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Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 PC servers shut down without warning (UPDATED)

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As of today (June 20th, 2019) issue with Zombie servers seems to have been resolved, allowing players once again to log into a Zombie lobbies and play it in both Solo and Multiplayer modes.

Original story:


Multiple reports show that Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 multiplayer servers - specifically the Zombies servers run by Activision, have not been functioning for over 3 days. PC gamers attempted to connect to Zombies (singleplayer and multiplayer) are met with this screen:


Steam Discussions show frustrated gamers without any official response from Activision or Treyarch. Various threads on /r/pcgaming and the /r/CoDZombies confirm that there is an issue with no official responses within those threads.

Activision have only responded by sending generic tweet responses claiming that they are "investigating". Gamers have also been tweeting @pcdev, Activision's Director of Development who simply forwards the issue to the developers.

The chilled response from Activision/Treyarch is not surprising, given that Call of Duty: Black Ops was released in 2010, making the game 9 years old. Commenters are suspicious that Activison have shut down the servers intentionally to make way for their newer games, but failed to communicate this to the playerbase. This 9 year old game, especially the PC community within it, are clearly not a priority for Activision who are not scrambling over themselves to fix or respond to this issue. Thisis clearly shown on the status page of Activision's online services, where the Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 isn't even listed as a game to select (even though it is being sold on Steam). The status page even shows that all lights are green on the Windows front despite the Zombies servers being down for 3 days.


Standard multiplayer is not affected, as Call of Duty: Black Ops uses community dedicated servers to run as normal:

It is still possible to play the Zombies mode offline.

We await any substantial official response from Activision/Treyarch.

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