Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxBy Jason Schreier @ Kotaku

Next year’s Call of Duty has gone through a major upheaval, as publisher Activision informed developers this week that studios Raven and Sledgehammer, which had until now led the project, will no longer be in charge. Instead, according to three people familiar with goings-on at the companies, Treyarch will lead development on a new Black Ops for 2020.

It’s a significant shift for Activision’s massive first-person shooter franchise, which is one of the most lucrative video game series on the planet. Every fall for the past 15 years, Activision has put out a new Call of Duty game, supported by a stable of different developers who rotated duties as required. Since 2012, Activision has followed a three-year cycle for its three lead studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer.

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call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxSource: Blue’s News

The PS4 exclusivity for Operation Spectre Rising has run out, and this new content is now also available for the Windows and Xbox One editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This includes the debut of Spectre in Multiplayer, a Wetworks map update and Bounty Hunter mode in Blackout, “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Gauntlet in Zombies, as well as new weapons and cosmetics. The Alcatraz map also returns to Blackout, and they celebrate all the news by awarding 2XP in Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout modes. Here’s the overview of all the changes:

The PS4 exclusivity for Operation Spectre Rising has run out, and this new content is now also available for the Windows and Xbox One editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This includes the debut of Spectre in Multiplayer, a Wetworks map update and Bounty Hunter mode in Blackout, “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Gauntlet in Zombies, as well as new weapons and cosmetics. The Alcatraz map also returns to Blackout, and they celebrate all the news by awarding 2XP in Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout modes. Here’s the overview of all the changes:

Multiplayer

  • Spectre in MP and Blackout after unlocking Tier 1 in the Black Market (Xbox One/PC).
  • 3 Black Ops Pass Multiplayer maps: Masquerade, Artifact, and WMD (Xbox One/PC).
  • Prop Hunt gameplay improvements.

Featured Playlists:

  • Earn 2XP in Map Pack Moshpit through 10AM PT Friday, May 10.
  • PS4: Map Pack Moshpit, Prop Hunt, Barebones Moshpit, Deathmatch Domination, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit.
  • Xbox One: Map Pack Moshpit, Infected, Barebones Moshpit, Deathmatch Domination, Mercenary Deathmatch Moshpit.
  • PC: Map Pack Moshpit, Infected, Barebones Moshpit.

World League Hub

  • Restricted Tigershark LMG.

Blackout

  • “Wetworks” map update now live in Blackout, flooding large portions of the main map (Xbox One/PC).
  • “Wetworks” map now available in Custom Games.
  • Bounty Hunter mode now live in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • Earn 2X Merits in Bounty Hunter through 10AM PT Friday, May 10.
  • DART now available to find and equip in Blackout (Xbox One/PC).
  • Uncle Frank character now playable with the Black Ops Pass (Xbox One/PC).
  • Tuning changes to Spectre in Bounty Hunter.
  • Alcatraz returns to Blackout on all platforms.

Zombies

  • New “Super Blood Wolf Moon” Gauntlet (Xbox One/PC).
  • Earn 2XP in “Super Blood Wolf Moon” through 10AM PT Friday, May 10.
  • New Tigershark LMG added to Mystery Box (Xbox One/PC).

Black Market

  • 50 Tiers with new Contraband items to earn (Xbox One/PC).
  • New Death Effects and Weapon Charm item types added (Xbox One/PC).
  • New weapons in the Contraband stream: Tigershark LMG and Nifo’Oti melee weapon (Xbox One/PC).

For more information, fans can visit www.callofduty.com.

call-of-duty-endowmentBy Adam Bankhurst @ IGN

The Call of Duty Endowment has announced that it has helped over 54,000 veterans find high quality careers, with 10,686 veterans being placed into well-paying jobs in 2018 alone. Since it began operations in 2009, the Call of Duty Endowment has been focused in its mission to help find veterans high quality careers by “supporting groups that prepare them for the job market.”

According to the Call of Duty Endowment, one third of working veterans are underemployed, and the amount of veterans asking for help in this regard has increased 59%. In 2018, the average cost-per-placement for veterans in jobs was $522 for the Endowment, which is “nearly six times as effective as United State Government efforts.” 93% of these job placements were for full-time work, with an average starting salary of over $58,000, and those in positions showed a 87% six-month retention rate.

The Endowment helped 11 organizations, awarding over $5.2 million in 2018 grants and $36 million in grants since 2009.

Read on to find out how you can help Veterans in the US or UK through the Call of Duty Endowment.

