Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — Operation Apocalypse Z Released

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is about to go all in with the zombies with the new game update, Operation Apocalypse Z.

The new update has tons of content including the zombies story mode as the Aether story continues in “Alpha Omega”.

Following the events of “Classified” and “Blood of the Dead”, the Primis and Ultimis crews travel to a secret Broken Arrow facility at Nuketown. This gameplay space, which is 400% larger than “Nuketown Zombies”, features both familiar nostalgia and new elements. As the Aether story heads toward an epic conclusion, “Alpha Omega” works to unravel the mysteries of the beginning and the end.

Besides that there are updates to the multiplayer aspect with new maps being added to the game and new in-game items.

Multiplayer

  • New Specialist: Reaper
  • New Game Mode: Sticks & Stones
  • New Maps (Black Ops Pass):
    • Der Schatten
    • Remnant
    • Havana (Black Ops Flashback)
  • New Alt Map: Jungle Flooded

Blackout

  • New Map Updates:
    • The Haunting Fog – An apocalyptic transformation to the main map.
    • Alcatraz: Nightfall – The prison island under the cover of darkness.
  • New Game Modes
    • Quads Fog – A limited-time Quads playlist where cloudy skies hang over an ominous fog.
    • Alcatraz Portals Horde – An Alcatraz game mode with more Zombies enemy types that spawn throughout the map.
    • New Playable Characters:
      • M. Shadows
      • Russman
      • Danny Trejo

Black Market

  • 40 new Contraband stream Tiers
  • Zombies-themed Specialist outfits
  • New Mastercrafts and MKII Weapons
  • Earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe
  • + More

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Black Ops 4 Has A Lesser Known Split Screen Feature, Works Across All Modes

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 lacks a story mode but has a very robust multiplayer experience that can be experienced in Split Screen mode which has made a surprising come back.

A lot of fans are quite happy and excited about Black Ops 4 and how much fun it is to play but one of the most surprising inclusions for me is the Split Screen feature that is playable across almost all modes.  You can play split screen in the new Battle Royale mode Blackout or in any of the other competitive multiplayer modes. To do so both players must be signed in into their respective PSN or Xbox Accounts and one of them must have PS Plus or XBL. The zombie mode also has a split-screen mode, which is available for up to 4 players, unlike other game modes.

While the Split Screen mode is great, it has its problems. Mainly problems tied to the framerate of the game which seems severely affected and the graphical downgrade when playing in split screen mode. Performance isn’t great and there are moments where lag is very noticeable but as time passes I feel Treyarch could iron out these issues. Also, the PC version of the game does not have Split Screen which to me is quite disappointing and I’d love it if they were to implement this in the PC version too where users can achieve a good split-screen experience.

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Black Ops 4 Has The Biggest Launch Day Numbers In Call of Duty History

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been the biggest day one digital release in Activision history, as announced by the company, breaking the previous franchise record set by Call of Duty: WWII in 2017.

In an announcement made by the company, they further stated that Black Ops 4 also set a new PlayStation record for day one digital games on the PSN Store and, became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one worldwide. While both consoles faired well, the PC community also loved the game which was evident from the fact that Black Ops 4 sold more than double the launch day sales of CoD: WWII even though this was their first ever release in Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.

Black Ops 4 is an incredible game, and the community’s response to it has been amazing. We have shattered multiple digital day one sales records, and the number of people who connected online on day one to play has grown year on year,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “But probably the most important thing is that the community is having so much fun across Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. We are so incredibly thankful for the community’s trust and support. This is just the beginning, it’s going to be an incredible journey with Black Ops 4.”

Black Ops 4 was received quite positively during its beta and this holds true even after the launch of the game. This is the first game in the series without a proper single player campaign and is focused more on the other aspects of the game like the multiplayer and the new Battle Royale mode.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Zombies ‘IX’ Music Video Trailer, Post-Launch Plans Announced

Activision has released a new music video trailer for the “IX” campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII‘s “Zombies” mode, as well as announced post-launch plans for the game itself.

The music video features the song “Mad Hatter,” written by multi-platinum recording artists Avenged Sevenfold. The song is the fourth consecutive Black Ops collaboration with the band.

In the weeks following the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, PlayStation 4 owners will have first access to new content, including new specialists, maps, and seasonal events. Activision and Treyarch are planning an active calendar of events and variety of free content across all three modes, all due out first on PlayStation 4.

Here is a preview of what is planned:

  • Nuketown: This fan-favorite map returns in November in an all-new take.
  • Specialists: The first of several new characters will debut in December.
  • Blackout: Launch day is only the start; Blackout will continue to evolve after launch with regular map updates, expansions and new Blackout modes.
  • Events: Seasonal, weekly, and time-limited events bringing new game modes and content to players.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12.

Watch the trailer below.

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Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout Kill PUBG?

