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Black Ops 1 DLC appears on Spain Xbox One Store, hinting at backwards compatibility release soon

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Back in November, Microsoft confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 will soon be available on backwards compatible on Xbox One. However, both December and January list of games have been announced and Black Ops 1 was not included.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that going forward they would be changing their release plans. Instead of waiting to release backwards compatible games every month, the games will now release once they are ready to go. Microsoft has stated that ‘being ready’ means the title has been approved by Xbox’s engineering team and the publisher.

Earlier today, on the Spain Xbox One store, Black Ops 1’s Annihilation DLC has started to show up for fans to purchase / download. If you switch your Xbox One’s region to Spain, you should be able to see the Annihilation DLC pack on your Xbox One console’s store.

While a release date for Black Ops on Xbox One backwards compatibility is not confirmed, this could hint at a possible release very soon. With all backwards compatible titles, players will be able to play all DLC packs and the entire core game on their Xbox One console, as long as they own each DLC pack and the game. Players are not required to own any DLCs to play the base game.

Microsoft sent a statement to AR12Gaming earlier claiming that they still do not have any announcements to make regarding a possible release date for Black Ops.

“As for right now though, we don’t have any details to share for Call of Duty: Black Ops, Skate 3, Halo Wars, Forza Motorsport 4 or Forza Horizon.”

We will update when Microsoft provides more details.

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Treyarch celebrates 10 years of Call of Duty: Black Ops with new feature video

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Today, May 18, 2020, marks 10 years since the very first Call of Duty: Black Ops game was announced by Activision and Treyarch.

On May 18, 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed with its debut reveal trailer and released later that year on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Today, to celebrate it, Treyarch has shared a new video and a blog post looking back at the 10 years of the Black Ops franchise.

Following the release of Call of Duty: World at War in 2008, we had the opportunity to turn our full creative focus solely on making Call of Duty games, a move that gave rise to the Black Ops series of games starting in 2010. While World at War gave us characters like Reznov and Easter Eggs like a little-known bonus mode called Zombies, it was just a glimpse into just how much story there was to tell.

From there, we went deep into the shadows: Call of Duty: Black Ops was the history you thought you knew. It was Woods, Hudson, and Mason… it was plausible deniability, and mindf*ckery… it was THE NUMBERS!… and best of all, it was just scratching the surface.

Watch the full video below:

Read the studio’s full new blog on their website here.

And, if you are looking for some more nostalgia, watch the original Call of Duty: Black Ops reveal trailer here:

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All Call of Duty titles on sale for Steam Winter and Xbox Countdown sales

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The holidays are here! Steam and Xbox have launched their Winter and Countdown sales respectively. From the original Call of Duty up to Black Ops 4, plenty of Call of Duty titles are on sale on both platforms.

Steam (PC)

Steam’s Winter Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019 at 10AM PT. All prices are in US Dollar.

It’s important to note that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is available exclusively on Battle.net for PC and thus is not included.

Xbox One / Xbox 360

Xbox’s Countdown Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019. All prices are in US Dollar. Xbox Live Gold members also receive up to an additional 10% off.

All of the following Xbox 360 titles are Backwards Compatible on Xbox One.

Do you plan to pick up any of the titles while they’re on-sale?

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New ‘DECLASSIFIED’ video series explores Treyarch’s development process

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On the December 12 livestream, Treyarch gave fans a sneak peak at a new video intel series titled “DECLASSIFIED”. Today they have released the first full episode focusing on the history of Nuketown.

Unredacted intel, direct from the devs. This is DECLASSIFIED, where we uncover the secrets behind the development of the Black Ops series.

The video begins with Senior Level Designer Adam Hoggatt explaining how Call of Duty maps go from an idea to a reality.

He says “So I had just finished working on the map Radiation on Black Ops 1 and an email came out from Vahn saying ‘hey what if we make a small map based on the nuclear testing towns, these fake towns, that they used to set up to test nukes.'”

A scrapped idea for a flank path on Nuketown (via Treyarch)

Adam also explains an idea they had where there would be a path behind the B capture point where players could flank the enemy team. He goes on to say that when implemented, it was just terrible so they removed it.

Producer Miles Leslie goes on to mention how their idea for Black Ops 4’s Nuketown originally was supposed to be much more real and depressing, but toned that down because Nuketown is traditionally a more colorful and fun map.

This is just episode one of the Declassified series, so expect some more deep dives into the Call of Duty development process.

For the full episode of Declassified, watch here:

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