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2014 Year in Review: We take a look back at 2014 including statistics and answer your most common questions

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It’s official everyone, 2014 has finally come to an end. It’s been a big year for Call of Duty, and it’s been an even bigger year for us.

When we first started Charlie INTEL almost 4 years ago, we never thought we’d be tweeting to ~85,000 Twitter followers and generating millions of page views every single month. We thought we’d put together some statistics for this year, answer some questions, and look forward to 2015.

Here’s a few statistics about Charlie INTEL in 2014:

  • We received over 120,000 comments on articles
  • We have posted 743 articles this year
  • May, October and November are the busiest months traffic wise (based on 2013 + 2014)
  • The most comments are posted during the month of October (based on 2013 + 2014)
  • Traffic increases by approximately 100% year on year (since 2012)
  • We attended the Call of Duty: Championship, E3, Gamescom & Eurogamer this year

We see tons of comments and questions in each article, so we thought we’d ‘clear the air’ and answer some common questions and cover misconceptions:

Are you paid by Activision in anyway shape or form?
We’re not paid by Activision whatsoever. We do not receive money from Activision in cash, cheque, bank transfer or any payment method along those lines. We’re invited to events throughout the year – most of which are sponsored/covered by Activision. We’re very lucky and appreciative when invited to such events given they’re normally attended by YouTuber’s.

Why do you favour a certain plaform? (Xbox One/PS4)
We do not favour any platform, whether it be Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or PC. In fact, I (Petey) mostly play on PC, Victor plays between the Xbox One and PlayStation, as does Keshav. Activision and Microsoft favour each other, not us.

How many people work at Charlie INTEL? Is it a full time job? Can I get a job or help out?
3 of us work on Charlie INTEL in total. As much as we’d love for this to be our full time job, unfortunately this website generates very minimal revenue after expenses and therefore it is merely a hobby. Myself and Victor work full time – Keshav is currently in education. We’re not looking to expand our team at the moment.

Why don’t you upload YouTube videos?
You absolutely want to make sure you’re subscribed here (click me). We have big plans for 2015.

What do you think about Advanced Warfare?
The fact of the matter is, you can’t please everyone all of the time. Whether it be next year, or the year after, no Call of Duty game will ever be perfect. Advanced Warfare to us is a great game, a step in the right direction and ultimately enjoyable. There’s no denying it has flaws, but some could say it’s a giant leap from the 2014 title. I (Petey) am having the most fun with Advanced Warfare since my favourite title, Black Ops 1.

Are you annoyed that YouTuber’s rip all of your content and make videos?
We could talk about this subject all day, but we wouldn’t get anywhere. We can’t help it, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We have no further comment to make on this subject.

Will you be releasing an iPhone/Android app any time soon?
It’s definitely something we’re working on, but considerable cost is involved. Hopefully we’ll have more news on this subject in the weeks ahead.

What era do we want to see Call of Duty return to?
Victor: Modern
Keshav: Future
Petey: Modern

What is your favourite Call of Duty title to date?
Victor: Modern Warfare 2
Keshav: Call of Duty 4
Petey: Black Ops 1

We’ll have a follow up post tomorrow looking ahead to 2015 including Treyarch’s title in November 2015.

The question for you: What are you wanting to see from Treyarch in 2015?

Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone October 21 playlist update is now live after delay

The Call of Duty: Warzone playlist update for October 21 is now live in the battle royale game after it had been officially delayed.

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Warzone Playlist Update

The Call of Duty: Warzone Playlist update for October 21 has officially gone live after being delayed by Raven Software to fix an ongoing issue.

To help keep things fresh in the world of Call of Duty: Warzone, Raven Software pushes a new Warzone playlist update live each week that adds new and returning game modes for players to choose from when it comes time to decide what they and their friends want to experience.

Fortunately, the development studio for the Call of Duty battle royale recently revealed that the Warzone playlist update for October 21, 2021, has gone live after being delayed and is now available for players to experience.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone playlist update for October 21.

Warzone season 6 artwork featuring Mason Operator

Raven Software took to its Twitter account on October 22 and posted an announcement that the newest warzone playlist update has now gone live in the Warzone October 22 update patch notes following its initial delay.

You can find Raven’s announcement below:

The October 21 playlist update is now bringing some exciting game modes for players to enjoy which you can find below:

Warzone playlist update for October 21

Battle Royale

  • Solos
  • Trios
  • Quads

Iron Trials ’84

  • Duos

Rebirth Island

  • Scopes and Scatterguns Quads
  • Resurgence Trios
Warzone October 21 playlist update

There is no doubt that a large number of players are excited to see this playlist update go live for the Call of Duty battle royale, as the return of the popular Iron Trials ’84 game mode has been looked forward to by a big portion of the community.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out all of the recent changes made to the Ghosts of Verdabsk limited-time game mode, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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Warzone October 22 update patch notes: Ghosts of Verdansk changes, Iron Trials duos back, more

Raven Software has officially released the Warzone October 22 update patch notes, and we have all of the details covered for you.

