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What to expect in next week’s major Black Ops 4 Zombies update

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From Factions to splitscreen pausing, here are our expectations for the big Zombies update next week.

Ever since the Black Ops 4 Beta earlier this year, Treyarch has been pretty on-the-money when it comes to updating the Call of Duty community on the state of the game. During Black Ops 4’s launch month, an official Treyarch Reddit account would post to the Blackops4 subreddit almost every couple of days. It would update players on patch notes, as well as new features and events coming to the game.

Whenever these posts would surface, the Zombies community would pour diligently over every word looking for an ounce of new content. While updates like stability improvements and the return of ‘Speed Cola’ definitely make for a better experience, players are still left wanting more.

In the December 3 update by Treyarch, they have finally specified that next week we will get new information for Zombies, and hopefully some new content as well.

Here is a list of all the things we should expect Treyarch to update us on in that update(note: this is all speculation and none of this is confirmed.)

Callings

A daily calling appearing in the PC version on Dec 4

During the May 17 Black Ops 4 reveal event Zombies lead, Jason Blundell, brought up Callings. He described them as “limited time curated challenges.” Our first glimpse at Callings came on October 19 and lasted for a couple of days. Players had four challenges to complete which would reward them with four themed face paints.

Since then, we haven’t heard anything on Callings outside of a small mention of Daily Callings on a November 13 update post and there inclusion in the PC version earlier today.

It would come as no surprise to see the same Daily Calling that is live on PC right now to make its way to consoles by next week.

Spiltscreen Pausing, Host Migration, and Nebulium Plasma

These three issues are bundled together because since they have been acknowledged, they still haven’t been resolved despite several promises for upcoming fixes.

Currently, when two players are playing splitscreen in a private match, pausing doesn’t pause the game as it would in a solo match.

Splitscreen on Voyage of Despair

Treyarch first stated they are working on an update in an October 26 post, and reiterated their intent to update the community on a fix on November 13. Expect an update on this next week if not a full on fix.

Host Migration in Zombies does not work properly right now. Whether in a public or private match, if the host leaves, the game is almost certain to end. This issue has been acknowledged as far back as October 19, and mentioned again on October 26 and November 13. While updates have been promised, players are still left wanting a clearer picture on the matter. 

On October 26, Treyarch wrote “The Zombies team is planning to increase the earn rate for Nebulium Plasma across the board in an upcoming game update. Keep an eye on the patch notes soon!”

Over a month now, there has not been any other mention of Plasma rates increasing causing players to think up their own solutions. Many community members have suggested rewarding Main Quest completions with large amounts of Plasma as a simple and quick fix to this issue.

Mastery Camos

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This is another thing that Treyarch has promised updates early on and has not yet fulfilled. Mentioned only in the October 19 and 26 updates, Treyarch has said that Mastery camos such as Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter, will be coming to Zombies. Players who unlock those camos in Multiplayer, will be able to apply them to weapons in Zombies.

The camos omission from Zombies is significant because the mode still doesn’t have any Mastery camos of its own.

While allowing players who earned these camos in Multiplayer to bring them over to Zombies is a nice improvement, die-hard Zombies players who don’t play Multiplayer would still want the ability to earn them.

Whether that means a new set of Mastery camos for Zombies, or the regular ol’ Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter, this is definitely something we should see an update on next week.

Black Ops Authenticity Stamp System

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When Custom Mutations were talked about at the Black Ops 4 reveal event, they were immediately followed up with the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system, or BOAS for short.

Blundell explained that they would allow for more competition because players would be able to share “exactly what was achieved and with what options.”

While BOAS is still absent in Black Ops 4, they were last mentioned in any official capacity while listing off a handful of upcoming features on the November 13 update.

Currently, not many players are using Custom Mutations that much. They disable easter eggs, there are no ways to select preset mutations or share ones you created, and there are really no incentives to attempt any specific challenges.

Imagine being the top on the leaderboards for a pistols only, no perks run on IX. That would be something worth chasing after.

With the BOAS system in place, Custom Mutations would gain some new life and be a great mainstay for Zombies.

Factions

SDCC 2018 10 Years of Zombies panel image via Treyarch

Out of all the features announced for Black Ops 4 Zombies that have yet to be added to the mode, Factions is the only one that has never been mentioned in any update by Treyarch on Reddit.

The only information Factions comes from a July 21 blog post following the Call of Duty Zombies San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel.

First, there will be Factions in Black Ops 4 Zombies, complete with their own quests and narratives. These Factions will add another dimension to the story, as players choose to side with the Bloodfaith, Tempus Novi, Dustborn or The First Legion. Blundell added that these Factions will add a new layer to the Zombies experience, “Who do you stand with, and what does that mean as you progress along that path?”

While this sounds amazing, it looks like Factions still needs a little more time to cook before we get hands on it. Everything else on this list has been promised to come in a future update, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Treyarch gloss over Factions in next week’s update.

However, if they even give the slightest bit of info as to when we will see it come to Black Ops 4, fans will surely be pleased.

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Leaked DLC 1 Character via Reddit user osodude1902–2– 

Temper your expectations, folks. As much as I’d LOVE to see a trailer, mention, date, anything for the next Zombies map, I don’t think this is the time.

It’s clear Treyarch has been prioritizing stability and performance over the past month and a half, more than they ever had to, so it would make sense for them to take longer to release the first new map.

While rumors point to a Nuketown Zombies remake coming in the future, next week’s focus seems to be on finalizing and releasing all previously mentioned facets of the game.

What do you expect to see in the next week’s Zombies update? Agree or disagree with any of my claims? Let us know in the comments below!

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CouRage explains what “killed” his love for CoD Multiplayer

Popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage revealed the main reason his love for CoD Multiplayer was “killed.”

