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Patch Update 1.18 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now live – Days of Summer, Community Challenge, And More

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The latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is starting to roll out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with PC to follow. The patch is version 1.18 and is 11.8GB on PS4 and 12GB on Xbox One.

This new patch update brings the Days of Summer seasonal event, part of Operation Spectre Rising, to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4.

Check out more details on Days of Summer here.

From Treyarch:

Summer is Here!

Our Days of Summer seasonal game update is live today on PS4, delivering new content across Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies in the second half of Operation Spectre RisingClick here to watch the trailer, and let’s get into what’s new:MULTIPLAYER: Free Grind Map, Capture the Flag, New Weapons, Gameplay Tuning, League Play Update + More

Everyone’s favorite Black Ops 2 skatepark is back, and it’s free for all players! We’re excited to announce Grind is now available in rotation today in Multiplayer on PS4, and it’s just like you remember.

Capture the Flag launches today as our newest Featured Playlist on PS4! It’s classic CTF gameplay: grab your opponent’s flag, run it back to your base, protect your own flag at the spawn and get the capture. First team to capture three times or get the most captures wins the round, and the first team to win two rounds takes the match. Time to set up your best Lightweight loadout and hit the ground running.

Today’s update also brings a treasure trove of new and classic weapons for MP, with a Weapon Bribe at Tier 25 in the Contraband stream, the new Vendetta sniper rifle at Tier 50, and the S6 Stingray tactical rifle, Peacekeeper assault rifle, Locus bolt-action sniper rifle, and Ballistic Knife now available in the Black Market and unlockable through the Weapon Bribe.

We’ve also made some gameplay tuning changes to Spectre, Nomad, and Ajax in today’s update, as well as additional weapon tuning, an update to the SG-12 Strobe Light, and new restrictions in Bolt-Action Barebones. And in League Play, we’ve reinstated escalating temporary bans for players who leave mid-match to ensure fuller matches long-term, and made additional visual improvements to the overall World League Hub interface. Get all the specifics in the patch notes below.BLACKOUT: Summer Map Updates, Post-Flood Map, Ground War, Attack Helicopter, Hawk + More

Summer has arrived in Blackout! Days of Summer brings new summer lighting and foliage to the main map, along with new hidden Coolers containing Paint Can rewards, throwable Water Balloons, and seasonal decorations throughout the map including BBQ-themed parties, balloons, yard flamingos, flags, and pool floats.

Now that the flood is over, players will see changes all across the map: the floodwater has receded, Hydro Dam is under reconstruction, Factory is being repaired, Cargo Docks has been restored with new layout changes, and Hijacked has set sail for the cove at Nuketown Island.

Ground War makes its debut today with large-scale 50 vs. 50 warfare in Blackout! Drop in along your team’s flightpath or get behind enemy lines early on, and eliminate the opposing team to secure the win. More loot than usual will spawn throughout the map, ammo drops are doubled, and “Down But Not Out”-style redeploys are enabled to help keep the action going until the final circle. We’ve also disabled friendly fire in Ground War, and players can revive any downed players in their team, not just those in their immediate squad. Get out there and let us know what you think of the biggest battle ever in Call of Duty history.

Also live today in Blackout on PS4: take a ride in the new Attack Helicopter with two mounted heavy turrets, and deploy the Hawk to scout for enemies throughout the map. We’ve also added the new Coward’s Way Out feature in redeploy modes, allowing players to hold the USE button to reduce the time spent in the downed state. This can be used tactically to queue up in time for the next redeploy, or to simply get on with it if your friends can’t revive you in time.

Finally, while Ground War kicks off today on PS4, we’re bringing Ambush Solo to Xbox One and PC this week featuring solo play with snipers, knives, and launchers only – just like old-school Ambush. Enjoy!ZOMBIES: Labours of Hercules Gauntlet, New Weapons, Fan-Favorite Elixirs, New Mastercraft & MK II Weapon Support, Gauntlet Leaderboards + More

Zombies fans get plenty to sink their teeth into this week with a brand new Gauntlet, four new Epic Elixirs, new weapons, Gauntlet Leaderboards, new Mastercraft and MKII Weapon support, gameplay improvements, and more!

