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Patch Update 1.15 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 live now

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A new patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The patch update is version 1.15 on PS4 and Xbox One (version 1.14 on PC, as PC did not get an update last week). The patch is 161MB on PS4, 39MB on Xbox One, and 9.2GB on PC.

This update brings a lot of the fixes from last weeks patch on PS4 to all platforms, while fixing several new issues as well. Treyarch stated the next big update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was scheduled for release on March 26, when Shamrock & Awe event ends on PlayStation 4.

Path notes are as follows:

PC 1.14 Update

Our PC 1.14 update is now live today with several PC-exclusive additions and quality-of-life improvements – scroll down below and search for “[PC only]”in the PC section of the patch notes to see what’s exclusive to PC players. A big part of today’s PC update improves the Inventory system in Blackout, including the following changes:

  • Attachments can now be moved from one weapon directly to the other with the Middle Mouse Button.
  • Attachments can now go from Inventory or Stashes directly to a stowed weapon with the Middle Mouse Button.
  • Players can now “Swap and Attach” weapons found in a Stash with the Middle Mouse Button.

We’ve also added new interactions with consumables in Blackout for easier management:

  • Players can now equip consumables with the Middle Mouse Button in the Inventory.
  • Added a “Use Consumable” keybind which allows using consumables without opening the Inventory. Pressing the button will use the currently equipped consumable.
  • Added a new element to the HUD to let players know which consumable is currently equipped.
  • Added the “Next Consumable” keybind which changes the player’s equipped consumable to the next in your inventory.

Jump into a match and let us know what you think!

Friendly Player Collision Fix

Today’s update also fixes an issue that temporarily increased the player collision boundaries for teammates in Multiplayer, as well as a crash that could occur when frequently switching between modes at the main menu.

CWL Fort Worth Recap

From all of us at the studio, huge congratulations to Luminosity for coming out on top and taking it all in the CWL Fort Worth Grand Finals over the weekend, along with Splyce, Team Reciprocity, and 100 Thieves rounding out the Top 4! Congrats are also in order for FaZe Black, who won the Open Bracket Grand Finals against Mindfreak on the main stage on Sunday. With 16 Pro League teams and over 180 amateur teams duking it out all weekend long, this one was one for the record books.

Big thanks to our partners at the Call of Duty World League and MLG, our incredible casters, all of the fans watching at home, and the thousands of fans who came out to party with us in Fort Worth, making this one of the highest-attended CWL open events of all time. Let’s do it all over again next time at CWL London, May 3-5.

SUMMARY

Read on below for today’s updates:

  • PC 1.14 update now live with PC-exclusive additions, including new Blackout inventory management options, GPU optimization, stability fixes, and more.
  • Updated friendly hitmarker and added improved Hardpoint stats in World League Hub.
  • Improved Outrider’s Hawk functionality.
  • Fix for increased friendly player collision boundaries in Multiplayer.
  • Fix for a crash that could occur when switching between modes at the main menu.
  • Stability fixes in Multiplayer and Zombies.

ALL PLATFORMS

The following updates are now live on all platforms since our last update:

General

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when frequently switching between modes at the main menu.

Multiplayer

  • Collision
    • Addressed an issue causing increased player collision boundaries with teammates.
  • Specialists
    • Outrider
      • Addressed various issues that could occur when parking the Hawk immediately after deploying it.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Mesh Mines in certain situations.

World League Hub

  • Miscellaneous
    • Updated friendly hitmarker.
    • Added improved stats in Hardpoint.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when setting Custom Option “Damage Multiplier” under enhanced AI.

