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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wii U Owners Finally Get The Nuketown 2025 Map For Black Ops 2 Two Years Later

Earlier today, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U got an update which has made the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map available on the platform.

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Nuketown 2025, the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer map, has been available on other platforms for around two years, and it has just now made its way to the Nintendo Wii U version of the game. To access the map, players have to simply download the most recent update.

Furthermore, according to IGN, Wii U players may soon also be able to play the Zombies map, Die Rise, as it pops up on the map select menu, but can’t actually be chosen yet.

Double XP and 24/7 Playlists Coming to Ghosts and Black Ops 2 This Weekend

During this weekend, developers Treyarch and Infinity Ward are turning on Double XP and special 24/7 playlists for Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, in celebration of the anticipated Advanced Warfare multiplayer event this August 11.

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Beginning Friday, August 8, at 10am PST, developer Infinity Ward is putting on Double XP in Call of Duty: Ghosts for both multiplayer and Extinction modes. Furthermore, they are also adding a special Strikezone 24/7 multiplayer playlist for the weekend. Double XP and the 24/7 playlists will be turned on until August 11, at 10am PST.

Treyarch are also turning on Double XP and Double Weapon XP on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer this weekend. Additionally, the Nuketown 24/7 playlist will also be open during this time. Double XP and Nuketown 24/7 will also run till Monday, August 11 at 10am PST.  Read more »

Four All-New Black Ops 2 Personalization Packs Available Today on PlayStation 3 and PC

Four brand-new customization options for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be available for players on PlayStation 3 and PC today, Activision has announced.

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The new Personalization Packs, which previously released on Xbox 360 last month, will be coming out on both PC and PlayStation 3 via the game’s in-game store. The options include the Paladin, Afterlife, UK Punk, and Comics packs. Each personalization pack will cost $1.99.

  • Paladin, inspired by the regal insignias of the Middle Ages, the Paladin Personalization Pack comes loaded with a Medieval-themed weapon skin, three uniquely-shaped reticles, and an all-new Calling Card.
  • UK Punk Pack, inspired by the tattooed and metal-studded 1970’s UK punk rock scene, the UK Punk Personalization Pack comes loaded with a Union Jack-themed weapon skin, three uniquely-shaped reticles, and an all-new Calling Card.
  • Afterlife Pack, inspired by the glowing out-of-body experience from Mob of the Dead, the Afterlife Personalization Pack comes with an ethereal blue glowing weapon skin, three other-worldly reticles, and an all-new Mob of the Dead-themed Calling Card.
  • Comics, inspired by classic comic book designs, the Comics Personalization Pack comes loaded with a comic-themed weapon skin, three uniquely-shaped reticles, and an all-new Calling Card.

Take a look at all of the Personalization Packs in action in the trailer following the break.  Read more »

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