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New patch for Black Ops 3 (v. 1.08) now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC – UPDATE

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UPDATE — March 22nd: The new patch update is now live on PC as well. Patch notes are below, and all PC specific updates are noted with [PC].


A new patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The update is version number 1.08.

Patch Notes:

Multiplayer:

General

  • The Nuk3town map, Calling Card, Reticles, and Weapon Camo are now available to all Players.
  • [PS4] Updated Live Event Viewer CWL Feature Widget Image.
  • [PC] Security Updates

General Gameplay

  • Fixed error related to using a picked-up weapon from a Player who left the game.
  • Resolved issue where Players were able to kill a prone Player when they ran over them with a carried Guardian or Hardened Sentry.
  • Fixed bug where if a Player died by a Semtex during the HC-XD calling animation, enemy Scorestreaks would continually fire at the spot of death.
  • Addressed global spawn issue that could occur when Players were killed when deploying Scorestreaks.
  • Added spawn trap logic to Uplink and Safeguard where additional spawns will open under extreme scenarios.
  • Enabled spawn trap logic in Public online matches.
  • Resolved bug where Players were able to gain additional Specialist Power by switching Classes at the beginning of a round.

Create-a-Class

  • Perks
    • Fixed exploit where the Ante-Up Perk would continue to work when a player switched to a class without it.
  • Equipment
    • Addressed bug where using the Black Hat on a Trip Mine or other equipment near a planted bomb in S&D prevented the user from disarming the bomb.
    • Addressed issue where the Combat Axe was unable to destroy the HC-XD.

Specialists

  • Nomad
    • Fixed bug where the use of Nomad’s H.I.V.E. Gun would cause disconnects from Dedicated Servers.
    • Resolved an issue where the sound of a H.I.V.E. pod would persist for a Player if the Player activated the H.I.V.E. pod, but was afterwards killed by another means than the H.I.V.E. pod.

Scorestreaks

  • Hardened Sentry
    • Fixed a bug where Players were able to keep a Hardened Sentry active while it was being carried.
  • Counter-UAV
    • Fixed an issue where multiple aircraft could be destroyed by splash damage if within close proximity.
  • UAV
    • Fixed an issue where multiple aircraft could be destroyed by splash damage if within close proximity.

Maps

  • Fringe
    • Addressed exploit where Players were able to reach an unintended area near the white truck and junkyard.
  • Gauntlet
    • Resolved issue where the Safeguard robot would sometimes have trouble pathing through the garage when specific Custom Game settings were altered.
  • Rise
    • Added collision to prevent sitting on top of door-frame near center of the map.
  • Splash
    • Added collision to prevent Players from mantling through geo near Market Street.
    • Addressed exploit where Players were able to reach unintended areas near Atlantis building.
  • Skyjacked
    • Addressed issue where AI vehicles were becoming stuck when pathing in the lower portion of the map.

Game Modes

  • Safeguard
    • Fixed issue where the Safeguard Robot would sometimes become stuck during it’s walking animation.
    • Addressed bug where not all escorting Attackers were being awarded with the Escort score event.
  • Search and Destroy
    • Resolved a bug where the bomb icon would not appear for all bomb carriers when multiple bombs were enabled in Custom Game settings.

Weapons

  • MR6
    • Reduced Max Fire Rate.
  • ICR
    • Increased Accuracy.

Challenges

  • Fixed a bug that would prevent the “100 Percenter” challenge from being awarded after completing all Multiplayer Challenges.
  • Resolved bug where Players were unable to earn a long shot medal for the NX ShadowClaw when Dual Wield was equipped.

CODCaster

  • X-Ray Player highlight is now the proper color for each team.
  • Scorestreaks now show up on the map regardless of which team is being spectated.
  • Added Specialist Meter indicator to the Player list; indicator will flash when Specialist is being used.

Custom Games

  • Switching teams during the pre-match phase will no longer spawn you on the wrong side.
  • CWL game variants have been updated with a 30 second pre-match timer.
  • Added multi-drone option for Uplink.
  • Included adjustable settings which will require all Players to join before the pre-match timer starts.

