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Operation Apocalypse Z for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 live now with Patch Update 1.20

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 as patch Update 1.20 is now live and is 12.7GB.

Today’s update brings the new Operation Apocalypse Z to Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 with release on Xbox One and PC to follow on July 16.

“We have a team of talented storytellers that have been helping to craft Zombies experiences for more than 10 years, and we wanted to bring that imagination to every mode of Black Ops 4, which is why we’re excited to put Operation Apocalypse Z in player’s hands,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “This is a veteran team that strives to do their best work with each new experience and this is no exception –Operation Apocalypse Z represents a ton of creativity and passion from everyone to really immerse fans in our unique world of the undead.”

A full roadmap of what’s coming to Black Ops 4 with Operation Apocalypse Z is available here, with some content listed above coming throughout this Operation.

Patch Notes:

The Undead Takeover Begins on PS4

Operation Apocalypse Z kicks off today on PS4, delivering new Zombies-inspired content to all modes with Reaper’s Black Ops 4 Multiplayer debut, three Black Ops Pass MP maps, the latest Aether story Zombies experience, multiple Blackout map updates, new weapons, new modes, and much more. Get up to speed at our official Operation Apocalypse Z Blog, and let’s get straight into what’s included in our fifth Operation.

MULTIPLAYER: Reaper, Sticks and Stones, Three Black Ops Pass Maps + More

MP fans have a ton of new and classic content to dig into with Operation Apocalypse Z, starting with the introduction of Reaper as our latest Specialist to join the fight. This pre-Black Ops III prototype of everyone’s favorite war machine comes equipped with the devastating Scythe machine gun and the new Radar Shroud, which acts as an anti-Sensor Dart to scramble portions of enemies’ mini-maps and cloak your team’s advances.

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Sticks and Stones makes it Black Ops 4 debut, where players face off in a free-for-all using only Ballistic Knives, Combat Axes, and the new auto-crossbow. Rack up points with your ranged weapons and melee attacks, bankrupt your enemies’ score to zero with successful Combat Axe throws, and fight your way to the top of the scoreboard. Keep an eye on the occasional UAV sweep, which reveals the top player as a gold dot on the mini-map.

Black Ops Pass holders get access to three additional MP maps in this Operation, available this week in the new Map Pack Moshpit playlist on PS4:

  • Der Schatten, a snowy battlefield set in 1940s Austria in the shadow of the castle from “Der Eisendrache”, featuring plenty of Zombies Easter eggs to discover throughout.
  • Remnant, an overrun Museum of Unnatural History packed with exhibits recounting key moments in Zombies lore from the Aether and Chaos stories.
  • Havana, a classic Black Ops flashback set in the revolutionary streets of Cuba, featuring all-new Zombies-inspired twists.
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ZOMBIES: “Alpha Omega”, New Perk and Epic Elixirs

The Aether story returns in “Alpha Omega”, where fans can play as both the Ultimis and Primis crews for the first time in Zombies history. With 400% more area to explore than the original “Nuketown Zombies” and over twice as much written dialogue compared to previous Zombies experiences, “Alpha Omega” takes place after the events of “Classified” as different versions of Nikolai, Richtofen, Takeo, and Dempsey come together to solve the mysteries of an infested Broken Arrow testing facility.

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A new Perk and two Epic Elixirs are also now available on PS4 for all Zombies maps. The Blood Wolf Bite Perk spawns a wolf companion named Luna to help thin out the horde, and Phoenix Up and Head Drama return as Epic Elixirs in the Laboratory to give you and your squad a welcome leg-up against the undead. Check out the patch notes below for all the details.

Long-time Zombies fans will also be treated to a chilling new rendition of the classic “Damned” theme when they join the Zombies lobby. You may have heard its debut in yesterday’s Operation Apocalypse Z studio broadcast… if you missed it, check out the full recording here, including a special behind-the-scenes segment from the Treyarch Zombies team.

BLACKOUT: “The Haunting Fog” and “Alcatraz: Nightfall” Map Updates, Quads Fog and Alcatraz Horde LTMs + More

Both Blackout maps get a full makeover in Operation Apocalypse Z this week on PS4. “The Haunting Fog” takes over the main map with an eerie mist and rivers of blood, while “Alcatraz: Nightfall” plunges the prison island into darkness.

