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Call of Duty ELITE integration with Black Ops 2 announced – TRAILER

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Activision has finally revealed how ELITE will work with Black Ops 2. First and foremost, there will not be a premium option. All the features of ELITE with Black Ops 2 will be free for everyone. 

  • Player HQ — Track Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance with rich game statistics, including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data; track challenges and extensively modify your classes like never before using Treyarch’s new Pick 10 Create-a-Class system.
  • Clan HQ — Join an existing clan or start your own, invite friends and then take part in Call of Duty: Black Ops II clan competitions with cool digital prizing.
  • Zombies Support — For the millions of Zombies fans out there, now you can track your Zombies personal statistics and compare it to other players’ around the world.
  • Call of Duty Elite TV — Launching with tablet support with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the new Call of Duty Elite TV will deliver a renewed community focus featuring developer tips and strategy programming, custom class overviews and more.
  • Social Sharing and Notifications — With Call of Duty Elite‘s new notification system, you can stay updated with what is going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as communicate directly with your clan.

Call of Duty Elite now offers players the ability to connect, compete and improve like never before. Call of Duty Elite features for the blockbuster game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free. Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will include a host of new and improved features, including both Player and Clan HQ, Zombies support, Call of Duty Elite TV, social sharing and notifications, and more!

They have also confirmed that the ELITE Tablet App will launch with Black Ops 2.

Elite will be only for Xbox and PS3 at launch. Hirshberg says Activision is “evaluating options to bring Elite services to the PC and Wii U.” The DLC will be available for Xbox/PS3/PC, first on Xbox, but ATVI says, “Our goal is to bring the Season Pass and DLC to the Wii U also, but it’s a new system and we need a bit more time to work out the details with Nintendo.”

Check out the official FAQ after the break discussing clans/etc:

SOURCE: Activision Press Release – Image gallery via The Verge

Why did you make Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 free?

A -We are continually looking for ways to offer more value to our Call of Duty community to make their experience better. Offering the Call of Duty Elite service and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for free will help us further unite the Call of Duty community of gamers, and will take our fans’ ability to connect, compete and improve to the next level.

Q -For Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, will there be any difference between Premium and free members?

A -No, there will not be a separate Call of Duty Elite Premium membership offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite services and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be free..

Q -If I sign up for a new Call of Duty Elite account for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, can I also access my player information for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops?

A -Yes, once you’ve signed up for Call of Duty Elite, the service will track your stats in all supported Call of Duty® games/platforms. Player information and stat tracking for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops have always been free features, and you will be able to access your player information going forward.

Q -If I sign up for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, do I get all of Call of Duty Elite’s features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Clan Operations, etc.)?

A -No, not all of them. Many Call of Duty Elite features, such as stat tracking and player information, have been and will remain free across all Call of Duty titles and platforms that Call of Duty Elite supports. However, existing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3-specific Premium membership features, such as leveling-up your Clan in Clan Operations and special competitions, will remain available to current Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium members. We are no longer offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium memberships now that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content is concluding.

Q -Are you giving away all the paid content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to new free users who buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -A – No, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium membership content will not be a part of the free Call of Duty Elite offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Q -I already have a Call of Duty Elite free membership/login. Do I have to create a new one for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -No, your existing Call of Duty Elite login information will give you access to all the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 elements in Call of Duty Elite, as well as your existing career stats and data for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. You will be able to access all your player and clan information using your existing login.

Q – Will my current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 transfer over for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -A – Yes, your current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will transfer over for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. However, your Call of Duty Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be reset, as it is separate from your Call of Duty® Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Additional details regarding leveling up your Call of Duty® Elite clan for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 will be released at a later date.

Q -Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 downloadable content (DLC) be a part of Call of Duty Elite?

A -No, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.

Q -How will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC if it isn’t part of Call of Duty Elite?

A – Supporting Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Activision will be selling four epic DLC Map Packs both á la carte and through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass. The four Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will deliver a variety of new Multiplayer and Zombies playable content and are expected to be available in 2013. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform.

Q -How much will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass cost?

A – The Season Pass will deliver all four new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs at a discounted suggested retail price of $49.99 (discount based on four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The actual retail price for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs will be set by the platform manufacturer and/or retailer.

Q -Where can I purchase a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass?

A- Pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass are available now at select retail outlets. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Following the game’s launch on November 13th, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for purchase at select retail and online outlets worldwide.

Q -What if I’m not ready to buy a Season Pass? Will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs individually?

A -Yes, in addition to the Season Pass offering, fans have the choice to purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs á la carte upon each Map Pack release.

Q -If I buy a Season Pass, will I get early access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?

A -No, fans who purchase the Season Pass will have access to each of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs on the same date as those who purchase the DLC Map Packs á la carte for their respective platform.

Q -When will I be able to find out more details about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?

A -Further details regarding the 2013 calendar of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be made available following the game’s launch on November 13th.

Q -What platforms will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass be available for?

