The latest major game update has gone live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and it's implemented some balancing adjustments to weapons in both Multiplayer and Blackout battle royale.
In the v1.16 update, which went live on March 26, the developers at Treyarch have given boosts to several weapons based on the feedback they had been receiving from both the casual and competitive player-base, including pro players.
Surprisingly, unlike previous updates, the weapon tuning in v1.16 only buffed certain guns and did not nerf any, so it will be interesting to monitor the weapon balancing after this update.
In Treyarch's Black Ops 4 Studio Livestream on March 25, the developers talked about improving SMGs so that they can better rival assault rifles and tactical rifles.
As a result, the Cordite, Daemon 3XB, MX9, Spitfire, Saug 9mm, and Switchblade X9 have all been buffed in a variety of ways.
Being the most meta out of all of the SMGs, all eyes were on the changes implemented to the Saug, which has seen its sprint-out speed increased.
The v1.16 update has buffed one weapon apiece from the assault rifle and tactical rifle weapon classes - the KN-57 and ABR 223 respectively.
The KN's four and five-shot ranges have both been extended, while the ABR's ADS-in speed, clip size, and four-shot range have all been increased.
During the March 25 Studio Livestream, the devs revealed that their intentions with buffing the KN was to make it a move viable option in competitive matches and the CoD World League.
As far as sniper rifles go, two weapons were buffed in the v.1.16 update - the Paladin HB50 and SDM. After overwhelming community feedback, the Paladin's magazine size was increased from five to six, while its reload speed has been reduced to balance that change.
As for the SDM, which has largely been in an ineffective weapon in Black Ops 4, the fire rate has been increased as part an effort to make it a more attractive weapon to players.
Last but note least - pistols. According to the developers, players have been shying away from using pistols in public matches because they simply are not strong enough to stand up to weapons from other classes.
As a result, the RK 7 Garrison, Mozu, and Strife have all been buffed, with the Mozu getting a multitude of extensions on its three, four, and five-shot ranges.
You can check out the patch notes for the weapon tuning down below for both Multiplayer and Blackout. Make sure to check out our March 26 Black Ops 4 v1.16 update article for the full patch notes.