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New roadmap of upcoming content for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist

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Treyarch has just published a lengthy blog post providing fans with a great roadmap of what content is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 over the next several months.

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 Grand Heist, including a roadmap of content, details on what’s coming to each mode of the game, and more.

Check out the full details from Treyarch’s post below:

From Treyarch:

Operation Grand Heist arrives February 19th on PS4, kicking off a brand-new season of content, events and updates in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies through April! Here’s what to expect throughout the Operation across all three modes.

Treyarch has announced that there is something new coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 each day this upcoming week to celebrate the launch of the new Operation in game, on PS4:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19:
    • Multiplayer
      • New Specialist: Outrider
      • New Mode: One in the Chamber
      • Massive weapon and gameplay tuning updates
      • 2 new MP maps for Black Ops Pass holders
      • + more
    • Blackout
      • New Destination: Ghost Town with two big locations
      • New playable structures throughout the map
      • Gameplay and Armor tuning updates
      • All-new Prestige system
      • Cosmic Silverback character for Black Ops Pass holders
      • + more
    • Zombies
      • New Gauntlet: “Death-Con Five”
      • New Perk: Ethereal Razor
      • Additional Tier Skip for completing Daily Callings
      • Support for Signature Weapons
      • + more
    • Black Market
      • All new 100 Tier Contraband stream including.
      • 3 new earnable weapons
      • New Blackout character
      • New Mastercraft Weapon
      • New Reactive Camos
      • New Epic Outfits
      • New cosmetic Jump Pack item type for more Blackout customization
      • + more
      • A newly-revamped Black Market featuring the return of Blackjack
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20:
    • A familiar face makes an appearance to welcome in the new Operation.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21:
    • Multiplayer
      • League Play launches in the World League Hub with our first League Play Event
    • Zombies
      • Support for new Black Market weapons
  • Friday, Feb. 22:
    • Blackout
      • New Hot Pursuit game mode featuring the debut of three new vehicles: the SUV, PBR, and Muscle Car

Treyarch has also provided an overview of what’s to come in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 throughout Operation Grand Heist:

Multiplayer

Operation Grand Heist welcomes Outrider to the action, featuring new and improved weaponry, she brings the hunt to Black Ops 4. Her new Special Issue Equipment, the Hawk, is a pilotable drone that can be parked at strategic overwatch positions and will automatically tag enemies in its view to help you find and eliminate your prey. Her Sparrow Special Issue Weapon returns with a boost to its precision and power with accurate, explosive-tipped arrows that detonate on impact. Outrider will be instantly unlocked in Multiplayer and Blackout once players complete Tier 1 of the new Operation in the Black Market.

Party Games are returning in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer, starting with One in the Chamber! In this classic game mode, players are given three lives and a pistol with one bullet. Land a perfect shot or melee your opponent to gain another bullet and 100 points. Be mindful of the regularly sweeping UAV, and fight to earn the most points to claim victory.

One in the Chamber is the first of several Multiplayer game modes that will make their debut during Operation Grand Heist. In addition to all the new modes and Featured Playlists, additional alternate lighting and weather versions of some of our most popular Multiplayer maps will join the rotation, available for the entire community later in the Operation.

Operation Grand Heist also expands Black Ops 4’s arsenal right off the bat with new weapons to unlock and equip in Multiplayer, including:

  • The Switchblade X9, a new folding SMG with fast reload and ADS times.
  • The full-auto Rampage shotgun, providing devastating impact at close ranges.
  • The Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon, perfect for tight situations during a quick getaway.

Stay tuned for additional new weaponry coming later in the Operation.

And for our competitive Multiplayer fans, the World League Hub debuts with our first League Play Event on Thursday, Feb. 21 on PS4, delivering a new breed of competitive action to Black Ops 4. Play like the pros using the newest CWL ruleset while battling for rank all week long during events. Get all the details on League Play here, and jump into the Pro Series playlist in Multiplayer in the meantime to get your loadouts ready for competitive play.

Blackout

It’s a whole new world out there in Blackout with Operation Grand Heist.
 

Drop into Ghost Town, a Western-themed destination in the southeast desert featuring two new locations inspired by fan-favorite maps. Above ground, saddle up for “Outlaw”, the Western-themed reimagining of Black Ops II’s classic “Standoff”. Then, journey deep into the interconnected caverns below to find “Buried”, an underground Zombies-inspired location with loot to die for and, of course, a new horde of hungry zombies.

We’ve also added dozens of new supporting structures throughout the Blackout map, including additional buildings and entirely new locations to drop into for more looting options. These upgrades introduce a fresh layer of variety and strategy to Blackout, now with completely transformed areas to use to your advantage.

New game modes are also set to debut during Operation Grand Heist, kicking off this Friday with Hot Pursuit, our newest respawn mode featuring three new vehicles, each with unique advantages: the SUVMuscle Car, and PBR.Roll out in a Muscle Car to spot nearby Supply Stashes or Supply Drops, or put out an APB in one of the new police vehicles with built-in Sensor Darts and the ability to detect occupied Muscle Cars.

For those die-hard Blackout warriors who’ve already reached Echelon 80, ready up for our brand-new Blackout Prestige System! Rise through the Echelons and Prestige up to 10 times on your way to becoming a Blackout Prestige Master. Players who Prestige in Blackout will unlock unique Prestige icons, Calling Cards, Victory Coins, and more on the journey to the top.

