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New patch for Black Ops 3 (v. 1.09) now live on Xbox One and PC, includes weapon updates and more

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A new patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now live on Xbox One and PC. This update went live on April 18 on PS4. The version number is 1.09.

Patch Notes: 

MULTIPLAYER:

General

  • Arena Season Vet Vanquisher Calling Cards should now properly unlock after meeting the required win total.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Rank 1” Calling Card was being awarded again in the After-Action Report after winning an Arena match, despite the user already having the card.
  • Earned Prestige Calling Cards now properly display within the Calling Cards menu.

General Gameplay

  • Resolved issue where grey boxes were appearing in place of the NX ShadowClaw.
  • Addressed exploit where Players were able to gain extra momentum at end of a slide.
  • Added pre-match “Waiting for Players” message when Pre-Match settings are altered in Custom Games.
  • Fixed issue where the HG 40 would appear as a large grey box if Players first entered a Zombies or Campaign game, and then went into Multiplayer.
  • NX Shadowclaw bolts will no longer remain on the map if the Player is killed by explosive-based Scorestreaks.
  • Players will no longer hear the whiz-by sound effect for NX Shadowclaw bolts throughout the map. This will only occur for Players near the bolt.
  • Time window to obtain “Tag and Bag” Medals has been extended, and the Medals are now properly rewarded at the end of the Vision Pulse range.
  • Fixed an error where double Winner’s Circles would appear if the top-scoring Player would quit the match just after the Host ended the game.
  • Fixed issues with the BlackCell projectile not properly impacting UAV’s.
  • Repeatable reload sounds are no longer heard when the NX Shadowclaw bolts hit surfaces near enemy Players.
  • Resolved an issue where spawn trap logic was not being enabled in 2nd and 4th rounds of gameplay.
  • Additional improvements to bot path selection and correction when becoming stuck.
  • Fixed an issue where certain weapons could be fired faster than their intended fire rate.

Black Market

  • Fixed issue where the wrong portrait image was appearing for Battery’s MMA Specialist Theme.
  • Fixed an exploit where Players were able to obtain more Cryptokeys than intended by manipulating game lobbies.

Perks

  • Ante-Up
    • Increased starting Scorestreak amount from 100 to 150.

Specialists

  • General
    • Reduced Specialist earn rate in the Hardpoint Gametype.
  • Reaper
    • Reduced accuracy when firing un-zoomed.
    • Reduced ammo count from 120 to 100.
  • Outrider
    • Increased First Raise speed.
    • Increased ADS speed.
    • Increased sprint recovery speed.
    • Increased ammo count from 8 to 10.
  • Spectre
    • Reduced leftover Power when Spectre is killed while Ripper is Active.
  • Ruin
    • Increased Overdrive earn rate.
  • Nomad
    • Increased Rejack earn rate.
  • Reaper
    • Increased Psychosis earn rate.
  • Firebreak
    • Reduced Heat Wave earn rate.
  • Battery
    • Reduced Kinetic Armor earn rate

Weapons

  • Submachine Guns
    • Kuda
      • Reduced 1-hit kill range in Hardcore Mode.
      • Laser Sight bonus more aligned with bonus received on other SMGs.
      • Reduced ADS movement, but no longer lose speed while firing.
    • VMP
      • Reduced ADS movement, but no longer lose speed while firing.
    • Weevil
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased 5-hit kill range.
    • Vesper
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased ability to control recoil.
    • Pharo
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased ADS speed.
    • Razorback
      • Removed speed reduction while firing.
      • Increased 4-hit kill range.
      • Reduced 1-hit kill range in Hardcore Mode.
    • HG-40
      • Increased 3-hit kill damage range.
  • Assault Rifles
    • HVK-30
      • Increased sprint recovery speed.
      • Increased aim stability.
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • ICR-1
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • Sheiva
      • Increased ADS Speed.
      • Increased flinch stability.
      • Rapid Fire now functions properly.
    • MX Garand
      • Increased fire rate, now performs better with Rapid Fire.
  • Shotguns
    • KRM-262
      • Increased 1-hit kill range potential.
    • Haymayker-12
      • Increased 3-hit kill range.
    • Argus
      • Increased 1-hit kill range potential when hip-firing.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • BRM
      • Increased ADS out speed.
      • Increased recoil stability.
    • Dingo
      • Increased tightness of bullet spread while ADS.
      • Increased hip-fire accuracy.
    • Gorgon
      • Increased ADS out speed.
      • Increased recoil stability.
      • Increased damage through light cover.
    • 48 Dredge
      • Increased Fire Rate.
      • Increased ADS out speed.

