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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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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

kratos and tyr staring at each other in god of war ragnarok

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

Final Fantasy XVI protagonist

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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