The newest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The update is coming June 27 to PC.
The patch is version 1.19 and is around 12.92GB in size.
This new patch update finally introduces a Contracts system, allowing players to earn more rewards just be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Contracts are available for MP, Zombies, Blackout, and League Play, and there’s a lot of Contracts available daily allowing players to earn more content more often in game.
Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in today’s update:
- The launch of Contracts on all platforms, kicking off with a rotating selection of up to 28 Contracts to complete each day across all four modes (up to 196 Contracts per week!)
- Our newest alternative lighting map in Multiplayer, Hacienda Twilight
- More maps added to rotation for Prop Hunt and Capture the Flag
- New Medals, Equipment, and Humiliations in Blackout
- The introduction of Hard Mode Gauntlets in Zombies
- Weapon tuning for the Daemon 3XB, Switchblade X9, and MOG 12 + more
There’s also a selection of new updates to Blackout, including Stashes, Humiliations, and more:
- New Feature: Blackjack’s Stashes. Each player will be able to unlock one of Blackjack’s Stashes per game, which contains all the Black Market weapons in your inventory. For instance, if you’ve earned the Vendetta in the Contraband stream, it will be available for you to grab during a Blackout match in one of Blackjack’s Stashes.
- New Feature: Humiliations. These are epic finishing moves that can be used on enemy when they are in a downed state. Humiliations will be available in all squad-based Blackout modes and Multiplayer’s Heist.
- New Equipment: Sentry (Turret). These are available only in Supply Drops and Stashes. Activate them for an additional increase in overall firepower, as well as another layer of strategy to your takedown planning.
- New Feature: Medals: Similar to Multiplayer mode, completing certain events in Blackout grants you medals that reward Merits. Expect Merits for actions that include (but are not limited to) reviving, assisting, performing Humiliations, eliminating a Quad or Duo, taking down zombies, Double, Triple, and Quad kills, Frenzy, Mega, and Ultra kills, as well as the fabled Kill Chain; eight kills within three seconds of the last one!
Contracts Overview Trailer:
New Features and Content in All Modes
Our latest update delivers new features and content in all modes this week, including the launch of Contracts, Hacienda Twilight in MP, new updates in Blackout, more maps for Prop Hunt and Capture the Flag, the launch of Hard Mode Gauntlets in Zombies on PS4, weapon tuning and ballistics changes in MP, and more.Contracts Have Arrived
Contracts are now live today on PS4 and Xbox One with PC to follow in our upcoming 1.18 update, delivering up to 196 Contracts to complete each week across Multiplayer, Zombies, Blackout, and World League! Earn more Reserves, XP, Nebulium Plasma, and Merits for completing rotating challenges, with one Daily Contract and six additional Contracts to take on in each of the four main modes. Hit up our Contracts Blog for all the details, and jump in now to start earning more in-game rewards.
Ballistics Changes and Weapon Tuning in MP
We’ve made new weapon tuning changes with this update as part of our efforts to constantly improve the Multiplayer experience. To help make SMGs and pistols more competitive against assault rifles, we’ve changed their ballistic profiles to the more traditional hitscan model. This means bullets from SMGs and pistols should now hit their targets faster and with higher accuracy, without having to lead the target to account for bullet travel time in MP. While we’re satisfied with the balance in popularity of each of the weapons in all classes, we want to ensure SMG and pistol players can go toe-to-toe with AR users at multiple ranges as the meta evolves.
We’ve also simultaneously tuned down the damage ranges for the Daemon 3XB and Switchblade X9, added a third extra magazine for the Daemon 3XB, and reduced the Operator Mod damage on the MOG 12 shotgun to reduce long-range one-shot kills. This should bring more balance to the SMG class, and encourage MOG 12 users to really earn those Dragon Breath EKIAs. Check out our patch notes below for all the details.Hacienda Twilight Now in Rotation
We’re bringing a fresh twist to one of our outdoor-focused maps in Hacienda Twilight, now joining the Multiplayer map rotation. Unlike previous alternate-lighting environments, this map’s moon-bathed exterior is brighter than its interior. With blazing fires, structural changes, and other new surprises to be discovered throughout the estate, you might want to get your bearings in a Custom Game before jumping into a public match with this one. Let us know your thoughts on Hacienda Twilight after you’ve put in some playtime, as we’re always taking community feedback and voting data under consideration when crafting new map variants.
