Gunfight Tournament Comes to Black Ops Cold War in Update Today

by in Call of Duty | Nov, 23rd 2020

Treyarch released a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War today. While it isn’t the first post-launch update to come for the title, it is the first major one that addresses more than just a single weapon. It brings with it a brand new game mode in the Black Ops Cold War Gunfight Tournament. 

Latest Black Ops Cold War Update Is Here

Well, it sort of brings with it a brand new game mode, that is. You can download and install the new update today that includes a ton of changes to the general gameplay, fixes a bunch of issues that people were having since launch, and includes Black Ops Cold War Gunfight Tournament.

The update comes in at around 6GB or so on PS5 with similar download sizes on the other platforms. Overall, it isn’t a massive update for a game that is already pushing 100GB on some platforms and is well over that number for others like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. 

But at the same time, it is significant enough that players should keep that in mind when booting up the game to play today, especially if you are someone who has really slow public internet like at a university or you have data caps that limit how much you can download in a month. 

Once you have the update installed on your platform of choice, you will find that there are some interesting changes to be found for some of the weapons and modes there. There isn’t much new content, according to the post-launch update patch notes, except for one major change. 

This Update Brings Gunfight Tournament Sort of

For some odd reason, this update has brought with it the Black Ops Cold War Gunfight Tournament game mode. However, you aren’t actually able to play this game mode at this time. The only way that we know it is in the game currently is because it shows up in the menus now. 

Or, at least it did show up at the time of writing this post. There is a chance that Treyarch could discover this possible mistake and remove the game mode entirely from the Call of Duty game in the near future. At this time, it is locked and unavailable for use in any way, shape, or form. 

You aren’t able to play this fan favorite game mode online and this even extends to playing offline with the bots as well. If you are interested in checking out this mode for yourself, you will have to wait a little bit longer to play it for some odd reason. 

Presumably, the update was meant to add the game into the backend for when it does finally release but it wasn’t probably supposed to show up in the menu options for game modes just yet. There is also the chance that it is still being tested or worked on so players will need to wait. 

When Will We Play Gunfight Tournament?

As for when we will actually see the Black Ops Cold War Gunfight Tournament mode release for reals, there are two main possibilities. The first is that we could see it come out on Tuesday, November 24, which is next week. 

That day is important because it is the first major post-launch content drop with the release of the Nuketown 84 map. As far as we know, though, the Gunfight mode isn’t supposed to drop then. From what we have gathered up until this point, it isn’t supposed to launch until the start of the first season.

It is possible that it is just in the backend early for testing purposes but that would be unfortunate to tease players now and then make them wait for a couple more weeks to actually enjoy it. After all, Gunfight is one of the most popular game modes that debuted with Modern Warfare.

It is a two on two highly competitive mode where every team’s loadout is chosen for them and it changes in each round. However, all players in the match have the same loadout so the playing field is even. Maps are small and players have to be versatile to excel in Gunfight. 

Other Changes in This Latest Update

In the meantime while we wait for Gunfight to release, this patch for Black Ops Cold War also brings with it only the second round of weapon changes since the start of the game, following up on the MP5 nerf that happened earlier this week

The FFAR1 has been nerfed a good bit to have increased recoil so it won’t handle as good as it did before, slightly reduced max damage, and heavily reduced max damage range so that it will be a little less powerful and definitely not as long-range as it was before. 

The M16 has been changed up a bit. It has a reduced max damage range by 15% and increased sprint to fire times. It is also slower when moving and firing, has delays between bursts, and laser attachments are slightly less effective. 

The Type 63 has been boosted some to have slightly increased fire rate and the same has been done for the DMR 14. The M60 has been boosted a bit to have improved max damage range and movement speeds. All sniper rifles, on the other hand, have been slightly adjusted and boosted. 

On the pistol side, the Magnum that wasn’t our favorite previously has been boosted considerably to have slightly better fire rate, improved max damage range, and improved visibility after the first shot. 

And last but not least, there are some changes for the bravo shotgun. It has been nerfed some to have less damage between ranges from the 5.8 meter range to 7.7 meters. For more on the other minor changes and healthy number of bug fixes, be sure to check out the full patch notes here


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