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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 April 2 Update – Alcatraz Blackout map, Zombies Server Pause, and more

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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.

The update brings the Alcatraz Blackout map to PS4.

Today’s Game Settings Update for Black Ops 4 on Xbox One and PC brings many items that PlayStation 4 got last week, including the addition of the Barebones MP mode, a Free Weapon Crate just by visiting the Black Market, Ancient Evil for Black Ops Pass Owners, and more.

Here’s everything that is live now on Xbox One and PC:

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Barebones
      • Barebones added as Featured Playlist on PS4.
      • 6v6 with no Specialist Weapons, Special Issue Equipment, Gear, or Operator Mods allowed.
      • Equipment is now single-use with no cooldowns. Equipment is fully charged on each respawn.
      • Spawn Select disabled.
      • Both playlists include Team Deathmatch and Domination.
      • Core and Hardcore playlists available in Featured category.

ZOMBIES

  • Maps
    • Ancient Evil
      • New “Ancient Evil” map added for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • New Perk
    • Zombshell
      • Basic zombies have a chance to explode when killed, leaving behind a contamination field that slows enemies and increases damage dealt to them.
      • Modifier: Players with the modifier are ignored by zombies while standing in the contamination field. Weapon reload speed is increased.
  • New Elixirs
    • Suit Up (Epic)
      • Player and nearby teammates get full Armor, which lasts until destroyed.
      • Instant activation.
    • Dividend Yield (Legendary)
      • Some of the points earned create additional bonus points for all players.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 5 minutes.
    • Talkin’ Bout Regeneration (Rare)
      • The player’s health constantly regenerates while moving.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 4 minutes.
    • Bullet Boost (Common)
      • Applies or re-rolls an alternate ammo type to the player’s current weapon (if supported). Weapon damage is not affected.
      • Instant activation.
    • Quacknarok (Classic Whimsical)
      • Zombies now wear a duck float with hilarious results.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 5 minutes.
    • NOTE: Quacknarok is a durable Elixir rather than a consumable Elixir.
  • New Talismans
    • Glowing Phylactery (Epic)
      • Start the match with an extra self-revive.
    • Battered Dragon Scale (Legendary)
      • Activating your Special Weapon gives increased armor, which lasts until destroyed.
  • Stability
    • Resolved an issue that rarely caused instability when signing out and back in on PS4 during a game.

BLACKOUT

  • Contraband Stashes
    • Home Wrecker melee weapon now available in Contraband Stashes.

In addition, all players can get a free Weapon Crate just by visiting the Black Market. This crate guarantees a MKII weapon, plus two other items.

Here’s the full breakdown of what’s new and updates, directly from Treyarch:

April is absolutely packed with new Black Ops 4 content for all platforms, and we’re kicking the month off with a bang in every mode. Whether you play MP, Blackout, Zombies, League Play, or everything in-between, it’s a damn good time to jump in. Let’s get into it.

BLACKOUT: New Alcatraz Map Arrives on PS4 + Free Access All Month Long

That’s right… Blackout’s got a brand-new map today on PS4, and it’s all-out close-quarters chaos on the prison island of Alcatraz. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, do yourself a favor.

This is Blackout at its most frenetic, with close-up engagements in an all-new environment filled with deadly surprises around every corner. Ten squads of four drop in through portals above the island to fight for control, with up to five redeployments per player until the final circle… as long as one teammate survives.

A completely new map means new destinations, new strategies, and new ways to dominate the opposition. Snipers can pick off their enemies from two opposing towers and wingsuit over to nearby locations when things get too hot. Barricades, Razor Wire, and EMPs are more important than ever with tight corridors and narrow pathways to cover as the final circle closes in… and you might be interested in what the zombies are guarding in certain areas of the map.

Zombies fans familiar with “Mob of the Dead” and “Blood of the Dead” will want to explore the entirety of Alcatraz, now completely open with all-new areas to discover. You’ll also find plenty of Zombies-themed additions scattered throughout the map, including Wall Buys, jailed zombies sporting “Mob”-style prison uniforms, and a powerful Wonder Weapon new to Blackout lurking within the Mystery Box. Who knows what sorts of secrets are waiting to be uncovered?

Want to jump into Blackout for free? We’ve got you covered with Blackout’s new Free Access period on PS4, Xbox One, and PC today through April 30th! Get the team together, drop in, and loot up in Alcatraz and the main Blackout map all month long.