More big updates and changes to Blackout are also coming throughout Operation Grand Heist, including Hardcore Mode, a special (top secret) in-game event, and more. Additional weapons are coming to Blackout later in the Operation as well, including the KAP 45 full-auto pistol, Switchblade X9 SMG, Rampage auto-shotgun, and Outrider’s Sparrow. Happy hunting!


Zombies

Our new “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet takes center stage at the start of Operation Grand Heist for Zombies players in “Classified”. Take on the undead at the Pentagon, as the Ultimis versions of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai with 30 rounds of unique new challenges to conquer with your friends. “Classified” will also now be available for purchase for the first time as a standalone experience starting Feb. 19 on PS4.

Our first new Perk in Black Ops 4 Zombies also arrives next week on PS4! Wield the Ethereal Razor for devastating melee damage against the undead, and equip and customize Signature Weapons in the Zombies Armory.

We’re also ramping up the rewards for Daily Callings for all Zombies players with this Operation. Going forward, players will earn an additional Tier Skip for completing Daily Callings in the Zombies Barracks, giving Zombies players up to two Tier Skips per day. This update makes new loot weapons attainable throughout the Operation by playing Zombies, and we’re working on more long-term improvements for even better rewards in the future.

Later in the Operation, our upcoming “Hellcatraz” Gauntlet will take the Aether story’s four heroes through 30 thrilling new rounds of challenges in “Blood of the Dead”, and an additional community-inspired Gauntlet is also in the works during Operation Grand Heist.

Further updates to improve the Zombies experience include ongoing support for improved high-round stability, host migration, server pause, splitscreen pause, and more as we ramp up to the March release of our sixth new Zombies experience later in the Operation.

A New Black Market is Here


The Black Market evolves with the return of Blackjack, the mercenary trader specializing in contraband gear. Blackjack brings a ton of awesome new gear along with three new additions to the Black Market –Cases, My Deals, and Inventory.

Here are some highlights from the new content coming to the newly revamped Black Market throughout Operation Grand Heist:

  • 100 Tiers: Preview the entire Contraband stream of Operation Grand Heist from Tiers 1-100 on day one, including all-new weapons, Specialist outfits, a new Blackout character, and more.
  • New Specialist: Outrider is available at Tier 1 of Operation Grand Heist, which unlocks her for use in Multiplayer and Blackout.
  • New Blackout Characters: Keep an eye out for iconic new Blackout Characters, including Misty from the Black Ops II Zombies crew,and Brutus, the undead warden from “Blood of the Dead”.
  • New Contraband Weapons: Expand your loadout by earning the Switchblade X9 SMG, Rampage full-auto shotgun, and the Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon during Operation Grand Heist. More weaponry will also become available as the Operation continues through April 2019.
  • New Signature Weapons: New Signature Weapons will now be available in Blackjack’s Reserves, and will provide a bonus +25% XP boost per kill while using the Signature (“MKII”) version of any gun.
  • New Reactive Camos: Deck out some of your favorite weapons, including the Maddox RFB and VAPR-XKG, with weapon-specific Reactive Camos that change based on your actions during a match. You’ll also be able to equip these on guns that have the Gold Mastery Camo unlocked.
  • New Outfits: New Epic Outfits for multiple Specialists let you choose a side: cops or robbers? Some Outfits are available from day 1 in the Contraband stream, and others will release throughout the Operation in the Black Market.
  • New Blackout Jump Packs: All-new Jump Packs hold a matching wingsuit, parachute, and contrail effect to customize your look and let you hot drop in style.
  • Blackjack’s Reserves: New Reserve items include playable zombie Blackout characters, Vacation Hudson sporting a Hawaiian shirt and tie, Mastercrafts for the KN-57 and Outlaw, and much more. Items from Reserves in past Operations will be available in Blackjack’s Reserves, including the Mozu Replicant and SG12 Boombox Mastercrafts. Additionally, Cases containing Blackjack Reserves can be earned by playing Multiplayer or Blackout, or they can be acquired in the Black Market.

Players get more access to more content with Operation Grand Heist, with an even larger selection of Reserves to earn during this Operation. Blackjack’s Shop has also been streamlined, combining Special Orders and Item Shop into one location in addition to personalized offers for every player in the new My Deals section. Blackjack’s Shop will of course continue to refresh with new content, and players will be able to utilize the new Inventory tab to keep track of all their goods.

Black Ops Pass Content

Black Ops Pass holders receive 2 new intense Multiplayer maps that will immediately join the standard map rotation in Core and Hardcore playlists, as well as a new Blackout character from Dead Ops Arcade at the start of Operation Grand Heist.

Battle for justice at a Los Angeles police station in Lockup, where teams take sides during an active assault. Secure the rooftops or maneuver through the lower floors to gain the upper hand and lead your squad to victory. 

In Casino, the heist goes international in an upscale Monaco gambling resort. Take on unique end-to-end engagements in the lap of luxury, as thieves craft a plan to beat the house and take off with the goods. And remember… always bet on Black.

But we’re not done yet… in Blackout, the infamous Cosmic Silverback from Dead Ops Arcade is ready for infiltration! Now Black Ops Pass holders can drop in as this arcade legend in the fight to the final Collapse.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

If a full Black Ops 2 remaster were to exist anytime soon, it would mean that Activision would have the end of Black Ops Cold War’s run, 2019’s Modern Warfare, Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops 2.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

For more Call of Duty, check out the insane number of weapon camos for Vanguard, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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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.

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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.

With 2021 already delivering Returnal, Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank, and Far Cry 6, 2022 looks to go even bolder.

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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

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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.

Horizon Forbidden West release date: February 18, 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022

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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

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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.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: 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.


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 with us at Charlie INTEL!

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