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A dawn of a new era started with Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I have waited on closing MW3Blog for a long time, and now we’re way past Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s worldwide launch. Today paves the way for new beginnings. I no longer need MW3Blog. CarlosX360 Co., Ltd. has reached new milestones, after milestones. It’s time to retire MW3Blog and move onto bigger projects.

As much as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare set the stage for Michael Condrey, and Glen Schofield in their journey with their new game studio, called Sledgehammer Games – Advanced Warfare Blog set the stage for CarlosX360 Co., Ltd. to show off what it’s made of. For 5 and a half years, I’ve provided you Call of Duty fans with news, information, and speculative articles. Starting next year – 2016 – I will no longer need yearly niche websites. They were all test subjects, and therefore CODNet will rise.

COD: MW4 is now known as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Advanced Warfare Blog

I will hold onto Advanced Warfare Blog until the very end. I think that Sledgehammer Games and Activision is/are working on a trilogy for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. If not, I will simply just retire it. I only close COD sites after all DLC’s are released. This way, it blocks my competition from eating into my space.

What about Black Ops 3 Blog?
I will renew the domain for 2016 and retire the site after the all DLC’s are out.

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Is the next Call of Duty title Black Ops 3 or World at War 2?

With Advanced Warfare out to retailers worldwide, some people might be wondering “What’s next for Call of Duty?” Those questions were answered with a bunch of leaks that purport that the next Call of Duty title is “World of War II.” However, I don’t think the final name of 2015’s Call of Duty title is World of War 2. Let’s investigate this!

WaW2 Tease

Does the image give us a clue? Is it World at War 2?

Before we start with speculation as to why I think the next title is Black Ops 3, let’s start with why it [COD 2015] should be a sequel to a pre-existing title. In two consecutive Call of Duty titles, Activision hasn’t been able to scale Call of Duty to the next level. In fact, the Call of Duty franchise has been on a decline. Call of Duty: Ghosts sold less than Black Ops 2, and while Advanced Warfare sold surprisingly well, that for the 6th year in a row, Call of Duty was the #1 entertainment launch of the year. While it did well, it still sold less units than BO2. If I recall correctly, I read an article saying it sold only [around] 18 million copies.

(Doing research: Advanced Warfare sold around 6 million on PS4. Across all platforms? Yep.)

Activision took a risk with Sledgehammer Games by betting on two veteran developers who worked on blockbuster titles, and put them on a journey: Build their Call of Duty team, and get the next game developed. 3 Years later, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is released, and players are enjoying their new game. The trust has been established, now Sledgehammer Games can build on the foundation they’ve set.

Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts was a failure for a lot of reasons, that I will leave to you why it failed. In general, Call of Duty: Ghosts was a test game for Infinity Ward. A demo, if you will.

Now, story-wise, both titles have one thing in common: The story is wiped clean, the plot is wiped clean, the cast of characters has been wiped clean. No returning characters with the exception of a few alternate reality characters. What I’m getting at, is that both games don’t have the momentum to jump off of. For example, the reason why Black Ops 2 was so successful regardless of the fact that it’s in a new generation of Call of Duty tech – is simple: The story arc is continuing. In other words, most of the characters were returning from Black Ops (and World at War). There is a continuance between all three titles, which allows the fanbase to anticipate, and rave about the game.

Advanced Warfare's Atlas operator

Rather than returning from Modern Warfare, he is an alternate reality.

Advanced Warfare escaped this because of the alternate reality character was included, along with Kevin Spacey’s help. The fact that Advanced Warfare looked gorgeous didn’t hurt, either. My point is; there needs to be some kind of continuance for the next Treyarch title.

So, why would Activision go for a pre-existing brand? I lay it out for you.

I’m going to start from the beginning so you understand where I’m coming from. Modern Warfare 3 continued the foundation laid out by Modern Warfare 2: Many characters returned, much of the plot has been carried over, and then there’s using the backstory of COD4. So, it’s easy to sell MW3 as a game. The only thing that kept the game from being a successful, breakout hit, was none other than the various glitches, bugs, and whatnot that still plagues the series in CODGhosts.

Modern Warfare 3 ended the story arc, so the only person left in the series is Captain Price. A lot of people wondered if Activision and Co. would re-visit the Modern Warfare franchise at some point. 2013 came around, and Activision let out some teasers by Sledgehammer Games, and let out leaks pointing to a possible MW4, turns out that the current IW team wanted a clean slate. Ghosts was born. And the game went on to become a blockbuster hit, however it backfired on them following the release because people wanted to return the game, spit on it, etc.

These MW4 teasers returned largely in 2014, including actual references by the Sledgehammer Games team a possible “MW4.” Turns out it was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in May.

