Treyarch has released a roadmap, during the studio live stream, providing fans with an overview of what content is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 over the next few months during Operation Spectre Rising.
Treyarch has provided an in-depth look at what’s coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through the next few months of Operation Spectre Rising, including a roadmap of content, details on what’s coming to each mode of the game, and more.
Check out the full the roadmap:
Here’s the full details from Treyarch’s blog post:
Launch week of Operation Spectre Rising brings a ton of new experiences and content, and there’s much more on the way, including new game modes for Multiplayer and Blackout, new Gauntlets for Zombies, new weapons, Equipment, map updates, and more! Here are some of the updates coming throughout this new Operation:
- New Specialist: Spectre
- New Game Modes:
- Prop Hunt
- Capture the Flag
- Additional Barebones modes
- New Maps (Black Ops Pass):
- New Alt Map: Hacienda Twilight
- + More
- New Map Updates:
- Wetworks: Hydro Dam has been sabotaged and the map has flooded
- Alcatraz: Improvements to gameplay flow and layout
- New Game Modes:
- Bounty Hunter: Find the blade, become Spectre, and assassinate your way to the top
- Ground War: Massive-scale, team vs. team combat, pure chaos
- New Playable Characters:
- Uncle Frank (Black Ops Pass)
- Sarah Hall
- David Mason
- New Weapons & Equipment
- + More
- New Gauntlets:
- Super Blood Wolf Moon (Dead of the Night)
- Labours of Hercules (Ancient Evil)
- New Mystery Box Weapon
- New Feature: Classic Elixir Restock
- + More
- New Customization Items:
- Death Effects
- Weapon Charms
- New Weapons:
- Tigershark LMG
- Nifo’Oti Melee Weapon
- New Mastercrafts, MKII’s & Camos
- New Specialist Outfits, War Paints, Gestures & Jump Packs
- + More
- Now, let’s get an in-depth look at all Operation Spectre Rising has to offer…
Spectre is back! The covert expert assassin returns from Call of Duty®: Black Ops III with revamped stealth capabilities.
Spectre’s background is still shrouded in mystery, but the same deadly, cold, and strategic killer has now arrived in Black Ops 4. Spectre’s Special Issue Equipment is the Smoke grenade, the perfect accessory for stealth kills when you (and you alone) are able to see enemies through the haze. Additionally, Spectre’s Special Issue Weaponry is the Shadow Blade: when it’s activated, Spectre switches to third-person for complete field-of-view of nearby enemies. While wielding the blade, Spectre can roll and dodge to avoid incoming bullets and eliminate opponents with a single swipe. Spectre is available at Tier 1 of the Operation, and once unlocked, will be playable in Multiplayer and Blackout.
New game modes are coming to Multiplayer, starting with Prop Hunt! Prop Hunt is an epic game of Call of Duty hide-and-don’t be killed. Choose your prop and blend in with your environment to avoid capture while the opposing team searches the map to uncover and eliminate players disguised as props.
Earn new Multiplayer weapons, available in the Contraband Stream on day one of the Operation:
- The Nifo’Oti melee weapon, a ruthless one-hit kill club.
- The Tigershark, a run-and-gun LMG with faster than average reload time.
Later in the Operation, Capture the Flag will make its Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 debut. Pick up the flag from enemy territory and deliver it back to your base to score in this classic Multiplayer game mode. Plus, expect more alternate-weather maps, such as Hacienda Twilight, to change up the environment and offer new variety in the gameplay experiences on these maps.
Additionally, we’ll introduce new World League Hub features to heighten the competitive experience: a suspension system, increased penalties, and tighter skill-based matchmaking.
Our suspension system will temporarily ban players who leave or disconnect from matches. Upon leaving a League Play match, players will be banned for a brief amount of time. The more suspensions a player has, the longer their ban will be. We’ve also upped the penalty, so players leaving matches will lose more points. Lastly, our skill-based matchmaking will be improved to address skill-matching issues presented by parties. With these changes, we hope to minimize match quitting and produce tighter matches.
Prepare for a dramatic new approach to key destinations following the flood…
The “high ground” has taken on a whole new meaning with the Wetworks Map Update, as multiple areas including Factory, Cargo Docks, Hijacked, and the farm near Firing Range have been flooded by an explosion at Hydro Dam. Drive a boat through the barn or loot underwater containers spilled from Cargo Docks. Hijacked has floated upstream to the northwest shoreline allowing players on the luxurious yacht to engage with opponents at Construction Site. All the river banks have been flooded, washing ashore house boats and creating new loot and combat opportunities. Rediscover Blackout through the Wetworks Map Update to find new tactical approaches and gameplay strategies.
A new Blackout game mode, Bounty Hunter,will be live at the start of the Operation. Drop in and find the beacons of light that indicate Spectre Stashes, which contain the Shadow Blade and other valuable items like Level 3 Armor, Smoke, stealth-related Perks, and Trauma Kits. Equipping the Shadow Blade will transform the player into Spectre, giving them unique skills including increased movement speed, the ability to see digital footprints of nearby enemies, and full third-person camera perspective. Spectre can carry both the Shadow Blade and a normal weapon. When the normal weapon is equipped, Spectre will return to first-person view.
