Konami announces 3 new Collections

Konami has been mum, and quiet about what they’re about to do next. Well, during the Game Developers Conference 2019 event, Konami announced three new collections to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. This collection is called the “Anniversary Collection” Series where the company celebrates their 50th anniversary. There’s even a logo to accompany this celebration.

Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection

The first one is called “Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection.” In this Arcade Classics Collection, it’ll feature all the arcade classics you’d expect from the collection. Konami will package this collection with the likes of Haunted Castle, Life Force (Salamander in Japan), Gradius (Nemesis in Japan), Scramble, Thunder Cross, TwinBee, Typhoon (A-Jax), and Gradius II (Vulcan Venture elsewhere). This collection arrives on April 18, 2019.

The next 2 collections have some obvious, but odd omissions from their list of games revealed. They’re holding back on the full list which is odd…

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

The next collection they announced is “Castlevania Anniversary Collection.” In this collection, there has been only 4 of 8 games announced. (Once again, odd.) They are: The original Castlevania, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (Also an odd decision, but I quite like the idea.), and Super Castlevania IV. No one knows what the remaining 4 games will be. Hopefully they include Symphony of the Night (and not the updated version, Konami!), and Rondo of Blood.

Contra Anniversary Collection

The next and final collection that they announced is “Contra Anniversary Collection.” Once again, Konami only announced 4 of 8 games: The original Contra, Super Contra, Super C, Contra III: The Alien Wars. Hopefully they include Hard Corps, and I honestly don’t know what else they’d fill out the roster of games that people would be interested in. Maybe Shattered Soldier?

Both Castlevania, and Contra collections include a “Bonus Book” (eBook, I suppose?), and will release Summer 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. To learn more about the new collections, here is more information.

Google introduces Stadia at GDC 2019

On March 19, 2019 Google held their own event in the heart of Game Developers Conference (GDC), and announced Stadia. Google’s Stadia isn’t a game console, it’s actually a streaming service with livestreaming capabilities built-in.

In the lead-up to Stadia’s announcement, Stadia was hyped up as two things: A livestreaming platform and/or Netflix-like streaming, and a console. One of those is true: Stadia is a streaming service akin to Netflix, but for Video Games. It is also has livestream capabilities built right into the ecosystem. You already can livestream from any console – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and your mobile phones. It’s not, however a game console, you can stream from any device – your mobile phones, your tablet, your computer, your monitor (provided it is connected to the internet), or your TV.

Stadia was demonstrated at their event, using not just a mobile phone, it was demonstrated on a slew of devices, including a low-end gaming rig. I’ll embed the full livestreamed video so you can see for yourself what the hubbub was about…

Google says that Stadia can handle up to 4k resolution, and 60 frames per second (4k/60fps). However, Google says it can increase that threshold to 8k resolution, and 120 frames per second. It’s been speculated that you’ll need a 25MB per second connection to get the bare minimum for your game streaming. Google is an enormous company with datacenters all around the world, with fiber optic cable connection routed through those buildings.

Google beta tested UbiSoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018 as Project Stream. They invited UbiSoft to their GDC2019 to support the announcement, and event. id Software was also invited to support, and talk about Stadia. id Software claims that Doom Eternal is playable on Stadia.

During the presentation, Google claims that you can transfer your current game to another device. You can share your current play session with the community. Another feature allows you to ask for help from another player to help you with a puzzle, boss, or area.

From the developer perspective, you can have your game showcased on your own YouTube channel; Once you’re finished with a trailer of a game, you can press “Play Now,” and it’ll take you into the game. Google claims that, with Stadia, “The internet is your store.” Google showed off how their vision of viral marketing for your game can work. Or will work. Whichever way. I’m not keen on how they’ll accomplish this.

Google also unveiled their controller, despite Stadia not being a game console. The controller has WiFi embedded into the controller, and it’ll connect to the Stadia servers. However, Google has not ruled out your current or pre-existing controllers such as Xbox, PlayStation, and/or other controllers from other manufactures, they also implied that there’s also keyboard/mouse support.

