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New patch for Black Ops 3 now live on PS4/XB1/PC; Black Market Updates and more

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Treyarch has released a new patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and (as of Dec 15) PC; the new patch is version number 1.04.

The patch brings support for the new Call of Duty Points feature. Learn more about Call of Duty Points here.

This update includes: a Quick Join feature in menus to let you join your friends that are also online, see items that you have recently acquired from the Black Market, burn duplicate items from the Black Market for more Cryptokeys, save custom game settings, updates to Arena, and added three brand new secondary special weapons, which can be unlocked via earning in the Black Market: the wrench, the butterfly knife, and the brass knuckles.

Patch Notes (notes for all platforms; platform specific changes marked specifically): 

Global

Introducing COD Points

  • Introduction of COD Points currency. COD Points (CP) are now available for purchase through the in-game Store. COD Points are an in-game currency that can be used to obtain Rare Supply Drops in the Multiplayer Black Market and Liquid Divinium for use in Dr. Monty’s Factory in Zombies. As a bonus to get started, all players will be awarded 200 COD Points, which can be used right away!

Extra Slots Pack Now Available

  • Extra Slots Pack increases the number of customizable Create-A-Class slots to 10 sets of slots, and significantly expands media storage and showcase storage by more than 3 times the number of slots for Emblems, Paintjobs, Gunsmith Variants, Screenshots, Films, and Custom Games.
  • Players can now purchase the Extra Slots Pack using COD Points. In Create-A-Class, simply cycle through the new Class Sets menu to gain access to the option to purchase.

C.O.D.E. Warriors Personalization Pack

  • The C.O.D.E. Warriors Personalization Pack includes 3 reticles, Calling Card and custom weapon camo. All profits from the Personalization Pack sales will go towards the Call of Duty Endowment’s support for organizations that prepare veterans to reenter the job market. Offer only available in select regions.

Multiplayer

Black Market

  • Recently Acquired
    • Players are now able to review the last 25 unique items received through the Black Market.
    • Items are tagged with a timestamp and duplicate items are noted.
  • Burn Duplicates
    • Players are able to burn all duplicate Black Market Contraband in exchange for Cryptokeys. More Cryptokeys are rewarded for exchanging duplicates of higher rarities.
  • Trade Again
    • Players are now able to exchange COD Points or Cryptokeys directly from the Supply Drop results screen without having to go back to the Black Market dealer. Simply highlight and select the option to the left of the item rewards under the Trade Again label.
  • Black Market in Game Lobbies
    • Players are now able to access the Black Market from Multiplayer game lobbies, allowing players to exchange COD Points or Cryptokeys for Supply Drops before and after matches.
    • If Players are in the process of opening a Supply Drop as a match begins, the menu screen will close but content is still awarded. Players can view items earned through Supply Drops from the Recently Acquired menu option in the Black Market.
  • Rare Supply Drop Tuning
    • As always, Rare Supply Drops guarantee at least one Rare or better item.
    • Opening a Rare Supply Drop now has slightly better odds of receiving Legendary and Epic items than the equivalent of opening three Common Supply Drops.
    • Guaranteed to receive a bonus reward with each Rare Supply Drop.
    • Rare Supply Drops now guarantee at least one item related to Specialists or Weapons including the following:
      • Specialists
        • Specialist Themes [Rare, Legendary, Epic]
        • Taunts [Legendary]
        • Gestures [Rare]
      • Weapons
        • Melee Weapons [Legendary]
        • Cosmetic Attachment Variants [Legendary]
        • Reticles [Rare]
        • Camos [Legendary, Epic]
  • New Melee Weapons
    • Players have a chance of acquiring the following Legendary melee weapons from Supply Drops:
      • Butterfly Knife
      • Wrench
      • Brass Knuckles

Theater

  • Theater editing suite added. This includes the following modes:
    • Basic
      • Create shot using the basic replay functionality.
      • Screenshot functionality has been added.
    • Director
      • Create epic shot using animated dolly camera.
    • Object Link
      • Attach the camera to Scorestreaks, Lethals, and Tacticals.
    • Timeline Editor
      • Add dynamic lights to the map to enhance your shot.
    • Highlight Reel
      • An auto-generated clip based off of the player’s recent games.

