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Treyarch has released the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with PC to follow. The update is version 1.10 and is 10.9GB on PS4 and 14.3GB on Xbox One.

This update brings Operation Absolute Zero to Xbox One and PC, a Holiday Event in Blackout, Winter Callings in Zombies, and more.

Over the weekend Treyarch teased what’s to come in the next game update and over this week leading up to the Holidays. Check out the full Patch Notes below.

  • Balance tuning for Zero
  • Custom Games in Blackout
  • Half Off Heist Featured Playlist
  • Operation Absolute Zero (Xbox One/PC)
  • Holiday Event in Blackout (Xbox One/PC)
  • Winter Calling in Zombies (Xbox One/PC)

Operation Absolute Zero has arrived on Xbox One and PC, granting all players free access to a huge new season of content:

  • Multiplayer: Zero, Black Ops 4’s new Specialist armed with the EMP Disruptor grenade and Ice Pick hacking tool.
  • Blackout: The debut of Hijacked, the new ARAV armored vehicle, and new IX Zombies Character Missions.
  • Black Market: 100 new Tiers of earnable loot, including new MP weapons, Blackout characters, Mastercrafts, Epic Outfits, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, and more.

And for Black Ops Pass holders on Xbox One and PC, we’ve got exciting new game content in all three modes:

  • Two new Multiplayer maps: Elevation and Madagascar.
  • Dead of the Night, an all-new Zombies experience starring Kiefer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, Brian Blessed, and Charles Dance.
  • Black Ops 3 fan-favorite Reaper joins the cast of Blackout.

In today’s update to Multiplayer, we’ve implemented our first balancing pass on Zero, our new Specialist. As with all new features in Black Ops 4, we’ve been paying close attention to how Zero plays into the overall Multiplayer experience and have tuned some of her abilities accordingly. This includes an increase in the time it takes to earn her Ice Pick, varying increases to the time it takes her to hack Scorestreaks and Torque’s Barricade, preventing her hacks from freezing enemy healing cooldowns, and more. Take a look at the full patch notes below for the full list and let us know what you think.

We’ve also updated our MP Featured playlists, including the new Half-Off Heist on all platforms, Map Pack Moshpit for Black Ops Pass holders, and Mercenary Objective Moshpit for our lone wolves.

This week also brings new updates to Blackout, including…

Blackout Custom Games

In Blackout Custom Games, players can start a private match to explore the map at their own pace and practice Blackout with teams of friends. As we mentioned in last Friday’s update, Custom Games in Blackout will initially support a max player count of 12 – this is planned to grow over time as we evaluate player engagement, and we’re already planning expanded feature support over time.

Blackout Custom Games will support private matches in Solos, Duos, and Quads, as well as full character customization and Weapon Camo support (coming tomorrow!). Blackout Custom Games will be online-only to ensure all matches are always up-to-date.

Audio Improvements

Today’s new audio improvements in Blackout are focused on vehicles. We’ve lowered the volume of the Supply Drop plane to ensure players can hear more of the in-game action while the plane is overhead, and vehicle engines can now be heard more reliably when several other sounds are playing. The ARAV can also now be heard from farther away to help prevent surprise ambushes. Yes, we’ve seen the footage.

Specialist Unlocks and Outfit Rewards

Starting today on PS4, we’ve unlocked all Specialist characters in Blackout without requiring players to track down and complete their Character Missions, to ensure all players can play as the Specialist of their choice. For those players who’ve already put in the time to unlock their Specialists the old-fashioned way, we’ve got a special new Blackout-exclusive outfit reward for you called “The Numbers”, which we think you’re going to love. Players can also earn this outfit for each character by finding and completing these missions, which are now called Outfit Unlocks, after today’s update. And of course, more new characters are on their way to Blackout in the near future.

Contraband Stashes

Contraband Stashes are also new today in Blackout on PS4. These are new types of Supply Stashes that you’ll find throughout the world, which can contain the new Secret Santa and Slay Bell melee weapons from the Black Market. Ho ho hooooly sh\t*, they’re deadly!

