With the newest Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4, fast approaching, Activision has apparently seen fit to give the series an update – three years late.
Despite having a new game only a couple months from launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has just received a variety of new content via a patch. The reason for this was not given by Activision, speculation being few and far between from those in the know. This decision is made even more confusing given that Call of Duty: WWII is currently the latest game in the franchise, making this an update for a game significantly out of date both in age and edition.
Whatever their reasoning, Activision and Sledgehammer Games haven’t cut any corners with the update, supplying a surprisingly extensive amount of content entirely for free. First among these updates is a new game mode known as Prop Hunt.
Prop Hunt originates in Steam games like Gary’s Mod and Team Fortress 2, involving teams of players that take turns becoming props or hunting for props. Half the players will select an interactable item found on the map, which their character model will become as they try to hide somewhere and fool the hunters. Hunters, in turn, will try to find which items are actually other players in disguise.
In total, Prop Hunt is playable on ten of the game’s different maps. Additionally, a special addition was made to the Prop Hunt mode when played on the map Nuk3town. As all props on this stage are mannequins distinguished by their poses, prop players are given nine total decoy mannequins to plant around the stage as opposed to the standard three lookalike items on other maps.
Finally, two more guns have been added to the game. The RPK, originally featured in the original Black Ops, will be making its return alongside the World War II-era Sten. Both of these guns will be part of the Operation Swarm event, in addition to new skins, a nighttime version of the Fringe map, and double XP playlists.