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode, Blackout, had its Beta Open a few days back which let players get a feel of this new battle royale mode. With a lot of praise from CoD fans and Battle Royale game fans alike, did this Beta in any way disrupt the king of Battle Royale games, PUBG?

The Blackout Beta wowed many players due to its fast-paced arcade action which has been the signature for Call of Duty games and because of how well it incorporated the various game mechanics into the Battle Royale game mode. While the Beta certainly helped boost pre-order sales and maybe even helped those on the edge about purchasing the game make a decision, there were many who jumped aboard the hype train. Those people who did were quick to state that this game would be the one to bring down PUBG and Fortnite and become one of the most played Battle Royale games on the market.

While this isn’t much to go off of, we have the SteamSpy graph to help us see if the Blackout Beta lowered PUBG’s active player count and it’s usual daily player count. As seen from the graph, there didn’t seem to be any disruption and PUBG’s concurrent peak players crossed 1 million players every day of the Blackout Beta. Another thing to note is that the Blackout will come with Black Ops 4 so to play Blackout you’ll have to shell out $60 or the regional equivalence to play it which could mean a lower player-count than the Open beta which is free for everyone.

This is specific to the PC platform though and chances are that the console versions will fare better since the PS4 doesn’t have PUBG and will go up against Fortnite while the Xbox One version should have more players due to the unstable performance of PUBG on that console.

It is going to be very interesting to see how each Battle Royale faired at the end of the year since Blackout, Firestorm, and Ring of Elysium will have been out by then.

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Call Of Duty’s Battle Royale, Blackout, Is Like PUBG On Steroids (And Way More Optimised)

Call of Duty has been in dire need of revitalization over the last few years. The formula, while solid, had grown to become overly familiar and not all that exciting. And when they had announced that they are dropping the single player and adding a Battle Royale mode, I audibly sighed. This was looking bad. As someone who had enjoyed my time with Fortnite & PUBG, I was not hungry for more of the same.

But you know what, I was wrong. Call of Duty’s new Battle Royale mode, called Blackout, is surprisingly fun. It offers the same tactical depth as many other Battle Royale games, but still has the over the top action that Call of Duty is known for.

The setup is similar – you drop out of the air, land on the ground, gear up and murder. This time though, you’re in helicopters, and instead of parachutes you have wingsuits. The wingsuits are more precise to control and get you around faster. Once you drop in, it’s a mad rush to collect loot – of which there is a great variety. Sure, there are guns and attachments. But nothing beats the Monkey Bomb, a grenade that can draw in a horde of zombies to mess with other players. Imagine trapping them in a building with a zombie horde to engage along with other players attacking them. This is a theme I notices interspersed throughout Blackout – there’s great depth to the game, but it’s also clear that the devs want the players to get creative and have some fun.

The weapons and shooting feel fantastic. The guns sound great and distinct. More importantly, this feels like the first time in a Call of Duty game that you’re getting into combat engagements at such long distances and it still holds up well. Many of zones also have tall buildings you can get into, like the construction site, and these are often the best combat sections. Having other players above and beneath you gives way to some intense moments, and getting out of these alive feels enthralling. Call in a helicopter or send out a RC car, and you can get up to all kinds of shenanigans.

The map is huge, and various zones stand out. Folks will clearly have their favorite sites to loot eventually, but in these early days, I am enjoying discovering the nuances of all the different areas. Also, with the large map size, vehicles play an important part and you can find them all over the map. They are easy to control, but are not the standard R2 L2 affair, instead they are fully controlled by the sticks, at least by default. It takes a minute to get a hand of and strangely enough you never have good control over the camera while driving. It’s not that bad, and something that can easily be fixed with a patch.

The core of the gameplay, while similar to the standard Call of Duty multiplayer feel, does have some significant differences. You are always encouraged to take cover and scout out areas. running willy-nilly in the open will get you killed pretty fast. However, the ‘time to kill – ttk’, is definitely longer, and you have a better chance of ducking down, healing yourself and getting out of a rough spot alive, than you would in a standard multiplayer match. there’s also a wide array of defensive and offensive equipment at your disposal – you can lay down barbwire to slow down incoming enemies, deploy RC cars to pick out enemies around the corner, shoot out sensors to detect hidden enemies nearby, and more offer tactical options not found in other Battle royale games.

I have always enjoyed Call of Duty, and it’s great to see that they are doing interesting things with the Battle Royale genre. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout private beta dates are as below:

  • PS4 Blackout beta start date: Monday, September 10th
  • Xbox One Blackout beta start date: Friday, September 14th
  • PC early access Blackout beta start date: Friday, September 14th
  • PC open beta Blackout beta start date: Saturday, September 15th

The Blackout beta end date is the same for all platforms – Monday, September 17th.