Weapon Camos and Armor Tuning This Week

We’ve got more Blackout updates planned for this week, including Weapon Camo support and tuning to Armor durability and Armor Plates (currently in playtesting). Keep an eye on the subreddit for more details soon.

In Zombies, we’ve implemented a new round of gameplay improvements across all maps and a handful of stability fixes to help smooth out some of the remaining bumpiness players might have experienced. While we believe the vast majority of lingering Zombies stability issues have been eliminated with this update, we’re always investigating further ways to deliver an even smoother experience in future patches. If you’re still experiencing a crash in Zombies after this update, please let us know in the comments below with details on what was happening in-game at the time of the crash.

Finally, we’re happy to introduce an accessibility feature that we’ve been planning for a while: the new Auto Sprint option will allow players to double-click their controller’s left stick to automatically sprint in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies. Players can enable this setting under Controls in the Options menu.

Here’s what’s new with today’s update:

SUMMARY:

  • Now available on all platforms with Operation Absolute Zero:
    • Zero unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market for use in MP and Blackout
    • Hijacked, ARAV, new weapons, and IX Zombies Character Missions in Blackout
    • Revamped Black Market with 100 Tiers
  • Balance tuning for Zero in MP.
  • Half-Off Heist Featured Playlist in MP.
  • Reactive Camo requirement tuning in MP.
  • Stability fixes related to Zero in MP.
  • Vehicle audio improvements in Blackout.
  • Map improvements in Blackout.
  • Gameplay and stability improvements in Zombies.
  • Global Auto Sprint option added (all modes).
  • All Specialists unlocked and “The Numbers” outfit reward added in Blackout (PS4).
  • Limited-time Contraband Stashes added to Blackout (PS4).
  • Daemon 3XB weapon balancing (PC).
  • Custom Emblem fix (PC).
  • Improved Auto Mantle (PC).
  • Black Ops Pass content this week (Xbox One and PC):
    • 2 new MP Maps: Elevation and Madagascar
    • New Zombies experience: Dead of the Night
    • New Blackout character: Reaper

The following updates are now available on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

Blackout

  • Character Unlocks
    • All Specialist characters unlocked in Blackout.
    • Character Missions are now Outfit Unlocks, which reward “The Numbers” outfits for each Specialist when completed (and automatically reward the outfit for Character Missions that were already completed).
  • Contraband Stash
    • Added limited-time Contraband Stashes, which give access to the Slay Bell and Secret Santa melee weapons.

The following updates are included in the 1.10 title update on all platforms:

Multiplayer

  • Featured Playlists
    • Half-Off Heist added to Featured category.
      • Half-priced items in the Buy menu (Scorestreaks excluded).
  • Blackjack’s Gun Game added to Featured category.
    • Gun Game with 3 new Operation Absolute Zero weapons added to rotation.
  • Map Pack Moshpit added to Featured category for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on Elevation and Madagascar maps only.
  • Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit added to Featured category.
    • 6v6 Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, no parties allowed.
  • Mercenary Objective Moshpit added to Featured category.
    • Control, Search and Destroy, Heist, and Domination, no parties allowed.
  • Specialists
    • Zero
      • Increased amount of time it takes to earn the Ice Pick.
      • Increased time required to hack UAV, Care Package, and Counter UAV.
      • Greatly increased time required to hack Sentry, Drone Squad, Sniper’s Nest, Mantis, Thresher, Attack Chopper, and Gunship.
      • Increased time required to hack Torque’s Barricade.
      • Hacking an enemy no longer prevents their healing cooldown.
      • Hacking an enemy Assault Pack now causes it to expire.
  • Crash
    • Closed an exploit that would allow the TAK-5 to boost players to higher health levels than intended.
  • Modes
    • Heist
      • Addressed an issue that would allow cash to be deposited after the round ended.
      • Cash deposit can now continue while the player controls a Scorestreak.
      • Cooking a Frag Grenade until it detonates and kills the player now correctly removes the Frag Grenade from the player’s inventory.
      • Addressed an issue with Best Play including kills from other players not featured.
  • Equipment
    • Score is now rewarded for manually destroying a Trophy System.
  • Reactive Camos
    • Unwrapped Reactive Camos can now be equipped on any weapon that has the Gold Camo unlocked.
    • Killathon Reactive Camo now progresses with kills instead of kills without dying.
    • Rampage Reactive Camo now progresses by achieving rapid kills or better instead of escalating killstreaks.
    • Vanguard Reactive Camo now progresses by achieving rapid objective kills instead of objective kills within 5 seconds.
  • Challenges
    • Living On Edge
      • Addressed an issue where this Challenge was progressing on every kill in Hardcore.
  • Custom Games
    • Addressed an issue where Bots would not capture zones in Madagascar or Elevation.
  • Stability – Fixed crashes that could occur:
    • When a Zero player attempted to hack multiple enemy items.
    • When a Zero player hacked a Barricade that was about to expire.
    • When viewing a Hellstorm strike through CODCaster.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Addressed an issue with Kill Counters on picked-up weapons advancing when the original owner gained kills.
    • Addressed an issue where hacking a Care Package and then booby-trapping it would not leave a booby-trapped Care Package.
    • Addressed an issue where hacking Mesh Mines multiple times could result in their team colors not changing.

