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November 9 update for Black Ops 4 includes stability improvements in Zombies and more Blackout balancing – Full patch notes

Published: 9/Nov/2018 22:04 Updated: 9/Nov/2018 22:24

by Wyatt Donigan

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Just days after the last major update for Black Ops 4, Treyarch has released a game settings update that addresses a host of issues in every game mode.

While some patches for Black Ops 4 mainly focus on certain game modes alone, the November 9 update hits on all three game modes with plenty of fixes for each.

Chief among the changes are important stability improvements for all Zombies maps, as well as more weapon balancing updates for Blackout. 

After posting a Developer Update on November 7 detailing upcoming fixes for the various crashes in the Zombies game mode, Treyarch has come through on that promise with some major fixes. 

In addition to overall stability improvements for the game mode as a whole, Treyarch has released fixes for each map to fix different game crashes players have been experiencing on a regular basis.

Zombies players: as we mentioned in our last update… we’re going in. Expect the gritty details on stability fixes in our patch notes going forward, including today’s update. Even if a bug we’ve fixed is obscure or not easily defined, we’ll get as granular as we can in the details. These community updates are for all Black Ops 4 players, and we’re playing the game right along with you. Let’s do this.

ActivisionTreyarch has been hard at work with balancing Blackout, the game’s battle royale mode, since release on October 12.

Blackout also saw a few notable changes just a few days after receiving a major weapon balance pass with the November 6 update

The Paladin HB50 sniper rifle got a slight buff to headshots on enemies with Level 3 Armor and 200 health, making the damage a bit more consistent. 

Concussion Grenades also got a slight adjustment in the wake of the removal of 9-Bangs, with players now being able to change stances while disoriented by the item. 

Multiplayer fans weren’t left out, either, as some changes were made to the Hardcore game modes, including a sizeable SMG buff and a nerf to Body Armor.

You can read the full patch notes below: 

Nov. 9 Update: 2X Tier Boost Weekend, Zombies Fixes, Hardcore and Blackout Balancing, Nuketown Nov. 13 on PS4

We’re kicking off the weekend with our first 2X Tier Boost Event in Multiplayer and Blackout, plus 2X Nebulium Plasma in Zombies on all platforms, now live through 10AM PT Monday, Nov. 12! Everyone earns Black Market Tier progression twice as fast during the event – and new ways for all players to boost Tier progression through playing the game are on the way, including daily bonuses.

Zombies players: as we mentioned in our last update… we’re going in. Expect the gritty details on stability fixes in our patch notes going forward, including today’s update. Even if a bug we’ve fixed is obscure or not easily defined, we’ll get as granular as we can in the details. These community updates are for all Black Ops 4 players, and we’re playing the game right along with you. Let’s do this.

Speaking of which, we’ve made a new round of stability improvements in Zombies with today’s patch, including some crash fixes across all maps, as well as resolving specific bugs and crashes in IXVoyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. See the patch notes below for the full list of fixes.

In Multiplayer, we’ve made some balancing changes to Hardcore modes to make SMGs more competitive in HC playlists, and we’re kicking inactive players more effectively to make sure your teammates are actually team players.

And in Blackout, we’ve tweaked the performance of the Paladin sniper rifle and the Concussion Grenade, and we’ll continue to monitor the effectiveness of all weapons and Equipment for future balance passes. Jump in and let us know how they feel.

Now, a look into next week: Nuketown arrives on PS4 on Tuesday, November 13! Stay tuned for a closer look at Black Ops 4’s revival of one of our most popular maps of all time. We can’t wait to jump in and play with you all very soon.

Finally, we’ve got some major game updates coming early next week. These will include new balancing tweaks, stability fixes, Featured playlists, gameplay improvements… plus new surprises as we celebrate the launch of Nuketown this month in Black Ops 4.

We’ve made the following updates to the game (Global):

General

  • All players get 2X Tier Boost in MP and Blackout, plus 2X Nebulium Plasma in Zombies through 10AM PT on Monday, Nov. 12.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Resolved an issue that could cause the game to crash when the player is near the Mystery Box.
    • Resolved an issue that could cause the game to crash when a player dies or leaves the game when using the Staff of Ra Special Weapon in the Chaos Story.
    • Resolved an issue that could cause the game to crash when Zombies attack the player through barricades.
    • Voyage of Despair
      • Resolved an issue that could cause the game to crash when a player leaves the game while using the Svalinn Guard.
    • IX
      • Resolved an issue that could cause the game to crash when a player leaves the game during the Main Quest.
      • Resolved an issue where, if a player left a game while another player was contributing to their challenge, the remaining player would crash when attempting to complete the challenge.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Resolved two issues that could cause the game to crash when a player fails, bleeds out, or leaves the game during portal events in the Main Quest.

Multiplayer

  • Hardcore
    • SMGs now have a one-hit kill potential at close range in Hardcore.
    • Reduced Armor protection so that all weapons will now kill in 2 hits maximum in Hardcore.
    • Hardcore Team Deathmatch and Hardcore Kill Confirmed now allow 2 of the same Specialist per team.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where players would not be kicked for inactivity in round-based game modes if the round ended before the kick timer.

Blackout

  • Weapons
    • Paladin HB50
      • Slightly increased damage to reduce headshots required to take out an enemy equipped with Level 3 Armor and 200 Health from a Trauma Kit.
      • Enemies were escaping these fights with 4 Health, so we’re bumping the damage just enough to cover that gap.
  • Equipment
    • Concussion Grenade
      • Players can now change stances after being hit with a Concussion Grenade. While players will still be slowed and overall disoriented, they’ll now have new opportunities to get back to the fight.
      • With the removal of the 9-Bang from Blackout, we’ve added a scaled-back white flash screen effect to the Concussion Grenade, and will monitor the performance of these balance changes closely.
  • Character Missions
    • Changed the descriptions of Character Mission Items to clarify the unlock requirements per playlist (Solo, Duos, or Quads).

Have fun out there this weekend, and get ready for more updates early next week.

-Treyarch

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.