Today’s week­ly update brought the usu­al new playlist changes, but there was also some sur­prise weapon bal­anc­ing for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Play­ers can also expect anoth­er round of dou­ble XP, as well as a free-access week­end for any­one who does­n’t own the game. 

The dou­ble XP week­end is actu­al­ly going to last for four days, since it’s Labor Day week­end here in the US. This event will start tomor­row, Sep­tem­ber 3rd and end on Sep­tem­ber 7th at 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m ET.

Any­one who wish­es to play the game, but does­n’t own it, can play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for free from now until Sep­tem­ber 7th. The free-access week­end includes Cold War’s mul­ti­play­er and Zom­bies content. 

As far as the weapon tun­ing goes, the biggest change is in this patch is nerf to the TEC‑9. This gun has been dom­i­nat­ing most lob­bies since the launch of Sea­son 5. The patch specif­i­cal­ly nerfs the gun’s ful­ly auto­mat­ic muz­zle, reduc­ing its dam­age by 18%. This should stop its over­whelm­ing melt­ing pow­er. The EM2 assault rifle also saw a minor nerf, with the 25.8″ Task Force Bar­rel reduc­ing Fire Rate by 7%. The PPSh SMG did get a cou­ple of buffs how­ev­er. You can check out the full patch notes below, as pro­vid­ed by Tre­yarch.

GLOBAL

Free Access

  • Mul­ti­play­er & Zom­bies Free Access avail­able for down­load Sept. 2–7.

Weapons

  • EM2 Assault Rifle
    • 25.8″ Task Force Barrel
      • Now reduces Fire Rate by 7%.
  • TEC‑9 SMG
    • Full-Auto Repeater Muzzle
      • Now reduces Dam­age by 18% (from 50 to 41).
  • PPSh-41 SMG
    • 15.7″ Task Force Barrel
      • Now increas­es Dam­age bonus to 7% (pre­vi­ous­ly 4%).
    • Spet­snaz Field Grip Handle
      • Now increas­es Aim Down Sight Time bonus to 18% (pre­vi­ous­ly 15%).

MULTIPLAYER

Fea­tured Playlists

  • Gun­fight Tour­na­ment [NEW]
  • Sea­son Five Mosh­pit (Ech­e­lon, Slums, Dri­ve-In) [NEW(Also avail­able in Hardcore)
  • Throw­back Mosh­pit (now includ­ing Slums & Dri­ve-In) [NEW(Also avail­able in Hardcore)
  • Nuke­town 24/7 (Also avail­able in Hardcore)
  • Dou­ble Agent: Melee
  • Face Off 6v6 (Also avail­able in Hardcore)
  • Par­ty Games
  • Mul­ti-Team

ZOMBIES

Fea­tured Playlists

  • Out­break (End­less and 3 Region)
  • Mauer der Toten
  • Fire­base Z
  • Die Mas­chine
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3: First Person
  • Onslaught (PlaySta­tion)
  • Onslaught Ech­e­lon (PlaySta­tion)
  • Onslaught Accel­er­at­ed (PlaySta­tion)
  • Onslaught Con­tain­ment (PlaySta­tion)