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Call of Duty Cold War update time and today’s 1.18 Season 4 patch notes news

The new 1.18 Season 4 Call of Duty Cold War update is launching today in North America and on June 17 in Europe.

This means it won’t be long until everyone can patch their game and get ready for the big launch later this week.

And Activision has provided some very detailed patch notes regarding what is coming next as part of Black Ops: Cold War Season 4.

The new season of Call of Duty action will focus on zombies mode, but that appears to be planned for mid-season.

On June 17, gamers can look forward to a new prologue adventure in Outbreak mode located in a new region.

A message from Activision teases: “It’s feeding time in Outbreak. At the launch of Season Four, prepare for your squad to get a little wild with this new Outbreak region deep within the Ural Mountains, set in a sprawling zoo overrun by the undead.

“Don’t feed the zombies as you complete objectives, uncover new Dark Aether story Intel, and even find some World Events. Who knows? Maybe even the Orda exhibit will arrive when you warp into the Zoo in later rounds…

“The Dark Aether story will expand in Outbreak at the start of the season with “Operation Excision,” the newest Zombies Main Quest that will serve as a narrative prologue to the next round-based map coming mid-season.

“After witnessing the community take down the Legion and thwart “Operatsiya Inversiya” in Season Three, we have no doubt that Requiem’s finest will be able to conquer this new challenge, and in doing so, will reveal what’s to come later this season.”


Activision has revealed that the Call of Duty Cold War update time has been set for 7am BST on June 16, 2021.

It should be noted that US gamers will be able to download and install the same Call of Duty 1.18 patch across all platforms at the earlier time of 9pm PDT on June 15.

This patch will include everything required to play Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, which has a release date set for June 17.

A message from Activision explains: “The Season Four update will be available for Black Ops Cold War on June 15 at 9 PM PT and will be available for Warzone June 16 at 9 PM PT.

“For this update, there will be a download size of approximately 15.8–31.0 GB for those who own the full version of Black Ops Cold War, and 11.4-14.6 GB for those who own the free-to-play Warzone and are current on the latest updates on either or both games.

“PC users will also need 60.6-92.1 GB of additional space on their hard drive for the copying process; this is only temporary space that is reclaimed upon completion of the patch installation and is not an additional download.”

The current download sizes confirmed by Activision are as follows for each platform:

  • PlayStation 5: 30 GB
  • PlayStation 4: 15.5 GB
  • Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 31.0 GB
  • Xbox One: 17.7 GB
  • PC: 21.6 GB (without HD Pack) / 30.7 GB (with HD Pack)

Early patch notes also includes these details for the next Cold War update:

Multi-Team: Sat-Link – Power up and keep your satellite online for as long as possible to gain points in the latest mode for ten quads across a variety of locales in the Ural Mountains.

Upon reaching the Sat-Link marked on your map, your squad will power it up. It will then unfold and start uploading crucial data to the satellites still in orbit. Before you reach a site, search for item crates that may contain powerful Scorestreaks or other items to help you wipe other squads also tasked with transferring classified intel.

One in the Chamber – Make sure your aim is true in this free-for-all party game where each player gets only one bullet to start; you receive another bullet only when you get a kill.

First introduced in the original Black Ops, One in the Chamber gives you three lives and a single, incredibly lethal bullet. If that one shot lands anywhere on an enemy, they will lose a life while you gain another bullet. Melee attacks are also lethal, so be prepared for some serious fisticuffs if you and your enemy both lose your golden bullet.

Get in some practice with the 1911 and Magnum before playing One in the Chamber, in addition to the new Scorestreak set to arrive in Season Four…

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Age of Empires: Fan Preview Recap – Everything Revealed at Today’s Global Community Event


  • Today, we got our first look at new gameplay footage for the upcoming Age of Empires IV.
  • The Definitive Editions will receive new updates, including the Dawn of the Dukes expansion for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and the United States civilization for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.
  • Visit the Virtual Village to explore the buildings, experiences, learn more about Age of Empires IV, and enjoy exclusive video content.

A new Age is here! Today, we got our first look at new gameplay footage for the upcoming Age of Empires IV during the Age of Empires: Fan Preview event that showcased the wonderful Age of Empires community, as well as celebrated the many games that have made this franchise a mainstay in the strategy space for two decades. Let’s dive in.

