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The Overwatch Archives event returns today

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:02 GMT Blizzard has kicked off the Overwatch Archives 2021 event, and you can expect new weekly challenges, missions, and skins.The new skins for the Overwatch Archives event include five legendary offerings for Tracer, Widowmaker, Soldier: 76, Genji, and Zarya. These are earned through Archives loot boxes. There are also three new epic skins for Mercy, Lucio, and Zenyatta which are earned through weekly challenges.Of course, you can also expect new player icons and sprays.Below is the full breakdown of the event.Weekly Challenges are back: New Reward System Instead of winning 9 games, you’ll…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected’s first alpha test is this weekend

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 19:37 GMT The first alpha test for Diablo 2: Resurrected will take place this weekend.Blizzard has announced that the Diablo 2: Resurrected single-player technical alpha on PC will begin this Friday, April 9, at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK. A limited selection of players who opted-in for technical alpha will be chosen randomly for access and will receive instructions on how to participate over email in the coming days. The technical alpha will end for testers on Monday, April 12, at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm UK.During the tester, participants will be able to choose from…

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s new map is an 80s makeover of Verdansk

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 1 April 2021 09:22 GMT Our first look at the next map in Call of Duty: Warzone has leaked in a fairly unusual fashion.Overnight, an early cut of a work-in-progression live action spot for the new Call of Duty: Warzone map leaked online. The brief footage had actors pulling off Warzone shenanigans on green screens, except with most of the visual and sound effects missing.The footage, which Activision quickly took down, ended with a brief flyover of the new map. The most surprising reveal is that Warzone’s next BR map won’t be a collage of Black…

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CoD: Warzone adds new powerful Bombardment and Foresight killstreaks

These are sure to mix things up.Two new rather powerful killstreaks have been added into Call of Duty: Warzone.As spotted by CoD leaks site Modern Warzone, the first of these is Foresight, a new killstreak that costs $20,000 to purchase from Containment Monitor Stations and allows teams to see every circle for the remainder of a match when used. This definitely gives players a huge advantage when it comes to being the last ones standing as the position of the playzone can be the deciding factor in victory in battle royale games.The second new killstreak is Bombardment, which lets players…

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Activision is starting to shrink Call of Duty Warzone file size in Season 2 Reloaded patch

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 29 March 2021 19:26 GMT As part of Call of Duty Warzone‘s Season 2 Reloaded update, Activision has managed to crunch down the file size of the famously huge title.There have been multiple stories surrounding the impressively huge file size for Call of Duty Warzone, and Activision is about to shrink it down with a new update.Season 2 Reloaded lands in the game on March 30, and alongside introducing a slew of new features to the game, the developer and publisher have somehow managed to crunch the file size down to a much smaller number.“Season Two Reloaded also…

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Activision gives Call of Duty stat-tracking website until Monday to shut down – or else

Activision has ordered Call of Duty stat-tracking site SBMMWarzone.com to shut the website down by Monday, or risk facing legal action from the publisher.SBMM Warzone has made headlines as an infamous tool that casual and professional players of Call of Duty Warzone alike use to track their stats and get into the most ideal lobbies.It became fairly infamous thanks to players using it to gauge the skills of other players in a given lobby, and dropping then dropping out of the game before it began if things didn’t look promising for them. Pros, including JaredFPS from esports organization XSET, said…

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time requires an always-online connection on PC

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 March 2021 11:50 GMT Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has launched on PC, but disappointed fans have found the Battle.net launcher requires an always-online connection.After launching on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch a couple of weeks ago, Crash Bandicoot 4 finally launched on PC this week – but there’s a catch.The PC version of the title launched exclusively on Battle.net on March 26, and players eager to try the game on the platform have learned it needs to be permanently connected to the internet (standard practice for anything that launches through Battle.net).Unlike other Battle.net…

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Activision Blizzard layoffs to occur across European offices

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 20 March 2021 14:11 GMT Activision Blizzard is set to issue another round of layoffs, which will affect its European publishing offices.Right now, a consultation period is in effect at offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.According to GI.biz,  Activision Blizzard is planning to consolidate its European publishing to the UK. The layoffs will not impact any development studios, customer support, or live operations.In a statement sent to GI.biz, Activision said that the lay-offs are due to players increasingly choosing to “connect to games digitally.”“We have shared plans with our teams in Europe…

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Crash 4 launching on PC on March 26

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 12 March 2021 15:55 GMT The PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch versions of the game are out today.Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is coming to PC in two weeks.The title has made its debut on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch today (March 12) but is launching on Activision Blizzard’s Battle.net software on March 26.Crash 4 debuted in October of last year for PS4 and Xbox One after years of anticipation, but in our review, we said that the game didn’t “quite live up to its crate expectations.” News that the…

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Treyarch made Black Ops Cold War Zombies Easter Eggs accessible because less than 2% of players saw them

There’s a good reason why Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War managed to attract so many new players.Zombies has always been the obscure, niche side of Call of Duty. Of all the different takes on Zombies every new studio tried, it was the original creators of the mode – Treyarch – who actually managed to finally create a wider appeal for it this year.Zombies in Black Ops Cold War brings a number of different twists, most notably the ability to bring in a custom loadout, but no change has been more impactful than streamlining the Easter…

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CoD Cold War Outbreak Elites & Demented Echoes | Where to find Special Zombies

Zombies in Call of Duty’s new Outbreak mode are a varied bunch. While the majority of the horde is made up of the common or garden living dead, there are a few special enemy types to be on the look-out for.In addition to the brand-new electrified Tempest zombies, the mode sees an expanded role for another elemental zombie type: the Demented Echoes, who attack with fire.There are also the extra-challenging Special Zombies and Elite Zombies.On this page: How to find and defeat Demented Echoes How to find and defeat Special and Elite Zombies How to find and defeat Demented EchoesDemented…

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CoD Cold War Outbreak: best guns | The best loadout for zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s new Outbreak mode sees you once again facing off against a zombie threat.Before you travel to the Ural Mountains and begin your investigations into the Dark Aether, you’ll want to take some time to plan your loadout for the mission.Read on for our recommendation of the best guns, weapons, and upgrades to pick when playing Outbreak mode: Best Gun: The M16 Best Wonder Weapon: Ray Gun Best Melee Weapon: Machete Best Field Upgrade: Ring of Fire Best Gun: The M16I’m a fan of the classics, and the already well-established benefits of the M16…