With each new Collapse in Bounty Hunter, players with the most kills will be marked as Bounty targets that only Spectre can see. Eliminate the target or survive the Bounty attack to be rewarded with a Supply Drop on your position. Unique to Bounty Hunter, players can also perform Humiliations on downed enemies. These are fatal finishing moves to end an opponent in dramatic fashion. Spectre has a distinct Humiliation that uses the Shadow Blade to deal an epic final blow. Channel your inner assassin and work together to be the last team standing.
More Blackout game modes are on the way including Ground War, which takes the familiar large-scale, team-vs.-team Multiplayer format to a new level of chaos and turns battle royale into all-out war. Plus, Down But Not Out returns with revamped rules and mechanics like escalating loadouts and the squad wipe notification feature, alongside other fan-favorite limited time modes like Hot Pursuit!
The DART Multiplayer Scorestreak has come to Blackout. Launch this equipment for a bird’s-eye view of your opponents. Much like the Recon Car, the DART is a reconnaissance tool that can be utilized to tactically plan your next steps.
Later in the Operation, expect more weapons, a new vehicle, and new Equipment to be added to Blackout, creating an even more diverse pool of items across the map.
Gameplay updates to Alcatraz have been introduced to focus on helping players battle each other (and not the Collapse) in the final moments of the game. The map now has more doors, holes, and stairways, so players won’t get stuck at dead ends when the circle is closing in. Plus, mantling improvements will allow players to climb up and over objects quicker to keep up with the frenetic and fun gameplay pacing.
In addition to Spectre’s Blackout debut, more characters will be available in the Black Market this Operation:
- Blackjack, the Black Market mercenary trader
- Sarah Hall, Black Ops III’s CORVUS-infected intelligence expert
- Sergei, Reznov’s fellow Vorkuta inmate
- Misty,from the Zombies Victis crew
- David Mason, the protagonist of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
- Uncle Frank, an older Sgt. Woods from Black Ops II.
The latest Gauntlet arrives for “Dead of the Night” with this Operation: Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Hit the pool table to sink the stripes and solids in the “Pool Party” round and survive the wolves during “Be-were”! The latest Gauntlet leans into the glitz and glamour of the mansion and the thrilling horrors of the undead. Keep your wits about you to tackle all 30 rounds to complete the Gauntlet.
More Gauntlets are on its way in this Operation, including the Labours of Hercules for “Ancient Evil” and Hard Mode Gauntlets, which will debut in Unsinkable for “Voyage of Despair”.
Lay down covering fire and slay the horde with the Tigershark LMG, the newest Contraband weapon found in the Mystery Box. The Tigershark is an agile LMG for dishing out heavy fire on the go. If you add it to your arsenal, upgrade it in the Pack-a-Punch machine for the new Smilomegalodon, which gives players a larger ammo pool and increases its damage output.
The new Classic Elixir Restock feature ensures you’ll never have an empty Elixir slot during a Zombies match. If you use up an Elixir during a match, the empty slot will be filled with a Classic Elixir. Though the Classic Elixir will be chosen at random, team-friendly Elixirs like “Nowhere But There!” have a greater chance of being chosen when playing in co-op matches. Plus, if you rush into a match without Elixirs, a Classic Elixir will be placed in the empty slot to back you up when needed.
Additionally, more features will be introduced to Zombies during this Operation, including Gauntlet Friend Leaderboards, allowing Zombies fans to compare their Gauntlet skills to their friends and recent players.
An all-new Operation brings all-new new goods.
Operation Spectre Rising will feature 50 unique Tiers paced to align with the first half of the Operation. This is a smaller collection of content relative to previous Operations and spans a shorter duration of time, as a unique new set of content will come alongside the Days of Summer update in June. Ultimately, this will translate to easier, more frequent updates that establishes a steadier cadence.
The Black Market will also feature two new item types: Weapon Charms and Death Effects. Weapon Charms can be equipped to further personalize your weapon. Charms dangle from your weapon during battle for an added personal touch while you fight.
Death Effects add a special bang to your bullet. Instead of the typical blood spatter, equip a Death Effect for unique effects to occur when you take down the enemy. For instance, the “Surprise Party” Death Effect sprays confetti from the opponent you’ve eliminated. When equipped, all kills are accompanied by a Death Effect to add some flavor to your takedowns.
Here are some highlights from the Black Market that will be available during Operation Spectre Rising:
- 50 Tiers: Preview all the goods of the first half of this Operation on day one.
- New Specialist: Spectre is available at Tier 1 and playable in Multiplayer and Blackout once unlocked.