Blackout

  • Custom Games
    • Custom Game support added to Blackout.
      • Maximum of 12 players per match.
      • Play in Solos, Duos, or Quads.
      • Includes full character customization support.
      • Online only to ensure each Custom Game is up-to-date.
  • Audio Improvements
    • Lowered the volume of the Supply Drop plane.
    • Players will now hear the ARAV’s engine from farther away.
    • Vehicle engine sounds can now be heard more reliably when several other sounds are playing simultaneously.
  • Map Improvements
    • Improved mantling points at Hijacked to make it easier to enter from the water.
    • Improved door placements at Hijacked.
    • Improved interactivity with new elevator buttons at Hydro Dam.
    • Improved some interior lighting for better visibility.
    • Addressed clipping at Snowball spawn points.
    • ARAV should no longer explode when riding it down the elevator at Construction Site.

Zombies

  • Gameplay
    • Global – Addressed issues:
      • That allowed players to access and use custom rules in an online private match.
      • Where the explosion from Victorious Tortoise could result in Zombies no longer attacking the player.
      • Where players that stood under the effect of the Scepter of Ra’s Level 3 ability could have increased health regeneration for the rest of the match.
      • Where Equip Mint would not restore equipment past 1 equipment charge.
      • In the Armory where the Clan Tag and Kill Counter were not visible after attaching.
      • Where the Laser Sight attachment on the Hades would pulse colors when Pack-a-Punched.
    • Dead of the Night
      • Closed a number of exploits where players could jump on objects near the Forest Entrance and the East Stairway.
      • Addressed several art issues with the Pack-a-Punch Camo on weapon attachments for certain weapons.
      • Addressed an issue with endless spawning of the Werewolf with certain Custom Mutations settings set.
      • Addressed an animation issue with the Crimson Nosferatu when using the Scepter of Ra as it spawned.
      • Addressed a rare issue that caused player animations to get stuck as if bitten by the Crimson Nosferatu after killing one at the start of its bite attack with Alistair’s Annihilator.
    • IX – Addressed issues:
      • Where some of the shields in IX appeared smaller than usual.
      • Where kills with a charged shot from a Serket’s Kiss did not count as Pack-A-Punched weapon kills toward challenges or Callings.
      • Where flame FX persisted after the Brazen Bull exploded from using Victorious Tortoise.
    • Voyage of Despair – Addressed issues:
      • Where zombie pathing stopped working properly in the Galley / Promenade Starboard Deck.
      • Causing the Pack-a-Punch paintings to be fully revealed in Custom Mutations when using certain settings.
    • Classified
      • Closed multiple exploits where the player could use the Ragnarok DG-5 to jump onto various objects.
      • Addressed a visual issue with character and enemy shadows when electric traps were active.
  • Stability
    • Global – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When using Electric Cherry with certain weapons.
      • If a player disconnected while taking Shield damage.
      • When a Water Catalyst zombie respawned.
      • When several enemies would “ragdoll” upon death at the same time.
    • Dead of the Night – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • When playing in splitscreen during the Main Quest.
      • When Pack-a-Punching a customized ICR-7.
    • Blood of the Dead – Fixed crashes that could occur:
      • During the escort step in the Main Quest.
      • When The Warden spawned on the roof.

