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



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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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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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  • 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.
    • 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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  • 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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Best Call of Duty Zombies map: Every map ranked from World at War to Cold War

At least one Call of Duty Zombies map has a special place in player’s hearts. So we’ve picked our best Zombies maps and ranked them.



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Call of Duty Zombies has gone from a mini-game to pretty much a must-have feature in every CoD game. So we’ve sifted through every Zombies map ever made, settled on the absolute best ones, and ranked them.

It seems that nearly everyone has a favorite Zombies of all time, and a different top five list, such is the impact of Call of Duty Zombies on players. Treyarch’s post-World at War mini-game went on to become as important to people as the online multiplayer itself.

The latest official entry into the series, Black Ops Cold War, offered up several new maps including Firebase Z and the intense Forsaken, introduced terrifying new enemies in Mimics, and produced several memorable Main Quest Easter Eggs.

Vanguard aims to carry the Dark Aether storyline on in Der Anfang, and CoD Zombies will continue to grow. But before we get to Call of Duty: Vanguard, let’s go through and rank every Call of Duty Zombies map in history so far.

Every CoD Zombies ranked

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In total, there have been 49 Zombies maps, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to complete the difficult task of ranking them all.

Here is every CoD Zombies map ranked:

  1. Mob of the Dead
  2. Kino der Toten
  3. Der Reise
  4. Nacht der Untoten
  5. Zombies in Spaceland
  6. Origins
  7. Der Eisendrache
  8. Shadows of Evil
  9. Moon
  10. Ascension
  11. Firebase Z
  12. Five
  13. Ancient Evil
  14. Call of the Dead
  15. Mauer der Toten
  16. Shi No Numa
  17. Die Maschine
  18. Gorod Krovi
  19. Buried
  20. Forsaken
  21. Shangri-La
  22. Die Rise
  23. Verruckt
  24. IX
  25. Nuketown Zombies
  26. Revelations
  27. Rave in the Redwoods
  28. Classified
  29. Der Rise
  30. Attack of the Radioactive Thing
  31. Descent
  32. The Final Reich
  33. Shaolin Shuffle
  34. Outbreak
  35. Blood of the Dead
  36. Zetsubou No Shima
  37. Beast From Beyond
  38. TranZit
  39. Voyage of Despair
  40. Carrier
  41. The Shadowed Throne
  42. The Tortured Path
  43. Infection
  44. The Darkest Shore
  45. Tag der Toten
  46. Grosten Haus
  47. The Frozen Dawn
  48. Alpha Omega
  49. Dead of the Night

Top 5 Call of Duty Zombies ever ranked

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Now that we’ve managed to rank every single Zombies map ever made, it’s now time to do a deep dive into our top five CoD Zombies maps of all time.

We believe each of our picks has a special quality that makes them so endlessly memorable, and while not all are as refined and packed as other maps, they are in the top five for a reason.

5. Zombies in Spaceland map – Infinite Warfare

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Zombies in Spaceland moves away from the largely serious nature of Zombies and throws its players into a mad, exhilarating theme park of thrills, spills, and kills.

It carries on the novelty of Zombies maps around that time by having celebrity David Hasselhoff as the host and also demanded that players work together by having doors that needed to be opened by multiple teammates.

As well as the bright aesthetic, fun traps, and nicely divided up areas of the park, there were also the mini-games in the Astrocade. Featuring multiple, interactive arcade games, players could amass a collection of tokens to redeem for cool prizes.

To sweeten the pot further, players could also grab a bit of a breather on the Triton rollercoaster, a moving shooting gallery. As a whole, Zombies in Spaceland is a fun novelty that separates itself from a lot of the pack to form an identity.

4. Nacht der Untoten map – World at War / Black Ops III

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It’s entirely up to you which version of Nacht you opt for, but there’s a part of us that yearns for the simplicity of its original form.

When players completed Call of Duty: World at War, after the credits rolled, many were surprised to be whisked away to a random room with creepy music and only a pistol.

So began the legacy of CoD Zombies, and unlike the Black Ops III remake, the pure nature of Nacht der Untoten still makes it a challenge to this day. No Perks, no Pack-A-Punch, just 1-4 players in a handful of confined rooms.

Given how many Wonder Weapons can be obtained in modern CoD games, the feeling of pure euphoria when you got a Ray Gun from the Mystery Box in Nacht der Untoten was unlike anything else.

3. Der Riese map – World at War

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Another entry for Call of Duty: World at War in Der Riese, and the genius of some of its ideas are still at the forefront of many Zombies maps today.

Teleporters, Easter Eggs, and the aforementioned PAP and Wonder Weapon features were all introduced via Der Riese. These novel ideas were complemented perfectly by the map’s extraordinary map design.

All the channels and pathways blended together seamlessly, making a smaller map, in comparison to later maps, seem big enough, fair, and keep players keep coming back for more.

2. Mob of the Dead map – Black Ops II

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As a DLC-only map, it may not have been enjoyed by as many people as base maps, but the legacy that Mob of the Dead has left been is unreal.

Fans of Warzone’s Rebirth Island would already have been familiar with Mob of the Dead as the map is set in the world-famous Alcatraz prison. It manages to intertwine the themes of the undead with mobsters, and create a perfect scenario in which you need to escape the island.

Action in Mob of the Dead is intense unlike any other, particularly with the tightness of the corridors and its surroundings at times. The Easter Egg for Mob of the Dead is tremendous, and we definitely need to see it reimagined in the future for all players to experience.

1. Kino der Toten map – Black Ops

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Sometimes, less is more. Whereas Nacht der Untoten feels barebones and a modern map like Die Maschine is chock full of features, Kino der Toten strikes that fine balance of power, whilst delivering the best map in CoD Zombies history.

Kino’s cinema is probably the most iconic setting in the franchise and its level design makes the map unbelievably accessible. Turning on the power, going through the curtains, and seeing the decimated venue is a cool feeling.

You can manipulate how the Zombies will get to you, depending on which doors you unlock, and the Projector room offers the perfect respite from the chaos. Kin der Toten never stops being a blast to play, and that’s why we think it’s the best CoD Zombies map in the game’s history.

So there you have it! All 49 Zombies maps ranked, and our top five CoD Zombies maps in order as well.

For more Call of Duty Zombies content, check out everything we know so far about Vanguard Zombies.

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Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks

Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.



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Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.

The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.

The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.

Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.

Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.

If a full Black Ops 2 remaster were to exist anytime soon, it would mean that Activision would have the end of Black Ops Cold War’s run, 2019’s Modern Warfare, Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops 2.

One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.

nuketown '84 in black ops cold war

Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.

We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.

Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.

Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022

The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.



Infinity ward new austin texas office

One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.

Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.

Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.

With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.

Infinity Ward Austin Texas office

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Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.

This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.

Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.

That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.

Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.

For more Call of Duty, check out the insane number of weapon camos for Vanguard, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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