There are hints by Treyarch pointing to a Pearl Harbor campaign!
Well, if you look at the history of teasers by Treyarch themselves, you’d know that this is a tactic done before by them. When Black Ops 2 was coming out, there were a few images pointing to a possible 1980 Cold War campaign. Now, if you finish Black Ops 2, you’d know that – Treyarch took pieces of 1980’s campaign, and merged it into the story in Black Ops 2’s futuristic setting as part of the game’s way of foretelling BO2.

The story arc ended with Black Ops 2…
Oh really? So, you mean to tell me all three well-known characters died in Black Ops 2? They didn’t. In fact, at the end of Black Ops 2, if I recall correctly: Father and Son meets for the first time in what… 20 years? If anything, this brings me to my exact reason why the next game is possibly Black Ops 3. Advanced Warfare briefly explores this story, and I think with Treyarch’s ability to write a story… Treyarch can explore this kind of Father/Son relationship in a war.

Just an FYI for people who don’t remember:

If the player spares Menendez’s life, completes all of the Strike Force Missions, and the characters Chloe Lynch and Alex Mason survive the events of the game, then the preferred ending will result. The player will have secured an alliance between China and the United States, ending the Second Cold War. Lynch’s survival prevents Menendez’s cyberattack from succeeding. And finally, Alex’s survival allows him to visit Frank Woods in retirement, reuniting with David. The final scene shows Menendez in prison becoming enraged after watching a talk show with Jimmy Kimmel interviewing Lynch, who insults Menendez during the interview.

If Menendez is spared and Lynch survives but Alex Mason is killed in action then the Second Cold War will end and Menendez’s cyberattack will fail. David Mason will visit his father’s grave with Woods and decide to retire from soldiering. Woods comments that his father would approve of the decision.

If Menendez is spared and Lynch is killed, David will take Menendez into custody. The cyberattack will, however, succeed, allowing Menendez to escape. He then kills Woods in the retirement home before visiting his sister’s grave, dousing himself in gasoline and readying a lit match.

If Menendez is killed regardless of Lynch and Mason’s fate, a YouTube video that Menendez recorded earlier will air, inciting the civilian population to riot and burn down the White House.

Source: Wikipedia

Those are the two possibilities surrounding the duo.

Those of you who think the story arc ended with Black Ops 2, don’t know that based on the multiple endings. We don’t know which one is the ending that Treyarch is “championing” as the real ending.

Some images are pointing to a possible World at War 2..
Many early leaks of World at War 2 point to the same timeframe in which a Call of Duty title is revealed. I’m sorry, but most of these images are made by fans.

But.. But.. Microsoft [Canada] leaked Call of Duty: World at War 2!
That story was debunked by the “leaker” himself in a tweet that reads: “Earlier I posted an unofficial (not from Xbox) image to see what others think of it, not as an endorsement or tease. Sorry for any confusion.”

A well-known industry insider points everyone towards Black Ops 3…
I think this is the most logical confirmation about Call of Duty’s 2015 title. The insider said, and I quote: “Just remember what Treyarch’s big games are.” World at War 2 isn’t happening according to his sly hints.

He brings up a good point. Not only does he have a good track record of inside leaks, he has a good track record of confirmations, he also brings up a good point: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold really well, that it would be a illogical move not to bank on it. Consider what I said earlier: There needs to be continuance from pre-existing titles. Otherwise, the fanbase won’t care. They didn’t care with CODGhosts, and Advanced Warfare was evoked mixed reactions from fans. One thing is clear: Fans are universally skeptical of new sub-brands such as Ghosts & Advanced Warfare until they’ve played it.

Your Verdict? My verdict is that all signs point to a possible Black Ops 3.

CODGhosts Nemesis map previews

Activision has been a bit busy recently. CODGhosts Nemesis was recently revealed to the world. Over the weekend, Activision and Co. took it’s sweet time to unveil the Nemesis maps. Let’s go over Nemesis DLC maps and learn a little bit more about them, shall we?

What’s Subzero? Subzero thrusts players into a submarine base, somewhere in Canada. It has been abandoned to the point of no return.

What’s Goldrush? Goldrush takes place in Southwestern United States gold mine. This particular gold mine has a network of caverns and tunnels. The abandoned tracks offers players an opportunity to hop onto mine carts to travel the map quicker.

What’s Dynasty? Dynasty drops players into a Chinese lakeside village. The map has some gorgeous picture-worthy mountains, vivid gardens, and a zen-like environment. The map has many paths, pathways, and locations with a lot of variety.

