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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – Patch 1.13 now LIVE on PC

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Patch 1.13, which went live on consoles earlier this week, has now arrived on PC. The update includ weapon changes to both multiplayer and Blackout and many PC-specific fixes and balance patches. Operation Heist will arrive on PC next Tuesday along with new content.

To find out more features included in the upcoming Operation Heist for PC, you can read these articles:

The entirety of patch notes can be found below:

Patch Notes:

Feb. 21 Update: World League Hub & League Play Launch Today on PS4 / PC 1.13 Update Live / Additional Weapon Support in Zombies (PS4) : Blackops4

The following updates are live today in PC with our 1.13 update:

Multiplayer

Weapons

  • Assault Rifles
    • ICR-7
      • [PC only] Improved ADS sway.
      • [PC only] Improved hip-fire accuracy.
    • Rampart 17
      • [PC only] Improved ADS sway.
      • [PC only] Improved hip-fire accuracy.
      • Increased max damage range from 37.6 yards to 41.6 yards.
    • KN-57
      • [PC only] Improved ADS sway.
      • [PC only] Improved hip-fire accuracy.
      • Increased max damage range from 15.2 yards to 17.3.
    • VAPR-XKG
      • Increased 5-hit kill range from 34.7 yards to 50 yards.
      • Increased ADS idle to sway less.
    • Maddox RFB
      • [PC only] Improved ADS sway.
      • [PC only] Improved hip-fire accuracy.
      • Adjusted recoil stability in first 5 shots in bullet pattern.
      • Echo Fire Operator Mod: Improved recoil stability.
      • Quickdraw: Reduced ADS-in speed.
      • Quickdraw II: Reduced ADS-in speed.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • ELO: Reduced recoil stability.
  • Submachine Guns
    • MX9
      • [PC only] Improved damage by adding 5-hit kill range out to 7.6 yards.
      • Increased 5-hit kill range from 5.5 yards to 7.6 yards.
      • Improved ADS-in speed.
    • GKS
      • [PC only] Improved damage by adding 5-hit kill range out to 5.5 yards.
    • Spitfire
      • [PC only] Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
      • Reduced max damage Range from 9.7 yards to 7.6 yards.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Extended Mags: Reduced magazine size.
      • Fast Mags: Reduced reload speed enhancement.
    • Cordite
      • [PC only] Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
      • Belt-Fed Operator Mod: Reduced overheat cooldown speed.
      • Grip: Reduced recoil stability.
    • Saug 9mm
      • [PC only] Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
      • Reduced sprint-out speed (now the same as most other SMGs).
      • Reduced base move speed (now the same as other SMGs).
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Stock II: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Grip: Reduced recoil stability.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • [PC only] Improved hip-fire accuracy.
      • Increased max damage range from 6.9 yards to 9 yards.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Improved ADS move speed.
      • Increased firing speed.
      • Double Tap Operator Mod: Improved firing time between shots.
    • ABR 223
      • Improved ADS move speed.
      • Improved sprint-out speed.
    • Swordfish
      • [PC only] Improved burst delay, allowing for faster sustained fire rate.
      • Improved ADS move speed.
      • Quickdraw II: Improved ADS-in speed.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • Titan
      • Reduced flinch resistance when being hit.
      • Reduced max damage from 46 to 38.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
    • Hades
      • [PC only] Cross Bar Operator Mod: Reduced hip-fire spread accuracy.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Paladin HB50
      • [PC only] Improved rechamber speed (same as console).
    • Outlaw
      • [PC only] Quickdraw: Improved ADS-in speed.
      • [PC only] Bolt Cylinder Operator Mod: Reduced fire rate.
      • [PC only] Fixed a bug that allowed extra damage to the neck when using the Recon Optic.
    • Koshka
      • [PC only] Improved rechamber speed (same as console).
      • Improved ADS sway.
  • Pistols
    • RK 7 Garrison
      • Improved all damage ranges.
  • Shotguns
    • MOG 12
      • Dragon’s Breath Operator Mod: Now does 1 quick blast of fire damage instead of damage-over time. This increases its one-hit-kill potential at certain close ranges, and is especially effective when paired with Choke Barrel.
      • Increased max damage range from 3.75 yards to 4.1 yards.
      • Quickdraw: Improved ADS-in speed.
    • SG12
      • Strobe Light Operator Mod: Reduced luminosity on visual light effect.

