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Activision posts new FAQ regarding Call of Duty: Ghosts next-gen upgrades

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Activision has just posted a new FAQ regarding the Call of Duty: Ghosts next-gen upgrade programs. They have also talked a little about the Xbox Game Ahead Program, which as of now, there is no retailer that has stated they are participating.

Full FAQ:

What happens to my stats when I upgrade to a next-generation console?

When you upgrade to a next-generation console within the same console family (e.g., from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, or from PS3™ to PS4™), your Multiplayer stats and progress will move with you; so there is no need to re-start leveling up your squad from the beginning.

All you need is your Call of Duty account, which over 20 million of you already have, through registering for Call of Duty ELITE. Your Call of Duty account will also grant access to the Call of Duty App.

If you don’t have a Call of Duty account, you will be able to register in-game in Call of Duty: Ghosts, or you can register for free online right now to be ready. Click here to register for a Call of Duty account.

What happens to my Free Fall Bonus Map when I upgrade to a next-generation console?

Just like your stats, when you upgrade to a next-generation console within the same console family (e.g., from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, or from PS3™ to PS4™), your Free Fall Bonus Map will move with you if redeemed by May 31, 2014.

After I upgrade to a new console, what happens to my stats if I play on a friend’s console or on an older platform?

Link your Call of Duty account to your Xbox Live gamertag or PSN ID and any time you play, while signed in with that Xbox Live gamertag or PSN ID, your progress will be retained.  Whether you play on your console, or sign in on your friend’s console, within the same console family, your progress will be retained. Your progress will also follow your linked Xbox Live gamertag or PSN ID when you and your friends upgrade to next-gen console (all within the same console family only). There is no cost for for this benefit.

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How does the Xbox next-generation upgrade program work?

Microsoft offers the Xbox 360 + Xbox One Digital Combo, a disc-less dual-license that provides the Xbox 360 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as well as the Xbox One digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts – linked and unlocked via a user’s Xbox Live gamertag. The Xbox 360 + Xbox One Digital Combo will be available at participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Alternatively, via the Xbox Live Market place, players can also purchase an Xbox 360 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of $59.99. And when ready to upgrade to Xbox One, players can purchase a digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of just $10 until March 31, 2014.  This also applies to Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition purchases.

If I play on Xbox 360, what other retailer next-generation upgrade options are available?

To-date several retail options have been announced for Xbox 360 players to transition to the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

GamesStop (US)

GameStop Power Up Rewards members will be eligible to trade in their Xbox 360 copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts and get the Xbox One version for just $9.99. Visit http://www.gamestop.com/nextgenoffer for more details on this option. Offer valid until December 31, 2013 or while supplies last.

GameStop (Various European Markets)

Trade in your copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and purchase the Xbox One version for a significantly reduced upgrade fee. Offer valid until December 31, 2013 or while supplies last. Go in-store for more details.

Amazon (US)

Until December 31, 2013 or while supplies last, trade in your copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and get a $25 bonus credit toward your Xbox One version in addition to your trade-in value of at least $25. These special trade-in values are good for a limited time as quantities are limited. Click here for more information on how Amazon’s program works.

Best Buy (US)

Players who buy the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts will receive a $10 coupon via e-mail valid towards the purchase of the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Then, when ready to upgrade, players can exchange their Xbox 360 copy of the game for a minimum value of $40, which combined with the $10 coupon will allow them to get the Xbox One version for $9.99. Offer valid until December 31st, 2013. More information on this program can be found here.

GAME (UK)

GAME will be giving Xbox 360 players approximately £40 in trade in value when you upgrade to Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One. Offer ends December 24th, 2013. Go to GAME for complete details and step-by-step instructions.

EB Games (Canada)

In Canada, EB Games allows you to enjoy playing the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts now and trade up to the new Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for just $9.99. Visit http://www.ebgames.ca/collection/play-now-upgrade-later for more details on this option.

Microsoft Store (US)

Buy Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and you can trade-in later for the Xbox One version for only $9.99. The offer is valid at Microsoft Store locations until December 31st, 2013. Visit Microsoft.com for more details.

The above programs are available for a limited time only and are offered directly by the participating retailers; contact the applicable retailers for specific requirements.  All prices, terms, and conditions are set by the retailer.

How does the Xbox next-generation upgrade program work for Hardened Edition or Prestige Edition? Will I have to return my SteelBookTM?

In order to upgrade, you can leverage some of the retail options listed above. Some retailers will accept the disc without the SteelBookTM. Please see individual retailer websites for details.

When I buy the Hardened Edition or Prestige Edition on Xbox 360, will the Season Pass and digital content that comes with it, transfer to Xbox One when I upgrade?