Theater

  • Corrected a bug where sometimes Zombies would lack a walking animation.
  • Corrected bug where UI would fail to appear after loading a video clip from the Media tab.
  • Removed Hit Markers during game film playback while in Director Mode.
  • Addressed UI Error that occurred after a User interacted with the “Choose Mode” sidebar immediately after selecting “Take Screenshot” or while the Publish screenshot prompt was open.
  • Resolved UI error that appeared when attempting to delete a Local screenshot.
  • Addressed bug where the Bow FX would persist when watching a Zombies clip.
  • Fixed bugs related to the fast forward and record buttons.
  • Resolved issue that would occur if the User selected a Red Triangle Warning icon in their Recent Games.
  • Fixed bug where combat text would remain on-screen during a Highlight Reel.
  • Corrected issue where the UI would disappear if a Player pressed the Menu button during game film playback.
  • Fixed issue where burst fire weapons would sometimes be missing audio during playback.
  • When watching a Zombies Clip, addressed a bug where the Ritual Skulls would still be present during the Demon Bow quest if a Player rewound to the start of the clip.

Zombies:

General

  • All GobbleGum machines in a level are now active at all times.
  • The GobbleGum machine can now be accessed multiple times per round.
  • The Liquid Divinium drop rate cap of two vials per game has been removed; Players can now continue to earn Liquid Divinium as they progress through a match.
  • The Player’s current GobbleGum pack will now be represented in the inventory screen.

Shadows of Evil

  • Personal items and gate worms will now use a shared inventory system.
  • The Ritual duration time has been reduced.
  • Addressed a bug where Players were unable to progress after upgrading the Apothicon Swords and then bleeding out.
  • Several stability issues with the main quest have been addressed.
  • Fixed bug where Margwas would continue to go after downed players.

Der Eisendrache

  • Fixed several bugs where Players were able to use the Ragnarok DG-4 indefinitely.
  • Addressed issue where Players were able to duplicate an upgraded Wraith of the Ancients bow when using the Arms Grace GobbleGum.
  • Added several kill brushes to block off pathing exploits.
  • Addressed Zombies farming exploit at the test fire location.

DOA II

  • Added small chance of golden egg spawning at chicken farm.
  • Fix for enemy no longer spawning during long boss rounds.
  • Increased Coat of Arms duration.
  • Fix for golden chicken not laying up to 3 eggs.
  • Coat of Arms now team shifts zombies from enemy team to Player team; (As opposed to a neutral team).  Players should no longer be attacked by COA’d zombies.
  • Fixed Player chicken to fire fated weapons(force/fury) instead of default LMG.
  • Tuned the Player rewards for donated life.
  • Flying enemies should no longer be able to go beneath the ground surface in the graveyard map.
  • Adjusted a pickup spawn location in Combine map that was spawning objects beyond invisible clip barrier.
  • Fixed a bug where extra lives could not be earned post score of 100M.
  • Made some logic adjustments to how Players are handled while the “How far can you get” screen is up.
  • Added Host Migration to public matches.
  • Players should no longer match make into public games that have reached the Farm arena.
  • Ready up functionality added to public lobbies.
  • Invisible shadow zombie fixed.
  • Fixed issue in ROJ where joining Player with could be awarded a fate already owned by current Players
  • “Fido” the Siege Chicken added.
  • Fix for spinning saw pickup not crediting Player for enemy deaths.
  • Adjusted solo anti kiting logic.
  • Chicken Bowl eggs now drop towards center of arena.
  • Fix for a condition where player could die exiting a vehicle.
  • Fix for rare condition where Silverback could jump out of the boss arena.

Campaign:

General

  • Disabled physics wind on all maps.

SOURCE: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Part 1, Part 2)

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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

aloy riding mount in horizon forbidden west

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

trainer observing the land in pokemon arceus

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

rainbow six operators walking cautiously

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

zombie enemies in dying light 2

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

race gameplay in gran turismo 7

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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