Latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update adds new maps and playlists

Just last week I brought you the news that dataminers had found a night time version of Firing Range and a sunset version of Seaside in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 files following the last update. What we didn’t know at the time was how or when these maps would be implemented into the game, but now we do.

The latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update, which is live now, has added both of these maps to the game on all platforms, and they’re free for all players. I’m delighted to hear that they have been given to players as free content, because I would have been really annoyed if time-variant versions of existing maps had been included in the paid-for Season Pass.

The update has also added a brand new game mode for PS4 players; Safeguard will task teams with escorting a robot into enemy territory while trying to stop the opposing team from doing the same. All platforms have also had some new playlists added to the Featured category, namely Hardcore Nuketown, Mercenary Objective Moshpit, and Chaos Hardpoint. The update has also fixed a number of bugs and exploits in multiplayer, including an exploit on Nuketown that was allowing Ruin to grapple out of the map.

On the Blackout side of things, the update has added the Bowie Knife to the game on all platforms. The Bowie Knife, which will allow people to get 1-hit stealth kills, will be found in Equipment Stashes, as a random drop from killing zombies, or as a random item-spawn in Zombies-themed locations. Treyarch has also added Character Missions to unlock Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen, and the Blightfather event is also live once again on PS4, albeit with reduced Blightfather health in Solos and Duos.

While we’re getting a bit Zombies-themed, the update has added a number of stability fixes across all maps in Zombies mode, including specific fixes for IX. Although that’s all the love that Zombies is getting this time around, Treyarch has told fans to expect “some exciting additions to Zombies in the coming weeks.” Oh, you tease.

Treyarch can’t be faulted for the amount of love and attention they’re giving Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the form of post-launch support and content. We’re big fans of the game and we hope that this support continues.

As always, you can read the full patch notes here.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris has grown up on gaming and loves nothing more than talking about games and hearing the opinions of his fellow gamers before stubbornly arguing with them until they agree with him. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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