Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Patch Notes (February 3): Firebase Z, Express Map, More

The latest big update for Black Ops Cold War arrived on February 3--here are the full patch notes.

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The latest update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available now, introducing the Firebase Z Zombies map, a new multiplayer map, and lots more. Developers Treyarch and Beenox have now published the complete patch notes.

The key additions in the update are the Firebase Z map for Zombies and Express map for standard multiplayer. Although the new Zombies map went live with the update, the main Easter egg quest went live on Friday, February 5. While that is an avenue to obtaining the new Wonder Weapon, it is possible to obtain it via a few other methods. These are somewhat random, but if you get the legendary weapon, you'll be able to do some serious damage.

As for the Express map, players who want to play the new map and only the new map can do so with the 24/7 playlist that goes live with the refresh.

Additionally, a new mode called Endurance has been added to Black Ops Cold War multiplayer on the Sanatorium, Ruka, and Alpine maps. 10 teams of four will try to collect uranium and detonate bombs. The twist is that once one bomb detonates, another one immediately takes its place.

Elsewhere, the Prop Hunt playlists adds new maps with this update, while there are some weapon and equipment balance changes, too. Launcher weapons now have an increased minimum damage range, while hip-fire accuracy has been decreased while priming a grenade in a sprint. Additionally, the update fixes an issue that could cause players inside a smoke circle from getting an aim assist on players outside the smog.

For Zombies mode, the update makes a series of changes to weapon balance. Assault rifles and submachine guns see their critical hit damage increased, along with their max ammo stock. Additionally, the base damage for the Streetsweeper shotgun is increased.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is also currently running a Double XP weekend, which is available on all platforms now. It will run until the same time on February 8. It ends for all platforms on this day despite being live a day early on PS4 and PS5.

You can see the complete patch notes below, as posted by Activision. As of February 4, the update is live. Tweaks were further made to the update on February 6 with a second patch. This reduced speed and jump penalties when landing from a jump, improved stability in Zombies, and fixed crashes related to the new Firebase Z map.

You can get the new Wonder Weapon in Zombies mode.

GLOBAL

  • Addressed an issue that led to choppy Voice Chat in some circumstances.

MULTIPLAYER

Maps

  • Express [NEW]
    • Express now available in map rotation in Core and Hardcore modes.
    • Express 24/7 playlist now available.
  • General
    • Addressed an issue with uneven map distribution in non-map voting playlists.

Modes

  • Endurance (40 Players) [NEW]
    • New high-player count mode available on Sanatorium, Ruka, and Alpine.
    • After one bomb detonates, a new one comes online to take its place, so five bombs are always available instead of an initial set that gets reduced to a single bomb before the next wave.
    • Score limit doubled from 500 to 1,000.
  • Prop Hunt
    • Added new maps to Prop Hunt rotation:
      • Express
      • Raid
      • Crossroads Strike
      • Armada Strike
  • Gunfight
    • Added Nuketown '84 to Gunfight map rotation.
    • 2v2 and 3v3 Gunfight now available in Custom Games.
  • Hardpoint
    • Updated Hardpoint Owned score event to increase in score the longer a player controls the Hardpoint. This score modifier will reset upon leaving the Hardpoint.
    • Reduced Hardpoint Secured score event from 50 to 25 score.
  • Dropkick
    • Reduced how late players can join a match in progress.
  • Control
    • Additional defender spawn points added and logic updated for the B capture point on Raid.
  • CDL Custom Game Modes
    • Increased player count to allow for two Spectators in CDL Hardpoint, CDL Search & Destroy, and CDL Control.

Featured Playlists

  • Express 24/7 [NEW]
  • Endurance FTDB (40 Players) [NEW]
  • Gunfight Blueprints (including Nuketown '84)
  • Prop Hunt (4 maps added to rotation)
  • 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only
  • Face Off (3v3)
  • Nuketown 24/7

Weapons

  • Launchers
    • Increased minimum damage for the two Launcher class weapons.

Equipment

  • Addressed an issue where players inside smoke from a Smoke Grenade would gain aim assist against players outside the smoke.
  • Decreased hip-fire accuracy when priming a grenade while sprinting.

Music Player

  • Original Treyarch music unlocked via War Tracks can now be played in the Music Player in the Barracks, including "Pentagon," "Rooftops," "115," and "Damned."

ZOMBIES

Maps

  • Firebase Z [NEW]
    • New "Firebase Z" map now available via Endless and Round 20 playlists for all players.
  • Die Maschine
  • Express (Onslaught - PS4/PS5)
    • Express now available in Onslaught on PlayStation.

Featured Playlists

  • Firebase Z Endless [NEW]
  • Firebase Z Round 20 [NEW]
  • Dead Ops Arcade Solo Advanced Start [NEW]
  • Onslaught Express [NEW] (PS4/PS5)

Perks

  • Tombstone Soda [NEW]
    • Tombstone Soda Perk now available in "Firebase Z" and via Der Wunderfizz in "Die Maschine."
  • Quick Revive
    • Addressed an issue that prevented Quick Revive from reducing the time it takes to regenerate to full health.

Support

  • Napalm Strike [NEW]
    • Napalm Strike now available as Support in Zombies.
  • Artillery [NEW]
    • Artillery now available as Support in Zombies.
  • Self-Revive
    • The Self-Revive will now only drop if a player in the game can equip it.
    • Capped the maximum amount of Self-Revives that can drop in a game to the total number of players in the game.
  • Sentry Turret
    • Addressed an issue that allowed duplicating the Sentry Turret support item.

