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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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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

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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.

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.

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

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