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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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