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DLC Trailer for “Piazza” and “Liberation”

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-“Piazza” (Formally called Italy/Coast) is an Italian seaside village. “is very close quarters and has a lot of verticality to it, because you’re fighting this uphill battle up this mountainside in the city,”

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-“Liberation” (Formally called Park) is New York’s Central Park. “more wide open and gives you a lot more options in terms of moving around.” It’s filled with military emplacements, including turrets on opposite ends. The fighting takes place around the Bethesda fountain and boat pond.

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DLC news announcement Summary:

There will be at least 20 “drops” of new content for Modern Warfare 3, as a nine-month season of expansions to last year’s big game kicks off this month.

-The first 2 maps coming on Jan. 24th to Xbox Live Elite Subscribers.
2 more maps also coming in March.
-Non-Elite Premium will be able to purchase in March.
-There will be at least 20 “drops” of new content over 9 months (Till September).
-Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software are working on the DLC.
-Both new maps playable in competitive and the co-op Special Ops modes.
New Weapons and Campaign DLC are “on the table”
-DLC development started after MW3 was complete.
-There is NO “season finale” planned.
-No word on PS3 or PC release dates yet.

Quotes from Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling:
“We want to do more than just traditional multiplayer maps,”
“more post-launch support than we’ve ever done before,”
Campaign DLC and new weapons are, like anything else “on the table,” he said. “We’ll go with whatever works, whatever’s the most fun.”

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE after the break:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Modern Warfare® 3 blazes into 2012 with the debut of all-new multiplayer maps Liberation and Piazza, the front line of the Modern Warfare® 3 Content Season for Call of Duty® Elite, nine consecutive months of epic downloadable content that commences January 24th  for Xbox Live users. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI), revealed today that the content will  be available first for Call of Duty® Elite’s premium members on Xbox LIVE, followed by additional platforms at a later time. From January through September, Call of Duty Elitepremium members on Xbox LIVE will receive regular updates of all new content totaling at least 20 content drops.

The Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite will include a broader variety than ever, with brand new multiplayer maps, Special Ops Missions, new game modes and more.  While Call of Duty Elite premium subscribers get the new content first, as promised, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans who want to buy the content a la carte as they have in the past, will be able to purchase the content via Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections.

“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning.  Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “With the Call of Duty®: MW3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.”

All content drops for Call of Duty Elite premium members will occur once a month, starting in January for Xbox Live users and will continue through the year, ending in September.  During the first three months of 2012, Activision will release five different content drops on three occasions in January, February and March, first on Xbox Live, followed by additional platforms at a later time.

The first two Content Drops will be multiplayer maps—also playable in Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode—that throw combatants into a war-tornCentral Park and an Italian seaside village.  Liberation is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower.  Piazza is the idyllic Italian getaway that is anything but, where tight corners and branching pathways pose great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates in Piazza, where attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat.

The third Content Drop will be available for download in mid-February and two additional Content Drops will go live in March, as premium Call of Duty Elite members will receive new content once a month through September. Also in March, the first Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection will be available for purchase by the entire Call of Duty: MW3 player community on Xbox Live.

To celebrate the launch of each new content drop, Call of Duty Elite will run specialized events for real-world prizes throughout the nine-month Season. Additional details about the Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite and Collection series will be announced throughout the year.

The Modern Warfare 3 Content Season is co-developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games andRaven Software.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language.  For more information on the Call of Duty: MW3 content drops, season of content, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Elite visit www.callofduty.com/mw3 and www.callofduty.com/elite.

To become a Call of Duty Elite premium member, go to http://www.callofduty.com/elite/go-premium.  For additional Call of Duty Elite updates and information, visit www.facebook.com/callofdutyelite, and also via Twitter @CallofDutyElite.

