For those looking to unlock the full potential of the Killathon Reactive, Diamond, and Dark Matter camos, the requirement of needing to reach each kill threshold without dying has been removed, making it much easier to see what these camos truly have to offer.
For Zombies, there were a massive list of crash fixes introduced with the update to improve stability across all three maps.
Blackout received the most overall changes by far, with not only widespread map changes, but a complete overhaul of the armor system.
In an effort to make armor more worthwhile, durability was increased across the board, along with the introduction of the Armor Repair system.
Additionally, the SDM and Spitfire both saw their overall damage reduced and their recoil increased to bring them in line with other weapons in the game.
1.09 Title Update – Blackout Audio & Armor Updates, MP Melee and Specialist Changes, Zombies Updates, Nuketown Custom Games, ADS sensitivity + more
On December 11, Operation Absolute Zero launches for free on PS4, including a new Specialist and weapons in MP and Blackout, the debut of Hijacked and the ARAV vehicle in Blackout, all-new features in Zombies, our revamped Black Market, and much more! To set the stage, we’ve begun rolling out our new 1.09 title update a little early this week starting on PS4, with other platforms to follow.
First up, Multiplayer: We’ve added Nuketown Custom Games, improved melee and Purifier reliability, reduced Titan effectiveness, updated transition stages for Diamond and Dark Matter camos, improved stability, and made several other quality-of-life updates to the game. Read on below for the full list.
We’ve also made fundamental design changes to the map, audio, and Armor in Blackout with this update, including adjustments to the SDM and Spitfire to better balance out the weapon classes, environmental changes to key destinations around the map, and more. See the Blackout section of our patch notes below and jump into the game to find out what’s new across the entire Blackout map, just in time for the holidays.
Our 1.09 update marks the launch of the first of this week’s three new Zombies features with the addition of Daily Tier Skip credit for Zombies! With this update, Zombies players can now earn a bonus Black Market Tier skip by completing 15 rounds in one match of Classic Zombies. We’ve also implemented new high-round fixes in Zombies as we gear up for more new content coming this week, as well as fixes for specific crashes that could occur across each of our four current maps. This is our initial wave of fixes targeted at high-round play, and should result in a smoother Zombies experience for all players.
Finally, a follow-up for our Blackout players in lower-population regions, including parts of South America, South Africa, and the Middle East: we’re currently directing players in these regions into rotating Featured playlists to optimize matchmaking and reduce time in lobbies. We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re continually evaluating performance closely to provide the best possible play experience in all regions.
Here’s what’s new in our 1.09 update:
Blackout map visual and environmental updates
Blackout audio and Armor design updates
Blackout weapon balancing (SDM and Spitfire)
Improved MP melee reliability
Updates to Prophet, Firebreak, and Seraph
Nuketown, Gun Game, and Safeguard added to Custom Games
Various MP Challenge fixes
Daily Tier Skips and high-round fixes in Zombies
Stability improvements in MP and Zombies
Character customization improvements
Options added: Global ADS sensitivity, tap to reload in Blackout
We’ve made the following changes on PS4 in our 1.09 update, with Xbox One and PC to follow:
Increased melee detection range for melee weapons, including the Bayonet and Stiletto Knife Operator Mods.
Reduced ADS flinch mitigation (also applies in Blackout and Zombies).
Reduced Tempest ammo count from 14 to 10.
Additional tuning to Tempest accuracy incoming soon.
Purifier now more reliably connects with enemies.
Increased Annihilator earn rate.
EKIA credit can now carry over after respawn when a player damages an enemy and dies before their teammate finishes that enemy off.
EKIA credit will now clear after 5 seconds from last damage dealt.
Added Nuketown to the Custom Games map list.
Added Gun Game to the Custom Games mode list.
Added Safeguard to the Custom Games mode list.
Addressed an issue in Search & Destroy Custom Games with higher round limits ending after the 4th round.
Addressed an issue that prevented activating a second RC-XD after one was already used.
Start-of-round restriction timer is now applied to the Drone Squadron.
Resolved an issue where some Gunship shots could impact the Gunship aircraft.
