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New patch for Black Ops 3 (v. 1.14) now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

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A new patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now live on PS4, version 1.14. This new patch update is also live on PC and Xbox One, as of July 28.

Patch Notes:

MULTIPLAYER:

[PS4 only] General

  • Mercenary playlist has been retired.
  • Dream Team no longer tagged by the profanity filter.
  • “Complete Your Season Pass” has been added to the In-Game Store.

CODCaster

  • Added support for Numpad number inputs.
  • Added support for arrow key navigation when the Player Loadout panel is up.
  • Added custom team colors to loading screen, competitive screens when viewed as a CODCaster, and End Game/Round Transition Screens.
  • Improvements to Player Card Readability
    • Increased the overall size of the Player’s Name.
    • Increased the height/width of the widget to allow for larger font as needed.
    • Added custom team color to the background of the team name.
    • Added a transition effect when switching to a different player.
  • Updates to the Player List to display Team Colors
    • Added a custom team color gradient to the background of the team name on the Player List.
    • Added a visual indication on the team that is being switched to.
    • Removed the color when the team is no longer being spectated.
  • Visibility updates to the CODCaster Score Panel
    • Added Custom team color to background of team that is currently being spectated, on team switch the color should disappear.
    • Added Arrow indicator to team that is currently being spectated, on team switch the arrow will switch sides.
    • Added Additional Accent Color to top area of widget, on team switch the color will disappear.
    • Added a color bar to the bottom of the team currently being spectated, on team switch the bar will disappear.
    • On team switch, the team being switched to will scale slightly larger.
    • On team switch, the team being switched to will pulse from the standard grey background to a slightly brighter version of the custom team color then settle to the normal color gradient.

Black Market

  • Latest loot items will be marked with a banner when earned and when viewed in the Black Market’s recent Contraband list.

Specialists

  • Outrider
    • Sparrow
      • Increased speed to maximum arrow charge.
      • Increased rapid-fire rate.
  • Prophet
    • Tempest
      • Reduced beam size.

Create-A-Class

  • Submachine Guns
    • Kuda
      • Reduced 3-hit kill damage range.
      • Reduced 5-hit kill damage range.
    • VMP
      • Reduced recoil stability.
    • Vesper
      • Increased recoil stability.
  • Assault Rifles
    • Man-O-War
      • Reduced reload speed.
      • Reduced aim-down-sights speed.
  • Black Market Weapons
    • HG-40
      • Increased 3-hit kill damage range.
    • Garand
      • Increased reload speed.
      • Increased recoil stability.
      • Increased hip-fire accuracy.
    • FFAR
      • Increased recoil stability.
      • Increased hip-fire accuracy.
      • Increased Aim-down-sight speed.

Game Modes

  • Fracture
    • 4 new Medals added.
      • Break The Bank: Deposit 5 or more core files without leaving the fracture site.
      • Jackpot: Deposit 10 core files without leaving the fracture site.
      • All Gone: Rapidly deny 5 or more of your team’s dropped core files.
      • Tearjerker: Kill an enemy who is carrying 5 or more core files.
    • Resolved an issue where Fracture was not counting toward objective Contracts.
    • Resolved an issue where Combat Focus was not properly increasing score for Fracture score events.

Maps

  • [PS4 only] Empire
    • Out of bounds triggers added around driveway and near pool to prevent players from leaving intended playspace.
    • Collision added near art gallery door to prevent players from using an exploit.
    • Fixed an exploit where Players were able to stand on a golden eagle relief statue in one of the rooms.
    • Players are no longer able to stand on one of the fences outside of the map boundaries.
  • [PS4 only] Cryogen
    • Adjusted Free-For-All start spawns.
    • Kill triggers added to prevent an exploit that allowed players to leave the intended playspace.
  • [PS4 only] Berserk
    • Adjusted Free-For-All start spawns.
    • Collision added around pit to prevent players from sitting on a wall to gain an unintended line of sight.
    • Out of bounds triggers added behind houses to prevent players from leaving intended playspace.
    • Collision added behind houses to prevent players from sitting on a wall.
    • Resolved an issue where players could unintentionally stand on a tree.
    • Resolved an issues where players could capture a Hardpoint outside of the intended capture zone.
  • [PS4 only] Rumble
    • Resolved an issue where AI Scorestreaks would target enemies through the bunker in the arena.
    • Resolved an issue where players were able to plant C4 behind a screen in the VIP Room.