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Warzone update patch notes

The Warzone October 22 update patch notes have officially gone live, and they include some major changes for the Call of Duty battle royale, and we have everything you need to know covered.

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 6 has been an exciting time for the popular battle royale game with The Haunting event and the new LAPA SMG have been exciting additions to the title.

However, Raven Software is still working on improving the game with the Warzone October 22 update patch notes being the latest set of changes for the Call of Duty battle royale.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone October 22 update patch notes.

Warzone update patch notes

Warzone October 22 update patch notes

Playlist

  • The Playlist originally planned for October 21st is now live!

Modes

Ghosts of Verdansk, a Limited-Time Mode

A minor change has been made to the Ghosts of Verdansk mode:

  • Fear reduction while standing on Sacred Ground has been increased

In addition, here is a recap of the changes that were released earlier this week:

  • Ghosts can now drop ammo when killed
  • Souls will be removed when too far out in the gas
  • Passive Fear gain has been reduced
  • Fear generated by taking damage has been reduced
  • Increased Fear reduction when killing Ghosts and humans

General

  • Iron Trials ‘84 game mode has been re-enabled for Private Matches
    • This includes versions for all Squad sizes (Solos, Duos, Trios, Quads)
    • All versions of this mode are currently limited to 132 Players

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed additional collision issues with various elements in Verdansk allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue preventing matches from starting in Iron Trials ‘84.
  • Fixed an issue preventing matches from starting in Scopes and Scatterguns.

Source: Raven Software

Image Credits: Activision

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Apex Legends

Apex Legends Season 11 Storm Point map will feature loads of wildlife

Apex Legends Season 11 will bring a brand new map, Storm Point, which will feature an abundance of wildlife for players to interact with.

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apex legends storm point wildlife

The new Apex Legends Season 11 Storm Point map will supposedly contain an abundance of wildlife that players will be able to interact with.

Apex Legends Season 11 isn’t far off for players now, as Respawn has officially revealed the new season through two recent trailers.

The launch trailer for Season 11: Escape even showed off the new Storm Point map, as well as Legend Ash.

The trailer featured a variety of wildlife, from things we’ve seen in the past like Flyers and Prowlers, to new animals we’ve never encountered.

apex legends season 11 map gameplay

This isn’t the first time a map will feature wildlife, as we’ve seen Prowlers on World’s Edge and Flyers on Kings Canyon.

Having said that, some of the leaks reported by Thordan Smash surrounding the wildlife on Storm Point suggest that the new Season 11 map will have way more variety of these animals, as well as perhaps deeper interaction with them.

Prowlers

apex legends prowler

Prowlers aren’t new to Apex Legends, however, Storm Point may feature a more tropical version of the creature.

In the video, Thordan states that Prowlers will have their designated area, and will not be free to roam the map. This will most likely be similar to Trials on World’s Edge, where players fight off Prowlers for rewards.

Spiders

apex legends spiders in storm point

Although it was quite unexpected, the new launch trailer also showed off some new wildlife we haven’t seen before, spiders. For those with arachnophobia, you may not like this, but there will also be a portion of the map in Storm Point where spiders will spawn.

The spiders will not be roaming the map freely and will be restricted to a certain location. There will also be a maximum of twelve spiders allowed in this area so don’t worry about being overrun.

Code has also revealed that players may see spider eggs, which will burst with some of the critters jumping out and chasing players down.

Goliath

apex legends goliath

Storm Point will also host a Goliath, a massive animal that is almost like an alien Ape, twice the width of Gibraltar.

Once again, this Goliath will have its own “pit” which the creature will be restricted to. Players will most likely have to fight this beast to gain rewards, and it may not be that easy considering the animal’s size.

Flyers

flyer cut in half in Apex Legends

Finally, we have the Flyers, which are also not new to Apex Legends. Players have seen Flyers cruising around the skies of Kings Canyon often holding Deathboxes with loot. Players can shoot the Flyers for them to release the Deathboxes.

Perhaps they will be similarly returning to Storm Point, or maybe players will be able to interact with them differently. There will be a maximum of 54 Flyers on the map at one time, which is a hell of a lot!

Rewards

One thing Thordan is certain about is that players will be rewarded for their interactions with the wildlife, especially when it comes to the Goliath. Players will likely be rewarded with high-tier loot when taking on these creatures, so regardless of your fears it will be worth it!

There you have it, the new Apex Legends Season 11 map, Storm Point, just may have more in store for players than we expected.

Of course, these are all leaks so take this information lightly, but we do expect to see all these types of wildlife in some compacity.

If you’re interested in more about Apex Legends Season 11, make sure you check out our piece on new Legend Ash and her abilities.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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