Activision have announced a new bonus for season pass holders of Black Ops 3. That’s right, they are not asking for any more money this time, shocking I know! Players will get a 10 rare supply drops, one weapon bribe, 10 liquid divinium. The weapon bribe guarantees you a weapon.
Starting today, anyone who already owns or purchases Black Ops 3 Season Pass in the future will get the following bonus items:
- One Weapon Bribe
- Ten Rare Supply Drops
- Ten Vials of Liquid Divinium
What is a weapon bribe?
Weapon Bribes are a special kind of Supply Drop that include three items, one of which is guaranteed to be a ranged or melee weapon for use in multiplayer. Similarly, the ten Rare Supply Drops offered as part of the Season Pass Bonus will each offer three items, including at least one rare item or better. Supply Drops can feature anything from cosmetic items to unique weapons. For Zombies fans, Vials of Liquid Divinium can be used to craft Gobblegums—special consumables that can provide valuable offensive and defensive bonuses.
Source Activision Blog
During the Activision Q1 earnings conference call, CEO Eric Hirshberg addressed the negativity around the new infinite warfare trailer which has received over 370,000 dislikes on YouTube – the highest ever for a Call of Duty trailer.
First of all, you gotta love the passion of gamers. This is an industry like no other and a fan base like no other. We love that our fans treat this franchise like their own and have such strong points of view about it. There just aren’t many entertainment franchises on earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can… and that’s a good thing.
Secondly, of course, we know there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots on the ground-style gameplay; that’s why we made Modern Warfare Remastered. But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that.
The good news is this year we found a way to deliver both in one package while keeping our community together. While of course we see the passionate opinions online, we also look at other measurements and the fact is — while it’s very early — pre-orders are off to a very strong start. Views of the reveal trailer … are up and, in fact, the number of likes per view on the Infinite Warfare trailer are the highest we’ve ever seen.
We’ve seen this in the franchise before. The reveal trailer for Black Ops 2, which took the franchise into the future for the first time, had the most dislikes of any reveal trailer we had ever made at that time. And that went on to become our most successful game ever.
Right now, the franchise has never been stronger. We have more people playingBlack Ops 3, a game that takes place in the future, with boost jumps and fictitious weapons, than any game in our history.
What we know for sure is that if we always just did what worked in the past and never took any creative risks, we wouldn’t have a franchise. The day to worry is the day we stop trying new things.
Last week leaks came through about a remastered Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare set to be released alongside the new CoD title for 2016, Infinite Warfare. Today, Activision have officially confirmed Infinite Warfare with a reveal trailer and the remastered Modern Warfare with a press release:
“The original Modern Warfare raised the bar on video games and forever will be remembered as one of the best. It’s an honor to be developing the remaster and we are committed to faithfully remastering this classic for Call of Duty fans,” stated Brian Raffel, studio head of Raven Software.
The remastered MW has been developed by Raven Software.
Backfire, Crash and Backlot have been confirmed as part of the 10 multiplayer maps:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered boasts vibrant current generation visuals, with fully improved texture resolution and detail, high-dynamic range lighting, lit and shadowing VFX particles, revamped animation and audio, stunning sound, and much more. Fans will relive the full, iconic campaign as they’re transported around the globe with Capt. Price, Gaz and Soap across all the missions from the original game, including “All Ghillied Up,” “Charlie Don’t Surf,” and “Crew Expendable.” Players will also experience the online multiplayer mode that redefined Call of Duty by introducing killstreaks, XP, Prestige and more, and battle head-to-head in 10 fan-favorite maps from the original multiplayer mode, including classics such as “Crash,” “Backlot” and “Crossfire.”
Activision have announced that they will be celebrating the Call of Duty community by hosting a very special event that will give fans special insight into the world of Call of Duty.
The event will take place in the fall after the conclusion of the Black Ops 3 Call of Duty World League.
An excerpt from the article released by Activision:
We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2016 that will allow us to celebrate our incredible fans all year long:
We’re also going to be celebrating the community this fall at the Call of Duty Championship, marking the epic conclusion of the first season of the Call of Duty World League, and holding a major community event that will give fans special insight and access to the world of Call of Duty.
We have an exciting year ahead and have some great stuff planned that we can’t wait to share with you. Don’t be surprised to find us in some other unexpected places as well.
