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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 March 29 Update – 2XP, And More

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The latest Game Settings Update is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 across platforms, bringing 2XP for the weekend and some bug fixes.

Here’s the details on the update:

Between Barebones in MP, “Ancient Evil” in Zombies, Hardcore in Blackout, and this week’s new ranks in League Play, there’s a whole lot to celebrate in Black Ops 4 this week, and we’re kicking off the weekend the best way we know how.

2XP + 2X Merits Weekend

Now live through 10AM Monday, April 1, players on all platforms get the following:

  • 2XP in Multiplayer
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP in League Play
  • 2X Merits in Blackout

Go forth and rank up!

Weapon Tuning: Rampart and Saug 9mm

The Rampart has been slightly overperforming in its weapon class lately, so we’ve got some tuning changes in this update. Damage per shot has been reduced a bit from 46 to 40, High Caliber shots do 70 damage per hit to parts of the body affected by High Caliber, and ADS-in speed has been slightly reduced to better balance the Rampart against the rest of the assault rifles in the current meta.

We’ve also slightly increased the 6-shot range on the Saug 9mm SMG, and for those OCD players running the Daemon 3XB with iron sights, we’ve realigned a couple of pixels to make it 100% dead-center. Yeah, it was bothering us too.

Read below for the rest of today’s updates, including a fix for Reactive Camos in Custom Games, restored Dart functionality, several stability and gameplay improvements in “Ancient Evil” for Zombies players, and more.

  • 2XP + 2X Merits Weekend now live on all platforms.
  • Weapon tuning for Rampart and Saug 9mm.
  • Fix for Dart functionality in Multiplayer.
  • Unwrapped Reactive Camos now longer show as wrapped in Custom Games.
  • Various gameplay improvements and stability fixes in Zombies.

General

  • 2XP Weekend
    • Now live through 10AM PT Monday, April 1:
      • 2XP in Multiplayer
      • 2XP in Zombies
      • 2XP in League Play
      • 2X Merits in Blackout

Multiplayer

  • Weapons
    • Rampart
      • Adjusted damage per shot from 46 to 40.
      • High Caliber I-II shots deal 70 damage when hitting parts of the body affected by High Caliber.
      • Slightly reduced ADS-in speed.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Slightly increased 6-shot range.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Iron sights are now properly centered.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Dart
      • Addressed an issue where the Dart could self-destruct when maneuvering quickly around the map.
  • Reactive Camos
    • Addressed an issue that would show an unwrapped Reactive Camos as wrapped in Custom Games.
  • Barebones
    • After Action Report now properly appears after Hardcore Barebones matches.
  • Friendly Fire
    • 20-second respawn penalty now occurs after a 5th teamkill in Hardcore and League Play matches.
  • Stability
    • Fixed various potential crashes.

Blackout

  • Quick Equip Menu
    • Quick Equip Menu scroll behavior now works as intended when using alternate button layout settings.
  • UI
    • Added game type information to the map loading screen.
  • Low-Population Playlists
    • Featured Playlist set to Hardcore.
    • Rotating playlist set to Solos.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when the host quits a Custom Match after deployment after having been in a previous Custom Match that was played to completion.

Zombies

  • Perks
    • Added individual sound FX when equipping Perks.
    • Addressed an issue where Stone Cold Stronghold prevented the player from acquiring an armor buff from Special Weapons.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Fixed a potential crash that could occur when using the Zombshell Perk.
  • Ancient Evil
    • Wonder Weapons
      • Hand of Gaia’s charged shot now always kills zombies in one shot.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Addressed an issue where zombies would cease to spawn if a player started the “Light” step during the Main Quest.
      • Addressed an issue where players were able to Fast Travel during defense in Rush Mode.
      • Addressed an issue where the Objective Marker would remain visible during the defend moment.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when both the player and a bot were downed during the Sentinel Artifact event.
      • Addressed an issue where being revived during the Boss Fight with “Join the Party” caused players to lose functionality.
    • Stability
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when interacting with the statues during the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur while playing as Shaw during “Blood” step of the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected while auto-reviving.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected during the Wonder Weapon upgrade quest.
      • Fixed a potential crash caused by Wonder Weapon FX impact.

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CoD community split as players reveal the worst ever Call of Duty game

Call of Duty players were asked to reveal which game they believe to be the franchise’s worst and the results were far from unanimous.

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CoD fans usually have passionate opinions when it comes to debating the franchise’s best game, but the same could be said when the community was asked to reveal the worst Call of Duty game ever.

As Vanguard’s cycle slowly comes to a close with Season 5 on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some nostalgia and look back through the years of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty has been around for so long that most players will have significantly different answers when asked what their favorite or least favorite CoD game is.

This was exactly the case as the CharlieIntel Twitter account asked players from the Call of Duty community to reveal their first played, most recent, best, and worst Call of Duty title of all time.

While the replies revealed that most players view Black Ops 2 or Black Ops 3 as the best Call of Duty game ever made, the same cannot be said for their opinion of the franchise’s worst game.

The replies for the “Worst Call of Duty” section were varied but a trend did begin to appear after a couple thousand responses. It seems most players opted for Vanguard as the worst game the franchise has put forth.

There’s no doubt that some recency bias likely impacted these results, but Vanguard has been one of the most hated Call of Duty games ever made. Despite being fresh in peoples’ minds, the game has come under fire for being a mess since it was released.

Vanguard seemed to be the most popular answer, but it failed to grasp a majority vote as players consistently spread their answers between a few titles. 2019’s Modern Warfare was another popular choice.

The game is notably polarizing as most either loved it or hated it. Some players sunk countless hours into the game as its multiplayer kept CoD fans busy throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, competitive players and content creators shared a disdain for the game’s core mechanics.

Aside from Modern Warfare 2019, and Vanguard, Call of Duty: Ghosts, WWII, and Infinite Warfare were also quite popular responses. With WWII and Vanguard being two boots-on-the-ground WWII-era CoD games, it seems players don’t take kindly to this style and setting.

Only time will tell if the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 2 will have a strong enough impact on players to eventually become a valid answer for this CoD questionnaire. Of course, Infinity Ward will be hoping it improves on its predecessor and makes its way to the “Best” side of the debate.


For more, check out how Dr Disrespect was not impressed by the graphics shown in Modern Warfare 2’s Farm 18 map reveal.

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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors

Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.

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Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.

Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.

As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.

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“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.

Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.

“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.

There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.

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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art

Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.

While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.

Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.

Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.

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The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.

Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”

Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.

This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.

Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.

But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.

The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.


Modern Warfare 2 brings a fully-fledged campaign that will reportedly arrive ahead of the full game’s launch, so be sure to check out everything we know about the single-player.

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