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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 1.09 Patch

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A brand new patch has added a host of new things for Call of Duty Black Ops 4, including some new additions to Blackout.

Treyarch sent out the following message regarding the update:

“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.”


SUMMARY

  • 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

PS4

We’ve made the following changes on PS4 in our 1.09 update, with Xbox One and PC to follow:

Multiplayer

  • Weapons
    • Melee
      • Increased melee detection range for melee weapons, including the Bayonet and Stiletto Knife Operator Mods.
    • Titan
      • Reduced ADS flinch mitigation (also applies in Blackout and Zombies).
  • Specialists
    • Prophet
      • Reduced Tempest ammo count from 14 to 10.
      • Additional tuning to Tempest accuracy incoming soon.
    • Firebreak
      • Purifier now more reliably connects with enemies.
    • Seraph
      • Increased Annihilator earn rate.
  • Gameplay
    • 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.
  • Custom Games
    • 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.
  • Scorestreaks
    • RC-XD
      • Addressed an issue that prevented activating a second RC-XD after one was already used.
    • Drone Squadron
      • Start-of-round restriction timer is now applied to the Drone Squadron.
    • Gunship
      • Resolved an issue where some Gunship shots could impact the Gunship aircraft.
  • Challenges
    • Not Outgunned
      • Not Outgunned Challenge now properly tracks progress in Heist and Control.
    • Ninja
      • Ninja Challenge now properly tracks progress in Heist.
    • Surf’s Up
      • Surf’s Up Challenge now properly tracks progress in Domination around contested points.
    • Threat Neutralized
      • Threat Neutralized Challenge now properly tracks Lightning Strike kills in Domination.
      • Threat Neutralized Challenge now properly tracks progress in Control.
  • Weapon Camos
    • 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.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 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.

Blackout

Audio

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:

  • Occlusion
    • 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.
  • Distances
    • 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.
  • Gameplay Modifiers
    • Awareness and Dead Silence Perks have been changed accordingly with the new distance settings for footstep audio.
  • Directionality
    • 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.
  • Environment
    • 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 Redesign

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.
  • Durability
    • 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.
  • Damage Mitigation
    • 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.

Map Changes

  • Overall
    • Added seasonal changes to foliage and softer winter lighting across the entire map.
  • Hydro Dam
    • 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.
  • Factory
    • 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.
  • Nuketown Island
    • Opened up 4 previously closed garages throughout Nuketown Island.
  • Map Boundaries
    • 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.

Weapon Balance

  • SDM
    • Reduced damage.
    • Increased ADS time in and out.
    • Increased recoil.
  • Spitfire
    • Reduced damage.
    • Increased recoil.

General

  • Smoke Trails
    • Added Smoke Trails to wingsuits during initial infiltration to give players a better sense of how many people are dropping near their location.
  • Reloading
    • 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.

Zombies

  • Tier Progression
    • Added Daily Tier Skip credit for completing 15 rounds in a game of Classic Zombies each day.
  • Stability
    • High Rounds
      • 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.

General

  • Character Customization
    • 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.
  • Weapon Camos
    • 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.
  • Weapon Reticles
    • Reticles obtained through the Black Market can now be equipped in the Reticle Personalization menu via the Black Market tab.
  • Options (Global)
    • Added ADS Sensitivity Options for both high zoom optics and regular weapons.
  • Specialist HQ
  • Improved stability with Ajax’s Combat Training mission.

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PUBG Patch 4.2 Rolls Out

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PUBG has rolled out a new patch, patch 4.2, and with it comes a number of small features that have been on the wishlists of many of their dedicated players for a long time.

You can find the full patch notes below, courtesy of their official post.

PUBG PATCH 4.2 NOTES

GAMEPLAY

Vehicle Handling Improvements

  • Improved vehicle handling of the Scooter, Snowmobile, Snowbike and Motorcycle with Sidecar, thus improving overall driving stability.

Motorcycle with Sidecar off-road driving control and stability has been greatly improved.

Altered Blue Zone Edge Visual Effect

  • To improve the gameplay experience, the rolling shimmer effect seen while at the edge of the Blue Zone will no-longer be seen at the center of the screen where the player is aiming.

Improved Visibility of Reticles Against Bright Backgrounds

  • Visibility of all sight and scope reticles against bright backgrounds (such as Vikendi snowfields) has been slightly improved.

Throwables Friction Adjustment

Adjusted the friction force of throwables to make rolling movement more consistent and predictable.

Friction force has been increased to slow rolling speed and cause them to roll a shorter distance after impacting surfaces.

  • Stun Grenades & Frag Grenades

Friction force has been decreased to speed up the rolling speed and increase distance they can travel after impacting surfaces.

Vehicle Engine Toggle

  • Vehicle engines can now be turned off/on by pressing ‘Z’.

The engine can be turned off while driving, after gaining momentum and can be used for quiet, tactical maneuvers.

Once the engine is off, pressing ‘W’ to accelerate or ‘Z’ will start the engine again.

Vehicle engines will automatically be turned off if the vehicle stays at a standstill for 8 seconds, or 2 seconds after the driver disembarks.

Sound QoL Improvements

  • Added master volume preview
  • The master volume can now be previewed while in the menu, to better allow users to set their preferred maximum volume level.