First up, the new Labours of Hercules Gauntlet is now live in “Ancient Evil” on PS4, featuring 30 new challenges to take on with your squad. Players on all platforms can also now track their standings against their friends and others in our new Gauntlet Leaderboards, tracking your Highest Round, Best Gold, Best Silver, Best Bronze, and Kills across all Gauntlets.

Next up, four fan-favorites arrive as Epic Elixirs in the Laboratory on PS4: Perkaholic, Near Death Experience, Reign Drops, and Shopping Free. In Black Ops 4 Zombies, Perkaholic gives the player all Loadout Perks plus six random extra Perks upon activation for a hell of an edge against the undead. With Perkaholic now in the mix, we’ve reduced the rarity of Perk Up from Epic to Legendary. Check the patch notes below for the specifics on each of the new Elixirs.

With today’s update, we’ve added support for new weapons and Mastercrafts in Zombies on PS4, including the S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, and Ballistic Knife, as well as the latest MKII Weapons on all platforms, including the Rampage, Switchblade X9, Vapr-XKG, and Spitfire. We’ve also made gameplay improvements and implemented new bug fixes in “Ancient Evil” and “Dead of the Night” for a smoother zombie-slaying experience.

The team is currently hard at work on even more content for the remainder of Operation Spectre Rising – including the launch of Hard Mode Gauntlets and increased in-game rewards for Zombies players – as we prepare for our return to the Aether story in our next Operation in July. We can’t wait to share more details soon on where the Zombies saga is headed in DLC 3… stay tuned.

New Community Challenge

We’re excited to introduce our new Community Challenge in today’s update on PS4, allowing all players to do their part to earn a collective reward for the Black Ops 4 community. The Community Challenge will reward players with the fully-customizable Grav assault rifle in Multiplayer after the community has completed a total of 15 million public matches.

The Community Challenge has automatically activated for all players on PS4 as of 10AM PT today, and Blackout and Zombies players can also now customize the Grav assault rifle with full attachments in the Armory on PS4.

Contracts are Coming!

With our next major update in late June, we’re launching Contracts in Black Ops 4 to give players new ways to earn additional in-game rewards. We’ve heard your requests for more rewards through gameplay, and we’re designing Black Ops 4’s Contracts system to provide new benefits for playing your way. Stay tuned for more details next week as we get closer to launch.

Here’s what’s new since our last update:

Multiplayer

  • Free Grind map (PS4).
  • Capture the Flag (PS4).
  • Support added for new weapons: Grav, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, S6 Stingray, and Ballistic Knife (PS4).
  • Gameplay tuning for weapons and Specialists.
  • Launchers and Equipment now restricted in Bolt-Action Barebones.
  • Featured Playlists updated on all platforms.

Blackout

  • Summer map updates and post-flood map update (PS4).
  • Ground War limited-time mode (PS4).
  • Attack Helicopter added (PS4).
  • Hawk now available (PS4).
  • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments. (PS4)
  • Coward’s Way Out feature added (PS4).
  • Featured Playlists updated on all platforms.

Zombies

  • “Labours of Hercules” Gauntlet (PS4).
  • New Epic Elixirs available in the Laboratory: Perkaholic, Near Death Experience, Reign Drops, and Shopping Free (PS4).
  • Support added for S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, and Ballistic Knife (PS4).
  • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments (PS4).
  • Support added for new Mastercrafts (PS4).
  • Support added for new MKII Weapons.
  • Gauntlet Leaderboards added on all platforms.
  • “Perk Up” rarity changed from Epic to Legendary.
  • Various gameplay improvements and bug fixes.

World League Hub

  • Reinstated escalating temporary bans for players who leave League Play matches.

Global

  • Community Challenge now live to unlock the Grav assault rifle (PS4).
  • Weapon Bribe now earnable at Tier 25 in Contraband (PS4).
  • Vendetta sniper rifle now earnable at Tier 50 in Contraband (PS4).
  • S6 Stingray, Locus, Peacekeeper, and Ballistic Knife now available in the Black Market and unlockable through the Weapon Bribe (PS4).
  • New MKII Weapons, Weapon Camos, Outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Jump Packs, Gestures, and more now available in the Black Market.