This will not come as much a suprise but Activision confirmed during their Quarter 4 results conference call that Call of Duty 2016 will hit shelves this holiday season and will be developed by long-time Call of Duty creators Infinity Ward.
No concrete details have been revealed yet but Activision mentioned the next title in the CoD franchise will be “innovative”.
The way DLC packs are obtained in Black Ops 3 will differ to previous titles in the series according to a new support post by Activision.
The Awakening DLC pack for Black Ops 3 will be bundled into a patch that is being released on 02/02/2016. The patch will be released at midday Pacific time on 02/02/2016 for PS4 users. This differs to previous titles by having to go into the console store and downloading the content as additional content.
How to install Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC
Launch Call of Duty: Black Ops III to trigger the patch and allow the game to update as normal. Once the update is fully downloaded, Season Pass owners and players who have purchased the Awakening DLC pack individually will simply need to activate the content through the in-game store.
- Select Store from the main menu.
- Select Map Packs.
- Select Awakening DLC to activate the DLC pack.
Once Awakening is activated, players have immediate access to the four new multiplayer maps as well as the first chapter of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies adventure.
Awakening DLC Patch Size
Release Date for Awakening DLC Patch
PS4 – 2nd February
PC – Coming soon
Xbox One – Coming Soon
PS3 / Xbox 360 – NO DLC available
Source: Activision Support
Amid rumours Activision Blizzard have confirmed that they have acquired Major League Gaming (MLG), the specialist live gaming events company to start to build the “ESPN of e-sports”.
Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, “Our acquisition of Major League Gaming’s business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of esports. MLG’s ability to create premium content and its proven broadcast technology platform – including its live streaming capabilities – strengthens our strategic position in competitive gaming. MLG has an incredibly strong and seasoned team and a thriving community. Together, we will create new ways to celebrate players and their unique skills, dedication and commitment to gaming. We are excited to add Sundance and the entire MLG esports team to our competitive gaming initiatives.”
Sundance DiGiovanni, Chief Executive Officer and MLG Co-founder, said, “Our mission for over 12 years has been to promote and expand the growth of competitive gaming worldwide, and today the industry is at a key inflection point as its popularity soars and rivals that of many traditional professional sports. This acquisition and Activision Blizzard’s commitment to competitive gaming will expand the opportunities for gamers to be recognized and celebrated for their competitive excellence.”
Mike Sepso, Senior Vice President of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and MLG Co-founder, said, “Sundance and I founded MLG to highlight the incredible talent of competitive gamers all over the world. Activision Blizzard’s esports leadership, incredible intellectual property and long history in competitive gaming create a perfect home for MLG’s capabilities. The acquisition of MLG’s business is an important step towards Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ broader mission to bring esports into the mainstream by creating and broadcasting premium esports content, organizing global league play and expanding distribution with key gaming partners.”
With over 100 million unique viewers, the esports audience is estimated to be bigger than audiences for many professional sports leagues. Creating premium content for these audiences will provide significant opportunities in ticket sales, advertising, sponsorships, licensing and merchandising. By 2017, esports is projected to have over 300 million viewers1. For the past 12 years, MLG has helped bring esports into the mainstream with broadcasts of professional gaming competitions that rival traditional sports fan engagement.
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Activision Blizzard are continuing their expansion after last week’s news that they acquired an app developing company in a multi-million dollar deal with a creating a new film studio. The film studio is set to create content based upon the games they distribute. The Call of Duty franchise is getting a full feature length film in 2018/19.
Another near-term initiative for Activision Blizzard Studios will be the development of a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare remains the number one-selling title on next-generation consoles and today marks the launch of the highly-anticipated new Call of Duty®: Black Ops III. Activision Blizzard Studios envisions a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.
“Activision Blizzard Studios has the unique advantage of starting with a library of world-class intellectual property that includes some of the largest franchises which have not yet been developed in film and television,” van Dyk said, adding, “Activision Blizzard Studios is not just an exciting new business for our company, it is a synergistic complement to our core business. Our movies and shows will benefit from the remarkable IP created in our games and will further increase the awareness of, engagement with, and passion for our franchises.”
We mentioned last week that Black Ops 3 will NOT feature campaign mode on the old generation consoles (PS3 and Xbox 360). Activision have updated the Black Ops III box cover art to reflect this.