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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 June 11 Update – Update on New Weapons, Contracts, And More

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The latest Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For PlayStation 4 users, Treyarch has added back the Alcatraz map to Blackout in Black Ops 4 with an updated layout and two new destinations for the map!

For Xbox One and PC users, the Days of Summer Seasonal Event, part of Operation Spectre Rising, is now live in-game! Free Grind MP map, a set of new weapons, new Blackout map updates, and more.

Treyarch has issued a blog post on Reddit providing fans with details on the new weapons (after a week of silence on this topic), a first look at Contracts, and the update notes for today’s update.

A Note on New Weapons

Before we get into today’s news, we’d like to touch on some of this past week’s updates, particularly the changes made to the Black Market. The team at Treyarch has been excited to bring so much new free content for the community with the Days of Summer mid-Operation update – our classic multiplayer map Grind, the new Community Challenge, more game modes including Ground War in Blackout and Capture the Flag in Multiplayer, new Zombies and Blackout updates and features, and new weapons and personalization content that can be earned through Contraband. We’ve also been following the recent discussions around weapons being introduced to Reserves.

Going forward, we’re actively planning to provide all players with new ways to earn weapons just by playing the game in any mode, including:

  • Our Community Challenge that unlocks the free, fully customizable Grav assault rifle, now live today for players on all platforms
  • Our upcoming Contracts system that will deliver in-game rewards for completing daily rotating challenges
  • A new path to earning more Reserves in all modes, including Zombies, Multiplayer, Blackout, and League Play
  • Additional earnable duplicate-protected Weapon Bribes that will become available in the future

We at the studio are always reading the many comments posted to social channels and we continue to incorporate player input into each update, so please keep your feedback coming to help us make the core gameplay experience the best it can be. Behind the scenes, we’re fixing bugs as they’re reported, we’re banning cheaters and griefers as they’re pointed out, and we’re always working on the next batch of free game content for a new update just around the corner. Thanks as always for your passion, honesty, and participation in this community. None of us would be doing this without your support.New Details on Contracts

As we mentioned earlier, Contracts are coming with our next major update in late June. In Black Ops 4’s Contracts system, players will be able to choose and complete more Contracts each day than ever before, with rotating daily challenges across every mode: MP, Blackout, Zombies, and League Play. Zombies players will also now be able to earn Reserves directly through the new Contracts system.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Contracts UI in the new After Action Report:

Watch for our official Contracts Blog next week with more details on how Contracts will work across all modes, with examples of Contract challenges and reward types coming to the feature later this month.

New Today in Black Ops 4

Today brings our free Days of Summer game content update to Xbox One and PC, plus the return of Alcatraz on PS4 with two new destinations on PS4, our new Barebones Objective Moshpit playlist in MP, updates to the MX9, S6 Stingray, Locus, and Ballistic Knife, as well as new gameplay and performance improvements thanks in part to reports from the community.

Our Community Challenge is now live on all platforms, continuing this week on PS4 and launching today on Xbox One and PC. Once the community completes 15 million matches collectively, everyone gets the Grav assault rifle in Multiplayer!

All players in Multiplayer now get access to the free Grind map, Capture the Flag, and our new Barebones Objective Moshpit playlist featuring classic Barebones gameplay in Domination, Control, Hardpoint, Safeguard, and Search and Destroy.

Blackout players on all platforms get new summer map updates in the main map including water balloons and coolers packed with Paint Can bundles, plus post-flood map changes, our new 50 v. 50 Ground War game mode, the new Attack Helicopter vehicle, and access to Outrider’s Hawk.

And in Zombies, say hello to the new “Labours of Hercules” Gauntlet, new Epic Elixirs, Gauntlet Leaderboards, and support for new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, and Grav assault rifle attachments. Check out the patch notes below for the all the details on what’s new across all modes.Alcatraz Returns with New Destinations on PS4

Alcatraz is back this week on PS4, and we’ve added two new destinations! On one side of the island, a multi-level Submarine has appeared, which might look familiar to fans of Icebreaker in MP. On the other end, a torn-apart Shipwreck has run ashore, allowing players to jump between different levels and fight at tilted angles. This offers new cover and vantage points toward the cliffs, with new gameplay options in the shallows between the main island and the small island.

