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Patch Update 1.08 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 live now (Dec 3)

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The patch is live now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with release on PC to follow. The patch update is version 1.08 and is 14GB on PS4 and 22GB on Xbox One.

The new patch update brings Safeguard to Xbox One, which debuted on PS4 last week. In addition, many players are now once again able to access Theater Mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 following a glitch that caused the mode to be unavailable.

Treyarch has released the patch notes, providing a detailed look at what changed with today’s update, including gameplay improvements across modes and a preview of what’s coming next week.

From Treyarch: 

Today’s 1.08 title update is all about gameplay and stability improvements across all three modes, as we set the stage for an even bigger update next week. Stay tuned for the intel on everything new coming soon to Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout.

In Multiplayer, we’ve implemented a round of stability updates for a smoother online experience, including fixes for crashes related to specific modes, Scorestreaks, and Specialists that could affect players at various points in MP matches. We’ve also adjusted Hardpoint spawns, tweaked the Care Package and Hellstorm Scorestreaks, updated CWL Custom Game rules, addressed various Challenge issues, and more. See below for the full patch notes for all the new details.

We’ve added a host of stability improvements in Zombies to prepare for next week’s big update, including new crash fixes specific to each map and additional fixes across the board. Stay tuned for more information on what’s in store for the Black Ops 4 Zombies experience starting next week.

For our Blackout players: prepare for big changes coming to the game starting next week. We’ve got an extensive set of features, events, and more surprises planned for the future of Blackout, and we’re excited to share more details on everything coming in our next update in a dedicated post later this week. In the meantime, we’ve added enemy Calling Card, Emblem, and Echelon information to the player HUD and Killcams in today’s update, and we’re bringing the Zombies Origins Character Missions and the Blightfather event to our Xbox One and PC players tomorrow!

1.08 Update Patch Notes:

SUMMARY

  • Multiplayer
    • Stability improvements
    • Hardpoint Spawn adjustments
    • Care Package and Hellstorm adjustments
    • Player identity HUD updates
    • Challenge fixes
    • CWL Custom Game updates
    • Misc. gameplay fixes
  • Zombies
    • Stability improvements across all maps
    • Dark Ops Challenge adjustment
  • Blackout
    • Killcam and HUD identity updates

PS4 AND XBOX ONE

We’ve made the following updates to the game on PS4 and Xbox One, with PC to follow tomorrow with PC-exclusive changes:

MULTIPLAYER

  • Spawns
    • Spawn adjustments made for Hardpoint.
  • Gameplay
    • Added Calling Card and Emblem for killed enemies to the player HUD.
  • Stability – Fixed crashes that could occur:
    • When a UAV was active while another player was joining the match.
    • When a player disconnected during a Hellstorm strike.
    • When a Seeker attacked a player in certain situations.
    • When Firebreak’s Reactor Core killed a player that was disconnecting.
    • In Kill Confirmed when collecting the tag of a disconnected player.
    • In Safeguard when the Robot was shut down in certain situations.
    • During the Specialist Draft when another player disconnected.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Care Package
      • Improved Care Package landing physics.
      • Addressed issues with the Care Package getting stuck and being flung off the map.
    • Hellstorm
      • Addressed an issue that would allow the Hellstorm to lock onto targets that were under roofs and not reachable by the missile.
  • Challenges
    • 100 Percenter
      • 100 Percenter Calling Card now properly unlocks in the Calling Cards menu once earned.
    • Bring the Pain
      • Kills with the Dual Wield Saug 9mm now properly track toward this Challenge.
    • Got Rocks
      • Vehicle destructions now properly track toward this Challenge.
  • CWL Custom Games
    • Sensor Dart is no longer restricted.
    • Hellion Salvo launcher is no longer restricted.
    • Torque is no longer restricted.
    • Select Spawn is now disabled.
    • Players will now spectate other players instead of their own death position in CWL Hardpoint.
  • Gear
    • Stim Shot will now be fully charged on respawn.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue where the player’s class could change mid-game if the Create-a-Class menu was not closed prior to spawning.
    • Addressed an issue where Gestures would get stuck in a loop and could not be interrupted by the player.