Google’s Stadia launches sometime in 2019. No prices, price points, or pricing models were unveiled, but Stadia launches this year in some areas of the world such as U.S., parts of Europe, U.K., Canada.

Welcome to DestroyRepeat 5.5

I’ve been working on an idea for a while now. It is time to move DestroyRepeat past this whole idea of keeping it as a forum by itself. It hasn’t been working for me for a while now. That’s on me, it’s my responsibility. It falls on my shoulders. I made this comment back in January…

Okay, so DestroyRepeat 5.0 didn’t pan out as I expected. I take full responsibility for that. When I bought PSVitaForum, my original plan was to maintain the traffic from that site, with zero changes. But I discovered a few holes the skin(s), plugins, and whatnot. I refreshed the database. What I should’ve done was maintain the content ID’s. That’s my bad, and that’s my fault. I learned from it on a different website that I acquired recently. Now that I’ve learned how to maintain the content ID’s without worrying about other factors. The original reason why I didn’t want to maintain the content ID’s is because of how it works. I thought that because it maintains the ID’s as exactly as it was, I couldn’t log in. I learned on my own that wasn’t the case. I could.

I was wrong there. It cost me the pagerank and links. I could’ve maintained the traffic from old links to new links, all I could’ve done was maintain content ID’s. Now that I learned how things works, from here on out, I will not make the same mistake again.

However, over the last 3 months, I’ve been pondering, thinking, and planning for the next year (which is right now). I have a new plan. And luck would have it my way. I’ve always wanted to integrate a forum with a blog. Xpress was revealed in 2018. At the same time, xenForo 2.1 has been in beta since September. So, as per usual, I held off on doing anything regarding DestroyRepeat until I am ready. When xenForo 2.1 is considered gold and stable, and Xpress is compatible with it, I will begin to relaunch DestroyRepeat as a blog/forum. It will be a long process, but I’m ready.

I didn’t come into this industry to fail, so failure isn’t an option. I can fail, but I can pivot, and get better. That’s always been my prerogative. But first, I will need to move the network (including DestroyRepeat) to a new server, because my e-mails keep getting dropped thanks to the spammers, and trolls. Thanks, guys. Thanks!

‘Till then… Sit tight. This is going to be a big site

– Carlos Morales, Owner of DestroyRepeat.com

I’ve been testing that XPress for a while now through a different website that I own. When I discovered it, a lightbulb went off in my head. At that point, I was thinking; “Why don’t we condense every blog I created, and acquired over the years, into one single place?” This idea is what you see today. Bear with me while I continue to make changes, and import everything from my other blogs and get everything ready for primetime.

I am not ready to call it quits with DestroyRepeat. I intended for DestroyRepeat to become the #1 place for Tech & Gaming news. I like technology, gaming, and whatnot. So, this is what we’re doing going forward. I will invest heavily into this particular site. If I have to beg for money, so be it. IGAF.

Anyhow, this is phase one of the changes that will come in the next week or months.

Mortal Kombat 11 Revealed

On December 6, 2018 at the The Game Awards 2018 event, Ed Boon was slated to introduce the Best Sports/Racing game of the year, when suddenly, this trailer popped up on the screen behind him…

…Immediately, people were not just shocked, they were surprised, they were overrun with intense spine chills that everyone clamored the stage with cheers and happiness. Mortal Kombat is back, baby.

From the trailer, you’re immediately questioning everything… Wait, is that the original Mortal Kombat stage? Wait, who’s this at the end of the trailer? We have two different kinds of Scorpions!? What in the world is going on here? And what’s this? It’s going to be released on April 23rd of 2019!?

Needless to say, everyone was estatic. It announced the global community event has been set for January 17, 2019. That day has come and gone. The game is revealed.

The first thing you notice is that Mortal Kombat 11’s stages are detailed, and has some details in the environments that can be used as a weapon against your opponents. You also have the option of using your own weapon against players.

In addition to the life meter, you have two additional meters on the lower left and/or right corners of the screen. They’re your defense and attack bars. Think of them as supers, but for different mechanics.

