Disclaimer: Josh Olin is not involved in the Call of Duty franchise, and hasn’t been since 2011.
We caught up with former Treyarch Community Manager Josh Olin – more commonly known as “JD_2020” within the Call of Duty Community. (You might remember the #BlameJD hashtag and so on – it’s common for a CM of any franchise to receive an element of blame).
Josh Olin became the Community Manager for Treyarch during the launch year of World At War back in 2008, and continued his role into the release of Black Ops in 2010 before then moving on to other projects outside of the franchise.
As someone who was involved in the franchise during it’s peak growth period, we thought we’d get a different perspective on the direction of Call of Duty to this day from Josh in the form of an interview.
Apex Legends Holo-day Bash Season 11: Release date, LTM, & more
With Apex Legends’ players in the Christmas spirit, it’s time for Respawn’s annual festive Holo-day Bash event.
Now that we have finally entered the festive season of the year, Apex Legends players are looking forward to the Christmas event, known as Holo-day Bash. Here are all the details on Season 11’s rendition of the event.
This new content hasn’t stopped players from getting excited about the in-season events. Just recently we received new information surrounding the Season 11 Collection Event, but what about Christmas?
Every year Respawn Entertainment hosts its own Christmas event in Apex Legends called Holo-day Bash. The event usually brings new skins and a fan-favorite LTM called Winter Express.
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The Season 11 Holo-day Bash event is set to bring something similar. However, Season 11’s Christmas event will be slightly different, as we will be seeing both Season 11’s Collection Event and the Holo-day Bash event combined into one.
When is the Apex Legends Holo-day Bash event?
Unfortunately, for those who were looking forward to seeing a purely Christmas-themed event, players will be getting something very different.
This year, Respawn has decided to combine the Raiders Collection Event with aspects of the Holo-day Bash event. So, the festivities will be launched in Apex at the same time as the launch of the Season 11 Collection Event.
The update will therefore be available December 7, around 10 AM PST / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST. The event will end on December 21, so make sure you log in during this period to experience the Apex festivities!
Apex Legends Season 11 Holo-day Bash content
Winter Express LTM
With the Raiders Collection event reveal, players learned that the Winter Express LTM would be returning. This is a round-based, limited-time mode that sees players battle it out for control of the World’s Edge train as it stops at various POIs.
Winter Express has returned every Holo-day Bash event, so it’s great to see it once again, even if there isn’t a fully-fledged Holo-day Bash event.
As we are getting the Raiders Collection Event, we don’t expect to see any Holo-day Bash event skins.
There hasn’t been any official announcement from Respawn, but there is potential for some of the Christmas skins to be sold. We’ll update this piece with more information as it comes out.
That’s all for the Apex Legends Season 11 Holo-day Bash event. For now, check out our piece on Apex Legends’ third Anniversary.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Vanguard devs tease classic “fan-favorite” map to arrive in Season 1
Vanguard Season 1 is set to launch on December 8 and fans are eager to discover which fan-favourite map is joining Vanguard.
With Vanguard Season 1 right around the corner, more news has surfaced including the arrival of two new maps.
December 8 is fast approaching and Vanguard players just received an enormous amount of information regarding Season 1. The devs confirmed the introduction of two free weapons, a new Operator, Multiplayer modes, and most importantly two maps.
The bevy of new content is sure to excite Vanguard players everywhere. However, the one piece of information that is generating the most excitement is the inclusion of a yet to be revealed fan-favorite map.
Which maps are coming to Vanguard Season 1?
Vanguard launched with a whopping 16 Multiplayer maps and 4 Champion Hill maps for a total of 20 maps. Considering Sledgehammer spoiled Vanguard players with several maps at launch, some may be surprised to see we’re getting two new maps so soon.
Ultimately, receiving new maps is a great thing for the Vanguard community. It helps keep the Multiplayer experience feeling fresh. The Call of Duty devs promised that one of the two new maps is “a Pacific-inspired take on a fan-favorite classic Call of Duty map.”
This statement has led many to speculate which map is going to make a return. The quote is leading players to believe that an iconic map is going to get a Pacific-themed revamp, much like Vanguard’s iteration of Shipment.
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Vanguard players are already beginning to imagine what their favorite map would look like in Vanguard. The most popular guesses seem to be Terminal, Rust, Nuketown, and Shoot House. Considering how highly regarded each of these maps are, Vanguard players would be lucky to receive even one of them.
When more details involving the two maps are revealed, check back in for an update. In the meantime, CharlieINTEL has got you covered for Season 1’s December 8 launch.
Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Vanguard leaks suggest Infected & other game modes coming soon
Vanguard dataminers have uncovered a variety of game modes in the files, with one of them being fan-favorite mode Infected.
A list of unreleased Vanguard game modes has been leaked by a Call of Duty dataminer, suggesting modes like Infected could be returning to the franchise.
With Vanguard on the verge of its first season and integration with Warzone, dataminers have been uncovering details about the Multiplayer. The most recent leaks have uncovered a variety of game modes that players could be seen in the game soon.
For those that don’t know, Vanguard was created using the Modern Warfare (2019)’s engine. Many have enjoyed this aspect of Vanguard, especially as its integration with Warzone should be much smoother, as it also uses the same engine.
What dataminers have found is that a lot of Modern Warfare’s content is still within the game’s files.
This isn’t anything profound or official, but it does possibly mean that we could be seeing some of that content in Vanguard.
Vanguard Infected leaks
Call of Duty dataminer sebas4412 recently revealed some of this Modern Warfare content and actually managed to get it working within Vanguard. In a tweet made on November 29, they said “lol like almost every MW mode has functionality in Vanguard, just got infected working.”
It is interesting that they were able to get Infected working, as some of the other modes found like “Tanks” and “Skulls” were unplayable. Could this potentially mean we will be seeing Infected within Vanguard’s future?
As players will know, Black Ops Cold War also had the Infected mode, but this wasn’t released until a little while after its launch.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but we’re sure there will be new game modes coming to Vanguard in the future, and perhaps these leaks are a hint as to what we may see.
For more, check out JGOD’s recommendations for which weapons players should be leveling up prior to the Warzone integration.
Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision
Apex Legends Raiders Collection Event patch notes: Seer buff, Arenas changes, & reticle color customization
The Apex Legends Raiders Collection Event patch notes are set to bring some interesting changes. Here are all the details.
Crazy Vanguard glitch lets players levitate above the map
Since launch, several glitches and bugs have been discovered in Vanguard. One of them takes players soaring into the sky.
Vanguard Zombies players extremely disappointed with lack of Season 1 content
Fans of the popular Zombies game mode are furious with the underwhelming additions coming to Vanguard in Season 1.