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Activision Says Black Ops 2 Has Around 12M Monthly Active Users

Earlier today, in their financial earnings report, Activision revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch’s 2012 title, has about 12 million monthly active users.


On November 6, 2015, Activision Publishing expects to release the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops III from its award-winning studio, Treyarch. Momentum ahead of launch has been strong and engagement for Call of Duty: Black Ops II grew quarter-over-quarter again to nearly 12 million MAUsB, an unprecedented level for a game that is three years old and only available on old-generation consoles.

Basically, this is an incredible number of players for a game that came out back in 2012 and was only available on last-gen consoles. Activision previously confirmed that Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops series is the most played in the Call of Duty franchise and that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-order numbers are well over last year’s Advanced Warfare.

The publisher also announced in this press release that the company is acquiring King Digital Entertainment, the company behind ‘Candy Crush Saga’ for $5.9 billlion.

Black Ops 3’s Season Pass Will Feature Re-imagined World at War and Black Ops Maps

Earlier today, the description of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass was updated on the Xbox One Store to detail what type of content fans will get as DLC.


Based on the page, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass will deliver “4 epic DLC map packs in 2016 with all-new multiplayer content, including re-imagined fan-favorite maps from Call of Duty®: World at War and the Call of Duty®: Black Ops series, plus thrilling Treyarch Zombies content, all for one great price.”

Basically, the Season Pass will feature classic and fan-favorite maps from past Treyarch titles, such as Call of Duty: World at War and games in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series. Also, in addition to this content, the Season Pass will include “The Giant,” a throwback map based on “Der Riese,” featuring returning characters Dempsey, Richtofen, Nikolai, and Takeo.

The game’s Season Pass won’t be available on the Xbox 360, according to the Xbox One Store, therefore it can be assumed that it also will not be on PlayStation 3 either, and exclusively for current-gen.

Treyarch Announces “Loyalty Program” For Call of Duty Veterans

During today’s stream, developer Treyarch announced that they are offering players a “Loyalty Program” as a thank-you for being loyal fans.


Players that reached certain levels in either Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and link their accounts by November 5, 2015, a day before the game’s release, will get exclusive in-game items for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

The in-game items stack. For example, if you prestiged in either Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty®: Ghosts, or Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, you will get the weapon camo, reticles, and calling card.

*Players must reach target levels in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare by 9:00PM PDT on 11/5/15 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or PC. Players must link all their console or Steam accounts to one Call of Duty account by 9:00PM PDT on 11/5/15. Loyalty rewards are only available in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Loyalty rewards are not available on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Players must have a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to receive the Loyalty rewards. Program may vary by region. Loyalty program subject to change.

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Treyarch’s Official Call of Duty: Black Ops Series Timeline

Developer Treyarch has posted a trailer giving a detailed look at the timeline of the events and characters that have shaped the story and world of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series.


Treyarch released Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 in 2010, creating a dark, gritty story world that carries through to this day. But it’s much more than just Black Ops 1…it’s a fiction that stretches back much further than that, encompassing some of the events from the World at War era. This is a timeline of the events and characters that have made the Black Ops universe what it is to date.

The third-installment of the fan-favorite Treyarch series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 6th. Check out the series’ timeline after the break.  Read more »

Microsoft in Positive Talks With Publishers About Backwards Compatibility, Including Activision

During their Gamescom press event, Microsoft announced a complete list of publishers who have already pledged support for backwards compatibility, although some notable ones were absent, such as Activision.


Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, spoke to GameSpot at Gamescom and said that he is confident that major publishers will support backwards compatibility for Xbox One. Spencer confirmed that the company is in “positive” talks with these publishers who haven’t already signed up for the feature.

“We’re having great conversations with all the publishers about backward compatibility,” he said.

“It’s really been a good time for something like backwards compatibility to come around, because so many of the publishers have built more service-based games where they’re able to find a business opportunity in the longevity of games.”  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.


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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is Running On the Same Old, But Improved Call of Duty Engine

During an interview with GamesRadar, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer director Dan Bunting at Treyarch said that their upcoming shooter is being developed on the old, but updated Call of Duty engine.


Essentially, according to Dan Bunting, game engines are frequently updated and built upon with each iteration of Call of Duty, and that while it isn’t the same old Quake 3 arena id Tech 3 engine, it still maintains the core features from this engine.

“Engines are funny things,” explains Bunting. “People used to talk about game engines as if it was a singular product that the game’s built on. But engines are really collections of tech that have some very basic, fundamental architecture to them”. Bunting does concede that, “the core architecture of the game is still based on the technologies that it’s been built off of,” but also says that: “most engines in the game industry, for large scale games, have all come from a lineage back to an earlier game engine”.

Because of the new three year development window, the developer got a chance to take advantage of the opportunity and update the old Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 engine.

“We had a lot of tech overhaul we had to do,” he said. “We had to basically re-engineer our graphics engine, we had to re-engineer our AI system. There was a lot of tech work for the transition to the next-gen platforms to really capitalise on the power”.

Check out the entire interview at GamesRadar.

Call of Duty Most Popular Line of Games on Xbox Backwards Compatibility Poll

During the Microsoft E3 2015 media briefing, the company announced that beginning this fall, the Xbox One will feature backwards compatibility, giving players the option to play over 100 select Xbox 360 titles on the console.


Every month, even more games will be added to the roster of games. Since not every Xbox 360 title will be backwards compatible, Microsoft has opened up voting for players so that they can vote for 360 games they want to play the most on their next-gen consoles.

From the top ten games voted, four are Call of Duty titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 2. Red Dead Redemption is currently the leading title following two weeks of voting. Check out the top ten games after the break.  Read more »

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.


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.

Call of Duty Titles Discounted on Steam During the “Activision Publisher Weekend” Sale

During the Activision “Publisher Weekend” sale,” Steam is discounting every single Call of Duty title and all DLCs on PC.


Beginning today, Thursday, April 30th, and going through Monday, May 4th, Steam’s publisher weekend sale will feature multiple discounts up to 75% off on various Activision titles, including all of the Call of Duty games and DLCs.

For the most part, all of the game’s DLCs are 50% off as standalone packs. Also, there are a bunch of collections and bundles available, such as the massive “Call of Duty Definitive Collection” which includes all Call of Duty games up till Call of Duty: Ghosts and all their DLCs. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition is also discounted at 30% off, and comes with the game and the first DLC pack, “Havoc.”

Furthermore, the publisher has announced that during the Activision Publisher Weekend, players will also get the chance to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer for FREE on PC though the weekend starting today. For PC players who haven’t gotten a chance to play the game yet, this is a great time to check it out.

See all of the game and discounts on the official Steam website.

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