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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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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.

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

kratos and tyr staring at each other in god of war ragnarok

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 riding mount in horizon forbidden west

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

a boss battle in elden ring

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

trainer observing the land in pokemon arceus

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

zombie enemies in dying light 2

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

race gameplay in gran turismo 7

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

link running in breath of the wild 2

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

hotel royal match in cod vanguard

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.

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