This can be founder under Settings – Audio – Sound – Master volume and by clicking on the ‘play’ button.

  • Added Instant Volume Reducer

This new feature temporary decreases the volume of games sound effects to facilitate more clear communication with teammates.

Use ‘F7’ to reduce game master volume, while maintaining the volume of voice chat.

Use ‘F7’ key again to return to the original volume


WORLD

Overcast Weather added to Erangel

  • When a match starts with overcast weather on Erangel, the weather will change dynamically over the course of the match between overcast, windy, hail, light rain, heavy rain (rain with lightning and thunder), and fog.

Destructible Objects on Erangel

  • Additional destructible pylons and barricades have been added to Erangel. They can be destroyed by vehicles, weapons and explosions, but do provide a limited amount of cover until they are destroyed.

Some existing objects which were previously indestructible are now destructible, such as the traffic cones in Mylta.

Vikendi Ambient Noise Adjustment

  • Volume of Vikendi’s ambient wind noise has been reduced.

Removal of PUBG Esports Signage

  • As MET Asia Series and PUBG Nations Cup have now concluded, in-game signage across various maps and the starting plane has been removed.

UI/UX

In-game HUD Improvements

  • Helmet and vest health is now better visualized on the UI, along with Backpack capacity.
  • Weapon firing mode is now represented visually by icons, instead of text.
  • To reduce unnecessary clutter, certain HUD and UI elements are no-longer displayed when waiting to start a match.
  • Game version number, server identifier and other information is now located beneath the minimap, instead of the HP bar.

Store UI Improvement

  • BP purchasable items are now marked with a BP icon in Store to better differentiate BP and cash items.

PERFORMANCE

  • Made performance improvements to mitigate client hitching/stuttering in certain situations.

CUSTOM MATCH

  • Added Erangel Visual Update option to Custom Matches

Erangel Visual Update will be called “Erangel” and the previous version will be called “Erangel Classic”.

All game modes will be playable on both Erangel variants.

  • Team leaderboard UI seen in observer mode has been changed to allow 4 character team tags (previously 3).

REPLAY

  • The replay system has been updated. Replay files from previous updates are now unavailable for use.

SKINS & ITEMS

New skins are available at in-game Store once PC Update 4.2 hits live servers.

  • New BP purchasable items

Vector & SLR BattleStat skins

2 Madsy Shoes

  • Twitch Broadcaster Royale Group 9 skins

More information will be released via an official announcement for Group 9 of Twitch Broadcaster Royale skins will be released after Update #4.2 arrives on live servers

  • Added Regional Esports Baseball Bat skins in celebration of 2019 Phase 3 of PUBG Esports.
  • Added Rabbit Season Set items, which can be found in the Featured Page of the in-game Store.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where other players would appear to enter the ground temporarily when the network environment is poor.
  • Fixed an issue in which throwables appear to shake or display incorrectly when the network environment is poor.
  • Fixed an issue where throwables would roll a longer than intended distance on slopes.
  • Fixed an issue when walking backwards against the corner of objects, you couldn’t hear your own footsteps, although they were audible by other players.
  • Fixed an issue where the item use sound was not audible when using an Adrenaline Syringe or Med kit with the -KoreanRating launch option.
  • Fixed an issue where First aid kit, Adrenaline Syringe and Energy drink could sometimes not be heard from while in spectator view.
  • Fixed an issue where Aqua Rail’s speed while reversing was almost same as when moving forward.
  • Fixed an issue where constant collision noises could be heard when a vehicle was stationary against an object or terrain.
  • Fixed an issue where vehicles can jitter and start rolling slowly while parked on an angled slope.
  • Fixed an issue where weapon scope zoom was reset after performing specific actions.
  • Fixed an issue where character animations are skewed when using an emote while affected by a Molotov.
  • Fixed an issue where dropping weapons could only be heard by the player dropping the weapon.
  • Fixed an issue where a faintly cross-shaped line was visible when the Holographic Sight reticle is set to max brightness.
  • Fixed an issue where the BRDM-2 can sometimes sink if landing in water from the parachute.
  • Fixed an issue where an active boost gauge would display when the UI was disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where a placed marker’s location would change on the compass in some cases after opening the map and inventory in sequence.
  • Fixed an issue where the Canted Sight binding would reset if set to alt + mouse wheel.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect player name would display when spectating a disconnected player.
  • Fixed an issue where raindrops could pass through certain vehicle roofs.
  • Fixed an issue where character head models are not shown in replay or spectator when players enter the motorbike sidecar seat.
  • Fixed an issue where footsteps could in some situations be heard intermittently from dead players.
  • Fixed an issue where the key guide text was shown when spectating after dying in a squad match
  • Fixed an issue where throwables couldn’t be directly picked up and equipped in the item slot when the backpack was full.
  • Fixed an issue where the healing amount while using multiple bandages with the auto-bandage feature was less than if using them individually.
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If you’re based in North America, the game will arrive within the first three months of 2020, and the game is entirely exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Take a look at the official trailer for the new game:

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Doom Eternal officially arrives on November 22nd for PC, Xbox One, Switch and Playstation, and you can take a glimpse into Battlemode via the video below.

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