Specialists

  • Seraph
    • [PC only] Improved responsiveness in the respawn menu when Tac-Deploy is available.
  • Prophet
    • Seeker
      • Greatly reduced Seeker’s hitpoints, it can now be destroyed with 1 bullet.
      • Reduced detection range against enemies with Cold Blooded.
  • Ajax
    • 9-Bang
      • Reduced visual opacity of screen flash when hit by 9-Bang.
      • Players will no longer raise their hand when flashed if they have Tactical Mask.
      • Players can now change stances while flashed.
  • General
    • Active Specialist Weapons now lose all cooldown on round change (as opposed to partial loss previously).

Equipment

  • Frag Grenade
    • Increased damage.
  • Concussion Grenade
    • Players can now stun themselves with their own Concussion Grenade.
    • Players will no longer raise their hands when affected by a Concussion grenade if they have Tactical Mask.

Gear

  • Acoustic Sensor
    • Reduced the ranges at which Acoustic Sensor can detect enemies.
    • Reduced the ranges at which enemies with Dead Silence are detected.

Perks

  • Tactical Mask
    • Player now recovers faster after being hit by Tempest.
    • Players will no longer raise their hand when flashed by the 9-Bang.
    • No longer provides fire or radiation resistance.
  • Flak Jacket
    • Fire and radiation resistance moved from Tactical Mask to Flak Jacket.
    • Improved Flak Jacket resistance to radiation and burn.
  • Cold Blooded
    • Reduced the range at which an enemy Seeker can detect the player with this Perk.

Scorestreaks

  • Dart
    • Improved mobility when using the Dart’s boost.
  • Lightning Strike
    • Reduced the delay between targeting locations and the jets arriving.
  • Sentry
    • Increased damage.
    • Increased the time that the Sentry will remember a target after losing line of sight.
    • Increased the range at which the Sentry will detect an enemy within a 360-degree radius.
  • Drone Squad
    • Increased damage.
  • Sniper’s Nest
    • Increased number of rockets required to destroy the Sniper’s Nest by 1.
  • Mantis
    • Increased explosive damage radius.
  • Thresher
    • Increased chain gun explosive radius and damage.
    • Increased health of vehicle to balance damage dealt from an enemy with FMJ II.
  • Strike Team
    • Increased awareness radius.
    • Increased health regeneration rate of Strike Team members.
  • General
    • Scorestreak teamkills will no longer count towards the teamkill kick limit in modes with friendly fire enabled.

Miscellaneous

  • General
    • Players can now change stances when flashed or concussed.
    • Addressed an issue that would restart a rechamber on some weapons when using a piece of Equipment.
    • Addressed an issue where first-person screen effects would not stop after the player died.
    • Addressed an issue that would let player names show through the Ice Pick when active.
    • Addressed an issue where hacked Equipment would sometimes not show the hacked effect.
    • Addressed an issue where Create-a-Class slots unlocked through Prestiging would have non-functional Equipment slots.
    • Closed an exploit allowing players to throw multiple Seekers when interacting with a Care Package.
  • Weapon Customization
    • Addressed an issue where Reactive Camos could unwrap to a stage other than the starting stage.
    • Addressed an issue where the Clan Tag and Kill Counter could reset when restarting the game.
    • Addressed an issue with displaying Reactive Camos and Mastercrafts on secondary weapons during the Specialist Draft.
  • Game Modes
    • Heist
      • Addressed an issue where buying max ammo for the Hellion Salvo launcher would not fill the player’s ammo.
  • Custom Games
    • Addressed an issue where players were able to enter a match with another player’s Specialist Weapon and Equipment if Specialist Draft was disabled.

Blackout

Inventory Management Update

  • Inventory system now shows both weapons simultaneously.
  • Players can now view and manage attachments on both weapons in the inventory at once for faster and more convenient weapon management on the fly.

