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Call of Duty • Dec 08, 2018

Black Ops 4: Release date and time announced for 'Operation Absolute Zero' - new Specialist, Blackout map update, and more

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Black Ops 4: Release date and time announced for 'Operation Absolute Zero' - new Specialist, Blackout map update, and more

The release date and time has been announced for 'Operation Absolute Zero,' the next major content drop in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

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According to an in-game announcement screen, Operation Absolute Zero will launch on Tuesday, December 11 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM PT on PlayStation 4.

As usual, PS4 will be getting this content drop a week earlier than the Xbox One and PC platforms, as per the exclusivity agreement that Sony has with Activision.

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According to the message included with the announcement, Operation Absolute Zero will bring a new Specialist, an update to the Blackout map, and new weapons to Black Ops 4.

This will be the first time that new weapons will be introduced into the game since its launch on October 12, as the Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT Assault Rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon will all be available via Contraband tiers in the Multiplayer Black Market. 

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These weapons will come in addition to new weapon camos, reactive camos, reticles, and other holiday themed seasonal items that will be added in the coming days.

The brand new Specalist that will be added is called Zero, who is a "versatile and deadly hacker available in both Multiplayer and Blackout." In Multiplayer, Zero will be able to disrupt and distract enemies by using "powerful hacking tools," which could include an EMP.

Players will be able to unlock this new Specialist by completing Tier 1 in the Black Market, which will be revamped with the launch of Absolute Zero. 

As for Blackout, a whole slew of new content will be added to the popular battle royale mode, including the iconic Hijacked map from Black Ops 2, the new ARAV armored vehicle, the Zero Specialist, and a brand new set of Blackout Zombies Character Missions. 

The launch of Operation Absolute Zero also means that the end of Operation First Strike is near, and Treyarch have confirmed that it will end on December 11.

This gives players a maximum of four days left to try and level up their content stream as much as possible, and with First Strike having 200 total tiers, it's likely that many will miss out on the top rank.

Source - Treyarch

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