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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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops ‘Combo Pack’ For Xbox 360 and PS3 Spotted on Best Buy and Amazon

Earlier this month, Treyarch and Activision officially announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The title is still months away from release, so what better way to spend your time waiting than revisiting and playing the previous titles in the series?


Best Buy and Amazon have posted up listings of a special “Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack,” which has both the previous titles in the series as well as the first DLC expansion pack, “First Strike,” for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The combo pack is priced at $29.99 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. According to the product pages, the bundle is going to be available starting May 1st.

Sadly, there has been no official word on plans for bringing the two titles to current generation platforms, suggesting that the studio probably won’t be developing the games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Therefore, that being said, this combo pack could be a great way to catch up on the series’ previous titles prior to the release of this year’s game.

Activision has made no official announcement or confirmation on this combo pack.

[UPDATE] Both Best Boy and Amazon have dropped the listings for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Combo Pack from their websites.

Every Call of Duty Title 50% Off on Steam And Ghosts Multiplayer Free-to-Play Until Sunday

Earlier today, Steam announced their Call of Duty Franchise Sale, featuring 50% off on every title in the franchise from today, August 28 to Monday, September 1.


PC players can head over to Steam and check out the entire page of Call of Duty games and downloadable content on sale. During the sale, Steam is also offering complete franchise bundles and packs for World at War, Modern Warfare, Black Ops, and Zombies.

Each “Franchise Bundle” comes with the specific title and all of its expansion packs. Furthermore, every “Franchise Pack” comes packed with every title in the series as well as all of the DLC. Players can also get the massive Call of Duty Definitive Collection for 50% off, which features every Call of Duty game and every piece of DLC.

Plus, in addition to the sale, Steam is also offering players a chance to play Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer for free this weekend. From today, until Sunday, August 31 at 1pm PDT, fans can try out Call of Duty: Ghosts completely free of charge.

Double XP Coming to Ghosts and Black Ops 2 This Weekend

Double XP is coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 this weekend, developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch have announced.


Beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 29 at 10am PST, players will be able to earn Double XP in Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer on all platforms. Double XP will continue until Tuesday, September 2nd at 10am PST.

Furthermore, as a reminder, the fourth expansion pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Nemesis, is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC this Thursday, September 4, featuring four new multiplayer maps and the conclusion to the Extinction saga.

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