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Activision Teaming Up With Mountain Dew and Doritos For Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Publisher Activision is once again teaming up with Mountain Dew and Doritos for the “Fuel Up for Battle” program for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. For the first time, the “Fuel Up for Battle” promotion will offer fans exclusive Double XP for the game’s “Shadows of Evil” Zombies experience.

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Beginning in October, fans in the United States will be able to collect codes from specially marked packages of DEW® and Doritos products to redeem points and earn up to 30 minutes of exclusive Zombies Double XP per day, along with a chance to win other great prizes.

“DEW and Doritos are excited to take the ‘Fuel Up for Battle’ program to a new level by giving gamers for the first time Double XP in Zombies mode,” said Greg Lyons, vice president of marketing, Mountain Dew. “Gaming is in our brand’s DNA, and partnering with Doritos to bring one-of-a kind gaming promotions and exclusive opportunities to our fans is something we are very proud of.”

Following the launch on October 5, fans can visit http://www.dewanddoritos.com/for complete details and rules of the “Fuel Up For Battle” program.

PS4 Getting Keyboard and Mouse Controller Combo from Hori

PlayStation 4 will be getting its own officially licensed keyboard and mouse controller combo this fall from Hori, according to a product listing on Amazon UK.

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The Japanese company Hori, a maker of arcade fighting sticks and other controller accessories, is coming out with the TAC4 or “Tactical Assault Commander 4,” a wired keyboard and mouse controller combo for the PlayStation 4, designed to replicate PC-style gaming on the Sony console.

The TAC4 will be out this year on October 9, just in time for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The product will be priced at £87 (around $135), and will work with both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer announced last week that they also are working to ensure that the Xbox One will have full keyboard and mouse support, and that this feature isn’t too “far away.”

Source: EurogamerAmazon JapanAmazon UK

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare “Reckoning” DLC Community Gameplays

Earlier today, Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games announced the fourth and final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, called “Reckoning.”

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Launching first on Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, August 4th, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s final expansion pack “Reckoning” brings four brand new multiplayer maps (Overload, Swarm, Quarantine, and Fracture), all featuring the Exo Grapple mechanic, and the conclusion to the Exo Zombies saga, ”Descent.”

During a trip to Treyarch, a few Call of Duty YouTubers, including TmarTn, Optic Midnite, Chaosxsilencer, and PrestigeisKey, got to get “hands-on” with the upcoming Reckoning DLC, and grab some gameplay for the public. Below, we have compiled all of the gameplays. Check it out after the break.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare “Reckoning” Coming to Xbox LIVE on August 4

Earlier today, Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games announced that the fourth expansion pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, called “Reckoning” is coming to Xbox LIVE on August 4th.

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First on Xbox LIVE, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s final expansion pack “Reckoning” is coming on Tuesday, August 4th, bringing four new multiplayer maps, all which feature the Exo Grapple mechanic, and the last chapter of the Exo Zombies saga. Descriptions of all the content can be seen after the break.

“We’ve had an absolute blast supporting the fans throughout the DLC season, and continue to come up with fun new ways to play Advanced Warfare. The support and feedback we’ve received from the community continues to inspire us, and we’ve taken that inspiration to heart with Reckoning to deliver a new set of multiplayer maps and the conclusion to Exo Zombies. We are grateful to all of our fans and hope everyone enjoys playing the new content as much as we enjoyed creating it,” said Michael Condrey, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games Read more »

2XP Legendary Drops LIVE on Advanced Warfare Across All Platforms

During this week, termed “Hammer Week,” Sledgehammer Games is celebrating the studio’s sixth anniversary. As part of the celebration, the developer will be bringing some “cool” announcements and surprises all week, beginning with 2XP Legendary Drop Rate.

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From today, Monday, July 27 to Tuesday, July 28, players across all platforms will have 2X chance to earn Legendary loot via both Regular and Advanced Supply Drops, as part of Sledgehammer Games’ “Hammer Week,” the developer has announced.

Players on Xbox One will have a greater chance to earn Legendary variants of the three weapons added to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare last week.