PC

The following updates are live today on PC:

General

  • Optimization
    • Optimized GPU memory usage for lower-end setups. [PC only]
  • Stability
    • Fixed stability issues when booting the game after a previous session was ended due to a fatal error. [PC only]
  • Theater
    • Added keyboard shortcuts for all actions available in the Theater. This should help players to use the editing tools while keeping full control of the camera. [PC only]
    • Addressed an issue where the gamepad would not function properly in Theater. [PC only]
  • Menu
    • Addressed an issue where users could not make characters rotate in certain personalization screens. [PC only]
  • Friendly Fire
    • Unique Friendly Fire hitmarkers will now appear when damaging friendlies in any game mode with friendly fire enabled, including Hardcore modes, Blackout, and League Play.
  • Lobby
    • Addressed an issue that prevented a user that was previously a party host from entering game modes that could not be entered with the previous party.

Multiplayer

  • General
    • Added buttons to quickly set score and time limits to “Unlimited” in Multiplayer Custom Game Rules. [PC only]
    • Added the ability to change Class when joining a match in progress.
  • Maps
    • Contraband Hurricane
      • New stormy variant of Contraband added to rotation, free for all players.
    • Casino
      • Casino is now available in Hardpoint playlists and in Custom Games for Black Ops Pass holders.
      • Addressed an issue where the Sniper’s Nest could occasionally remain in the playspace after expiring in Casino.
  • Prestige
    • Addressed an issue where some users could not progress beyond Prestige Master Level 999.
    • Addressed an issue where Create-a-Class slots unlocked through Prestige could have empty Equipment slots.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Thresher
      • The Thresher will no longer damage friendly players in modes with Friendly Fire enabled.
      • Addressed an issue that caused the Killcam for the Thresher to display the incorrect point of view.
    • Dart
      • The Dart will no longer count toward team kill penalties in modes with Friendly Fire enabled.
  • Equipment
    • Addressed various instances where the Seeker could fall through the map.
    • Addressed an animation hitch when standing from crouch while holding a Trophy System.
  • Specialists
    • Outrider
      • Addressed an animation issue with Outrider’s Hawk tablet while a pistol was equipped.
      • Addressed an issue preventing Stim Shot use after using the Hawk.
      • Addressed an issue causing a double reticle to appear when using the Sparrow, then the Hawk.
  • Game Modes
    • Heist
      • Addressed an issue where keyboard navigation in the Heist Buy Menu would make elements unselectable. [PC only]
      • Improvements made to the revive UI to match the revive UI in Blackout.
      • Addressed an issue that could cause EKIAs from properly registering in Heist.
    • One in the Chamber
      • Disabled “downlinking enemy data” radar sweep voiceover.
  • Customization
    • Mastercraft camos will now display on weapons in the Gun Rack.
    • Warpaint can now be seen through Seraph’s “The Professional” mask.
  • Custom Games
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent Equipment cooldown from functioning properly in Custom Games.
  • UI
    • Addressed a text overlap issue in the lobby in the map voting area.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Mesh Mines in certain cases.
    • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred while playing Stockpile with bots.

World League Hub

  • General
    • Players that leave a match early will now receive an increased match quit penalty.
    • Unlocked all 12 Custom Classes for players to use in World League Hub.
    • Prestige Master players now properly earn XP in League Play matches.
    • Multiplayer Challenges now properly track while playing in League Play Events.
    • Prestige icons now properly appear when leveling up in League Play Events.
  • Ladders and Rewards
    • Added a Top 5 Ladder Reward tier that awards 4 Gems.
    • 1st Place Ladder Reward now awards 5 Gems.
    • League Ladder Tile in the World League Hub now properly updates after a League Play Event ends.
    • Addressed an issue where players were able to roll over their Ladder Points between Events.
  • Daily Bonus
    • Daily Bonuses will now roll over day-to-day for the duration of the current event.
    • Reduced the Daily Bonus point value from 200 to 100.
  • UI
    • Added red penalty text to the Quit Match popup to clearly indicate new match quit penalty.
    • Updated the World League Rank Calling Card description to include the card’s rank.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue where Match Bonus was rewarding fewer XP than intended.
    • Addressed an issue with inconsistent XP being awarded to players in Search and Destroy League Play matches.
    • Addressed an issue with Specialist Stats displaying Public Match Stats instead of World League Hub Stats.
    • Addressed an issue with the Previous League Play Results screen appearing before a player had completed their Skill Evaluation matches.
    • Addressed an issue with the League Play Career tile in the Barracks not properly updating.
    • Addressed an issue with Streak Flames not appearing in some cases.

