Black Ops 2 DLC pack Uprising rumoured, features Studio, Vertigo and the Mob

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s next DLC pack is titled Uprising, according to internet sleuths, and includes the maps Studio and Vertigo along with a new Zombies escapade, Mob of the Dead, which is billed as “Treyarch’s most terrifying Zombies experience to date.”

All that’s care of Call of Duty community member Vitor, as spotted by MP1st (via VG247). The phrase “dlc2uprising” appears in a recent update to the official site’s source code, and somebody’s uncovered a listing for an Xbox Live dashboard theme pertaining to the new content.

“Download the epic Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising Theme, featuring Studio, Vertigo and the Mob of the Dead, Treyarch’s most terrifying Zombies experience to date,” it reads. As the Call of Duty wikia points out, Vertigo is the name of a map cut from Modern Warfare 2.

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Does the Future of Call of Duty Look Like This? Activision Unveils Next-Gen Character Rendering

During a recent presentation at this year’s Game Developers Conference, Activision technical director Jorge Jimenez took the stage to unveil and demonstrate the company’s “Next-Generation Character Rendering” technology which, while unlikely to be seen in a Call of Duty near you, is rather impressive nonetheless.

As you can see in the video demonstration and slides below, these photorealistic, digitally created characters display true to life facial expressions and emotions while running at 180 frames per seconds using a Geforce GTX 680.

“For us, the challenge goes beyond entertaining,” said Jimenez. “It’s more about creating a medium for better expressing emotions, and reaching the feelings of the players.”

See for yourself in the video presentation below.

As per the video’s description, “this animated character is being rendered in real-time on current video card hardware, using standard bone animation. The original high resolution data was acquired from Light Stage Facial Scanning and Performance Capture by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, then converted to a 70 bones rig, while preserving the high frequency detail in diffuse, normal and displacement composite maps. It is being rendered in a DirectX11 environment, using advanced techniques to faithfully represent the character’s skin and eyes.”

Though not yet actual gameplay, it’s interesting to see where Activision’s latest tech will take them and whether or not we’ll be seeing high-fidelity characters such as these in a game like Call of Duty any time soon. We can only hope.

In addition, check out the gallery below for some more scary real screens.

Thanks, MP1st reader Cillian Greene.

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Black Ops 2 Micro Items coming April 12th to PS3 and PC

codpoActivision has just announced that the Micro Items for Black Ops 2 will be available on PS3 and PC starting April 12th.

The Micro Items include:

  • Personalization Packs
  • Extra Slots Pack
  • Nuketown 2025 (FREE)
  • Nuketown Zombies ($5)
  • Flags of the World Calling Cards

The exact pricing for the cost of each pack has not yet been announced for PS3/PC. They only have confirmed the MSP (Microsoft Points) value.

SOURCE: @CallofDuty

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Nuketown 2025 to be a required download starting March 26th on Xbox

20130322-112508.jpgA new message on Black Ops 2 on Xbox 360 has confirmed that Nuketown 2025 MP map will be a mandatory download starting March 26th. Nuketown 2025 is available for free to download now on Xbox LIVE.

Treyarch is doing this so that they will be able to put Nuketown 2025 is all the playlists.

This map will be available on PS3/PC for free at a later date.

SOURCE: Black Ops 2

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Black Ops 2 players becoming god with cheats

The multiplayer aspect of Black Ops 2 is what many fans buy the game for, and since its release plenty of gamers have poured countless hours into the multiplayer mode, but it seems some more glitches have been found causing players to have a god-like invincibility that stops them from getting killed.

This glitch may be welcomed by some gamers although the joy of being invincible has also stripped the user from doing other things, rendering the player useless. The so-called god glitch can be seen in the video below, which offers an explanation of how this happened, and this appeared while playing on the Downhill map.

According to the user he was doing quite well until the host migrated, and it was only then he checked his party status to find out that he was in the game, but also out of it. As far as Black Ops 2 cheats go, this is not an ideal situation because it seems all very well walking around without getting shot, especially when players see you and try to unload their weapon at you. But he is also unable to interact with other players or capture a flag.

Although this glitch does not allow the gamer to exploit the bug, it seems that you are nothing more than a ghost, so this is a frustrating situation that can ruin the multiplayer experience. While some Black Ops 2 gamers may find this amusing, this is a glitch that needs sorting, and some gamers have discussed this sort of thing happening in the previous title.

Have you experienced a situation similar to this? Maybe you have had it where you cannot kill but can be killed?

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Call of Duty 2013 – Modern Warfare 4 To Have Microtransactions?

So Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set to receive microtransactions and you know how much EA loves them. It looks like Activision is going to be following the same model in the future Call of Duty games as well.

The personalizations that are set to hit Black Ops 2 will cost money and in a way the company could be preparing people for barrage of microtransactions.

EA has done it with Dead Space 3 and has called its detractors “vocal minority”, and has also mentioned that the future is Freemium. So why wouldn’t Activision try to get more money from gamers?

Michael Pachter also said that the company was not monetizing Call of Duty properly and compared it to World of Warcraft where players pay $180 per year.

“[Activision] trained gamers that you can buy a game and play it all year, ten hours a week, forever, and you never have to pay again,” Pachter said. “The World of Warcraft guys are paying $180 a year, and the Call of Duty guys are paying $60. So who’s got a better model?” he asked. (via Wired)

This is a clear indication that the company is trying it out with Black Ops 2 and if successful you know what will happen right? There’s a lot of money to be made from gamers especially dedicated ones who normally play shooting games.

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‘Battlefield 4’ and ‘Modern Warfare 4’ to see major challenge in ‘First Assault’


“Battlefield 4” and “Modern Warfare 4” will be competition enough for each other, but it looks like “Star Wars: First Assault” could be giving the two problems if it is indeed released.

According to a report from Kotaku on Wednesday, inside sources have been leaking out information regarding a potential downloadable multiplayer shooter that is a different take on “Battlefield 4” and “Modern Warfare 4.”

Some new gameplay footage from “Star Wars: First Assault,” which is a title that has not been confirmed, announced and may not even see the light of day, has been leaked from LucasArts.

This game was suppose to be released before “Battlefront III,” as LucasArts was planning to release “First Assault” this coming spring as a downloadable title.

The recent acquisition from Disney though, may have put this title under the axe as the company is still undecided about what they want to do with “Star Wars.” The gameplay footage was apparently from an older version of the game, and is not what is currently at LucasArts.

A source said, “The trailer contains all in-game footage, including known bugs and incomplete art. In the time since it was made, many improvements have been made in performance, completeness, and quality.”

The clips show gameplay in both first and third-person. People also can check out the game’s guns, maneuvers and special abilities.

As noted earlier, there isn’t any clear indication as to what will end up happening with this game, but if it does get released, “Battlefield 4” and “Modern Warfare 4” could have some interesting competition.

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