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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 December 11 Game Settings Update

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The latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is live on PS4 and Xbox One with PC to follow shortly.

Operation Absolute Zero debuts in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 first on PlayStation 4, alongside with a host of game fixes and more to both console platforms. Today’s Settings Update address some bugs from the latest patch, alongside bringing new features to all modes.

Check out what’s new and more from Treyarch.

From Treyarch: 

Operation Absolute Zero is now live first on PS4! This huge new Operation delivers tons of new content across all modes:

  • Multiplayer: Meet Zero, our newest Specialist armed with devastating hacking abilities, including the new EMP Disruptor grenade.
  • Blackout: Black Ops 2’s Hijacked has been added as Blackout’s newest destination, along with the new ARAV armored vehicle and new IX Zombies Character Missions to find and complete.
  • Zombies: Three new Zombies features are now live – Daily Callings, the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system, and Daily Tier Skips for Zombies on all platforms (PC coming soon).
  • Black Market: A revamped 100-Tier system for simpler and more rewarding progression is here, featuring new earnable Blackout characters, Mastercrafts, Epic Outfits, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, and new Multiplayer weapons: the Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT assault rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon.

And for Black Ops Pass holders, we’ve launched our first drop of content, including two new Multiplayer Maps, a new Zombies experience, and the newest exclusive Blackout character first on PS4:

  • Multiplayer Maps: Elevation and Madagascar join the map rotation, now playable in our new Map Pack Moshpit this week on PS4.
  • Dead of the Night: Party up to take on a chilling new Zombies adventure set in 1912 England, featuring a full celebrity cast (Kiefer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, Brian Blessed, and Charles Dance) and a host of deadly new enemies, traps, special weapons, Easter Eggs, and much more to discover.
  • Reaper Arrives in Blackout: “Safety protocols disengaged.” Everyone’s favorite experimental war robot from Black Ops 3 drops into Blackout to murder everything.

New MP playlists have arrived today as well, including Blackjack’s Gun Game on PS4 featuring the new Daemon 3XB SMG and SWAT RFT assault rifle, as well as Map Pack Moshpit for Black Ops Pass holders who want to grind the latest MP maps.

We’ve also heard our Mercenary players loud and clear, and we’re adding at least one Mercenary playlist to the Featured category each week for the foreseeable future. Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit joins the fray this week, including TDM 85 and Kill Confirmed 75 with no parties allowed.

Today’s update:

SUMMARY

  • Zero added for use in MP and Blackout (PS4)
  • Hijacked, ARAV, new weapons, and IX Zombies Character Missions added in Blackout (PS4)
  • Revamped Black Market with 100 Tiers, including new weapons (PS4)
  • Daily Callings, Black Ops Authenticity Stamp, Daily Tier Skips added to Zombies (PS4/Xbox One)
  • MP Featured Playlists updated (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Prophet’s Tempest now requires more accuracy to hit targets (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Fixes for Dark Matter bug and Zero-related crashes in MP (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Prestigious Award fix in Zombies (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Black Ops Pass content added: 2 new MP Maps, new Zombies experience, Reaper in Blackout (PS4)

PS4

We’ve made the following updates on PS4 with Operation Absolute Zero:

Multiplayer

  • Specialists
    • Zero
      • Zero added as a playable character unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market.
      • Fixed crashes related to Zero’s Equipment. [updated 4PM PT]
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Madagascar and Elevation playable for Black Ops Pass holders.

Blackout

ARAV

Introducing the ARAV, Blackout’s first combat-centric vehicle. The ARAV is a three-player vehicle featuring three positions:

  • Driver
    • The ARAV is the second-fastest land vehicle behind the ATV in pure speed, and is the 2nd-toughest vehicle after the Cargo Truck. While it can shrug off a few bullets, ARAV drivers still need to be mindful of explosives and rockets headed their direction.
  • Passenger
    • As the passenger, players have the option of staying seated within the safety of the cabin, or leaning out the window to initiate combat with scavenged weapons and equipment. Players enter the Passenger Seat with weapons lowered and equipment unavailable.
    • To change from sitting in the seat to leaning out the window, press Aim Down Sights (ADS), Fire, or Use Equipment buttons.
    • To re-enter the vehicle when leaning out, press the Re-enter or Switch Seat button.
    • Players can heal from within the confines of the ARAV passenger seat without transitioning to leaning out. While leaning out, players still have full use of their weapons and equipment.
  • Turret Gunner
    • In the Turret position, players are placed on a mounted machine gun with 360-degree aim, perfect for providing suppressing fire or firing on enemy vehicles.
    • Turret firing is metered by two mechanics: Overheat and Durability.
      • Overheat: Extended firing will cause the turret to overheat and be temporarily disabled. The turret will be usable again after it has cooled down.
      • Durability: The turret will become permanently disabled over time. Keep an eye on the turret itself, as it will begin to pour smoke and ultimately catch fire when its durability is reduced to zero and can no longer be used.