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Everything You Need To Know About Call Of Duty Blackout Battle Royale

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game-changing experience for the Black Ops community that delivers more ways to have fun with your friends than ever before. Blackout introduces a brand-new Battle Royale style mode steeped in the Black Ops universe. Blackout pits the most players ever in franchise history against each other, in the biggest map in Call of Duty history – 1,500 times the size of Nuketown – all with the signature Black Ops combat players know and love.

In the Blackout Beta, the player count will be capped at 80, with the ability to play in solos, duos or groups of four.

ABOUT BLACKOUT:

BATTLE ROYALE, BLACK OPS STYLE

Blackout is deeply rooted in the Black Ops universe. Everything from the signature gameplay fans know and love, to the characters and lore, players will experience a true celebration of the
series.

Last Player Standing – Once the match begins, all players will descend in wingsuits from an aerial transport streaking across the map. Once on the ground, the mission is simple: be the last player – or duo or quad – alive. Players will drop in with nothing and must loot and scavenge for a weapon to defend themselves in true battle royale gameplay. The combat area will shrink over time, forcing intense engagements as the match goes on.

Playable Characters – Blackout will feature classic playable characters from previous Black Ops games, including iconic characters from the story campaigns and Zombies modes from Black Ops 1-3, as well as a collection of new Specialists and Zombies characters from Black Ops 4. Examples include: Reznov, Mason, Woods, Richtofen, Takeo, Ajax, Battery, Seraph and many more.

Zombies – in true Black Ops fashion, the map features a variety of Zombies lurking in particular areas that add an extra challenge, as players now must watch not only for other enemies but also for throngs of the undead that could be right around the corner.

CLASSIC WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT TO LOOT

Blackout will feature a huge variety of classic Black Ops weapons with different ammo types, attachments and equipment that players will loot and scavenge in the map to deploy against their enemies.

Weapons – Weapons will be littered throughout the map for players to find. Submachine guns like the Cordite and Saug 9mm, shotguns like the MOG-12 and SG12, and rifles like the Vapr-XKG and Grav are just some examples. There are also special weapons like the War Machine grenade launcher and Annihilator pistol.

Attachments – To enhance your weapons, attachments can be found that include various sights like the 4x scope, holo and reflex; grips that improve stability and accuracy; and suppressors that prevent you from giving away your position to enemies.

Perks – A classic in Black Ops, perks are modifiers that can passively enhance gameplay and enhance your character’s effectiveness in battle. Examples include Dead Silence to allow you to move without making sound; Mobility to allow you to mantle, climb and swap weapons faster; and Looter to allow you to see nearby loot through walls to quickly assess what to pursue.

Health and armor – To help defend against enemy fire, armor will be available to find at varying protection levels. There will also be first-aid and med kits to replenish health throughout the match.

Attack equipment – In addition to primary weapons, players will be able to deploy tactical equipment to attack enemies. Items like frag, cluster and concussion grenades will be scattered throughout the map, and there are also combat axes and molotov cocktails to round out your arsenal.

Defensive equipment – If you or your team are holding down a specific area, items like the razor wire to block off entryways or the trophy system to defend against enemy grenades are key to survival.

Scout equipment – With lots of enemies to keep track of, players will be able to use a variety of items to gather intel. Examples include a Sensor Dart that can be shot at a specific area to illuminate nearby players, or a remote-controlled recon car that can scope out buildings or other locales discreetly.

LAND, SEA AND AIR VEHICLES

Players will find and drive a variety of land, sea and air vehicles to get around the massive map, either solo or with their teammates:

ATV (land) – Quick and nimble, the ATV supports 1 driver and 1 passenger, and can get players around the map at high speeds.

Cargo Truck (land) – With its size and ability to plow through many types of areas, the cargo truck has freedom to move almost everywhere, albeit at a slower pace. The truck supports 1 driver and multiple passengers in the bed.

Tactical Boat (sea) – The tactical assault boat supports 1 driver and multiple passengers. It’s quick and gets players through any body of water.

Helicopter (air) – The helicopter supports 1 pilot and up to 4 passengers. It provides a fast mode of transport that gives players a high vantage point that can provide great visibility and attack angles throughout the sky.

FAN-FAVORITE LOCALES ACROSS A SPRAWLING MAP

Blackout debuts a colossal map – biggest ever in Call of Duty – that features a variety of exterior and interior areas to traverse and fight in, including locations inspired by fan-favorite Black Ops multiplayer maps such as Nuketown, Firing Range and many more. Here is a sample of some of the locales players will explore:

Nuketown Island – based on the legendary map, this is more like a ghost town, as players will explore the remnants of this former nuclear testing site, which features boarded-up homes, an abandoned bunker and more.

Firing Range – a true icon of Black Ops, this area is a classified military training base tucked away in the woods. Close-range encounters are common in this combat arena.

