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New ‘DECLASSIFIED’ video series explores Treyarch’s development process

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On the December 12 livestream, Treyarch gave fans a sneak peak at a new video intel series titled “DECLASSIFIED”. Today they have released the first full episode focusing on the history of Nuketown.

Unredacted intel, direct from the devs. This is DECLASSIFIED, where we uncover the secrets behind the development of the Black Ops series.

The video begins with Senior Level Designer Adam Hoggatt explaining how Call of Duty maps go from an idea to a reality.

He says “So I had just finished working on the map Radiation on Black Ops 1 and an email came out from Vahn saying ‘hey what if we make a small map based on the nuclear testing towns, these fake towns, that they used to set up to test nukes.'”

A scrapped idea for a flank path on Nuketown (via Treyarch)

Adam also explains an idea they had where there would be a path behind the B capture point where players could flank the enemy team. He goes on to say that when implemented, it was just terrible so they removed it.

Producer Miles Leslie goes on to mention how their idea for Black Ops 4’s Nuketown originally was supposed to be much more real and depressing, but toned that down because Nuketown is traditionally a more colorful and fun map.

This is just episode one of the Declassified series, so expect some more deep dives into the Call of Duty development process.

For the full episode of Declassified, watch here:

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Treyarch celebrates 10 years of Call of Duty: Black Ops with new feature video

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Today, May 18, 2020, marks 10 years since the very first Call of Duty: Black Ops game was announced by Activision and Treyarch.

On May 18, 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed with its debut reveal trailer and released later that year on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Today, to celebrate it, Treyarch has shared a new video and a blog post looking back at the 10 years of the Black Ops franchise.

Following the release of Call of Duty: World at War in 2008, we had the opportunity to turn our full creative focus solely on making Call of Duty games, a move that gave rise to the Black Ops series of games starting in 2010. While World at War gave us characters like Reznov and Easter Eggs like a little-known bonus mode called Zombies, it was just a glimpse into just how much story there was to tell.

From there, we went deep into the shadows: Call of Duty: Black Ops was the history you thought you knew. It was Woods, Hudson, and Mason… it was plausible deniability, and mindf*ckery… it was THE NUMBERS!… and best of all, it was just scratching the surface.

Watch the full video below:

Read the studio’s full new blog on their website here.

And, if you are looking for some more nostalgia, watch the original Call of Duty: Black Ops reveal trailer here:

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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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