Treyarch has released a roadmap overview of what’s happening with Operation Dark Divide for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
In an extensive blog post, they’ve been going through the MP, Zombies, and Blackout content with Operation Dark Divide for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Operation Dark Divide is available on September 23 on PS4, bringing out the heroes and villains in the Specialists of Black Ops 4. Plus, jump into“Tag Der Toten”, the final chapter in the Zombies Aether story. Here’s a preview of the Operation:
*Content Subject to Change
- New Maps (Black Ops Pass)
- New Game Mode: Heavy Metal Heroes
- New Playable Characters
- Grigori Weaver
- New Experience: “Tag Der Toten” (Black Ops Pass)
- New Elixirs:
- Secret Shopper
- Power Vacuum
- New Perk: Blaze Phase
- New Wonder Weapons
- Tundra Gun
- Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze
- 50 unique and predefined Contraband Tiers
- Heroes and Villains themed Specialist Outfits
- New Mastercrafts
- Ultra Weapon Bribe
Operation Dark Divide serves up epic combat on two Multiplayer battlegrounds, available with the Black Ops Pass. First, journey to Lair where heroes battle villains against the backdrop of a deadly volcano. Then, experience a classic fight of good versus evil in the Black Ops flashback, Launch.
Wash up on the shores of an uncharted volcanic island where the evil organization, “Arkadeus” has built their ultimate weapon: a death laser that harnesses the raw power of a volcano. This Lair is a nefarious new Multiplayer map where the Specialists have arrived to take down Arkadeus operatives and secure the ultimate weapon.
Lair is a smaller-sized map that takes place primarily indoors, although players can battle around a getaway chopper or swim into the complex past a luxurious yacht. The center of the map houses the death laser surrounded by a moat and a continuous circular lane for agile engagements on the move. Lair’s most distinct feature is its singular power position that is only accessible by two functional elevators or Ruin’s Grapple Gun. Take a ride to the top where you can scope out opponents and activate the deadly laser. Lair’s small play space provides opportunities for tactical gameplay. Utilize the levels, waterways, and environment to outsmart enemies to secure victory. Choose your Specialist, pick your side, and jump into a frenzied battle of heroes and villains on Lair.
In the Black Ops flashback map Launch, US covert operatives have gone behind enemy lines, to the heart of Russia, in order to halt a Soviet nuclear missile launch. Journey back to a heroic battle of good against evil where the Specialists fight under the cover of darkness to stop a nuclear missile launch that could have catastrophic consequences.
Make your way to Launch’s hotly contested center: the top of two converging inclines which creates interesting and dynamic gameplay. The center lane is a long hump where players can make decisions on which lanes to attack, mantle up the gantry for vertical gameplay, or find and eliminate players in power positions along the southern side. Conversely, the northern path holds the missile that may launch during a match which will be fatal for any players in its blast radius. If you want to avoid the liftoff, go through the winding stairwells on either side of the missile for intense close quarters combat.
Battle on these new maps with three new Multiplayer weapons in the Black Market:
- Echohawk Dual Bore: A high-damage assault rifle with a large ammo pool equipped with dual barrels to achieve a faster fire rate with a unique rhythm and feel.
- AN-94: An assault rifle with solid damage, handling, and less recoil. It features a faster firing first bullet that rewards precision.
- VMP: A faster firing submachine gun with extra ammo, moderate recoil, and slower handling.
Power up for explosive vehicle combat in Blackout’s latest limited-time game mode, Heavy Metal Heroes.
Enjoy the comic book aesthetic of this new game mode that emphasizes intense vehicle combat and heroics to achieve victory. Drop in with your quad and find a Heavy Metal Heroes vehicle variant: the ARAV, Motorcycle, Attack Chopper, and a new vehicle, the Tank. More vehicles are air dropped throughout the match and players can call in Tanks with Flare Guns found across the map. To combat the multitude of vehicles, players are given a thrust ability to “double jump” and can find Hellion Salvo Operators which can take out the armored fleet. Plus, the map has been outfitted with ramps for players who enjoy revving up and over the enemy.
Return to the island of Alcatraz for a battle in the sunlight. Daytime has come back to the Rock, but it’s no easier escaping this prison. Clear skies translates to longer lines of sight for players who choose to flock to the tops of building or the Warden’s House, but the visibility could leave those players vulnerable to enemies.
This Operation has three new Blackout characters that are available in the Black Market.
- Grigori Weaver – Black Ops CIA agent
- Stuhlinger – Member of the Zombies Victis crew
- Marlton – Member of the Zombies Victis crew
Secrets will be revealed and destinies fulfilled as the Black Ops 4 ZombiesAether story hurtles to its epic conclusion in “Tag Der Toten”.
Available with Black Ops Pass, “Tag Der Toten” takes players to the home of Group 935’s twisted experiments and the birth of zombies in the frozen wastelands of Siberia. As the Primis and Ultimis crews celebrate their impending victory, the Victis crew must recover one final artifact to secure Nikolai’s plans for the future. With the help of a mysterious hermit in the lighthouse, the Victis crew must brave the cliffside laboratory and subdue a sinister entity lurking in “Tag Der Toten”.