Yes, when you buy the Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360 Hardened Edition, Digital Hardened Edition, or Prestige Edition, you will receive access to download the equivalent Xbox One Season Pass and digital content on Xbox One, FREE of charge.  You simply need to upgrade your game and Season Pass to the Xbox One version by May 31, 2014, and your content will then be available for download and play on your Xbox One (using the same Xbox Live account).

When I buy the Season Pass on Xbox 360, will I have access to the digital content on Xbox One when I upgrade?

When you buy the Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360 Season Pass in the Xbox Live Marketplace, you will automatically receive access to download the equivalent Xbox One Season Pass on Xbox One, FREE of charge.  You simply need to upgrade your game and Season Pass to the Xbox One version in the Xbox Live Marketplace by May 31, 2014and your content will then be available for download and play on your Xbox One (using the same Xbox Live account).

When I upgrade from digital download for Xbox 360 to digital download for Xbox One, will my digital Xbox 360 game license be deactivated?

No, Xbox 360 game license will not be deactivated. Both game licenses will be retained.

 

PlayStation

How does Sony’s PlayStation next-gen upgrade program work?

For a limited time, when gamers buy the disc or digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for PlayStation®3 (including Hardened and Prestige Editions), they can download a PlayStation®4 digital copy of the same game from the PlayStation® Store for a $9.99.  This offer expires March 31, 2014.  See http://us.playstation.com/digitalupgrade for more information.

Alternatively, via the PlayStation Store or Sony Entertainment Network Store, players can also purchase a PS3 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of $59.99.  And when ready to upgrade to PS4, players can purchase a digital PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of just $9.99 until March 31, 2014.  This also applies to Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition purchases.

If I play on PS3, what other retailer next-generation upgrade options are available?

GameStop (Various European Markets)

Trade in your copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts on PS3 and purchase the PS4 version for a significantly reduced upgrade fee. Offer valid until December 31st, 2013 or while supply lasts. Go in-store for more details.

GAME (UK)

GAME will be giving PS3 players approximately £40 in trade in value when you upgrade to Call of Duty: Ghosts on PS4™. Offer ends December 24th, 2013. Go to GAME for complete details and step-by-step instructions.

The above programs are available for a limited time only and are offered directly by the participating retailers; contact the applicable retailers for specific requirements.  All prices, terms, and conditions are set by the retailer.

When I buy the Hardened Edition or Prestige Edition on PS3, will the Season Pass and digital content that comes with it, transfer to PS4 when I upgrade?

Yes, when you buy the Call of Duty: Ghosts PS3 Hardened Edition or Prestige Edition, your Season Pass DLC and digital content will go with you to PS4 for no additional charge.  You simply need to activate your PS3 Season Pass no later than March 31, 2014, and purchase and activate your PS4 console by March 31, 2014 and your content will then be available on your PS4 (using the same PSN account).

When I buy the Season Pass on PS3, will I have access to the digital content on PS4 when I upgrade?

When you buy the Call of Duty: Ghosts PS3 Season Pass, that Season Pass DLC will go with you to PS4 for no additional charge.  You simply need to buy and activate your PS3 Season Pass no later than March 31, 2014, and purchase and activate your PS4™ console by March 31, 2014 and your content will then be available on your PS4 (using the same PSN account).

When I upgrade from digital download for PS3 to digital download for PS4, will my digital PS3 game license be deactivated?

No, PS3 game license will not be deactivated. Both game licenses will be retained.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more

COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.

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COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great items for you to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. Call of Duty offers its own huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.

So with our detailed guide today we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.

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What is the price of COD Points?

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying COD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas some need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various COD Points bundles:

  • 200 COD Points for $1.99
  • 500 COD Points for $4.99
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99

How do I buy COD Points?

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You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.

Official website

This method is only for PC players.

A quick visit to the Battle.net shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.

PlayStation Store

This method is only for PlayStation players.

Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.

Xbox Microsoft Store

This method is only for Xbox players.

Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.

Retailers

Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.

Where do I spend my COD Points?

Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.

That’s it.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 2, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough COD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

For a full look at every bundle in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, be sure to check out our detailed guide.

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5 best Call of Duty games ever ranked: Full tier list

We’ve gone through every single Call of Duty game ever and created a full tier list of them all, and then ranked our top 5 as well.

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We’ve taken the difficult task of sifting through every CoD game ever, and not only are we compiling a full tier list of every game, but we are ranking our top five as well.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Call of Duty released in 2003 and what a journey it has been. The franchise has explored many different eras in history and undergone countless changes. However, when you release so many games, some are bound to become lost, and some become legendary.

So it’s time to dig through a history of Call of Duty games to assign them our verdict and then select the absolute cream of the crop – and rank them.