River Town – a countryside peninsula town rife with small houses, diners, farms and even a GMO grainery. River Town is full of places to gear up and engage in close-to-mid-range firefights.

Array – consisting of warehouses in the shadow of three giant satellites, this area is rife with high vantage points and plenty of opportunities to find gear.

Estates – inspired by Raid from Black Ops II and Stronghold from Black Ops III, at the map’s north end lies the austere, luxury Estates, surrounded by manicured hedges an modern art. The buildings are full of rooms and garages strewn with weapons and loot.

Asylum – based on the classic Zombies map Verruckt, exactly how it sounds, this is a deserted asylum with burned-out walls and busted windows. Players will also discover a sprawling maze on the asylum grounds.

Hydro Facility – a giant hydroelectric dam, inspired by Hydro from Black Ops II, this is a massive water plant on the northeast area of the map. Players can fight their way through the central offices and command center or swim out to explore nearby water tanks.

Train Station – blending open spaces with short sightlines and sharp turns, this modern train station consists of a parking lot, outdoor waiting area and small central building.

Construction Site – a multi-level unfinished skyscraper, complete with an elevator, helipad and tons of areas to pick up gear. Finding a grapple gun would be an efficient way to traverse the location quickly.

Cargo Docks – based on Cargo from Black Ops II, located in the southwest area of the map, the Cargo Docks feature flat, open spaces where players will use the massive shipping containers for cover or even land a helicopter on a floating cargo ship if they are brave enough.

And more…

The Blackout Private Beta schedule is as follows:

PlayStation 4:
Monday, September 10th at 10 am PT – Monday, September 17th at 10 am PT (PlayStation 4)

Xbox One and PC:
Friday, September 14th at 10 am PT – Monday, September 17th at 10 am PT (Xbox One, PC)
Saturday, September 15th, 10 am PT – Monday, September 17th at 10 am PT (PC Open Beta only)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC on October 12.

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All Locations In Call Of Duty Blackout’s Massive Map

Blackout pits the most players ever in franchise history against each other, in the biggest map in Call of Duty history – 1,500 times the size of Nuketown – all with the signature Black Ops combat players know. The new map is massive, with a ton of regions that fans will be familiar with. Here are all the locations in Call of Duty Blackout’s massive map:

Nuketown Island – based on the legendary map, this is more like a ghost town, as players will explore the remnants of this former nuclear testing site, which features boarded-up homes, an abandoned bunker and more.

Firing Range – a true icon of Black Ops, this area is a classified military training base tucked away in the woods. Close-range encounters are common in this combat arena.

River Town – a countryside peninsula town rife with small houses, diners, farms and even a GMO grainery. River Town is full of places to gear up and engage in close-to-mid-range firefights.

Array – consisting of warehouses in the shadow of three giant satellites, this area is rife with high vantage points and plenty of opportunities to find gear.

Estates – inspired by Raid from Black Ops II and Stronghold from Black Ops III, at the map’s north end lies the austere, luxury Estates, surrounded by manicured hedges an modern art. The buildings are full of rooms and garages strewn with weapons and loot.

Asylum – based on the classic Zombies map Verruckt, exactly how it sounds, this is a deserted asylum with burned-out walls and busted windows. Players will also discover a sprawling maze on the asylum grounds.

Hydro Facility – a giant hydroelectric dam, inspired by Hydro from Black Ops II, this is a massive water plant on the northeast area of the map. Players can fight their way through the central offices and command center or swim out to explore nearby water tanks.

Train Station – blending open spaces with short sightlines and sharp turns, this modern train station consists of a parking lot, outdoor waiting area and small central building.

Construction Site – a multi-level unfinished skyscraper, complete with an elevator, helipad and tons of areas to pick up gear. Finding a grapple gun would be an efficient way to traverse the location quickly.

Cargo Docks – based on Cargo from Black Ops II, located in the southwest area of the map, the Cargo Docks feature flat, open spaces where players will use the massive shipping containers for cover or even land a helicopter on a floating cargo ship if they are brave enough.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Today, Activision and Treyarch 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 callofduty.com.

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Call of Duty Black Ops IIII Private Multiplayer Beta Dates Announced

Activision has announced the dates for a private beta of their multiplayer beta as well as their new game mode titled “Blackout” which is their Battle Royale mode. Details regarding the Multiplayer beta can be read below.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive

  • Starts: August 3 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Ends: August 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

  • Starts: August 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Ends: August 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

PC Beta Early Access

  • Starts: August 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

PC Open Beta

  • Starts: August 11 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Ends: August 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. E

Here’s what’s going to be featured in the Beta:

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 IIII 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.

Six Maps

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 IIII. Some additional intel…

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.

This is just for the multiplayer beta as the Blackout beta will begin sometime in September and will first be available on the PlayStation 4.

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