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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Rolls Out New Update

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has rolled out a brand new update for PC and Xbox One players and brings Operation Absolute Zero into the fray.

Here are the full details:

Operation Absolute Zero has arrived on Xbox One and PC, granting all players free access to a huge new season of content:

  • Multiplayer: Zero, Black Ops 4’s new Specialist armed with the EMP Disruptor grenade and Ice Pick hacking tool.
  • Blackout: The debut of Hijacked, the new ARAV armored vehicle, and new IX Zombies Character Missions.
  • Black Market: 100 new Tiers of earnable loot, including new MP weapons, Blackout characters, Mastercrafts, Epic Outfits, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, and more.

And for Black Ops Pass holders on Xbox One and PC, we’ve got exciting new game content in all three modes:

  • Two new Multiplayer maps: Elevation and Madagascar.
  • Dead of the Night, an all-new Zombies experience starring Kiefer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, Brian Blessed, and Charles Dance.
  • Black Ops 3 fan-favorite Reaper joins the cast of Blackout.

In today’s update to Multiplayer, we’ve implemented our first balancing pass on Zero, our new Specialist. As with all new features in Black Ops 4, we’ve been paying close attention to how Zero plays into the overall Multiplayer experience and have tuned some of her abilities accordingly. This includes an increase in the time it takes to earn her Ice Pick, varying increases to the time it takes her to hack Scorestreaks and Torque’s Barricade, preventing her hacks from freezing enemy healing cooldowns, and more. Take a look at the full patch notes below for the full list and let us know what you think.

We’ve also updated our MP Featured playlists, including the new Half Off Heist on all platforms, Map Pack Moshpit for Black Ops Pass holders, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit for our lone wolves.

This week also brings new updates to Blackout, including…

Blackout Custom Games

In Blackout Custom Games, players can start a private match to explore the map at their own pace and practice Blackout with teams of friends. As we mentioned in last Friday’s update, Custom Games in Blackout will initially support a max player count of 12 – this is planned to grow over time as we evaluate player engagement, and we’re already planning expanded feature support over time.

Blackout Custom Games will support private matches in Solos, Duos, and Quads, as well as full character customization and Weapon Camo support (coming tomorrow!). Blackout Custom Games will be online-only to ensure all matches are always up-to-date.

Audio Improvements

Today’s new audio improvements in Blackout are focused on vehicles. We’ve lowered the volume of the Supply Drop plane to ensure players can hear more of the in-game action while the plane is overhead, and vehicle engines can now be heard more reliably when several other sounds are playing. The ARAV can also now be heard from farther away to help prevent surprise ambushes. Yes, we’ve seen the footage.

Specialist Unlocks and Outfit Rewards

Starting today on PS4, we’ve unlocked all Specialist characters in Blackout without requiring players to track down and complete their Character Missions, to ensure all players can play as the Specialist of their choice. For those players who’ve already put in the time to unlock their Specialists the old-fashioned way, we’ve got a special new Blackout-exclusive outfit reward for you called “The Numbers”, which we think you’re going to love. Players can also earn this outfit for each character by finding and completing these missions, which are now called Outfit Unlocks, after today’s update. And of course, more new characters are on their way to Blackout in the near future.

Contraband Stashes

Contraband Stashes are also new today in Blackout on PS4. These are new types of Supply Stashes that you’ll find throughout the world, which can contain the new Secret Santa and Slay Bell melee weapons from the Black Market. Ho ho hooooly sh*t, they’re deadly!

Weapon Camos and Armor Tuning This Week

We’ve got more Blackout updates planned for this week, including Weapon Camo support and tuning to Armor durability and Armor Plates (currently in playtesting). Keep an eye on the subreddit for more details soon.

In Zombies, we’ve implemented a new round of gameplay improvements across all maps and a handful of stability fixes to help smooth out some of the remaining bumpiness players might have experienced. While we believe the vast majority of lingering Zombies stability issues have been eliminated with this update, we’re always investigating further ways to deliver an even smoother experience in future patches. If you’re still experiencing a crash in Zombies after this update, please let us know in the comments below with details on what was happening in-game at the time of the crash.

