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Patch Update 1.23 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now live

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Treyarch has released a new patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The patch update is version 1.23 and is live now on PS4. There’s also a Game Settings Update for Xbox One and PC.

Treyarch mentioned last week that they would be pushing out a new update for the game this week to fix the sliding bugs that players have experienced with some of the Specialists in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

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Operation Apocalypse Z: Survivors Now Live on Xbox One and PC

Operation Apocalypse Z: Survivors arrives today on Xbox One and PC with all-new Contraband rewards and new game content in all modes, including Infected: Final Stand in Multiplayer, Pandemic in Blackout, and the new “Duck and Cover” Gauntlet in Zombies. Our PC 1.21 update is also live today, delivering new weapon tuning and gameplay improvements across the board.

Today’s update delivers new zombie-friendly tuning changes to Pandemic, and restores the original slide velocity values for Ajax, Seraph, Outrider, and Reaper in Multiplayer. Check out the full patch notes below to see what’s new today.Pandemic Tuning Changes

We’ve had a ton of fun playing Pandemic both here at the studio and online with all of you, and we’ve made some new tuning changes based on community feedback and game data to help out the infected team’s chances of victory. These changes include:

  • Increased infected sprint speed.
  • Increased infected ladder climb speed.
  • Increased infected melee lunge range.
  • Increased infected player resistance to Barricades and fire damage.
  • Reduced final Collapse delay from 30 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Reduced final Collapse time from 90 seconds to 75 seconds.

This will allow the infected team to get to their targets faster, hit them sooner, and live longer against well-fortified survivors. We’re also slightly speeding up the action in the last Collapse to get everyone to the final showdown a bit faster. These updates should result in a more balanced ratio of victories between the two teams – jump in and let us know what you think!

Gorod Krovi Patch Incoming

Almost there, Black Ops 3 Zombies fans… our fix for the “Gorod Krovi” main quest outro cutscene is currently planned to deploy on consoles as early as Thursday, August 14th. Keep an eye on Twitter to be the first to know when the patch is live, and thanks for your patience while we get this one over the finish line.

CWL Champs Begins Tomorrow!

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The 2019 Call of Duty World League season comes to an epic finale this week in Black Ops 4 at CWL Champs in Los Angeles! It all begins tomorrow at 10AM PT with two days of pool play between the best teams in the world, and then the main event kicks off at 10AM PT Friday, August 16th to determine which team comes out on top as the 2019 CWL World Champions.

Tune in to watch Call of Duty history in the making at Twitch.tv/CallofDuty and in the PS4 in-game live event viewer all week long.

Onto what’s new today:

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  • All platforms:
    • New Pandemic gameplay tuning and stability improvements in Blackout.
    • Corrected slide velocity values for Ajax, Seraph, Outrider, and Reaper.
    • Fixed an issue where the M16’s iron sights could appear misaligned.
    • Featured Playlist updates in Multiplayer and Blackout.
  • Xbox One/PC:
    • New Contraband rewards added, including an Ultra Weapon Bribe.
    • 1.21 update now live on PC.
    • Infected: Final Stand now live in Multiplayer.
    • Create-a-Class support added for M16 and Havelina AA50 weapons in Multiplayer.
    • Pandemic limited-time mode now live in Blackout.
    • Tactical Bike vehicle added to main map in Blackout.
    • Standard Alcatraz playlist replaces Alcatraz Horde in Blackout.
    • “Duck and Cover” Gauntlet now live for “Alpha Omega” in Zombies.
    • Support added for M16, Havelina AA50, and new MKII Weapons in Zombies.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Gameplay
    • Corrected slide velocity values for Ajax, Outrider, Reaper, and Seraph.
  • Weapons
    • M16
      • Addressed an issue where the M16’s sight was sometimes misaligned.
  • Featured Playlists (August 13-20)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Infected: Final Stand
      • Chaos Control
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Barebones Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • PC
      • Infected: Final Stand
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Endurance Chaos Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Pandemic
    • Gameplay
      • Increased infected sprint speed.
      • Increased infected melee lunge range.
      • Increased infected player resistance to Barricade and fire damage.
      • Increased infected ladder climb speed.
      • Reduced final Collapse delay from 30 seconds to 10 seconds.
      • Reduced final Collapse time from 90 seconds to 75 seconds.
    • Stability
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when a Hawk marked multiple survivors and infected players at once.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur after activating a Humiliation on multiple enemies.
      • Various general stability improvements.
  • Featured Playlists (August 13-20)
    • PS4/Xbox One
      • Pandemic
      • Alcatraz
      • Quads
      • Duos
      • Solo
    • PC
      • Pandemic
      • Alcatraz
      • Duos
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BLACKOUT