Probably one of the biggest announcement to come out of the Community Reveal event, is that despite the leaks, rumors, and speculation – Ronda Rousey is revealed as a guest actress in the game. Ronda Rousey voices Sonya Blade. She’s been a big fan of Mortal Kombat since the first Mortal Kombat, and her favorite character is Sonya Blade…

Pre-Order the game today, and you’ll get Shao Khan. You’ll also get access to the MK11 Beta. The Mortal Kombat 11 Beta begins March 28th. Mortal Kombat 11 arrives to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23, 2019.

CODNet will move to DestroyRepeat.com in December

I’ve been thinking, reflecting, and planning this for a long time. I bought CallofDutyBlog.com to eventually merge into this site, but as I was trying to restore the site over to my server, I went through several layers of issues. First it was very difficult to restore the skin on the site, I tried to fix it, remove something, then tried to look through files to see what was wrong. I discovered it had too many plugins that it appalled me. Instead of trying to fix it, I decided to just restore the actual posts themselves. The second thing is, somewhere along the line, I lost links. I was testing things behind the scenes. One thing led to the other, I just felt bad. I just felt this sinking feeling that there’s nothing I could do with it. I then was hit with no motivation. I wanted CODNet to become the biggest, and the most authoritative Call of Duty site on the market. At this point, there were reports that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare didn’t sell too well, and that there were worries about how Black Ops 4 was going to pan out.

It was at this time, I decided to delay the announcement and make this announcement…

COD Blog Acquisition 2018
Call of Duty Blog Acquisition announcement

The original plan was to merge Call of Duty Blog into CODNet. The problem here is, and I learned this the hard way. Was that Google was putting a lot of emphasis on mobile indexing, and https preference. Over the summer, I turned on https, but it only had small benefits. There’s more stories behind the scenes, however, the short version is I am finding it costly for me to be buying domains and maintaining them all. I’ve been buying a lot of domains first hand, and second hand. By second hand, I’ve been buying domains in the thousands each one. Including CallofDutyBlog.com – it was my intention to become dominant in the niche. But I have other ideas. You see, I’ve been trying to contact Activision for a while now, and they shunned me through the PR agency that manages fansite, websites, and other influencer relations. Apparently, they don’t like blogs with “Call of Duty” on it. So, I’m thinking, “Since I own DestroyRepeat, lets merge all blogs into one place, and contact companies this way.” That idea stuck with me this entire year, so I allowed the blogs to sit where they are until the end of this year. The plan is to make the switch in December and open 2019 with a bang.

I want to take this moment to share some stats with you. Since April 2012, CODNet attracted…

30,269 Users
30,269 New Users
32,260 Sessions
41,755 Pageviews

I want to take this moment to say, THANK YOU to the readers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading my articles, liking my articles, and sharing them.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Released

On October 12th, Activision released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 worldwide. Though, you couldn’t play the game online until October 10th. Therefore, players were locked out of anything that touches online play. No Multiplayer, no Black Out, no Zombies online. The only thing on the menu you could access is “local.” You had to install the game itself (55GB on playStation 4, and 55GB on Xbox One), and a huge update (55GB on PlayStation 4, and 55GB on Xbox One). In total, you’ll need about 112GB on your harddrive for the console of your choice. [Source]

THIS is Battle Royale, the Black Ops way!

Activision and Treyarch released a new trailer about the Zombie experiences that you’ll have the chance to play in. Black Ops 4 comes with 3 stories or modes right from the very first day you boot up Call of Duty: BO4…

Blood of the Dead is a reimagining of “Mob of the Dead” from Black Ops 2…

Activision and Treyarch also released a trailer about the “Classified” zombies experience that’s available through Black Ops Pass…

Activision and Treyarch also released a new trailer for “Shadowman” character that can be used in Black Out. This also requires the Black Ops Pass…

This year’s Call of Duty marketing strategy centers around YOU.
Activision and Treyarch’s marketing strategy was a bit different. Their pre-launch marketing campaign was pulled from the beta of Black Ops 4, and used as parody-like commercials like this one…

There are more at Call of Duty’s YouTube Channel. These videos centered around YouTubers and Streamers playing BlackOut, to show off what you can do in Black Out.