General

  • Auto Sprint
    • Auto Sprint added to Options under Controls (applies to all modes). When enabled, double-click the left stick to automatically sprint throughout all actions. Pull back on the stick to cancel.

In addition to the items included under All Platforms above, the following updates are available this week on Xbox One and PC with Operation Absolute Zero:

Multiplayer

  • Specialists
    • Zero added as a playable character unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market.
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Madagascar and Elevation available to download for Black Ops Pass holders.

Blackout

  • ARAV Vehicle
    • Driver Position
      • The ARAV is the second-fastest land vehicle behind the ATV in pure speed, and is the 2nd-toughest vehicle after the Cargo Truck. While it can shrug off a few bullets, ARAV drivers still need to be mindful of explosives and rockets headed their direction.
    • Passenger
      • Passengers have the option of staying seated within the safety of the cabin, or leaning out the window to initiate combat with weapons and equipment.
      • Players can heal from the passenger seat without transitioning to leaning out. While leaning out, players still have full use of their weapons and equipment.
    • Turret Gunner
      • Players are placed on a mounted machine gun with 360-degree aim, perfect for providing suppressing fire or firing on enemy vehicles.
      • Overheat: Extended firing will cause the turret to overheat and be temporarily disabled. The turret will be usable again after it has cooled down.
      • Durability: The turret will become permanently disabled over time. Keep an eye on the turret itself, as it will begin to smoke and catch fire when its durability is reduced to zero and can no longer be used.
  • Hijacked
    • Hijacked has been added to the map, docked just outside of the Construction Site.
    • This “well-known” luxury yacht includes a helipad as a possible helicopter spawn point, as well as a possible vehicle spawn.
  • Characters
    • Zero added as a playable character once unlocked at Tier 1 in the Black Market (no Character Mission required).
    • IX Zombies Character Missions now available to find and complete to play as Gladiator versions of Scarlett, Diego, Bruno, and Shaw.
  • New Weapons
    • Daemon 3XB SMG, SWAT RFT Assault Rifle, and Secret Santa melee weapon added.
    • New ranged weapons also come in “gold” variants, fully loaded with attachments.
  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Reaper added as a playable character for Black Ops Pass holders.

Zombies

  • Black Ops Pass Content
    • Dead of the Night available to download for Black Ops Pass holders.

Black Market

  • Black Market Revamp
    • 100 clearly-defined Tiers for streamlined progression.
    • New item categories and more diverse content, including new weapons, Reactive Camos, Weapon Camos, Reticles, Mastercrafts, and more.
    • Reserves now start at Tier 101.
    • New shared Warpaints that can be equipped with different outfits across different Themes on the same Specialist.
    • New Zero Specialist unlocked at Tier 1.
  • New Weapons
    • Daemon 3XB
      • 3-round burst, 0.45 cal. submachine gun.
      • Fast cyclical rate of fire with improved hip fire accuracy.
    • SWAT RFT
      • 5.56 assault rifle.
      • Moderate recoil and a fast rate of fire.
    • Secret Santa
      • A festive melee weapon for the holiday season.

In addition to the items included under All Platforms and Xbox One and PC above, the following PC-specific changes are coming to the PC 1.10 title update:

General

  • Weapon Balance
    • Daemon 3XB
      • Increased hip-fire spread in each stance (Multiplayer and Blackout only).
      • Increased hip-fire spread increase per bullet fired (Multiplayer and Blackout only).
  • Emblems
    • Custom Emblems are now visible to all players.
  • Gameplay
    • Auto Mantle
      • Changed the behavior of Auto Mantle to react even if the player didn’t jump.
      • Auto Mantle will remain turned off by default.
    • Auto Sprint
      • Added Auto Sprint option for gamepads.
    • ADS Sensitivity
      • Added a Gamepad ADS Sensitivity setting in Options.
  • Weapon Camos
    • Weapon Camos can now always be removed through the Personalization menu.
  • Black Market
    • Resolved an issue where the wrong prompts were displayed in the Black Market.

