Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Days of Summer Event Is Now Underway

Put on your suntan lotion and get your favorite weapon loaded; the Days of Summer event has come to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4!

Treyarch has announced the arrival of the summer event for the hit multiplayer game, with the details available below, along with the official trailer. It’s a great time to kick back with friends and enjoy some multiplayer shooting fun.

The event is underway in the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and set to continue on Xbox One and PC starting on June 11.

The company noted, “The Days of Summer game update returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Experience the largest battle in Call of Duty history with Ground War in Blackout, roll through the remastered Grind, and so much more. Available now on PS4 with other platforms to follow.”

There are a number of weapons available with the new update, which is live now on PS4. This includes a new sniper rifle, along with a variety of new Blackout modes, such as the 50 vs. 50 Ground War mode, as well as the return of CTF to multiplayer. There are also a number of new Elixirs available in Zombies mode as well, if you feel like taking a swig.

You’ll also find the Grind multiplayer map in the mix, straight from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It’s free to play across the board, so you won’t need to worry about paying for any content. On top of that, you’ll also have access to the Peacekeeper weapon, along with the Locust Sniper.

Expect more additions to the game over the course of the summer, because…really, isn’t that what it’s all about? Treyarch expects to add even more stuff, even with all the news about Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that’s expected to make the rounds next week. Let’s get some summertime fun going!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Call of Duty SWATer Faces a 20 Year Prison Sentence

Tyler Barriss, who you’ll recall was a Call of Duty SWATer responsible for the death of a Kansas man last December, is facing the consequences of his “prank” in the form of a potential 20-year prison sentence.

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Barriss, whose SWAT call got 28-year-old Andrew Finch killed by a police officer in Wichita, Kansas, has pleaded guilty to not only that incident but other swatting calls and bomb threats. Targets of his phone-based rampage included the FBI headquarters, the FCC, 16 different states in the US, and Canada.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren offered to give Barriss a 20 year prison sentence if he directly apologized to the Finch family. There could be concern about how earnest said apology ends up being, as Barriss took advantage of an improperly installed update to a kiosk from jail that let him post several bragging tweets, including a threat to SWAT again and claims that he was “an eGod” and had “swag” in prison.

The two other men involved in the Kansas death – Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner – are also facing charges.

Barriss’ sentencing is set for January 20.

Our Thoughts

Clearly, Mr. Barriss is without a sense of empathy or moral compass, so we’re extremely skeptical that any apology from his mouth would actually carry a grain of truth. It’s unfortunate it has come to this point, but we sincerely hope that a truly stiff prison sentence will deter others from performing the same “prank.”

Source: TechCrunch

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Goes All-In on Multiplayer

The rumors are now officially ended and completely confirmed. The latest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal was stuffed to the gills with information about the next entry in the venerable FPS franchise, confirming its complete focus on pretty much all things multiplayer.

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Described in the press release as a “gritty, grounded, all-out combat experience”, Black Ops 4 will focus less on aerial vaulting for its movement with emphasis on “boots on the ground” movement. This grants the devs at Treyarch more time to focus on the game’s gunplay, with promise of new weaponry, new deployable Gear items, and new maps and modes. Black Ops 4 will also bring back the Pick 10 create-a-class system, which pairs with selectable Gear for a highly customizable experience.

These days we can’t talk multiplayer without putting battle royale in our mouths, so a moment must also be granted to Blackout mode, Black Ops 4’s answer to the ballooning sub-genre. In Blackout, players will be taken to a map described as 1500 times the size of the Nuketown multiplayer map. Solo players or teams can duke it out on land, sea and air with the use of vehicles, and lets players take command of characters from the history of the Call of Duty series to see who’s left standing.

Last but certainly not least, Black Ops 4 will bring back Zombies mode, with three full-featured Zombies experiences arriving at launch. Zombies will introduce more customization options, systems to create and complete community challenges, and new social systems to connect players together. The mode will also offer a new tutorial for the freshly-arrived, and is bringing back difficulty level options for further customization. Finally, Zombies will add a new Zombie Rush mode, promising a streamlined yet challenging experience.

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With all of this said, fans no doubt have noticed the abject lack of a single-player campaign. According to an interview with Treyarch co-head Dan Bunting, a campaign mode was never on the team’s radar. “When we set out to make this game, we never started with the idea that we would make a traditional campaign,” said Bunting. “If you look at the Black Ops series and how players have interacted with it, it’s being more and more experienced as a social thing.”

Bunting further explained that features and updates to Black Ops 4 are due to arrive regularly, with the game built in such a way that fresh content can be added for a long time…or at least as long as fan support is there. “We’ve gone into this knowing that we’re making a game that can be played with friends across the board and going to be played for a long time to come, many years,” said Bunting. “As long as they keep playing your game, we’re going to deliver.”

