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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 April 17 Update – Arsenal Sandstorm, Weapon Updates, And More

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Treyarch has released the latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and confirmed that Arsenal Sandstorm has now been officially released for free on all platforms following being delayed.

While some of the details mentioned in Treyarch’s update went live yesterday, the weather changed map is now live for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, alongside some playlists updates across MP, Blackout, and Zombies. The game settings update also includes some weapon changes across all modes of play in Black Ops 4.

Check out the full details:

Free Arsenal Sandstorm Map

As we put the finishing touches on three additional Multiplayer maps launching with our next Operation later this month for Black Ops Pass holders, we’re excited to release our newest alternate-weather map free for all players: Arsenal Sandstorm.

Hot on the heels of Contraband Hurricane, Arsenal Sandstorm is our most intricate map makeover yet in Black Ops 4. Players will need to adapt their playstyles to waves of sand sweeping across the environment, with limited visibility throughout the facility encouraging shorter-ranged engagements. We’re excited to see how player strategies will evolve on Arsenal Sandstorm, now in rotation on all platforms.

Deathmatch Domination Debuts on PS4

If you’ve ever wished your team could play the objective in Domination even if they’re just there for the streaks, we’ve got great news. Introducing Deathmatch Domination on PS4, a first-of-its-kind mode for the Black Ops series. In this new take on Domination, teams now have two ways to earn points toward the score limit: by capturing objectives, and by earning kills throughout the match. No matter how you play, you’ll be playing for the team. Get out there and let us know what you think in the comments.

Infected Now Live on All Platforms

Infected is now live in Multiplayer on all platforms! We’ve also made some improvements to gameplay and stability, including the addition of 10 seconds to the game clock instead of 30 when a Survivor becomes infected, to help keep matches from running longer than intended. Check out the patch notes below for what’s new, and if you’re an Infected newbie, be sure to get familiar with the preset Survivor classes so you’re ready to hit the ground running… for your life.

We’ve also made additional updates across all modes since our last community update, including weapon tuning to the Rampart and KN-57, an extension to the final Collapse timing in Blackout’s Alcatraz map, and more. Read on for the full list of what’s new:

  • Free Arsenal Sandstorm Multiplayer map in rotation today on all platforms.
  • Deathmatch Domination added as Featured Playlist in Multiplayer on PS4.
  • Infected added as Featured Playlist in Multiplayer on Xbox One and PC.
  • Barebones Moshpit, Stockpile, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit (consoles), and Half-Off Heist (Xbox One) added to Featured category in Multiplayer.
  • Weapon tuning for Rampart and KN-57 in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.
  • Alcatraz final Collapse time increased from 60 seconds to 120 seconds.
  • PC curated playlists updated, including new Lone Wolf playlist.
  • Gameplay and stability improvements added for Infected.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Maps
    • Arsenal Sandstorm
      • Free alternate-weather version of Arsenal in rotation today on all platforms.
  • Game Modes
    • Infected
      • When a Survivor becomes infected, 10 seconds will now be added to the game clock instead of 30.
      • General stability fixes for Infected.
  • Weapon Tuning
    • Rampart 17
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
    • KN-57
      • Slightly reduced recoil.
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
      • Quickdraw: Increased ADS-in speed.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Statistics
    • Choosing Fresh Start will no longer clear World League Hub stats.

BLACKOUT

  • Alcatraz
    • Increased the final Collapse time from 60 seconds to 120 seconds.
  • Weapon Tuning
    • Rampart 17
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
    • KN-57
      • Slightly reduced recoil.

ZOMBIES

  • Weapon Tuning
    • Rampart 17
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
    • KN-57
      • Slightly reduced recoil.
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
      • Quickdraw: Increased ADS-in speed.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Deathmatch Domination
      • Added as new Featured Playlist on PS4.
      • Teams have two ways to earn points toward the round score limit: capturing objectives and earning kills.
      • Addressed an issue where Medals were not displaying properly.
  • Featured Playlists
    • Barebones Moshpit, Infected, Stockpile, and Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit join Deathmatch Domination in the Featured category this week.

MULTIPLAYER

Infected

  • Infected added as Featured Playlist on PS4.
  • Players are divided into two teams: Survivors vs. Infected, with one player randomly selected as the first Infected.
  • Infected players hunt down the Survivors and attack them to spread their disease, converting their victims into members of the Infected team.
  • Survivors choose from preset classes and kill/avoid the Infected throughout the match.
  • Survivors win by having at least one surviving member when the timer runs out. Infected team wins by infecting every Survivor in the map before time runs out.
  • Infected team can respawn an infinite number of times. Survivors have one life before they become Infected.
  • Timer resets every time a Survivor falls victim to the Infected team, or when a Survivor becomes Infected via suicide.
  • Preset classes for Survivors include:
    • Scrapper
      • Primary Weapon: Cordite w/ Laser Sight and Extended Mags
      • Secondary Weapon: Mozu w/ High Caliber
      • Equipment: Concussion
      • Perks: Gung-Ho, Lightweight, Dexterity
      • Wildcard: Perk 2 Gluttony
    • Impaler
      • Primary Weapon: VAPR-XKG w/ ELO and Bayonet
      • Secondary Weapon: Strife
      • Equipment: Molotov
      • Perks: Scavenger, Dexterity, Dead Silence
      • Wildcard: Primary Operator Mod
    • Lead Spitter
      • Primary Weapon: Titan w/ Reflex, Stock, and Quickdraw
      • Secondary Weapon: RK 7 Garrison
      • Equipment: Frag
      • Perks: Skulker, Dexterity, and Team Link
      • Wildcard: Perk 2 Greed
    • Perforator
      • Primary Weapon: ABR 223 w/ Suppressor, Quickdraw, and Extended Mags
      • Secondary Weapon: Strife
      • Equipment: Molotov
      • Perks: Scavenger, Skulker, and Dead Silence
      • Wildcard: Primary Gunfighter 1
    • Meat Bagger
      • Primary Weapon: Mozu w/ Speed Loader and Quickdraw
      • Secondary Weapon: MOG 12 w/ Quickdraw
      • Equipment: Concussion
      • Perks: Scavenger, Dexterity, and Team Link
      • Wildcard: Underkill
    • Headhunter
      • Primary Weapon: Paladin HB50 w/ High Caliber and Stabilizer
      • Secondary Weapon: MOG 12 w/ Long Barrel and Barrel Choke
      • Equipment: None
      • Perks: Dexterity, Skulker, and Tracker
      • Wildcard: Perk 2 Greed

Featured Playlists

  • Xbox One
    • Infected, Barebones Moshpit, Stockpile, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit, and Half-Off Heist added to the Featured category this week.
  • PC
    • Infected, Barebones Moshpit, and Stockpile added to the Featured category this week.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Core Playlist Updates
    • Team Deathmatch
    • Search & Destroy
    • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Team Deathmatch
      • Kill Confirmed
    • Objective Moshpit
      • Control
      • Hardpoint
      • Domination
      • Safeguard
    • Lone Wolf Moshpit
      • Free For All
      • One In The Chamber
      • Gun Game
      • Heist
  • Match Start Requirements
    • Reduced Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit match start requirements from 10 players to 8.
    • Reduced Hardcore Deathmatch Moshpit match start requirements from 10 players to 8.
    • Reduced Objective Moshpit match start requirements from 8 players to 6.
    • Reduced Hardcore Objective Moshpit match start requirements from 8 players to 6.

BLACKOUT

  • Match Start Requirements
    • Reduced match start requirements from 100 players to 80 in current and future Blackout modes when applicable.

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

kino der toten map in cod zombies

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.

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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.

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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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