Black Ops 4 Blackout update TIME: Call of Duty changes for PS4 and Xbox

The new Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout update (Image: TREYARCH)

UPDATE: Activision has released a new trailer for the upcoming Operation Absolute Zero, offering different details to those shared earlier this week.

According to the description, the free content will be going live first on PS4 and won’t be arriving until tomorrow, December 11.

“Operation Absolute Zero introduces an all-new Specialist, Zero, as well as Hijacked to Blackout, and much more. Play Operation Absolute Zero content for free starting on 12/11, first on PS4.”

If this proves correct, PS4 gamers will have the shortest wait, while those on Xbox One and PC will get access on December 18.

ORIGINAL: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is scheduled to see the first part of a big new update go live today on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

According to Treyarch, the first part of a larger content drop is supposed to be going live today, December 10.

This will be focused on Blackout mode, which is being updated on all platforms today, followed by more content going live tomorrow on PS4 only.

This is part of Treyarch’s Operation Absolute Zero, which will make major changes to large areas of the game. As stated below, the first part of this new update is scheduled to go live today and means it should be released in the coming hours.


“On December 10, we’re setting the stage with several hotly-anticipated updates to the core Blackout experience for all platforms, including our new Armor repair system, audio improvements, SDM and Spitfire weapon balancing, and seasonal changes across the entire map.

“Players will immediately notice the map’s new visual updates as soon as they jump out of the helicopter, from seasonal changes in foliage and softer winter lighting, to new smoke trails to better indicate where everyone is dropping. Subtle environmental improvements are also coming to Nuketown Island, Hydro Dam, and Factory – see if you can spot what’s new on Monday, and watch for our patch notes with more details on these updates next week.

“Then, we turn things up a notch on December 11 when Hijacked debuts on PS4 as our newest Blackout destination, located on the peaceful waters of the map’s northwest quadrant. Inspired by the classic Treyarch Multiplayer map, our favorite luxury yacht becomes everyone’s new favorite hot drop in Blackout.

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“Once you make it to dry land, hop into the new ARAV armored vehicle with a friend and light up your foes with its turret-mounted machine gun. Players can also drop in as Zero after unlocking her, or as one of the four zombie-killing gladiators from IX after finding and completing the brand-new set of Blackout Zombies Character Missions.

“We’re also amping up our collection of personalization items that can be used in Blackout in the new and improved Black Market, including new unlockable Blackout characters, new Epic Specialist Outfits, shared Warpaints, and more personalization items to use in the world of Blackout. Players will also find new weapons throughout Blackout starting December 11 on PS4 – try dropping into Firing Range next week to get your hands on the new hardware before anyone else does.

“On top of the free content kicking off next week, there’s even more coming to Blackout soon with the addition of Custom Games, Weapon Camos, Stash interface updates on consoles, holiday map decorations, throwable Snowballs, new seasonal Special Event Tiers, in-game promos, gameplay improvements, and more.”


“For our Zombies players, the team has been fiercely dedicated to making our biggest day-one collection of Zombies experiences even better with each new update. We’ve made continuous gameplay and stability improvements since launch across all four maps, and next week, we’re proud to introduce three new free features for Zombies players on all platforms: Daily Callings, the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system, and Daily Tier Skips for Zombies.

Operation Absolute Zero from Treyarch (Image: TRYEARCH)

“Daily Callings provide new gameplay challenges that reward Zombies players with bonus XP and Nebulium Plasma upon completion. Be sure to check the Zombies Barracks for each day’s new challenge to maximize your earnings, level up faster, and concoct even more Elixirs and Talismans for your next record-breaking run.

“Want to prove your zombie-slaying prowess to the world? For the first time in Zombies history, the new Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system gives players the ability to verify and share the results of their game online with a personalized code generated at the end of each match.”

The Black Ops Authenticity Stamp website tracks a variety of stats, including:

Number of kills, deaths, downs, revives, headshots, and rounds survivedMap selection, game type, numbers of players, and difficulty attemptedSpecial Weapons, Equipment, and Talismans usedPerks and Elixirs equippedNumber of Elixirs consumedMatch duration, score spent, final score, and more

“With an unprecedented amount of Zombies experiences released by the end of this year, we’ve never been more committed to delivering new and exciting content for our Zombies community. Next week’s launches of Daily Callings, Black Ops Authenticity Stamp, and Daily Tier Skip in Zombies are just the beginning, as we’re also kicking off our limited-time Winter Calling event in Zombies with new seasonal personalization rewards to unlock starting December 13 on PS4.”


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