MULTIPLAYER: Barebones Now Live on All Platforms + Infected Next Week, Plus Arsenal Sandstorm and 3 New Black Ops Pass Maps in April

Barebones continues on PS4 and launch today on Xbox One and PC! Barebones brings an old-school feel to Black Ops 4, featuring 6v6 TDM/Domination playlists with no Specialist Weapons, Special Issue Equipment, Gear, or Operator Mods allowed. Equipment is also single-use and fully charges with each respawn, and we’ve disabled Spawn Select to get you into back into the match faster now that Tac-Deploy is restricted. Barebones has proven extremely popular in its first week, and we’re excited to see what players on all platforms think of this new way to play.

Next up, we’re planning to debut another fan-favorite Party Game: Infected! We’ve been having a blast with internal testing and currently plan to launch Infected during the week of April 9th for PS4 players. After that, we’re rolling out our free new Arsenal Sandstorm map as we prepare for the launch of three more new MP maps with our next Operation later this month. As a reminder, Black Ops Pass holders will receive a total of 12 new MP maps alongside our free alternate weather maps for all players, including Firing Range Night, Seaside Sunset, Contraband Hurricane, and Arsenal Sandstorm, with more to come.

LEAGUE PLAY: Weekly Events and Bonus Pools Now Live, Skill Divisions Up Next

Starting today on all platforms, League Play Events will transition from twice-weekly to single events that span the entirety of the week. This gives players more time to compete in each event and earn their bonuses before the next event starts. Speaking of which, the Bonus Pool has also moved over from the Daily Bonus to a week-long bonus pool. This allows players to earn their bonus points from a single pool during each event at their own pace, rather than trying to earn it all right up until the end of the event.

We’ve also added an additional penalty for intentional teamkilling in today’s update. Now, players who kill teammates 6 times will now be kicked from League Play matches. Play nice or pay the price.

Next week, we’re planning on rolling out Skill Divisions to reflect every player’s skill level within the World League Rank system. That’s right – the climb to Master Division is almost here. Stay tuned!

ZOMBIES: “Ancient Evil” + Server Pause & Splitscreen Pause

The latest chapter of the Chaos story has arrived with “Ancient Evil” in Zombies, now available on all platforms! Fight off new undead terrors and Greek mythical enemies as Scarlett, Diego, Bruno, and Shaw in the underground depths of Delphi. Our team has pulled out all the stops on every little twist and turn awaiting Scarlett and the crew in our latest episode, so please enjoy the new map and its secrets, and let us know what you think. The community’s reaction has been incredible throughout the first week, and we can’t wait to see what else the community can discover.

For the first time in Treyarch Zombies to date, Server Pause is now live on all platforms in Black Ops 4, allowing the host of any online private match to pause the game for all players simultaneously! This is a game-changer for those all-nighters where someone in the party inevitably needs a bathroom break at Round 49. Go forth and slay with full bladders! You’re in a safe place now. Splitscreen Pause is also now live for local splitscreen players on consoles who need to take a breather.

The new Zombshell Perk is also now available on all platforms, which offers a chance for zombies to explode when killed, leaving behind a contamination field that slows enemies and increases damage dealt to them. Five new Elixirs and two new Talismans have arrived in the Laboratory as well, including Suit Up, Dividend Yield, Talkin’ Bout Regeneration, Bullet Boost, Quacknarok, Glowing Phylactery, and Battered Dragon Scale. Check out the patch notes below to see what they can do.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

  • Blackout
    • New Alcatraz map now live on PS4.
    • Blackout Free Access now available on all platforms through April 30.
    • After Action Report updated to provide additional info after each match, including new Challenge progression.
    • Homewrecker melee weapon now available in Contraband Stashes on Xbox One and PC.
  • Zombies
    • “Ancient Evil” now live for Black Ops Pass holders on all platforms.
    • Server Pause now available for online private match hosts on consoles.
    • Splitscreen Pause now available for local splitscreen matches on consoles.
    • New Zombshell Perk now available on Xbox One and PC.
    • New Elixirs now available on Xbox One and PC: Suit Up, Dividend Yield, Talkin’ Bout Regeneration, Bullet Boost, and Quacknarok.
    • New Talismans now available on Xbox One and PC: Glowing Phylactery and Battered Dragon Scale.
  • Multiplayer
    • Barebones game mode now live on all platforms.
    • Barebones Moshpit continues as Featured Playlist on PS4 and added as Featured Playlist on Xbox One and PC.
    • Hardcore Barebones Moshpit, Stockpile, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit, and One in the Chamber (Strife with Stiletto Operator Mod) added to Featured category on all platforms.
    • Various stability improvements.
  • World League Hub
    • League Play Events now span the course of the entire week.
    • Bonus pool is now spread out through the entirety of an event (no longer daily bonuses with rollovers).
    • Increased penalty for intentional teamkilling in League Play matches.
  • General
    • Free Weapon Crate with guaranteed free MKII Signature Weapon now available in the Black Market on Xbox One and PC.
    • Voice calibration setting added to PC.