Not Outgunned Challenge now properly tracks progress in Heist and Control.
Ninja Challenge now properly tracks progress in Heist.
Surf’s Up Challenge now properly tracks progress in Domination around contested points.
Threat Neutralized Challenge now properly tracks Lightning Strike kills in Domination.
Threat Neutralized Challenge now properly tracks progress in Control.
Modified requirements for Diamond and Dark Matter active visual stages to transition every 5 kills (not only kills without dying) and not reset on death.
Modified Killathon Reactive Camo to activate visual stages every 5 kills (not only kills without dying) and not reset on death.
Stability – Fixed crashes that could occur:
When launching Custom Games with Custom Classes or Specialist Draft disabled.
When a player disconnected while escorting the Robot in Safeguard.
When attempting to attribute score to players that disconnected.
When a disconnected enemy caused damage to a player’s equipment in certain circumstances.
When the player’s Attack Helicopter was destroyed.
When attempting to destroy a vehicle when out of bounds.
Addressed an issue where players with Diamond Camo equipped could face a different direction in third person.
Addressed an issue where attempting to fire an empty weapon could leave the shot count at 1, preventing the use of the Mesh Mine.
Addressed an issue where the NVIR Optic could cause the Engineer Perk to malfunction if the player switched between classes.
Secondary weapons now show in the Specialist Draft if no primary weapon is equipped.
We’ve made the changes below with the goal of creating more predictability around when a player can hear another player’s footsteps, as well as a pass on unrelated game audio that could significantly impact footsteps. We intend to perform additional tuning on unrelated gameplay audio that egregiously impacts the player’s ability to hear other players moving in the world. Details include:
When players don’t have line of sight to another player, some of the sounds those players make are occluded using an audio filter. This filter subtracts some of the lower frequencies (AKA “bass”) to help to create a distinction between players who are in very close proximity to other players, but not necessarily in the same structure.
Changed occlusion levels to prevent situations that could make footsteps nearly inaudible.
Refactored occlusion code to properly occlude specific materials and buildings that were missing occlusion.
Terrain now occludes properly.
Fixed issues with garage doors that kept them from occluding properly when opening and closing them.
Rebalanced the distances at which players can hear first hear someone approaching.
Unified distances related to certain movement types – for example, sliding should now be heard about the same distance as other player movement sounds.
Awareness and Dead Silence Perks have been changed accordingly with the new distance settings for footstep audio.
Lowered the reverb on third-person footsteps, which helps with the player’s understanding of the overall location those footsteps are coming from. This is especially true when wearing headphones/playing in stereo and not in 5.1.
First and Third Person
Further lowered the first-person footstep volume that players hear themselves make.
Further lowered volume of teammates’ footsteps.
Decreased first-person weapon audio slightly to balance with third-person weapons heard by others.
Addressed an issue with first-person splash audio where jumping into water sounded louder than it should.
Lowered volume on the main ambient blend track (the overall sound made by the environment that players always hear, varying by map location and elevation), allowing subtler gameplay cues to be more audible more often, including footsteps.
Reduced volume and distance that garage doors can be heard from.
Modified the volume and distances that opening Stashes can be heard from.
Armor has been completely overhauled in Blackout. Our goals for these changes are to allow Armor to survive multiple engagements, and to reward players for taking out an enemy and destroying the enemy’s Armor in the process. While coming out of an engagement on the winning side feels good, it doesn’t feel good to have your Armor destroyed with each engagement you find yourself in. As such, players can find and use Armor Plates to repair damaged Armor, which are applied from your Inventory on all platforms, and from both the Inventory or the Quick Equip menu on consoles.
It takes approximately two seconds to use an Armor Plate to repair a segment of damaged Armor. One Armor Plate will repair a single Armor pip, regardless of Armor level. We will closely monitor the amount of available Armor Plates in the world and make adjustments quickly as needed. Details include:
Armor Plate Locations
In enemy Death Stashes after destroying the Armor of an opponent.
In Equipment Stashes.
More rarely, on the ground as a lootable item.
Armor durability has been increased, allowing Armor to last longer through an engagement.
