Treyarch has announced a hefty content update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 titled Absolute Zero, which will introduce a new playable specialist, new weapons and gameplay tweaks across the board.
The new combatant entering the fray is Zero, a hacker who can disrupt her opponents using her unique tools. We expect Zero to play similar to Sombra in Overwatch, meaning that she will be able to disable enemies’ abilities and possibly stop them from healing. We won’t know the full extent of what she’s capable of until tomorrow, but it’s safe to say that Zero will throw in a spanner in the works for many players when she drops into Multiplayer.
Players can unlock Zero by completing Tier 1 in the newly revamped Black Market.
Three new weapons will also be dropping as part of the update; the Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT assault rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon. You can earn these new firearms via Contraband tiers in the Black Market, along with some new cosmetic weapon camos, reactive camos and reticles.
Blackout fans won’t be left out in this update, as Treyarch has also outlined several tweaks coming to the battle royale mode.
Most notably a new armor repair function will land in Blackout, alongside audio improvements, SDM and Spitfire weapon balancing and seasonal changes across the map.
The ‘seasonal changes’ are unlikely to transform Blackout into some kind of Santa Royale- instead, they will take the form of subtle visual updates including softer winter lighting and wintery foliage.
A new ARAV armored vehicle turret-mounted machine gun will be available following the update, which is sure to be a highly contested addition, due to its firepower. You will also be able to unlock a Zero skin for Blackout and the four zombie-killing gladiators from IX.
For those keen on earning cosmetics, Treyarch has also confirmed that the update will make some sweeping changes to the Black Market, halving the initial tier showcase from 200 to 100.
Treyarch says in its blog, “The new Contraband stream kicks off with 100 Tiers designed to deliver a more diverse and exciting collection of items to earn, with themes built around every 25 Tiers and more opportunities to use personalization items in new ways.”
A wealth of new items will be earnable via this new system, including weapons, weapon cosmetics, new Blackout characters and more. For the full list of new content on the way, check out Treyarch’s blog.
No Black Ops update would be complete without some fresh (or should we say, decaying) new content for Zombies. Three new features will debut in the co-op mode; Daily Callings, the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system, and Daily Tier Skips.
Finally, there is a smattering of new content launching first for PS4 users, in the form of the new Blackout area, Highjacked and the Winter Calling Event for Zombies. These updates will launch on December 11 and 13 respectively on the console and are expected to make their way to PC a week or so later.