A -The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for multiple platforms. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will come to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system first, followed by additional platforms at a later date.

Q -Will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and DLC Season Pass be available for the Wii U?

A -With details for the Wii U game system from Nintendo being newly announced, Activision is working with Nintendo on the possibility of releasing the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and the DLC Season Pass for this new gaming platform, and more details will be released at a later date.

Q -Will Call of Duty Elite continue supporting the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3?

A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite was built from the ground up to support Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and future enabled Call of Duty game releases, while also including limited functionality for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Q -What about current Call of Duty Elite Premium members – will they still get to use all the Premium services and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  3?

A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite Premium members will continue to enjoy the Call of Duty® Elite Premium membership features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 through the end of their current subscription period.

Q -Q – Can I pre-order Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A – No, pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite are not available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite service features for the upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game, which hits worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free.

Q -What if I already pre-ordered Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -Pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are not available. Please check with your local retailer for additional questions.

Q -What if I still have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – will I still be able to use it?

A -Yes, if you have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you will be able to use the code up until November 08, 2012 to unlock and access the Call of Duty Elite Premium membership service and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content.

Q -What about Call of Duty Elite Founders?

A -Call of Duty Elite Founders benefits, such as exclusive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Operations, will continue. However, with the service now nearly a year old, we have no future plans to offer new enrollments for Founders status.

Q -Will there be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?

A -No, there will not be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. Please visit http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/ce to see more details on the Collector’s Edition offerings for this year’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2.

Q -Will Call of Duty Elite be included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Collector’s Edition?

A -A – No, Call of Duty Elite will not be included in the Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Call of Duty® Elite services for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are free, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.

Q -What platforms will Call of Duty Elite be available on for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?

A -Call of Duty Elite will be available at launch on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, on select handheld and tablet devices, and on the Web.

Q -Why is Call of Duty Elite not available on the PC or Wii U game system from Nintendo?

A -We are currently evaluating options for Call of Duty Elite to support the PC and Nintendo’s Wii U™ game system, however Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will not support these two platforms when the game launches on November 13th.

Q -What languages will Call of Duty® Elite be available in?

A -Call of Duty® Elite is available in English, French, and German languages.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How Nuketown has changed over the years

We take a look at Nuketown throughout the years.

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Call of Duty revealed that classic map Nuketown will be coming to Black Ops Cold War on November 24.

Nuketown has been in every iteration of the Black Ops franchise and Cold War will be no different. It will feature a brand new version of Nuketown called Nuketown ’84. We’re taking a look at how the classic map has evolved throughout the years.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

Nuketown

Where it started. This small map started as a project by level designer Adam Hoggatt. It wasn’t intended to be in the full game but after playtests, it quickly became a favorite among the developers.

Inspired by the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the map is designed to be a nuclear testing facility modeled after 1950s suburban America.

Nuketown is a small map, capitalizing on the popularity of Shipment in CoD 4: Modern Warfare (2007) and Rust in Modern Warfare 2 (2009). With its yellow school bus in the center and picket-fenced gardens, it instantly became one of CoD’s most memorable maps.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)

Nuketown 2025

Nuketown returned in the next installment of the Black Ops franchise. With the exact same layout, this updated version brought Nuketown to the 21st century.

Nuketown 2025 came as a pre-order bonus with Black Ops 2 but could also be purchased as DLC. This version of Nuketown swapped the classic 1950s look for a blend of retro 60s with Black Ops 2’s futuristic aesthetic.

This updated version fixed the spawn issues from the original Nuketown, leading to many believing this to be the best iteration.

Nuketown Zombies

Nuketown was also included in Black Ops 2’s Zombies mode. It was basically the original Nuketown map designed for Zombies.

This version of Nuketown is the aftermath of the nuclear bomb that goes off at the end of every Nuketown round.

In this version, the map has been damaged by the Nuclear Bomb and smoke and ash blotting out the sun. Zombies spawn in all the usual ways but the Pack-A-Punch and Perk-A-Cola machines spawn after killing certain numbers of zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (2012)

Nukehouse

This is a version of Nuketown most will be unfamiliar with. Activision released a stripped-back version of Black Ops for the PS Vita called Black Ops Declassified. The single-player took place between the original Black Ops and Black Ops 2 and also included multiplayer.

A smaller version of Nuketown which only featured the yellow house and the truck on the street was included. This map was extremely small with players often spawning right next to each other.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

Nuk3town

Black Ops 3 recreated Nuketown in a science-fiction style. With bright colors, futuristic cars, and digital confetti rising from the buses, this was a very different looking Nuketown. The layout of the map stayed much the same, however.

Read more: Verdansk map to remain in Warzone after Black Ops Cold War launch

This map wasn’t available for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as this game released during the transition between console generation.

Apart from the aesthetic changes, this version also had high walls to take advantage of ‘wall-running’ which was part of Call of Duty’s movement system at the time.

