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Sledgehammer Announces Non-Akimbo SAC3 And Royalty Elite Weapon Variants Coming to Advanced Warfare

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games announced that new weapon variants are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, first on Xbox One this Tuesday, May 19.

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First off, the developer is adding new variants the SAC3, the akimbo sub-machine gun that has been available in multiplayer since the game’s launch. Beginning this Tuesday, May 19, four new non-akimbo variants of the SAC3 will be available in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

“The SAC3’s signature dual hand, high-rate of fire sub machine gun profile made it deadly for those who could forsake the aim down sights feature provided with standard SMGs,” the developer wrote in a new update. “Starting on 5/19, we’re introducing five new non-akimbo variants of the SAC3 available through both Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops on Xbox One (Coming soon to PS4 & PC). Each of these variants feature a new single weapon which allow players to ADS for precision targeting.”

Furthermore, the developer is also brining to Advanced Warfare the first set of Royal Elite weapon variants.

“On 5/19 we’re also introducing the first wave of new Royalty Weapon elite variants to the game. These guns are clad in the same purple and gun-metal camouflage as the Grand Master Prestige armor, and have similar stats to some of the elite versions of weapons you already love.”

The Elite royalty weapon variants will also be available through both Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops on Tuesday, May 19 first on Xbox One, and will come soon to PlayStation 4 and PC.

Black Ops is the “Most Played Series” in the Call of Duty Franchise

The company’s Q1 call to investors, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg announced that Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops series is the “most-played series” in the Call of Duty franchise.

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Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publsihing, confirmed during the call that nearly 100 million players own both Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and that there is still continued player-engagement in the sequel.

“Call of Duty Black Ops 2, originally released in 2012, continues to exhibit record-setting engagement this long after release, with millions of actively engaged players who are now eager for the next installment of the series,” said Hirshberg. “Black Ops 3 is Treyarch’s first three-year development cycle, and they have been making the most of it with unparalleled depth of content across three modes of play.”

Furthermore, he also said that the three-year development cycle has benefited them in allowing them to give the press hands-on with the title even earlier, and that so far, the “response has been phenomenal.”

“In fact, positive media sentiment is double what it was last year, and mind you, last year with our previous high water mark,” he added. “We’re confident that anyone who gets their hands on the game will agree, which is why we are going to have hands-on multiplayer at E3, as well as this year our first beta in years.”

Treyarch’s upcoming title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6th.

Gfinity Call of Duty Spring Masters I Tournament Takes Place This Weekend

During this weekend, the first tournament in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournaments will take place, with 16 professional Call of Duty teams competing in London at the Gfinity Arena.

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“The first of four major Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare eSports tournaments hosted by Gfinity takes place this weekend, where favorites like Optic Gaming, Optic Nation, Denial, and Envy will take the stage in the UK’s first dedicated eSports arena.”

The Gfinity Spring Masters I will take place this weekend, from Friday, May 8th to Sunday, may 10th in London, England at the Gfinity Arena, where the world’s best Call of Duty teams will compete for $25,000, 25,000 prop points, and the title of the Gfinity Spring Masters I champion.

Fans can watch the livestream at MLG.tv/Gfinity this weekend. The starting times are 6pm GMT Friday, 12pm GMT Saturday, 12pm GMT Sunday.

The Gfinity Spring Masters I tournament represents the first of four Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournaments, including Spring Masters II (June 19-June 21), Summer Masters I (July 31 – Aug 2), and Summer Masters II (Aug 28 – 30).  Read more »

Advanced Warfare Gets “M1 Irons” Revolver Weapon DLC on May 5

Developer Sledgehammer Games has announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be getting the exclusive “M1 Irons” Revolver weapon DLC for free.

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The “M1 Irons” revolver weapon will be available tomorrow, Sunday, May 1, first on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The developer has confirmed that the DLC will also soon be coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

“This new pistol is our gift as a thank you for the continued support of Advanced Warfare throughout this year’s season of content,” Sledgehammer Games wrote in a recent blog post. “The M1 Irons revolver not only packs a punch, but has excellent mobility and range. As with all weapons in Advanced Warfare, the M1 Irons has a full suite of loot variants available through Supply Drops, and Advanced Supply Drops.”

The M1 Irons will feature 10 different weapon variants. Sledgehammer Games has already shared three of the weapon variants on the blog post, which you can see after the break.

[UPDATE] The M1 Irons and weapon variants are now available for everyone on Xbox. Read more »

Advanced Warfare Gets Four New Personalization Packs on Xbox

Four more Personalization Packs are now available in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox platforms.