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Two new limited-time modes also launch with the Operation on PS4. Drop into Quads Fog for a spookier, more tactical Blackout experience where the fog is at its thickest, and test your skills against the undead in the Alcatraz Horde playlist featuring more undead, new Zombies enemy types, and more opportunities to score some new Zombies Wonder Weapons along the way. Zombies will also now attack player Equipment, including the new Sentry turret and Barricade.

Reaper’s Outfit Mission is also now available in Blackout on PS4 to unlock “The Numbers” camo in all modes, as well as new Humiliations to perform on downed enemies. Plenty of Easter eggs and new surprises await players in both updates maps, so drop into Blackout and keep an eye out as you fight to survive.

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BLACK MARKET: New Contraband Stream, Earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe, Two Additional Weapons + New Personalization Items

This Operation brings 40 new Tiers to the Contraband stream, including the “Wundergewehr 115” Koshka Mastercraft at Tier 20 and a new earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at Tier 40. New personalization items have been added to the Black Market, including new weapon camos, Blackout characters, MKII Weapons, Zombies-themed outfits, the new Daemon 3XB Mastercraft, and more. Two additional weapons are also now available in Reserves: the new Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Black Ops III’s lever-action Argus shotgun.

As a reminder, Ultra Weapon Bribes will always reward players with a Black Market weapon that they don’t already own, unless the player has already unlocked at least one variant of every existing Black Market weapon. In that case, Ultra Weapon Bribes will reward an additional weapon variant.

To clarify, players cannot receive the base version of a Black Market weapon from an Ultra Weapon Bribe if they already own the MKII version, unless they already own a version of every Black Market weapon currently in the game.

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Read on below for all the details on what’s new in today’s update:

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  • Multiplayer
    • Reaper now playable in Multiplayer, earnable at Tier 1 in the Contraband stream (PS4).
    • 3 Black Ops Pass maps added to rotation: Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana (PS4).
    • Sticks and Stones game mode now in Featured Playlists (PS4).
    • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured Playlists, including Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana (PS4).
    • New weapon tuning for the Daemon 3XB.
    • Featured playlist updates on all platforms.
  • Zombies
    • “Alpha Omega” Zombies experience now available for Black Ops Pass holders (PS4).
    • New Perk: Blood Wolf Bite (PS4).
    • 2 Epic Elixirs added: Phoenix Up and Head Drama (PS4).
    • New Black Ops 4 version of “Damned” music now plays in the lobby (PS4).
    • Support added for new Black Market weapons and new MKII Weapons (PS4).
  • Blackout
    • “The Haunting Fog” and “Alcatraz: Nightfall” map updates (PS4).
    • Quads Fog and Alcatraz Horde limited-time modes (PS4).
    • Zombies Wonder Weapons now available in the Mystery Box (PS4).
    • Outfit Mission added to unlock “The Numbers” Outfit for Reaper (PS4).
    • Zombies-themed music now plays during infiltration (PS4).
    • New Humiliations now available (PS4).
    • Featured playlist updates on all platforms.
  • Global
    • New Contraband stream added to the Black Market, including “Wundergewehr 115” Koshka Mastercraft at Tier 20 and earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe at Tier 40 (PS4).
    • Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Argus shotgun now available in Reserves (PS4).
    • New weapon camos, MKII Weapons, Zombies-themed outfits and more now available in the Black Market (PS4).
    • Various fixes for Contracts in Multiplayer and Zombies.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Specialists
    • Reaper
      • Reaper now available in Multiplayer after being unlocked at Tier 1 in Contraband.
      • Weapon: Scythe – High-damage machine gun with a fast fire rate and suppressing status effect.
      • Equipment: Radar Shroud – Deployable jamming device that conceals an area from enemies’ mini-maps.
  • Black Ops Pass Maps
    • Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana added to rotation for Black Ops Pass holders.
  • Game Modes
    • Sticks and Stones
      • Now live in Featured Playlists.
      • Free-for-all mode where players only use crossbows, Ballistic Knives, and Combat Axes.
      • Score varying points by getting kills with crossbows and Ballistic Knives.
      • Reset your enemy’s score to zero with a successful Combat Axe kill.
      • UAV periodically sweeps, marking the score leader with a gold dot on the mini-map.
  • Weapons
    • Reaver C86
      • Added Create-a-Class support for the Reaver C86 auto-crossbow.
    • Argus
      • Added Create-a-Class support for the Argus shotgun.