An in-depth look at Age of Empires IV

The preview event kicked off with a detailed look at one of the new playable civilizations in Age of Empires IV, the Delhi Sultanate, and showed off one of their most iconic units in action: the War Elephant. Mixed in with gameplay of archers firing down from above on castle walls, spearmen engaging in combat, Sultanate Scholars capturing sacred sites and supporting War Elephant assaults – it all looks very Age of Empires and we couldn’t be happier to see it in action.

The global show continued with a peek into the Norman campaign, which also gave us our first look at the new presentation style for Age of Empires IV’s campaigns. Drawing inspiration from gilded manuscripts of the time, the “golden soldiers” project historical events over present-day real-world locations, giving us a realistic sense of place in how events unfolded hundreds of years ago.  It’s very BBC documentary styled-inspired, and it looks great. Get ready for more of this throughout the three other campaigns in Age of Empires IV.

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The Norman campaign will tell the story of Duke William of Normandy as he wrestles control of England from King Harold, starting at the Battle of Hastings, then later following his descendants Robert, William II, and Henry I as they continue to fight for what would become modern day England. All the classic medieval units were shown here in action, from knights on horseback engaging with pikemen across large fields of battle capped off with a great looking castle siege.

It all looks very epic with many units on the field and the game engine itself displaying well detailed grass on the fields, intricate stone textures on the castle walls, and detailed features of units from their shields, spears, and armor all help to bring an authentic look and feel to this strategy game.

A look through the Ages: Medieval, Feudal, Castle, and Imperial

Following that reveal, we were treated to an even deeper dive into gameplay in Age of Empires IV, starting off with the High Medieval Ages and a battle between the English and the Delhi Sultanate, as we were about to be guided through the game’s four Ages. It started off showcasing English villagers gathering resources to start building up their Town Center, with scouts hunting deer and villagers collecting meat from sheep. Soon a lone scout comes across an enemy fortification, and from there you can guess what comes next: war. It’s not long until we see spearmen, archers, and more combat-oriented construction developing as the civilizations start to age-up and skirmishes escalate to war as each continues their battle for control of the map.

On the other side of the world, the Feudal Age featured the Mongols and the Chinese civilizations, a great contrast to the castles and knights shown earlier. The Chinese identity is immediately apparent, with unique architecture and costuming, period-accurate language, and military units clad in traditional garb wielding intimidating weaponry.

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Contrasting them were the Mongols and the heavy use of tent-like structures, which suits their playstyle and allows them to pack up their entire village and relocate to different sections of the map in search of resources. With their focus on the stone resources and being able to move their entire city at will, many new tactics and strategies become possible.

Speaking of novel strategies, we got a look at the new stealth forest mechanic, which are unique patches of forest that units can hide within to set up ambushes. Sight into and within these forest areas is severely limited, meaning armies could move right past each other and never see the other! You’ll know that your units are in stealth woods by the blue outline around them and their whispered responses.

Age of Empires IV

Next was a preview of The Castle Age, now featuring an advanced Delhi Sultanate and English civilization battle – this was full on War Elephants taking on giant castles, siege towers creeping their way forward, soldiers clashing swords along castle walls… it was all very epic.

Finally, the gameplay video returned to the Imperial Age as the Chinese and Mongols, now with huge epic keeps, multiple unit structures like barracks and stables, and more refined architecture as they prepare for a Mongol invasion. Massive units took to the field of battle, full of trebuchets hurling rocks at the castle walls, soldiers sprinting across the field on horseback, nests of bees volleying explosives, signal fireworks being shot into the air to boost morale, and more.

Everything we’ve seen so far illustrates just how well Relic Entertainment has been able to capture the look and feel of classic Age of Empires gameplay (gather, build, age-up, and explore) that has made the series so unique. I’m very interested to see more of how distinct each civilization will play out as we get closer to launch later this year.

A look behind the scenes at Relic Entertainment

After the first look gameplay, we went behind the scenes at Relic Entertainment. It’s always great to put a human face to the creation of a game, especially during a global pandemic. Despite the challenges of working through the pandemic, mainly by working from home, the team was still able to collaborate remotely to  build Age of Empires IV.

One of the things we learned was how much the team relied on working with their “Community Council,” a group of dedicated Age of Empires community members that has helped with playtesting and providing valuable feedback to shape the game. It’s great to see this recognition and trust to bring them into the fold.. After all, it’s the community that will be playing this game long after release and getting their input early on will only help improve its potential with the strategy gaming community.