Royalty Elite Variants V2 Available in Advanced Warfare on PlayStation 4 and PC

Earlier today, developer Sledgehammer Games added the second set of Royalty Elite weapon variants to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Royalty weapon variants feature the same purple and gun-metal camouflage that matches the Grand Master Prestige Gear, although the second set of variants comes with a different stat chance from the first set. Royalty Elite weapon variants v2 benefit from increased reload speed vs. their Elite counterparts.

Fans can obtain the Royalty Weapon Variants via both Regular and Advanced Supply Drops, which are available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

For more details, check out the official Sledgehammer Games blog post.

Four New Personalization Packs Available in Advanced Warfare on PlayStation and PC

Four more Personalization Packs are now available in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PlayStation 4 and PC – Jackpot, Disco, X-Ray, and Aces.

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Four new Personalization Pack sets are now available for purchase in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. These are the Jackpot, Disco, X-Ray, Aces Personalization Packs. Each pack comes with a unique weapon camo, three reticles, a calling card, and emblem item.

  • Jackpot Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Hit the big time with the Jackpot Personalization Pack. Show your luck with an animated jackpot themed weapon camo, three prized reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • Disco Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Keep the party going all night long with the Disco Personalization Pack. Tear it up on the dance floor or in the Virtual Lobby with an animated, disco ball-themed weapon camo, three groovy reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • X-Ray Personalization Pack – $1.99 – It’s what’s on the inside that counts with the X-Ray Personalization Pack. Get on a higher wavelength with an animated, translucent weapon camo, three X-Ray themed reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • Aces Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Keep something up your sleeve with the Aces Personalization Pack. Raise the stakes with a card-studded weapon camo, three high suit reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.

The four packs are available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. See all of the new Personalization Packs after the break.  Read more »

Black Ops 2 Now The Most Wanted Xbox One Backwards Compatible Game

Developer Treyarch’s 2012 shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 seems to have outpaced Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption” as the community’s most-requested Xbox 360 game on the Xbox One backwards compatibility survey page.

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For about a month, since Microsoft put up the poll, Red Dead Redemption was the Xbox 360 game most in demand for backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, but the open-world western shooter has been passed by Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, according to the Xbox Feedback data.

The backwards compatibility poll shows that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is currently leading with 77,425 votes, followed by Red Dead Redemption, which has gotten 75,421 votes. Other top contenders on the list are Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Halo Reach, and the Gears of Wars 3.

Treyarch Confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta Dates For PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Earlier today, in a new blog post, Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 BETA will arrive on PlayStation 4 on August 19 and on Xbox One and PC on August 26.

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For the first time since Call of Duty: World at War, developer Treyarch is giving fans an opportunity to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer ahead of its official launch this fall.

The BETA arrives first on PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, August 19 and will continue through Sunday, August 23. For PC and Xbox One players, the BETA will kick off on Wednesday, August 26th and will run through Sunday, August 30.

Treyarch promises to share more details about the BETA, such as the playable maps and modes, in the coming weeks. The BETA will be available to those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from participating retailers or on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Store, and Steam.

For more details, see the official blog post.

Treyarch Explains Why Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Isn’t Exclusive to PS4/XB1

Early in June, Activision and Treyarch announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 would not be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but would also be coming to previous generation consoles.

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Lots of other popular franchises have elected to skip on previous-generation consoles, such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. During an interview with Gaming Bolt, Treyarch explained why the studio decided to bring their game to previous-gen hardware.

Treyarch’s director of brand development Jay Puryear was asked whether there was any specific reason as to why a previous-gen release is happening.

“Is there a reason?! We’ve got great fans. Call of Duty experiences are always about the community and fans and we want to make sure that everybody who wants to play Black Ops III can,” Puryear explained.

Puryear said that even though the game is coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the team at Treyarch is “really pushing” the new hardware and that it won’t be held back by their previous-gen counterparts.

“I mean look at it, the team has worked 3 years to pour their hearts and soul to deliver a product that will push on single-player campaign with four-player co-op on next-gen. We’re really pushing the system in the machine and hardware.”

“If you look at all the innovations that we’re doing on multiplayer and really adding this combat loop, progression system, specialists characters. So, there is just so much content on the disc and then when we roll out our zombies I think you’ll see that we’ve got 3 games in 1. So, as far as the content and the experience we’ll get out of this, we think is absolutely by far the best.”

Treyarch is developing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, while Beenox and Mercenary Technology are working to bring the title to last-gen consoles.