Black Ops 4’s next Operation will release on 19 February alongside Patch 1.13.
This year’s Call of Duty is doing content drops a little differently. Rather than have four DLC packs release over the course of a year, Treyarch is releasing maps in smaller, more frequent, content drops in the Black Ops Pass.
Alongside this paid content is the new Operation system which offers free cosmetics and weapons, as well as massive game changes, to all Black Ops 4 players.
As of now, Black Ops 4 has received two Operations, First Strike and Absolute Zero. While the first Operation didn’t overhaul too much, the second added a new Specialist to Multiplayer and a new Vehicle and area to Blackout.
With the current Operation is ending in 8 days, the next Operation is on the horizon so here’s what we expect is coming to Black Ops 4.
New Blackout Area
With teases like these, a new Blackout area is essentially a guarantee. Treyarch has recently changed their Twitter image to a picture of a surveying stake that can be found in the southeast of the map.
This area has been notably baron since launch and we have even speculated what areas they could add here. With a newly added, inaccessible, bunker thrown in the mix we may even see some new underground areas as well.
In a 29 January Game Update post, Treyarch confirmed Weapon Balancing will be coming to Black Ops 4 in Patch 1.13 alongside the new Operation.
Treyarch’s Lead Designer, Tony Flame, even went to Twitter to ask players what changes they would make to the weapons in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer, so expect a lot of fan requested changes to be present.
More Zombies Modes
On 115 day, Treyarch gave us a look at what we should expect coming to Zombies in 2019. While it would be a little too optimistic to assume everything they mentioned will make it in the next Operation, a few of these are hopefully ready.
Host Migration was a key priority after Patch 1.12 went live in late January, so we should expect to see that feature return very soon. The Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system should also get reworked by the time 19 February rolls around which would provide more stat tracking for Zombies fans.
One of the new Gauntlets for the Aether maps should also be expected in late February, while the more intricate Factions system seems to be ways off.
Black Ops Pass Content
While not in the Operation exactly, I expect a paid content drop to release a couple days after the Operation goes live. This would include two multiplayer maps just like last time, but rather than one of the three remaining Zombies maps, I expect a new mode.
It’s much easier to spread out 12 Multiplayer maps over time than it is to spread out 4 Zombies maps, so I don’t believe we’ll see a Zombies map coincide with every MP map release. Instead, I expect a new or returning mode. Something like Grief or Turned would be a great stop gap in between larger Zombies map launches.
Remember, these are just our expectations for what’s to come in the next Operation. Before the real thing goes live on 19 February, let us know what you expect in the comments below!
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
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…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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