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Patch Update 1.25 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 live now

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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The patch update is version 1.25 and is 4.7GB.

This new update was mentioned by Treyarch during a community update last week bringing new content for Zombies on PS4, including a Gauntlet, with other platforms to follow.

Treyarch also noted that there will be big Black Market Updates coming to the game on November 12 on all platforms.

Here’s the early patch notes for today’s update:

Today, our new major game update kicks off our ongoing game support across Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies in Black Ops 4, and brings new rewards and Zombies Gauntlet content to PS4. Let’s get into what’s new:

MULTIPLAYER: Permanent Nuketown, Echohawk Dual Bore and AN-94 Weapon Tuning, Scythe Tuning, Upcoming Weekly 2XP Playlists

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It’s here! Starting today, Nuketown is now a permanent 24/7 playlist in the Featured Playlist category… all the Nuketown you ever wanted, whenever you want it. Good luck, have fun, and go nuts.

Shortly after today’s update, we’ll also be adding weekly 2XP to our showcased Featured Playlists going forward, so you’ll be able to rank up twice as fast whenever you’d like. We’ve got a long list of 2XP Featured Playlists scheduled throughout the year including 2XP Stockpile, 2XP Capture the Flag, and 2XP Prop Hunt, so you’ll always have something new to play while you rank up even faster. Check in every Tuesday to see what’s in the spotlight each week.

In the weapon tuning department, we’ve got good news for assault rifle users. We’ve increased the maximum damage and burst fire speed for the Echohawk Dual Bore, in addition to improving its recoil pattern for better control. The AN-94 also gets a boost to its maximum damage today, making both weapons more competitive in Core and Hardcore game types.

Lastly, we agree Reaper has probably had it a little too good for too long, so we’ve made some important tuning adjustments to the Scythe. While we’re keeping its damage output in place, we’ve reduced its duration by 25% (from 40 to 30 seconds) and greatly reduced its ammo count from 150 to 100 rounds to make sure rampages are hard-earned. Jump into a match and let us know what you think.

BLACKOUT: New LTM Moshpits and Streamlined Playlist Interface

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Starting today, we’re taking a new approach to Blackout matchmaking with LTM Moshpits to give everyone the opportunity to play a wider variety of Blackout modes while also keeping wait times low. This rotating playlist offers up to four limited-time modes each week, with a five-week schedule including two Quads Moshpits, a Solo Moshpit, Duos Moshpit, and Redeploy Moshpit.

For example, this week’s Quads Moshpit features the following Quads LTMs:

  • Heavy Metal Heroes
  • Ground War
  • Ambush
  • Down But Not Out

LTM Moshpits will serve as a Quickplay playlist on all platforms, placing players into the lobby closest to starting a match. These Moshpits also introduce several new LTM variants for the first time on all platforms, including Ambush Duos, Close Quarters Frenzy Duos, Hardcore Solo, and Pandemic Solo.

Because Blackout’s LTMs have historically proven more popular with players than any given core mode (Quads, Duos, or Solo), we’ve made the decision to shift the number of playlists on consoles from five to four, allowing for two Featured Playlists (LTM Moshpits and Alcatraz) plus a weekly selection of two core modes: Solo/Duos, Duos/Quads, or Solo/Quads.

We’re taking this streamlined approach to get more players into matches faster with more variety in gameplay, as adding more dedicated playlists would have the opposite effect. While we understand this isn’t the perfect model for players who only gravitate toward one Blackout mode exclusively, we’d like to ask everyone to spend some time with the new Moshpits, enjoy the all-new LTM variants, and let us know what you think once you’ve had time to check out the new format. We’ll see you out there!

ZOMBIES: “An Ice Day in Hell” Gauntlet on PS4, “Tag Der Toten” Cutscene Fix, Dark Matter Fix, Gameplay Improvements + More

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Today brings a long list of updates to Zombies with plenty of gameplay improvements and bug fixes across multiple maps, weapon tuning, Elixir adjustments, Perk fixes and more, as well as a chilling new Zombies Gauntlet to master on PS4 in “An Ice Day in Hell”.

This update fixes the dreaded “June 144 Major Overlord” outro cutscene error, properly unlocks Diamond Camo on the Hellion Salvo, activates Dying Wish upon death as intended, and much more. Read on below for the full patch notes, and go forth and claim your trophy for conquering the final Easter egg in “Tag der Toten” if you haven’t already.