Merit System Update

  • Merit scoring has increased x10 from the previous model (for example, kills now award 100 Merits instead of 10), with progression also scaling x10 to match.
  • Merits are now awarded for a wider range of situations and final match placements, particularly in Solo and Duo matches.
  • This means that while players won’t necessarily rank up faster than before, there are now more opportunities to earn Merits without placing in the top 15 in Solos or top 10 in Duos.

Armor Tuning

  • Increased Level 1 Armor damage mitigation to 25%.
  • Increased Level 2 Armor damage mitigation to 35%.
  • Increased Level 3 Armor melee damage mitigation to 50%.
  • Reduced number of Armor Plates to fully repair Level 3 Armor from 10 to 5.

Gameplay

  • Swap and Attach
    • Players can now swap weapons and attach all compatible weapon attachments on pickup with the “Swap and Attach” option.
  • Inventory
    • Added the ability to immediately equip health/Equipment upon pickup.
    • Added the ability to swap health items and Equipment from the ground if the player’s inventory is full.
    • Added empty Armor Plate and Paint Can item representations to the player’s inventory to function more similarly to ammo.
    • Ammo will show up as grayed out in Stashes if the player has max ammo.
  • Quick Equip Menu
    • Duplicate items no longer show up in the Quick Equip menu. Instead, the total number of identical items is now displayed. Updated HUD to show total number of items equipped in that slot.
  • Armory
    • Armory’s Blackout tab now correctly shows when a player has the maximum number of Paint Cans.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Reworked killed/downed UI elements.
    • Bleed-out countdown now properly stops when a player is being revived.
    • 9mm ammo item amount increased to 50 on pickup.
    • 45 cal. ammo item amount increased to 50 on pickup.

Weapon Tuning

  • Assault Rifles
    • Maddox RFB
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • VAPR-XKG
      • Reduced 1st and 2nd shot recoil.
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • SWAT RFT
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced damage.
      • Increased 1st and 2nd shot recoil.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Spitfire
      • Reduced 6-hit kill range.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Reduced re-center speed.
      • Increased sprint-out time.
      • Reduced move speed (now the same as other SMGs).
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced 2-burst kill range.
    • Cordite
      • Reduced hip spread.
    • GKS
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • MX9
      • Reduced ADS in time.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced 1st shot recoil.
      • Slightly increased ADS move speed.
    • ABR 223
      • Increased time between bursts.
      • Reduced re-center speed.
      • Slightly Increased ADS move speed.
    • Swordfish
      • Reduced recoil of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th shots.
      • Slightly Increased ADS move speed.
    • Essex
      • Increased rate of fire.
      • Increased re-center speed.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Koshka
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • SDM
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • Outlaw
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced ADS in and out times.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • General
      • All LMGs now deal increased damage against vehicles and Equipment.
    • Titan
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
      • Increased flinch when being hit.
    • Hades
      • Reduced idle sway.
      • Reduced hip spread.
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • VKM 750
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • Zweihander
      • Reduced hip spread.
      • Reduced re-center radius.

Equipment

  • Frag Grenade
    • Increased damage.

Miscellaneous

  • Scoreboard
    • Added new keybinds to allow quickly opening the Scoreboard while keeping control of your character.
      • Bound to Backspace by default; can be changed at any time.
  • Inventory
    • Addressed an issue where a player’s health and Equipment would not be updated when splitting items within inventory slots.
    • Addressed an issue where quickly equipping attachments could place attachments in the player’s inventory.
    • Addressed an issue that would prevent a player from being able to pick up an item from a Stash that they selected.
  • Weapon Customization
    • Addressed an issue where the final stage of a Reactive Camo would be shown on the weapon on the ground, regardless of the stage it was actually on.
    • Addressed an issue where weapons with unwrapped Reactive Camos would show as wrapped on the ground.
    • Addressed an issue where Mastercrafts would always display the first visual stage, regardless of what stage it was on.
    • Addressed an issue where picking up a weapon with an unwrapped Reactive Camo out of a Death Stash would wrap the weapon again.
  • Mantling
    • Addressed issues with multiple locations where mantling functionality was not working properly.
  • Looting
    • Addressed an issue where the prompt to open a Stash could disappear when the player manually closed it.