What’s Showtime? Showtime is located in a Death Arena. Showtime is a re-imagination of Call of Duty 4’s fan favorite, Shipment. It has been expanded, and redesigned from top to bottom. The map is pretty much a killstreak-on-a-map. It can be triggered by a Field Order – but randomly. Outside of the actual Shipment map is more room to roam, at the same time, it’s also like a killstreak – once you get the random Field Order to trigger it, it kills whomever is in those tunnels via gas. Machine guns are inside the containers and can be triggered by the same random Field Order. See for yourself…

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 4th, and final DLC arrives on Xbox Live tomorrow, August 5th, 2014. As usual, Xbox 360 & Xbox One owners will be able to download CODGhosts Nemesis first, while other platforms get it a month later.

CODGhosts Nemesis revealed

It has been a few months since we’ve heard rumblings about a possible DLC, but recently, Activision revealed the final downloadable content (DLC) to be released for Call of Duty: Ghosts, and it’s called “Nemesis.” It will arrive to Xbox Live first, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners can download Nemesis on August 5th.

The final DLC features are…

The new Multiplayer maps are:
Subzero
Dynasty
Goldrush
Showtime

The new Extinction episode is:
Exodus [Episode 4: Exodus]

CODGhosts Invasion on Favela

Recently, Call of Duty: Ghosts was revealed. As Activision & Co. prepares to launch Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 3rd DLC, called ‘Invasion,” Activision released the preview trailer for Favela. Enjoy…

You’ll notice that even the trailer plays out exactly as the original MW2 trailer…

If you’d like to see more videos to see how the map has improved…

AC130 Returns as a field order for the Favela map. Here’s a video showing it in full glory…

Don’t forget, Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Invasion arrives first on Xbox Live on June 3rd.

CODGhosts Invasion on Departed

Recently, Call of Duty: Ghosts was revealed. As Activision & Co. prepares to launch Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 3rd DLC, called ‘Invasion,” Activision released the preview trailer for Departed. Enjoy…

Don’t forget, Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Invasion arrives first on Xbox Live on June 3rd.

CODGhosts Invasion gameplay on Mutiny

Recently, Call of Duty: Ghosts was revealed. As Activision & Co. prepares to launch Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 3rd DLC, called ‘Invasion,” Activision released the preview trailer for Mutiny. Enjoy…

Don’t forget, Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Invasion arrives first on Xbox Live on June 3rd.

CODGhosts Invasion revealed

It has been a while since Activision’s last DLC outing, Devastation. It was a quiet April, and a quiet May, until now. Recently, Activision & Co. revealed their new DLC, named “Invasion.” It launches first on Xbox branded consoles; Xbox One and Xbox 360 on June 3rd. It’s an interesting, colorful mix of maps and extras…

Don’t forget, the DLC features are…

The new Multiplayer maps are:
Mutiny
Departed
Favela
Pharaoh

The new Extinction episode is:
Awakening [Episode 3: Awakening]

Shortly thereafter, Activision & Co. revealed a preview of Invasion’s Pharaoh map…

Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion DLC will arrive to Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on June 3rd, while PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC dates will be unveiled at a later time.

MW4Blog is closed.

On May 1st, I learned that the final name of the next Call of Duty title would be ‘Advanced Warfare’ through the COD site. I’ve decided at that moment, that I’d acquire the blog and news domains for the new title. That’s bad news for the pre-existing MW4Blog site that you currently see. I have always been paying attention to the latest video game news, and sometimes jumping the gun is the wrong move to make. To be at the forefront of the industry is something the I intend to do.

Please welcome Advanced Warfare Blog to CODNetwork!

COD: MW4 is now known as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Advanced Warfare Blog

MW4Blog will now be a read-only site until I feel the need to completely close it and redirect it to Advanced Warfare Blog.

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CODGhosts Devastation gameplay revealed

Activision & Co. unveiled the second map pack, called “Devastation.” The trailer was only a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ new Downloadable Content. Over the weekend, Activision did it again; in preparation of the April 3rd launch of Devastation on Xbox Live, Activision released a series of videos one after the other.

Activision & Co. released a short trailer with a cryptic message: “If it bleeds…”

Shortly thereafter, Activision & Co. released the gameplay trailer of the second DLC, Devastation. This time, the trailer confirms “Predator” (an iconic 1987 film) to be part of the DLC.

Don’t forget, the DLC features are…

The new Multiplayer maps are:
Unearthed
Collision
Behemoth
Ruins

The new Extinction episode is:
May Day [Episode 2: Mayday]

The new CODGhosts weapon is:
Ripper

Just a quick note: That Ripper gun is actually a hybrid – you can use it as an assault rifle, or an SMG.

Devastation arrives to Xbox 360 and Xbox One Season Pass holders first, with other Season Pass holders to follow.