BLACKOUT

  • Free Access
    • Access to Blackout is free for a limited time for all players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through April 30.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Featured category updated to include:
      • Barebones Moshpit
      • Hardcore Barebones Moshpit
      • Stockpile
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
      • One in the Chamber (Strife with Stiletto Operator Mod)

The following updates are live on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

BLACKOUT

  • New Map: Alcatraz
    • Alcatraz map now available in Blackout on PS4, added as Featured Playlist.
      • Quads with 40 maximum players per match.
      • Up to 5 total redeployments per player before the final circle, as long as one member of the squad remains alive at the time of each redeploy.
      • Deploy via portals into close-quarters combat on Alcatraz island.
      • New named destinations, including the Warden’s House, Docks, New Industries, and Cellhouse.
      • Players can pick up Wall Buy weapons throughout the map that disappear after pickup.
      • New Zombies-themed weapon available in the Mystery Box.

The following updates are now live on consoles, with PC to follow:

BLACKOUT

  • After Action Report
    • AAR now provides additional info after each match, including Challenge progression.
  • Weapons
    • Purifier
      • Increased Purifier damage against zombies.
  • MULTIPLAYER
    • Game Modes
      • Barebones
      • Added new health regen UI.
      • Resolved an issue where the After Action Report would show Defeat even if the player was on the winning team.
  • Maps
    • Gridlock
      • Improved collision near the western spawn.
  • Stability
    • Various stability improvements.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Weekly League Play Events
    • Each League Play Event now spans the course of the entire week.
  • Bonus Pool
    • Bonus pool is now spread out through the entirety of an event — no longer daily bonuses that rollover day-to-day.
  • Teamkill Penalty
    • Players who kill teammates 6 times will now be kicked from League Play matches.

ZOMBIES

  • Server Pause
    • Hosts of online private matches can now pause the game mid-match for all players.
  • Splitscreen Pause
    • Players in local splitscreen matches can now pause the game mid-match on consoles.
  • Ancient Evil
    • Addressed various issues that could sometimes cause the Wonder Weapon to become unusable.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue that caused duplicated character icons to appear in the End Game screen.
  • Stability
    • Various stability improvements.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Barebones
      • Barebones added as Featured Playlist.
      • 6v6 with no Specialist Weapons, Special Issue Equipment, Gear, or Operator Mods allowed.
      • Equipment is now single-use with no cooldowns. Equipment is fully charged on each respawn.
      • Spawn Select disabled.
      • Playlists include Team Deathmatch and Domination.

ZOMBIES

  • Maps
    • Ancient Evil
      • New “Ancient Evil” map added for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • New Perk
    • Zombshell
      • Basic zombies have a chance to explode when killed, leaving behind a contamination field that slows enemies and increases damage dealt to them.
      • Modifier: Players with the modifier are ignored by zombies while standing in the contamination field. Weapon reload speed is increased.
  • New Elixirs
    • Suit Up (Epic)
      • Player and nearby teammates get full Armor, which lasts until destroyed.
      • Instant activation.
    • Dividend Yield (Legendary)
      • Some of the points earned create additional bonus points for all players.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 5 minutes.
    • Talkin’ Bout Regeneration (Rare)
      • The player’s health constantly regenerates while moving.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 4 minutes.
    • Bullet Boost (Common)
      • Applies or re-rolls an alternate ammo type to the player’s current weapon (if supported). Weapon damage is not affected.
      • Instant activation.
    • Quacknarok (Classic Whimsical)
      • Zombies now wear a duck float with hilarious results.
      • Instant activation. Lasts 5 minutes.
      • NOTE: Quacknarok is a durable Elixir rather than a consumable Elixir.
  • New Talismans
    • Glowing Phylactery (Epic)
      • Start the match with an extra self-revive.
    • Battered Dragon Scale (Legendary)
      • Activating your Special Weapon gives increased armor, which lasts until destroyed.