Then, on launch day, Activision launched a new e-mail campaign that leads you to a page to create a video for you. What it does, is calculates all your gameplay stats from Black Ops, Black Ops 2, and Black Ops 3 into a video showing off how good you are in the game. You can either embed the video that’s provided to you, or share the link provided to you on Social Media sites. Or you can download the video, upload it anywhere you want.

If you’ve been playing Black Ops since day one, like I did… your stats are calculated into a video. I don’t know how they did this, but it was impressive seeing them do that. See for yourself…

I got this as an e-mail from CallofDuty.com.

To get this, you’d have to be registered to CallofDuty.com for years.
You should already have stats for Black Ops, Black Ops 2, and Black Ops 3.
You should already have linked your PSN, Xbox, or whatever to your account.
You should log in.
You should go to this link.
You can either share the video or download it (like I did).

Learn how to get the Black Ops 4 Beta now

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has many iterations of Multiplayer Betas coming out between now and the launch date. First, we’re going to lay out, HOW to get them. And why it’s important that you get in on the action sooner than later. If you pre-order any copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you get access to the Multiplayer Beta, and the Black Out Beta…

During E3 2018, Activision announced a few editions:

Digital Standard Edition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game (digital copy)

– 1,100 COD Points **

Exclusive access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta

Digital Deluxe Edition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game (digital copy)

Black Ops Pass * which includes:

– “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience available at launch
– 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences
– 12 Multiplayer maps
– 4 exclusive Blackout characters
– 2,400 COD Points **
– Digital Bonus Items

Exclusive access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta

Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game (digital copy)

Black Ops Pass * which includes:

– “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience available at launch
– 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences
– 12 Multiplayer maps
– 4 exclusive Blackout characters
– 8,500 COD Points **
– Digital Bonus Items

Exclusive access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta

Physical Standard Edition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game (disc)
Exclusive access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta

Physical Pro Edition (available at select retailers)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game (disc)

Black Ops Pass * which includes:
– “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience available at launc
– 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences
– 12 Multiplayer maps
– 4 exclusive Blackout characters
– 1,100 COD Points **

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Steelbook
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pop Socket
10 Specialist Patches
3 Zombies-Inspired Collectible Art Cards
Exclusive access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta

* Black Ops Pass is not final, is subject to change, and may not include all downloadable content available in the game. Black Ops Pass content may not be available in all countries, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Black Ops Pass content should be downloaded from the in-game store only; do not purchase separately, or you will be charged again. Black Ops Pass content may be sold separately.

** COD Points will be accessible in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 once they are made available in game.

Activision and Treyarch also announced the Black Ops 4 Mystery Box Edition…

BO4 Mystery Box
Black Ops 4 Mystery Box

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 GAME – Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royale experience.
COLLECTIBLE ZOMBIES MYSTERY BOX – Inspired by the in-game Zombies Mystery Box, this collectible box features an eerie skeleton exterior along with frightening sounds and lighting.
ZOMBIES HEROES FiGPiNS – Get the exclusive set of our new Zombies Heroes FiGPiNs featuring Scarlett Rhodes, Bruno Delacroix, Diego Necalli, and Stanton Shaw from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
10th ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIES PUZZLE – This 1,000-piece puzzle features unique art celebrating 10 years of Treyarch Zombies history.
DARK HORSE ZOMBIES COMIC ISSUE #1 – This first issue of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Dark Horse Comic comes with an exclusive cover only for the Mystery Box Edition. The comic series will unveil details about our Zombies Heroes’ backstories.
ZOMBIES LITHOGRAPHS – These three collectible lithographs commemorate Voyage of Despair, IX, and Blood of the Dead, three Zombies Experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
POPSOCKET – With its intimidating skull logo, this limited-edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PopSocket is the perfect way to show off your Black Ops
COLLECTIBLE STEELBOOK – Limited edition SteelBook game case featuring unique art.
LIMITED EDITION SPECIALIST ICON PATCHES – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reintroduces the fan-favorite Multiplayer Specialists, each with their own unique weapon, equipment, and icons. This set of collectible patches is inspired by each of the 10 Specialists’ in-game icons.
BLACK OPS PASS*- The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Ops Pass includes Classified, a bonus Zombies experience, available at Launch, 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences, 12 Multiplayer maps, and 4 exclusive Blackout characters.
ADDITIONAL BONUS CONTENT

*Black Ops Pass (BOP) content is not final, is subject to change, and may not include all downloadable content available for the game. BOP content may not be available in all countries, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. BOP content should be downloaded from the in-game store only; do not purchase separately, or you will be charged again. BOP content may be sold separately. Call of Duty Points (CP) will be accessible in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 once CP are made available in game.

