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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Nov 15 Update Notes

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Treyarch has provided the latest update details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. A new patch update rolled out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

From Treyarch: 

Our latest title update to Black Ops 4 has arrived on PC, with a long list of changes exclusive to PC joining changes included in this week’s global update. Unique gameplay balance updates are made on PC separately from their console counterparts, and the team takes the time needed to ensure each meta is adjusted accordingly. Check out the PC section below for what’s included just for PC players, as these notes cover multiple updates over the past 24 hours, including what’s coming in today’s newest update.

We’ve also made a handful of gameplay and quality-of-life improvements across all modes on all platforms, including improved melee attack hit registration and exploit fixes in Multiplayer, as well as several more crash fixes and gameplay issue resolutions in Zombies. These include improved stability across all Zombies maps and numerous updates to IX and Blood of the Dead.

This week in Zombies, we’ve introduced a modifier to the Perk system (lovingly known as “Speed Cola” in previous games) that increases weapon reload speed. In Black Ops 4, this modifier adds a +33% reload speed improvement. When combined with Fast Mags/Hybrid Mags, it will have a combined effect of a 50% increase, which is the same as the highest increase in previous games. This preserves the role of these weapon attachments in creating the quickest-handling guns in each weapon class. Additionally, we wanted to ensure the reload modifiers from certain Pack-a-Punch versions of weapons are still meaningful, which stack with the “Speed Cola” new tuning values. As always, we will continue to monitor game balance and continue to make adjustments as necessary.

Global Updates:

Multiplayer

  • Gameplay
    • Improved melee attack hit registration. More improvements to come in an upcoming patch.
    • Added enemy attachment information to Killcam.
    • Resolved an issue where players leaving a match shortly after joining could cause a white square to appear in the Scoreboard.
  • Create-a-Class
    • Closed an exploit that allowed players to apply Dark Matter, Gold, or Diamond Camos on any weapon regardless of camo progress.
    • Resolved an issue where players with Signature Weapons could encounter UI Error 55068 when selecting a weapon under another Custom Class tab.
  • CWL Custom Games
    • General
      • Specialist Equipment restrictions are now implemented as intended.
      • Players now continue to earn score toward Scorestreaks after the first round of CWL Search & Destroy and CWL Control.
    • Torque
      • Torque is no longer selectable in CWL Search & Destroy to align with current official CWL ruleset. These changes will continue to be tested and reviewed for viability in competitive play.
      • Torque’s Razor Wire no longer does damage to align with current official CWL ruleset.
      • Resolved an issue where players could become stuck and unable to move when walking into an enemy Torque’s Razor Wire.
  • Maps
    • Nuketown
      • Closed an exploit where players could grapple on top of the red shed.
    • Firing Range
      • Closed a cover exploit on top of some sandbags.
  • Scorestreaks
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when shooting down the Care Package, Mantis, or Strike Team Helicopters.
  • Modes
    • Gun Game
      • Resolved an issue in Gun Game where winning a match, then leaving the lobby before the next game starts, could cause that player’s name to appear on the next game’s Scoreboard with stats from the previous game.
  • Challenges
    • EKIA tracking has been added for Domination and Control to the “Proactive Measures” Challenge requirements in the Game Heroics category.

Zombies

  • Stability
    • Global
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player disconnected while the Chakram was thrown.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when the Blightfather performed its tracking missile attack.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while using Anywhere But Here.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur while using the Chakram throw.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur upon Homunculus death.
    • IX
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when fighting the Destroyer during the Main Quest.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur upon completing the Arena Rock side quest.
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when enemies spawned during the Ra obelisk step in the Main Quest.
  • General
    • Resolved an issue in Blood of the Dead where ambient music would abruptly stop and restart when progressing through rounds.
    • Closed an exploit where players could use certain Elixirs without consuming them.

Blackout

  • Characters
    • Updated descriptions for Ranger, Airborne, Frogman, Seal, and Battle Hardened characters to clarify that they are unlocked by progressing to a specific Echelon.
  • General
    • Miscellaneous
      • Resolved an issue where attempting to load a custom Paintjob could cause a UI Error message to appear.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching between modes.
      • Fist Bump returned to the Gestures menu.
      • Resolved an issue where the Daily Tier Skip icon could appear misaligned in the main menu.
    • Black Market
      • Resolved an issue where current Tier progress could be reset by acquiring a Special Order.
      • Resolved an issue where the Black Market menu could disappear when switching between the Multiplayer and Zombies menus.

Exclusive Changes to PC, in addition to balance changes and fixes from this week’s global update and the changes listed above:

General

  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash occurring on CPUs that don’t support SSE4.1 instructions extension. This issue was affecting AMD Phenom CPUs.
    • Fixed a rare crash during the first seconds after launching the game.
  • Gameplay
    • Added three new keybinds for Stance Up, Stance Up/Jump, and Stance Down.
    • Added a gameplay option for ADS sensitivity trigger timing.
    • Added a gameplay option to remove hitmarker visual and/or sound.
    • Added an option to toggle Asus Aura RGB effects On or Off.
    • Adjusted iron sights and scope movement while turning to make them appear close to the center of the screen.
    • Fixed an issue where the Push to Talk keybind would not work with an overlay opened.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Resolved an issue where the player could not name Paintjobs.
    • Fixed an issue where the player could not change reticle color with the mouse.
    • Added visual improvements on tooltips throughout various menus.
    • New messages will now always be displayed in the chat box, including callouts.
    • Aligned buttons in the Custom Games lobby.

Multiplayer

  • General
    • Resolved an issue with re-rolling enemy Care Packages with the Engineer Perk.
    • Resolved an issue where a Specialist would appear in the preview slot when no Specialist was selected during the Specialist draft.
    • Resolved a visual issue in Heist where the close button would remain on screen when closing the Buy menu with the ESC key.
    • Resolved an issue where the textures would appear pitch black for several seconds at the beginning of a match.

Weapons

  • SMGs
    • Saug 9mm
      • Hip fire spread increased.
    • Spitfire
      • Hip fire spread increased.
      • Slightly reduced the hip-fire bonus granted by the Laser Sight attachment.
    • Cordite
      • Hip-fire spread increased.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Slightly increased rate of fire.
    • ABR 223
      • Reduced delay between each burst.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Paladin HB50
      • High Caliber I – Added shoulders to the one-shot kill zone.
      • High Caliber II – Now grants a one-shot kill to the stomach and above. Hands and lower arms have been removed from the one-shot one kill zone.
      • Fixed an issue where the game was not using the PC description for the Paladin and its attachments.

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Added a keybind to tag an item.
    • Added Perk activation feedback in the player HUD.
    • Pressing the Interact key will now close the Stash while looting a Stash.
    • Resolved an issue where players could use a Trauma Kit before the game began to start with 200 Health.
    • Resolved an issue where the “Toggle” healing would heal faster than the “Hold” option.
    • Resolved an issue where the Free Look mode would make it impossible to move the RC-XD.
  • Stability
    • Fixed a crash occurring when aiming down sights using a Hades equipped with a 2x scope.

Here’s what Treyarch is working on for PC players:

  • Left arrow to navigate through Custom Classes in the Create-a-Class menu is missing.
    • Players can still change tabs by using the “Navigate to Previous Tab” and “Navigate to Next Tab” keybinds.
  • Hitmarker options are not always set to their default value when launching the game.
    • New options were introduced to allow the player to remove the visuals and/or audio for hitmarkers. If you wish the enable them, you will find the following options in the Interface tab in the Options menu:
      • Hitmarker Visuals
      • Hitmarker Sound Effect
      • Damage-Based Hitmarkers

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

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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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