Published by Activision and developed by Beachhead Studio, Call of Duty Elite is a comprehensive social gaming network offering a deep and innovative service for all registered Call of Duty players. Call of Duty Elite provides “always-on,” universal communication between the platform and the game. Players can access Call of Duty Elite via web or console—to connect with friends, plan multiplayer matches with their Clan or social Group, configure load-outs, access comprehensive stats and interactive heat maps, and much more.

SOURCE: Activision Press Release

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Cold War July 29 update patch notes: Mauer der Toten fixes, Season 5 teaser & more

A new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went live on July 29, and we have all of the exciting patch notes covered for you.

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Season 4 has been an exciting time for the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but the latest update for the popular game on July 29 is setting the stage for Season 5, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

Black Ops Cold War has undergone plenty of changes during Season 4 with the arrival of the new Mauer der Toten Zombies map, a new wonder weapon, and more.

However, this has not stopped Treyarch Studios from providing updates to the first-person shooter, with the latest Cold War update rolling out on July 29.

This Cold War July 29 update has plenty of exciting things for players to witness, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you so that you do not miss anything.

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

NEW GUNFIGHT TOURNAMENT, COLLATERAL 24/7 + MORE

A new Gunfight Tournament arrives this week with all-new, exclusive rewards to earn by fighting your way through all four rounds of the tournament with your duo partner. Remember, if you haven’t unlocked the rewards from previous Gunfight Tournaments, you can still jump in and earn previous rewards by winning your way through multiple brackets.

We’re delivering Collateral Combined Arms 24/7 this week for everyone to jump into a mix of massive, vehicle-fueled battles on our latest 12v12 map. 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only12v12 Moshpit, Face Off 6v6, and more also continue in this week’s Featured Playlists, and we’ve also added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist for even more variety for 40-player fans.

In Zombies, today’s update also brings a new collection of stability fixes and gameplay improvements, including fixes for issues with the Main Quest and Klaus in “Mauer der Toten,” unresponsive Mimics in “Firebase Z,” various stability issues, and more. And for Campaign players, we’ve fixed a rare crash that could occur when reaching checkpoints in the single-player story.

SEASON FIVE APPROACHES…

Having broken cover with Jackal’s all-out assault on a US ground station and the subsequent destruction of the Jumpseat satellite constellation, Perseus continues to press their advantage. Using a dead drop, the critical data stolen by Wraith and Knight is passed to an Operator with the unique skills required to execute Stitch’s endgame.

Watch the official Season Four Outro Cinematic and get ready for what’s coming next. Things are about to heat up in Black Ops Cold War and across Verdansk…

DOUBLE WEAPON XP WEEKEND

Get ready to level up your entire arsenal all weekend long as Double Weapon XP Weekend begins in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Jump in and get on the grind, starting at 10AM PT Friday, July 30th through August 2nd.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

ZOMBIES

“Mauer der Toten”

  • Main Quest
    • Addressed an issue that prevented a quest item from dropping when the Megaton was killed by the Ghost Train.
  • Klaus
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to become unresponsive until he recharged after he used melee on a zombie while he completed a quest step.
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to deploy for a shorter duration than expected after previously activating a side quest while he was deployed.
  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Krasny Soldat to stop chasing players between buildings.

“Firebase Z”

  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Mimic to become unresponsive.

Onslaught (PlayStation®)

  • Addressed an issue that could often cause enemies to stop spawning during an Onslaught Accelerated match.

Stability

  • Fixed rare stability issues related to Klaus, the RAI-K 84, and the “Mauer der Toten” Main Quest.

Apply Blueprints  

  • Addressed an issue that caused loss of functionality when using the Apply Blueprint feature in conjunction with ziplines.

UI

  • Added distance tracking info to several in-world waypoints icons.

Featured Playlists

  • Mauer der Toten
  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Accelerated (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Rush (PlayStation)

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist.

Featured Playlists

  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Collateral Combined Arms 24/7
  • NukeJacked 24/7
  • 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only
  • Face Off 6v6
  • 12v12 Moshpit
  • Cranked Moshpit
  • Party Games
  • Multi-Team

CAMPAIGN

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash when reaching checkpoints.