Blackout

  • Inventory [PC only]
    • Added interactions with items in the Inventory to let players manage their items in new ways:
      • Attachments can now be moved from one weapon directly to the other with the Middle Mouse Button.
      • Attachments can now go from Inventory directly to a stowed weapon with the Middle Mouse Button.
      • Attachments can now go from a Stash directly to a stowed weapon with the Middle Mouse Button. Pick Up functionality has been moved to the Right Mouse Button.
    • Players can now “Swap and Attach” weapons found in a Stash with the Middle Mouse Button.
    • Added interactions with consumables for easier management:
      • Players can now equip consumables with the Middle Mouse Button in the Inventory.
      • Added a “Use Consumable” keybind which allows using consumables without opening the Inventory. Pressing the button will use the currently equipped consumable.
      • Added a new element to the HUD to let players know which consumable is currently equipped.
      • Added the “Next Consumable” keybind which changes the player’s equipped consumable to the next in your inventory.
    • Addressed an issue where “Next Health Item” and “Next Equipment” keybinds could not be bound to the Mouse buttons.
  • Spring Map Update
    • Added updated lighting, new and improved greenery, and springtime trees in full bloom throughout the map.
  • Weapons
    • Operator Weapons
      • Operator Weapons added to Supply Drops and Stashes.
      • Weapons come with Operator Mods pre-attached, which cannot be stripped.
      • Operator Weapons glow purple for easy identification.
    • Purifier
      • Firebreak’s Purifier flamethrower can now be found in Supply Drops.
  • Perks
    • Reinforced
      • Reduced Reinforced Perk fire resistance.
  • Equipment
    • Grapple Gun
      • Resolved an issue causing players to hold the Grapple Gun with the wrong hand when viewed in third-person.
    • Recon Car
      • Resolved a UI error that could occur when activating a Recon Car.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that prevented Echelon images from appearing in the Merit Report screen.
    • Removed erroneous description text for the Medic Perk that referenced faster healing.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the Spectate button from functioning on the Elimination screen until Skip had been pressed.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading into Blackout in splitscreen.
  • General
    • Players can now mute team members via the Team Scoreboard.
    • Improved visibility of items on the ground when wingsuiting and parachuting into the map.
    • Enabled prioritizing ammo pickups over weapon pickups in Blackout Options.
    • Weapon Inspect can now be activated with left on the d-pad on consoles.
    • Gestures and Callouts can now be activated during the Victory screen.
    • Added new Limited-Time Modes stats filter in Barracks.
      • All Limited-Time Modes now feed stats directly to the Limited Time Modes filter, including previous Hot Pursuit stats.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue where the wrong Calling Card was displayed when a player spectated or viewed the Killcam.
    • Addressed an issue where the player character was missing when joining another player in the lobby.