“Tag Der Toten” has multiple movement mechanics like ziplines and flingers to quickly move about the map. Just be mindful, as zombies can also use these mechanics to surprise and attack unsuspecting players. There are also areas where you can platform to escape the horde. Falling won’t spell instant death, but slogging through the freezing waters could prove fatal if the undead are on your tail. However, the verticality and visibility of “Tag Der Toten” means far away teammates can come to your aid in trying times.
This Zombies experience holds new and familiar equipment that take advantage of the openness of the space. The Matryoshka Dolls work like cluster grenades, containing smaller Ultimis dolls inside to decimate the undead. For a Wonder Weapon with range, pick up the Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze that has a sniper scope to take out zombies from a distance. Fire it into a crowd and electrocute any zombies within its radius. There’s also a chilling new weapon that has been added to the Zombies arsenal courtesy of the Ascension Group: the Tundra Gun. Channel the freezing cold power of Siberia and freeze the zombie horde when the action gets too hot. And if you’re looking for unique equipment, players can complete certain challenges to find a lethal item that is personal to a central Aether character…
Operation Dark Divide also brings new and returning supporting items to Zombies. The new Perk, Blaze Phase, works well when players are trapped in corners. Activate the Perk and players blast through a horde eliminating any zombies in their path. Formerly Gobblegums, Power Vacuum and Secret Shopper return as Epic Elixirs. Power Vacuum enables power-ups to spawn more frequently and lasts for five minutes, while Secret Shopper gives you the ability to buy ammo for any gun, including Wonder Weapons for the first time, from any wall buy location.
Plus, new Black Market Weapons join the Zombies arsenal in the Mystery Box at the start of Operation Dark Divide. Both the AN-94 and the VMP are reliable weapons that can keep the continual onslaught of zombies at bay – upgrade them at the Pack-A-Punch machine for the “Nightmare Awakened 49” and the “Dark Impaler” for more rounds and more power against the undead.
Operation Dark Divide brings new weapons and heroes and villains-themed gear to the Black Market.
The Contraband stream holds 50 unique predefined tiers that culminates in an Ultra Weapon Bribe. Earn the Bribe by playing matches in Multiplayer and Blackout, and earning your Daily Tier Skips available in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.
Here’s an overview of the of all the goods of Operation Dark Divide:
- 50 Tiers: Available on day one of the Operation, the Contraband stream features the VKM Mastercraft, Legendary and Epic outfits, and an Ultra Weapon Bribe.
- New Black Market Weapons: The Black Ops 4 armory has gotten bigger with the Echohawk Dual Bore, AN-94, and the VMP.
- New Melee Weapon: Get a one-hit kill with the “Outrider Series 6” action figure melee weapon.
- New Epic Outfits: Channel the hero or villain within with Epic outfits for all Specialists including the “Rigor Mortis” for Crash, “Kitty Six” for Seraph, and the “Blood Moon” for Outrider.
- New Legendary Outfits: Come ready for battle with the “Compost” outfit for Spectre, the “CA-K3” for Reaper, and the “Flamingo” for Torque available in the Contraband stream.
- New Mastercrafts: Deck out your weapon with new Mastercrafts, like the arcade gun-styled “Game Over” for the KAP 45, the fishbone-inspired “Predator” for the S6 Stingray, or the “Desecrator” for the Rampage.
- New Reactive Camos: Find the “Solar Flare” and “Future Sight” Reactive Camos in Reserves.
- New Blackout Characters: Drop in as Victis characters Marlton and Stuhlinger or as the Black Ops CIA operative, Grigori Weaver.
- New MKII weapons: Earn more XP with MKII variants of the VKM, Paladin HB50, and Mozu.
- New Death Effects: Add a comic bang when you finish off your enemies with the “Them’s Fightin’ Words” Death Effect or add an electric touch with the “Ohm Theory”, available in the Contraband stream and Reserves.
- New Weapon Charms: Add flair to your weapons with the alien “UFO”, pocket watch-esque “Time’s Up”, or the mini-Juneau A.K.A. the “Man’s Best Friend” Weapon Charms and more.
- New Jump Pack: Drop in ready to bring the pain with the “Mega Hurtz” or channel 115 with the “Aether” jump pack, available in the Black Market.
Best Call of Duty Zombies map: Every map ranked from World at War to Cold War
At least one Call of Duty Zombies map has a special place in player’s hearts. So we’ve picked our best Zombies maps and ranked them.
Call of Duty Zombies has gone from a mini-game to pretty much a must-have feature in every CoD game. So we’ve sifted through every Zombies map ever made, settled on the absolute best ones, and ranked them.
It seems that nearly everyone has a favorite Zombies of all time, and a different top five list, such is the impact of Call of Duty Zombies on players. Treyarch’s post-World at War mini-game went on to become as important to people as the online multiplayer itself.
The latest official entry into the series, Black Ops Cold War, offered up several new maps including Firebase Z and the intense Forsaken, introduced terrifying new enemies in Mimics, and produced several memorable Main Quest Easter Eggs.
