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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Patch Update 1.12 (January 29) Live Now, Patch Notes Released

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The patch update is version 1.12. The update is 6.94GB on PS4 and 7.4GB on Xbox One.

This patch update brings the previously mentioned tuning changes to Blackout, Classic Weapons and a new Gauntlet in Zombies, the start of the new camo progression system for Blackout (with full rollout of the feature to come throughout the week), new MP featured mode, and more.

In Blackout, there are changes to Armor, Concussion Grenades, and more, alongside a new Featured Playlist called Ambush for Blackout on PlayStation 4. For MP, Blackjack Gun Game has returned as the Featured Playlist, this time with KAP 45 included.

From Treyarch:

Our 1.12 update starts rolling out today at 10AM PT on PS4 and Xbox One, delivering new content and gameplay improvements across all three modes of Black Ops 4!

There’s a lot included in this update as we detailed in our preview last week, plus more planned for later this week, including Mastery Camos in Blackout and Zombies, full camo progression in Blackout, support for Mastercrafts/Reactive Camos/Black Market camos in Zombies, and Zero’s Outfit Unlock mission in Blackout.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s new in each mode, with full patch notes down below:

Multiplayer

Our 1.12 update brings new gameplay improvements and Featured Playlists to Multiplayer, including Blackjack’s Gun Game featuring the new KAP 45 auto-pistol in the mix, and the debut of Hardcore Moshpit in the Featured category. Endurance Chaos Moshpit also returns by popular demand, joining Mercenary Capture Moshpit and Safeguard in the Featured category.

Looking ahead, our next Multiplayer weapon balancing pass is underway and planned for our upcoming 1.13 update slated for February. This is planned to include weapon balance in both Core and Hardcore, potential tuning changes for Attachments, and more.

Blackout

We’ve made a new round of tuning changes with this update focusing on ArmorConcussion Grenades, and Cluster Grenades in Blackout. These include reductions in the damage mitigation percentages of all three levels of Armor, removed explosive and melee protections for Level 3 Armor, reduced status effect duration and radius for Concussions, increased fuse time and mini-cluster damage for the Cluster Grenade, and more. See below for the full list of changes and let us know what you think after you’ve spent some time in-game.

We’re also debuting Ambush today in Blackout on PS4, our newest limited-time mode where players only have sniper rifles, melee attacks, and launchers at their disposal in a circle that never stops collapsing once it starts! Down But Not Out continues its second week on other platforms this week, and will be replaced by Ambush next week.

Full camo progression is also planned to come to Blackout later this week on PS4, featuring a new mechanic to unlock different weapon camos as you play through Blackout matches. We’ll have more info on what to expect as we get closer to adding this feature, which will include a path to unlocking Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter camos in Blackout. Zero’s Outfit Unlock mission is also scheduled to drop into Blackout later this week on PS4, adding a new quest to unlock “The Numbers” outfit for Zero in Multiplayer and Blackout.

Zombies

It’s a big week for Zombies! Classic and loot weapons arrive in the Mystery Box in all Zombies maps with this update, including the MP 40, Grav, Daemon 3XB, SWAT RFT, and KAP 45. Camo progression will also become available in the Armory for the MP 40 and Grav, with progression and customization for loot weapons available in the Armory as those weapons are unlocked in the Black Market.

Several gameplay improvements, bug fixes, and stability updates have been made across the board, and we’re also planning on adding support for Mastery Camos (Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter) in Zombies shortly after our 1.12 update goes live, as well as support for Mastercrafts, Reactive Camos, and Black Market camos in the Armory.

Our second Gauntlet arrives on PS4 with “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” today in IX as well, offering up 30 new rounds of insane challenges to put your zombie-killing prowess to the test. Remember, each Gauntlet match is timed for competitive play, and we can’t wait to see the best speed-runs to come out of the community. Jump in and start slaying!

“Barbarians” Special Event on All Platforms

Our “Barbarians” Special Event continues on PS4 and kicks off today on Xbox One and PC, delivering 25 more Tiers of earnable loot, including the new KAP 45 full-auto pistol. This event stream appears below the Operation Absolute Zerostream in the Black Market, so players can unlock two pieces loot with each Tier earned during the event.

Competitive Update

We’ve incorporated feedback from the Call of Duty World League, pro players and some members of team management, and the larger Call of Duty competitive community, and today we’re announcing several updates to the CWL competitive ruleset, along with plans for the World League Hub and League Play.

