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Patch Update 1.13 (February 19) for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now live – Patch Notes Released

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The latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now live on PS4 and Xbox One. PC Update is coming February 21.

The new update is version 1.13 and is 11.1GB on PS4 and 11.6GB on Xbox One.

Update 1.13 brings the brand new Operation Grand Heist content to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4 (Xbox One and PC to get the Operation on Feb. 26). Learn more about what’s new with the Operation here.

Beyond the new content, this new patch update brings the MP weapon balancing updates, new Blackout balancing updates, and more across all platforms.

From Treyarch:

Operation Grand Heist has begun today on PS4, and with it, we’re kicking off an entire season of content and events throughout February, March, and April. We’ve got something new to celebrate the event every day this week, and this is only the beginning. Check out our Operation roadmap detailing what’s on the horizon over the next couple of months:

Yesterday, we covered everything we’re bringing to Black Ops 4 this season in our Operation Grand Heist overview blog, which you can read here. And in case you haven’t seen the new Gameplay Trailer… buckle up. Watch the Operation Grand Heist Gameplay Trailer

Operation Grand Heist delivers new ways to play in every mode. In Multiplayer, Outrider joins the party as our newest Specialist, plus three new weapons for players to unlock, two new Black Ops Pass maps to run wild in, the return of Party Games with One in the Chamber, a massive gameplay tuning update across every weapon class. We’ve also made tuning updates to several Scorestreaks, Specialists, Perks, Gear, and Equipment to ensure a fresh new Multiplayer meta to enjoy all season long… and of course, League Play begins this Thursday with the launch of the World League Hub!

Zombies fans can take on the new “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet on “Classified” with the help of the new Ethereal Razor Perk and Signature Weapons, now supported in the Zombies Armory. Players can also now earn a second Tier Skip each day for completing Daily Callings, and we’ve greatly improved the overall Zombies experience with a huge round of stability fixes and gameplay improvements. Our next new Zombies experience for Black Ops Pass holders, “Ancient Evil”, arrives in March during this Operation, with more new features and content planned for Zombies throughout the season.

And in Blackout, drop into two new locations based on “Buried” and “Outlaw” in the southeast desert’s new Ghost Town destination, and rise through the ranks of Blackout’s new Prestige system with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons. We’ve retooled Armor, made tuning passes on nearly every weapon class to shake up the meta, reworked the scoring system to create more opportunities to earn Merits, and added new quality-of-life improvements like the ability to instantly swap weapon attachments onto a gun on pickup. And on Friday, put the pedal to the metal in Hot Pursuit, our all-new respawn mode featuring a new fleet of police vehicles and Muscle Cars.

Patch Notes:

  • Multiplayer
    • New Specialist: Outrider (PS4)
    • 3 new weapons earnable in the Black Market (PS4)
    • 2 new Multiplayer maps for Black Ops Pass holders: Lockup and Casino (PS4)
    • New Featured Playlist: One in the Chamber (PS4)
    • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured category (PS4)
    • Arms Race Team Deathmatch added as Featured Playlist (Xbox One/PC)
    • Hardcore Endurance Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured category
    • Major gameplay tuning update (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Blackout
    • New destination: Ghost Town (PS4)
      • Two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps, “Buried” and “Outlaw” (PS4)
    • Prestige System with 10 Prestige levels and 1,000 Echelons (PS4)
    • Dozens of additional supporting structures throughout the map (PS4)
    • New Specialist: Outrider (PS4)
    • Cosmic Silverback character for Black Ops Pass holders (PS4)
    • Gameplay and Armor tuning (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Zombies
    • New “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet on “Classified” (PS4)
    • New Ethereal Razor Perk (PS4)
    • “Classified” available for standalone purchase (PS4)
    • Additional Tier Skip for completing Daily Callings
    • Signature Weapon support
    • Stability improvements and bug fixes
  • Black Market
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream (PS4)
    • Revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack (PS4)