General

  • Quick Join option added to the Multiplayer Main Menu. This allows Players to party-up with any eligible Players on their Friends List who are currently playing Black Ops III.
  • Multiplayer Music option in the Audio menu now allows players to preview music samples and change the music heard when playing Multiplayer.
  • Custom Games functionality has been expanded. Support has been added for official Custom Game Variants as well as saving Custom Games.
  • Fixed an error that would occasionally occur when returning to the Multiplayer Lobby after completing a match or entering/exiting the Arena Lobby.
  • Fix for slow game load on some machines when vsync is enabled [PC only]
  • Performance optimizations [PC only]
  • Various bug fixes [PC only]

General Gameplay

  • XP earn rate increased for Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, Capture the Flag, Safeguard, Demolition, and Free-For-All.
  • Increased rate at which Cryptokeys are earned.
  • Players no longer get points for killing teammates with the Satellite Drone in Uplink, when Friendly-Fire is enabled in Custom Games.
  • Players will no longer spawn at the same point in Free-For-All if there are more than 8 players in a Custom Match.
  • Fixed an issue where the tinted full screen effect would remain after the player had exited the Hardened Sentry.
  • Improved the Dart Scorestreak’s ability to lock onto enemy targets.
  • Fixed a start spawn issue with Free-For-All where waiting to select a class could spawn the Player behind other Players.
  • Improved enemy spawns during Gun Game and Free-For-All.
  • Players who join a Free-For-All or Gun Game match in-progress will not have a loss recorded if they do not place in the Top 3.
  • Addressed an issue where Players would get disconnected from Gun Game if they joined a match in-progress.
  • Players will now be kicked for inactivity if idling in Gun Game.

Specialists

  • General
    • Reduced Specialist earn rate over time in objective game modes.
  • Reaper
    • Scythe
      • Reduced earn rate.

Create-A-Class

  • General
    • When entering Weapon Prestige with a MAX level weapon that is equipped in Custom Classes, the Attachments now properly get reset.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Kuda
      • Increased recoil control.
    • Weevil
      • Increased recoil control.
    • Razorback
      • Increased recoil control.
      • Increased damage range.
    • Vesper
      • Reduced damage range.
    • VMP
      • Reduced aim down sight speed.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
  • Assault Rifles
    • KN-44
      • Increased recoil control.
    • HVK-30
      • Increased recoil control.
    • ICR-1
      • Increased recoil control.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
      • Fixed an issue with the reload animation when a certain magazine was equipped.
    • Man-O-War
      • Increased recoil control.
    • XR-2
      • Reduced movement speed.
    • M8A7
      • Reduced fire rate.
  • Shotguns
    • KRM-262
      • Increased damage, it will now be a maximum 2 shot kill.
    • 205 Brecci
      • Increased damage range.
    • Haymaker 12
      • Increased damage range.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • Dingo
      • Increased movement speed while firing.
      • Increased recoil control.
    • 48 Dredge
      • Reduced fire rate.
  • Pistols
    • MR6
      • Increased movement speed.
    • RK5
      • Increased movement speed.
      • Reduced damaged range.
    • L-CAR 9
      • Increased movement speed.
      • Reduced damage.
      • Reduced hip fire accuracy.
  • Special
    • In-game melee weapon flourish and inspect animations added.
      • Flourish animations can be triggered by pressing the Use/Reload button with any melee weapon equipped.
      • Inspect animations can be triggered by pressing and holding the ADS button with any melee weapon equipped.
  • Attachments
    • Supressor
      • Increased damage range.
    • Laser Sight
      • Increased hip fire accuracy on Assault Rifles and Light Machine Guns.
    • Fast Mags
      • Increased reload speed.
    • Rapid Fire
      • Changed to increase the fire rate and not the burst delay on burst weapons.
    • Dual Wield
      • Reduced movement speed.
      • Reduced switch weapon speed.
  • Equipment
    • Concussion
      • Reduced stun time.
  • Perks
    • Overclock
      • Increased earn rate.
    • Ante Up
      • Increased starting bonus toward Scorestreaks.
    • Hard Wired
      • Increased effectiveness against enemies who have Sixth Sense equipped.

