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Activision hint at next Call of Duty and tease new remasters on the way

Published: 7/Feb/2020 1:15 Updated: 7/Feb/2020 1:23

by Brad Norton

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Throughout a February 6 earnings call, Activision commented on the next Call of Duty title set to release in 2020 and also teased a number of remasters could be in the works.

It’s no surprise that a new Call of Duty title is set to release in 2020 following on from Infinity Ward’s launch of Modern Warfare in 2019. 

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Yet throughout a recent earnings call, also Activision shed new light on a few other plans for the calendar year, and unveiled new details regarding other titles that could be arriving in the juggernaut FPS franchise.

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Activision is responsible for a number of popular titles outside of CoD such as Crash Bandicoot and Guitar Hero.

While it’s a given at this point a new Call of Duty title will be released in the fourth quarter of each year, Activision confirmed in the earnings call that the next entry in the series will indeed follow suit. 

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No other information regarding the upcoming entry was disclosed throughout the conversation, but that confirms there is no official developer that has been attached to the upcoming 2020 fourth-quarter release just yet.

Typically operating on a three-year development cycle, Call of Duty projects alternate between Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch.

Infinity Ward launched Modern Warfare in 2019, which eliminates them from the new release, but there has been no clear indication from Activision in regards to whether the next iteration will be helmed by Treyarch or Sledgehammer.

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Sledgehammer’s last full title was Call of Duty: WWII.

Additionally, Activision hinted that a number of ‘remastered’ and ‘reimagined’ titles are set to be revealed later in the year.

While this could indicate that beloved Call of Duty titles of the past are being remade for the next generation of console hardware, the publisher did not explicitly state the Call of Duty franchise would be the focus of these new projects.

Only time will tell if a Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops remaster is on the way. Given the rerelease of Modern Warfare in 2016 however, it could be a safe assumption that at least one CoD specific remaster is in the works.

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Infinity Ward’s remaster of Modern Warfare released to much fanfare in 2016.

With the next Modern Warfare season beginning next week, Activision highlighted impressive sales for the title and teased new surprises could be on the way.

Leaks have pointed to a potential battle royale mode being introduced. Perhaps that’s the next big surprise coming to Modern Warfare in the near future.

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How to access the Black Ops Cold War Beta early through Twitch

Published: 14/Oct/2020 7:56 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 7:57

by Brad Norton

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta will soon be available across all platforms with early access for those with a preorder. However, Activision just revealed a new way to jump in early without spending a dime.

If you’re on PlayStation 4, there’s a good chance you already checked out the Beta last weekend. But if you’re on Xbox or PC, October 15 is your first opportunity to jump into Treyarch’s new title. Those that pre-purchase the game on their platform of choice get two days of early access.

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For everyone else, the Beta will be completely public across all platforms from October 17 onwards. If you can’t wait that long, but you also can’t preorder the game just yet, fear not. Activision has announced another method of getting into the Beta early.

It couldn’t be simpler and you’ll be able to start grinding in no time with this new feature. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Accessing the Black Ops Cold War Beta through Twitch

If you just can’t wait to try out Black Ops Cold War, Twitch will come in handy over the next few days. Just for watching your favorite Call of Duty streamers, you’ll be able to earn access to the Beta in no time at all.

Unlike other games that have used a similar drop system through Twitch, there’s no luck involved here. All you have to do is watch Twitch streams and you’ll be handed Beta access without a hassle.

In fact, it’s guaranteed for every single person that wants one.

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You can enter the Black Ops Cold War Beta early thanks to Twitch.

All three major platforms will be live at the exact same time. However, this method is only applicable to those on PC as you’ll need Battle.Net for it to work. Follow the steps below to get access as soon as possible:

1. Ensure your Battle.Net account is linked to Twitch

Click here to check your connections on Twitch. It’s here that you’ll be able to find the Battle.Net application and link it directly to your Twitch account.

Once that’s sorted, you’ll then need to check your connections through Battle.Net as well. Click through here to verify the link between Twitch and Battle.Net.

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2. Watch four hours of Black Ops Cold War on Twitch

As soon as the Beta goes live, select Twitch streamers will have drops-enabled on their channels. You’ll need to pay close attention and make sure that the stream you’re watching has an icon with drops clearly visible. 

So long as you’ve found a streamer that meets the criteria, sit back, enjoy four hours of gameplay, and just like that the Beta will be yours on PC.

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The second weekend of the Beta will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The Beta goes live on October 15 at 10 AM PT. Meaning that you’ll be able to start playing at 2PM PT at the earliest if you watch all four hours right out of the gate.

If you’re happy to wait or simply can’t keep Twitch open for the four hours, the Beta will be public on October 17 at 10 AM PT.