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New patch for Advanced Warfare now live on Xbox, PSN & PC; weapon balancing, eSports updates, and more

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A new patch for Advanced Warfare is now live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 (as of Dec. 11th), PS3 (as of Dec. 16th), and as of Dec. 18th, now live on PC. (due note PS3 & PC players, certain patch notes listed below were pushed live before today’s patch). Players will be prompted to download an update the next time they launch the game. This patch brings a lot of new updates and bug fixes.

Official patch notes:

Xbox 360 Specific Updates:

UI Updates:

  • Fixed operator load in issue with guest profiles.
  • Fixed rare issue when entering and exiting menus too quickly.

In-Game Updates:

  • Fixed issue where party leader wasn’t able to transfer party leadership to other players.
  • Fixed Host Migration issues.
  • Fixed an issue with Splitscreen when entering the store.

Game Update: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC 

Security and Anti-Cheat Updates:

  • Multiple fixes for invalid player data, which allowed custom “super” classes.
  • Added offensive emblem policy message to emblem editor main page and save pop-up.
  • Added additional enforcement for offensive player-created emblems.

Store Updates:

  • Polish and fan requested improvements.

Emblem Updates:

  • General Emblem Editor polish and fan requested improvements. Including colors, layers, etc.
  • Added ability to set an emblem as your clan emblem.

UI Updates:

  • Added support for new upcoming AE4 weapon, including challenges.
  • Fixed issues with invites between Multiplayer and Exo Survival modes that would exclude -Splitscreen party leader is unable to invite anyone to their party.
  • Fixed issue where newly unlocked items were not showing up in the new items list.
  • Safe Area adjustments for Spectator HUD.
  • Added categories to Armory. (All Loot, Redeemable Loot, Time Limited Loot, and Permanent Loot)
  • Fixed issue where Armory Page Count displays incorrectly and added time remaining information for all Time Limited Loot Items.
  • Fixed an issue where the scoreboard on the after action report was not highlighting the active player.
  • Added indication of how many modules a Scorestreak can have based on player’s rank level.
  • Updated lobby status info for System Link games while in the firing range.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Completed” text would show up on locked calling cards, after scrolling over an unlocked/completed calling card.
  • Updated Multiplayer Main Menu to include Friends list option by default.
  • Updated Prestige menu flow experience and information displayed.
  • Added the ability to customize Scorestreaks within the Scorestreaks selection menu.

In-Game Updates:

  • Fixed Momentum mantle prompt overlapping with 2X indicator
  • Fixed issue with the “Taking” icon overlapping the flag icons in Momentum Splitscreen.
  • Fixed issue with the Reinforcement icon overlapping HUD while playing in Splitscreen.
  • Added “RELOAD”, “LOW AMMO”, and “NO AMMO” HUD notifications on all Weapon Loot.
  • Fixed stretched weapon loot icon in Killcam feeds.
  • Fixed issue where 1st players progress in Exo Survival would be lost when signing into a Splitscreen local play.
  • Fixed Lynx ammo count issue.
  • Fixed Care Package trap module exploit.
  • Fixed threat indicator issue with friendly MDL projectiles and the Crossbow Bolts
  • Fixed Goliath pod down on planted bomb.
  • Fixed Goliath getting stuck issues.
  • Fixed Goliath players out of world exploit.
  • Fixed issue where the Ameli – Chicanery Elite variant would remain locked after permanent unlock via Prestige.
  • Fixed rare issue where MDL projectiles would not explode.
  • Fixed an exploit where the Minimap would be visible when you paused during a Killcam,
  • Fixed issue where players being invited into a bonus playlist while the game is still installing, which would cause a crash when loading Atlas Gorge.
  • Fixed issue when rapid supply package from a supply drop appear locked and expired.
  • Fixed rare visual affect issue when ADS with the Sniper, ACOG, Variable Zoom, and Ballistic scopes would not appear correctly.

Clan Updates:

  • Widened the Clan Invite Details window to accommodate long clan names.
  • Added warning message when transferring ownership of Clan.
  • Added Clan member position display label to the Clan Roster

Challenge Updates:

  • Fixed Far Sighted” challenge requiring four long shot medals instead of the three to complete
  • Fixed an issue with the “Super Star” challenge, where it did not prompt the player that 6 or more people are needed to complete the challenge.
  • Fixed an issue with the “Crushing Victory” challenge where it would not track properly when there are less than 6 players in the match.

Weapon Balancing Updates (Note: Adjustments affect base weapon and all loot variants):

  • Bal27: damage reduced, max damage range decreased, recoil adjusted
  • HBRa3: max damage range decreased
  • ASM1: max damage range increased
  • MP11: max damage range increased
  • EM1: damage increased
  • EPM3: damage increased, ads time decreased
  • XMG: damage increased, lockdown mode increased
  • Ameli: damage increased
  • Pytaek: damage increased

Scorestreak Updates:

  • Fixed an issue where the System Hack Graphic would remain on Broadcaster’s Screen, even after system hack event was over.
  • Fixed issue with Care package drone delivery if System Hack is activated at beginning of delivery.
  • Fixed issue with not being able to kill care package drone.
  • Fixed issue where all medals earned while operating a Scorestreak would not appear on players screen.
  • Fixed rare issue of players losing the ability to activate Scorestreaks when killed while moving a turret.
  • Fixed an issue where the player could have his weapon dropped after returning from controlling a Scorestreak.
  • Fixed issue where player wouldn’t be able to trigger game objects while using the ripped turret.
  • Fixed an issue with the Paladin where Friend or Foe overlay would remain on if you joined a Paladin Scorestreak and immediately exited Scorestreak.
  • Fixed issue where the player would get credited with assault drone challenges when they used a Map Based Scorestreak.

