Call of Duty: Black Ops Patch Incoming

By Rebecca Smith, 8 years ago
A forum post by Treyarch developer JD_2020 has outlined the issues that will be dealt with in Title Update 4 for Call of Duty: Black Ops. He has also said that more fixes will follow in future patches.

These are the fixes that Title Update 4 will be addressing:

Issues Addressed:
• Resolved several issues with parties getting disbanded unexpectedly.
• Updated handling for UPnP-enabled routers to improve matchmaking conditions where users had strict or moderate NAT types. Also added in-game communications so that all players are aware of their NAT type in the Player Match party lobby.
• Addressed issue that prevented the “Load MP by Default” option from saving when other specific option combinations were set.
• Prevention of exploit that allowed players to keep custom classes and killstreaks after prestige.
• Addressed an issue where Flak Jacket Pro would not always protect against ground fires left by Napalm Strikes.
• Prevention of users losing their killstreak reward when switching classes at the start of a new round in round-based game modes.
• Addressed an issue where the incorrect perks would appear when spectating another player under certain circumstances.
• Added round start explosive delay to China Lake grenade launcher to give it the same round start limitations as other explosives.
• Contracts will now reset when the player Prestiges.
• Prevention of Valkyrie rocket exploding upon release under rare conditions.
• Prevention of Gunship failing to give player full control under rare conditions.
• Prevention of an issue where a player will get teleported outside the map boundaries under very specific circumstances.
• Additional security measures to enhance detection and banning capabilities.

Gameplay Tuning:
• Limit the ability to re-roll supply drops using Hardline Pro to Care Packages only, no other killstreak drops.
• Added a negative influencer to all spawn points to decrease the chances of spawning near an enemy. This will further improve spawning protection on top of previous updates.
• Additional sound mix tuning for Ninja Pro users – increased ranges and volume of enemy footsteps, and removed player footstep sounds on concrete material types.
• Increased headshot multipliers for sniper rifles. Sniper rifles with suppressors equipped will now always be ensured one-shot kill headshots.
• Subtle increase in sniper rifle accuracy when scoping in.
• Added a render delay to the red diamond player indicators that appear when controlling the Gunship, Valkyrie Rocket and Chopper Gunner. When a player first spawns, this will not appear for a period of time.
• Additional minor reductions in knife lunge.
Since the previous Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer fixes news post, these fixes have also gone live:

• Launch: User could access a small platform outside of the intended play space below the rocket gantry by jumping to a very specific location; now blocked from access
• Launch: User could access a small area inside geometry at vents near Dom flag A by going prone and moving around in a very specific location; now blocked from access
• Some users reported that weapon attachment challenges were not resetting after prestige; now all are guaranteed to clear as soon as selecting the prestige option
• Prevention of killstreak selection getting disabled in Combat Training under rare conditions
• Array: Added collision to prevent players from partially clipping into a tree
• Launch: Added collision to prevent players from strafe jumping onto an invisible ledge at the base of the rocket near B3
• Summit: Added collision to prevent players from jumping to a location outside of the map boundary when in Custom Games where player speed is maxed out
• Havana: Added collision to prevent players from jumping onto an invisible ledge above a doorway at C2
• Nuketown: Adjusted a spawn point that would spawn players on top of a mannequin’s head when that mannequin was randomly spawned in that location
• Improved matchmaking to find matches significantly faster
• Improved matchmaking to ensure that players are more effectively matched to games with the best networking conditions
• Improved host selection to ensure that the best host is always selected in the pre-game lobby
• Improved party system to ensure that parties don’t get broken apart
• Disable ability to join Private Match, Combat Training and Theater lobbies when searching for Player Match games
• Server-side and game-side changes to decrease the amount of failed Film uploads
• Weekly and Monthly leaderboards will now track all kills, deaths and assists properly (All Time leaderboards were not affected by this)
• Prevention of Combat Training stats getting crossed with Player Match stats under rare conditions
• Prevention of temporary loss of functionality when a button was being held down at the point of a disconnect
• Additional fine-tuning of audio levels and ranges for footsteps and gunfire
• Additional fine-tuning of audio levels for bomb plants/defuses
• Additional online security enhancements
• Improvements to the spawn system to resolve an issue where negative spawn influencers from specific game events were not always being deleted after the danger had cleared – in some matches, this was causing good spawns to be erroneously flagged by the game as bad spawns, which in turn forced actual bad spawns to get selected later in the match
• Experimental slight reduction in knife lunge range – this is a trial change
• Prevention of Prestige glitching – trying to prestige from Combat Training will reset your stats but not give you prestige
• Addition of Hardcore HQ & Hardcore CTF game modes to the playlists
• Prevention of the ability to earn XP in Private Matches
The patch was submitted to Microsoft today for testing and approval. No release date has yet been confirmed.
Credit for this story goes to Mystic Typh00n
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.