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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout gets custom games next week, Treyarch has announced.

Blackout custom games will let players drop into their own private match of Call of Duty's battle royale to explore the map, the developer said in a post on the Black Ops 4 subreddit.

You'll be able to visit destinations at your own pace and practice with teams of friends.

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Treyarch has revealed a big update coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - and it sounds pretty promising.

Operation Absolute Zero launches next week on PlayStation 4 (other platforms will get it later), and it makes a raft of key changes to the game.

As outlined on Treyarch's blog, the update adds Black Ops 4's first post-launch specialist, called Zero. She's a hacker who can be used in multiplayer and Blackout, and is described as someone who can "disrupt and distract" her enemies, bringing countermeasures to the game.

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Just in time for Christmas, Activision is selling a cheaper version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC that comes without Zombies mode.

The Battle Edition, as it's known, launches exclusively on Battle.net priced 26.99. It includes competitive multiplayer and Blackout only.

The publisher has made the competitive multiplayer mode of previous Call of Duty games available standalone on Steam before, but these have usually been limited to timed promotions.

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Dataminers have uncovered night and rain versions of a couple of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 maps.

File diggers did their thing with the recently-released update for Treyarch's shooter, and uncovered a night version of Firing Range and a sunset version of Seaside. The sunset version of Seaside has a rain weather effect, which is cool. Here's how they look:

There's even gameplay available of these maps, which you can see in the video below from YouTube channel Nero's Cinema.

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In a post-Fortnite world, in a world where loot boxes hit the headlines on mainstream publications, the battle pass is king. But it's not good for every game. In fact, for some video games, it's downright bad.

One game it looks bad for is Call of Duty Black Ops 4, which is currently struggling to keep players on-side because of its battle pass-esque microtransactions.

This week, Black Ops 4 received a Fall Firearms special order, and it quickly set off the Call of Duty community. This special order, which is time-limited and costs 2000 COD Points (around 15), includes 13 tiers of progression, with each tier unlocking a new virtual item.

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Nuketown arrives on the PlayStation 4 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 next week.

That's Tuesday, 13th November 2018 specifically. As per Activision's marketing deal with Sony for Call of Duty, Nuketown arrives on PC and Xbox One later.

There's a Russian flavour to Nuketown on Black Ops 4, which developer Treyarch has teased for a while now. The tweet below includes a short clip and contains the phrase "Welcome back" in Russian.

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It looks like you can be so good at Call of Duty, the game thinks you're cheating.

That's what a developer at Battlefield maker DICE reckons after he was banned from playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Florian Le Bihan, who works on core gameplay design on Battlefield 5 at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden, took to Twitter to bemoan an unexpected ban he received from playing Treyarch's game.

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Treyarch has issued an update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's tiered progression system to make it faster.

The time-limited Black Market, which is live now on PlayStation 4, challenges players to progress through 200 tiers, unlocking a raft of cosmetic items such as sprays, emotes, outfits and characters as they go. Progression is based on time played, as opposed to performance, so you simply unlock items as you play.

But progression since launch has been painfully slow. Players investigated how long it would take to hit level 200 in the 52 days the Operation: First Strike event runs, and worked out it would require an average of around 23 games played a day. That's about eight hours a day - until the contraband event ends.

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US President Donald Trump yesterday held a private meeting to discuss the issue of violence in video games, having suggested after February’s murders at a school in Parkland, Florida that it “is really shaping young people’s thoughts.” This would clearly amount to nothing productive, given mostly industry representatives and conservative pressure groups were attending, but it is a surprise that Trump showed attendees a short video montage of video game deaths. The White House have released this publicly, so we can all see a sloppy montage of deaths from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 4, and more. Somehow it isn’t a surprise that some clips are clearly ripped from YouTubers – watermarks and all. (more…)

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The opening credits roll by with a familiar song in tow. The developer logos roll by, accompanied by Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" playing over the sight of the Milano flying through the skies. The LEGO-fied versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy are making a crash landing onto the planet Xandar. As they speed towards the planet's surface, different elements of scattered worlds from across time and space are popping in, creating chaos all over.

That's the story behind LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, as players once again take control of the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the first game, long-time Avengers bad guy Kang the Conqueror is messing with the space-time continuum, leading to the aforementioned madness. Shacknews got a chance to go hands-on with the latest LEGO adventure and do a little dancing along the way.

The playable demo put the focus squarely on the Guardians, whose looks have been updated since the first game to reflect their Marvel Cinematic Universe overhauls. Players are given a chance to familiarize themselves with the controls by exploring the Milano and collecting LEGO studs along the way. It's nothing LEGO veterans aren't already familiar with and it's someting newcomers will learn quickly. The most notable item here is that each character has their own individual character abilities that stay true to their character. In Star-Lord's case, he can bust out his Walkman and dance to "Come and Get Your Love," just like in the opening credits of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

After landing on Xandar, the Guardians are confronted by a massive Celestial gone mad. In the sky, they spot Kang the Conqueror, taunting them from his Damocles base. A boss battle commences, with the Guardians quickly surrounded by Roman sentries, Egyptian guards, 1930s mobsters, and other anachronisms that have been warped in by Kang's machinations. The Celestial fight proves to be a showcase for the characters' individual moves, while expressing the importance of the characters working in tandem. Star-Lord starts things off by deploying a gravity bomb, Gamora then stabs the Celestial's arm, which then allows Drax to cut into the Celestial's shoulder.

Certain characters can also team up for attacks, like Rocket and Groot. Groot is also an example of a character that utilizes his own time tech. In his case, it allows him to go from full-grown classic Groot to Baby Groot at will, with certain situations calling for one or the other. Groot's transformations play into the idea of time, which will linger as the game's ever-present motif.

With the time theme in mind, TT Games is aiming for the LEGO games' biggest hub world to date. Between levels, players can explore Chronopolis. This is Kang's domain, where he has ripped notable Marvel locations out of time and collected them as his trophies. These locations include familiar sights like Black Panther's kingdom of Wakanda and the war planet Sakaar, home to the Planet Hulk storyline. TT is emphasizing that the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 storyline is nonlinear and that players will be able to jump into different stages in whichever order they please.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 will feature dozens of unlockable characters, with the Guardians of the Galaxy only scratching the surface. A handful of the game's playable characters include ones that were first introduced to the Marvel Comics world after the first game was released. For example, the demo briefly showed off Spider-Gwen, a parallel world's version of Spider-Man where Gwen Stacey donned the Spider mantle. Like in her comic title, Gwen can dish out her own spider-themed pain, while also showcasing some character-specific abilities. She can even take selfies in mid-battle, an idea reminiscent of the first Spider-Gwen issues.

This is just the beginning of the Marvel Universe's stand against Kang the Conqueror. Look for more on Marvel Super Heroes 2 in the coming weeks, with the game set to release on November 17 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

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