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New patch for Ghosts released on PC; adds Gun Game to MP, and more

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We’re getting reports from fans that a new patch was just released for the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. The one change that was found is that there has been two new game modes added: Gun Game and Hunted Free for All.

Here’s the full patch notes (note: patch now available on all platforms): 

Hotfixes

    • Killstreak count maintained across rounds in Search and Destroy, Search and Rescue and Blitz.
    • Shorten countdown timer for Clan v Clan playlist.
    • Extinction alien balance adjustments.

New Features

    • PLAYLIST UPDATE: Gun Game replacing Heavy Duty.
    • PLAYLIST UPDATE: Adding Hunted FFA.
    • PLAYLIST UPDATE: Add eSports Rules to Clan v Clan (except friendly fire), and 1-4 persons can join.
    • Added Heavy Duty health options to Private Match.
    • IED damage adjustment based on player stance and IED location (for damage reduction: jump over IEDs below you, go prone for overhead IEDs).
    • Added Operation progress bar to the After Action Report that pops up after MP matches.
    • New MP lobby menu music.
    • Social feed addition.
    • New stick layout options for Southpaw.
    • Disable party chat in Search and Rescue, Search and Destroy and Infected.
    • Added 5 new Prestige Ranks to Extinction.
    • Customization for player appearances (Create a Soldier) added to Extinction.

Stability

    • Fixed Sniper animation issue that could break the viewmodel.
    • Load time improvements for Flooded, Strikezone, Warhawk.
    • Fixed a couple bots related performance issues.
    • Fixed loss of functionality issue that would occur when two crates were stacked if player attempted to capture bottom crate.
    • In Private match, disable “Start Match” if party members are missing selected map.
    • Fixed rare case of incorrect bot display amount in Private match.
    • Various spawn improvements.

Anti-Cheat

    • Prevent players from using more loadouts than normal.
    • Block users from sharing camos and reticles that aren’t previously unlocked.
    • Anti-cheat prevention improvements.

 

Weapon / Perk Balance

    • Dead Silence/Amplify Adjustment – Dead Silence completely silent including equipment, sliding, and footsteps. Amplify users can still hear a scaled down version of the footsteps and sliding sounds.
    • Slight AK12 Increase on view kick.
    • Adjusted reload times on L115 and USR.
    • Reduce burst fire cool down of MSBS

eSports

    • Removed stalls caused by the host changing loadout in eSports games.
    • Silent plant, silent defuse in Search and Destroy.
    • Added killstreak count to eSports scoreboard.
    • Improvements to MLG Broadcast mode for highlighted players.
    • Added Domination flag capture bar to Broadcast mode.
    • Added R3 to toggle enemy player outlines in Broadcast mode.
    • Prevent eSports players (except COD Caster) from switching to 3rd Person Spectate cam.
    • Added ability to select players when mini-map is enlarged in eSports.
    • Fixed FOV issue that occurred in Broadcast mode.
    • Fixed functionality issue that occurred if both thumbsticks were pressed while spectating a mantling player.
    • Fixed issue which kept eSports rules enabled after losing internet connection.
    • Add notification when spectated player gets a kill in Broadcast mode.
    • Fixed text overlap bug that occurred when mini-map was enlarged.
    • Better team identification in the MLG hud.
    • Fixed killfeed color bug that occurred for spectators.
    • Prevent crashes when COD Caster changed teams quickly.
    • Restrict Ghillie Suits when eSports rules enabled (replaces with different game models).
    • Fixed a Broadcaster Mode bug where the preset camera indicator wasn’t getting reset between rounds.
    • Add a kill feed to Broadcaster mode.
    • Added team names to in-game scoreboard for Broadcast mode.
    • Restrict Tracker Sights in eSports rules.
    • Restrict Danger Close in eSports rules.
    • Additional Broadcast mode fixes (better team identification in the HUD, simplified Scoreboard toggle, etc).
    • Additional eSports fixes.