ZOMBIES:

General

  • Addressed exploit issues for the Killing Time, Undead Man Walking, and Fear in Headlights GobbleGums.
  • Fixed issues that could cause players to lose weapons or get duplicate weapons when using the Disorderly Combat GobbleGum.
  • Resolved a rare loss of functionality when joining on a host as they leave their lobby.
  • Added various stability fixes for Theater Mode.

Gorod Krovi (FOR PS4 only):

  • Addressed an issue where players could acquire unlimited points during a Valkyrie drone round.
  • Addressed an issue where players could acquire unlimited XP points when incubating the dragon egg.
  • Addressed an issue where players could acquire an unlimited Death Machine power up after riding the dragon.
  • Addressed an issue where players could interact with the Pack-A-Punch when locked during a lockdown event.
  • Addressed an issue where players could jump onto a bookcase in the Supply Depot.
  • Addressed an issue where players could jump onto a tank outside the Dragon Command.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to leave the playable space when using the Flinger trap.
  • Players can now release the dragon egg with NX ShadowClaw Dual Wield and Apollo’s Fervor ammunition.
  • Players can now receive full Draconite Controller ammunition when picking up a Max Ammo power up or when using the Cache Back GobbleGum.
  • Fixed a spawning issue when starting the Dragon Strike Controller quest at high rounds.
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally not obtain the Slash N’ Burn after completing the Time Attack.
  • Fixed rare progression breaks with the main Easter Egg quest.
  • Fixed issue where players could hit a death barrier upon entering the sewer under S.O.P.H.I.A.
  • Fixed a stability issue with the NX ShadowClaw Dual Wield and Apollo’s Fervor ammunition during the Nikolai Easter Egg boss fight.
  • Addressed performance issues for split screen games.
  • Improved streaming performance for various enemy types.

Der Eisendrache

  • Adjusted the pickup radius for the completed arrow of the Kreeaho’ahm nal Ahmhogaroc bow.
  • Fixed a bug that caused controller vibration to persist when prone crawling with a charged bow.

The Giant

  • Fixed a rare issue that caused Hell Hounds to become stuck in place.
  • Resolved an issue that blocked voiceover audio from playing when taking certain weapon types from the Mystery Box.

Dead Ops Arcade 2: Cyber’s Avengening

  • Reduced Night Fury damage.

SOURCE: Activision Support: PS4, Xbox OnePC

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Activision reportedly committed to releasing next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation

A new report claims that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least the next three releases, including Warzone 2.

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Activision Blizzard have committed to releasing the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The gaming world was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft announced it was set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion. While 54% of Call of Duty fans polled are happy at the news, there has been some concerns about whether Microsoft would make the franchise exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Now, a new report claims that Activision’s flagship FPS will stay on PlayStation for at least the next three releases.

warzone operator using binoculars

Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier claims that “Activision had already committed to making the next few CoD games available on Sony’s console,” before news of Microsoft’s purchases broke.

That means Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare sequel, which is set to release later this year, Treyarch’s next entry in 2023, and a planned “new iteration of Call of Duty: Warzone” will all be playable on PlayStation consoles.

While Activision haven’t confirmed this publicly, Schreier states that he spoke to “four people with knowledge of the deal,” who have asked to remain anonymous.

While this is good news for Sony fans. the future of CoD on PlayStation is still difficult to predict. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously stated that they “intended to honor all existing agreements” after the Activision Blizzard deal is complete, but didn’t mention what would happen once those agreements have ended.

Taking away Call of Duty from PlayStation would mark a seismic shift in the gaming industry, and for the franchise. It seems Call of Duty could change forever under Microsoft’s ownership, with talks ongoing about ending the franchise’s annual release schedule.

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Vanguard and Modern Warfare 2 characters

Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

Vanguard players running in-game

According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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