There were also Easter Eggs included in Nuk3town such as shooting mannequins in a certain sequence which would start a zombie-esque outbreak.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

Nuketown 2018

Nuketown 2018 received a mixed reception. This version took on a Soviet aesthetic, being set in the winter with a muted color palette. Although less of a change compared to Nuk3town, players were underwhelmed by the map’s design.

The specialist abilities such as the Grapple Gun drastically altered the flow of the map. Players felt that Nuketown 2018 played too differently to the original.

An addition some liked was the RC-XD tunnel system, in which the remote car could be driven beneath the map past missile silos, and come out the other side.

Nuketown Island (Blackout)

Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout featured many classic Black Ops maps. Nuketown was included in a location of the map called Nuketown Island.

Nuketown Island includes the whole town that Nuketown is part of, taking heavy inspiration from the classic Nuketown map as well as Nuketown Zombies. The area is heavily damaged similar to how it is in Nuketown Zombies and contains the original cul-de-sac from Nuketown.

Brand new to Nuketown, the area has a nuclear bunker and tunnel system underneath that players can access.

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Call of Duty Mobile contains classic maps from both the Black Ops and Modern Warfare franchises and Nuketown is no exception.

This brought it back to the very original Nuketown map we had in Call of Duty Black Ops. Although played on mobile devices, the map plays much the same as it did in the very first Black Ops.

With Nuketown returning in Black Ops Cold War, expect it to have a 1980s theme.

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All Call of Duty titles on sale for Steam Winter and Xbox Countdown sales

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The holidays are here! Steam and Xbox have launched their Winter and Countdown sales respectively. From the original Call of Duty up to Black Ops 4, plenty of Call of Duty titles are on sale on both platforms.

Steam (PC)

Steam’s Winter Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019 at 10AM PT. All prices are in US Dollar.

It’s important to note that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is available exclusively on Battle.net for PC and thus is not included.

Xbox One / Xbox 360

Xbox’s Countdown Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019. All prices are in US Dollar. Xbox Live Gold members also receive up to an additional 10% off.

All of the following Xbox 360 titles are Backwards Compatible on Xbox One.

Do you plan to pick up any of the titles while they’re on-sale?

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Top five weapons that should be brought back for Black Ops 4 multiplayer

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These fan favorite guns from Treyarch’s past Call of Duty’s would feel right at home in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer.

With every iteration of Call of Duty, we have become accustomed to leaving old guns behind and learning how to use new ones. While that’s great for keeping the games feeling fresh, here are some guns that players would still love to use.

Stoner63

Stoner63 image via callofduty.wikia.com

Black Ops 4 has its own set of unique Light Machine Guns, but nothing quite as bombastic as the Stoner63. Hailing from Black Op 1, this gun does what most LMG’s don’t.

Blends high rate of fire with tons of ammo, while still retaining low recoil. The Stoner63 is the missing LMG/AR hybrid gun that Black Ops 4 is sorely missing.

HAMR

The HAMR is a standout LMG due to its unique characteristics. For the first seven rounds, this gun has the fastest firing rate of any LMG in Black Ops 2. Shooting the HAMR in short bursts make this gun ideal for mid-range encounters.

Historically, the LMG class has always had the fewest guns in Call of Duty multiplayer, so adding the Stoner63 and HAMR would greatly beef up this category.

R870 MCS

While Black Ops 4 has chosen to relegate shotguns to secondaries, I’d love to see them bring back this weapon category to its former glory. Adding the R870 MCS, also known as the Remington, would be a great step in that direction.

Zipping around smaller maps with this gun in Black Ops 2 felt so good. One shot kills were possible even at mid-range, and the reload time wasn’t half bad for a pump-action gun.

Beef up the SG12, MOG 12, and add the R870 back would give Black Ops 4 shotguns some much-needed love.

MP40 & Galil

Galil and MP40 images via callofduty.wikia.com

These guns are in a weird state. Both have been brought back several times, have had their names changed, then changed again, and are actually present in Blackout, yet are missing from Multiplayer. They most likely will be brought over sometime in the future, but having them currently in one portion of the game just makes me miss their omission in MP even more.

Whether they choose to call it the HG40, like in Black Ops 3, or the Grav, as seen in Blackout, any incarnation of these guns would be a treat. 

Ballistic Knife

Ballistic Knife image via callofduty.wikia.com

Ever since making its debut in the first Black Ops multiplayer trailer way back in 2010, this weapon has caught the attention of every Call of Duty player. A knife that shoots knives. Pretty cool, eh?

When it comes to distinct secondary weapons, Black Ops 4 is lacking. No crossbow, no shield, no weird disc shooters, just shotguns, pistols, and launchers. Bringing back the Ballistic Knife would help keep Black Ops tied to its wacky roots. Playing Gun Game just doesn’t feel right without it.

These are just the guns I would like to see added to Black Ops 4 multiplayer. What other guns, whether from zombies, Modern Warfare, or even other franchises, would you like to see online? Let us know in the comments down below!

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