The new 1.25 update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings a raft of improvements and tweaks to the game, one of which is bound to make fans of a particular map very happy. In a post on Reddit, Treyarch has outlined the big changes and released their full patch notes for this update.
Nuketown is now a permanent fixture of the Featured Playlist tab, so you can jump into a playlist dedicated to the map–a recreated small chunk of suburbia on a nuclear testing facility grounds–at any time. Nuketown first appeared in the original Black Ops back in 2010, and has been reimagined for each mainline Black Ops game that has followed.
Going forward, certain featured playlists will also grant you double XP, with a new one being selected each Tuesday. 2XP Stockpile, 2XP Capture the Flag, and 2XP Prop Hunt weeks have been promised.
Treyarch has increased the maximum damage and speed on the Echohawk Dual Bore assault rifle, while the AN-94 has also received a damage boost to make it a more viable weapon. The Reaper specialist class has also been nerfed slightly, with the Scythe’s duration being reduced from 40 seconds to 30 and its ammo being cut down from 150 rounds to 100.
In other patch notes, Blackout’s matchmaking is being overhauled with LTM Moshputs being introduced, giving players four limited-time modes each week to make sure that players are experiencing some sense of variety in their game. Changes are coming to Zombies too–if you’re playing on PS4, the new Zombies Gauntlet “An Ice Day In Hell” is up now, while an outro cutscene error bug that had affected some players has been addressed.
This patch suggests that Treyarch will continue to support their latest entry in the series, and the community of players who have stuck with it, in the wake of the release of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This makes sense, as the two games are quite different–Black Ops 4 does not feature a campaign and instead released with Blackout, Call of Duty’s first battle royale mode–and they’re both developed by two different teams. Black Ops 4 scored an 8/10 in our review last year.