Additional Fixes

    • Adjusted difficulty of slide based operations.
    • Reduced lean, point blank & rescue reticle challenge requirements.
    • Search and Destroy bomb plant and defuse timers no longer wait for the weapon swap before starting.
    • Fixed matchmaking issue in Squads.
    • Display new icon in Operations when re-rolling Operations.
    • Fixed rare cases of losing Sentry Gun killstreak when killed while placing.
    • Menu fix for Operations.
    • Fixed bug that would show improper time value in match countdown timer.
    • Maniac, Juggernaut Recon and the Michael Myers are invisible to tracker and thermal sights.
    • Fixing bug where the playercards in Squad Reports were only updated if you went into the friends list or squad mode first.
    • Defaults loadouts correctly reflect the actual loadout in Private match.
    • Free For All scoreboard adjustment.
    • Fixed Trinity Rocket cancellation issue.
    • MP Lobby improvement for Character Display.
    • Combat Knife stats accuracy improvement.
    • Fixed friends list shuffle that would occur for clans that had members across platforms.
    • Killcam no longer goes underground on Warhawk.
    • Improved audio ambient system in Multiplayer.
    • Fixed Squads issue that would change mode icon when playing with a split screen guest.
    • Fixed core playlist selection reset issue.
    • Private match loadout bug fix.
    • Additional customization options added for Infected in Private match.
    • Improvements to Infected game mode.
    • Optimization to generic UI elements.
    • Fixed issue that could occur when squad member had specialist set as streak reward.
    • Fixed minor VFX issue.
    • Fixed under water killstreak exploit.
    • Increased XP earned from completed Operations.
    • Fixed issue that occurred when leader would leave clan.
    • Fixed Bromance Clan Op issue.
    • Fixed viewmodel loss issue in Safeguard.
    • Fixed rare challenges issue in Safeguard.

Extinction

    • Fixed issue where some achievements could not be earned when moving from current generation to next generation platforms.
    • Optimized some FX to improve game stability and performance.
    • Fixed Trinity rocket issue where black/white overlay would remain on screen.
    • Fixed Trinity rocket issue where laptop could not be put away.
    • Improvements to the “Leper” challenge so that it appears closer to players.
    • Added “COD Account” selection to the Extinction menu to improve account linking for Extinction players.
    • Fixed bug where the “Death Machine” could obtain specialty ammunition.
    • Fixed issue where players defaulted to pistol after revival.
    • Fixed issue with accepting invites from custom Extinction matches where players would lose menu focus.
    • Fixed issue where double XP was not resetting when going into solo, custom or split screen lobbies.
    • Added a double XP icon to the Extinction lobby for when double XP is active.
    • Fixed trophy issues where players could not plant any more trophies even though it had not been depleted after throwing a hypno-knife.
    • Fixed issue where Feral Instincts would not default back to normal view after it depleted.
    • Added the rank and icon to the Extinction end game scoreboard.
    • Fixed issue where challenge timer would not appear when joining a game while a challenge is active.
    • Fixed issue where Relic bonus was not appearing in the end game scoreboard.
    • Balancing tweaks to the Sentry Gun and Death Machine abilities.
    • Added ranks to the in game splash  notification message when a player ranks up.
    • Added player Patches to splash notifications for deployment items.
    • The Riotshield icon now tracks ammo while the shield is stowed.
    • Fixed issue where players would have no weapon on ladders.
    • Fixed issue where players would lose their weapon after getting off a ladder.

Xbox One Specific Update

In addition to the Title Update.

    • Kinect voice handling improvements.
    • Fixed an issue where long names could get cut-off in certain UI elements.
    • Fix for potential functionality loss when split screen guest signed out.

Xbox 360 Specific Update

In addition to the Title Update.

    • Fixed in-game store price to show money instead of Microsoft Points.
    • Fix for potential functionality loss when split screen guest signed out.

PlatyStation 4 Specific Update

Scheduled for Jan. 29th

In addition to the Title Update. 

    • Vita remote play optimizations.

PC Specific Update

In addition to the Title Update.

    • Fixed a couple resizing issues that would occur when switching to windowed mode.
    • Fixed sound issue in the mixing code.
    • Fix for shadow flicker on ATI crossfire setups.
    • Fixed Single Player crash when switching SSAO on in-game.
    • Fixed friends list sorting issue.
    • PC fix for submitting a blank password when trying to join a protected private match.
    • Fixed issue where friends button was unclickable while viewing operations.
    • Fixed video options to properly save settings that don’t require video restart.
    • Fixed issue that occurred when selecting “Play as Squad member” with mouse click.
    • Updated text in option menus to better reflect “mute all” option.
    • Fixed prone accuracy exploit.

SOURCE: Call of Duty

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

The start of 2022 signaled 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 pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

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

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: October 28

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For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 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 when the game releases on October 25, 2022.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: Holiday 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.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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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.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

Final Fantasy XVI protagonist

The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Summer 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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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.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


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 tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of a season, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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