ZOMBIES

  • Stability
    • General – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • In multiple situations when a player disconnected from the game.
      • Occasionally when calculating stats at the end of a round.
      • When disconnecting the controller during the loading screen could lead to multiple “reconnect controller” messages.
      • When using Deadshot Dealer.
      • In rare instances when triggering Winter’s Wail.
      • In rare instances when triggering alternative ammo type FX.
      • In rare instances when hint text displayed in Rush.
      • In rare instances when a Stoker died.
      • In rare instances while disconnecting while downed.
      • In rare instances when a player disconnected while using the Viper and Dragon or Ragnarok DG-5.
    • Voyage of Despair – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When the Blightfather used his tongue attack.
      • While activating the Sentinel Artifact.
      • While using fast travel.
      • During the Wonder Weapon quest.
    • Blood of the Dead – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • During the third step of the Main Quest.
      • When a Hellhound died after falling too far outside the map.
      • In rare instances while running the unfinished Magmagat across the map.
      • In rare instances when a Hellhound was killed.
    • Classified – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When a player disconnected while interacting with the door to the room containing McNamara in the Main Offices.
      • When triggering Nova Crawler spawn FX.
      • When Nova Crawlers used the teleporter.
      • In rare instances when a player disconnected while teleporting.
    • IX
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when the Blightfather’s projectiles fired.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Moved one of the Dark Ops Master Calling Cards to the correct tab.

BLACKOUT

  • Gameplay
    • Added Calling Card, Emblem, and Echelon for killed enemies to the player HUD.
    • Added enemy Calling Card, Emblem, and Echelon to Killcam.

GENERAL

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur during Torque’s Combat Training in Specialist HQ when an enemy was entangled in the Razor Wire.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur during Ajax’s Combat Training in Specialist HQ when killing an enemy in certain situations.

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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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How Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a seizmic shift for gaming, and Xbox could make make some major changes to Call of Duty.

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The world of gaming was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft confirmed they had agreed to buy Activision Blizzard. With Xbox Studios set to add CoD’s developers to their sprawling family of game creators, we take a look at five ways Call of Duty could change forever.

It’s rare that real surprises take place in the gaming industry, but everyone was left speechless when word of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard broke on January 18. Worth close to $70 billion according to reports, it immediately becomes gaming’s biggest buyout ever.

The deal, which will close before June 2023, will see CoD developers Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software all become wider parts of the Xbox Studios family, bringing past and future Call of Duty titles with them.

With such a seismic change, what could the Microsoft buyout mean for the future of the series, and what changes could Xbox Studios make to Call of Duty moving forward? We’ve picked out five ways the legendary FPS franchise could change forever once the deal is complete.

Xbox's Acitivison Blizzard acquisition image featuring Overwatch, CoD, and WoW.

Call of Duty becomes Xbox-exclusive

The topic on every Call of Duty fan’s lips right now is Xbox exclusivity. With Microsoft adding the biggest console FPS title to their portfolio, they could use it to drive consumers away from the PS5 by announcing that future CoD titles are only available on the Xbox Series X|S.

Thankfully, that seems fairly unlikely, at least for the time being. Microsoft Gaming’s CEO Phil Spencer has already eased fears, telling Bloomberg that “it’s not our intent to pull communities away from [Sony’s] platform, and we remain committed to that.”

Still, we wouldn’t expect to see Sony’s deal for exclusive content on PlayStation consoles continue for long, with Microsoft likely to move that feature to Xbox as soon as possible.


A focus on Ranked Play

Ranked Play is a controversial word for CoD players. For years, players have bemoaned the franchise’s lackluster, and sometimes entirely missing, ranked playlists. A decade on, Black Ops 2’s League Play is still the gold standard in the franchise.

Under Xbox though, this might finally change. Halo Infinite featured a ranked playlist at launch, something we’ve been begging developers to do for years.

