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PSA: Call of Duty’s Exclusive Deal with MS Ends This Year

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Lots of PS3 and PC fans have been pretty upset this past week when it was finally confirmed that MW3’s season of content will ONLY kick off on the Xbox 360 this Jan. 24th. Specifically, PS3 players were up in arms when they assumed they would be getting content first also because of their yearly subscription and promise of early content. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. The only way this would have been possible is if Activision backed out of the deal which gave Microsoft exclusive rights to obtain Call of Duty DLC first.

In a way, we’re kind of surprised Activision decided to launch ELITE this year and not wait for Microsoft’s deal to expire seeing as how its pretty complicated to explain the scattered DLC release schedule. Even now, PS3 players are left wondering when they’ll be playing Liberation and Piazza. A lot of them expressed their anger via forums, Twitter, and even YouTube with Modern Warfare 3’s recent “Season of Content” trailer receiving 6,697 likes, and a staggering 10,281 dislikes.

The main purpose of this article is to remind the fans that the 3 year deal which began in 2009 is set to expire at the end of the year, December 31st to be exact.. However, PS3 and PC players aren’t out of the woods yet, there’s still a chance Microsoft could announce another deal with Activision during this year’s E3 press conference in June. As always, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

 

Original Press Release after the break:

Activision, Microsoft Enter Long-Term Agreement to Release Call of Duty(R) Downloadable Content First on Xbox 360

Multi-Title, Multi-Year Agreement for Blockbuster Franchise Extends Through 2012

 

LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced today a multi-year agreement that will continue to bring Call of Duty(R) game add ons and map packs first to Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. The news was revealed today to a capacity-crowd at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 E3 press conference in Los Angeles. The agreement which began in 2009 now extends for all add ons and map packs from the mega-blockbuster Call of Duty(R) franchise through 2012, including Call of Duty(R): Black Ops, the follow up to the largest entertainment launch in history and one of the most-anticipated titles of the year set for release Nov. 9th.

“Our Treyarch Studio is doing something special with Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is why we’re thrilled to announce this Xbox LIVE agreement,” said Philip Earl, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Activision’s Call of Duty Business Unit. “This agreement reflects our shared and continued focus on creating the most compelling and exciting content releases for fans around the world.”

With billions of hours logged online, Call of Duty titles consistently rank atop Xbox LIVE’s most-played charts, making it the largest Call of Duty community of any entertainment system.

“With 25 million members, Xbox LIVE is the industry’s premier online gaming service that establishes the best in cooperative and multiplayer online play for blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty,” said Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE. “With the release of game add ons and map packs coming first to Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE is the place to play Call of Duty for years to come.”

For more information about Call of Duty: Black Ops, visit www.CallofDuty.com/BlackOps.

 

SOURCE: Acitivision Press Release

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Warzone players call for devs to add permanent Rebirth Island playlists

Rebirth Island has become a popular map for Warzone players, but the community is calling for permanent playlists like Verdansk.

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Rebirth Island is one of the maps Call of Duty: Warzone can battle on, but players have begun to call for the developers of the battle royale to make permanent playlists for the popular map.

The integration between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone saw Rebirth Island become a playable map for the Call of Duty battle royale.

It has become a popular pick for players as of late, as many community members enjoy Rebirth Island’s faster pace and action-packed nature.

However, a major point of frustration for players has been the lack of permanent playlists for Rebirth Island, as the game’s developers consistently change the available playlists instead of having a static set in the same way that Verdansk does.

The discussion around the desire for Raven Software to implement permanent playlists to Warzone for Rebirth Island was thrust into the spotlight when the most recent playlist update for the battle royale took away Resurgence Quads and replaced it with Resurgence Trios.

Community member LegionofGrixis took to the official subreddit for Warzone and started a thread where they stated their frustration over the fact that the developers constantly change the Rebirth Island playlists and how Trios are less favored by many Warzone players compared to Quads.

This sentiment was shared by popular Warzone content creator JGOD who had a simple statement on the topic.