BLACK MARKET: Hundreds of Rewards on PS4 With More Ways to Earn Them Coming Nov. 12th

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In addition to everything above, we’re introducing over 280 new Black Market rewards to earn for months to come, available today on PS4 with other platforms to follow. These new items include:

  • “MicroMG 9mm” SMG ranged weapon
  • “Eye of Apophis” amulet melee weapon
  • “Pentagon Thief” Blackout character
  • New Reactive Camos
  • New weapon camos
  • New Legendary and Rare outfits
  • New Death Effects
  • New Weapon Charms
  • New Blackout Jump Packs
  • New Gestures
  • + more

Once these rewards are live on all platforms on November 12th, we’ll be revamping the Black Market with new ways to earn weapons and Blackjack’s Shop content through the new Pick-a-Weapon Bribe bundle, Reserve Stack, and two new My Deals slots that always offer earnable items that you don’t currently own. Check out the Treyarch Blog for all the details.

GLOBAL: “The Numbers” Outfit Restored for Zero

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Today’s update also restores “The Numbers” for Zero players who’ve previously unlocked the outfit for use in Multiplayer and Blackout. And, while we originally believed we would have a fix in place for an issue that prevents certain Weapon Charms and Death Effects from staying equipped after a match, we’re still finalizing the solution for an upcoming update – thank you for your patience!

As always, thanks for your continued support, and we’ll see you online. Here’s what’s new today in today’s update:

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GLOBAL

  • Black Market
    • Over 280 new rewards now available to earn in Reserves.
    • New rewards include the MicroMG 9mm SMG, Eye of Apophis melee weapon, Pentagon Thief Blackout character, and new Reactive Camos, weapon camos, outfits, Death Effects, Weapon Charms, Jump Packs, Gestures, and more.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • “An Ice Day in Hell” Gauntlet now available for “Tag der Toten”.
    • Complete 30 rounds of new challenges for rewards at Tiers 10, 20, and 30.
    • Complete all 30 rounds without a single strike for an exclusive cosmetic reward.
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The following updates are now live on consoles, with PC to follow:MULTIPLAYER

  • Playlists
    • Permanent Nuketown
      • Nuketown playlist now permanently available in Featured Playlists.
    • Featured Playlists (PS4/Xbox One)
      • Nuketown
      • Blackjack’s Gun Game
      • Barebones Moshpit
      • Bolt-Action Barebones Moshpit
      • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit
  • Weapons
    • Echohawk Dual Bore
      • Increased maximum damage.
      • Increased burst fire speed.
      • Improved recoil pattern to be more controllable.
    • AN-94
      • Increased maximum damage.
  • Specialists
    • Reaper
      • Reduced Scythe duration from 40 to 30 seconds.
      • Reduced Scythe ammo count from 150 to 100 rounds.

BLACKOUT

  • LTM Moshpits
    • New weekly rotation of limited-time moshpits offers a wider variety of Blackout modes going forward.
    • LTM Moshpits serve as a Quickplay playlist, placing players into the lobby closest to starting a match to keep wait times low.
    • This week’s “Quads Moshpit” features the following Quads LTMs:
      • Heavy Metal Heroes
      • Ground War
      • Ambush Quads
      • Down But Not Out
  • Featured Playlists (PS4/Xbox One)
    • Quads Moshpit
    • Alcatraz Portal Quads
    • Duos
    • Solo

