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Patch Update 1.21 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now live on PS4 and Xbox One

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Treyarch has released a new Patch Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, version 1.21, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The update is 4.7GB on PlayStation 4 and 9GB on Xbox One. This new update for Black Ops 4 on PS4 was unexpected as Operation Apocalypse Z dropped just one week ago on PS4 with a big update file. For Xbox One and PC, the new update enables Operation Apocalypse Z content.

Full update notes from Treyarch:

Our latest Operation is now live on all platforms, with today’s update delivering new content and features to Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies on Xbox One and PC, including:

  • Multiplayer
    • Reaper playable in MP once unlocked at Tier 1 in the Contraband stream
    • 3 Black Ops Pass maps: Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana
    • Sticks and Stones party game mode
    • Map Pack Moshpit featuring Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana
  • Zombies
    • “Alpha Omega” now available with the Black Ops Pass
    • New Perk: Blood Wolf Bite
    • 2 Epic Elixirs added: Phoenix Up and Head Drama
    • New Black Ops 4 version of “Damned” music in the Zombies lobby
    • Support added for new Black Market weapons and new MKII Weapons
  • Blackout
    • “The Haunting Fog” and “Alcatraz: Nightfall” map updates
    • Quads Fog and Alcatraz Horde limited-time modes
    • Zombies Wonder Weapons now available in the Mystery Box
    • Outfit Mission added to unlock “The Numbers” Outfit for Reaper
    • Zombies-themed music now plays during infiltration
    • New Humiliations now available
  • Black Market
    • New Contraband stream including new Koshka Mastercraft at Tier 20 and earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at Tier 40
    • Reaver C86 auto-crossbow, Argus shotgun, new weapon camos, MKII Weapons, Zombies-themed outfits, and more now available

Light Breaks In and Reaper Deploys in Blackout

Daylight has begun to trickle in through the fog in Blackout’s main map, bringing higher visibility and improved lighting to core Quads, Duos, and Solo matches. While a light mist still remains, you’ll have an easier time tracking your prey in the main map with today’s update. Quads Fog and Alcatraz matches will retain their current lighting conditions to keep things interesting, no matter which Blackout mode you’re into.

Reaper also returns to Blackout on all platforms along with Reaper’s Outfit Mission for “The Numbers” camo on Xbox One and PC, plus gameplay improvements for Alcatraz and various bug fixes across all modes. See below for the patch notes on what’s new since our last update:

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  • Operation Apocalypse Z content now live on Xbox One and PC.
  • Improved lighting and visibility in core Quads, Duos, and Solo matches in Blackout.
  • Reaper now playable in Blackout on all platforms.
  • Alcatraz gameplay improvements in Blackout.
  • Fixed an issue in Blackout that would sometimes display negative Merits.
  • Enabled parties of up to 4 players in Sticks and Stones in Multiplayer.
  • Addressed issues with Reaver C86 Purple Hex camo, Crash’s “The Snitch” outfit, and certain Contracts in the After Action Report in Multiplayer.
  • Various stability improvements for Zombies in “Alpha Omega”.
  • Corrected FX on certain Death Effects.
  • Featured Playlist updates on all platforms.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Sticks and Stones
      • Enabled parties of up to four players in Sticks and Stones.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Purple Hex camo for the Reaver C86 now requires 5 Revenge kills to unlock.
  • Contracts
    • Addressed an issue with some Contracts not showing up properly in the After Action Report.
  • Outfits
    • Crash’s “The Snitch” outfit will now properly display full heatmap in NVIR scopes.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching from the Reaver C86 to any weapon with a Mastercraft on Xbox One.
  • Featured Playlists (July 16-23)
    • PS4
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Sticks and Stones
      • Barebones Objective Moshpit
      • Mercenary Objective Moshpit
      • Deathmatch Domination
    • Xbox One
      • Sticks and Stones
      • Map Pack Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt
      • Mercenary Objective Moshpit
      • Barebones Objective Moshpit
    • PC
      • Sticks and Stones
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Deathmatch Domination

BLACKOUT

  • Maps
    • Main Map
      • Daylight has begun to break through the mist on the main Blackout map, brightening the environment and increasing visibility in Quads, Duos, and Solos matches (Quads Fog LTM and Alcatraz not affected).
    • Alcatraz
      • The Warden will now drop Trauma Kits and Med Kits more consistently.
      • Added collision to a rock near the Shipwreck on Alcatraz.
  • Characters
    • Reaper
      • Reaper now playable in Blackout on all platforms with corrected footstep audio.
    • Merits
      • Addressed an issue that would sometimes display a negative Merit value.
  • Featured Playlists (July 16-23)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Alcatraz Horde
      • Quads Fog
      • Quads (improved lighting)
      • Duos (improved lighting)
      • Solo (improved lighting)
    • PC
      • Alcatraz Horde
    • Quads Fog
      • Duos (improved lighting)

ZOMBIES

  • Stability
    • “Alpha Omega”
      • Fixed an issue where Pack-a-Punching a Saug 9mm with Clan Tag and Dual Wield could cause a crash.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur by when a player entered “Clear” as the first input in the Rushmore keypad.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when other players joined the match while a player used a telepad.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when players progressed Easter Egg quests during certain Rushmore VO.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when multiple players interacted with the power switch simultaneously.
      • Various general stability improvements.

GLOBAL

  • Death Effects
    • Added proper FX to Magma and Black Hole Death Effects.

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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