase in ADS movement speed bonus.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • Some in the community have discovered that the Titan and VKM 750 are extremely effective weapons! We’re toning them down before everyone jumps on the bandwagon. While they’ll still be scary to face off against, players will now have a more reasonable chance to defend themselves against these LMGs.
    • Titan
      • Reduced headshot damage.
      • Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS movement speed bonus.
    • VKM 750
      • Reduced movement speed while firing.
      • Reduced damage slightly.
      • Fat Barrel Operator Mod: Reduced bullet tracer size.
    • Hades
      • Cross Bar Operator Mod: Reduced movement speed and accuracy.
      • Steady Grip: Improved recoil mitigation.
  • Pistols
    • Slight reduction to ADS-in transition speed for all Pistols.
    • RK 7 Garrison
      • Slight increase to the time between bursts.
      • Slight reduction to reload speed.
  • Shotguns
    • This weapon class is close to where we want it, with only a couple of specific Attachments performing better than intended. Shotguns in Black Ops 4 play a different role than in past Call of Duty titles, and those who have practiced cat-and-mouse gameplay can be highly effective with them.
    • MOG 12
      • Choked Barrel: 1-hit-kill range reduced.
      • Dragon’s Breath Operator Mod: Resolved an issue where the Dragon’s Breath occasionally triggered incorrect visual and sound FX on targets.
    • SG12
      • Strobe Light Operator Mod: Addressed an issue with the Strobe Light where it would remain on after death.
      • Live update coming soon to reduce the range at which the Strobe Light interferes with enemy aim.
  • Attachments (All Weapons)
    • Grip II
      • Reduced ADS flinch mitigation.
    • Suppressor
      • Reduced damage falloff ranges.
    • Holographic Sight Optic
      • Reduced ADS recoil.
    • Dual Zoom Optic
      • Reduced ADS recoil.
    • Recon Optic
      • Reduced ADS recoil.
    • ELO Optic
      • Slightly increased ADS recoil.
  • Specialists
    • Ajax
      • We’re providing more strategic options to counteract Ballistic Shield, and to help ensure the Shield isn’t activated too often in the same game.
      • Explosives now apply partial damage to the front of a deployed Ballistic Shield user.
      • Ballistic Shield now takes longer to earn.
    • Nomad
      • We want to encourage Nomad to work more closely with his K9-Unit to maximize effectiveness.
      • Reduced K9-Unit health by 10%.
    • Crash
      • While we’re happy that our Support Specialist is so popular, he was a bit too effective as a Scorestreak farmer.
      • Reduced “Teammate Used Pack” score event from +50 to +25.
    • Firebreak
      • Purifier has been restored to its former glory.
      • Increased Purifier flame damage to be a guaranteed eventual kill against a player who doesn’t have Tactical Mask equipped.
    • Recon
      • Intelligence wins wars, and Recon is living proof. We have intelligence that Recon’s intelligence is too good, so we’re re-classifying some of his sources.
      • Reduced Sensor Dart duration.
      • Resolved an issue where voiceover would incorrectly state that the player’s Sensor Dart was destroyed.
    • Torque
      • Many in the community have embraced Torque with inventive playstyles, though he’s still struggling on a broader scale. We bolstered the effectiveness of his Barricade to ensure he stays relevant in team compositions.
      • Increased earn rate for Barricade.
      • Increased hit points for Barricade.
      • Addressed an issue that prevented TAACOM from telling the player that their Barricade was taking damage.
    • Prophet
      • Prophet’s Tempest needed an upgrade to stand a chance of competing with the rest of the Specialists.
      • Greatly increased Tempest projectile speed.
      • Slightly increased Tempest chain distance.
      • Resolved an issue where being hit by an explosive charge would disable the Tempest charge, preventing further arcing.
  • Spawns
    • Team Deathmatch
      • Tuned spawn logic around how enemies impact where the game chooses to respawn the player.
      • Spawn adjustments made for Slums, Summit, Militia, and Firing Range.
    • Domination
      • Spawn adjustments made for Icebreaker, Contraband, Hacienda, Payload, Gridlock, Slums, Summit, Militia, Jungle, and Firing Range.
    • Hardpoint
      • Tuned spawn logic tuning around how the active Hardpoint affects nearby spawns. This should provide more predictable spawns when battling over an active Hardpoint.
      • Additional global spawn adjustments to improve the ability for a player to anchor a location for their team’s respawns relative to an active Hardpoint.
      • Spawn adjustments made for Frequency and Seaside.
    • Free For All
      • Spawn adjustments made for Slums, Summit, Militia, and Firing Range.
    • Control
      • Spawn adjustments made for Slums, Summit, Militia, and Firing Range.
  • Gear
    • Stim Shot
      • Increased time to fully heal the player.
    • Armor
      • Resolved an issue where Armor protected from more damage than intended when hitting areas of the body that have damage multipliers, such as the head or upper chest. This primarily affects weapons with chest modifiers, such as Sniper Rifles or weapons with High Caliber II.
    • Acoustic Sensor
      • Reduced the range at which sprinting enemies are detected.
  • Perks
    • Dead Silence
      • Reduced player movement volume and distance that players equipped with Dead Silence can be heard by enemies. The intention for Dead Silence is not to be completely silent, but also not to allow enemies to hear your movement from longer distances.
    • Engineer
      • Extraction helicopter in Heist will no longer be highlighted by the Engineer Perk.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Mantis
      • Resolved an issue where the Mantis could be destroyed by touching the Out-Of-Bounds area of a map.
    • Dart
      • Increased explosion radius and damage.
      • Players can now use a second Dart when earning two Dart Scorestreaks.
    • Strike Team
      • Prevented Strike Team kills from contributing towards owner’s kills without dying medals.
  • Gameplay
    • Reduced ranges required for Longshot Medals for Assault Rifles, Tactical Rifles, Submachine guns, and Light Machine Guns.
    • Resolved an issue where the “Hard Stop” Challenge could reset before reaching 300.
    • Resolved an issue where the “Marksman Mastery” Challenge would not give 10,000 XP upon completion.
    • Resolved an issue where destroying friendly Scorestreaks would award score.
    • Players can no longer crouch or go prone while performing a Gesture.
  • Game Modes
    • Increased XP earn rate in Heist.
    • Increased amount of XP earned per kill in Free For All.
    • Resolved an issue where Hardcore wins were not counted toward Challenges.
    • Resolved an issue in Free For All where Recon players could receive Vision Pulse assist score.
    • Silent Plant option in Custom Games should now make planting and defusing bombs completely silent.
  • Maps
    • Icebreaker
      • Adjusted cover pieces to discourage players from spawn-camping.
      • Added cover to the lower respawn side.
    • Slums
      • Adjusted cover pieces to discourage players from spawn-camping.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Several map fixes to address exploits that allowed players to leave the intended play space.
  • Theater
    • Theater files recorded before this update will no longer be viewable due to significant architectural changes to the system. As noted in our previous major update, we will make every effort to keep instances of incompatibility to a minimum.
    • Added a watermark in the HUD that only displays when in Theater mode.
      • Why this change? We often see players posting videos recorded from Theater as a demonstration of “poor hit detection” or other issues that appear to be incorrect. While Theater represents what happened in a match in a general sense, it does not reflect with 100% accuracy all of the details as they were experienced live. Live recorded gameplay footage is the more accurate method for reporting behavior in the game that is not performing as expected. With this change, we can better identify Theater clips when reviewing community videos and therefore filter them out for the more accurate live recorded clips.
  • Audio
    • Resolved issues that caused footsteps to sound muffled when they shouldn’t be.