Zombies

  • Additional Tier Skip
    • Additional Tier Skip added as new reward for completing Daily Callings.
    • Players can now earn up to two Tier Skips per day in Zombies.
  • Signature Weapon Support
    • Signature Weapons now available for customization in the Zombies Armory.
  • Stability
    • Global
      • Addressed several high-round stability issues that could occur when playing with bots.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when fast-forwarding a clip in Theater mode.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player picked up a Nuke while having an active Special Weapon.
      • Addressed several stability issues that could occur when a player was spectating.
      • Fixed a UI error that could occur when sending an invitation from the social menu while in a match.
    • Gauntlets
      • Addressed an issue in “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” that would cause framerate hitching during Round 10.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when a player viewed a Gauntlet in Theater mode.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when a player accepted an invite out of a Gauntlet match.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Global – Addressed issues where:
      • Players were not able to see Elixir animations after using a level 3 Special Weapon.
      • The XP amount would be missing from the pause menu when a player reached max rank.
      • A Catalyst Zombie’s FX would trail to their new spawn location upon de-spawning.
      • The Blightfather’s weak points did not properly show their destroyed state when hit with a melee attack.
      • The Dying Wish cooldown meter would not be visible if the player acquired the Perk again with Perk Up or Secret Sauce.
      • The MX9 and VAPR-XKG would still play normal firing SFX after Pack-a-Punching the weapon.
      • The default weapon reticle would show instead of the one the player had selected.
      • Reactive Camos in Custom Mutations would still appear in their unwrapped state even after the unwrapping challenge was completed.
      • Attaching the Compact Scope on the Daemon 3XB would change the player’s ammo count.
      • Certain Special Weapon kills could award more points than intended.
      • The screen would flash and stay white for the entirety of the match for all players after collecting a Nuke in 4-player splitscreen Rush.
    • Gauntlets (General)
      • Addressed an issue in Gauntlets where the player would be unable to reload or swap weapons during rounds that restricted usage of bullet weapons.
      • Addressed an issue in Gauntlets where the player could lose all weapons and points if they acquired Mule Kick from the Perk Up Elixir.
    • Gauntlets: “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!”
      • Addressed an issue where players that were respawned by the Join the Party Elixir during the “…In The Room” round were not transported back to the Boss Arena.
      • Addressed an issue that could occur where the player would lose weapon functionality when using the Brazen Bull Firestorm as Round 7 transitioned.
      • Addressed an issue where players were able to hold Equipment between Rounds 2 and 3.
      • Addressed an issue where very few Tigers would spawn during “Easy, Tiger”, which was inconsistent with similar special enemy rounds.
      • Addressed an issue where the player was able to use Electric Burst on Round 8 without crouching.
      • Addressed a rare issue where players spawned on top of each other at the beginning of the match.
      • Closed an exploit where players could complete the “Perk-O-Late” round without all four base Perks active if the player was using Perk Up.
    • IX
      • Addressed an issue where the Stiletto & Bayonet attachments did not count toward knife kills for the banner challenges.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Addressed a performance issue where the framerate would drop when players took the fast travel connecting the Warden’s House with the Showers.
    • Classified
      • Addressed an issue where the player could see their hand or gun while traveling through the teleporter.
      • Closed an exploit where players could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to jump up onto the table in the Panic Room.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Addressed an issue where subtitles were shown multiple times during the ending cinematic.
      • Addressed some streaming issues when creating the Prima Materia in the Greenhouse Laboratory.
      • Addressed an issue in Theater mode where a black screen could appear when attempting to spectate other players as they gazed into the crystal.

General

  • Menus
    • All menu shortcuts that were previously bound to F11 and F12 are now bound to the F and G keys by default respectively.
      • Players can now customize these “Contextual Menu Action” shortcuts in the Keybinds settings.
    • Usability improvements made to the Create-a-Class and Armory menus.

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Vanguard and Modern Warfare 2 characters

Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

Vanguard players running in-game

According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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How Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a seizmic shift for gaming, and Xbox could make make some major changes to Call of Duty.