Scorestreaks

  • General
    • Aerial Scorestreaks must be within a minimum distance from the map before locking onto them with a Launcher.
  • HC-XD
    • Increased explosive damage.
  • UAV
    • Increased base health.
  • Counter-UAV
    • Increased base health.
  • Dart
    • Increased explosive damage for collision explosion.
    • Reduced minimum speed.
    • Handling tuning.
    • Fixed an issue where the Dart was not locking onto enemy players.
  • Lightning Strike
    • Increased speed of payload delivery after target selection.
  • Hellstorm
    • Increased explosive damage of cluster bomblets.
  • Cerebus
    • Increased missiles required to destroy by 1.
    • Increased EMP Grenades required to destroy by 1.
  • Rolling Thunder
    • Increased explosive radius per drone.
    • Increased explosive damage per drone.
    • Increased health per drone.
    • Added 4 pairs of drones.
  • Talon
    • Increased damage when AI controlled.
  • Wraith
    • Increased base health.
    • Fixed an issue where the Flak Drone would not intercept incoming missiles.
  • R.A.P.S.
    • Increased missiles required to destroy Deploy Ship by 1.
    • Increased health per drone.
    • Increased explosive damage per drone.
  • G.I. Unit
    • Increased number of War Machine hits required to destroy.
    • Increased duration of G.I. Unit.
    • Increased recovery speed when stunned by an EMP grenade.
  • Mothership
    • Increased missiles required to destroy by 2.
    • Increased explosive bullet damage for owner turret.
    • Increased projectile speed of missiles for owner turret.

Maps

  • Hunted
    • Addressed an exploit where players were able to mantle to an unintended area on top of a waterfall.
  • Aquarium
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to mantle and reach a non-playable area.
  • Combine
    • Changing Hardpoint rotation for gameplay balancing.
  • NUK3TOWN
    • Fixed an exploit involving the Dart Scorestreak and one of the building walls.
  • Evac
    • Fixed an exploit where players were able to contest the center Hardpoint from outside the Hardpoint boundaries.

Arena

  • Adding Power Rating when reaching Arena Masters rank.
  • Added support for displaying restricted item warnings.
  • Addressed an issue where players were able to ban or protect multiple items.
  • Leaving any time after ban/protect or draft in Pro-Series will result with the player losing a star.
  • Leaving before the match ends in Moshpit will count as a loss and the player will lose a star.
  • If the player has 0 stars for their current rank, they will not lose any stars. This applies to Pro-Series and Moshpit.
  • If the Player completes a match with a win/loss/draw, the correct stars are now awarded.
  • Players now properly receive losses when playing Search & Destroy in Arena.

CODcaster

  • Kill Feed colors will no longer swap when a CODcaster switches between players on opposing teams.
  • Fixed an issue where teams would occasionally be swapped on the Round Win and Game Win screens.
  • Addressed an issue in Uplink where the Satellite Drone would show an incorrect ‘Away’ tag when switching to the other team’s perspective.
  • Fixed issues with incorrect team coloring on the minimap.
  • Outcome will now show the winning team’s name.
  • Death icons will now be colored by team.
  • CODcaster will no longer be affected by EMP grenades.
  • CODcaster will now show clantags.

Challenges

  • Fixed an issue where Concussion Grenades, Flashbang Grenades, and Trip Mines weren’t properly getting tracked for Challenges.
  • Updated Challenges for new Black Market melee weapons.

My Showcase

  • File-share support added for Custom Games, Screenshots, and Edited Films.

Zombies

Dr. Monty’s Factory

  • Be sure to check out Dr. Monty’s Factory in the Zombies game mode lobby. You can use your vials of Liquid Divinium earned in Zombies mode to create GobbleGums by placing vials in the vats. GobbleGums are one-time use perks for Zombies mode and come in multiple rarities which have varying effects on your Zombies match. Use one vial to create one GobbleGum or experiment with two or three vials at a time for more GobbleGums and better odds at getting a Rare Mega GobbleGum, an Ultra-Rare Mega GobbleGum or a Special Sphere!

General

  • Addressed an issue with Weapon Kits when reaching Prestige in Zombies.

Shadows of Evil

  • Addressed exploits in the Shadows of Evil map.
  • Addressed various areas where zombies would not path to players.
  • The Dark Ops challenges should now unlock properly when reaching Prestige and completing the final Easter Egg.
  • Fixed an issue involving an active Level 2 Ghost Sword and the KN-44 wall-buy in the Footlight District.

The Giant

  • Addressed exploits in The Giant map.
  • Addressed various areas where zombies would not path to players.

Campaign

General

  • Addressed split screen issues and general bugs.

Nightmares

General

  • Nightmares will be unlocked for all players by default and will be selectable from the main menu, listed below Zombies.
  • Addressed split screen issues and general bugs.

SOURCE: PS4, Xbox One, PC

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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.

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

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

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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.

For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay with us at Charlie INTEL!

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