The following updates are live today on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist
    • Outrider playable in Multiplayer after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
    • Special Issue Weapon: Sparrow
      • Fire explosive-tipped arrows with deadly accuracy.
    • Special Issue Equipment: Hawk
      • Pilotable drone that can be parked at strategic overwatch positions. Automatically tags enemies in its view.
  • New Weapons
    • Three new weapons now earnable in the Black Market to use in Multiplayer:
      • Switchblade X9 folding SMG
      • Rampage full-auto shotgun
      • Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon
  • New Multiplayer Maps
    • Lockup and Casino maps now available for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Available in standard map rotation (Core and Hardcore) and in the new Map Pack Moshpit playlist.
  • Featured Playlists
    • One in the Chamber added as Featured Playlist.
      • Players are given three lives and a pistol with one bullet.
      • Land a shot or melee enemies to gain another bullet and 100 points.
      • Keep an eye on the UAV sweep and earn the most points to win.
    • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured category.
      • Moshpit playlist featuring Lockup and Casino.
    • Hardcore Endurance Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, and Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured category.

Blackout

  • New Destination: Ghost Town
    • Drop into a new Western-themed destination in the southeast desert featuring two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps: “Outlaw” above ground and “Buried” below.
  • Prestige System
    • Prestige up to 10 times and conquer 1,000 Echelons on your way to Prestige Master.
    • Unlock unique Prestige icons, Calling Cards, Victory Coins, and Echelon Characters as you rise through the ranks.
  • New Structures
    • Dozens of new and supporting structures added throughout the map, including additional buildings and entirely new locations for more looting options.
  • New Characters
    • Outrider playable in Blackout after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market.
    • Cosmic Silverback now available for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • New Gauntlet: “Death-Con Five”
    • 30 rounds of challenges on “Classified” with unique rules for each round.
    • Players earn medals and tiered rewards for completing rounds 10, 20, and 30, as well as a cosmetic reward for completing round 30 without failing a round.
    • Players are issued a Strike by failing a round, with the game ending after three Strikes.
    • All matches are timed for competitive speed-run support.
  • New Perk: Ethereal Razor
    • Provides health gain and greatly increased damage to melee attacks.

General

  • Black Market
    • New 100-Tier Contraband stream including:
      • 3 new earnable weapons
      • New Blackout character
      • New Mastercraft Weapon
      • New Reactive Camos
      • New Epic Outfits
      • New cosmetic Jump Pack item type + more
    • Newly revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack

The following updates are live today on consoles, with PC to follow with additional platform-exclusive updates:

Multiplayer

Weapon Tuning

  • Assault Rifles
    • Rampart 17
      • Increased max damage range from 37.6 yards to 41.6 yards.
    • KN-57
      • Increased max damage range from 15.2 yards to 17.3.
    • VAPR-XKG
      • Increased 5-hit kill range from 34.7 yards to 50 yards.
      • Improved ADS idle to sway less.
    • Maddox RFB
      • Reduced recoil stability in first 5 shots in bullet pattern.
      • Echo Fire Operator Mod: Improved recoil stability.
      • Quickdraw: Reduced ADS-in speed.
      • Quickdraw II: Reduced ADS-in speed.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • ELO: Reduced recoil stability.
      • [Console only] Reduced max damage range from 23.6 yards to 20.8 yards.
  • Submachine Guns
    • MX9
      • Increased 5-hit kill range from 5.5 yards to 7.6 yards.
      • Improved ADS-in speed.
    • GKS
      • Increased 5-hit kill range from 2.7 yards to 5.5 yards.
    • Spitfire
      • Reduced max damage range from 9.7 yards to 7.6 yards.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Extended Mags: Reduced magazine size.
      • Fast Mags: Reduced reload speed enhancement.
    • Cordite
      • Belt-Fed: Reduced overheat cooldown speed.
      • Grip: Reduced recoil stability.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Reduced sprint-out speed (now the same as most other SMGs).
      • Reduced base move speed (now the same as other SMGs).
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Stock II: Reduced ADS move speed.
      • Grip: Reduced recoil stability.
      • [Console only] Dual Wield: Reduced hip-fire accuracy.
      • [Console only] Dual Wield: Reduced max damage range from 11.1 yards to 8.3 yards.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Increased max damage range from 6.9 yards to 9 yards.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Increased ADS move speed.
      • Increased firing speed.
      • Double Tap Operator Mod: Improved firing time between shots.
    • ABR 223
      • Increased ADS move speed.
      • Improved sprint-out speed.
    • Swordfish
      • Increased ADS move speed.
      • Quickdraw II: Improved ADS-in speed.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • Titan
      • Reduced max damage from 46 to 38.
      • Reduced flinch resistance when being hit.
      • Stock: Reduced ADS move speed.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Outlaw
      • [Console only] Increased firing speed.
    • Koshka
      • Reduced ADS sway.
      • [Console only] Quickdraw 2: Improved ADS-in speed.
  • Pistols
    • RK 7 Garrison
      • Increased all damage ranges.
  • Shotguns
    • MOG 12
      • Dragon’s Breath Operator Mod: Now does 1 quick blast of fire damage instead of damage-over time. This increases its one-hit-kill potential at certain close ranges, and is especially effective when paired with Choke Barrel.
      • Increased max damage Range from 3.75 yards to 4.1 yards.
      • Quickdraw: Improved ADS-in speed.
      • [Console only] Barrel Choke: Improved accuracy, pellet damage, and max damage range.
    • SG12
      • Strobe Light Operator Mod: Reduced luminosity on visual light effect.

