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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Update – February 26th – Swordfish Nerf, Engineer Fix, Blackout Quick Equip 2.0, and more

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Treyarch released a playlist update and a Reddit post on February 26th with some keys changes to the game as well as the release of Grand Heist on Xbox and PC platforms.

February 26th’s update includes all Grand Heist content for Xbox and PC along with bug fixes and minor balance tweaks. Today’s update is a playlist update and no out-of-game download is required.

The Swordfish has received a slight nerf to its ADS strafing speed, the Engineer perk now once again properly marks K9-Units and Strike Teams through walls, and Blackout’s Quick Equip system will now stack items vertically for less clutter.

The full patch notes for today’s update as well as Grand Heist content can be found below:

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Feb. 26 Update: Operation Grand Heist arrives on all platforms!

Operation Grand Heist Now Live on All Platforms

With today’s updates on Xbox One and PC, Operation Grand Heist has now arrived on all platforms, delivering the initial wave of a full season of content across all modes! New content for Xbox One and PC includes:

  • New Specialist in MP and Blackout: Outrider
  • New Party Game MP mode: One in the Chamber
  • 2 new Multiplayer maps for Black Ops Pass holders: Lockup and Casino
  • New Blackout destination: Ghost Town
  • Blackout Prestige System with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons
  • Cosmic Silverback character in Blackout for Black Ops Pass holders
  • New “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet in Zombies
  • New Ethereal Razor Perk in Zombies
  • New Contraband stream with 3 new earnable weapons, new Blackout character, Mastercraft Weapon, Reactive Camos, Epic Outfits, new Jump Pack item type, and more
  • Revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack

League Play and the World League Hub will launch this Thursday on Xbox One and PC, with our new Hot Pursuit game mode rolling out on Friday in Blackout on those platforms. One in the Chamber, League Play, and Hot Pursuit continue this week on PS4, along with the additions of Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit and Mercenary Objective Moshpit to the MP Featured Playlist category on all platforms. We’ve also implemented some bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, including…

Blackout Quick Equip 2.0

Live today in Blackout, we’ve upgraded the Quick Equip interface to stack items of similar types vertically for easier access and less clutter. For example, healing items will appear in a single stack that allows players to quickly scroll through First Aid, Med Kits, and Trauma Kits in one column when the Quick Equip menu is open. Players can toggle this new setting in the Controls section of the Options menu. Give it a shot and let us know what you think after a few matches!

PC Curated Playlists

As we mentioned yesterday from /u/TreyarchPC, we’ve updated the PC playlists in Multiplayer and Zombies to provide faster matchmaking across all game mode types. Check out the PC patch notes below for all the details on our new-and-improved curated playlists.

Here’s what’s new today in Black Ops 4:

  • Multiplayer
    • New Specialist: Outrider (Xbox One/PC)
    • 3 new weapons earnable in the Black Market (Xbox One/PC)
    • 2 new Multiplayer maps for Black Ops Pass holders: Lockup and Casino (Xbox One/PC)
    • Featured Playlist: One in the Chamber (Xbox One/PC)
    • Map Pack Moshpit, Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category (Xbox One/PC)
  • Blackout
    • Quality of life improvements to Quick Equip menu
    • New destination: Ghost Town (Xbox One/PC)
    • Two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps, “Buried” and “Outlaw” (Xbox One/PC)
    • Prestige System with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons (Xbox One/PC)
    • New Specialist: Outrider (Xbox One/PC)
    • Cosmic Silverback character for Black Ops Pass holders (Xbox One/PC)
  • Zombies
    • New “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet on “Classified” (Xbox One/PC)
    • New Ethereal Razor Perk (Xbox One/PC)
  • Black Market
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream (Xbox One/PC)
    • Revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack (Xbox One/PC)
  • PC curated playlist updates

Multiplayer

  • Game Modes
    • One in the Chamber now live as the Featured Playlist.
      • Players are given three lives and a pistol with one bullet.
      • Land a shot or melee enemies to gain another bullet and 100 points.
      • Keep an eye on the UAV sweep and earn the most points to win.
    • Map Pack Moshpit, Hardcore Map Pack Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category.
  • Weapon Tuning
    • Swordfish
      • Reduced ADS move speed slightly.
  • Perks
    • Engineer
      • Players now properly see K9-Unit and Strike Team Scorestreaks through walls with the Engineer Perk equipped.
  • Specialists
    • Outrider
      • Addressed an issue where Outrider would not respawn until her Hawk was destroyed, if she was killed during the last frame of her deploy animation.
  • World League Hub
    • Fixed a crash that could occur while trying to load into a Search and Destroy match.

