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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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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

kratos and tyr staring at each other in god of war ragnarok

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 riding mount in horizon forbidden west

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

trainer observing the land in pokemon arceus

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

zombie enemies in dying light 2

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

race gameplay in gran turismo 7

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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