Specialists

  • Prophet
    • Seeker
      • Greatly reduced Seeker’s hitpoints so it can be destroyed with 1 bullet.
      • Reduced detection range against enemies with Cold Blooded.
  • Ajax
    • 9-Bang
      • Reduced visual opacity of screen flash when hit by 9-Bang.
      • Players will no longer raise their hand when flashed if they have Tactical Mask.
      • Players can now change stances while flashed.
  • General
    • Active Specialist Weapons now lose all cooldown on round change (as opposed to partial loss previously).

Equipment

  • Frag Grenade
    • Increased damage.
  • Concussion Grenade
    • Players can now stun themselves with their own Concussion Grenade.
    • Players will no longer raise their hands when affected by a Concussion grenade if they have Tactical Mask.

Gear

  • Acoustic Sensor
    • Reduced the ranges at which Acoustic Sensor can detect enemies.
    • Reduced the ranges at which enemies with Dead Silence are detected.

Perks

  • Tactical Mask
    • Players equipped with Tactical Mask now recover faster after being hit by the Tempest.
    • Players will no longer raise their hand when flashed or concussed with Tactical Mask equipped.
    • No longer provides fire or radiation resistance.
  • Flak Jacket
    • Fire and radiation resistance moved from Tactical Mask to Flak Jacket.
    • Improved Flak Jacket resistance to radiation and burn.
  • Cold Blooded
    • Reduced the range at which an enemy Seeker can detect the player with this Perk.

Scorestreaks

  • Lightning Strike
    • Reduced the delay between targeting locations and the jets arriving.
  • Sentry
    • Increased damage.
    • Increased the time that the Sentry will remember a target after losing line of sight.
    • Increased the range at which the Sentry will detect an enemy within a 360-degree radius.
  • Drone Squad
    • Increased damage.
  • Sniper’s Nest
    • Increased number of rockets required to destroy the Sniper’s Nest by 1.
  • Mantis
    • Increased explosive damage radius.
  • Thresher
    • Increased chain gun explosive radius and damage.
    • Increased health of vehicle to balance damage dealt from an enemy with FMJ II.
  • Strike Team
    • Increased awareness radius.
    • Increased health regeneration rate of Strike Team members.
  • General
    • Scorestreak teamkills will no longer count towards the teamkill kick limit in modes with friendly fire enabled.

Miscellaneous

  • General
    • Players can now change stances when flashed or concussed.
    • Fixed an issue that would restart a rechamber on some weapons when using a piece of Equipment.
    • Fixed an issue where first-person screen effects would not stop after the player died.
    • Fixed an issue that would let player names show through the Ice Pick when active.
    • Fixed an issue where hacked Equipment would sometimes not show the hacked effect.
    • Fixed an issue where Create-a-Class slots unlocked through Prestiging would have non-functional Equipment slots.
    • Fixed an exploit allowing players to throw multiple Seekers when interacting with a Care Package.
  • Weapon Customization
    • Fixed an issue where Reactive Camos could unwrap to a stage other than the starting stage.
    • Fixed an issue where the Clan Tag and Kill Counter could reset when restarting the game.
    • Fixed an issue with displaying Reactive Camo and Mastercrafts on secondary weapons during the Specialist Draft.
  • Game Modes
    • Heist
      • Fixed an issue where buying max ammo for the Hellion Salvo launcher would not fill the player’s ammo.
  • Custom Games
    • Fixed an issue where players were able to enter a match with another player’s Specialist Weapon and Equipment if Specialist Draft was disabled.