Source: Treyarch Studios

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How to sign up and play the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta

Here’s how you can sign up to the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta and be one of the first to preview new installment for the franchise.

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Following the exciting story and multiplayer reveal, the Halo developers have now released information on how you can be one of the first to experience the game through the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta.

After Halo Infinite‘s highly anticipated story and multiplayer reveal during E3, players are now more hyped than ever to get their hands on a new Halo experience.

For those who can’t wait to get to grips with Master Chief’s arrival on the next generation of consoles, here’s how you can enroll for the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta and experience the game early.

Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta

Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta

The Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta will be a technical test for players outside of the 343 Industries studio to give the developers feedback and experience the game before it is launched to the public.

For those confused about what the Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta is, this is what Microsoft calls their game’s beta tests.

The first Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta will be starting on July 29, 2021, and will only be available to those who sign up for the Halo Insider Program on the halowaypoint website.

How to sign up

Signing up is simple. All you need to do is head over to the Halo Insider Program hub and click “Sign Up.” You will then be asked to sign in to your Xbox Live account. You also must be 18 years or older to participate in the tests.

You will be told that you will not be able to disclose any information from the tests, which includes any images or videos except when explicitly told it is okay to do so.

Further, you will be asked for personal details like your email, country, and time zone. You will then be asked which previous Halo games you have played, which ones are your favorite, and what kind of modes do you like the most.

The sign-up also requires you to state what platforms and controllers you own, what display settings you have, and what the audio setup is like. You can also opt into PC-specific beta tests on the Halo Insider sign-up page, and you’ll be asked to share your PC specifications and your Steam ID if you have one.

Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta

However, not every single person will be invited to each Halo Infinite Technical Preview Beta. 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard recently took to Twitter to give the community an inside look at how the participants for each of these tests are chosen which you can find in this Twitter thread.

Lastly, once you are all signed up, all you need to do is wait until you are called upon for a test. For more on Halo Infinite, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

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Fortnite Season 7 live event countdown timer: start date & theme

A countdown timer has appeared in the world of Fortnite, and it looks to be counting down the moments until the Season 7 live event.

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Excitement is at an all-time high in the world of Fortnite regarding Season 7, as a countdown timer has appeared in the popular game and is counting down the moments until the next live event kicks off.

There are many things that have made Fortnite one of the most popular games in the world over the past couple of years, with one of the most important being the exciting live events that Epic Games has pulled off over the course of the game’s many seasons.

These live events have been everything from concerts to giant battles where millions of players have been able to experience the adrenaline-fueled action all at the same time.

While the end of Season 6 and the start of Season 7 did not see a live event occur, this does not look to be the case for the end of Season 7 and the start of Season 8, as a Fortnite live event countdown timer has officially appeared in the popular game.

Fortnite live event countdown timer

Fortnite live event countdown timer

This new Fortnite live event countdown timer appeared on July 27, 2021, with the release of the 17.21 update for the fan-favorite game brought exciting items like the new Plasma Cannon.

Players soon noticed this Fortnite live event countdown timer in the game’s sky when they were playing and in the lobby in between matches.

Based on the amount of time this timer began with when it first appeared, it looks as though the highly anticipated live event will occur on August 6, 2021, at 3 PM PST/ 5 PM CST/ 6 PM EST.

It is unknown exactly what will happen when this Fortnite live event countdown timer hits zero on August 6.

However, with this season’s theme being all about an alien invasion, the alien mothership that has been hanging around might likely be ready to make some noise and shake up the Fortnite world in a major way.

An Ariana Grande concert event has also been leaked to be taking place sometime this season, so there is a possibility that this time is counting down until this leaked event. Still, players will have to wait until it hits zero before we officially know or an announcement is made by Epic Games.

For more Fortnite, check out how to complete all of the Season 7 Bounties, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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