Finally, we’re happy to introduce an accessibility feature that we’ve been planning for a while: the new Auto Sprint option will allow players to double-click their controller’s left stick to automatically sprint in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies. Players can enable this setting under Controls in the Options menu.

Here’s what’s new with today’s update:

XBOX One

  • Now available on all platforms with Operation Absolute Zero:
    • Zero unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market for use in MP and Blackout
    • Hijacked, ARAV, new weapons, and IX Zombies Character Missions in Blackout
    • Revamped Black Market with 100 Tiers
  • Balance tuning for Zero in MP.
  • Half Off Heist Featured Playlist in MP.
  • Reactive Camo requirement tuning in MP.
  • Stability fixes related to Zero in MP.
  • Vehicle audio improvements in Blackout.
  • Map improvements in Blackout.
  • Gameplay and stability improvements in Zombies.
  • Global Auto Sprint option added (all modes).
  • All Specialists unlocked and “The Numbers” outfit reward added in Blackout (PS4).
  • Limited-time Contraband Stashes added to Blackout (PS4).
  • Daemon 3XB weapon balancing (PC).
  • Custom Emblem fix (PC).
  • Improved Auto Mantle (PC).
  • Black Ops Pass content this week (Xbox One and PC):
    • 2 new MP Maps: Elevation and Madagascar
    • New Zombies experience: Dead of the Night
    • New Blackout character: Reaper

PS4

The following updates are now available on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

Blackout

  • Character Unlocks
    • All Specialist characters unlocked in Blackout.
    • Character Missions are now Outfit Unlocks, which reward “The Numbers” outfits for each Specialist when completed (and automatically reward the outfit for Character Missions that were already completed).
  • Contraband Stash
    • Added limited-time Contraband Stashes, which give access to the Slay Bell and Secret Santa melee weapons.

ALL PLATFORMS

The following updates are included in the 1.10 title update on all platforms:

Multiplayer

  • Featured Playlists
    • Half Off Heist added to Featured category.
      • Half-priced items in the Buy menu (Scorestreaks excluded).
  • Blackjack’s Gun Game added to Featured category.
    • Gun Game with 3 new Operation Absolute Zero weapons added to rotation.
  • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured category for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on Elevation and Madagascar maps only.
  • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured category.
    • 6v6 Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, no parties allowed.
  • Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category.
    • Control, Search and Destroy, Heist, and Domination, no parties allowed.
  • Specialists
    • Zero
      • Increased amount of time it takes to earn the Ice Pick.
      • Increased time required to hack UAV, Care Package, and Counter UAV.
      • Greatly increased time required to hack Sentry, Drone Squad, Sniper’s Nest, Mantis, Thresher, Attack Chopper, and Gunship.
      • Increased time required to hack Torque’s Barricade.
      • Hacking an enemy no longer prevents their healing cooldown.
      • Hacking an enemy Assault Pack now causes it to expire.
  • Crash
    • Closed an exploit that would allow the TAK-5 to boost players to higher health levels than intended.
  • Modes
    • Heist
      • Addressed an issue that would allow cash to be deposited after the round ended.
      • Cash deposit can now continue while the player controls a Scorestreak.
      • Cooking a Frag Grenade until it detonates and kills the player now correctly removes the Frag Grenade from the player’s inventory.
      • Addressed an issue with Best Play including kills from other players not featured.
  • Equipment
    • Score is now rewarded for manually destroying a Trophy System.
  • Reactive Camos
    • Unwrapped Reactive Camos can now be equipped on any weapon that has the Gold Camo unlocked.
    • Killathon Reactive Camo now progresses with kills instead of kills without dying.
    • Rampage Reactive Camo now progresses by achieving rapid kills or better instead of escalating killstreaks.
    • Vanguard Reactive Camo now progresses by achieving rapid objective kills instead of objective kills within 5 seconds.
  • Challenges
    • Living On Edge
      • Addressed an issue where this Challenge was progressing on every kill in Hardcore.
  • Custom Games
    • Addressed an issue where Bots would not capture zones in Madagascar or Elevation.
  • Stability – Fixed crashes that could occur:
    • When a Zero player attempted to hack multiple enemy items.
    • When a Zero player hacked a Barricade that was about to expire.
    • When viewing a Hellstorm strike through CODCaster.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue with Kill Counters on picked-up weapons advancing when the original owner gained kills.
    • Addressed an issue where hacking a Care Package and then booby-trapping it would not leave a booby-trapped Care Package.
    • Addressed an issue where hacking Mesh Mines multiple times could result in their team colors not changing.