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call-of-duty-black-ops-4Source: Blue’s News

Activision announces that the promised free month of free play is now available in Blackout, the battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This is live on all platforms through April 30th, and all progress will carry over for players who choose to buy the full game. This trailer accompanies the news, which follows:

Blackout Free Access features all the intense action from Black Ops 4’s battle royale game mode, with both the original Blackout map that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series, all in the biggest map in franchise history, as well as the brand-new Alcatraz map (Alcatraz map live today on PS4 with other platforms to follow).

During the Free Access window, fans will be matchmade with all Blackout players, and be able to play in solos, duos and quads. All progression made will be saved and transferred if players choose to upgrade to a full version of the game.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxSource: Blue’s News

The Replacer is back in a new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer titled “The Replacer Did It.” If you don’t recall, the Replacer is played by Swedish character actor Peter Stormare, sporting a fresh coat of beard polish. The video highlights Operation Grand Heist, which is now available as a timed exclusive for the shooter sequel on PlayStation 4, with Xbox One and PC to follow on February 26. Word is:

“For Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist, Activision and Treyarch have brought back the fan favorite character, The Replacer, and put a new spin on things. This chapter sees The Replacer playing an adverse hand in various, real news stories from around the world. From The White House to the farmhouse, when something goes askew, chances are The Replacer did it.”

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxActivision and Treyarch have announced that fans will be able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s popular Battle Royale mode for free in the Blackout Free Trial, which begins Thursday for one week on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The Blackout Free Trial will feature all the intense action from the game mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series with Black Ops signature gameplay fans know and love.

Additionally, Treyarch released a new update to the game today on consoles (later this week on PC) that features the following:

  • Debut of Gauntlets and new Elixirs in Zombies on PS4
  • A new week of Featured Playlists and the addition of Elevation and Madagascar to map rotation for Black Ops Pass owners in Multiplayer
  • New-and-improved console looting interface in Blackout
  • plus much more

Watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — Blackout Free Trial Announcement Trailer HERE.

For more information, fans can visit www.callofduty.com.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxBest-Selling Series in Call of Duty Returns with Deepest, Most Engaging Title From Award-Winning Developer Treyarch

Black Ops 4 is here! The best-selling series in Call of Duty® returns with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 available now, digitally and at global retailers worldwide. The most anticipated multi-platform game of this holiday according to Nielsen Game RankÔ, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 delivers a game-changing experience with more ways to play together with friends than ever before.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is packed with an amazing array and a massive amount of content across Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout, and the launch marks just the beginning of an incredible journey ahead,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “When you pick up a Black Ops game, you know you have something you are going to play for a really long time, but Black Ops 4 takes that to an entirely new level. The team’s commitment is clear – no matter what kind of player you are, there is a ton of content to be enjoyed, and there is even more to come for everyone in the community. Black Ops 4 is unlike anything Treyarch has ever created and we think fans are going to have a blast.

We revealed playable Multiplayer earlier than ever, put in more Zombies available on day one than any other game, held two Betas, and along the way the response from the Black Ops community has been nothing short of incredible,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “Our mission was to build a game from the ground up that allowed fans to have fun together and play with one another in new ways – that’s just what we did, and the launch of Black Ops 4 is just the start. This is a game that we plan to support for the long haul.

The ambition driving the studio’s efforts doesn’t end there however; in fact, it’s been a colossal endeavor: from creating a signature take on battle royale with Blackout, to going all-out on PC with Beenox and working with Blizzard to bring the game to Battle.net for the first time, we pushed ourselves more than any game we’ve ever made. We feel that says something and we believe that it shows,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “We’ve been developing Black Ops games for ten years now, and I’ve never seen the studio create anything on this scale before.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features three distinct modes of play: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. Multiplayer features gritty, grounded combat in the most tactical, team-based experience in the Black Ops series to date. It features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 also features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique equipment and playstyles, allowing players to not only be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the original Call of Duty Zombies, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 debuts an entirely new Zombies experience that is the biggest Day One offering in franchise history, with three fully-featured Zombies experiences at launch – IX, Voyage of Despair and Blood of the Dead. With the most customisable action to date, the mode introduces new systems for creating and completing community challenges, and social systems designed to connect players.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces Blackout, an all-new Battle Royale mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series in all-out survival combat, all with Black Ops signature gameplay. Blackout features land, sea and air vehicles, and offers a variety of new and classic playable characters, including campaign characters like Mason, Reznov and Woods; Zombies characters like Richtofen and Takeo; and Specialists like Crash, Battery and Seraph, to name a few. Across the sprawling Blackout map – the largest in Call of Duty history – players will fight in locations inspired by fan-favorite maps like Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, Cargo and more.