Also, check out our 10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Weapon Tier List

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Call of Duty: Best games tier list

So many factors have gone into the decision-making process here such as the game’s respective campaigns, multiplayer, side modes, themes, guns, and a lot more. With all this in mind, we were able to grade each game.

Here is our Official tier list of all of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons:

  • S-Tier: CoD 4: Modern Warfare, CoD: World at War, CoD: Modern Warfare 2, CoD: Black Ops, CoD: Modern Warfare (2019)
  • A-Tier: CoD: Classic, CoD: Modern Warfare 3, CoD: Black Ops 2
  • B-Tier: CoD 2, CoD 3, CoD: Advanced Warfare, CoD: Black Ops 3, CoD: Black Ops 4, CoD: Black Ops Cold War
  • C-Tier: CoD: Ghosts, CoD: Infinite Warfare, CoD: WW2

Just to explain the system, our S-Tier games are the must-have, must-have played CoD titles, the A-Tier are superb CoD games that were just missing a certain something, B-Tier games are decent CoD games with some redeeming qualities, and C-Tier Call of Duty games just didn’t cut it for us.

Ranking the Best Call of Duty games of all time

5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019

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Modern Warfare yet again redefined the Call of Duty franchise, giving players one of the most polished and detailed Call of Duty titles ever created. It encompassed all that had made the series great to this point and made it feel as crisp as ever.

The campaign reintroduced classic characters, interspersed with memorable new ones, and a new storyline. The fresh but familiar feeling was sprinkled with an unsettling terrorist attack in Picadilly Circus, fights through a burning mine, and other horrifying scenes.

For multiplayer, animations were fine-tuned and weapons were overhauled to feel powerful in the hands of every player. We got exhilarating new modes such as Cyber Attack and even got the return of the much-loved Spec Ops Mode.

In March of 2020, Activision released Modern Warfare’s Warzone mode, a 150 player battle royale – which was an instant hit. It since become one of the premier experiences for battle royale with Warzone now well into its second season.

4. Call of Duty: World At War

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With the evolution of the Call of Duty engine during the development of CoD 4: Modern Warfare, Treyarch had the opportunity to make the most detailed World War 2 shooter experience yet. The first three Call of Duty games are rather unheralded compared to anything post CoD 4, but World at War restored that feeling and improved on it.

World At War delivered a chilling ride across the Pacific Theatre and Russian front. Gore mechanics made the game feel visceral and real, making the experience much more intense and realistic. The game’s fabulous campaign crescendos into an incredible final stretch, storming the Reichstag.

The multiplayer was a great extension of the new formula the series had discovered and transferred all those properties to World at War. The most incredible aspect of World at War though has to be the sleeper-hit, now must-have feature, Nazi Zombies.

The addition of Nacht Der Untoten, a post-campaign mini-game, revolutionized the multiplayer experience even more. The mode received three more maps through DLC and has been continued in every Treyarch Call of Duty game since.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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Needless to say, the anticipation and excitement of a Modern Warfare sequel reached unprecedented heights. The follow-up more than surpassed expectations by delivering another jaw-dropping campaign featuring iconic figures like Captain Price, Commander Shepard, Ghost, and a playable Soap. The game become notorious for its “No Russian” mission and other controversial moments.

The multiplayer formula was in full-swing now and Modern Warfare 2 introduced a brand new set of 15 selectable killstreak rewards – including the game-changing nuke. Maps like Terminal and Rust would go onto be celebrated in CoD folklore, and the era of the 360 no-scope was born.

If all this wasn’t enough, we also got “Special Ops”, a mode for 1-2 players that recreated and expanded upon many scenarios from the first two Modern Warfare games, and challenged the players to get maximum stars.

2. Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Instead of doing a direct sequel to World at War like Infinity Ward was doing with Modern Warfare, Treyarch slapped on a new title: “Black Ops”.

In order to bring a unique experience, they set their first Black Ops game during the Vietnam era. In the Campaign, players would be part of an elite squad working alongside the CIA in covert operations around the globe. We got the historic “What do the numbers mean?” and the return of fan-favorite Viktor Reznov – played by Gary Oldman.

Zombies delivered another round, or 100, of intense undead-killing action, and introduced another new concept to the series in the form of Dead Ops. A top-down, arcade twin-stick shooter with power-ups, up to 4 players, and hours of fun.

The multiplayer front continued to deliver months of unforgettable action with a litany of unmistakable maps: including one of the most divisive maps in Call of Duty history – Nuketown.

1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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The game that started it all and began a revolution in the first-person shooter industry. After years of companies generally churning out different variations of World War games, Infinity Ward ripped up the playbook and started from scratch with a hot new take on the modern-day conflict.

