Black Ops Cold War's developers Treyarch has prepared an abundance of new content for the Season 3 Reloaded update across all game modes, including a number of new limited-time modes for players to enjoy.
The update brings the 80's Action Heroes event to the game, which includes new operators John McClane and Rambo, new action movie-inspired medals, new limited-time modes Rambo’s Gun Game and Die Hardpoint, two new maps Standoff (6v6) and Duga (Multi-Team), and finally, two new weapons, the Baseball Bat and the AMP63 pistol.
If you are more of a Zombies mode fan, there's plenty in store for you as well, including Cranked 2: No Time to Crank mode, a new Main Quest and Orda World event in Outbreak, new custom mod support, Mystery Box Weapons, and much more.
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Of course, these are all just highlights, and you can read the full patch notes below, courtesy of Treyarch.
Cold War Season 3 Reloaded full patch notes
Standoff (6v6, Launch)
It’s back in Black Ops.
First introduced in Black Ops II, Standoff is a 6v6 medium-sized map that features a timeless three-lane feel and provides plentiful opportunities for outsmarting your opponents.
Remember to check the central building, and always be mindful of a certain exploding van, which has plenty of notoriety within the Call of Duty competitive community…
Duga (Multi-Team, Launch)
Also arriving at the start of Season Three Reloaded is Duga, a new region in the Ural Mountains ready for Multi-Team modes after spending the first half of the season in Outbreak.
Duga offers something for every playstyle, whether you prefer to move through the central admin offices for close-range battles or work your way around the perimeter through the bus depot to the chemical processing plant for long-range battles.
If you can’t immediately decide where to hone your skills, try making your way atop the array tower for a tactical view before parachuting off to your destination of choice.
Die Hardpoint (Launch)
Prepare for a fight against not only the opposition but also time itself in a cranked-up twist to a fan-favourite mode: Die Hardpoint.
Work alongside your squad to capture Hardpoints and eliminate enemies in a race to gain 200 points, or the most points before time expires. Capturing a Hardpoint will give you a movement speed boost (the first of five potential buffs) and set your timer to 30 seconds. But beware: these buffs come at the cost of your life in explosive fashion when the clock hits zero.
This timer can be extended by earning eliminations and playing the objective, so aggressive play will be key to survival. While on your team's Hardpoint, your timer will be paused and kills will add 15 seconds to your timer up to a max of 30 seconds. Successive kills will also grant you up to four additional buffs on top of movement speed: weapon handling, ADS speed, slide speed, and a larger explosion for when you inevitably die (only achievable after a five-kill streak.)
Also, since this is an action-movie inspired playlist, expect the Operators to put on their best acting chops upon being eliminated, as they are more than prepared to do their own stunts after their health reaches zero…
Rambo’s Gun Game (Week Two)
Introduced in Season Two, Gun Game is a frantic Free-for-All mode where players compete to earn at least one kill with 20 different weapons.
On its own, Gun Game can be a fast and frenetic party mode, but what happens when Rambo joins the party? The rotation of 20 weapons gets a serious boost in firepower, as the Combat Bow, War Machine, RPG-7, and even the Death Machine get added into a fresh set of armaments. To help keep our action heroes alive, players will also be equipped with the Stimshot.
The gameplay is just as frenzied as ever. Dying via melee attacks, falling off the map, or staying too long in restricted areas brings you back one stage in the weapon rotation, and the first to get a kill by launching a Ballistic Knife wins the match. However, remember that this is the ’80s Action Heroes event, so expect plenty of explosions and dramatic falls from Operators throughout the match!
Multi-Team Elimination (Launch)
Fans of Squad vs. Squad game modes will have an intense new last team-standing experience to take on across Black Ops Cold War’s biggest maps.
In Multi-Team Elimination, ten teams of four will drop in and fight to survive against ever-expanding radiation zones. Redeploys will be limited and loadouts will be restricted, so teams will need to scavenge for weapons, Scorestreaks, Armor, and more.
Emerge as the last team standing or the first squad to board the exfil chopper in the final safe zone to achieve victory in this massive new Multiplayer mode!
Action Movie–Inspired Medals (Launch)
In addition to the standard Medals received during Multiplayer and Zombies matches, the ’80s Action Heroes event will introduce limited-time Medals and some nods to both the Die Hard and Rambo franchises. These Medals function similar to ones already in Black Ops Cold War, offering a bit of additional bling to your barracks while also giving you some bonus XP to help you reach that next level quicker.
For example, are you shredding the competition with the Death Machine? Instead of the usual “Shredded” Medal, you may receive the “Light Em Up” Medal for your skill with this powerful minigun. Or how about using explosives? Blast away your enemies, and you may get the “Have a Blast!” Medal in-game to commend you for your expertise with explosives.
The Dark Aether story is set to explode in Outbreak, Zombies gets a new limited-time mode, plus more that Requiem has not given us clearance to declassify…
New Main Quest, Orda World Event, and More in Outbreak (Launch)
Requiem agents deployed to the Outbreak Zone will find a brand-new Main Quest to experience for the first time in Outbreak. The events that unfold within will set the stage for the next round-based map in Black Ops Cold War Zombies, as well as what’s still to come in future seasons. Watch for details from Treyarch on when players can expect to join in on the Easter egg hunt this week!