Blackout

Merit System Update

  • Merit scoring has increased x10 from the previous model (for example, kills now award 100 Merits instead of 10), with progression also scaling x10 to match.
  • Merits are now awarded for a wider range of situations and final match placements, particularly in Solo and Duo matches.
  • This means that while players won’t necessarily rank up faster than before, there are now more opportunities to earn Merits without placing in the top 15 in Solos or top 10 in Duos.

Armor Tuning

  • Increased Level 1 Armor damage mitigation to 25%.
  • Increased Level 2 Armor damage mitigation to 35%.
  • Increased Level 3 Armor melee damage mitigation to 50%.
  • Reduced number of Armor Plates to fully repair Level 3 Armor from 10 to 5.

Weapon Tuning

  • Assault Rifles
    • Maddox RFB
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • VAPR-XKG
      • Reduced 1st and 2nd shot recoil.
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • SWAT RFT
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced damage.
      • Increased 1st and 2nd shot recoil.
  • Submachine Guns
    • Spitfire
      • Reduced 6-hit kill range.
    • Saug 9mm
      • Reduced re-center speed.
      • Increased sprint-out time.
      • Reduced move speed (now the same as other SMGs).
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced 2-burst kill range.
    • Cordite
      • Reduced hip spread.
    • GKS
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • MX9
      • Reduced ADS in time.
  • Tactical Rifles
    • Auger DMR
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced 1st shot recoil.
      • Slightly increased ADS move speed.
    • ABR 223
      • Increased time between bursts.
      • Reduced re-center speed.
      • Slightly Increased ADS move speed.
    • Swordfish
      • Reduced recoil of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th shots.
      • Slightly Increased ADS move speed.
    • Essex
      • Increased rate of fire.
      • Increased re-center speed.
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Koshka
      • Reduced idle sway.
    • SDM
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • Outlaw
      • Increased idle sway.
      • Reduced ADS in and out times.
  • Light Machine Guns
    • General
      • All LMGs now deal increased damage against vehicles and Equipment.
    • Titan
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
      • Increased flinch when being hit.
    • Hades
      • Reduced idle sway.
      • Reduced hip spread.
      • Increased re-center speed.
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • VKM 750
      • Reduced re-center radius.
    • Zweihander
      • Reduced hip spread.
      • Reduced re-center radius.

Equipment

  • Frag Grenade
    • Increased damage.

Gameplay

  • Players can now swap weapons and attach all compatible weapon attachments on pickup with the “Swap and Attach” option.
  • Added the ability to immediately equip health/Equipment upon pickup.
  • Added the ability to swap health items and Equipment from the ground if the player’s inventory is full.
  • Duplicate items no longer show up in the Quick Equip menu. Instead, the total number of identical items is now displayed. Updated HUD to show total number of items equipped in that slot.
  • Added empty Armor Plate and Paint Can item representations to the player’s inventory to function more similarly to ammo.
  • Ammo will show up as grayed out in Stashes if the player has max ammo.
  • Reworked killed/downed UI elements.

Miscellaneous

  • Fixed an issue where a player’s health and Equipment would not be updated when splitting items within inventory slots.
  • Fixed an issue where quickly equipping attachments could place attachments in the player’s inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where the bleed-out countdown would not stop when a player was being revived.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent a player from being able to pick up an item from a Stash that they selected.
  • Armory’s Blackout tab now correctly shows when a player has the maximum number of Paint Cans.
  • Fixed an issue where the final stage of a Reactive Camo would be shown on the weapon on the ground, regardless of the stage it was actually on.
  • Fixed an issue where weapons with unwrapped Reactive Camos would show as wrapped on the ground.
  • Fixed an issue where Mastercrafts would always display the first visual stage, regardless of what stage it was on.
  • Fixed an issue where picking up a weapon with an unwrapped Reactive Camo out of a Death Stash would wrap the weapon again.

