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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 November 12 Update – Black Market Changes

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Treyarch has released the latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Tuesday, November 12, and this new update has brought some huge changes to the Black Market.

The changes make the Black Market more user friendly and not a pay to win situation that it has been over the last year. Treyarch making this change so far out from launch seems to be related to the fact that Activision executives recently made the decision to not have any supply drops in Modern Warfare.

The new changes for the Black Market in Black Ops 4 are:

Black Market Revamp: Earn Weapons and Items in Blackjack’s Shop

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We’re excited to roll out today’s new Black Market revamp that gives all Black Ops 4 players new direct paths to earning new weapons and rewards through gameplay. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit Blackjack’s Shop today:

  • Pick-a-Weapon Bribe: Trade in 50 Reserve Cases to unlock a weapon of your choice from a Crate that also includes 2 Reserve items, along with a bonus of 5 Duplicate-Protected Crates for 15 additional Reserve items. Choose from a selection of base weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII weapons, Signature Weapons, and even the new MicroMG 9mm SMG or Eye of Apophis melee weapon. Watch for this bundle to refresh on a regular basis in the future.
  • Reserves Stack: This new rotating offer displays a Reserve item that you don’t currently own, which can be unlocked by trading in 2 Reserve Cases. With the Reserves Stack, you’ll be able to see Reserve items before acquiring them. This offer will refresh to reveal a new item on a regular basis and refreshes instantly after acquiring the current item on display.
  • My Deals: Two new rotating offers can now be unlocked with Reserve Cases and will always showcase items that you don’t currently own. Like the Reserves Stack, these will refresh on a regular basis, or instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.

If you see it in Blackjack’s Shop, you can earn it by trading in Reserve Cases! And speaking of new items to earn…

New Rewards and New Zombies Gauntlet on Xbox One + PC

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Today’s update introduces a new collection of Black Market rewards to earn on Xbox One and PC, including the new “MicroMG 9mm” SMG, “Eye of Apophis” amulet weapon, “Pentagon Thief” Blackout character, as well as new Reactive Camos, weapon camos, outfits, Death Effects, Weapon Charms, and more. If you haven’t seen the Eye of Apophis in action yet (or been on the receiving end of one)… it’s pretty wild.

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Our new “Tag der Toten” Zombies Gauntlet also arrives today on Xbox One and PC with “An Ice Day in Hell”, delivering 30 new rounds of challenges to complete for in-game rewards at rounds 10, 20, and 30. Good luck conquering all 30 with no strikes!2XP Stockpile in Multiplayer

Our second 2XP Featured Playlist joins the MP rotation this week with the return of Stockpile! We’ve had plenty of requests for this one to come back since its debut, so get in there and rank up all week long while it’s in the spotlight. Party game fans should keep an eye out for 2XP Prop Hunt coming to all platforms next Tuesday.

Duos Moshpit, Alcatraz Quads, Contract Fixes, and PC Optimization in Blackout

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We’re constantly examining Blackout wait times across multiple regions and optimizing playlists to make sure people get into matches as quickly and reliably as possible around the world. While the introduction of LTM Moshpits and our new rotating playlist schedule make this possible, we understand these changes can come at the expense of those who play core modes exclusively.

Furthermore, our Daily Contract schedule wasn’t properly lined up with the latest playlist schedule, which led to a few Contracts that couldn’t be completed on certain days last week. PC players have also been asking for ways to start matches sooner… and we definitely heard your feedback on Alcatraz Duos. Today, we’re addressing everything above.

Quads-only players: we heard you last week and we’re keeping Quads permanently. For players asking for more Duos matches, we’re introducing our new Duos Moshpit today featuring Ambush Duos, Hardcore Duos, Down But Not Out Duos, and Close Quarters Frenzy Duos. If variety isn’t your thing, core Duos will be added to rotation more frequently in the near future.

Alcatraz Quads is replacing Alcatraz Duos today, and we’re keeping it at Quads. We heard your feedback that redeploying into the chaos of Alcatraz is more forgiving and simply more fun as a full squad, and while we heard from players who preferred the Duo model, we agree that Alcatraz works better in fours.

