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Black Ops 4 servers have been improved after update – but there’s a catch

Published: 24/Oct/2018 9:49

by Calum Patterson

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Following the October 23 game update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, it appears the server send rate has been increased, but it’s still not what it was in the multiplayer beta.

Back when the multiplayer beta took place in August, fans praised it for its fast, fluid and responsive gameplay, which felt tight and crisp.

However, upon the game’s full release, players quickly began to notice that the responsiveness wasn’t quite the same, as bullets would slide off enemies, corner peeking advantage was rife, and there was increased kill trading.

After some investigation, fans discovered that the server send rate (the rate at which updates are sent from the server to the client) were down to only 20Hz from around 60 in the beta.

Unsurprisingly, this infuriated many players, who took to social media, YouTube and Reddit to slam Treyarch for the poor networking, but the developers responded by saying it was done to ensure a smooth launch period.

On October 23, Treyarch released a new update with what they said was the “first phase of planned changes to network configuration in targeted locations.” After some tests, it appears this is an increase to 30Hz server send rate.

Server send rate (blue) has been increased to 30Hz. Data: u/soja92

This data specifically comes from a Reddit user on the East Coast of the USA, and since Treyarch have said they are rolling it out in “targeted locations”, it may not be the same all across the globe.

It is certainly a step in the right direction, but fans will hope to see the send rate increased further still as the we move further away from the launch period.

But, for those hoping that there will be a sudden jump to 60Hz, you can pretty much rule that out, as Treyarch said in their update:

“It’s important that we roll out updates in a carefully staged process, as changes to networking infrastructure can potentially produce both positive and negative effects, and we need to monitor every update closely.”

They have been updating the game every few days so far since launch, with numerous bug fixes, the addition of the Black Market, new game modes and more.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.