Read our League Play Blog for all the details here.

PATCH NOTES:

  • Blackjack’s Gun Game added as Featured Playlist in MP.
  • Hardcore Moshpit, Endurance Chaos Moshpit, Mercenary Capture Moshpit, and Safeguard added to Featured category in MP.
  • Tuning adjustments for Armor, Concussion Grenade, and Cluster Grenade in Blackout.
  • Classic and loot weapons added to the Mystery Box in Zombies.
  • Armory support for classic and loot weapons added in Zombies.
  • “Barbarians” Special Event continues on PS4, live today on Xbox One and PC.
  • “Ambush” limited-time mode added as Featured Playlist in Blackout (PS4).
  • New IX Gauntlet in Zombies: “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” (PS4).
  • Various gameplay improvements and crash fixes across MP, Blackout, and Zombies.

The following updates are live today first on PS4:

Blackout

  • Limited-Time Mode
    • Ambush
      • Weapons limited to sniper rifles, melee attacks, and launchers only.
      • Circle constantly advances with no delays between collapses.

Zombies

  • Gauntlets
    • “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” (IX)
      • 30 rounds of challenges 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.

The following updates are live today on PS4 and Xbox One, with PC to follow this week:

Multiplayer

  • Featured Playlists
    • Blackjack’s Gun Game added as Featured Playlist.
    • Limited-time free-for-all with new rotating weapon selection, including the KAP 45 full-auto pistol.
  • Hardcore Moshpit added to Featured category (first-time addition).
  • Endurance Chaos MoshpitMercenary Capture Moshpit, and Safeguard added to Featured category.
  • Game Modes
    • Heist
      • Ghost Perk now properly works against the mode’s auto-UAV sweep.
      • Players can no longer spend cash on purchasing max ammo when they currently have max ammo.
      • Resolved an issue that could lead to multiple purchases of an item if the player had the Specialist selection menu open during round transition.
  • Specialists
    • Prophet
      • Resolved an issue where the Tempest could gain an extra charge if an enemy was killed by a player-owned Seeker or Scorestreak.
    • Ajax
      • Resolved an issue where grenade fuses could expire faster while the Ballistic Shield was in use.
    • Ruin
      • Resolved an issue where the Gravity Slam would not properly trigger if the player landed directly on another player.
  • Perks
    • Tracker
      • Tracker’s detection icon will no longer display after the player switches to a class without Tracker equipped.
  • Gear
    • Acoustic Sensor
      • Resolved an issue where Acoustic Sensor could stop working if the player switched their class after spawning.
  • Challenges
    • Crash Landing
      • Players should now properly gain progress toward this Challenge each time after earning a Gravity Slam Shutdown medal.
  • Weapon Customization
    • Mastercrafts applied to secondary weapons will now update in real time.
    • Resolved an issue where a Gold Camo weapon could display a higher visual state when switched to after a new visual state was reached on a weapon with a Mastercraft applied.
    • Resolved an issue where a dropped Diamond Camo weapon could display a higher visual state when picked up by another player.
    • Resolved an issue where a teammate’s Gold Camo weapon would have a purple visual state in third-person when killed by an enemy with a Gold Camo weapon.
  • Custom Games
    • Sweeping and Constant Mini Map custom rules settings now function as intended.
    • Team Deathmatch Round Score Limits greater than 500 are now available.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Grenade Equipment charge will no longer be lost if the player dies during the throwing animation.
    • Players can no longer gain XP for killing teammates in Hardcore Search & Destroy and Hardcore Control.
    • Closed an exploit that could briefly speed up a player’s movement when rapidly ADSing in and out.
      • Removed custom reticles on ABR 223 and Paladin HB50 Mastercraft default optics, due to feedback on the reticles adversely affecting aiming during gameplay.

Blackout

  • Gameplay Tuning
    • Armor
      • Level 1 Armor damage protection reduced from 30% to 15%.
      • Level 2 Armor damage protection reduced from 40% to 25%.
      • Level 3 Armor damage protection reduced from 50% to 35%.
      • Removed explosive damage resistance from Level 3 Armor.
      • Removed melee weapon damage reduction from Level 3 Armor.
      • Increased Armor Plates required to repair a single durability pip of Level 3 Armor from 1 to 2.
    • Concussion Grenade
      • Reduced status effect duration.
      • Reduced area of effect radius.
      • Reduced throw distance.
      • Reduced opacity of the white flash when initially concussed.
      • When concussed, players can now use Equipment, continue holding Equipment, perform melee attacks, and switch weapons.
      • Reduced hip-fire spread while concussed.
    • Cluster Grenade
      • Increased time to detonate after impact.
      • Reduced damage of mini-Cluster Grenade explosions.
    • General
      • Players can now aim down sights immediately after interacting with a door.
  • Miscellaneous
    • “Longest Shot” on the Scoreboard now properly matches the After Action Report.
    • Zombies Ultimis character voiceovers now play as intended.