It’s unlikely that this will be Xbox’s biggest focus, but perhaps we could see CoD developers following 343 Industries’ path in the future.

Call of Duty Ranked play emblems

CoD’s annual release schedule ends

This one is pretty unlikely, but as it stands, Xbox don’t have any titles that release on a yearly schedule – something Call of Duty is synonymous with.

Halo fans had to wait six years between Guardians and Infinite, and while we don’t think there would ever be such a huge gap between titles, Xbox Studios may be more open to granting developers more time to polish games before release.

A greater focus on frequent Warzone updates, and using existing Xbox studios to help Raven Software, could help to plug a longer gap between mainline franchise releases.


Remastered CoD games & Xbox Game Pass

Game Pass has been a huge focus for Xbox, giving players the opportunity to play hundreds of games, starting at $9.99 a month. What better way to get Call of Duty players on the service than adding fan-favorite titles to its extensive library?

Who wouldn’t be pulling out their credit card to get back into CoD 4’s legendary campaign, or to dive into World At War’s classic Zombies mode?

If Microsoft wanted to go the extra mile, they could even add remastered versions of these games. Rumors suggest that an updated version of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer was in development at one point, and Game Pass could be the perfect place to release it.

Modern Warfare 2 players fighting on Rust

Amazing crossovers

Minecraft Steve in Zombies? Master Chief in multiplayer? Forza cars in Warzone? All of these crazy ideas are now possible, as we expect to see major crossovers between Xbox games and Call of Duty.

While CoD’s Attack on Titan collaboration wasn’t well-received, the teams who create Microsoft’s iconic characters could actively work with studios like Sledgehammer and Raven to create awesome skins and cosmetics.

And really, who wouldn’t want to win a Warzone match as a kitted-out Spartan from Halo?

Spartan in Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard creates so many options and theories, it could make your head spin. The reality is that we’ve never seen any deal as big as this in gaming, and the possibilities are endless. These are just a few possibilities, but Xbox may have even bigger plans than we could imagine.

With so many ideas and concerns, all we can do for now is wait and see how it all plays out. Still, we can’t contain our excitement at what could come next when the deal concludes before June 2023.

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When will Call of Duty games be added to Xbox Game Pass?

After Microsoft’s $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, CoD fans are wondering when the franchise will be added to Xbox Game Pass.

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On January 18, Microsoft stunned the gaming community with a reported $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard which has left gamers wondering when Call of Duty games will be added to Xbox Game Pass.

The shocking news of Microsoft’s takeover will have massive implications on the Call of Duty franchise moving forward. Early reports from Microsoft suggest that they currently do not have plans of making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive.

As of now, one can only guess where Microsoft will take the franchise in the future but it’s safe to say CoD games could be making their way to Xbox Game Pass.

When will Call of Duty games be added to Xbox Game Pass

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At the moment there is no official date for when Call of Duty will be added to Xbox Game Pass. However, we will be updating this article as more information about Microsoft’s future plans are revealed.

It’s being reported that the buyout should be complete before June 2023 therefore CoD 2023 may turn out to be the first title to appear on Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s video game subscription service that launched in 2017. For a monthly fee, gamers are granted access to a rotating catalog of games. This service isn’t exclusive to Xbox console owners as Android, iOS devices, and PC players can also access the subscription.

Although the takeover still needs to be finalized, Call of Duty fans are already eagerly anticipating the possibility that future Call of Duty games will make their way to Xbox Game Pass.

Obviously, the benefit of adding Call of Duty to the Xbox Game Pass catalog is not lost on fans of the franchise. Not only would they save money but the day one access is a significant bonus for longtime CoD fans.

The service essentially took over from the iconic Xbox Live subscription offered to Xbox gamers. Xbox Game Pass is now a one-stop shop for all of the premium services offered by Microsoft.


For more Call of Duty news check out how a CoD leaker revealed a possible Modern Warfare 2 early release date after Vanguard issues.

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