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January Black Ops 3 Update & Hotfixes: 22 Changes & More



The January Black Ops 3 updates continue to arrive for the PS4, Xbox One and PC with a focus on fixing small issues and the latest patches aim to stop boosting, glitches, CryptoKey farming and other fixes totaling 19 confirmed changes to Black Ops 3 and some housekeeping.

Update: This is what you need to know about the new Black Ops 3 1.05 update release date and what is new.

We also learned about what is coming in future hot fixes and what requires a bigger patch like we expect as part of a January Black Ops 3 update that rolls out through Xbox Live, PSN and Steam instead of through the in-game update tool.

These hotfixes continue to trickle out as we come closer to the Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC release date in February, and we could see a bigger update arrive around that time.

This is what you need to know about the January Black Ops 3 hotfix that updates you to We’ll tell you what’s new and what Treyarch plans for the next hotfixes and a larger Black Ops 3 Update.

January Black Ops 3 Hotfixes: What’s New

So far this month we’ve seen three hotfixes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. These roll out when you start the console and are required for you to play the game online. If you cannot find a game to play, you may need to quit the game and restart it from the home screen of your console or on your computer to check for an update.

Here’s what’s new in the43.15.54.5 hotfix, and in the hotfixes before it that are patching Black Ops ahead of a bigger update. These fixes will arrive in a larger Black Ops 3 update that we expect will come later this month.

  1. Control bugs with Scorestreaks.
  2. Exploits patched.
  3. Fix for teammates griefing your Scorestreaks in Hardcare
  4. Grenades count towards Gung Ho challenge when sprinting
  5. Specialist weapon progression in round based games
  6. Zombies exploits
  7. The HATR will still display enemies after the owner dies in FFA.
  8. Additional boosting fixes
  9. Farming fixes
  10. Glitching prevention in MP & ZM
  11. Full Metal Jacket no longer does more damage to SafeGuard Robot or Uplink Ball Carrier
  12. Shadows of Evil exploit fixes
  13. Fixes exploits that allowed BM stairs and Walls.
  14. Turns off 2X Cryptokeys
  15. Fix Stronghold exploits,
  16. Update CTF rules
  17. FixUplink OT rules & bugs
  18. Fix Gunsmith bugs
  19. Fix Many ZM Beast Mode exploits
  20. Fixing up 4-player Split Screen players being kicked
  21. Zombies Collision fixes
  22. Fixed bug where Keepers would get stuck

This also leaves the TDM score limit at 100, which is where the company raised it last week to make the matches last as long as they should.

The latest Black Ops 3 hotfix to arrived with fixes for Black Ops 3 Zombies. Specifically, the final three fixes listed above.


These are the confirmed changes to Black Ops 3 game on current consoles and PC. This update is not available on Xbox 360 or PS3.

January Black Ops 3 Updates to Map Rotation

Last month we learned that Treyarch planned to fix the map rotation and voting system that allows lobbies to play Combine back to back to back, since this wasn’t what the system was supposed to do.

Now we know that there is a fix in the works, but that it will need to come in a full size Black Ops 3 update instead of a hotfix.

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David Vonderhaar, Studio Design Director at Treyarch confirmed on Twitter that this is happening, sharing, “The work to fix this (apparently) needs a game update and can’t be done in hotfix. It’s in my top 5 list.”

There is no timeframe for this fix yet, but we are hopeful that this will come in a January Black Ops 3 update.

Black Ops 3 Downloadable Paint Jobs

Before the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release we heard that downloadable paint jobs would be a feature, but this didn’t happen when the game arrived.

Users still want to use the feature to get better looking paint jobs and emblems that they don’t need to create on their own, but it is unlikely part of a January Black Ops 3 update and it may never arrive.

Vonderhaar replies to a user asking about the feature stating, “It’s not looking good, but we haven’t given up complete hope just yet.”

Interesting Black Ops 3 Update Details

As part of a short Twitter Q&A, Vonderhaar answered several questions about potential features and changes to the game that would be part of future upgrades. In mid-January Vonderhaar reached out to the community to ask if they want the Team Deathmatch score limit to go from 75 to 100.

User @Im_Space_XP asks, “any plans to add the option to turn auto mantle off?” to which Vonderhaar responds, “No.”

@VirtueTZM asks “Can you remove Safeguard from Ground War?” and Vonderhaar replies, “I can. But we (probably) won’t. We have considered lowering its rotation, but we prefer the variety.”

Many users want to know what is happening with the locked soundtrack icon. Vonderhaar responds, “Nothing yet but we have some ideas.”


G-Sliding, as shown in the video above may not be around long-term. Vonderhaar states, “I doubt it.” when asked if this feature was here to stay.

January Black Ops 3 Half Price Rare Supply Drops

We’ve made it through most of January without a Black Ops 3 Double XP event. We did see a Double Cryptokey event and now there is a one day Half price sale on Rare Supply Drops when you buy them with Call of Duty Points.

There is still hope for the first Black Ops 3 Double XP weekend in January, but there is no firm information yet.