Vanguard aims to carry the Dark Aether storyline on in Der Anfang, and CoD Zombies will continue to grow. But before we get to Call of Duty: Vanguard, let’s go through and rank every Call of Duty Zombies map in history so far.
Every CoD Zombies ranked
In total, there have been 49 Zombies maps, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to complete the difficult task of ranking them all.
Here is every CoD Zombies map ranked:
- Mob of the Dead
- Kino der Toten
- Der Reise
- Nacht der Untoten
- Zombies in Spaceland
- Der Eisendrache
- Shadows of Evil
- Firebase Z
- Ancient Evil
- Call of the Dead
- Mauer der Toten
- Shi No Numa
- Die Maschine
- Gorod Krovi
- Die Rise
- Nuketown Zombies
- Rave in the Redwoods
- Der Rise
- Attack of the Radioactive Thing
- The Final Reich
- Shaolin Shuffle
- Blood of the Dead
- Zetsubou No Shima
- Beast From Beyond
- Voyage of Despair
- The Shadowed Throne
- The Tortured Path
- The Darkest Shore
- Tag der Toten
- Grosten Haus
- The Frozen Dawn
- Alpha Omega
- Dead of the Night
Top 5 Call of Duty Zombies ever ranked
Now that we’ve managed to rank every single Zombies map ever made, it’s now time to do a deep dive into our top five CoD Zombies maps of all time.
We believe each of our picks has a special quality that makes them so endlessly memorable, and while not all are as refined and packed as other maps, they are in the top five for a reason.
5. Zombies in Spaceland map – Infinite Warfare
Zombies in Spaceland moves away from the largely serious nature of Zombies and throws its players into a mad, exhilarating theme park of thrills, spills, and kills.
It carries on the novelty of Zombies maps around that time by having celebrity David Hasselhoff as the host and also demanded that players work together by having doors that needed to be opened by multiple teammates.
As well as the bright aesthetic, fun traps, and nicely divided up areas of the park, there were also the mini-games in the Astrocade. Featuring multiple, interactive arcade games, players could amass a collection of tokens to redeem for cool prizes.
To sweeten the pot further, players could also grab a bit of a breather on the Triton rollercoaster, a moving shooting gallery. As a whole, Zombies in Spaceland is a fun novelty that separates itself from a lot of the pack to form an identity.
4. Nacht der Untoten map – World at War / Black Ops III
It’s entirely up to you which version of Nacht you opt for, but there’s a part of us that yearns for the simplicity of its original form.
When players completed Call of Duty: World at War, after the credits rolled, many were surprised to be whisked away to a random room with creepy music and only a pistol.
So began the legacy of CoD Zombies, and unlike the Black Ops III remake, the pure nature of Nacht der Untoten still makes it a challenge to this day. No Perks, no Pack-A-Punch, just 1-4 players in a handful of confined rooms.
Given how many Wonder Weapons can be obtained in modern CoD games, the feeling of pure euphoria when you got a Ray Gun from the Mystery Box in Nacht der Untoten was unlike anything else.
3. Der Riese map – World at War
Another entry for Call of Duty: World at War in Der Riese, and the genius of some of its ideas are still at the forefront of many Zombies maps today.
Teleporters, Easter Eggs, and the aforementioned PAP and Wonder Weapon features were all introduced via Der Riese. These novel ideas were complemented perfectly by the map’s extraordinary map design.
All the channels and pathways blended together seamlessly, making a smaller map, in comparison to later maps, seem big enough, fair, and keep players keep coming back for more.
2. Mob of the Dead map – Black Ops II
As a DLC-only map, it may not have been enjoyed by as many people as base maps, but the legacy that Mob of the Dead has left been is unreal.
Fans of Warzone’s Rebirth Island would already have been familiar with Mob of the Dead as the map is set in the world-famous Alcatraz prison. It manages to intertwine the themes of the undead with mobsters, and create a perfect scenario in which you need to escape the island.
Action in Mob of the Dead is intense unlike any other, particularly with the tightness of the corridors and its surroundings at times. The Easter Egg for Mob of the Dead is tremendous, and we definitely need to see it reimagined in the future for all players to experience.
1. Kino der Toten map – Black Ops
Sometimes, less is more. Whereas Nacht der Untoten feels barebones and a modern map like Die Maschine is chock full of features, Kino der Toten strikes that fine balance of power, whilst delivering the best map in CoD Zombies history.
Kino’s cinema is probably the most iconic setting in the franchise and its level design makes the map unbelievably accessible. Turning on the power, going through the curtains, and seeing the decimated venue is a cool feeling.
You can manipulate how the Zombies will get to you, depending on which doors you unlock, and the Projector room offers the perfect respite from the chaos. Kin der Toten never stops being a blast to play, and that’s why we think it’s the best CoD Zombies map in the game’s history.
So there you have it! All 49 Zombies maps ranked, and our top five CoD Zombies maps in order as well.
For more Call of Duty Zombies content, check out everything we know so far about Vanguard Zombies.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch / Infinity Ward
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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.
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
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.
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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.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
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