Blackout

  • Custom Games
    • Custom Game support added to Blackout.
      • Maximum of 12 players per match.
      • Play in Solos, Duos, or Quads.
      • Includes full character customization support.
      • Online only to ensure each Custom Game is up-to-date.
  • Audio Improvements
    • Lowered the volume of the Supply Drop plane.
    • Players will now hear the ARAV’s engine from farther away.
    • Vehicle engine sounds can now be heard more reliably when several other sounds are playing simultaneously.
  • Map Improvements
    • Improved mantling points at Hijacked to make it easier to enter from the water.
    • Improved door placements at Hijacked.
    • Improved interactivity with new elevator buttons at Hydro Dam.
    • Improved some interior lighting for better visibility.
    • Addressed clipping at Snowball spawn points.
    • ARAV should no longer explode when riding it down the elevator at Construction Site.

Zombies

  • Gameplay
    • Global – Addressed issues:
      • That allowed players to access and use custom rules in an online private match.
      • Where the explosion from Victorious Tortoise could result in Zombies no longer attacking the player.
      • Where players that stood under the effect of the Scepter of Ra’s Level 3 ability could have increased health regeneration for the rest of the match.
      • Where Equip Mint would not restore equipment past 1 equipment charge.
      • In the Armory where the Clan Tag and Kill Counter were not visible after attaching.
      • Where the Laser Sight attachment on the Hades would pulse colors when Pack-a-Punched.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Closed a number of exploits where players could jump on objects near the Forest Entrance and the East Stairway.
      • Addressed several art issues with the Pack-a-Punch Camo on weapon attachments for certain weapons.
      • Addressed an issue with endless spawning of the Werewolf with certain Custom Mutations settings set.
      • Addressed an animation issue with the Crimson Nosferatu when using the Scepter of Ra as it spawned.
      • Addressed a rare issue that caused player animations to get stuck as if bitten by the Crimson Nosferatu after killing one at the start of its bite attack with Alistair’s Annihilator.
    • IX – Addressed issues:
      • Where some of the shields in IX appeared smaller than usual.
      • Where kills with a charged shot from a Serket’s Kiss did not count as Pack-A-Punched weapon kills toward challenges or Callings.
      • Where flame FX persisted after the Brazen Bull exploded from using Victorious Tortoise.
    • Voyage of Despair – Addressed issues:
      • Where zombie pathing stopped working properly in the Galley / Promenade Starboard Deck.
      • Causing the Pack-a-Punch paintings to be fully revealed in Custom Mutations when using certain settings.
    • Classified
      • Closed multiple exploits where the player could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to jump onto various objects.
      • Addressed a visual issue with character and enemy shadows when electric traps were active.
  • Stability
    • Global – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When using Electric Burst with certain weapons.
      • If a player disconnected while taking Shield damage.
      • When a Water Catalyst zombie respawned.
      • When several enemies would “ragdoll” upon death at the same time.
    • Dead of the Night – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When playing in splitscreen during the Main Quest.
      • When Pack-a-Punching a customized ICR-7.
    • Blood of the Dead – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • During the escort step in the Main Quest.
      • When The Warden spawned on the roof.

