Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 across platforms, alongside providing a peak at what’s coming this weekend to the game in a new Reddit post.
The new update brings improvements and bug fixes to all modes, alongside Treyarch provided a preview of the next major update, which is coming on March 26.
Here’s the full details, directly from Treyarch:
MP DLC Free Access Weekend + 2XP/2X Merits/2X Tiers Starts Tomorrow
Starting at 10AM PT tomorrow through 10AM PT Monday, March 18, all Black Ops 4 players get free access to all four current Black Ops Pass Multiplayer maps: Elevation, Madagascar, Casino, and Lockup! To celebrate, we’re also turning on 2XP in Multiplayer, 2XP in Zombies, 2X Merits in Blackout, and 2X Tier Progression for players on all platforms this weekend. Grab your friends, jump in, and rank up.
Gameplay Improvements and Stability Fixes
In today’s game settings update, we’ve addressed various issues that could occur when using Outrider’s Hawk, disabled the UAV sweep voiceover in One in the Chamber (it was getting a little too spammy after long sessions), added match quit penalty notifications to League Play, made various stability improvements to Multiplayer and Blackout, implemented gameplay improvements for our new “Hellcatraz” Gauntlet in Zombies on PS4, and more.
In Blackout, we’ve reduced the damage and range of the Purifier, and reduced the amount of fire resistance provided by the Reinforced Perk. We’re also aware of an issue with increased friendly player collision in Multiplayer and are working on a fix as we speak. Stay tuned for further updates.
Shamrock & Awe Details
Our Shamrock & Awe seasonal event continues in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies on PS4 and kicks off on Xbox One and PC next week, running through the month of March. This year’s Shamrock & Awe event delivers fun new thematic in-game experiences across all modes, including:
- St. Patrick’s Stockpile
- This event brings a new game mode with Stockpile, inspired by Black Ops 3’s Fracture with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Bank enemy shamrocks and deposit them at the nearest pot of gold to claim victory.
- Contraband Hurricane
- We’re always looking to deliver fun new takes on our MP maps as we ramp up to the next Operation’s drop of new DLC maps, and Contraband Hurricane offers a distinct stormy weather variant of one of our favorite maps. Contraband Hurricane is available free to all players with this update.
- St. Patrick’s Stockpile
- Seasonal Map Makeover
- A new springtime update has arrived in Blackout, including all-new lighting, upgraded dynamic grass, green-colored smoke, and other St. Patrick’s Day-themed changes.
- Pot-o-Gold Stashes
- Treasures await those who find the Pot-o-Gold stashes hidden throughout Blackout during the event. If you spot one, it’s your lucky day!
- Homunculus Leprechaun Hoards
- If you’re clever enough to track down one of these little guys dancing a jig out there, attack him and swipe his loot! As the old saying goes, leprechauns love tactical weapons with maxed-out attachments.
- Seasonal Map Makeover
- Green-Eyed Zombies
- Those fancy eyes aren’t just for show. Look for these special zombies in Classic Chaos story maps during the event to uncover a special reward…
- New Seasonal Easter Egg
- Follow the rainbow to unlock a St. Patrick’s Day surprise.
- Green-Eyed Zombies
- Free Personalization Items:
- “Precious” Gesture
- All players unlock a new St. Patrick’s Day-themed Gesture by logging in during Shamrock & Awe.
- “Shamrock & Awe” Animated Calling Card
- Get your free seasonal animated Calling Card when you log in while the event is active.
- “Precious” Gesture
Let us know your thoughts on St. Patrick’s Stockpile, Contraband Hurricane, our newest seasonal Blackout updates, and your latest adventures in Zombies! Our next major game update is just around the corner when Shamrock & Awe wraps up, including our next Black Ops 4 Zombies map, new MP game modes, an all-new Blackout experience, and much more.
CWL Fort Worth Kicks Off Tomorrow
Tune into CWL Fort Worth this weekend to watch 16 Pro League teams + up to 256 amateur teams compete at our second CWL open event of the 2019 season. The numbers are in, and CWL Fort Worth is already projected to be one of the highest-attended CWL events of all time!