Blackout

  • Gameplay
    • Quick Equip 2.0
      • Items of similar types are now stacked vertically in the Quick Equip menu for quick cycling and less clutter.
      • Players can toggle this new setting in the Controls section of the Options menu.
  • Prestige
    • Prestige icon now displays in the After Action Report after Blackout matches.

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist
    • Outrider playable in Multiplayer after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
    • Special Issue Weapon: Sparrow
      • Fire explosive-tipped arrows with deadly accuracy.
    • Special Issue Equipment: Hawk
      • Pilotable drone that can be parked at strategic overwatch positions. Automatically tags enemies in its view.
  • New Weapons
    • Three new weapons now earnable in the Black Market to use in Multiplayer:
      • Switchblade X9 folding SMG
      • Rampage full-auto shotgun
      • Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon
  • New Multiplayer Maps
    • Lockup and Casino maps now available for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Available in standard map rotation (Core and Hardcore) and in the Map Pack Moshpit playlist.

Blackout

  • New Destination: Ghost Town
    • Drop into a new Western-themed destination in the southeast desert featuring two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps: “Outlaw” above ground and “Buried” below.
  • Prestige System
    • Prestige up to 10 times on your way to Prestige Master and conquer 1,000 Echelons.
    • Unlock unique Prestige icons, Calling Cards, Victory Coins, and Echelon Characters as you rise through the ranks.
  • New Characters
    • Outrider playable in Blackout after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
      • Outrider’s Outfit Unlock mission now available to find and complete.
    • Cosmic Silverback now available for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • New Gauntlet: “Death-Con Five”
    • 30 rounds of challenges on “Classified” with unique rules for each round.
    • Players earn medals and tiered rewards for completing rounds 10, 20, and 30, as well as a cosmetic reward for completing round 30 without failing a round.
    • Players are issued a Strike by failing a round, with the game ending after three Strikes.
    • All matches are timed for competitive speed-run support.
  • New Perk: Ethereal Razor
    • Provides health gain and greatly increased damage to melee attacks.

Black Market

  • Contraband Stream
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream including:
      • 3 new earnable weapons
      • New Blackout character
      • New Mastercraft Weapon
      • New Reactive Camos
      • New Epic Outfits
      • New cosmetic Jump Pack item type + more
    • Newly revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack.
  • Progression System Updates
    • Reserve Cases earnable at every Tier after 100 in the Contraband stream.
    • Daily Tier Skips apply to Tiers after the 100-Tier mark through play in all modes.
    • Players earn new Cases in addition to unlocking Contraband Tiers through gameplay time.

Multiplayer

  • New Core Playlists
    • Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Team Deathmatch
      • Kill Confirmed
    • Objective Moshpit
      • Domination
      • Hardpoint
      • Safeguard
    • Limited Lives Moshpit
      • Control
      • Search & Destroy
      • Heist
    • Free-for-All
  • New Hardcore Playlists
    • Hardcore Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Hardcore Team Deathmatch
      • Hardcore Kill Confirmed
    • Hardcore Objective Moshpit
      • Hardcore Domination
      • Hardcore Search & Destroy

Zombies

  • New Public Playlists
    • Featured Gauntlet
    • Latest Released Map
    • Chaos Maps
    • Aether Maps
    • Rush

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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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 start of 2022 signaled 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: October 28

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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. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.

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 when the game releases on October 25, 2022.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: Holiday 2022

a young wizard using a wand in harry potter hogwarts legacy

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

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.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

Final Fantasy XVI protagonist

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 Summer 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18

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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. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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

link running in breath of the wild 2

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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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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