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 also heralds the biggest season to date in Call of Duty esports with $6 million in total season prizing on the line. The Call of Duty World League will get underway with the first open LAN event of the new season, Dec. 7 – 9, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit CallofDuty.com/CWL.

In conjunction with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the Call of Duty™ Endowment has kicked-off the #CODNATION Challenge, a live three-day charity event featuring Black Ops 4. Formerly known as the Race to Prestige, the annual stream brings together an array of video game personalities in a relay-style, fundraising gaming marathon. Across its nine-year history, the Call of Duty community has been instrumental in supporting the Endowment’s drive to place 50,000 veterans in high-quality jobs. The #CODNATION Challenge kicked-off yesterday and continues through tomorrow. Fans can watch all the action live on Twitch.tv/TheRace and follow @CODE4Vets for the latest updates and information for the #CODNATION Challenge.

Additionally, launch is just the beginning for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which will feature a steady stream of post-release content across all modes, and a variety of free content for the entire community through a robust calendar of events, playable first on PlayStation 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes in the following editions:

  • Standard and Digital Standard Edition – Suggested Retail Price
  • Digital Deluxe Edition – Black Ops Pass and more
  • Pro Edition – Black Ops Pass and more
  • Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition – Black Ops Pass and more
  • Mystery Box Collector’s Edition

For more information, fans can visit www.callofduty.com.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4Source: Blue’s News

A new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now available, showing off gameplay from the upcoming military shooter sequel. This covers all the bases:

You want multiplayer? You got it. You want zombies? You won’t have to eat your own heart out. You want more battle royale? Really, you do? Well, okay, you’ve got that too. The soundtrack is Welcome To The Party by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia Ward.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxActivision and Treyarch have released a brand new gameplay trailer for Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s all-new Battle Royale mode that delivers signature Call of Duty gameplay immersed in Classic Environments and Characters from the Black Ops universe.

Blackout drops players into a last-player-standing experience that is uniquely Black Ops. A true celebration of the series, Blackout features fan-favourite characters, weapons and iconic parts of classic maps, all in the largest map in franchise history complete with land, sea and air vehicles.

And, starting Monday, September 10th, players can get their first hands-on experience with Blackout in the Blackout Private Beta, beginning first on PlayStation 4. The Private Beta will provide valuable user feedback and data as Activision and developer Treyarch prepare to release the deepest, most engaging Call of Duty game ever on October 12th.

For more information, fans can visit www.callofduty.com.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxCall of Duty Partners with Blizzard Entertainment to Bring Black Ops 4 to Battle.net - Behind the Scenes Trailer Released

It’s time to soldier up because Black Ops is back! The series which has become the most played in Call of Duty history as well as a cultural phenomenon around the globe returns October 12th with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, a gritty, grounded, all-out combat experience. Black Ops 4 raises the bar for Multiplayer mode that increases tactical gameplay and player choice, along with the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full experiences at launch, and Blackout, where the Black Ops universe comes to life in a massive battle royale experience featuring iconic characters and locations from all four Black Ops games in a one-of-a-kind offering that is uniquely Black Ops. Published by Activision and developed by award-winning studio Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 transforms the established universe played by hundreds of millions of fans with the largest gameplay experience ever created in the series.

Black Ops 4 gives our community more ways to have fun with their friends than anything Treyarch has ever created and introduces meaningful innovations to every element of the game, including next level tactical team-based multiplayer, the biggest zombies offering yet and Blackout, where the largest map in Call of Duty history brings together the rich universe of Black Ops,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “More than 200 million players have called Black Ops home, and they’ve played for more than 15 billion hours. This is an incredible community that has inspired the development team to take their innovative gameplay design to new heights.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 12th. Fans can pre-order now and get access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta. Black Ops 4 for the PC delivers a fully-optimized experience, which for the first time in Call of Duty’s history will be available exclusively on Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service.

View the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 “Behind the Scenes” Trailer HERE.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features gritty, grounded combat, along with new levels of customization and tactical gameplay, and a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes for the ultimate Black Ops multiplayer experience. The game features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 goes deeper than ever before into the fiction of multiplayer, where players will explore the world of Specialists – who they are, why they exist, and what battles they fight together – while mastering their gameplay through solo and multiplayer combat experiences. Black Ops 4 features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique weapons, equipment and playstyles. Players will be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.

For more intel about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, be sure to visit CallofDuty.com/blackops4.