On the island itself, one of the cell blocks has mysteriously vanished from the main Cellhouse, changing sightlines and creating a new open space in the center of the building. The roof is open to this area, creating a new landing point and new grappling and combat opportunities. This change also improves navigation and makes it easier for players to engage without sacrificing that close-quarters feel.

Onto the full list of what’s new since our last update:

  • Days of Summer game content now live in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies on all platforms:
    • Global: Community Challenge to unlock the free Grav assault rifle.
    • Multiplayer: Free Grind map, Capture the Flag, Barebones Objective Moshpit.
    • Blackout: Summer map updates, post-flood map update, Ground War, Attack Helicopter, Hawk.
    • Zombies: “Labours of Hercules” Gauntlet, new Epic Elixirs, Gauntlet Leaderboards, new weapon support, Grav assault rifle attachment support, new Mastercraft support, new MKII Weapon support.
  • Submarine and Shipwreck destinations added to Alcatraz in Blackout (PS4).
  • Hot Pursuit returns to Blackout on Xbox One and PC.
  • Barebones Objective Moshpit added on all platforms in Multiplayer.
  • Closed exploitable areas in Grind and Arsenal.
  • Improvements to Best Play and Killcam in Capture the Flag.
  • Restricted the Vendetta sniper rifle in Bolt-Action Barebones.
  • Headshots with the Vendetta are now one-shot kills.
  • Enabled Mastery Camos on the Locus.
  • Adjusted the Operator Mod damage on the S6 Stingray.
  • Lowered the camo unlock requirements for the Ballistic Knife.
  • Various performance improvements for Ground War in Blackout.
  • Gameplay improvements for “Labours of Hercules” Gauntlet in Zombies.

BLACKOUT

  • Alcatraz
    • Submarine and Shipwreck destinations added to the map.
    • The roof has been removed from the center of the main Cellhouse building with new strategic landing and grappling opportunities.
  • Featured Playlists (June 11-18)
    • Ground War
    • Alcatraz
    • Solo
    • Duos
    • Quads

MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists (June 11-14)
    • Barebones Objective Moshpit
    • Capture the Flag
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • Prop Hunt
    • Infected

GLOBAL

  • Community Challenge
    • Grav assault rifle available to all players in Multiplayer after the Community Challenge of completing 15 million public matches has been achieved.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Free Map
    • Grind
      • The classic Black Ops 2 skatepark map is now in rotation, free for all players.
  • Game Modes
    • Capture the Flag
      • Capture the Flag now live as Featured Playlist.
      • First team to capture 3 flags in a round, or the team that has the most captures at the end of a round, wins the round.
      • First team to win 2 rounds wins the match.
      • In Overtime, the first team to capture the enemy’s flag will set the time to beat, and sides will switch. The opposing team must capture the flag faster to win.
  • New Weapons
    • Multiplayer support added for new weapons:
      • Grav assault rifle
      • Peacekeeper assault rifle
      • Vendetta sniper rifle
      • Locus sniper rifle
      • S6 Stingray tactical rifle
      • Ballistic Knife special weapon
  • Featured Playlists (June 11-14)
    • Xbox One
      • Capture the Flag
      • Barebones Objective Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Prop Hunt
      • Infected
    • PC
      • Capture the Flag
      • Barebones Objective Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt

BLACKOUT

  • Summer Map Updates
    • New summer foliage and lighting added to main map.
    • Coolers added throughout the map containing Paint Can bundle rewards.
    • Throwable Water Balloons added throughout the map.
    • BBQ-themed parties, balloons, yard flamingos, flags, and pool floats added to various locations throughout the map.
  • Post-Flood Map Updates
    • Flood water has receded.
    • Hydro Dam now under reconstruction.
    • Factory now under repair.
    • Cargo Docks now restored with new layout changes.
    • Hijacked relocated to Nuketown Island cove.
  • Game Modes
    • Ground War
      • Massive battle with two teams of up to 50 players on each side.
      • Each team has an opposing flight path. Choose to jump with your team, or try to get behind enemy lines early on.
      • Each match starts with a collapsed play space to get into the action faster.
      • More loot spawns throughout the map and ammo drops are doubled.
      • “Down But Not Out” redeploys enabled.
      • Escalating redeploy loadouts enabled.
      • Players can revive downed players in their squad and teammates not in their immediate squad.
      • Friendly fire disabled.
  • Vehicles
    • Attack Helicopter
      • Helicopter equipped with two heavy turrets designed for combat added to the main map.
  • Equipment
    • Hawk
      • Outrider’s Hawk now available to scout for enemies. Cannot be parked in mid-air.
  • Weapons
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
  • Coward’s Way Out
    • Players can now you can hold the USE button to reduce the time spent downed in redeploy modes.
  • Featured Playlists
    • Xbox One (June 11-18)
      • Ground War
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads
    • PC (June 11-14)
      • Ground War
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Solo

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • “Labours of Hercules”
      • New Gauntlet now available for “Ancient Evil” featuring 30 unique challenges.
  • New Elixirs
    • Perkaholic
      • Receive all Loadout Perks and six random extra Perks that are not in your loadout. Cannot stack with itself.
      • Activates immediately.
    • Near Death Experience
      • Revive or be revived, simply by being near other players. Revived players keep all Loadout Perks after being revived.
      • Activates immediately (lasts 10 minutes or 5 revives).
    • Reign Drops
      • Spawns one of each of the nine core power-ups.
      • Instant activation.
    • Shopping Free
      • All purchases are free.
      • Activates immediately (lasts 1 minute).
  • Weapons
    • Support added for S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, and Ballistic Knife.
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
    • Support added for new Mastercraft weapons.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Barebones Objective Moshpit
      • Barebones game mode featuring Domination, Control, Hardpoint, Safeguard, and Search and Destroy, now live on all platforms.
    • Capture the Flag
      • Made improvements to Best Play and Killcam.
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Restricted the Vendetta sniper rifle.
  • Heist
    • Closed an exploit during the Buy phase.
  • Maps
    • Grind
      • Closed missing collision in the circular stairwell.
    • Arsenal
      • Closed an exploit that could allow players to get under the map.
  • Weapons
    • S6 Stingray
      • Lowered damage from the S6 Stingray Operator Mod, particularly against the Safeguard robot.
    • Ballistic Knife
      • Slowed projectile velocity.
      • Added pronounced ballistic arc.
      • Adjusted Gas Powered attachment.
    • Vendetta
      • Headshots with the Vendetta are now one-shot kills.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Resolved a UI error that occurred when attaching optics.
    • MX9 attachments are now visible in the front end and can be taken in-game.
    • Enabled Mastery Camos for the Locus once unlocked.
    • Lowered the camo unlock requirements for the Ballistic Knife.
    • “Crown” and “Anchors Away” reticles can now be used in-game.

BLACKOUT

  • Ground War
    • Wins are now properly counted in the Barracks.
    • Various performance and stability improvements.
  • Equipment
    • Hawk
      • Players can no longer deploy the Hawk while prone.
    • Barricade
      • Barricades will no longer disappear after 60 seconds.
  • Coward’s Way Out
    • Coward’s Way Out HUD will no longer persist into the end-game flow.
    • Players can no longer take the Coward’s Way Out when being downed while reviving another player.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • “Labours of Hercules”
      • Resolved an issue that could lock players out of the Pack-a-Punch.
      • Various stability fixes.
  • Camos
    • Addressed an issue that could allow the Plasma Drive Reactive Camo to revert to its base camo form.
  • UI
    • Addressed a UI error that could sometimes occur in the Select Reticle menu.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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

aloy riding mount in horizon forbidden west

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.

For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay with us at Charlie INTEL!

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