The following updates are available first on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

MULTIPLAYER

  • Free Map
    • Grind
      • The classic Black Ops 2 skatepark map is now in rotation, free for all players.
  • Game Modes
    • Capture the Flag
      • Capture the Flag now live as Featured Playlist on PS4.
      • First team to capture 3 flags in a round, or the team that has the most captures at the end of a round, wins the round.
      • First team to win 2 rounds wins the match.
      • In Overtime, the first team to capture the enemy’s flag will set the time to beat, and sides will switch. The opposing team must capture the flag faster to win.
  • New Weapons
    • Multiplayer support added for new weapons available in the Black Market:
      • Grav assault rifle
      • Peacekeeper assault rifle
      • Vendetta sniper rifle
      • Locus sniper rifle
      • S6 Stingray tactical rifle
      • Ballistic Knife special weapon

BLACKOUT

  • Summer Map Updates
    • New summer foliage and lighting added to main map.
    • Coolers added throughout the map containing Paint Can bundle rewards.
    • Throwable Water Balloons added throughout the map.
    • BBQ-themed parties, balloons, yard flamingos, flags, and pool floats added to various locations throughout the map.
  • Post-Flood Map Updates
    • Flood water has receded.
    • Hydro Dam now under reconstruction.
    • Factory now under repair.
    • Cargo Docks now restored with new layout changes.
    • Hijacked relocated to Nuketown Island cove.
  • Game Modes
    • Ground War
      • Massive battle with two teams of up to 50 players on each side.
      • Each team has an opposing flight path. Choose to jump with your team, or try to get behind enemy lines early on.
      • Each match starts with a collapsed play space to get into the action faster.
      • More loot spawns throughout the map and ammo drops are doubled.
      • “Down But Not Out” redeploys enabled.
      • Escalating redeploy loadouts enabled.
      • Players can revive downed players in their squad and teammates not in their immediate squad.
      • Friendly fire disabled.
  • Vehicles
    • Attack Helicopter
      • Helicopter equipped with two heavy turrets designed for combat added to the main map.
  • Equipment
    • Hawk
      • Outrider’s Hawk now available to scout for enemies. Cannot be parked in mid-air.
  • Weapons
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
  • Coward’s Way Out
    • Players can now you can hold the USE button to reduce the time spent downed in redeploy modes.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • “Labours of Hercules” Gauntlet
      • New Gauntlet now available for “Ancient Evil” featuring 30 unique challenges.
  • New Elixirs
    • Perkaholic
      • Receive all Loadout Perks and six random extra Perks that are not in your loadout. Cannot stack with itself.
      • Activates immediately.
    • Near Death Experience
      • Revive or be revived, simply by being near other players. Revived players keep all Loadout Perks after being revived.
      • Activates immediately (lasts 10 minutes or 5 revives).
    • Reign Drops
      • Spawns one of each of the nine core power-ups.
      • Instant activation.
    • Shopping Free
      • All purchases are free.
      • Activates immediately (lasts 1 minute).
  • Weapons
    • Support added for S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, and Ballistic Knife.
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
    • Support added for new Mastercraft weapons.

