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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gets its big balance patch

And without patch notes, players are working out what it does themselves.

Treyarch has issued the long-awaited balance patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch said to expect download sizes to range from 3.4GB to 7.1GB, depending on your platform. It weighs in at 6.817GB on PlayStation 5.

The developer hasn't released patch notes for the update yet - they're due out ahead of the launch of Season One tomorrow, 16th December. So players have spent the morning trying to work out what exactly has changed.

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The ever-reliable Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r has issued unofficial patch notes based on his initial tests. It seems the AUG has had a minor damage nerf, and the FFAR has been buffed.

Treyarch did tweet to say there's weapon tuning for multiple classes, including tactical rifles (that'll explain the AUG tweak), as well as perk tuning, including reducing Flak Jacket protection. Initial reports indicate this change to the Flak Jacket is working.

The H.A.R.P. killstreak has been added to the game. This 6000 cost plane shows both enemy position and direction on the mini-map, with a 60 second cooldown.

We'll have more when the patch notes are live. Season One launches tomorrow in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, when, finally, Black Ops Cold War weapons hit the battle royale.

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