The campaign was one spellbinding encounter after another taking the player on a violent journey of death, destruction, and even nuclear devastation. The one-two salvo of All Ghillied Up and One Shot, One Kill is as good as two missions come in an FPS game, and it all culminates in breathtaking fashion.

Even more remarkable than Soap’s fruit-killing skills is the way in which Infinity Ward single-handedly reshaped online multiplayer as we know it. Seamlessly blending together class systems, satisfying weaponry, all-time great maps, and more.

The game would cement Call of Duty as one of the most successful video game franchises in history and is still hotter than ever thanks to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.


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Every Call of Duty creator code: Streamers, pros, more

Call of Duty’s Support a Creator program allows players to support their favorite content creators and pros, so here’s every code you can use.

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Activision is enabling fans to support their favorite Call of Duty pro players and content creators with the ‘Support a Creator’ program, so here’s everyone you can support through the Store.

With some of the biggest names in gaming playing and promoting Call of Duty, Activision has launched the ‘Support a Creator’ program. Here, CDL pro players, streamers, and YouTubers receive a cut of the profits made from purchases in the Call of Duty Store.

Across Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, these creators and pros will receive $5 for every 10,000 CoD Points spent with their code inputted.

How to use CoD Support a Creator code

To support your favorite Call of Duty content creator or pro, you need to enter their code in the Store.

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After purchasing CoD Points, make sure you have inputted one of the creator codes below before purchasing any bundles from the Store.

To select a creator to support:

  1. Launch Modern Warfare, Warzone, or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Navigate to the Store tab
  3. Select “Support a Creator”
  4. Input one of the creator codes below
  5. Purchase a Bundle or Battle Pass with your CoD Points
  6. Your selected creator or pro will now receive a portion of the profits from your purchase

These codes will expire after two weeks, so make sure to double-check you have a code inputted before making a purchase.

And as a reminder, enter these creator codes in all caps.

Twitch and YouTuber creator codes

The Support a Creator program was released in August 2020, and as it continues to develop, more and more creators are receiving codes.

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Here are the creator codes for some of the biggest and most recognizable names in Call of Duty:

  • FaZe Swagg: “SWAGG”
  • TimTheTatman: “TIMTHETATMAN”
  • TeeP: “TEEP”
  • Spratt: “SPRATT”
  • Symfuhny: “SYM”
  • NuFo: “NUFO”
  • NoisyButters: “BUTTERS”
  • ShawnJGaming: “SHAWNJ”
  • Vikkstar123: “VIKK”
  • Michi: “MICHI”
  • GoldGloveTV: “GOLDGLOVE”
  • NICKMERCS: “MFAM”
  • Drfit0r: “DRIFT0R”
  • JackFrags: “JACKFRAGS”
  • MarleyThirteen: “MARLEY”
  • CouRage: “COURAGE”
  • Chaos: “CHAOS”
  • HusKerrs: “HUSKERRS”
  • PrestigeIsKey: “PRESTIGE”
  • KRNG Espresso: “ESPRESSO”
  • Tejbz: “TEJBZ”

Call of Duty League players creator codes

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A selection of “all-star” CDL pros have received creator codes. With the program continuing to develop, expect more players to be added as the 2021 Season develops.

Here is a list of the 2020 and 2021 Season’s CDL pro players creator codes:

  • aBeZy: “ABEZY”
  • Apathy: “APATHY”
  • Arcitys: “ARCITYS”
  • Attach: “ATTACH”
  • Blazt: “BLAZT”
  • Crimsix: “CRIM”
  • Cammy: “CAMMY”
  • Cellium: “CELLIUM”
  • Clayser: “CLAY”
  • CleanX: “CLEANX”
  • Dashy: “DASHY”
  • Denz: “DENZ”
  • Enable: “ENABLE”
  • Envoy: “ENVOY”
  • FormaL: “FORMAL”
  • GodRX: “GODRX”
  • Huke: “HUKE”
  • iLLeY: “ILLEY”
  • KiSMET: “KISMET”
  • Kuavo: “KUAVO”
  • Mack: “MACK”
  • Methodz: “METHODZ”
  • Octane: “OCTANE”
  • Scump: “SCUMP”
  • Seany: “SEANY”
  • Shotzzy: “SHOTZZY”
  • SiLLY: “SILLY”
  • Simp: “SIMP”
  • Skrapz: “SKRAPZ”
  • Skyz: “SKYZ”
  • SlasheR: “SLASHER”
  • Vivid: “VIVID”
  • Owakening: “WAKE”
  • Wuskin: “WUSKIN”
  • ZooMaa: “ZOOMAA”

If you have a creator code and aren’t included here, please Tweet us @CharlieINTEL, and we’ll be delighted to add you to this list.

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