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The world of gaming was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft confirmed they had agreed to buy Activision Blizzard. With Xbox Studios set to add CoD’s developers to their sprawling family of game creators, we take a look at five ways Call of Duty could change forever.

It’s rare that real surprises take place in the gaming industry, but everyone was left speechless when word of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard broke on January 18. Worth close to $70 billion according to reports, it immediately becomes gaming’s biggest buyout ever.

The deal, which will close before June 2023, will see CoD developers Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software all become wider parts of the Xbox Studios family, bringing past and future Call of Duty titles with them.

With such a seismic change, what could the Microsoft buyout mean for the future of the series, and what changes could Xbox Studios make to Call of Duty moving forward? We’ve picked out five ways the legendary FPS franchise could change forever once the deal is complete.

Xbox's Acitivison Blizzard acquisition image featuring Overwatch, CoD, and WoW.

Call of Duty becomes Xbox-exclusive

The topic on every Call of Duty fan’s lips right now is Xbox exclusivity. With Microsoft adding the biggest console FPS title to their portfolio, they could use it to drive consumers away from the PS5 by announcing that future CoD titles are only available on the Xbox Series X|S.

Thankfully, that seems fairly unlikely, at least for the time being. Microsoft Gaming’s CEO Phil Spencer has already eased fears, telling Bloomberg that “it’s not our intent to pull communities away from [Sony’s] platform, and we remain committed to that.”

Still, we wouldn’t expect to see Sony’s deal for exclusive content on PlayStation consoles continue for long, with Microsoft likely to move that feature to Xbox as soon as possible.


A focus on Ranked Play

Ranked Play is a controversial word for CoD players. For years, players have bemoaned the franchise’s lackluster, and sometimes entirely missing, ranked playlists. A decade on, Black Ops 2’s League Play is still the gold standard in the franchise.

Under Xbox though, this might finally change. Halo Infinite featured a ranked playlist at launch, something we’ve been begging developers to do for years.

It’s unlikely that this will be Xbox’s biggest focus, but perhaps we could see CoD developers following 343 Industries’ path in the future.

Call of Duty Ranked play emblems

CoD’s annual release schedule ends

This one is pretty unlikely, but as it stands, Xbox don’t have any titles that release on a yearly schedule – something Call of Duty is synonymous with.

Halo fans had to wait six years between Guardians and Infinite, and while we don’t think there would ever be such a huge gap between titles, Xbox Studios may be more open to granting developers more time to polish games before release.

A greater focus on frequent Warzone updates, and using existing Xbox studios to help Raven Software, could help to plug a longer gap between mainline franchise releases.


Remastered CoD games & Xbox Game Pass

Game Pass has been a huge focus for Xbox, giving players the opportunity to play hundreds of games, starting at $9.99 a month. What better way to get Call of Duty players on the service than adding fan-favorite titles to its extensive library?

Who wouldn’t be pulling out their credit card to get back into CoD 4’s legendary campaign, or to dive into World At War’s classic Zombies mode?

If Microsoft wanted to go the extra mile, they could even add remastered versions of these games. Rumors suggest that an updated version of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer was in development at one point, and Game Pass could be the perfect place to release it.

Modern Warfare 2 players fighting on Rust

Amazing crossovers

Minecraft Steve in Zombies? Master Chief in multiplayer? Forza cars in Warzone? All of these crazy ideas are now possible, as we expect to see major crossovers between Xbox games and Call of Duty.

While CoD’s Attack on Titan collaboration wasn’t well-received, the teams who create Microsoft’s iconic characters could actively work with studios like Sledgehammer and Raven to create awesome skins and cosmetics.

And really, who wouldn’t want to win a Warzone match as a kitted-out Spartan from Halo?

Spartan in Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard creates so many options and theories, it could make your head spin. The reality is that we’ve never seen any deal as big as this in gaming, and the possibilities are endless. These are just a few possibilities, but Xbox may have even bigger plans than we could imagine.

With so many ideas and concerns, all we can do for now is wait and see how it all plays out. Still, we can’t contain our excitement at what could come next when the deal concludes before June 2023.

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