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Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games announced that four new Personalization Pack sets are now available for purchase in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One and Xbox 360. They are the Backdraft, Psychedelic, Tiki, Lagoon Personalization Packs. Each pack comes with a unique weapon camo, three reticles, a calling card, and emblem item.

  • Backdraft Standard Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Enter every match with guns blazing thanks to the Backdraft Standard Personalization Pack. Unleash the heat with animated, liquid fuel-burning weapon camo, three fireproof reticules, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • Psychedelic Standard Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Trip out your opponents with the Psychedelic Standard Personalization Pack, powered by an animated, shimmering weapon camo, three hallucinatory reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • Tiki Standard Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Become the mythical guardian of every capture point with the Tiki Standard Personalization Pack, complete with an animated, glowing weapon camo, three shipwrecked reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.
  • Lagoon Standard Personalization Pack – $1.99 – Drown your competitors with the Lagoon Standard Personalization Pack, combining an animated, aquatic weapon camo, three watertight reticles, a calling card, and an emblem item.

Furthermore, four new character gear sets have been added to the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare “Advanced Supply Drops” rotation on Xbox platforms. See which ones hereRead more »

Four Gear Sets Added to the Advanced Warfare Advanced Supply Drops Rotation on Xbox

Four new character gear sets are now available via Advanced Supply Drops in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox platforms – the Punk, Enlightened, Passion, and Thermal gear sets.

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Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games revealed four new character gear sets that have been added to the Advanced Supply Drops rotation in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. All four of the character gear sets are available now on Xbox platforms through the purchase of Advanced Supply Drops.

The four sets of character customization sets feature the Thermal, Punk, Enlightened, and Passion gear sets. See them all after the break.

Furthermore, four new Personalization Packs are now available for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox platforms. See all of them here.

[UPDATE] Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder Michael Condrey has revealed another character gear set for Advanced Warfare. The Neuro Gear Set has also been added to the rotation on Xbox.
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PlayStation Magazine Cover Features Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

The official PlayStation UK magazine has revealed that this month’s feature story and cover will highlight Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the upcoming title from Treyarch studios.

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For the most part, this is somewhat unusual as this is the first time since Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 that a Call of Duty title is being featured on the cover of the PlayStation magazine. Furthermore, another interesting thing to note is that this month’s edition of the official Xbox magazine isn’t covering Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, suggesting that the exclusivity deal may no longer be in effect for this game, although this is entirely speculation.

Players can check out this month’s edition of the PlayStation magazine and their Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 feature when it goes on sale on Friday, May 8. The issue can be purchased here at that date. See the cover after the break.  Read more »

Sledgehammer Games Teases The “M1 Irons” Weapon, Says More Details to Come Tomorrow

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games shared a picture of the “M1 Irons” revolver weapon, teasing that the weapon may be coming soon to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and that more information will be coming tomorrow.

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Back in March, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey sent out a tweet with a picture showing only the “barrel” of a gun, teasing that another new weapon is coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Furthermore, last month, the developer posted another tweet which said “Q: If Jonathan Irons was rolling in an S&D match on Solar, what would he be packing?” A: The elite M1 Irons Outlaw.

Based on these tweets and the picture, it appears that the “M1 Irons” weapon and M1 Irons Outlaw variant are going to be coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare soon, most likely within the next map pack for the game.

Stay tuned as more information will come tomorrow. See the pictures of the weapon after the break.  Read more »

Anti-Cheat System For Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Getting “Major Upgrades”

The anti-cheating system for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is getting major enhancements, Treyarch has confirmed.

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Treyarch’s Director of Development for PC went to Twitter to answer some fan questions about the studio’s upcoming title on PC, during which the developer confirmed that “major upgrades” are going to be implemented for the “anti-cheating” system in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Furthermore, the developer mentioned that the cheat report system is going to be enhanced so that players can better and more easily report those who have been using external software to gain an unfair advantage in the game.

Source: Softpedia

Activision Support Says “Stay Tuned” For Call of Duty on Wii U

Last month, Activision and Treyarch announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 would be coming this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with the Wii U missing from the list of platforms.

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Earlier today, Activision Support was asked on Twitter why Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 wasn’t announced for the Nintendo platform being that the choice to link your Nintendo Network ID was available on the official Call of Duty site.

For this question, Activision Support replied “Hey there. Stay tuned for more Wii U releases,” teasing that the Treyarch title may still make its way to the Wii U this year, alongside the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts was the last Call of Duty title to come to the Wii U as Activision decided not to bring Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to the console. Although Activision hasn’t announced this year’s title for the Wii U, there may still be a possibility it may come out on the platform.