There is no doubt that players who primarily play on Rebirth Island would be excited to see a permanent set of playlists that do not ever change be added to the Black Ops Cold War map.

It remains to be seen if the developers of the Call of Duty battle royale will ever implement this feature, but we will be sure to inform you and update this piece if permanent playlists are added to the Rebirth Island map for Warzone.

For more Warzone, check out the best loadout you should be suing for the powerful Fara 83 Assault Rifle, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios

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Is a GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021?

Reports of a potential GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021 has become a major point of discussion in the popular game’s community recently.

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GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

One of the major topics currently taking the spotlight in the world of GTA Online is a potential ban wave that may be taking place in July 2021.

There has been plenty of excitement in the GTA Online community recently with the release of the Los Santos Tuners update, which brought a whole new set of cars and other exciting pieces of content for players to enjoy.

While the Los Santos Tuners update has injected plenty of excitement into the community, recent reports of a massive GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 have plenty of players curious about whether or not it will happen and what players it could be potentially targeting.

TA Online Ban Wave July 2021

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

According to a report by DualSHOCKERS, rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 started thanks to videos circulating on TikTok.

These rumors have stated that players who utilized frozen money, save wizard, or car duplication glitch exploits will be targeted by this rumored massive wave of bans by Rockstar Games.

However, Rockstar Games has not made any official announcements regarding a potential GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021.

There have been plenty of false rumors spread around on TikTok in the video game community, so it would not be surprising to see that the rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 be confirmed to be false in the near future.

However, the exploits that these rumors have focused on do fall under what Rockstar Games has stated it will ban players for when it comes to abusing game mechanics, so it would not be unfathomable that players who have utilized these exploits could be targeted by this rumored wave of bans.

As with any piece of unconfirmed information, it is important to take this rumor of a ban wave happening in July 2021 with a grain of salt.

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

Still, there is no doubt that this rumor has already sparked a great deal of discussion in the community as players wait to see if it actually comes to fruition this month.

For more GTA, check out how a recent GTA 6 leak has been debunked, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer gives first look at Seer abilities

The Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer has officially arrived, and it gave players a first look at the abilities of new character Seer.

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Apex Legends Emergence Seer Abilities

Season 10 of Apex Legends is called Emergence, and it is adding a brand new character to the game’s roster in Seer, whose abilities were shown off in the official launch trailer for the new season.

It is always an exciting time in the world of Apex Legends when a new season is right around the corner, which is currently the case with the upcoming arrival of Emergence, which will be Season 10 for the popular first-person shooter.

As with every season, Emergence is set to bring plenty of new things for players to experience, with the highlight being the new character of Seer, whose interesting set of abilities were teased in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

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Apex Legends Emergence Seer Abilities

The theme of the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer focused on change and how all of the characters in the game have evolved over their lives, with Seer being the main focus as expected.

In typical launch trailer fashion for Apex Legends, the Emergence video showed off the new character of Seer using his abilities to take down his enemies.

These abilities revolve around a set of microdrones that he keeps contained in a piece of equipment attached to his chest.

You can check out Seer using his abilities in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer below:

Following the trailer’s premiere at EA Play Live 2021, which also showcased the new Battlefield Portal game mode for Battlefield 2042, Apex Legends Game Director Chad Griener took the stage and explained some more details regarding the abilities of Seer.

According to Greiner, Seer is similar to Bloodhound in that his abilities focus on tracking enemies. Players will find that a heartbeat sensor will appear when they aim down the sights of their weapons when playing as Seer, which will help them find enemies near them.

Seer’s tactical ability will allow him to send out a fleet of microdrones from his chest to track down enemy players, while his ultimate ability will see Seer create a giant sphere with his drones that sense enemies who go through it.

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be excited to try out all of the Seer abilities shown off in the adrenaline-fueled Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

For more Apex Legends, check out the upcoming collaboration between Apex Legends and Monster Energy, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: EA / Respawn Entertainment

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