Broadcaster UI Updates:

  • Added the bomb planting/defusing UI to the Broadcaster UI.
  • Adjusted scoreboard placement when viewing through Broadcaster.
  • Fixed issue where the bomb icon in the Broadcaster UI wouldn’t disappear when the bomb carrier planted the bomb.
  • Fixed issue where the match summary in the After Action Report wouldn’t update with Scoreboard for the broadcaster.
  • Updated HUD outlines for Broadcaster.
  • Fixed issue where Aim Down Sights overlays weren’t being displayed for Sniper Scopes.
  • Removed player rank information from being displayed in the Fullscreen scoreboard and the overhead names.
  • Added objective information to the Broadcaster scoreboard. This information appears in the gray bar beneath the teams’ scores.
  • CODVision is now brighter and easier to see. Added Broadcaster HUD UI elements including active player info, in-game scoreboard/status, mini-map highlights player with satellite (Uplink), persistent weapon info, and objective information in First Person Mode.
  • Added functionality for broadcaster settings to be remembered between rounds.
  • Added a subtitle to the broadcaster scoreboard that displays the current Hardpoint’s timer; or the current round number in Capture the Flag, Search & Destroy, and Uplink.
  • The primary timer in the broadcaster scoreboard is now yellow once the bomb has been planted. Will switch to red when timer reaches 10 seconds.

eSports Settings Changes:

  • Search and Destroy Silent Plant = Enabled
  • Spectating POV = First Person Only
  • Battle Chatter = Disabled
  • Uplink Respawn Delay = 5 Seconds
  • Hardpoint Respawn Delay = 2.5 Seconds
  • Team Kill Penalty = None
  • Friendly Fire = Enabled
  • Explosive Delay = None

Ranked Play Updates:

  • Remove Join in Progress.
  • Turning on Skill Based Matchmaking.
  • Turning off friendly fire.
  • Fixed issue where the player wouldn’t lose division points from abandoning the match by using the system close application option.
  • Initialize disconnect penalty as soon as the match starts.
  • Utilize latest eSports rule set:
    • Primary Weapons – All Specials
    • Secondary Weapons – All Launchers
    • Attachments – Tracker, Grenade Launcher, Akimbo
    • Wildcards – Bombardier
    • Exo Ability – Ping
    • Exo Launcher – Tracking Drone, Explosive Drone
    • Scorestreaks – UAV, Orbital Care Package, System Hack
    • Scorestreaks Modules – Bombing Run Care Package Upgrade, XS1 Goliath Recon, and All Support Modules.

Game Mode Specific Updates (Note: Adjusted score amounts for various events and objective modes.)
Search & Destroy:

  • Fixed rare Search & Destroy Killcam issue.
  • [Broadcaster] Added various Search & Destroy UI improvements.
  • [Broadcaster] Fixed the bug where the “Target A” and “Target B” in-world icons wouldn’t disappear when the bomb was planted.

Capture the Flag:

  • Removed the text that duplicates the information presented by the flag icons.
  • Adjusted spawn logic in Capture the Flag to make it less likely for players to spawn near their own flag.
  • [Broadcaster] Added a timer that displays the time remaining until the flag automatically resets when the flag is on the ground.

Uplink:

  • [Broadcaster] Added various Uplink UI improvements.
  • Added distance limitation to passing the Satellite Drone in Uplink. This prevents the players from passing it across the entire map.
  • Also adjusted the required throw angle.
  • Fixed spawn points issue in uplink.
    Hardpoint:
  • [Broadcaster] Added various Hardpoint UI improvements.
  • Altered Spawn logic to prevent cluster spawning near the Hardpoint.
  • Fixed rare Hardpoint location disappearing issue in Private Match.
  • [Broadcaster] Adjusted so that the broadcaster will now see a “Defend” icon appear on the HUD when the spectated player is standing in the Hardpoint.

Momentum:

  • [Broadcaster] Changed the team scores to display a list of flags with the current state of the flags.
  • [Broadcaster] The objective bar now displays the current state of the contested flag, and displays a bar that illustrates the current capture progress.

Map Specific Updates
Note: Many of the following updates apply to all maps, and are directly improved based on the findings of our security team and via community response to exploits.

  • Fixed player out of world exploits throughout. [Applies to Exo Survival.]
  • Fixed Aerial Assault Drone and Recon Drone out of world exploits throughout.
  • Fixed rare spectate cam issue.
  • Fixed rare Tactical Insertion exploit in Infected.
  • Fixed Warbird out-of-bounds exploit.
  • Fixed various clipping issues with the Goliath.

Exo Survival Global Updates:

  • Fixed issues with the score number in the Exo survival after action report.
  • Fixed an issue where players would get “Share Package” medals using a partners Goliath Scorestreak.
  • Fixed automatic revive issues at the start of the next round.

SOURCE: SHGames

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of a season, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

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 pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: Fall 2022

For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 2022

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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: Holiday 2022

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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.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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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.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Spring 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: late 2022

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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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.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022. For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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