Season Three Reloaded also delivers a new World Event to discover in Outbreak. Massive Orda monsters now wander the Ural Mountains, posing a considerable challenge with powerful rewards for those who come out of the encounter alive.
And if you need to take a quick break between all the chaos, try picking up one of the fishing poles found near water sources throughout the regions. Players just might fish up Salvage, Armor, Perks, or even a special surprise...
And as always, there are other secrets waiting in Outbreak for players to find on their own. Beware the new dangers that lurk in the Outbreak Zone, and keep your eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary...
Cranked 2: No Time to Crank (Launch)
A new variant of the fan-favourite Cranked makes its way to Firebase Z and Die Maschine with an explosive twist in a limited-time ’80s Action Heroes Zombies mode.
In this new take on Cranked in Zombies, all players will start with a Knife, with Wall Buys disabled and Crafting Tables removed. All Mystery Box locations will be active and restocked with different armaments, including more frequent Support items. In addition to finding more explosive ordinances from the Mystery Box, zombies are more likely to drop lethal explosive equipment.
Just like in the hit prequel to Cranked 2, eliminating your first zombie starts a Cranked Timer. Keep it ticking with each elimination, as the timer’s duration decreases as rounds progress...
Will you be able to keep your Cranked Timer above zero and avoid a fiery demise? Find out in Cranked 2: No Time to Crank.
New Custom Mod Support, Mystery Box Weapons, and Weapon Buffs (Launch)
In addition to this new content in Outbreak and round-based Zombies maps, Treyarch is bringing Custom Mod support to the “Apply Blueprint” feature to allow players to save their own custom Blueprints and bring them into Zombies alongside the Blueprints they already own.
Weapons from previous seasons are also being added to the Mystery Box and Trials reward pools, including the Groza, MAC-10, Streetsweeper, FARA 83, LC10, R1 Shadowhunter, ZRG 20mm, Sledgehammer, Wakizashi, Machete, and E-Tool.
New Zombies-specific weapon tuning is also incoming to boost the overall power of several weapons in the Black Ops Cold War arsenal, so zombie slayers will have even more viable tools of destruction at their fingertips. For more details on all of the updates coming to Zombies this week, visit the Treyarch Blog.
Later in Season Three Reloaded, the Secondary Weapon category receives two additional weapons: an automatic machine pistol and an old reliable melee weapon.
Baseball Bat: Melee (Launch Week)
A classic bruiser’s weapon of war, and Black Ops Cold War’s newest addition for one-hit melee fans, the Baseball Bat is what you want when the enemy has you in a pickle. Whether it’s against the undead hordes in Zombies or enemy Operators in Multiplayer, using the Baseball Bat could mean the difference between sitting on your squad’s bench or becoming its MVP.
Note: the Baseball Bat will enter the Warzone melee starting lineup during Season Four after its “spring training” in Black Ops Cold War during Season Three Reloaded’s launch week.
AMP63: Pistol (In-Season)
Slotting in as the fourth sidearm in Black Ops Cold War’s arsenal, this personal defence weapon is a cross between a self-loading pistol and a fully automatic SMG.
Expect this weapon to output high amounts of damage in a short period of time thanks to its full-auto nature, which makes it highly effective in close quarters.
Obtain the AMP63 and Baseball Bat during Season Three Reloaded in one of two ways: complete an in-game challenge to obtain the free base weapon or pick up a bundle with a Blueprint version when it appears in the Store.
Want to collect free player profile items, Weapon Charms and Stickers, a new Arcade Game, and even Weapon Blueprints? Then lock and load for the “’80s Action Heroes” in-game challenge event across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
Similar to the “Hunt for Adler” and “Haunting of Verdansk” events, Operators will be tasked with completing objectives in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, receiving rewards that can be used across both titles, with the exception of the Robot Tank Arcade Game (available only in the Black Ops Cold War Barracks). These challenges are themed around the awesome new, limited-time content, and include objectives like completing matches in specific playlists or earning kills with the new Combat Bow Killstreak in Warzone.
Complete all nine Black Ops Cold War challenges to unlock a semi-automatic tactical rifle Weapon Blueprint and complete all nine of the Warzone challenges to get an awesome Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle Weapon Blueprint.
In addition to these two new weapons, as well as John McClane and Rambo, the Store across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will be updated with fresh new Weapon Blueprints, Operator Skins, and more content across multiple bundles.
This includes the “Death’s Veil Maxis” bundle, which features Samantha’s new “Death’s Bride” Operator Skin. Don’t think that’s threatening enough for the living and the dead? Be prepared to face her new “Nailed Down” Finishing Move or come up against her “Death’s Vow” SMG and “Death’s Protest” LMG Weapon Blueprints.
Also coming to the Store is the “Tracer Pack: Nuclear Distillery Mastercraft” bundle, the first-ever Mastercraft Bundle with two unique Ultra-rarity Mastercrafts. One of these is the first Secondary Weapon Mastercraft, known as the “Special Batch” shotgun, which comes alongside the “Science Project” assault rifle Mastercraft. Admire the swirling toxic liquids inside both weapons, and inspect either of them to get a swig of the good stuff.