On July 13th, Treyarch announced that there’d be not one, but TWO Multiplayer betas.

BO4 Beta Dates
Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Beta Dates

Today, we’re thrilled to announce some very exciting news: this year, we’re delivering not one, but two Betas for our Black Ops fans! The Private Multiplayer Beta kicks off on August 3rd, first on PlayStation 4, followed the next weekend by the Xbox One and PC. Then in September, a brand-new, uniquely Black Ops, battle royale experience comes to life in a first-ever hands-on with our new mode, Blackout, first on PlayStation 4.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us at Treyarch because – not only are we putting more content into players’ hands earlier than ever before – we get to break new ground by hosting two separate Beta experiences,” said Co-Studio Head Dan Bunting. “Games are better when they’re a result of a dialogue with our community. Not only does it improve the game’s quality, but it allows us to respond to player feedback and custom-craft the experience to how players engage most with the game. We want launch day to be a celebration that players around the world can enjoy together, and we know it won’t stop there – we will always work tirelessly to improve, grow, and evolve the game beyond launch.”

So, let’s get to it – on the Multiplayer front, here’s what you need to know:

PlayStation 4 (Starts: August 3 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 6 at 10am/PT)
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)
PC Beta Early Access (Starts: August 10 at 10am/PT) *PC exclusively on Battle.Net
PC Open Beta (Starts: August 11 at 10am/PT – Ends: August 13 at 10am/PT)

Participation Has Its Rewards: All participants in the Beta will receive a unique, one-of-a-kind calling card that they can proudly display. And for every player that achieves max rank in the Beta, they will earn a Permanent Unlock Token to apply to any piece of Create-a-Class content when the game comes out.

For the Private Multiplayer Beta, players will begin fighting through six maps – two of which will make their first public appearance. Additionally, fans will play new Specialists and reacquaint themselves with returning Specialists Nomad and Prophet, who will be bringing with them brand-new gameplay mechanics built for Black Ops 4. Some additional intel…

Modes of Play
The Private Multiplayer Beta will feature fan-favorite game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, and Search & Destroy, alongside our brand-new objective-based game mode, Control, which was designed to bring out the best of Black Ops 4 Multiplayer gameplay.

In Control, teams alternate rounds between attacking and defending two static objectives. Each team has a limited number of lives in this first-to-three wins match-up, so strategic strikes and defensive positioning are key, making for some fast and frenetic gunfights.

Gearing Up

– We’ve brought the Pick 10 system back to Create-a-Class to give players complete customization over their loadout, and with its return comes a few new changes.
– Load out with Special Issue Equipment that’s designed exclusively for each Specialist without costing a point against Pick 10.
– Gear is an all new slot designed to up the ante on your style of gameplay. Need cheaper Scorestreaks? COMSEC Device. Heal faster? Stim Shot. Gain an advantage in situational awareness? Acoustic Sensor. Only one piece of Gear can be used per loadout, so choose wisely.
– Weapons now have unique sets of attachments, including a new class of powerful attachments called Operator Mods, to really focus each gun on its individual role in combat.

Source: Treyarch’s Blog Post

The first weekend just past, and it was a poor experience for some people. Some folks got into the beta early, some folks had delays with regards to getting the actual beta code. Especially for some folks who pre-ordered from brick and mortar retail or retailers. For instance, if you pre-ordered from Best Buy, you experienced customer service delays. There is no way to get in touch with Best Buy unless you tried everything. Which I did…

If you managed to get through the hoops of getting the Beta Code and played through Weekend #1, don’t delete your beta install. You will be able to use it for Weekend #2, and the Black Out Beta…

What is Black Out? It’s “Battle Royale the Black Ops way!”