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CouRage has given fans the reason why he has lost his love for the standard Call of Duty Multiplayer mode.

Call of Duty has always been praised for its Multiplayer mode, which became its most popular aspect ever since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released in 2007.

The Multiplayer mode spawned a massive community of players, some of which made a living through becoming professional players and content creators.

With the game developing so fast, many of these players have ultimately fallen out of love with the standard Multiplayer mode, with things like Warzone and other battle royale games becoming more appealing. With that being said, CouRage revealed why he no longer has the passion to play CoD Multiplayer.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest installment in the franchise, which of course comes along with the classic Multiplayer mode that a lot of players look forward to every year.

Over the years, this mode has changed a lot, from Exo suits to the return of boots on the ground gameplay. As well as this, players began to realize that the game possessed a skill-based matchmaking system, which has since become a very controversial topic of conversation in recent years.

For those wondering why popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage isn’t grinding Vanguard’s Multiplayer mode, he revealed back in 2020 that “Skill based matchmaking” killed his love for Call of Duty’s Multiplayer mode, which is a system that pits similarly skilled players against each other.

In the tweet, CouRage explains that SBMM causes players to “sweat 100% of the time,” with no “pop off” games and “ability to use fun weapons,” asking Warzone to “save” him. This is very telling considering Warzone became his go-to game for quite some time.

A recent Reddit post brought this tweet back up for players to share their opinions on SBMM in Call of Duty. Some of the users are clearly in agreement with the streamer, with one comment saying:

“Matchmaking should not be skill based.. that why there is ranked mode to play on your own skills. Sadly they dont make competitive modes that rewards any way.”

Having said that, the community is definitely torn, as others feel as if SBMM is justified: “I feel like a lot of proficient COD players do not seem to understand that their “relaxed” games were built upon the backs of all of us who are mediocre to average players.”

Ultimately, SBMM was most likely introduced to make the game more accessible for new players, which may be a massive part of Call of Duty’s continued success. However, that clearly is alienating the more advanced and experienced players.

With CoD 2022 in the works, perhaps Activision will decide to switch it up, or players will be getting the same experience that may not be as appealing to the individuals who have been playing Call of Duty for years.

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Clever CoD Zombies trick gives Chronicles players unlimited max ammo

CoD Zombies players have discovered a useful Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles trick that grants you unlimited max ammo drops.

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Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode is popular among Call of Duty players, and now few of them have discovered a trick that grants you infinite max ammo drops in Zombies Chronicles.

Call of Duty players have been disappointed with Vanguard Zombies, and many of them have gone back to Black Ops 3. The game offers players 13 different maps after the release of Zombies Chronicles.

If you play enough times, you’re bound to pick up some useful tricks. Now one has been discovered that grants you infinite max ammo drops in the Zombies Chronicles Shangri-La map.

CoD Zombies trick for unlimited max ammo 

Zombie Monkeys in Black Ops 3

Reddit user ‘I_Play_Zetsubou’ showcased this trick in the CoD Zombies subreddit. It requires you to drop into Shangri-La and acquire the Widow’s Wine Perk, which is located in the mines.

Zombie Monkeys will randomly appear whenever there’s a drop on the map. They attempt to steal the drop you need to kill them before you can collect it yourself. However, they can be helpful for this trick.

Here’s how you can get infinite ammo in CoD Zombies:

  1. Collect Widow’s Wine on Shangri-La
  2. Take out zombies until the Widow’s Wine grenade refill drop appears
  3. Let a Zombie Monkey steal the Widow’s Wine grenade drop
  4. Kill the Zombies Monkey after it cycles over the max ammo

This trick will keep filling up your max ammo, and you can repeat these steps to ensure that you never run out of rounds. While players have been able to visit this version of the map for a while, many of them were unaware of this tactic.

“I never would have noticed till you posted this,” commented one surprised user. So, if you find yourself running low on bullets when playing on the Shangri-La map, then this can save your life.

For more Call of Duty, check out this Bizarre Warzone glitch that breaks players’ audio after getting kills and how to fix Warzone Pacific & Modern Warfare’s Status Goldflake error.

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Call of Duty remains best-selling franchise in the US for 14th year in a row

After being released back in November, it has now been confirmed that Vanguard has continued Call of Duty’s long line of success.

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Call of Duty continues to achieve success in the gaming industry year after year, as Vanguard continues its run of the best-selling game.

Official data and information regarding the United States Video Games Consumer Spread has revealed that Call of Duty has managed to continue its streak for the best-selling game within its release month for 14 years running.

Along with Warzone dominating the battle royale genre in gaming, Vanguard has also achieved success, keeping the franchise as prominent as ever.

operator holding mp-40 in cod vanguard

The month of November 2021 saw various big-name games released, but one inevitably came out on top. In competition with Battlefield 2042 and even GTA the Definitive Edition, Call of Duty Vanguard managed to absolutely smash it once again by becoming the best-selling game of its release month.

Executive Director & Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella released the information via Twitter.

They Tweeted out the United States Video Games Consumer Spread for the month of November 2021, which showed Call of Duty top the charts yet again for the 14th year in a row.

They also revealed that Call of Duty: Vanguard is the “2nd best-selling game of 2021 to date [December 13, 2021].”

Behind Vanguard, Battlefield 2042 took the spot as the second best-selling game of November 2021, which isn’t much of a surprise as the two franchises stand as the most popular FPS games in the industry.

This is great news for the developer of Call of Duty Vanguard, as it wouldn’t be ideal if Vanguard became the installment that broke the franchise’s winning streak.

Players are continuing to enjoy the game’s Multiplayer, and the Campaign received strong reviews so hats off to Activision and Sledgehammer Games.


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