GLOBAL

  • Community Challenge
    • Grav assault rifle available to all players after the Community Challenge of completing 15 million public matches has been achieved.
  • Black Market
    • Weapon Bribe now earnable at Tier 25 in Contraband.
    • Vendetta sniper rifle now earnable at Tier 50 in Contraband.
    • S6 Stingray, Locus, Peacekeeper, and Ballistic Knife now available in the Black Market and unlockable through the Weapon Bribe at Tier 25 in Contraband.
    • New MKII Weapons, Weapon Camos, Outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Jump Packs, Gestures, and more now available in the Black Market.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapon Tuning
    • Increased starting ammo capacity from 3 magazines to 4 for MX9, GKS, Cordite, and Saug 9mm.
    • Increased bullet penetration through player characters for assault rifles, SMGs, tactical rifles, and pistols.
    • SG-12 Strobe Light Operator Mod no longer affects aim-assist for players with Tactical Mask equipped.
  • Specialists
    • Spectre
      • Increased Shadow Blade cooldown.
      • Improved Shadow Blade attack camera rotation against enemies behind the player.
      • Shadow Blade can now be destroyed by Trophy System.
  • Nomad
    • Lowered K9-Unit health.
  • Ajax
    • 9-Banging an enemy with Tactical Mask equipped no longer earns the “Flashed Enemy” score event.
  • Game Modes
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Launchers and Equipment are now restricted (as of April 30th).
  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4 (June 4-7)
      • Capture the Flag
      • Bolt-Action Barebones (updated rules)
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt
      • Infected
    • Xbox One (June 4-11)
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Prop Hunt
      • Infected
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Endurance Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Game Modes
    • Ambush Solo
      • Snipers, Bowie Knife, and Launchers only
      • SDM removed
      • Concussion and Cluster Grenades removed
      • ATV and ARAV removed
      • Increased time for final collapse
  • Map Improvements
    • Various bug fixes and improvements across the main Blackout map.
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • PS4
      • Ground War
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads
    • Xbox One
      • Ambush Solo
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlet Leaderboards
    • Players can now track their Gauntlet standings against friends and manually-added players in Gauntlet Leaderboards.
    • Stats tracked include:
      • Highest Round
      • Best Gold
      • Best Silver
      • Best Bronze
      • Kills
  • Weapons
    • Support added for new MKII Weapons: Rampage, Switchblade X9, Vapr-XKG, and Spitfire.
  • Elixirs
    • Perk Up rarity changed from Epic to Legendary.
  • Miscellaneous
    • General
      • Direct hits from grenades and projectile weapons to the head now count as headshots.
      • Addressed an issue that allowed Special Weapon revives to convert Secret Sauce Perks into extra Perks.
      • Addressed an issue causing the Secret Sauce icon to display incorrectly after Host Migration.
      • Resolved various streaming issues in IX, Dead of the Night, and Ancient Evil.
    • Ancient Evil
      • Addressed an issue that could result in granting unlimited ammo for the Hand of Hemera Wonder Weapon.
      • Addressed an issue where players were unable to interact with the Obol near the Center of the World.
      • Closed an invulnerability exploit that could occur in the Center of the World.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Fixed various crashes that could occur when downed after Host Migration in Dead of the Night
      • Closed an exploit where players were able to get outside of the map using Nowhere But There.
      • Addressed a visual issue with trees in the outro cutscene.
      • Prevented charged weapon audio from playing while entering the boss fight.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Match Leave Penalty
    • Reinstated escalating temporary bans for players who leave a League Play match.
  • UI
    • Visual pass on Barracks and cleanup on League Play Career and Medals UI.
    • Replaced material names in Social and Inspection menus with Rank.
    • Added restricted icons and text to Specialist selection screen.

GLOBAL

  • UI
    • Updated Create-a-Class to allow for quicker selection of Mastercraft and MKII Weapons.
    • Lobby navigation and performance improvements.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Launchers and Equipment are now restricted (as of April 30th).
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • Prop Hunt
    • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Game Modes
    • Ambush Solo
      • Snipers, Bowie Knife, and Launchers only
      • SDM removed
      • Concussion and Cluster Grenades removed
      • ATV and ARAV removed
      • Increased time for final collapse
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • Ambush Solo
    • Hot Pursuit
    • Duos

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Activision reportedly committed to releasing next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation

A new report claims that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least the next three releases, including Warzone 2.

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Activision Blizzard have committed to releasing the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The gaming world was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft announced it was set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion. While 54% of Call of Duty fans polled are happy at the news, there has been some concerns about whether Microsoft would make the franchise exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Now, a new report claims that Activision’s flagship FPS will stay on PlayStation for at least the next three releases.

warzone operator using binoculars

Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier claims that “Activision had already committed to making the next few CoD games available on Sony’s console,” before news of Microsoft’s purchases broke.

That means Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare sequel, which is set to release later this year, Treyarch’s next entry in 2023, and a planned “new iteration of Call of Duty: Warzone” will all be playable on PlayStation consoles.

While Activision haven’t confirmed this publicly, Schreier states that he spoke to “four people with knowledge of the deal,” who have asked to remain anonymous.

While this is good news for Sony fans. the future of CoD on PlayStation is still difficult to predict. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously stated that they “intended to honor all existing agreements” after the Activision Blizzard deal is complete, but didn’t mention what would happen once those agreements have ended.

Taking away Call of Duty from PlayStation would mark a seismic shift in the gaming industry, and for the franchise. It seems Call of Duty could change forever under Microsoft’s ownership, with talks ongoing about ending the franchise’s annual release schedule.

Image Credits: Activision Blizzard / Sony

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Vanguard and Modern Warfare 2 characters

Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

Vanguard players running in-game

According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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