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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 September 30 Update

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Here’s the details from Treyarch:

Operation Dark Divide Now Live on All Platforms

With today’s launch on Xbox One and PC, Operation Dark Divide is now live across all platforms, bringing a ton of new content to Black Ops 4 in our sixth post-launch season:

  • MULTIPLAYER
    • Two Black Ops Pass maps: Lair and Launch
    • New weapon support: Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP
    • New MKII Weapon support: Paladin HB50, VKM 750, and Mozu
    • New Mastercraft support: “Game Over” KAP 45, “Predator” S6 Stingray, “Desecrator” Rampage, and more
  • BLACKOUT
    • New limited-time mode: Heavy Metal Heroes
    • New Tank vehicle, Flare Gun, Hellion Salvo Operator, vehicle variants, thrust jumps, unlimited Grapple Gun + more in Heavy Metal Heroes
    • New Wonder Weapon support: Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury
  • ZOMBIES
    • “Tag der Toten”, the final Black Ops 4 Zombies map for Black Ops Pass holders
    • New Perk: Blaze Phase
    • New Epic Elixirs: Power Vacuum and Secret Shopper
    • New weapon support for the Mystery Box and Zombies Armory
  • BLACK MARKET
    • New 50-Tier Contraband stream including a new Ultra Weapon Bribe
    • New personalization items including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more

Get all the details on everything new in this Operation at our latest Treyarch studio blog.“Tag der Toten” Arrives on Xbox One and PC

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Our final Black Ops 4 Zombies map is now available on all platforms with today’s launch of Operation Dark Divide on Xbox One and PC, loaded with new secrets, Wonder Weapons, story elements, and of course, Easter eggs. A huge thanks from the team to everyone in the community for your support thus far, and for those who haven’t experienced the map yet… enjoy, and happy hunting!

In addition to the entire Zombies team that brings every map to life from design to narrative and everything in-between, we’d like to thank our incredible audio department for going above and beyond with the original songs and sound design in “Tag der Toten”. In case you haven’t heard them yet, take a moment to enjoy the map’s newest tracks from Treyarch’s Brian Tuey and Kevin Sherwood, mastered by Scott Eckert:

Zombies Stability Improvements

We’ve added a handful of additional stability improvements for “Tag der Toten” in this update, including a fix for a crash that could occur when players became no longer frozen from standing or swimming in freezing water for too long, and another that could happen from stunning groups of zombies with a headshot with the Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze. Read on below for the full patch notes.Heavy Metal Heroes Continues

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Thanks to everyone for your love and support for our insane new Blackout LTM, Heavy Metal Heroes… or as we like to call it here at the studio, “Hot Pursuit on Steroids”. We’ve been watching tons of streams and clips since last week’s launch on PS4, and we’ve heard one particular piece of feedback more than a few times: too many rockets!

With today’s update, we’ve reduced the number of available launchers by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes, so get out there and let us know how the mode feels today. For our players on Xbox One and PC jumping in for the first time – enjoy, and remember to use the new thrust jumps and unlimited Grapple Gun to your advantage!

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

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  • Lair and Launch maps added to Multiplayer rotation for Black Ops Pass (Xbox One/PC).
  • Create-a-Class support added for Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP in Multiplayer (Xbox One/PC).
  • “Tag der Toten” now available in Zombies for Black Ops Pass holders (Xbox One/PC).
  • Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP now available in the Mystery Box and Armory in Zombies (Xbox One/PC).
  • New Heavy Metal Heroes LTM in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury Wonder Weapons added to Mystery Boxes in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • New Contraband stream added to the Black Market (Xbox One/PC).
  • New personalization items added to the Black Market, including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more (Xbox One/PC).
  • Map Pack Moshpit featuring Lair and Launch added to Featured Playlists in Multiplayer on all platforms.
  • Chaos Domination added to Featured Playlists in Multiplayer on PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Reduced Hellion Salvo launcher spawns by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes in Blackout.
  • Misc. Zombies stability improvements for “Tag der Toten”.
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MULTIPLAYER