Black Out Private Beta
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Black Out Mode

Since revealing our uniquely Black Ops take on battle royale, members of the Black Ops community have waited patiently for more information about Blackout – and for that, we are grateful.

“Everyone who works on Blackout or plays is always eager to share a story they have,” said Studio Design Director, David Vonderhaar. “That game session might be a triumphant victory or a tragic loss — it might be how land, sea, and air vehicles collided in unexpected ways for a final showdown — or, it just might be a funny fail moment. No matter what, when people get done playing and want to tell the story of what happened to them afterwards, you know you have something special.”

“The team has been having a ridiculous amount of fun playing it internally. We are so excited to be able to share that fun with you in September. The community feedback generated from going hands-on is always incredibly important, and it’s never been more so than with Blackout,” added Treyarch Senior Producer, Yale Miller.

As we get closer to September, we’ll share more information about what you can expect from the Private Blackout Beta, first on PS4 – for now, we wanted you to know that it was on the way.

On July 30th, the Multiplayer Mode and the Black Out mode were both unveiled in a new trailer…

For Zombies fans, Activision and Treyarch released two different trailers for Black Ops 4’s Zombie modes/stories. At launch, Black Ops 4 has 3 Zombies maps, or modes selectable from the get-go. Here are two new trailers to get you excited for Zombies…

Blood of the Dead is a reimagining of “Mob of the Dead” from Black Ops 2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to be released worldwide on October 12, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The PC version is being handled by Beenox. However, Treyarch is working with both Beenox, and Blizzard Entertainment to create the most robust, the most featured packed, and the most enjoyable Call of Duty experience on PC. Black Ops 4 is the first Call of Duty title to take advantage of Blizzard’s Battle.net features. The game is available only on the Battle.net platform, in fact.

Black Ops 4 Revealed with everything we know

After weeks, of rumors and speculation, on March 8th, Activision unveiled Black Ops 4 as 2018’s Call of Duty title. Black Ops 4 will arrive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th this year. Everyone was surprised by the release timing because usually it’s a November release for a Call of Duty title. It was livestreamed on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and other Social Media sites. Facebook, Instagram, the works.

So, there you have it, a teaser followed by a silhouette of footage from the Black Ops series. It completes the logo, then draws attention to “Global Launch – October 12” and then “Community Event – May 17.”

It was met with speculation, questions, rumors. Everything you could come up with. Including “No Traditional Campaign.” After that, rumors erupted amid reports that Activision made that call to not do traditional Campaign, because it was a little “out there.” I thought, “So what? Doesn’t the developers love Metal Gear Solid V?” I remember a tweet where one of the developers that Activision owns, said he was playing MGSV, and loves it. I thought to myself at that point: “Inspired yet? Go on. Make something like that.” However, on May 17th, the game was revealed, and that question still remained until Polygon conducted an interview with Treyarch about the very subject. They said the following about whether campaign was intended or omitted from the game…

“When we set out to make this game, we never started with the idea that we would make a traditional campaign. That was just not part of our plan. We started from a place that we were gonna make a game that across the board can be playable with friends. That’s been our mission from day one.” Dan Bunting, Co-Head at Treyarch

COD BO4 Reveal Event
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal Event to take place on May 17th

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was revealed on May 17th, with a lot of information. If you missed the reveal or the livestream; No worries, it’s below…

What is Black Ops 4? It’s still a Call of Duty title. It’s still that arcade First Person Shooter. However, Treyarch is changing the formula up in many ways. In fact, the tagline for the game is “Forget what you know.” During the Livestream, there was no mention of a Single Player, or even opened with a Single Player trailer. That has changed. The only thing that was shown, that remotely resembles a story, is this trailer…

Rumors and Speculation are pointing to Single Player being regulated and peeled back to missions where you have to learn a particular move, perk, equipment, or whatever in order to “progress” in the game. Other speculation is that the story may be told through player profiles as seen in Black Ops 3. Though, nothing is confirmed at the moment with regards to this. Treyarch is being cryptic with the story of Black Ops 4.