Zombies

  • Classic and Loot Weapons
    • MP 40, Grav, Daemon 3XB, SWAT RFT, and KAP 45 weapons added to the Mystery Box on all maps.
    • MP 40 and Grav camo progression now available in the Armory for all players.
    • Daemon 3XB, SWAT RFT, and KAP 45 camo progression and customization now available in the Armory once unlocked in the Black Market.
  • Stability
    • Global
      • Resolved a rare crash that could occur when players idled too long in a lobby.
      • Resolved a crash that could occur during a 4-player splitscreen session as players were bleeding out.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when the player disconnected while loading into the boss fight.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur during the opening cinematic if the user quickly restarted a custom match just after leaving one.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Global
      • Resolved an issue where Pack-a-Punch would be unusable for the rest of the match for all other players if a player disconnected while their weapon was still in the Pack-a-Punch machine.
      • Resolved multiple pathing issues caused when throwing a Homunculus.
      • Resolved inconsistencies in the armor gained between the Hellfire and the Hammer of Valhalla.
      • Resolved an issue where, if the player struck an electric Catalyst zombie while disoriented by its electric wave, UI may disappear when being damaged by other zombies.
      • Resolved an issue where the player could still have armor after being revived if the player triggered the Special Weapon, then immediately went down.
      • Resolved an issue where players received an error when loading into an online Zombies match, which was followed by the match continuing without UI.
      • Resolved a rare issue in high rounds where the Hammer of Valhalla’s Lightning Bolt would stop damaging zombies.
      • Resolved a rare issue where players were unable to use Perk Up after bleeding out.
      • Resolved a rare issue where the Chakram’s Whirlwind attack FX could persist after it was used.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Resolved an issue where the Spectral Shield Key attack could persist while using an Elixir.
      • Closed an exploit where players could access exploitable areas using the Ragnarok DG-5.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Limited the maximum damage that can be dealt to the boss by any attack to prevent several exploits.
      • Resolved an issue where enemies could fall out of the map on spawn during the Wonder Weapon Crimson Nosferatu event.
      • Resolved an issue where the Crimson Nosferatu bite could deal lower than intended damage or no damage to the player.
      • Resolved an issue where Nosferatu affected by the Wonder Weapon’s charged shot could still target the player without attacking them.
      • Resolved an issue where Alistair’s Folly was not present in the Library and could not be obtained in the Mystery Box before the power was turned on.
      • Resolved an issue where, if the player quit a Custom Mutations game that had the setting for all doors to be open, the player could hitch for an extended period of time and encounter an error message.
      • Resolved an issue in Custom Mutations where the player could encounter a kill trigger in the Master Bedroom or Trophy Room if they had doors set to open and used Anywhere But Here!
      • Resolved an issue where the player could encounter an error message in Custom Mutations with doors set to open and barricades set to off.
      • Resolved an issue where Alistair’s Annihilator was slightly misaligned to the left.
    • Classified
      • Resolved a visual corruption that could occur when players were damaged by electric traps (Xbox One only).
      • Resolved an issue where the camera was not aligned to the player during the teleporter transition if the player was coming from Groom Lake.
    • Gauntlets
      • Resolved an issue where Gauntlet mode was not available in Local play, even if connected to the Internet.
      • Resolved an issue where the After Action Report in Local play would not show completed rounds.
    • Rush
      • Resolved an issue where collectible icons could spawn without glow FX.
    • Tutorial
      • Fixed a progression break that could occur if the player attempted to interact with the Fast Travel before interacting with the Pack-a-Punch pedestal.

The following updates are live today on Xbox One and PC:

General

  • Special Event
    • Barbarians Special Event added to the Black Market.
    • 25 new Tiers of loot to earn, available in the Special Event stream below the existing Operation Absolute Zerostream.
    • Rewards include new Outfits, Gestures, Calling Cards, Reactive Camo, and KAP 45 full-auto pistol.

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.

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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