More Maps in Prop Hunt and Capture the Flag + MKII Leveling Fix
Prop Hunt gets bigger this week with the addition of Morocco and Summit to rotation, and we’ve added Frequency and Jungle to the Capture the Flag map pool for more varied matches. We’ve also made some improvements to Prop Hunt, including a fix for props being able to get under the map and a particularly peculiar issue where players could spawn inside of other players. MKII Weapon level progression has also been fixed in this update, allowing attachments and weapon camos to progress again as intended.Medals, Equipment, New Death Effect, Humiliations + More in Blackout
Medals are now awarded in Blackout for completing certain actions in a match, including reviving and assisting teammates, eliminating a Duo or Quad, taking down zombies, scoring a multikill, and much more. You’ll earn Merits for every Medal you earn, so show us what you’ve got and rank up even faster.
We’re always evaluating the next piece of weaponry to keep the Blackout meta fresh, and after internal playtesting and some core tuning changes, we’re introducing the Sentry as the newest addition to the mode. To keep it balanced for Battle Royale, the Blackout version of the Sentry deals lower damage compared to its MP counterpart, and serves as more of an alert system and a nuisance to your enemies. The Sentry can only be found in Stashes and Supply Drops, so keep an eye out for your chance to grab one and hold onto an EMP or two to disable enemy turrets.
As an additional reward for completing an Outfit Mission in Blackout, we’ve added the new “Numbers” Death Effect for use in multiple modes. Simply complete any Specialist’s Outfit Mission to unlock a Blackout-themed effect for your weapons in Create-a-Class and the Armory. If you’ve already completed an Outfit Mission, you’ll see your new Death Effect waiting for you in your inventory.
Next up, Blackjack’s Stash is a new feature that we’re introducing in limited-time modes only (not in core competitive Solo, Duos, or Quads matches) first on PS4. You’ll be able to unlock one of these rare new Stashes per match if you find one, and it will contain Black Market weapons that you currently have in your collection. For example, if you’ve earned the Vendetta sniper rifle in the Operation Spectre Rising Contraband stream, it will be available for you to equip from Blackjack’s Stash during a match in a limited-time mode. Additionally, all players will be able to expand their access to more Black Market weapons as Ultra Weapon Bribes become available in the Contraband stream starting next week, and in future Operations.
Lastly, Humiliations have arrived in Blackout’s redeploy modes and in Multiplayer’s Heist. First introduced in our Bounty Hunter LTM earlier this Operation, Humiliations are epic finishing moves that take out enemies in style when they’re downed. Check them out this week in Alcatraz and Hot Pursuit, and we’ll plan on adding more Humiliations during our next Operation in July.
Introducing Hard Mode Gauntlets in Zombies on PS4
If you thought our first series of Zombies Gauntlets weren’t enough of a challenge, good luck against our new Hard Mode “Unsinkable” Gauntlet today on PS4! Hard Mode Gauntlets will push your zombie-killing skills to the brink for 2X Nebulium Plasma rewards, along with Hard Mode-exclusive Medals and Calling Cards for your efforts. Who will be the world’s first to complete a perfect run?Zombies DLC 3 Approaches…
With our next Operation just around the corner, we’ve been dying to share more about the Aether story’s return… so let’s break the silence, shall we?
The next chapter in the Black Ops 4 Zombies saga launches July 9th on PS4, and follows the canonical events of Blood of the Dead and Classified. We’ll have more intel to share this week as we get closer to the beginning of our fifth Operation, when the influence of the undead threatens to spill over into some… unfamiliar territory.
But, perhaps we’ve said too much. As they say, “a little learning is a dangerous thing…”
New in today’s update on PS4 and Xbox One, and coming to PC this week in our 1.18 update:
- Contracts now available featuring 28 daily rotating challenges across all modes.
- Hacienda Twilight added to rotation in Multiplayer.
- Weapon tuning for the Daemon 3XB, Switchblade X9, and MOG 12.
- Ballistic profiles changed to hitscan model for SMGs and pistols.
- More maps added to Prop Hunt and Capture the Flag rotations.
- Humiliation finishing moves added to Heist in MP and redeploy modes in Blackout.
- Medals added to Blackout with new Merit rewards.
- Sentry now available in Stashes and Supply Drops in Blackout.
- New “Numbers” Death Effect reward added for completing an Outfit Mission in Blackout.
- MKII Weapons now properly track attachment and camo progression.
- Scorestreak improvements and fixes for the Drone Squad, Hellstorm, DART, and Gunship.
- Improved matchmaking in Domination.
