Black Ops 1.04: New Features… and Crashes

December 17, 2010 Written by Tyler Minarik

Two days ago Treyarch released patch 1.04 for the immensely popular Call of Duty: Black Ops.  Intended to fix numerous issues that have plagued the game since its release in November, as well as bringing several new features to the game, the patch has also appeared to cause a bunch of problems for PlayStation 3 players.  Complaints have been pouring in about games randomly freezing, disconnecting, having host migration issues, among many others issues.  However, help may be on the way.

Earlier today Community Manager Josh Olin posted a thread specifically regarding the PS3 issues:

Hey PS3 community –

We are aware that many online players have been experiencing connectivity issues since Tuesday’s patch. We have been working hard to track down the cause and fix them as quickly as we can. We’ve already updated the game with one “hot fix” since Tuesday’s release that has improved many of those connectivity problems, and we’ve got more coming, so stay tuned.

Forum feedback has been tremendously helpful. In fact, we’ve been on the forums, monitoring feedback and in a number of cases, working with community members directly, so please keep the feedback coming. In the meantime, know that we’re committed to doing everything we can to support the best online experience, and we’re working quickly to resolve this issue.

NOTE: There have been rumors suggesting that deleting your save data will improve network connectivity. Please do not delete your save data, as it will not have an effect on network connectivity. A hot fix was released at 9:30p PST last night, coinciding with the first instance of this rumor, and this hot fix is the reason many users have experienced improved connectivity.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback. As always, we will keep you updated.

So, it appears all is not lost.  If you were experiencing issues and haven’t tried logging on today, it might be a good idea to check it out, and report anything you experience.  Mixed results have been reported, with some users experiencing improvement, and others still suffering.  In the mean time, here are some of the new features included in the patch for when playability is improved.

  • Over 400 brand new Contracts
  • Practice Dummies (aka, AI bots) in offline Local Split Screen
  • A new camera editing mode in Theater called “Dolly Cam”
  • “Load Multiplayer by Default” option for the PS3

So, it appears that if you’re having a hard time playing online, you can still get some practice in with a buddy by playing offline and facing some AI opponents.  Sure, it may not be as exciting as the competition between your online friends, but at least you’ll be ready to blow their brains out all over the wall if Treyarch gets everything fixed.  Check out page two for the full patch notes.

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