Hijacked

  • Hijacked has been added to the map, docked just outside of the Construction Site.
  • This “well-known” luxury yacht has received some much-needed improvements, featuring a helipad as a possible helicopter spawn point, as well as a possible vehicle spawn.
  • Made improvements to mantling in Hijacked location [updated 4PM PT]

Characters

  • Zero added as a playable character once unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market (no Character Mission required).
  • IX Zombies Character Missions now available to find and complete to play as Gladiator versions of Scarlett, Diego, Bruno, and Shaw.

New Weapons

  • For 24 hours, Firing Range contains an over-abundance of new weapons.
  • New ranged weapons also come in “gold” variants, fully loaded with attachments.
  • Once the 24-hour time-period is up, new ranged weapons will be found in the world at the normal item spawn frequency.

Black Ops Pass Content

  • Reaper added as a playable character for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Dead of the Night now live for Black Ops Pass holders.

Black Market

  • Black Market Revamp
    • 100 clearly-defined Tiers for streamlined progression.
    • New item categories and more diverse content, including new weapons, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, Reticles, Mastercrafts, and more.
    • Reserves now start at Tier 101.
    • New shared Warpaints that can be equipped with different outfits across different Themes on the same Specialist.
    • New Zero Specialist unlocked at Tier 1.
  • New Weapons
    • Daemon 3XB
      • 3-round burst, 0.45 cal. submachine gun.
      • Fast cyclical rate of fire with improved hip fire accuracy.
    • SWAT RFT
      • 5.56 assault rifle.
      • Moderate recoil and a fast rate of fire.
    • Secret Santa
      • A festive melee weapon for the holiday season.

PS4 AND XBOX ONE

In addition to the changes in our new 1.09 title update, the following changes are also now live on PS4 and Xbox One, with PC to follow:

Multiplayer

  • Featured Playlists
    • Blackjack’s Gun Game added as Featured Playlist (PS4).
      • Gun Game with 3 new Operation Absolute Zero weapons added to rotation.
    • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured for Black Ops Pass holders (PS4).
      • Maps: Elevation, Madagascar.
      • Game Modes: Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, Hardpoint.
    • Mercenary Capture Moshpit added as Featured Playlist (Xbox One).
      • Game Modes: Domination, Control, Hardpoint
    • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured.
      • Game Modes: Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed.
      • 6v6, no parties allowed.
      • Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured.
      • Game Modes: Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed.
  • Specialists
    • Prophet
      • Tempest now requires more accuracy to hit its target.
  • Dark Matter
    • Addressed an issue players experienced with keeping Dark Matter equipped from match to match. [updated 4PM PT]

Zombies

  • Daily Callings
    • Daily Callings added to the Barracks in Zombies.
    • Players can complete new Daily Callings challenges for bonus Zombies XP and Nebulium Plasma each day.
  • Black Ops Authenticity Stamp
    • Black Ops Authenticity Stamp feature added to the After Action Report after each match.
    • Players can enter their unique 4-word code generated in the After Action Report at http://callofduty.com/boasto share their accomplishments with the world.
    • Stats tracked include:
      • Number of kills, deaths, downs, revives, headshots, and rounds survived.
      • Map selection, game type, numbers of players, and difficulty attempted.
      • Special Weapons, Equipment, and Talismans used.
      • Perks and Elixirs equipped.
      • Number of Elixirs consumed.
      • Match duration, score spent, final score, and more.
  • Daily Tier Skip
    • Added Daily Tier Skip credit for reaching Round 15 in a game of Classic Zombies each day (now live on both consoles).
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that occurred when upgrading the Blundergat to the Magmagat.
  • Trophies/Achievements
    • Prestigious Award
      • Now properly tracks progress for attaining max level or Prestige with 25 different weapons in Zombies.

SOURCE: Reddit

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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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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

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.

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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