BLACKOUT

  • Contraband Stashes
    • Homewrecker melee weapon now available in Contraband Stashes.

MULTIPLAYER

Weapon Tuning

  • Submachine Guns
    • Cordite
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Extended 6-shot range from 8 meters to 11.5 meters.
    • MX9
      • Increased ADS-out speed.
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Switchblade X9
      • Increased magazine size from 26 to 30.
      • Players now spawn with 3 extra magazines instead of 2.
  • Assault Rifles
    • KN-57
      • Extended 4-shot range from 16 meters to 17 meters.
      • Extended 5-shot range from 46 meters to 57 meters.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • ABR 223
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
      • Ammo increased from 30 to 36.
      • Extended 4-shot range from 32 meters to 38 meters.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Paladin HB50
      • Increased magazine size from 5 to 6.
      • Reduced reload speed.
    • SDM
      • Increased fire rate.
  • Pistols
    • RK 7 Garrison
      • Increased damage. Now takes 1 less bullet to kill at all ranges.
    • Mozu
      • Extended 3-shot range from 19 meters to 24 meters.
      • Extended 4-shot range from 25 meters to 32 meters.
      • Extended 5-shot range from 32 meters to 38 meters.
    • Strife
      • Increased fire rate.

Friendly Fire

  • New Friendly Fire system added to all World League and Hardcore game modes:
    • Ricochet Friendly Fire is now enabled for the first 15 seconds of a match or round.
    • After the first 15 seconds, the first 3 teamkills will be true friendly fire, where the victim will take full damage.
    • After the first 3 teamkills, any subsequent damage dealt to a teammate will ricochet back to the attacker instead of damaging the teammate.
    • Once transitioned to the Ricochet system, further Ricochet teamkills will incur an escalating respawn delay penalty.
    • The player will then be allowed 3 Ricochet teamkills before being removed from the match.
    • Damaging a teammate who is planting or defusing a bomb will ricochet damage back to the attacking teammate in World League.

XP

  • Increased XP earned for all Scorestreak kills to 100 XP.
  • Increased XP awarded for killing the K9-Unit to 100 XP.
  • Increased XP awarded for Ice Pick Shutdown to 100 XP.
  • Increased XP awarded for destroying an RC-XD to 100 XP.
  • Increased XP awarded for killing a Swat Team unit to 250 XP.
  • Increased XP for the Forward Position Medal to 250 XP.

Game Modes

  • Kill Confirmed
    • Increased score for collecting an enemy dog tag in Kill Confirmed to 100.
  • Search and Destroy
    • Addressed an issue where spectating in Search and Destroy could cause team colors to display incorrectly on the scoreboard.
  • Heist
    • Addressed an issue where the end of the round pips could be on the wrong team.

Specialists

  • Nomad
    • Added pathing and spawning improvements for Nomad’s K9-Unit.
    • K9-Unit now properly takes damage from Razor Wire.
  • Outrider
    • Players hit by a fully-charged Sparrow shot will now properly hear the impact sound of the bolt.

Perks

  • Tactical Mask
    • Players with Tactical Mask who have been downed by an enemy Tempest no longer chain to teammates after the Tempest status effect wears off.

Scorestreaks

  • Care Package
    • Addressed an issue where being killed while claiming a Care Package could cause issues with controllable Scorestreaks.
    • Addressed an issue where the Care Package would not drop from the helicopter if a player called it in along the water in Madagascar.

Custom Games

  • Addressed an issue where the Bonus Maps tab was not appearing in Offline Local Games.
  • Fixed a crash in Custom Games related to turning the Specialist Draft off.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • New Ranks
    • Added Ranks 21-30 to League Play.
  • UI
    • Players will now get a notification that they’ve received a Calling Card when they reach ranks that award them.
    • Rank up animations will now start at the player’s current rank instead of their final rank.
    • Players in the Top 5 will be labeled as “Top 5” instead of “Top 10” in their League Play Event results screen.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Addressed an issue with restricted items appearing in Custom Classes.
    • Addressed an issue where restricted Scorestreaks could appear as selected.

BLACKOUT

Weapon Tuning

  • Submachine Guns
    • Cordite
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • MX9
      • Increased ADS-out speed.
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Switchblade X9
      • Increased magazine size from 26 to 30.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • SDM
      • Increased fire rate.
  • Pistols
    • RK 7 Garrison
      • Increased damage. Now takes 1 less bullet to kill at all ranges.
    • Strife
      • Increased fire rate.