- New Contraband Weapons: The Black Ops 4 arsenal gets bigger with the addition of the Nifo’Oti melee weapon, a Polynesian club, and the Tigershark, an agile LMG with the fastest reload time in its class.
- New Blackout Characters: Abigail “Misty” Barton will be available at the launch of the Operation as a Special Order in Blackjack’s Shop in the Black Market. Also available during Operation Spectre Rising are Sarah Hall, an intelligence expert from Taylor’s team in Black Ops III, and Blackjack,a weapons dealer for the 54 Immortals and the mercenary trader who runs the Black Market, join the Blackout character roster. More playable characters, including Sergei and David Mason, are scheduled to arrive throughout the Operation.
- New Signature Weapons: Earn 25% more XP per kill with the latest MK II signature weapons for the Rampage, Vapr-XKG, Switchblade X9, and Spitfire, available in Reserves.
- New Gestures: In addition to a set of new Gestures, now you can also play them in the lobby before entering a match in Multiplayer, League Play, or Blackout! Additionally, Gestures and Tags are now unified into a single wheel for all characters, and these can be accessed and customized by selecting the new Extras button directly in the lobby.
- Death Effects: Switch up the experience of taking down the enemy with Death Effects. The “Make it Rain” Death Effect is for the baller in all of us, “Surprise Party” adds a dash of confetti even when it’s not your birthday, and “Pyrotechnic” celebrates your success with fireworks. These three Legendary Death Effects will be available in Reserves.
- Weapon Charms: Adorn your favorite weapon with accessories that fit your personality. Ten Weapon Charms will be available in Reserves, including a mini-Ruin “Lil’ Donnie”, “Snake Eyes” hanging dice, and “Lil’ Ray”, the iconic Zombies ray gun.
- New Outfits: Visualize your inner assassin with unique Specialist outfits earned in the Contraband stream or found in the Black Market, including Seraph’s “Silver Bullet” or Ajax’s “Hired Gun” outfits.
- New Mastercrafts: “The Lost Patrol” Mastercraft for the SDM and the “Venom Cocktail” Mastercraft for the Hades will both be available in Blackjack’s Shop in the Black Market.
- New Reactive Camos: The Afterlife Reactive Camo, found in Reserves, can be equipped to all weapons and starts as a purplish hue that changes in-game with kills, and the Nebula Reactive Camo will arrive in Blackjack’s Shop later in the Operation.
- Blackjack’s Reserves: In addition to Death Effects and Weapon Charms, Reserves contain Legendary Specialist outfits for Firebreak and Prophet and the all-new Sea Storm Jump Pack for Blackout, along with all Reserve content from previous Operations.
Black Ops Pass
Black Ops Pass owners get three new Multiplayer maps in Operation Spectre Rising! We’re introducing two brand new maps and one re-imagined Call of Duty®: Black Ops classic, which will join the regular map rotation in Core and Hardcore playlists at the start of the Operation. And in Blackout, a familiar face returns from Black Ops II as a new playable character.
Spice up your Multiplayer battles on Masquerade.Using the distraction of a happy aquatic festival in Bangladesh, elite assassins have hijacked parade floats to use as battering rams to crack open and breach a U.S. embassy. The spice vendors, parade floats, and paint splattered roads offer a stark contrast with the high-alert status of the multi-leveled embassy, creating an eclectic environment for a variety of gameplay.
Pick up the action at the map’s center where parade floats have broken through the embassy’s walls and get to the top to eliminate encroaching attackers. Or, fight in the village through a small playground and past graffiti covered walls to experience the festival highlights. Wherever the fight takes you, be on alert for the enemy throughout the diverse backdrop of Masquerade.
Gear up for the geothermal hot springs of Artifact. In the remote landscape of Iceland, hired treasure hunters have tracked down and unearthed an ancient zombie artifact. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t the only ones after it. Discover the surprises of this rocky and full-terrain map while battling for the high ground amidst deadly geysers.
The platformer-style terrain and various pathways create unique experiences to traverse the map. On the south side, climb the ladder and slide into the glacier to find multiple ways in and out of the dig site. Alternatively, take the high ground to the north to spot enemies across the map and down below. Lastly, be mindful of the geysers which spell instant death for those caught in an eruption. Master the terrain and take the fight off the grid in Artifact.
WMD is back. Deep within the snowy Russian borders, a covert laboratory has spun up production of weaponized Nova 6 chemicals. A battleground rife with multiple high positions, warehouses, and staircases, WMD requires players to always be prepared for a fight.
Trade the risks for the rewards of the water tower and western overlooks to catch unsuspecting enemies on the ground, or battle in and across centrally located warehouses with multiple entry and exit points that demand players stay on alert. Create new epic Multiplayer moments on this fan-favorite classic map.
Blackout’s newest character is Uncle Frank, AKA Sgt. Frank Woods from Black Ops II – and he’s ready to drop in. Out from The Vault and onto the battlefield, Uncle Frank is here to take on the enemy, all the way to the final Collapse.
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
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.
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.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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