Treyarch has issued mid-season patch notes for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season Three, focusing heavily on its ’80s Action Heroes event themed around Rambo and Die Hard. The developer is also adding new maps, weapons, and modes, however, along with continued tweaking of gameplay mechanics. Staggered content is going live as of May 19.
As part of the Action Heroes event between May 19 and June 18 (depending on time zone), players can get limited-time Operator Bundles for John Rambo and John McClane, incorporating special finishing moves, weapon blueprints, and more. Call of Duty: Warzone players are getting temporary movie landmarks like Nakatomi Plaza, and there are related challenges and modes planned like Die Hardpoint.
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Two new maps for regular Cold War multiplayer include Standoff, a 6v6 map from Black Ops 2, and Duga, a large multi-team setting previously in Zombies, Treyarch says. Accordingly, another new mode is Multi-Team Elimination – setting 10 teams of four against each other, while radiation expands – and a featured playlist is Standoff 24/7. Three 6v6 maps have been added to 12v12 Moshpit: Standoff, The Pines, and Moscow.
For Call of Duty: Zombies, the Action Heroes event includes a mode called “Cranked 2: No Time to Crank” for Firebase Z and Die Maschine. More broadly the game has gained new rewards, custom mod weapon blueprint support, a new main quest and Fishing activity in Outbreak, and PlayStation-specific Onslaught content like an alternate version of Standoff and an exclusive weapon blueprint.
Three new weapons are on their way, but not immediately, and they’ll be split between games. The AMP63 pistol, based on Poland’s real-world PM-63 submachine gun, is coming to both Cold War and Warzone “later in the season.” A baseball bat for Cold War is due in the same broad timeframe, but a ballistic knife is arriving for Warzone later this week. Treyarch and Raven Software are presumably staggering updates to relieve their workload, and/or keep up a steady stream of new content.
Treyarch’s refinements this time around affect not just guns but Scorestreaks, Field Upgrades, and equipment. Patch notes also mention “Movement tuning,” likely referring to Cold War‘s re-enabled slide canceling. The speed technique was unexpectedly disabled at the beginning of Season Three, possibly to be friendlier to new or less hardcore gamers. Although the trick has been around since Black Ops 4, not every Call of Duty player has the time or inclination to master it. Advanced players appeared to be most upset by the change.
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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Last Gen
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