- Featured Playlist updates on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
- Blackjack’s Stash now available only in limited-time modes (PS4).
- Hard Mode “Unsinkable” Gauntlet added to Zombies with 2X Nebulium Plasma rewards (PS4).
- Hard Mode Gauntlets
- Hard Mode “Unsinkable” Gauntlet now available with doubled Nebulium Plasma rewards and Hard Mode-exclusive Medals and Calling Cards to earn.
- Blackjack’s Stash
- Blackjack’s Stash now available to find and open in limited-time modes.
- Players can unlock only one of Blackjack’s Stashes per match, containing Black Market weapons currently in the player’s collection.
- Contracts are now available in Multiplayer, Blackout, Zombies, and World League.
- Up to 6 Contracts to complete per mode in addition to each mode’s Daily Contract, for a total of 28 Contracts to complete each day.
- Up to three Contracts can be active at once, including two player-selected Contracts and one Daily Contract for each game mode.
- Daily Contracts will refresh every 24 hours. Players must complete their Daily Contract in each mode before the refresh, when a new Daily Contract will take its place.
- Players can jump from mode to mode to complete Contracts in any order they like.
- Possible rewards from completing Contracts can include:
- Reserve Case(s)
- Bonus XP in Multiplayer, Zombies, and World League
- Bonus Nebulium Plasma in Zombies
- Bonus Merits in Blackout
- Hacienda Twilight
- Alternate-lighting Hacienda map variant now in rotation.
- Hacienda Twilight
- Ballistic Profiles
- Ballistic profiles on SMGs and pistols changed to hitscan to create consistency with other weapon classes in Multiplayer.
- MOG 12
- Dragon Breath Operator Mod damage reduced to increase pellets required for a one-shot kill at long range.
- Daemon 3XB
- Now requires at least six bullets to finish off a target with full health (up from five).
- Added a third extra magazine.
- Switchblade X9
- Reduced 6-shot kill range from 19 meters to 13 meters.
- Reduced 7-shot kill range from 25 meters to 19 meters.
- Reduced 8-shot kill range from 31 meters to 25 meters.
- Ballistic Knife
- Addressed an issue preventing players from using Dual Wield and Extra Blades at the same time.
- Ballistic Profiles
- Game Modes
- Prop Hunt
- Added Morocco and Summit to map rotation.
- Addressed an issue in Prop Hunt where players could sometimes spawn inside of other players.
- Closed an exploit in Prop Hunt where props could hide under the map.
- Capture the Flag
- Added Frequency and Jungle to map rotation.
- Players will no longer join Domination matches that are almost over.
- Added Humiliation finishing moves to Heist.
- Prop Hunt
- Addressed an issue where MKII Weapons were not progressing attachments and camos properly.
- Drone Squad now takes longer to target players equipped with Cold Blooded.
- Addressed an issue where players using in the Gunship could have their camera stuck in a non-functional state.
- Addressed an issue where the Hellstorm would sometimes self-destruct upon deployment.
- Addressed an issue where a player using the DART could end up seeing a teammate’s Hellstorm deployment view.
- Addressed an issue where players could bounce far away from one other when sliding into one another.
- Addressed an issue where Zero’s Ice Pick would not hack the Sentry or RCXD.
- Featured Playlists (June 25 – July 2)
- PS4/Xbox One
- Capture the Flag
- Endurance Moshpit
- Barebones Objective Moshpit
- Prop Hunt
- Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
- PS4/Xbox One
- Medals now available in Blackout for in-game actions including reviving and assisting teammates, eliminating a Duo or Quad, taking down zombies, scoring a multikill, and more.
- Players earn Merits when Medals are achieved.
- Sentry now available in Stashes and Supply Drops in all Blackout modes.
- Sentry deals lower damage compared to its MP counterpart, acting as a nuisance/alert system in Blackout.
- Humiliation finishing moves now available to use against downed enemies in redeploy modes.
- Death Effects
- New “Numbers” Death Effect now rewarded for completing Outfit Missions in Blackout.
- Featured Playlists
- PS4/Xbox One (June 25 – July 2)
- Alcatraz Quads
- Hot Pursuit
- PS4/Xbox One (June 25 – July 2)
- Featured Playlists (June 25-27)
- Capture the Flag
- Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
- Endurance Moshpit
- Featured Playlists (June 25-27)
- Alcatraz Quads
- Hot Pursuit
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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.
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
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.
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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.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
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.
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.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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