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What to expect in next week’s major Black Ops 4 Zombies update

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From Factions to splitscreen pausing, here are our expectations for the big Zombies update next week.

Ever since the Black Ops 4 Beta earlier this year, Treyarch has been pretty on-the-money when it comes to updating the Call of Duty community on the state of the game. During Black Ops 4’s launch month, an official Treyarch Reddit account would post to the Blackops4 subreddit almost every couple of days. It would update players on patch notes, as well as new features and events coming to the game.

Whenever these posts would surface, the Zombies community would pour diligently over every word looking for an ounce of new content. While updates like stability improvements and the return of ‘Speed Cola’ definitely make for a better experience, players are still left wanting more.

In the December 3 update by Treyarch, they have finally specified that next week we will get new information for Zombies, and hopefully some new content as well.

Here is a list of all the things we should expect Treyarch to update us on in that update(note: this is all speculation and none of this is confirmed.)

Callings

A daily calling appearing in the PC version on Dec 4

During the May 17 Black Ops 4 reveal event Zombies lead, Jason Blundell, brought up Callings. He described them as “limited time curated challenges.” Our first glimpse at Callings came on October 19 and lasted for a couple of days. Players had four challenges to complete which would reward them with four themed face paints.

Since then, we haven’t heard anything on Callings outside of a small mention of Daily Callings on a November 13 update post and there inclusion in the PC version earlier today.

It would come as no surprise to see the same Daily Calling that is live on PC right now to make its way to consoles by next week.

Spiltscreen Pausing, Host Migration, and Nebulium Plasma

These three issues are bundled together because since they have been acknowledged, they still haven’t been resolved despite several promises for upcoming fixes.

Currently, when two players are playing splitscreen in a private match, pausing doesn’t pause the game as it would in a solo match.

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Treyarch first stated they are working on an update in an October 26 post, and reiterated their intent to update the community on a fix on November 13. Expect an update on this next week if not a full on fix.

Host Migration in Zombies does not work properly right now. Whether in a public or private match, if the host leaves, the game is almost certain to end. This issue has been acknowledged as far back as October 19, and mentioned again on October 26 and November 13. While updates have been promised, players are still left wanting a clearer picture on the matter. 

On October 26, Treyarch wrote “The Zombies team is planning to increase the earn rate for Nebulium Plasma across the board in an upcoming game update. Keep an eye on the patch notes soon!”

Over a month now, there has not been any other mention of Plasma rates increasing causing players to think up their own solutions. Many community members have suggested rewarding Main Quest completions with large amounts of Plasma as a simple and quick fix to this issue.

Mastery Camos

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This is another thing that Treyarch has promised updates early on and has not yet fulfilled. Mentioned only in the October 19 and 26 updates, Treyarch has said that Mastery camos such as Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter, will be coming to Zombies. Players who unlock those camos in Multiplayer, will be able to apply them to weapons in Zombies.

The camos omission from Zombies is significant because the mode still doesn’t have any Mastery camos of its own.

While allowing players who earned these camos in Multiplayer to bring them over to Zombies is a nice improvement, die-hard Zombies players who don’t play Multiplayer would still want the ability to earn them.

Whether that means a new set of Mastery camos for Zombies, or the regular ol’ Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter, this is definitely something we should see an update on next week.

Black Ops Authenticity Stamp System

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When Custom Mutations were talked about at the Black Ops 4 reveal event, they were immediately followed up with the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system, or BOAS for short.

Blundell explained that they would allow for more competition because players would be able to share “exactly what was achieved and with what options.”

While BOAS is still absent in Black Ops 4, they were last mentioned in any official capacity while listing off a handful of upcoming features on the November 13 update.

Currently, not many players are using Custom Mutations that much. They disable easter eggs, there are no ways to select preset mutations or share ones you created, and there are really no incentives to attempt any specific challenges.

Imagine being the top on the leaderboards for a pistols only, no perks run on IX. That would be something worth chasing after.

With the BOAS system in place, Custom Mutations would gain some new life and be a great mainstay for Zombies.

Factions

SDCC 2018 10 Years of Zombies panel image via Treyarch

Out of all the features announced for Black Ops 4 Zombies that have yet to be added to the mode, Factions is the only one that has never been mentioned in any update by Treyarch on Reddit.

The only information Factions comes from a July 21 blog post following the Call of Duty Zombies San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel.

First, there will be Factions in Black Ops 4 Zombies, complete with their own quests and narratives. These Factions will add another dimension to the story, as players choose to side with the Bloodfaith, Tempus Novi, Dustborn or The First Legion. Blundell added that these Factions will add a new layer to the Zombies experience, “Who do you stand with, and what does that mean as you progress along that path?”