Zombies

  • Host Migration
    • Public matches will now automatically continue with a new host if the current host drops out mid-game.
  • Armory
    • Addressed a UI error that occurred when entering the Personalize Menu of the Armory for weapons that are disabled in the Edit Game Rules Menu.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that caused a progress bar from appearing when throwing Equipment.
  • Stability
    • Global
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a Catalyst zombie performed its special attack.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when navigating from the Black Market to a Zombies lobby and back.
    • IX
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player started a Custom Mutations IX match where starting points had been adjusted in “Edit Game Rules”.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when the player queued for a public Classic IX match.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Fixed a crash that could occur if the player rapidly switched tabs while spectating.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when the player killed themselves inside the Acid Trap.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when certain visual effects were attached to the player.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur during the Stake Knife Quest.
    • Classified
      • Fixed an issue during the “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet where the player could be disconnected from the server and moved to the main menu when transitioning from Round 10 to Round 11.
    • Theater
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when viewing a clip made during the previous patch in Theater.
      • Fixed a potential freeze and/or crash that could occur in Theater when fast-forwarding a clip from Dead of the Night.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Global – Addressed issues where:
      • The Welling could be permanently unlocked with a Permanent Unlock Token, despite it being the starting pistol.
      • Pack-a-Punching the Swordfish while it was equipped with the Holographic and Long Barrel attachments caused the weapon to have improper animations.
      • If the player left any party lobby hosted by a player, then accepted an invite into a custom Zombies game from a second player, it would result in the player losing functionality during the First Time User Experience screen.
      • The Ethereal Razor could be seen constantly even if the player was not using the knife.
      • The player put their only weapon into the Pack-a-Punch, effectively giving them fists in first-person, but a knife would be seen in their hand in third-person.
      • After killing the Blightfather, the 25% XP boost did not give out the appropriate value with a “MKII” weapon.
    • Prestige Master – Addressed issues where:
      • A Prestige Master Level 1000 player could still see an XP bar in the After Action Report after every match, despite there being no XP left to earn.
      • Earning XP at Prestige Master Level 322 could become corrupted.
      • The Options menu during a game would display the incorrect level and amount of XP for a Prestige Master player, and would be inconsistent with the After Action Report.
      • A Master Prestige player changed their Prestige icon and other players would see the default icon in the Social menu.
    • “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet – Addressed issues where:
      • Players may lose their sprinting animation after sliding and shooting during “Slippery” in Round 2.
      • Players were able to use Elixirs while not sliding, which was inconsistent with the round description during “Slippery” in Round 2.
      • If the player rapid-fired a semi-auto weapon while sliding, they could rapid-fire the remainder of the clip after stopping during “Slippery” in Round 2.
      • Damage would persist on players while standing still during Round 5.
      • The player would lose points when they run, walk, slide, crouch, or go prone in Nova 6 Gas, despite the description only mentioning when “standing” during the “High Gas Prices” Round.
    • “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” Gauntlet
      • Addressed an issue in Round 26 in which players could briefly see their Equipment in their hands as their weapon changed.
      • Addressed an issue in Round 26 in which the revival animation would not play when the player was reviving another player.
    • Classified
      • Addressed a visual issue near the Mystery Box in the War Room Upper Level.
      • Addressed an issue where activating the Nova Crawlers by annoying McNamara during a round transition change would cause all spawns going forward to be Nova Crawlers.
      • Closed an exploit where the player could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to jump onto a filing cabinet in Central Filing.
    • IX
      • Addressed an issue where players were unable to repair barricades in the Ra Altar room.
      • Addressed an issue where the player may notice a misaligned Challenge text box in the UI after cutting a Challenge Banner rope.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Addressed a rare issue where the player’s Shield Key could get jammed in a door while aiming down sights.
      • Addressed an issue that could occur where the Warden that spawns on the roof could path to the Infirmary and then get stuck.
      • Addressed an issue that could occur where random barricades would become unrepairable after Round 6.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Addressed an issue where gazing sequences would reset the FOV to 90. [PC only]
      • Addressed an issue where the light FX for Alistair’s Annihilator could persist on the screen when grabbed by the Crimson Nosferatu.
      • Addressed various visual issues in the Cemetery.
    • Perk Up Elixir
      • Addressed an issue where the player would only receive two Perks from the Perk Up Elixir after failing a round in any Gauntlet match by not completing the objective.
      • Addressed an issue where, if a player used the Perk Up Elixir in a Gauntlet to obtain extra Perks and then proceeded to get damaged down to 50 health, then used In Plain Sight while being attacked at 50 health, the round failed and the Perk Up Perks remained active when the player respawned in the next round.

-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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