More details about all things CoD: BLOPS 4 can be found on the game’s official website, while a trailer showing off some of the new shooter’s multiplayer action can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

Considering how ravenous and how driven the Call of Duty playerbase is on team-based multiplayer gaming, we’re not terribly surprised that this entry in the series has decided to go all “games as a service” on us. That said, there is a pretty stiff level of competition and even the most dedicated of CoD fans might not be enough for a game like this to usurp any multiplayer or battle royale thrones.

However, perhaps that’s not the point: Black Ops 4 likely is just here to create a fun game for its legion of fans and that certainly should be enough.

Sources: press release, Polygon

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Activision Blizzard’s Record High In Q1 2018 Financials

‘Tis financial season and Activision Blizzard had a big one, widely driven by World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Candy Crush. Reporting $2 billion in Q1 revenue and 374 million active users across all games, this is a record high for Activision Blizzard in the first quarter of the financial year.

Activision Blizzard's Record High In Q1 2018 Financials

More specifically, Activision made up $92 million of the company’s operating income, mainly on the strength of Call of Duty. Blizzard made up $122 million of the operating income driven by “in-game content” through all of their games, strong Battle for Azeroth pre-sales which are ahead of plans and likely driven by unlockable Allied Races in World of Warcraft, as well as the Overwatch League which has seen huge success this year with “strong and consistent” viewership every week. King then made up $191 million of the operating income, with Candy Crush particularly “reaching its highest net booking since Q4 2013.”

Battle Royale Likely Coming to Activision Blizzard Titles

During the earnings call, Activision Blizzard were asked about what they had learned from Fortnite and PUBG‘s success, to which Activision COO Coddy Johnson commended the battle royale genre’s “compelling survivor mechanics and large, in-game player pools” and how they have “brought tens of millions of completely new players into gaming both on traditional platforms like console and PC, but also on newer platforms for the genre like mobile.” CFO Spencer Neumann commented that the battle royale genre is “contributing to the innovation and expansion we’re seeing in the industry”, while CEO Bobby Kotick added, “When we see people innovate in an interesting and impactful way, we are very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation. When we see things that appeal to our audiences, we are very good at being inspired by those.”

We already know that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will come with a battle royale mode, but could there be more inspiration taken from this area within Activision’s vast library?

Destiny 2 Looking Glum But New Content Talked About

There was no denying from Activision Blizzard’s Q1 report or the earnings call that Destiny 2 has not reached the level of success expected of it. Johnson offered a view of where they plan to take the game in the future; “The three things we know we’re going to do and that the community is looking for is: make the player more powerful, provide rewards, and make the endgame more meaningful.”

Activision Blizzard's Record High

Overall, Activision wouldn’t reveal any definitive details on the current status of Destiny 2’s player numbers or profit margins, which doesn’t sound all too promising. However, that may be due to change with Warmind’s release next week, also Johnson did make sure to tease a fall expansion bringing many gameplay innovations including one game mode that “introduces a whole new style of play for first-person shooter gaming generally and certainly for the shooter space that Destiny created.” While we don’t have any concrete details on this game mode or the fall expansion for Destiny 2 itself just yet, we get expect to hear more on this during next month’s E3.

 

Our Thoughts

There’s always a lot to take in following this quarterly financial reports, but it seems fairly clear what Activision Blizzard’s record high in this first quarter means for their games. World of Warcraft is recovering nicely with promising sales for Battle for Azeroth, the Overwatch League has been a resounding success, people still spend too much on mobile games, battle royale continues to soar whether we like it or not, and Destiny 2 has some serious work to do if it wants to pull itself back to where it should have been from the beginning. Here’s hoping.

Source: Activision Blizzard Q1 2018 Presentation, GamesIndustry, VG247

 

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Kansas Man Dies in Swatting

It’s a headline that we all knew we would see one day, Man Dies in Swatting. Sadly, the time has come. Andrew Finch, aged 28 was shot by police officers answering the door to the Swat team at his door on December 28th.

According to police, they were answering a call that said there was a hostage situation on the Witchita block that Finch lived on. As Finch came to the door an officer fired. Police say it isn’t clear yet why the officer fired his weapon. His family who were at the home at the time, however, has said that he wasn’t carrying any weapons.

On Twitter, an account which has now been suspended sent out a tweet saying “That kids house that I swatted is on the news.” This tweet is reportedly coming from one side of an argument about Call of Duty. According to Dexerto, the argument was over a $2 wager. The person on the other side of the argument had given a fake address, which is how police ended up at Finch’s house. Finch himself wasn’t a gamer.

On Twitter, more than a dozen people who identified themselves as CoD players contacted The Wichita Eagle letting them know about the feud. Overnight the Twitter account who claimed to have made the call was suspended. But before the suspension took place they had this to say.

The Twitter account of the intended target has also been taken offline.

The police officer who fired the shot is a 7 year veteran of the police department. They have been placed on administrative paid leave, which is the department’s policy. The investigation into the swatting is ongoing and it is expected that more information will be released by the police later today.

Andrew Finch leaves behind two children, ages 2 and 7.

 

Source: Kansas.com, Dexerto

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