While this sounds amazing, it looks like Factions still needs a little more time to cook before we get hands on it. Everything else on this list has been promised to come in a future update, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Treyarch gloss over Factions in next week’s update.

However, if they even give the slightest bit of info as to when we will see it come to Black Ops 4, fans will surely be pleased.

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Leaked DLC 1 Character via Reddit user osodude1902–2– 

Temper your expectations, folks. As much as I’d LOVE to see a trailer, mention, date, anything for the next Zombies map, I don’t think this is the time.

It’s clear Treyarch has been prioritizing stability and performance over the past month and a half, more than they ever had to, so it would make sense for them to take longer to release the first new map.

While rumors point to a Nuketown Zombies remake coming in the future, next week’s focus seems to be on finalizing and releasing all previously mentioned facets of the game.

What do you expect to see in the next week’s Zombies update? Agree or disagree with any of my claims? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lawyer gets in trouble with judge for not playing Call of Duty

In a lawsuit involving Activision’s Infinite Warfare title, a lawyer earned the disapproval of a jude for not playing enough Call of Duty.

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After failing to conduct proper research for an active lawsuit, a judge has irritatingly deemed that a lawyer has not played enough Call of Duty.

It’s safe to say most people assume that playing video games would have very little impact on proceedings in a courtroom. However, this specific lawsuit involving Activision and game developers Brooks Entertainment proves that with a little more Call of Duty experience embarrassment could have been avoided.

Of course, embarrassment is not the only thing that could have been avoided as there’s no doubt Brooks Entertainment spent a lot of time and money when they decided to sue Activision in 2021.

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According to legal intelligence news site JD Supra, The lawsuit involved a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare character who primarily appeared in the game’s campaign by the name of Sean Brooks. Brooks Entertainment alleged the likeness between Sean Brooks and their character Shon Brooks went beyond just similarly sounding names.

They claimed that “Shon Brooks and Sean Brooks both had unlimited resources and missiles; they bring thieves to justice; they traveled to Mars, and both games had scripted game battle scenes take place in a high fashion couture shopping center mall.”

Demonstrating a clear understanding of their source material, it didn’t take long for Activision to point out that several of the claims made in regards to the characters’ likeness were factually misrepresented.

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After an Activision lawyer played through Infinite Warfare’s campaign they declared: “it was immediately apparent to me that many (if not virtually all) of the factual allegations in the Complaint were not accurate.”

For starters, they pointed out that Sean Brooks is not the main character of Infinite Warfare as Brooks Entertainment alleged, and neither do they share any physical similarities. Furthermore, Sean Brooks does not take part in a scripted battle scene inside of a shopping mall as the plaintiffs suggested.

On July 12, 2022, the judge eventually agreed with Activision’s statement and dismissed the lawsuit. To make matters worse the judge also, “ordered the plaintiff’s counsel to reimburse Activision for the reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs that it incurred in the litigation.”

In a humiliating turn of events, the judge claimed that the “Plaintiff’s counsel could have easily verified these facts prior to filing the factually baseless Complaint, just as the Court easily verified them within the first hour and a half of playing the game.”

Not only can CoD fans appreciate that high-quality zinger from the court, but the lawsuit proved that not playing enough Call of Duty could be something you come to regret!


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Call of Duty fans vote for their favorite Modern Warfare Campaign

The Modern Warfare CoD series has some memorable Campaigns, but which game does the community think offers the best experience?

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Call of Duty fans are voting for their favorite Modern Warfare campaign of all time, and it’s no surprise to see which titles are coming out on top.

With Modern Warfare 2 on the way, Call of Duty fans are feeling nostalgic. The community loves discussing and debating previous CoD titles, especially those who have been playing the games since the start.

Even younger fans who have fallen in love with modern CoD titles like Warzone, Modern Warfare (2019), and Black Ops Cold War may have gone back to the previous installments to see what the hype is about.

Regardless, most Call of Duty fans have their opinions about which game had the best Multiplayer, but what about the best Modern Warfare Campaign?

With four titles to choose from, our Twitter page asked fans to vote in a poll for their favorite campaign.

As of July 29, Modern Warfare 2 is in the lead with 49.3% of the votes, with Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty 4 coming in second and third respectively.

It’s no surprise to see the original MW2 winning the votes, as it has some of the most memorable Campaign moments in CoD history, such as the No Russian mission and the devastating death of Ghost.

Perhaps Modern Warfare 2 (2022) will take over its predecessor and become a fan favorite, as players may even get to play the Campaign earlier than expected.

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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing

A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.

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A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).

Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.

Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.

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In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”

While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.

At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.

It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.

As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.


For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 4 as well as our hub on Warzone 2.

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