  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Pandemic
      • New limited-time mode now live.
      • Up to 80 players compete for survival. Once killed, players spawn in as a zombie.
      • Zombies have super speed, can jump higher, track enemies, see pulses of survivors on the map, stay underwater longer, don’t take fall damage, and cannot heal.
      • Zombies get two Hell’s Retriever axes per spawn, and earn two more upon getting a kill.
      • Zombies respawn every 10 seconds.
      • Win by being one of the last remaining survivors, or by wiping out all survivors as a member of the zombie horde.
    • Alcatraz Portals
      • Alcatraz Portals Horde playlist replaced by standard Alcatraz Portals playlist.
  • Vehicles
    • Tactical Bike
      • New motorcycle with sidecar now available on the main map.
      • Supports one driver and one passenger in the sidecar.
  • Easter Eggs
    • Added new Zombies-inspired Easter Eggs to discover.

MULTIPLAYER

  • Limited-Time Modes
    • Infected: Final Stand
      • New limited-time mode now live.
      • Players start on designated teams of Survivors vs. Zombies and switch teams each round.
      • Survivors have one life and can be revived. Zombies respawn using a limited pool of lives.
      • Survivors chose from pre-set classes. Zombies are equipped with Bowie Knives and Combat Axes.
      • Survivors win the round by surviving until the time limit, or by eliminating the Zombies team. Zombies win by eliminating all Survivors before the time limit.
      • First team to win four rounds wins the match.
  • Weapons
    • Added Create-a-Class support for M16 tactical rifle and Havelina AA50 sniper rifle.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • “Duck and Cover”
      • 30 rounds of new challenges with unique rules for each round in “Alpha Omega”.
      • Players earn medals, Calling Cards, and Nebulium Plasma 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.
  • Weapons
    • Added M16 and Havelina AA50 to Mystery Boxes.
    • Added Armory support for M16 and Havelina AA50.
    • Added Armory support for the newest MKII Weapons.
    • Recon scope on the Locus will no longer lose functionality when Pack-a-Punched.

GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • 60 new Tiers in the Operation Apocalypse Z: Survivors Contraband stream, including an Ultra Weapon Bribe, new Epic Outfits, Gestures, Reactive Camo, Jump Pack, Calling Cards, and more.
    • M16 tactical rifle and Havelina AA50 sniper rifle now available in Ultra Weapon Bribes and Reserves.
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MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapons
    • S6 Stingray
      • Slowed Operator Mod fire rate.
      • Slightly reduced Operator Mod explosive damage.
      • Reduced Operator Mod 2-hit kill range from 32 meters to 22 meters.
    • Daemon 3XB
      • “Imaginator” Mastercraft now levels up properly.
    • Rampart 17
      • Removed a white square that sometimes appeared with the Reflex optic equipped.
    • UI
      • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused Spectre’s Operator outfit to disappear in the menu.

BLACKOUT

  • Weapons
    • Added Ray Gun MKII variants as potential drops in Mystery Boxes.
    • Added wall buy weapons to Zombies-related locations in the main map.
    • Reduced the number of rockets required to destroy vehicles.

ZOMBIES

  • Weapons
    • Ray Gun MKII
      • Added the Ray Gun MKII to the Mystery Box in “Blood of the Dead” and “Classified”.
      • Added penetration to standard Ray Gun MKII blasts.
    • Reaver C86
      • Significantly increased damage.
      • Addressed an issue where the Compact Scope reticle could appear missing.
    • Argus
      • Significantly increased damage.
    • Locus
      • Significantly increased damage.
    • Ballistic Knife
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when Pack-a-Punching the Ballistic Knife with Dual Wield and either Clan Tag or Kill Counter equipped.
  • Perks
    • Blood Wolf Bite
      • Addressed an issue where picking up ammo drops from Luna would reduce Shield weapon ammo to zero.
  • Miscellaneous
    • “Alpha Omega”
      • Addressed an issue where players could get stuck between A.D.A.M. and a wall.
      • Addressed a rare progression break when a player disconnected while holding a Main Quest part.
      • Addressed a visual issue with the Primis Richtofen character model.
      • Closed an exploit where players were able to activate the generator event and leave the room before the doors dropped.
      • Closed an exploit spot in the Green House Backyard area.
    • “Blood of the Dead”
      • Addressed an issue where Hellhounds could flip upside down at the Docks.
      • Closed an exploit where players could get under the floor using a Special Weapon.

GLOBAL

  • Contracts
    • Normal Contracts will now include at least one Contract with a Reserve Case reward in Multiplayer, World League, and Blackout each day, in addition to Hard Contracts that reward Reserve Cases. Normal Contracts in Zombies will always earn Nebulium Plasma or Reserve Cases in addition to bonus XP.
  • Paintjobs
    • Restored previously created Paintjobs that appeared missing due to a visual bug.

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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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