Blackout

  • Playlists
    • 100-Player Solos added to Featured playlist.
    • Maximum player count set to 88 for Duos and Quads.
  • Audio
    • Tweaked settings to ensure friendly teammates’ footsteps are now quieter than enemy footsteps.
    • Adjusted footsteps for all Armor types in first-person and third-person to give better directionality and distance information.
    • Resolved an issue that occasionally caused footsteps to be silent.
    • Resolved issues that caused footsteps to become muffled when they shouldn’t be.
  • Armor
    • Armor now allows more damage to pass through to areas of the body that have damage multipliers, such as the head or upper chest. For example, headshots now do more damage against Level 3 Armor.
  • Character Missions
    • Unlocked remaining Specialist Character Missions (Battery, Firebreak, Nomad, Prophet, Ruin, Seraph)
  • “Item Found” Notifications
    • To tag an item for your teammate, approach the Item and select the bottom center command on your Command Wheel. This will display the Item in text on your team’s HUD and highlight the item in the world for your team.
    • Increased the brightness of Items when a teammate tags them as “Item Found” via the Command Wheel.
    • Increased duration that Items tagged using “Item Found” are displayed in the world to your team.
  • Calling Cards and Challenges
    • Resolved an issue where completing Dark Ops Challenges would not unlock their associated Calling Card.
    • Resolved an issue where certain Challenges rewarded the same Calling Card.
  • UI
    • Resolved an issue where the Altimeter could disappear during Infiltration.
    • Resolved an issue where incorrect Inventory items could be shown while spectating another player.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue that allowed players to shoot through certain rocks.
    • Improved visual quality of the grass.
    • Resolved an issue where the After Action Report would show double damage when in Squads.
    • Resolved an issue where Echelon Ranking wasn’t showing properly at Max Rank.

Zombies

  • Gameplay
    • Increased XP earn rate for Hardcore and Realistic difficulties.
  • Blood of the Dead
    • Addressed an issue where the New Industries portal ghost remained visible from the start of the step.
    • Fixed lever animation on the Power House ghoul in the Main Easter Egg Quest.
  • IX
    • Resolved an issue where players could be tossed outside the intended play space of the Boss Battle Arena.
    • Resolved an issue where earning Mule Kick could take away all player weapons and money.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue preventing players from applying their Clan Tag or using the Kill Counter after weapon Prestige.
    • Resolved an issue where the SG12 lost all attachments when Pack-A-Punched.
    • Fixed multiple exploit spots in the maps.
    • Fixed several stability issues associated with entering and exiting the Alchemy Lab at specific times.
    • Earning additional Perks will now be displayed on the player’s HUD.
    • Resolved issues with Prestige Master not functioning correctly.
    • Resolved several issues with Custom Mutation options not working correctly.
    • Resolved an issue where the wrong Camo could be displayed on a weapon.
    • Resolved an issue where players were not getting revived when the DG-5 Power Plant ability had been enabled.
    • Resolved several instances of Anywhere But Here not working when activated on a moving platform, like the gondola in Blood of the Dead.
    • Fixed an exploit where players could keep their Special Weapon out indefinitely.

General

  • Social
    • Players can now invite players who are online, but not in the game, to their in-game party.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where particular weapon Camos would overlap weapon Optics.
    • Resolved multiple issues with Paintjobs not showing up in-game.
    • Resolved an issue where your Gun Rack would show up when inspecting other players.
    • Resolved an issue where Emblems for other players would appear in lower resolution than expected in the Social menu.
    • General stability fixes and performance improvements across Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.

SOURCE: Reddit

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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