ZOMBIES

  • “Alpha Omega”
    • New Zombies experience now available for Black Ops Pass owners.
    • The Aether story continues in a new experience taking place in an overrun Broken Arrow testing facility in Nevada, where both the Primis and Ultimis characters are playable for the first time.
  • Perks
    • Blood Wolf Bite
      • New Perk now available in Chaos and Aether maps.
      • Spawns a wolf companion to fight alongside you.
      • Modifier: Wolf attacks have the chance to spawn a mini-Power-up.
  • New Epic Elixirs
    • Phoenix Up
      • Revives all teammates and allows them to keep their Perks.
    • Head Drama
      • While active, any bullet that hits a zombie counts as a headshot.
  • Weapon Support
    • Support added for Reaver C86 auto-crossbow, Argus shotgun, and new MKII Weapons.

BLACKOUT

  • Map Updates
    • “The Haunting Fog”
      • An eerie fog has covered the map, bringing with it blood-red waters, dead vegetation, new Wall Buys at the Asylum, signs of a violent apocalypse throughout the map, and more.
      • Applies to Quads, Duos, and Solo matches; heavier fog theme is exclusive to the Quads Fog limited-time mode.
    • “Alcatraz: Nightfall”
      • Night has fallen across the entire island, along with a brooding storm in the distance.
  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Quads Fog
      • Tactical limited-time mode featuring a thicker fog than the standard map.
    • Alcatraz Horde
      • Alcatraz limited-time mode featuring an increased horde of zombies over the entire island, along with new Hellhound and Brutus enemy types.
  • Wonder Weapons
    • Various Zombies Wonder Weapons can now be rewarded from Chaos Mystery Boxes and Zombies mini-bosses.
  • Infiltration
    • Zombies-themed music now plays during infiltration in Blackout.
  • Zombies AI
    • Zombies can now destroy doors and attack player Equipment, including the Sentry and Barricade.
  • Outfit Mission
    • Reaper’s Outfit Mission now available to unlock “The Numbers” Specialist camo.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • New personalization items added to the Black Market: weapon camos, MKII Weapons, Daemon 3XB Mastercraft, Zombies-themed outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Gestures, Jump Pack, and more.
    • Reaver C86 auto-crossbow and Argus shotgun now available in Reserves.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapon Tuning
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Reduced 6-hit kill range by 5 meters.
      • Reduced 7-hit kill range by 6 meters.
  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • PS4
      • Sticks and Stones
      • Map Pack Moshpit (featuring Der Schatten, Remnant, and Havana)
      • Prop Hunt
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
    • Xbox One
      • Stockpile
      • Prop Hunt
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Endurance Chaos Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • PS4
      • Alcatraz Horde
      • Quads Fog
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo
    • Xbox One
      • Alcatraz
      • Hot Pursuit
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo

GLOBAL

  • Contracts
    • Addressed an issue where Contracts could shift slots, making it difficult to select new Contracts.
    • Addressed an issue where Barebones playlists weren’t properly tracking progress toward the “Challenger” Contract in Multiplayer.
    • Addressed an issue where the “Ticket to Ride” Contract in Zombies would not properly track the use of telepads.
    • Addressed an issue where players would have to get a direct hit in order to progress the “Shotgun Kills” Contract in Zombies.
    • Addressed an issue where Perks and bonus point Power-ups that spawn from the Reign Drops Elixir did not count toward the “Power Master” Contract in Zombies.
    • Closed an exploit where players could complete the “Hoarder” Contract in Zombies by dropping and picking up weapons multiple times.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-11)
    • Quickplay
    • Stockpile
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • Prop Hunt

BLACKOUT

  • Featured Playlists (July 9-16)
    • Quickplay
    • Alcatraz Duos
    • Hot Pursuit
    • Solo

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

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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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

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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 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 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: Fall 2022

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.

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.

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

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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 Spring 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: late 2022

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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.

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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