Attachments

  • Laser Sight
    • Increased the accuracy bonus received from Laser Sight.
  • Recon
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • BOA
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • Thermal
    • Increased recoil stability.
  • Ballistics CPU
    • Increased recoil stability.

Scorestreaks

  • Rolling Thunder
    • Increased drone count.
    • Increased entry speed.
  • R.A.P.S. Deploy Ship
    • Increased drone count per drop.
  • R.A.P.S. Drones
    • Increased movement speed of drones.

Maps

  • Nuk3town
    • Added additional spawn logic to mitigate spawn trapping.
  • Infection
    • Closed up a line of sight through the wood pile outside of the barn.
    • Fixed an issue where players could reach outside of the intended playspace.

Game Modes

  • Hardcore
    • In Hardcore game modes, fixed an issue where the owner of a Care Package would be killed if a teammate stood under it during the first 15 seconds of a round.
  • Hardpoint
    • Adjusted positioning of objective markers inside of the Hardpoint zone to be more centralized.
  • Uplink
    • Improved the ability to pick up a dropped Satellite Drone.

Challenges

  • The challenge, “Hundred Percenter”, now properly appears when completing all of the Multiplayer challenges listed under Operations.
  • Increased window of time to earn the “Tag and Bag” medal.
  • Fixing an issue where players could earn the “Heat Stroke” medal when killing an enemy stunned by a teammate.

ZOMBIES:

General

  • Blocked an exploit that allowed the players to use the Death Machine indefinitely.
  • Resolved an exploit allowing players to access unintended areas.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur during a host migration while reviving teammates.
  • Fixed an exploit where players would be able to keep their perks after being revived.
  • Resolved an error that occurs when Prestiging in Zombies.
  • Addressed a bug where the Rocket Shield icon wouldn’t disappear after being destroyed.
  • Fixed a bug relating to certain attachments not working correctly with upgraded weapons.
  • Addressed stability issues regarding cross-mode play in split screen.

Shadows of Evil

  • Addressed an issue where players would rarely be killed while riding the train.
  • Fixed several bugs with the Undead Man Walking GobbleGum.

Der Eisendrache

  • Balance improvements for the Kreegakaleet lu Gosata’ahm and Kreeaho’ahm nal Ahmhogaroc bows.
  • Addressed a number of exploits that allow extended use of the Ragnarok DG-4.
  • Resolved a bug where the Ragnarok DG-4 would be put away before expiration.
  • Addressed a variety of exploits where Players were able to exit the playable area.
  • Fixed an issue where skulls would not appear after being collected during the bow upgrade quest.

DOA II

  • Fixed bug where COA’d enemy could persist past round exit and possibly kill player while screen was faded out.
  • Fixed bug where scoreboard on subsequent Redins Rally play through was not completely cleared out.
  • Increased weighting for karma points to determine winner in ROJ event.
  • Fixed bug where a player in last stand could pick items up.
  • Fixed bug where score multiplier got out of sync with multiplier increment bar on players fated with Fortune or Fortitude.
  • Added new reoccurring challenge, Eight before Fate.
  • Round no longer expires if a boss is still alive.
  • Added animations to the Siege Chicken.

SOURCE: Activision Support: Xbox One

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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

a boss battle in elden ring

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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