Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies is in an interesting place when it comes to Season 3. For many, Season 3 is seen as a worrying sign for Zombies, as no new Survival map is set to come to the game until Season 4. Seemingly guaranteeing a shorter DLC Season with only 3 new maps, fans of classic, round-based Survival feel let down by the lack of fresh content. On the flip side, Outbreak is getting better support than ever before.
Not only does Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ open world mode have a main quest easter egg coming in Season 3 Reloaded, but the latest update brought several welcome changes to the mode. Aside from the new Duga region, gameplay improvements have been made that provide a much-needed increase to the speed of an Outbreak match. From a new side quest to a hilarious easter egg that references a community meme, here is every change to Outbreak in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 3.
The most well-documented addition to Outbreak in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 3 is the addition of the Duga region. Featuring a massive satellite array reminiscent of the one from Chernobyl, the map is built around the huge structure. Players can climb to the top and gun down the Zombies below with Sniper Rifles, adding a fun new style to clearing the map. Ziplining to the top will also allow players to leap off and parachute to any location in the region, a process that will likely take several jumps to stop being fun. The rest of the map features a mixture of farmland, research labs, military bunkers, and offices. While other leaked Ural Mountains areas like Zoo could prove more unique, Duga is still a welcome addition that adds further variety to Outbreak.
Outbreak’s Fury Crystal side quest is another strong improvement, as it sees players completing a time trial to unlock a terrific reward. To start this new objective, players can head to the crystal point of interest marked on the map. From there, they can shoot the red Fury Crystal, which will spawn six more Crystals as a timer begins to play. If gamers can break all of them before the time runs out, the last Fury Crystal will drop an Aether Tool. Instantly upgrading the player’s equipped weapon to Legendary, getting this quest early can save tons of salvage and heavily speed up the game.
Outbreak has finally added upgrades for the DIE Shockwave Wonder Weapon through Season 3. Fortunately, there are no lengthy quests attached to securing each upgrade. Instead, players need to memorize a specific location in every region besides Sanatorium. Once they are there, all they need to do is swap their regular DIE ammo for the location’s special upgrade. The locations for the ammo types are as follows.
Apline’s Ice Upgrade: Found on a frozen pond in the South side of the map.
Golova’s Nova 5 Upgrade: Found on a silo with a ramp made of metal pipes. It is on the West side of the map.
Ruka’s Thermophasic Upgrade: Found resting against a tree in the burned down forest.
Duga’s Electrobolt Upgrade: Found on top of the massive satellite array.
One of the biggest complaints about Outbreak thus far has been how slow the game is in its early stages. This is understandable, as Zombies are incredibly weak and slow-moving. The challenge and intensity of a match does not really happen until Tier 5, and fortunately, players can now reach high World Tiers faster. To do this, all gamers need to do is destroy the warp and exfil beacon as they are moving to a new area. Once done, an ominous sound will play, and players will shoot up two full World Tiers.