Featured Playlists (Sept. 30 – Oct. 8)

  • PS4/Xbox One
    • Map Pack Moshpit (Lair and Launch)
    • Chaos Domination
    • Barebones Moshpit
    • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit
    • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
  • PC
    • Map Pack Moshpit (Lair and Launch)
    • Party Game Moshpit
    • Endurance Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Gameplay
    • Reduced the number of Hellion Salvo launcher spawns by 20% in Heavy Metal Heroes.
  • Vehicles
    • Helicopter
      • Addressed an issue where the Helicopter could malfunction inside the safe zone near Turbine on the main map.
  • Featured Playlists (Sept. 30 – Oct. 8)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Alcatraz Portals
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo
    • PC
      • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Alcatraz Portals
      • Duos

ZOMBIES

  • “Tag Der Toten”
    • Stability
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when players exited the frozen state from standing/swimming in freezing water for too long.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when stunning large groups of zombies from landing a headshot with the Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Level 3 Ragnarok DG-5 against enemies on top of an active flinger.
      • Fixed a crash that could occasionally occur when all players used ziplines simultaneously.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Addressed an issue that could prevent the Fuse step from progressing.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • Lair
      • Added to core and hardcore map rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Launch
      • Added to core and hardcore map rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • Playlists
    • Map Pack Moshpit
      • Added new Map Pack Moshpit playlist featuring Lair and Launch.
  • Weapons
    • Echohawk Dual Bore
      • Create-a-Class support added for the Echohawk Dual Bore assault rifle.
    • AN-94
      • Create-a-Class support added for the AN-94 assault rifle.
    • VMP
      • Create-a-Class support added for the VMP submachine gun.
    • MKII Weapons
      • Support added for new MKII variants of the Paladin HB50, VKM 750, Mozu with +25% XP bonus per kill in Multiplayer.

BLACKOUT

  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Quads LTM featuring new Tank vehicle, comic filter, thrust jumps, vehicle air drops, Flare Gun, new vehicle variants, ramps, infinite Grapple Gun, and new Hellion Salvo Operator.
      • Cel shading comic book visual effect turned on, exclusive to Heavy Metal Heroes.
      • Activate thrusters by tapping the jump button during a jump.
      • Acquire Tanks via air drop or by finding and firing a Flare Gun. Two Tanks become available with each Collapse.
      • Mode-specific vehicle variants (ARAV, Helicopter, Motorcycle) feature new boost ability and unique visual designs.
      • All players are automatically equipped with a Grapple Gun with unlimited uses.
      • New Hellion Salvo Operator launcher comes equipped with multiple attachments.
      • Last team standing wins.
  • Wonder Weapons
    • Savage Impaler and Winter’s Fury now available in Mystery Boxes.

ZOMBIES

  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • “Tag Der Toten”
      • The final episode of the Black Ops 4 Zombies Aether story is now available on PS4 for Black Ops Pass holders.
      • New Wonder Weapons: Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze and Tundra Gun.
  • Perk
    • Blaze Phase
      • Charge up and unleash to blaze a path through zombies in a direct line.
      • Available to use in all Black Ops 4 Zombies maps.
  • Elixirs
    • Power Vacuum
      • New Epic Elixir available in the Zombies Laboratory.
      • Spawns power-ups at a much higher rate for five minutes.
    • Secret Shopper
      • New Epic Elixir available in the Zombies Laboratory.
      • Allows players to buy ammo for any weapon at any wall buy location, including ammo for Wonder Weapons.
  • Weapons
    • Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP now available in the Mystery Box.
    • Armory support added for Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and VMP.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Dead of the Night
      • Addressed an issue where the Molten Silver icon would not appear in the player’s inventory when obtained.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New 50-Tier Contraband stream added to the Black Market, including a new earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe and new customization gear.
    • New personalization items added, including new weapons, Mastercrafts, MKII Weapons, Reactive Camos, weapon camos, Blackout characters, Epic outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Packs, and more.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of a season, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

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 pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: Fall 2022

For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 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: Holiday 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.

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.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Spring 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: late 2022

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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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.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


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 tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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