Watch the action unfold all weekend long: twitch.tv/callofduty
Read on below for the patch notes on what’s new since our last update:
- Addressed various issues when using Outrider’s Hawk.
- Addressed POV issues during Killcam for kills with the Thresher.
- Disabled UAV sweep voiceover in One in the Chamber.
- Added match quit penalty notification to League Play.
- Reduced damage over time and range of Purifier in Blackout.
- Reduced Reinforced Perk damage mitigation against fire in Blackout.
- Gameplay improvements for “Hellcatraz” Gauntlet in Zombies.
- Stability improvements in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.
- Various improvements and bug fixes across all modes.
The following updates are now live on consoles, with PC to follow:
- Game Modes
- One in the Chamber
- Disabled “downlinking enemy data” radar sweep voiceover.
- Addressed an issue that could cause EKIAs from properly registering in Heist.
- One in the Chamber
- Addressed an issue preventing Stim Shot use after using the Hawk.
- Addressed an issue causing a double reticle to appear when using the Sparrow, then the Hawk.
- Addressed an issue that caused the Killcam for the Thresher to display the incorrect point of view.
- Custom Games
- Addressed an issue that could prevent Equipment cooldown from functioning properly in Custom Games.
- Addressed a text overlap issue in the lobby in the map voting area.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when using Mesh Mines in certain cases.
- Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred while playing Stockpile with bots.
World League Hub
- Added red penalty text to the Quit Match popup to clearly indicate new match quit penalty.
- Updated the World League Rank Calling Card description to include the card’s rank.
- Reduced damage over time.
- Reduced range.
- Reduced Reinforced Perk fire resistance.
- Recon Car
- Resolved a UI error that could occur when activating a Recon Car.
- Grapple Gun
- Resolved an issue causing players to hold the Grapple Gun with the wrong hand when viewed in third-person.
- Recon Car
- Addressed an issue that prevented Echelon images from appearing in the Merit Report screen.
- Removed erroneous description text for the Medic Perk that referenced faster healing.
- Addressed an issue that prevented the Spectate button from functioning on the Elimination screen until Skip had been pressed.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when loading into Blackout in splitscreen**.**
- Host Migration
- Addressed various issues relating to having an active timer up when host migration occurred during a Gauntlet match.
- Addressed an issue causing AI to not target players after a host migration while loading into a map.
- Addressed a UI error that occurred when entering the Personalize Menu of the Armory for weapons that are disabled in the Edit Game Rules Menu.
- Addressed an issue that caused a progress bar from appearing when throwing Equipment.
- Blood of the Dead
- Fixed a rare crash that could occur when the player killed themselves inside the Acid Trap.
- Fixed a rare crash that could occur when certain visual effects were attached to the player.
- Dead of the Night
- Fixed a rare crash that could occur during the Stake Knife Quest.
- Blood of the Dead
- Addressed an issue that prevented a user that was previously a party host from entering game modes that could not be entered with the previous party.
The following updates are now live on PS4, with other platforms to follow:
- Game Modes
- Fixed a rare crash that could occur when leaving a Stockpile match that is in progress.
- Resolved an issue that caused the drop-off location to appear as a black square on 4k displays.
- Game Modes
- Adjusted text on the Elimination Screen to indicate the proper game type.
- Addressed an issue causing zombies to rarely not spawn in appropriately on Round 12.
- Addressed an issue causing zombies to rarely stop spawning if the player moved quickly through the Catwalk zone.
- Added additional UI feedback on the HUD when players attempt to shoot without reloading first during the “Load of Nonsense” challenge.
- Added additional UI feedback on the HUD when players attempt to shoot without jumping during the “Jump Shot” challenge.
- Black Market
- Free “Shamrock & Awe Calling Card” will no longer become unequipped after restarting the game.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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.
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
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.
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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.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
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.
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.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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