General

  • 9mm ammo item amount increased to 50 on pickup.
  • 45 cal ammo item amount increased to 50 on pickup.

Zombies

  • Additional Tier Skip
    • Additional Tier Skip added as new reward for completing Daily Callings.
    • Players can now earn up to two Skips per day in Zombies.
  • Signature Weapon Support
    • Signature Weapons now available for customization in the Zombies Armory.
  • Stability
    • Global
      • Addressed several high-round stability issues that could occur when playing with bots.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when fast-forwarding a clip in Theater mode.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a player picked up a Nuke while having an active Special Weapon.
      • Addressed several stability issues that could occur when a player was spectating.
      • Fixed a UI error that could occur when sending an invitation from the social menu while in a match.
    • Gauntlets
      • Addressed an issue in “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” that would cause framerate hitching during Round 10.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when a player viewed a Gauntlet in Theater mode.
      • Addressed an error that could occur when a player accepted an invite out of a Gauntlet match.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Global – Addressed issues where:
      • Players were not able to see Elixir animations after using a level 3 Special Weapon.
      • The XP amount would be missing from the pause menu when a player reached max rank.
      • A Catalyst Zombie’s FX would trail to their new spawn location upon de-spawning.
      • The Blightfather’s weak points did not properly show their destroyed state when hit with a melee attack.
      • The Dying Wish cooldown meter would not be visible if the player acquired the Perk again with Perk Up or Secret Sauce.
      • The MX9 and VAPR-XKG would still play normal firing SFX after Pack-a-Punching the weapon.
      • The default weapon reticle would show instead of the one the player had selected.
      • Reactive Camos in Custom Mutations would still appear in their unwrapped state even after the unwrapping challenge was completed.
      • Attaching the Compact Scope on the Daemon 3XB would change the player’s ammo count.
      • Certain Special Weapon kills could award more points than intended.
      • The screen would flash and stay white for the entirety of the match for all players after collecting a Nuke in 4-player splitscreen Rush.
    • Gauntlets (General)
      • Addressed an issue in Gauntlets where the player would be unable to reload or swap weapons during rounds that restricted usage of bullet weapons.
      • Addressed an issue in Gauntlets where the player could lose all weapons and points if they acquired Mule Kick from the Perk Up Elixir.
    • Gauntlets: “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!”
      • Addressed an issue where players that were respawned by the Join the Party Elixir during the “…In The Room” round were not transported back to the Boss Arena.
      • Addressed an issue that could occur where the player would lose weapon functionality when using the Brazen Bull Firestorm as Round 7 transitioned.
      • Addressed an issue where players were able to hold Equipment between Rounds 2 and 3.
      • Addressed an issue where very few Tigers would spawn during “Easy, Tiger”, which was inconsistent with similar special enemy rounds.
      • Addressed an issue where the player was able to use Electric Burst on Round 8 without crouching.
      • Addressed a rare issue where players spawned on top of each other at the beginning of the match.
      • Closed an exploit where players could complete the “Perk-O-Late” round without all four base Perks active if the player was using Perk Up.
    • IX
      • Addressed an issue where the Stiletto & Bayonet attachments did not count toward knife kills for the banner challenges.
    • Blood of the Dead
      • Addressed a performance issue where the framerate would drop when players took the fast travel connecting the Warden’s House with the Showers.
    • Classified
      • Addressed an issue where the player could see their hand or gun while traveling through the teleporter.
      • Closed an exploit where players could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to jump up onto the table in the Panic Room.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Addressed an issue where subtitles were shown multiple times during the ending cinematic.
      • Addressed some streaming issues when creating the Prima Materia in the Greenhouse Laboratory.
      • Addressed an issue in Theater mode where a black screen could appear when attempting to spectate other players as they gazed into the crystal.

The following updates are live today on Xbox One and PC, with PC to follow with additional platform-exclusive updates:

Multiplayer

  • Featured Playlists
    • Arms Race Team Deathmatch added as Featured Playlist.
      • Score per EKIA increased from 100 to 150.
    • Hardcore Endurance Moshpit, Pro Series Moshpit, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit, and Chaos Domination added to Featured category.

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.

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

Some genuinely iconic franchises and household names are expected to launch video games in 2022, so here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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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.

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