Armor durability indicators have been updated to display individual pips of Armor.
The percentage of damage that Armor mitigates has not been changed. As we monitor how these changes to Armor affect gameplay in Blackout, we will continue to evaluate damage mitigation values.
Added seasonal changes to foliage and softer winter lighting across the entire map.
Added elevators to allow players to get up and down in alternative ways.
Provided additional cover on the rooftops of both major buildings.
Opened additional rooms between the generator buildings.
Opened 3 previously sealed buildings to offer additional looting opportunities.
Added 2 new pipes to allow players to navigate between structures in alternative ways.
2 previously closed train cars are now accessible.
13 containers are now accessible.
Opened up 4 previously closed garages throughout Nuketown Island.
Expanded and improved upon boundaries on all sides of the map to be more consistent with the physical indicator of those boundaries seen inside the map, including:
Fence along the northern boundary of the map.
Power lines along the eastern side of the map.
Pipeline along the southern border of the map.
The mini-map now reflects the location of these boundaries.
Increased ADS time in and out.
Added Smoke Trails to wingsuits during initial infiltration to give players a better sense of how many people are dropping near their location.
Added a new option in the Blackout Options menu to enable reloading by tapping the reload button, rather than releasing the reload button.
Zombies in Blackout
Zombies will now have a chance to drop ammo when killed.
Added Daily Tier Skip credit for completing 15 rounds in a game of Classic Zombies each day.
Fixes for multiple memory leaks and other issues that could lead to crashes at high rounds in all maps.
General – Fixed crashes that could occur:
During respawn after the Join The Party Elixir or Charm of Impatience Talisman was used.
When every player disconnected before the match started.
When the player disconnected while certain audio played.
When sharing a Mystery Box weapon.
In rare cases when using the Scepter of Ra.
In rare cases when enemies transformed into Catalysts or Blightfathers.
In rare cases when taking damage to Armor.
In rare cases when a player disconnected after using a trap.
Voyage of Despair – Fixed crashes that could occur:
During steps 4 or 7 of the Main Quest.
When the player disconnected while using the Kraken.
When shocking a zombie with Kill-O-Watt while it was transforming into a Catalyst.
When a player disconnected while reviving another player.
In rare cases when using the Sentry or Ragnarok DG-5.
IX – Fixed crashes that could occur:
In rare cases while Perk statues randomly cycled.
In rare cases while using the Hammer of Valhalla.
In rare cases during special rounds in IX.
In rare cases when using Serpent’s Kiss on large group of Zombies.
Blood of the Dead – Fixed crashes that could occur:
When killing the Warden during the Michigan Avenue ghost escort due to a memory leak that could occur.
In certain cases during step 3 of Main Quest.
In rare cases when throwing the Hell’s Retriever at the bird during step 2 of the Main Quest.
In rare cases when using the Acid Trap in the Cafeteria.
In rare cases during the prison breakout step in the Main Quest.
In rare sound-related cases tied to the Spectral Shield.
In Theater Mode while spectating Richtofen when initiating the Magmagat quest.
Classified – Fixed crashes that could occur:
When entering codes during the Classified Wonder Weapon quest.
In rare cases when using teleporters.
Warpaints can now be equipped with outfits across different Themes on the same Specialist without having to own a corresponding outfit.
Character Personalization menu updated to separate Outfits from Warpaints, with larger display of items.
Camos (Multiplayer & Zombies) and Reactive Camos (Multiplayer) obtained through the Black Market can now be equipped in the Weapon Personalization menu via the Black Market tab.
Reticles obtained through the Black Market can now be equipped in the Reticle Personalization menu via the Black Market tab.
Added ADS Sensitivity Options for both high zoom optics and regular weapons.
Improved stability with Ajax’s Combat Training mission.
Don’t miss our Treyarch Studio Livestream at 12PM (noon) PT to discuss all the new content coming along with Operation Absolute Zero, as well as our new MP maps and Zombies experience for Black Ops Pass holders! Tune in tomorrow at YouTube.com/Treyarch to be the first to get all the intel.