General

  • Auto Sprint
    • Auto Sprint added to Options under Controls (applies to all modes). When enabled, double-click the left stick to automatically sprint throughout all actions. Pull back on the stick to cancel.

XBOX and PC

In addition to the items included under All Platforms above, the following updates are available this week on Xbox One and PC with Operation Absolute Zero:

Multiplayer

  • Specialists
    • Zero added as a playable character unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market.
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Madagascar and Elevation available to download for Black Ops Pass holders.

Blackout

  • ARAV Vehicle
    • Driver Position
      • The ARAV is the second-fastest land vehicle behind the ATV in pure speed, and is the 2nd-toughest vehicle after the Cargo Truck. While it can shrug off a few bullets, ARAV drivers still need to be mindful of explosives and rockets headed their direction.
    • Passenger
      • Passengers have the option of staying seated within the safety of the cabin, or leaning out the window to initiate combat with weapons and equipment.
      • Players can heal from the passenger seat without transitioning to leaning out. While leaning out, players still have full use of their weapons and equipment.
    • Turret Gunner
      • Players are placed on a mounted machine gun with 360-degree aim, perfect for providing suppressing fire or firing on enemy vehicles.
      • Overheat: Extended firing will cause the turret to overheat and be temporarily disabled. The turret will be usable again after it has cooled down.
      • Durability: The turret will become permanently disabled over time. Keep an eye on the turret itself, as it will begin to smoke and catch fire when its durability is reduced to zero and can no longer be used.
  • Hijacked
    • Hijacked has been added to the map, docked just outside of the Construction Site.
    • This “well-known” luxury yacht includes a helipad as a possible helicopter spawn point, as well as a possible vehicle spawn.
  • Characters
    • Zero added as a playable character once unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market (no Character Mission required).
    • IX Zombies Character Missions now available to find and complete to play as Gladiator versions of Scarlett, Diego, Bruno, and Shaw.
  • New Weapons
    • Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT Assault Rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon added.
    • New ranged weapons also come in “gold” variants, fully loaded with attachments.
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Reaper added as a playable character for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Dead of the Night available to download for Black Ops Pass holders.

Black Market

  • Black Market Revamp
    • 100 clearly-defined Tiers for streamlined progression.
    • New item categories and more diverse content, including new weapons, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, Reticles, Mastercrafts, and more.
    • Reserves now start at Tier 101.
    • New shared Warpaints that can be equipped with different outfits across different Themes on the same Specialist.
    • New Zero Specialist unlocked at Tier 1.
  • New Weapons
    • Daemon 3XB
      • 3-round burst, 0.45 cal. submachine gun.
      • Fast cyclical rate of fire with improved hip fire accuracy.
    • SWAT RFT
      • 5.56 assault rifle.
      • Moderate recoil and a fast rate of fire.
    • Secret Santa
      • A festive melee weapon for the holiday season.

PC

In addition to the items included under All Platforms and Xbox One and PC above, the following PC-specific changes are coming to the PC 1.10 title update:

General

  • Weapon Balance
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Increased hip-fire spread in each stance (Multiplayer and Blackout only).
      • Increased hip-fire spread increase per bullet fired (Multiplayer and Blackout only).
  • Emblems
    • Custom Emblems are now visible to all players.
  • Gameplay
    • Auto Mantle
      • Changed the behavior of Auto Mantle to react even if the player didn’t jump.
      • Auto Mantle will remain turned off by default.
    • Auto Sprint
      • Added Auto Sprint option for gamepads.
    • ADS Sensitivity
      • Added a Gamepad ADS Sensitivity setting in Options.
  • Weapon Camos
    • Weapon Camos can now always be removed through the Personalization menu.
  • Black Market
    • Resolved an issue where the wrong prompts were displayed in the Black Market.

Multiplayer

  • Gameplay
    • Added a Default Spawn Selection option to select either Seraph’s Tac-Deploy or Auto-Spawn by default.
    • Added a Toggle/Hold option for Zero’s EMP Disruptor grenade.

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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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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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