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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 April 9 Update – Infected, CWL Update, And More

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Treyarch has released the latest game setting update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, bringing a new mode to MP and more.

The new Game Settings Update brings back Infected in Black Ops 4 MP on PS4, a fan favorite mode from previous Call of Duty titles. Infected in Black Ops 4 features a twist with Zombie as the infected, and a players being chased to start the game.

Alongside this, Barebones, a classic Call of Duty mode, mode has stuck around for now in MP. There’s no info on when it will be removed.

From Treyarch:

Infected Makes its Black Ops 4 Debut on PS4

Black Ops 4’s latest Party Game is here! Infected pits a team of Survivors against an ever-growing horde of Infected, starting with a randomly-selected patient zero. Survivors will have to outlast the onslaught until the timer runs out, while the Infected claim victory by spreading their disease to every Survivor in the map. This time around, Infected has a zombie-themed twist – every member of the Infected team is entirely zombified, with a full zombie character model and sound effects to match! Check out Infected today on PS4 and let us know what you think.

Skill Divisions Now Live in League Play

Starting today on all platforms, the World League Hub’s new Skill Divisions now reflect each player’s skill level within the World League Rank system based on their standing in the overall competitive population, in addition to League Play’s existing progressive rank system. Players will be placed into specific Skill Divisions based on their current skill rating, starting with 50% of the population in Competitor Division and culminating with the top 2% in Master Division. Time to climb!

Alcatraz Map Available on All Platforms in Blackout

Blackout’s new Alcatraz map is now available on all platforms starting today, as Blackout’s Free Access period continues on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through April 30th! Grab your friends and drop into the new zombie-infested prison island and hit the ground running in an insane close-quarters fight for survival. Pro-tip: if you find yourself surrounded by a pack of zombies, take the time to wipe them out if you want to get your hands on a devastating new Wonder Weapon…

Here’s what’s new since our last community update:

  • Infected added as Featured Playlist in Multiplayer (PS4).
  • KN-57 weapon tuning adjustments in Multiplayer, live as of 4/5.
  • Skill Divisions now live in League Play on all platforms.
  • Alcatraz map now available on all platforms in Blackout.
  • Blackout Duos returning on 4/10 to PS4 and Xbox One.

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  • Weapons
    • KN-57
      • Increased 4-shot range.
      • Slightly increased recoil.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Added sound FX when selecting any MKII Weapon in Create-a-Class.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Skill Divisions
    • New Skill Divisions now reflect each players’ skill rating based on the overall competitive player population:
      • Competitor (50%)
      • Advanced (20%)
      • Expert (15%)
      • Elite (13%)
      • Master (Top 2%)
  • Specialist Cooldowns
    • In CWL Game variants, Specialist Weapon cooldowns now progress solely based on Score.
      • The amount of Score needed for the Specialist Weapon can vary between Specialists.
  • UI
    • Resolved a UI error that could occur after League Play matches.

BLACKOUT

Map: Alcatraz

  • Alcatraz map available in Blackout on all platforms, 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.

UI

  • Addressed a UI error in the Paintshop when viewing MKII Weapons.

ZOMBIES

  • Ancient Evil
    • Miscellaneous
      • Players can no longer acquire two of the same Wonder Weapon in co-op games.
      • Helmeted Spartoi will now be properly killed in one shot by the Insta-Kill powerup.
      • Addressed an issue that prevented the Oracle Boon from functioning properly.
      • Addressed an issue that caused the match to end prematurely after the boss fight.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur related to Gegenees’ attack FX.

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

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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.

Image credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software

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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

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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 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 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: Fall 2022

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.

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.

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

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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.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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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 Spring 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: late 2022

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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.

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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