Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Update Time: DLC 3 Release, Operation Apocalypse Z Patch Notes


Call of Duty Black Ops 4 refuses to die, which is funny, because of the whole zombie thing. Never explain your jokes kids, they aren’t funny if you do. 

Anyway, much like the series itself, the zombies are once again coming to get us all in the latest update to CoD Blops 4, Operation Apocalypse Z. This update is set to cover the whole damn game in enough undead to make you wonder if this is a Walking Dead crossover, but it’s not, it’s all CoD, all the time.

Thankfully, this isn’t the story of how the game dies, but one about how it continues to live, because whenever a new update like this drops, the players always benefit. 

In a post over on the Treyarch blog, the team details all of the goodies we can expect to see today, along with a little bit more detail on a few of the aspects.

We’re going to be getting a new Specialist for the multiplayer mode called Reaper, a new game mode, and even some new maps. Then, for Blackout, there are two new map updates, one which covers the world in fog, and one which asks the question of “What if Alcatraz, but spooky?”.

Of course, there’s an update to the Zombies mode too, including a new experience and a new perk among other things. 

All this excellent new content is dropping today, July 9 on PS4, but Xbox and PC players will have to wait until next week to get their hands on it. Those are the breaks of exclusivity deals we’re afraid.

Treyarch say that today’s new update will be going live at (roughly) 6pm in the UK, or 10am PST, in the United States. This is normally when updates for Call of Duty drop, and patch notes tend to follow shortly thereafter.

It’s a pretty substantial update, so there’s a horde of new information already shared which we can go through, so let’s go through it below.

The brief update notes look a lot (exactly) like this: 


  • New Specialist: Reaper
  • New Game Mode: Sticks & Stones
  • New Maps (Black Ops Pass):
    • Der Schatten
    • Remnant
    • Havana (Black Ops Flashback)
  • New Alt Map: Jungle Flooded


  • New Map Updates:
    • The Haunting Fog – An apocalyptic transformation to the main map.
    • Alcatraz: Nightfall – The prison island under the cover of darkness.
  • New Game Modes
    • Quads Fog – A limited-time Quads playlist where cloudy skies hang over an ominous fog.
    • Alcatraz Portals Horde – An Alcatraz game mode with more Zombies enemy types that spawn throughout the map.
  • New Weapons/Equipment
  • New Playable Characters:
    • M. Shadows
    • Russman
    • Danny Trejo


  • New Experience: “Alpha Omega”
  • New Elixirs:
  • New Perk: Blood Wolf Bite

Black Market

  • 40 new Contraband stream Tiers
  • Zombies-themed Specialist outfits
  • New Mastercrafts and MKII Weapons
  • Earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe

With each of the modes getting such sizeable updates, now is probably the best time to jump back into the multiplayer extravaganze ahead of the next iteration in a few months. 

The blog goes into far more detail on each of the points, for example, Reaper is “is a heavily armed robotic Specialist that utilizes explosive firepower to gain the upper hand. Reaper’s Special Issue Weaponry is the Scythe – a high-damage machine gun with explosive rounds and a fast fire rate that also inflicts a suppression status effect to nearby enemies.” You might be thinking, that’s not what a scythe is, and you’d be right normally. 

Probably the biggest update to the Blackout comes in the form of being able to play as Danny Trejo. There’s nothing else of note there, nope, not a thing. 

The Zombies update actually takes place after Classified and Blood of the Dead. “This gameplay space, which is 400% larger than “Nuketown Zombies”, features both familiar nostalgia and new elements. In “Alpha Omega”, players will face new enemies, including Jolting Jacks and Nova 6 Bombers that are deadlier evolutions of the Nova 6 Crawlers from “Kino Der Toten”. Plus, you’ll fight against a new special round foe, the Lightning Hounds. As the Aether story heads toward an epic conclusion, “Alpha Omega” works to unravel the mysteries of the beginning and the end.”

So yeah, lots of stuff to dive into here, most of which is probably undead and you shouldn’t try and swim through. Metaphors!


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