What about Multiplayer? Multiplayer is where most of the changes are taking place. Activision and Treyarch unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with a multiplayer reveal right out of the gate. A lot of new features were revealed in the reveal trailer, and then the livestream. Treyarch said they made a lot of changes to the overall multiplayer experience…

Now, I don’t have to tell you that the bulk of Call of Duty players – they play Multiplayer. Treyarch says this is the most ambitious multiplayer they’ve (Treyarch) ever built. The game has tighter gunplay, more rounded combat, more fluid gameplay, and an authentic military experience. The game takes place between the events of Black Ops 2 and 3. Therefore, there is NO Thrust Jumps, NO Wall Running, and the game is entirely, completely “boots on the ground,” completely tactical, completely “guns up.”

Specialists return, but they too, are completely tactical. Each specialist still have their own “special” ability in the game, but they also come with “Special Issue” Equipment. These equipments replace the old Tactical Equipment slot for things like Grendades, Smoke grenades, Gas grenades, etc. Pick 10 return, but in a big way that helps you customize your loadouts.

The biggest change in gameplay is the weapons. Each Weapon is customizable. Completely customizable. Bumper Stocks? You can customize your weapons to include bumper stocks. You want extended mags? Pop it right in. There’s a new slot in attachments, too – called “Operator Mods.” However, there are also gameplay enhancements that come from re-imagined weapon design at Treyarch. Not only did the weapon animation improve, the hit detection from the weapon to the target has improved. The designers are calling the new weapon shots “Predictive Recoil.” In the past, recoil was one dimension. It was too linear. In the demostration, the predictive recoil spreads the weapon shots “all over the place” so that not every shot is going to shoot the same way. Every weapon will shoot differently, and every shot will act differently, every gun fight will feel different each time. Taking fire behind walls or objects will show from your side, too. Meaning, each shot will tell you where YOUR enemy is. That means, each ricochet will bring with it dust or sparks to tell you where your enemy is.

And the thing is – you can change your recoil on the fly without being bogged down in a enemy fight.

The health system also received a change. So, no longer will you regenerate automatically, you have a specific Stim shot to regenerate your health.

Anything else? You thought that was it? No. Meet Black Out.

Not much information has been released about Black Out other that it’s “Battle Royale the Black Ops way!” Activision says the Battle Royale experience they’re making is massive, and about 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown. Rumor is BlackOut can hold 140 players concurrently. By comparison, this is about 3 times the size of the maximum amount of players Call of Duty typically can hold in a match – the maximum amount of players in a Call of Duty match was either 32 or 48 players in a single match. Treyarch confirms that the regular multiplayer matches are 5 vs 5 (10 players), and only one specialist can be chosen during a match, but this may change in the future based on beta feedback and whatnot.

Wait a minute, did I just say beta? Yup. In August, you will be able to get your hands on Black Ops 4 Beta!

BO4 Beta
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Beta

You can either pre-order here, or go to your favorite retailer nationwide or worldwide. However, if you pre-order Black Ops 4 digitally on PlayStation 4, and you own Black Ops 3, you can get remastered maps now

In any case, BlackOut has 10 Years of Black Ops features, favorite weapons, characters, maps, all in one place with VEHICLES! It’ll also have Zombies cast, weapons and gear since Battle Royale games are all about survival. I also think Treyarch will do more special events other than Zombies in Battle Royale. It’s been hinted in the other stand-alone Zombies videos…

Codename “IX” (Nine/9)

That is the first of 3 zombies stories, and maps that will ship alongside Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Treyarch also unveiled features for the Zombies side of the game, and they are…

Custom Mutation: You can customize how you play Zombies through custom mutations. This means, you can have Zombies run fast, eat faster, become more powerful, throw projectiles, and so on. And with these options, you can share them with the world. Basically your Map Editor, only with zombies.

Callings: You can participate in missions with your crew, or with the world. These challenges give you many ways to compete with others. There will be updates, and surprises along the way..

Zombie Rush: Play Co-Op, or play solo in this horde-like mode where zombies come at you in waves, much like the previous Zombies modes.