ZOMBIES

  • Maps: “Tag Der Toten”
    • Stability
      • Fixed the “June 144 Major Overlord” error that could occur during Side Quests and the Main Quest.
  • Weapons
    • Increased ammo reserves on the Tundragun.
    • Increased detonation time on the Matryoshka Doll to 10 seconds.
    • Matryoshka Doll now detonates manually after all mini grenades are spent.
    • Added the rest of the Primis crew versions of the Matryoshka Dolls.
  • AI Behavior
    • Addressed an issue where Zombies could become invisible when launched from a Flinger.
    • Addressed an issue where killing an Electrified Zombie in the water would not stun nearby zombies.
    • Zombies should no longer get stuck in Artifact Storage.
    • Zombies should no longer idle in place when players activate In Plain Sight or the Shadow of Death ability when on the iceberg.
    • Addressed an issue where zombies were not spawning during Samantha’s Music Box defend event when starting a special round.
    • Adjusted Hellhounds to prevent targeting players riding a zipline.
  • Environment
    • Removed zones that could unintentionally kill the player in Frozen Crevasse and Sunken Path.
    • Removed zones that would unintentionally kill the player when entering areas accessible with Dynamite while Power Doors were set to Open in Custom Mutations.
    • Dynamite can now only be crafted at the Gangway Table on the ship.
    • Adjusted out-of-bounds barriers for various Rush defend events across the map.
    • Addressed an issue where water could still inadvertently freeze players during the Main Quest.
    • Addressed an issue with lava not dealing damage in Artifact Storage during the Main Quest.
    • Moved the audio reel in Lighthouse Station from the filing cabinet to the table on the opposite wall to prevent interfering with crafting table interactions.
    • Closed exploitable areas accessible by using the Ragnarok DG-5.
  • Audio
    • Added sound FX when opening the crate for the Thundergun.
    • Addressed various issues with voiceover lines when interacting with the Hermit.
    • Addressed several text-to-speech voiceover issues throughout the map.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Added VFX to show the broken state of the Pack-a-Punch machine during late stages of the Main Quest.
    • Added text to the mountain Flinger indicating it cannot be activated before opening the Frozen Crevasse.
    • Added rumble and screen shake on exploding Dynamite objects.
    • Addressed an issue where players were unable to acquire Yellow Snowballs on Casual Difficulty or in Custom Mutations.
    • Added Electrified Zombie and Dynamite Zombie to the Enhanced section of the Special Zombies menu for Custom Mutations.
    • Adjusted the Heat Pack prompt to make it easier to interact with.
    • Addressed an issue that resulted in players being flung into the air after respawning when spectating a player taking the Flinger back from the iceberg.
  • Maps: “Alpha Omega”
    • Environment
      • Removed zones that would unintentionally kill the player in the Cul-de-Sac while Power Doors are set to Open at the start of the match in Custom Mutations.
    • Audio
      • Addressed various Rushmore voiceover issues.
    • Miscellaneous
      • Richtofen’s blood vials no longer improperly display in the lobby or in-game.
  • Maps: “Voyage of Despair”
    • Trophies
      • Addressed an issue where the “Kraken Unfettered” Trophy was not being awarded when killing multiple enemies with a single Air Kraken shot.
  • Weapons
    • Reaver C86
      • Increased reload speed on Pack-a-Punched Reaver C86.
      • Bolts fired from the Pack-a-Punched Reaver C86 can now be recovered.
    • Ballistic Knife
      • Knives fired from the Pack-a-Punched Ballistic Knife can now be recovered.
    • MOG 12
      • Adjusted the MOG 12 Barrel Choke description and stats UI in the Armory to better reflect its in-game behavior.
  • Customization
    • Mastery Camos
      • Addressed an issue where Diamond Camo was not properly unlocking for the Hellion Salvo and other secondary weapons.
    • Reactive Camos
      • Fixed in-game pop-ups for several Reactive Camos that were displaying incorrect text when unwrapping.
  • Perks
    • Dying Wish
      • Addressed an issue that resulted in Dying Wish not activating when players took fatal damage.
      • Addressed a visual issue that could occur when respawning after spectating a player.
    • Stone Cold Stronghold
      • Addressed a visual issue that could occur when respawning after spectating a player.
  • Elixirs and Talismans
    • Nowhere but There
      • Closed various exploits using Nowhere But There.
    • Secret Shopper
      • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when attempting to use wall buys with Secret Shopper.
    • Shopping Free
      • Addressed an issue where players were still refunded points when moving the Mystery Box with Shopping Free active.
    • Free Fire
      • Addressed an issue where Free Fire was not activating after switching to an empty weapon.
    • Suit Up
      • Addressed an issue where Suit Up could still be used when at full armor.
    • Frugal Fetish
      • Addressed an issue where the Frugal Fetish Talisman was not reducing first-time repair of the shield.

GLOBAL

  • Personalization
    • Restored “The Numbers” outfit for Zero for players who have previously earned the item.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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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 start of 2022 signaled 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: October 28

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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. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.

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 when the game releases on October 25, 2022.

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

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18

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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. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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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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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