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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 December 14 Update: Blackout Custom Games Details + More

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Another day, another update from Treyarch!

Treyarch released the latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 across all platforms today and brought Double XP for the weekend, alongside providing additional details on what’s to come to Blackout soon.

Treyarch has also announced that Custom Games for Blackout is coming next week, with Weapon Camo support for the mode as well. Custom Games in Blackout will support up to 12 players when it launches, with more to come over time. Weapon Camos will be available in Blackout Custom Games as well.

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The weekend has arrived, Operation Absolute Zero is upon us, and the holidays are nearly here. Here at Treyarch, that can mean only one thing… it’s 2XP time! Now live through 10AM PT on Dec. 17, we’ve turned on 2XP in Multiplayer and Zombies and 2X Merits in Blackout on all platforms!

We’ve also launched a limited-time mode in Blackout this weekend through 10AM PT on Dec. 17: Close Quarters Frenzy! While some of you will remember an early version of this one back in our Blackout Beta, we’ve made gameplay improvements and added more weapons in the meantime for a truly frantic fight to the center of the circle. The rules are simple:

  1. Outrun an even faster Collapse than usual.
  2. Take out your enemies using only SMGs, shotguns, pistols, launchers, and melee weapons.
  3. Don’t die.

We’re excited to jump into Blackout with friends this weekend in Close Quarters Frenzy in Quads… and in our next update, we’re expanding how players will interact with the mode through the introduction of Blackout Weapon Camos and Custom Games.

Weapon Camo support is coming to Blackout across the entire mode, including in Custom Games. Here’s how it works, with more details to come with our next update:

  • Camos earned in Multiplayer, Zombies, and the Black Market can be applied in Blackout.
  • Players set up their Weapon Camos in the new Armory menu prior to a match.
  • Player will see their selected camos applied when they pick up those weapons in-game.
  • Support will be included for Blackout Custom Games.

Blackout Custom Games will allow players to drop into their own private match to explore the map, visit destinations at their own pace, and practice Black Ops 4’s battle royale experience with teams of friends. As a starting point, Custom Games in Blackout will be introduced with a maximum player count of 12. As with all features in Black Ops 4, this will evolve over time as we evaluate how players are engaging with the system, and that includes increasing player count and expanding feature support.

At launch next week, Blackout Custom Games will support:

  • Up to 12 players per match
  • Solos, Duos, or Quads
  • Weapon Camo support
  • Full character customization support
  • Online only to ensure each Custom Game is up-to-date

We’re eager to see what you do when you’ve got the freedom to explore every nook and cranny of the Blackout world. Who knows how many secrets are still out there to discover?

Two additional items of note: in Blackout, we’ve increased the chances of finding Character Mission items in Zombies Stashes to help out our Blackout Character Mission hunters – and in Multiplayer, we’ve temporarily pulled Jungle from rotation to address a gameplay issue with ladders, and will return it to its rightful place in our next update.

Today’s Patch:

ALL PLATFORMS

General

  • Event
    • 2XP now live in Multiplayer and Zombies through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.

Blackout

  • Event
    • 2X Merits now live in Blackout through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.
  • Limited Time Mode
    • Close Quarters Frenzy (Quads) now live in Blackout through 10AM PT Monday, Dec. 17.
  • Character Missions
    • Increased the chances of finding a Character Mission item in a Zombies Stash.
    • Increased the number of Zombies Stashes that can include Character Mission items per match.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Lawyer gets in trouble with judge for not playing Call of Duty

In a lawsuit involving Activision’s Infinite Warfare title, a lawyer earned the disapproval of a jude for not playing enough Call of Duty.

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After failing to conduct proper research for an active lawsuit, a judge has irritatingly deemed that a lawyer has not played enough Call of Duty.

It’s safe to say most people assume that playing video games would have very little impact on proceedings in a courtroom. However, this specific lawsuit involving Activision and game developers Brooks Entertainment proves that with a little more Call of Duty experience embarrassment could have been avoided.

Of course, embarrassment is not the only thing that could have been avoided as there’s no doubt Brooks Entertainment spent a lot of time and money when they decided to sue Activision in 2021.

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According to legal intelligence news site JD Supra, The lawsuit involved a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare character who primarily appeared in the game’s campaign by the name of Sean Brooks. Brooks Entertainment alleged the likeness between Sean Brooks and their character Shon Brooks went beyond just similarly sounding names.

They claimed that “Shon Brooks and Sean Brooks both had unlimited resources and missiles; they bring thieves to justice; they traveled to Mars, and both games had scripted game battle scenes take place in a high fashion couture shopping center mall.”

Demonstrating a clear understanding of their source material, it didn’t take long for Activision to point out that several of the claims made in regards to the characters’ likeness were factually misrepresented.

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After an Activision lawyer played through Infinite Warfare’s campaign they declared: “it was immediately apparent to me that many (if not virtually all) of the factual allegations in the Complaint were not accurate.”

For starters, they pointed out that Sean Brooks is not the main character of Infinite Warfare as Brooks Entertainment alleged, and neither do they share any physical similarities. Furthermore, Sean Brooks does not take part in a scripted battle scene inside of a shopping mall as the plaintiffs suggested.

On July 12, 2022, the judge eventually agreed with Activision’s statement and dismissed the lawsuit. To make matters worse the judge also, “ordered the plaintiff’s counsel to reimburse Activision for the reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs that it incurred in the litigation.”

In a humiliating turn of events, the judge claimed that the “Plaintiff’s counsel could have easily verified these facts prior to filing the factually baseless Complaint, just as the Court easily verified them within the first hour and a half of playing the game.”

Not only can CoD fans appreciate that high-quality zinger from the court, but the lawsuit proved that not playing enough Call of Duty could be something you come to regret!


For more, check out everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2’s campaign mode.

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Call of Duty fans vote for their favorite Modern Warfare Campaign

The Modern Warfare CoD series has some memorable Campaigns, but which game does the community think offers the best experience?

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Call of Duty fans are voting for their favorite Modern Warfare campaign of all time, and it’s no surprise to see which titles are coming out on top.

With Modern Warfare 2 on the way, Call of Duty fans are feeling nostalgic. The community loves discussing and debating previous CoD titles, especially those who have been playing the games since the start.

Even younger fans who have fallen in love with modern CoD titles like Warzone, Modern Warfare (2019), and Black Ops Cold War may have gone back to the previous installments to see what the hype is about.

Regardless, most Call of Duty fans have their opinions about which game had the best Multiplayer, but what about the best Modern Warfare Campaign?

With four titles to choose from, our Twitter page asked fans to vote in a poll for their favorite campaign.

As of July 29, Modern Warfare 2 is in the lead with 49.3% of the votes, with Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty 4 coming in second and third respectively.

It’s no surprise to see the original MW2 winning the votes, as it has some of the most memorable Campaign moments in CoD history, such as the No Russian mission and the devastating death of Ghost.

Perhaps Modern Warfare 2 (2022) will take over its predecessor and become a fan favorite, as players may even get to play the Campaign earlier than expected.

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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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