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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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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

If a full Black Ops 2 remaster were to exist anytime soon, it would mean that Activision would have the end of Black Ops Cold War’s run, 2019’s Modern Warfare, Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops 2.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

For more Call of Duty, check out the insane number of weapon camos for Vanguard, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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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.

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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.

With 2021 already delivering Returnal, Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank, and Far Cry 6, 2022 looks to go even bolder.

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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

kratos and tyr staring at each other in god of war ragnarok

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022

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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

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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: 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.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022.

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