Gamers who bought Black Ops 3 at Christmas did not get a chance to play with Double XP yet, which leads us to believe that there is something planned for the near future, but it may not happen in January.

Black Ops 3: 5 Things to Expect for the Rest of 2016

Black Ops 3 Updates & Fixes in 2016

Black Ops 3 Updates & Fixes in 2016

Treyarch is committed to finding and fixing issues in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and to making the game better. While you may not get your every wish, the team behind the game consistently rolls out small, targeted hotfixes and massive updates. 

In April we saw the biggest Black Ops 3 weapons changes in history with over 18 changes to balance weapons, upgrades for scorestreaks, specialist changes and more. 

Instead of letting the game stagnate and letting issues fester Treyarch is great at fixing problems and getting out ahead of the major issues that we run into. 

Sure, there are still some lingering issues and problems with lag and unbalanced teams, but the company is clearly working on issues that the community discovers. 

We expect to see Black Ops 3 hotfixes continue to roll out directly to your console at a high-speed and to see bigger Black Ops 3 updates bring in major fixes and changes to keep the game balanced and interesting through the rest of the year. 



  1. rose

    01/12/2016 at 12:22 pm

    MY complaint is my hands need to rest so when you took away camping you took my game away it is now very hard for me to play the game you cater to one type of player this is not fair if you dont run then the game is no good for people that have issues with there hands thank you for taken the joy of the game away from me

    • AndyH

      01/13/2016 at 11:58 am

      You should still be able to stay in one place …

    • La Muerte

      01/14/2016 at 1:37 am

      Don’t camp camper

    • reigningdeath

      01/15/2016 at 12:04 pm

      well quit camping idiot. the rest of us can’t stand you losers so good riddance. campers take the joy out of the game for everyone.

    • Miley3732

      01/20/2016 at 1:44 am

      You shouldn’t be camping in the first place. People spend their precious time trying to get important challenges done and you campers get in the way all the time, hiding in rooms with shotguns and SMG’s the whole match. And just to correctly state what they did, they did NOT stop camping. They added a inactivity kick for standing still too long to counter cryptokey farmers.

    • joshua

      01/21/2016 at 11:19 am

      Your the reason call of duty sucks. The game should cater to every type of player, apart from a camper. You guys are Nazis of call of duty.

  2. Havoc340

    01/14/2016 at 2:05 am

    It would be nice if they had a big map and small map rotation option, grouping maps by size. I only like playing on small maps.

    I also don’t understand why combine repeat is an issue. If you don’t want to play combine, vote it out or leave the lobby. It’s much harder to find a lobby that is paying combine than to find one that isn’t.
    That’s what people like myself are doing to play on the map of choice.

  3. Bill

    01/14/2016 at 9:38 pm

    Please give us the old zombies back.No powers.No mutants that turns switches on.Just give us big maps 4 running trains and a whole lota kick ass weaponds.Dont 4get those pain in the ass monkeys and hello hounds.Fetch me there souls.Maps just like actentions.Sorry 4 spelling.But u zombie fans know map i mean.Maps just like that.And i will keep buying

  4. Bill

    01/14/2016 at 9:46 pm

    Don’t get me wrong i luv all the zombie maps.Sum more than ever.Hell zombies are the reason i keep buying cod.I understand trying to make new and fresh zombie play.But what you had was not broken.So please know need 2 fix.Just like when i heard the new guy saying max amo.Still miss the origanl voice.And now cant here the music start as you enter new round.Please stick what worked from the start.

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    01/19/2016 at 6:54 pm

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  6. Bill

    02/01/2016 at 6:46 pm

    I agree,you should be able to play the same map over and over again, if you don’t like it ….leave,half the maps suck and half are good…graphics great on all.but I too prefer small ones

  7. Joe bland

    02/02/2016 at 1:56 am

    I must agree with the others,same map should be able to play over and over,the biggest problem with all of the black ops is being thrown into map
    You don’t want, very frustrating ,so you just sit there and do nothing until you’re kicked, doesn’t make sence to anyone,stop trying to reinvent wheel,why do they care what map you want, already paid you’re money for the game ,if anything you should be able to pick four map rotation ,I don’t think that would be bad at all

  8. Sean

    02/03/2016 at 12:55 pm

    This ‘fix’ is total BS. I love combine, as do most players, as the majority always vote for it back to back. If you didn’t want to play it, you could leave the lobby. There’s certain maps I like, and I should be allowed to play them. This change has really taken away from my enjoyment of a game I loved. And like a previous poster, the really annoying aspect of where you get dumped in a game, is now even more apparent as I’m increasingly leaving lobby’s looking for one of the maps I like.
    I won’t be buying the DLC for a game that is no longer as fun for me as it once was.

  9. Sid

    02/06/2016 at 10:09 am

    Please allow the nuketown map to be played on multiplayer would be really nice Sucks to have a map you hardly play online.

  10. Jo

    04/01/2016 at 2:16 am

    And I still can’t find a match.

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