Weapons

  • Assault Rifles
    • Increased critical hit damage on all assault rifles.
    • Increased max ammo stock on all assault rifles.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Increased critical hit damage on all SMGs.
    • Increased max ammo stock on all SMGs.
  • Shotguns
    • Increased base damage on the Streetsweeper shotgun.
    • Increased range of the Streetsweeper shotgun.
  • Blueprints
    • Addressed an issue that prevented attachments from appearing on the "Western Justice" Weapon Blueprint.

Armor

  • Level 1 Armor will now replace the first Armor Shard drop in a game when no players have Armor.

Ammo Mods

  • Cryofreeze
    • Reduced Cryofreeze cooldown from 3 seconds to 1 second to make it a more dependable method of slowing enemies.

Challenges

  • Added new "Requiem Advancement” category of Challenges for future additions.
  • Added first set of six new Requiem Advancement Challenges: "Firebase Z Report."
  • Added new Dark Ops Challenge for “Firebase Z.”

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Solo Advanced Start [NEW]
    • New private playlist available for Solo players.
    • Allows players to start at their highest arena checkpoint reached in Solo mode. No stats or challenges are recorded, but achievements can be completed, including "Reunited with Fidolina."
  • Gameplay
    • Added new pickup item: Divine Shield Potion – Grants player Divine Shield buff that allows player to absorb one damage event (30 min. expiration).
    • Added new key spawn locations: Added to the high road tunnel route.
    • Added a 1.5-second damage shield on player while in First Person when damage occurs.
    • Made slight adjustment to multiplier progression.
    • Auto-life donation now begins automatically after Round 64. The player with the highest lives to spare will now donate to downed teammates with a cooldown of 120 seconds.
    • Addressed an issue where the player's shield was active even though effect was not visible.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented extra lives from being awarded at expected score thresholds.
    • Various gameplay bug fixes related to Fated Chicken disappearance, control bindings when exiting vehicles, unwanted deaths associated with traps, invisible electrical poles, missile turrets killing players, etc.
  • Enemies and Friendly AI
    • Greatly reduced Spider melee range.
    • Removed Skeleton boss from arena spawning.
    • Removed Demons from arena spawning.
    • Reduced Megaton melee distance.
    • Reduced Megaton arena spawn rate after Round 64.
    • Reduced Megaton health in arena.
    • Megaton Orb weapon is no longer a one-hit kill in arena.
    • After Round 64, enemy target selection behavior is now weighted entirely toward proximity.
    • Increased friendly skeleton horde health, enemy quantity, time duration, and weapon damage.
    • Addressed an issue where melee damage caused by a friendly skeleton guardian was not registering against enemies.
    • Addressed an issue where zombies could speed up while under the clock time slowdown effect.
    • Addressed an issue where explosive damage vs. Spider / Meatball enemies did not register correctly.
    • Addressed an issue where Spider enemies would not show up on radar.
    • Addressed an issue that allowed the Gladiator "Marauder" enemy to melee kill the player when it wasn’t facing the appropriate direction.
    • Addressed an issue where the Margwa was not dropping loot when killed.
  • Fates
    • Divine Chalice fated players now earn extra life 37.5% faster than standard players at every 125,000 points.
    • Divine Chalice fated users now respawn with temporary vitality buff.
    • Divine Shield fated players now respawn with Divine Shield buff.
    • After Round 64, when a Divine Shield fated player picks up a nuke drop, all players will now be granted a nuke.
    • Friendship fated player chickens now last 25% longer.
    • The Golden Chicken associated with Friendship Fate now periodically produces eggs in arena.
    • After Round 64, the Golden Chicken associated with Friendship Fate will now have permanently upgraded weaponry.
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent players from collecting a Fate in the Room of Fate when the room timed out (i.e. grabbing a Fate Rock with less than 4 seconds before the room expired).
  • Visuals
    • Added lighting in the Room of Fate above Fate Rock pedestals five and six.
    • Addressed an issue with various particle effects having visibility issues.
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent the player’s selected character skin from showing up correctly.
    • Weapons
    • Addressed an issue with the shotgun pickup that could cause it to initially begin firing slowly before speeding up.
  • Stability
    • Added various crash fixes.
  • General
    • Added various exploit fixes.
    • Added new camera mode: Extra High.
    • Addressed an issue where the player was not able to use the flashlight in First Person.
    • Addressed an issue with some collision in the Water Temple arena.
    • Addressed an issue in splitscreen mode where players would enter The Wild in shared viewport mode.

Onslaught (PS4/PS5)

  • Onslaught Express playlist now available on PlayStation. [NEW]
  • Spaced out special enemy spawns.
  • Added additional enemies to the mode from "Firebase Z."

Stability

  • Added various crash fixes.

General

  • Party Leader is no longer required to have Dead Ops Arcade 3 installed for their party to join for other Zombies game modes.
  • Addressed an issue that caused zombies to maintain a slowdown debuff forever if it ended while they were mantling.

From Beenox:

PC

Stability

  • Added various crash fixes.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when watching a replay in Theater.
  • Fixed a crash that could prevent the game from starting under some conditions on Windows 7.

General

  • Addressed an issue that could result in loss of keyboard/mouse functionality when opening and closing the Windows key + G capture menu.
  • Addressed an issue where players could get stuck in the pause menu under certain circumstances during a game.
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