Starting today on consoles, all Contracts should always line up with the playlists currently live in Blackout. For example, this means you shouldn’t see a Daily or Hard Contract that can’t be completed that day because the mode required was currently out of rotation. Let us know if you do.

We’ve recently adjusted the maximum player count for Moshpit game types on consoles to 80 players, ensuring a balanced chance of matching into any available LTM. And on PC, we’ve reduced the maximum player count to 60 with a minimum of 50 players on all core and limited-time mode playlists. This should result in faster match start times across the board, while keeping the max player count at 40 in Alcatraz. We’ve also brought the PC playlist selection back to three playlists per week to further improve matchmaking health.

Keep your feedback coming, and enjoy the new Duos LTMs this week!

Weapon Charm/Death Effect Bug Fix

This update also fixes the pesky bug that prevented certain Weapon Charms and Death Effects from staying equipped after a match. This one has proven especially tough to nail down, so please let us know if you’re still experiencing this issue after today’s game update.

Here’s what’s new today:

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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • System Revamp
      • Reserve Cases can now be traded in for items in Blackjack’s Shop through the new Pick-a-Weapon Bribe, Reserves Stack, and My Deals offers.
    • Pick-a-Weapon Bribe
      • Regularly-scheduled bundle available in Blackjack’s Shop and Reserves screens in the Black Market.
      • Allows players to trade in 50 Reserve Cases to unlock a weapon of their choice from a Crate that also includes 2 Reserve items, along with a bonus of 5 Duplicate-Protected Crates.
    • Reserves Stack
      • Rotating offer that always displays an item from Reserves that the player does not currently own, which can be unlocked by trading in 2 Reserve Cases.
      • Allows players to see Reserve items before acquiring them.
      • Refreshes on a regular basis to reveal a new item, and will refresh instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.
    • My Deals
      • Two new rotating offers that can be unlocked with Reserve Cases and will always showcase items that the player does not currently own.
      • Refreshes on a regular basis to reveal a new item, and will refresh instantly after the current item on display has been acquired.
    • Duplicate-Protected Crates
      • Reserve Crate purchases are now always Duplicate-Protected.
    • Create-a-Class
      • Addressed an issue that could prevent certain Weapon Charms and Death Effects from stay equipped after a match.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Stockpile (2XP)
      • Nuketown
      • Barebones Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
    • PC
      • Stockpile (2XP)
      • Nuketown
      • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Duos Moshpit
    • New Moshpit of Duos-only Blackout modes with a maximum of 80 players on consoles:
      • Ambush Duos
      • Hardcore Duos
      • Down But Not Out Duos
      • Close Quarters Frenzy Duos
    • Alcatraz
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads replaces Alcatraz Portal Duos.
    • Contracts
      • Contracts will now properly line up with available playlists on consoles.
  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Duos Moshpit (Ambush, Hardcore, Down But Not Out, Close Quarters Frenzy)
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads
      • Quads
      • Solo
    • PC
      • Alcatraz Portal Quads
      • Duos Moshpit
      • Quads
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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New collection of rewards now available to earn in Reserves.
    • Rewards include the MicroMG 9mm SMG, Eye of Apophis melee weapon, Pentagon Thief Blackout character, and new Reactive Camos, weapon camos, outfits, Death Effects, Weapon Charms, Jump Packs, Gestures, and more.
  • ZOMBIES
    • Gauntlets
      • “An Ice Day in Hell” Gauntlet now available in “Tag der Toten”.
      • Complete 30 rounds of new challenges for rewards at Tiers 10, 20, and 30.
      • Complete all 30 rounds without a single strike for an exclusive cosmetic reward.
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BLACKOUT

  • Optimization
    • Maximum player count set to 60 with auto-start set to 50 players on all core and limited-time mode playlists for faster match start times.
    • Maximum player count remains at 40 for Alcatraz playlist.
  • Playlists
    • Schedule now reflects three available playlists each week for improved matchmaking.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

The start of 2022 signaled over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.

There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: October 28

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For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 2022

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A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead. In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains.

Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud when the game releases on October 25, 2022.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: Holiday 2022

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There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.

Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.

God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Summer 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.

Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022. For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

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. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

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 others 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: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

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.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

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

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

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.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 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 a season, 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’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

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.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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