Multiplayer

  • Gameplay
    • Added a Default Spawn Selection option to select either Seraph’s Tac-Deploy or Auto-Spawn by default.
    • Added a Toggle/Hold option for Zero’s EMP Disruptor grenade.

 

SOURCE: Reddit

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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors

Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.

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Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.

Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.

As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.

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“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.

Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.

“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.

There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.

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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art

Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.

While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.

Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.

Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.

Black Ops 4 operators

The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.

Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”

Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.

This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.

Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.

But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.

The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.


Modern Warfare 2 brings a fully-fledged campaign that will reportedly arrive ahead of the full game’s launch, so be sure to check out everything we know about the single-player.

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Players share Call of Duty Next reveal wishlist for Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2

With the Call of Duty Next event set to showcase MW2 and Warzone 2, players reveal exactly what they’re desperate to see.

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The upcoming Call of Duty Next event is set to deliver a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal as well as new Warzone 2 information. Here’s what players are desperate to see from the event.

During Call of Duty Champs, the biggest competitive CoD event of the year, Activision and Infinity Ward brought Call of Duty Next to the community’s attention. This one-of-a-kind event that will be broadcast on September 15 is set to tease the future of the Call of Duty franchise.

The event will include a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, as well as new details concerning the Warzone 2 project and a mobile version of Warzone. With a ton of new information expected to shock the community, here’s what players are hoping to see most.

CharlieIntel took to Twitter to ask CoD players what they’re hoping to see from the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Next broadcast. While the details concerning Warzone 2 are shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to expect gameplay footage of Modern Warfare 2.

Keep in mind that Modern Warfare 2 is set to release on October 28, and with all eyes on Call of Duty Next, it’ll be a great opportunity to build some excitement. Some players in the replies had very specific expectations, while others wish to see more of the game’s technical aspects.

MW2 & Warzone 2 gun mechanism & gunsmith system

This is a great example of the technical side of Modern Warfare 2, and by expected association Warzone 2, that we’ve yet to fully discover. Gun mechanisms and how they feel while firing lay the groundwork for the game’s tone. Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay will likely be heavily influenced by how intuitive the guns feel in players’ hands.

Furthermore, the loadouts and the gunsmith feature are another vital technical aspect. While these aren’t the flashiest concerns, they go a long way in setting the foundation for a high-quality experience. After all, players love to customize and tweak aspects of the game when they’re not engaged in battle.

While we already have some major information about Modern Warfare 2’s gunsmith, including the ability to tweak certain attachment characteristics, hopefully, Call of Duty Next will provide even more insight.

Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play

While the gameplay is set to take center stage, it’s not beyond belief that Call of Duty Next could showcase various game modes. Perhaps the broadcast will mark the official reveal of the rumored DMZ mode.

However, fans of multiplayer will have their fingers crossed for something they’ve been wanting for what seems like ages: “League play at launch.”

Call of Duty fans looking for a top-tier competitive mode have been let down in recent years. Either they’ve had to wait months after release to receive a Ranked Play mode, or in the case of Modern Warfare, it came without Skill Divisions or an ELO system.

Classic Call of Duty weapons

FaZe Testy replying with an image of the iconic Intervention sniper gives us a specific weapon request. Surely, the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal is going to include gameplay footage. Of course, with gameplay footage comes the inevitable reveal of weapons.

It remains to be seen if classic Call of Duty weapons will feature in Modern Warfare 2, but players are surely going to lose their minds if the Intervention makes its way to the game. The Sniper is undoubtedly one of the most beloved weapons in Call of Duty history.

That just about wraps up some of the most intriguing hopes and wishes for the upcoming Call of Duty Next event. Don’t forget to tune into the broadcast on September 15 to find out if any of these desires come to fruition.


For more, check out how leaked Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer images seem to confirm that factions are back.

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