Difficulty levels: Another option in the zombies mode is that you can select difficulty levels to take on easy challenges, or tough, or hard-as-nails challenges.

Voyage of Despair

Blood of the Dead

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to be released worldwide on October 12, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The PC version is being handled by Beenox. However, Treyarch is working with both Beenox, and Blizzard Entertainment to create the most robust, the most featured packed, and the most enjoyable Call of Duty experience on PC. Black Ops 4 is the first Call of Duty title to take advantage of Blizzard’s Battle.net features. The game is available only on the Battle.net platform, in fact.

The Resistance’s War Machine!

After leaks, rumors & rumblings, on January 25th, Activision & Sledgehammer Games unveiled the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: WWII. The Resistance features 3 Multiplayer Maps, 1 new War Operation, and the next episode in the Nazi Zombies series – The Darkest Shore.

The 3 Multiplayer Maps are…

– Occupation
– Valkyrie
– Anthropoid

The War map is called “Operation Intercept.”
The Zombies episode is called “The Darkest Shore.”

On January 9th, Sledgehammer Games & Activision recently released a new trailer showing off the new Nazi Zombies episode in The Resistance DLC pack, dubbed “The Darkest Shore” where you and 3 other folks discover that you’re up against the most creepiest zombies yet…

Next up, on January 19th, Activision & Sledgehammer Games announced a new event for the release of The Resistance. Activision is currently sending out free game codes to fans of Call of Duty that has not played the game or bought the game, to join the fun. The new event consists of new content, free content, and these new content includes anything from a new division, new weapons, and new uniforms to display in-game. You can also participate in limited-time game mode events, rotating XP playlists across War Mode, Multiplayer, and Nazi Zombies. You can also log in to get a free Resistance Supply Drop…

On March 13th, Activision released an event for the spring season, and it’s one that’s familiar. The event is called “Shamrock & Awe,” which is an event that started life on Modern Warfare Remastered. In this event, you get more than just a splash of color. You get an update that is retrofitted for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond. HQ is dressed up in St. Patty gear. You can earn March Madness gear through March’s very own collections. The main menu has been overhauled to bring some kind of ease of navigation. Loading screens have been changed to give it more color. And finally, you get leprechauns running around in some modes to shake things up and make things fun for everyone…

On March 16th, Activision & Sledgehammer Games remade Shipment, and released it for Call of Duty: WWII. It’s called Shipment 1944, but it’s very much the same map as Modern Warfare’s “Shipment” map. Just retrofitted for 1944, the World War II theme.

On April 3rd, Activision & Sledgehammer Games unveiled the second DLC pack for Call of Duty: WWII. The War Machine features 3 Multiplayer Maps, 1 new War Operation, and the next episode in the Nazi Zombies series – The Shadowed Throne.

The 3 Multiplayer Maps are…

– Egypt

– V2

– Dunkirk

The War map is called “Operation Husky.”
The Zombies episode is called “The Shadowed Throne.”

On April 6th, Call of Duty: WWII got a major update with patch 1.13, which included not just files for The War Machine, it also included the Divisions Overhaul, which completely re-models how Divisions work. Some Division “perks” got swapped around and replaced into something else. Sledgehammer Games explained those changes…

Both “The Resistance,” and “The War Machine” are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as you read this.

Meet the Allies from Call of Duty: WWII’s Story Campaign

After the incredible debut of the Story Trailer on September 18, Sledgehammer Games & Activision released 2 new trailers dubbed “Meet the Allies.” In these trailers, you learn more about the characters in the Call of Duty: WWII Story Campaign…

Real Name: Arthur Crowley
Rank: Major
Birth: 1904
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Enlisted: Before April 3rd, 1938
Joined the British Secret Service in July 1940.
He is a Special Operations Executive (SOE).

Code Name: Rousseau
Rank: Leader of the Resistance
Birth: May 26, 1925
Birthplace: Allegre, France
Age: 19
Height: 5’3
Weight: Unknown
Joined the Maquis in June 1940.

As you can see, each character has their own story, their own traits that make them stand out in Call of Duty: WWII.

Call of Duty: WWII releases November 3rd, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-order now, and get both the Multiplayer Upgrade & Double XP.