Map

  • Reduced glare intensity when looking toward the sun in the original Blackout map.

Weapons

  • Outrider’s Sparrow can now be found in Supply Stashes.

Equipment

  • Zero’s EMP Disruptor grenade can now be found in the Blackout map.

Vehicles

  • Added co-pilot support for the Little Bird and the Cargo Truck.
  • Made improvements to Muscle Car collision to fix instances where a Muscle Car driver was unable to kill enemies.

Low-Population Regions

  • Added Australia and New Zealand to low player population group with consolidated playlists for faster match start times and better matchmaking.

Customization

  • Addressed an issue with various camos not appearing properly on the MX9 Tactical.

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when swapping and equipping an item.

Miscellaneous

  • Re-enabled the ability to hold the Use button continuously to use multiple Armor Plates and activate Perks without needing to release the input.
  • Removed blur from the Victory Screen.
  • Addressed instances where characters’ lobby animations could become corrupted.
  • Addressed an issue that prevented mode-specific loading screen tips from being properly displayed.
  • Addressed an issue where users could find Seraph’s Annihilator inside of a Supply Stash.

ZOMBIES

Weapon Tuning

  • Submachine Guns
    • Cordite
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • MX9
      • Increased ADS-out speed.
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Increased sprint-out speed.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • ABR 223
      • Increased ADS-in speed.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Paladin HB50
      • Reduced reload speed.
    • SDM
      • Increased fire rate.
  • Pistols
    • Strife
      • Increased fire rate.

Global

  • High-Round Stability
    • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when displaying certain text strings, particularly during high-round matches.
  • Perks
    • Closed a Mule Kick exploit that allowed players to acquire more than one Wonder Weapon on several maps.
    • Improved the clarity of the description for the Stamin-Up Perk.
  • Special Weapons
    • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused the XP bar to display an inaccurate value while charging up a weapon.
  • Armory
    • Addressed an issue causing the Cordite Zero G Mastercraft menu to display incorrect visual stage information for the weapon.
  • Create-A-Class
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the model preview from updating appropriately when switching between tabs in the Talisman and Elixir Menus.
  • Lobby
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the Solo button from functioning until the selection was unselected and back to the button after backing out of a match.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that caused the self-revive prompt to remain visible in the Options menu.
    • Addressed an issue that sometimes prevented a player’s name from being displayed properly while reviving.
    • Addressed an issue where Prestige Master icons remained locked after reaching the appropriate level.
  • Host Migration
    • Addressed an issue that would rarely cause host migration to fail, resulting in the match ending.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented being able to join an applicable game in progress after the match had migrated hosts.
    • Addressed an issue that caused Perk icons on the HUD granted by the Perk Up Elixir to disappear after migrating hosts.
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused certain lights to turn off after migrating hosts.

Custom Games

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when acquiring a Perk reward with all Perks disabled.
  • Custom Rules
    • Addressed issues that caused several custom rules for the Enhanced AI category to function incorrectly.
    • Addressed an issue that caused the Headshots Only custom rule for basic zombies to apply to all enemy types.
    • Added better descriptions that detail which enemy types are affected by option groups in the Enemies Menu.

Miscellaneous

  • Gauntlets
    • Addressed an issue that prevented rewards from being granted when players disconnected before the end of the match.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented weapons with the Kill Counter or Clan Tag attached from counting as a weapon without attachments on “Hellcatraz”.
    • Addressed an issue that rarely prevented Pack-A-Punch sound FX from playing while upgrading a weapon on “Hellcatraz”.
    • Added a HUD indicator to inform users that they cannot fire while aiming down sights with the Brazen Bull during the “Shoot From The Hip” round on “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!”
  • Rush
    • Addressed an issue that caused zombies to stop spawning during the third defense location if the user was downed before the timer ran out.
  • Blood of the Dead
    • Closed multiple exploits in locations that could be exploited to avoid danger from zombies.
    • Addressed an issue that caused visual FX on the Warden’s Key to stop appearing when switching targets.
    • Addressed an issue that caused loss of functionality when spawning a Spoon while the Ragnarok DG-5 was equipped.Addressed an issue that caused certain boards to become unrepairable.
  • Dead of the Night
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when hitting a Bat with the Ethereal Razor equipped.
  • Voyage of Despair
    • Addressed an issue that prevented progression of the Portal Pass side quest when using alternate ammo types during the vent step.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented progression of the Skeleton Rider side quest if the Shields Up Elixir had been used.
  • Tutorial
    • Rearranged columns on the scoreboard for consistency compared to other game modes.

GENERAL

  • Voice Calibration
    • Added a Voice Calibration feature in the Audio settings. Players can press the record button to hear their voice alongside a volume indicator to adjust their chat volume to their preference.
  • Flinch
    • Reduced the maximum amount of flinch a player can exhibit while not aiming down sights.
  • Reactive Camos
    • Reactive Camos are now available on all guns, not only on those with Gold camo unlocked.
    • Reactive Camo starts wrapped on all guns.
    • Any weapon can be used to complete the unwrap requirement.
  • Theater
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when skipping through playback of Blackout matches.
    • Fixed various crashes related to playing back Zombie Gauntlet footage.
    • Addressed an issue where facial animations could stop during playback and rewind.
    • HUD elements should no longer appear when playing back Hardcore Blackout footage.
  • Mesh Mines
    • Increased the height of the Mesh Mine trace in Multiplayer and Blackout for more consistent detonations.
  • Paintshop
    • Addressed an issue where the scroll indicators were cut off if the player had more than 10 paintjobs.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue in the Social menu where player Emblems and ranks weren’t displaying correctly.

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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.

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

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

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

The beginning of 2022 will signal 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 on the march.

With 2021 already delivering Returnal, Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank, and Far Cry 6, 2022 looks to go even bolder.

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Some genuinely iconic franchises and household names are expected to launch video games in 2022, so here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

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.

Horizon Forbidden West release date: February 18, 2022

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Aloy is one of the standout protagonists in gaming during modern times, and her post-apocalyptic adventures are set to continue in Horizon Forbidden West.

She seeks to uncover even more truth and learn about the state of the world she resides in, all the while battling even more dangerous robotic creatures and nature itself.

Elden Ring release date: January 21, 2022

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One of the first games to arrive in 2022, Elden Ring is the next sinister and challenging game to come from the sadistic bunch at FromSoftware.

Their track record at producing brutal yet satisfying RPGs will be tested in the form of Elden Ring, their newest ‘Souls’ game. Unlike previous FromSoftware games, there seems to be a much deeper emphasis on the story with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin on board to help with the narrative.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus release date: January 28, 2022

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Unlike the typical dual-releases that Pokemon specializes in, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a standalone game that continues the growth shown in recent, mainline Pokemon titles.

Embracing the open-world nature of 2020’s Pokemon Sword and Shield, Arceus is a brand new adventure that will involve all the familiar, beloved elements of Pokemon games: obtaining them, training them, leveling them, and catching them all!

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022

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Another spin-off, this time from the team at Ubisoft as they take a drastic turn away from the realism of simulated combat.

Instead, Rainbow Six Extraction delves into the world of the unknown, and non-human, as teams of three pull together to take down alien creatures called Archaeans. It will feature lots of the same gameplay mechanics and Operators from Siege, but with a darker, deadly twist.

Dying Light 2 release date: February 4, 2022

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The long-awaited sequel to the hit 2015 survival-adventure game, Dying Light 2 promises to bring more parkour-zombie-survival action that made the first such a breakout success.

Offering more open-world exploration, the player must scavenge, forge friendships (and weapons), and deal with both friendly and hostile forces.

As with the first Dying Light, players need to make the most of the precious daylight before night strikes, as the undead gets a bit more fidgety and murderous.

Gran Turismo 7 release date: March 4, 2022

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Polyphony Digital is infamous for taking their time between each Gran Turismo release to ensure every one is as polished as can be, and the PS5 looks set to make Gran Turismo 7 one of the best-looking games ever.

Like with God of War Ragnarok, the 2021 PlayStation Experience gave fans a glimpse into the high-speed action they can expect with Gran Turismo 7.

It’s learned from its predecessor’s mistakes and will launch with a complete career mode, and could be a bonafide system-seller for Sony and the PlayStation brand.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: 2022

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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.

Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022

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It wouldn’t be a year of video games without a major Call of Duty release, and we expect 2022 to be no different.

Given that there’s already a buzz about Call of Duty 2023, we would say it’s safe to assume that another Call of Duty game will release in 2022.

With Vanguard being set in World War 2, rumors are rife that the 2022 Call of Duty will be a Modern Warfare sequel.

Gotham Knights release date: 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.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: 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.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022.

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