We also got a look at some of the work being put into capturing the historical accuracy of the game, from consultants to attending reenactment events, all designed to help make the game as authentic as possible — every sound and unit in the game is informed by history. Just from this brief look, it’s clear the team has done a great job of not only capturing the essence of the original games, but also of history.

Updates to Age of Empires: Definitive Editions

The Definitive Editions will receive some new updates as well, starting with the Dawn of the Dukes expansion this Summer for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that takes players to Eastern Europe with new campaigns and much more. Also, later this year, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will launch Co-Op Historical Battles which will feature handpicked campaign missions and historical battles to play with friends.

Then on April 13, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will release its first major update, the United States civilization. This new civ will feature a new home city, nine new units, a new age-up mechanic, and more. The U.S. civilization will be free for a limited time for those who complete a 50 State Challenge. All players need to do is complete up to 3 challenges per day and unlock the civ on the completion of the last challenge. Alternatively, the U.S. civilization can also be purchased directly via Steam or the Windows Store for $ 4.99 USD. Age of Empires III: DE will also have another update planned for later this year featuring African civilizations; we’ll have more details to share here later this year.

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Age of Empires IV closed beta and Alienware sweepstakes

Capping off all the news were the first details of the upcoming Age of Empires IV closed beta that will be open to Age Insider members who sign up on AgeOfEmpires.com. Age Insiders can also enter a sweepstakes to win a one-of-a-kind Alienware battlestation, featuring a custom-skinned Age of Empires Alienware Aurora R11 Desktop setup, an Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset, an Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor, and more! The sweepstakes runs through April 24. Click here for more details.

Visit the Virtual Village

Now the show has wrapped, further your celebration of all things Age of Empires by visiting the Virtual Village! Explore the buildings, experiences, learn more about Age of Empires IV and enjoy exclusive video content. Get creative by producing your own avatar medallion, a village postcard or even your own Coat of Arms. There’s plenty more to discover so why not pay a visit?

We’ll have more to share about Age of Empires IV in the coming months as we march closer to launch this Fall. Be sure to stay tuned here to Xbox Wire for all the latest news and updates for your favorite games on Xbox and Windows 10 PC.

Square Enix Presents: Recapping All of Today’s Gaming News

Earlier today, Square Enix debuted their new video program Square Enix Presents which showcased several new games and updates to the global gaming community. This series was just the first of its kind and the company will have more to share and reveal throughout the year. From new trailers for Balan Wonderworld and Outriders, to the reveal of a new entry in the Life is Strange series, and a look at what’s in store for Marvel’s Avengers, the show featured a ton of great content and reveals. Catch up on all the news below:

New Details for Outriders

After more than 2 million players played the Outriders demo in the first week, giving many of us their first detailed look at its unique mix of loot, combat, and RPG mechanics, we were treated to a “This is Outriders 101” trailer that detailed what comes next when players start their journey on the planet Enoch starting on April 1. We were also shown a new CGI trailer titled “Appreciate Power,” that also gave an awesome look at what’s in store. Check it out below:

Outriders promises a massive journey across a hostile alien planet, where you’ll scavenge and customize gear and weapons that you can mod to help build a character that’s tailored to your own unique playstyle. Xbox Game Pass members on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will be able to jump in and play the full version of Outriders starting on April 1. In the meantime, be check out the Outriders demo to start building up your character that you can transfer to the full game upon release.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Tomb Raider

25 Years of Tomb Raider

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics announced that they’ll have a series of in-depth features of the Tomb Raider franchise with interviews, community activities, playthroughs, and more.

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Kicking off this celebration was the announcement of the digital collection of three full games with the Tomb Raider Definitive Survivor Trilogy that includes Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition following Lara as she grows from a young, inexperienced survivor to a capable, confident Tomb Raider — available today on the Xbox Store.

Marvel’s Avengers Roadmap

Marvel's Avengers 2021 Roadmap

On top of today’s earlier news about the arrival of the new Operation Hawkeye – Future Imperfect story content and Xbox Series X|S optimizations for Marvel’s Avengers, we also got the first details on the game’s upcoming road map for the year (above), including omega-level threat missions, outfits inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, post-level 50 progression.

All of this is culminating in the Black Panther – War for Wakanda Expansion that will introduce Black Panther as a new hero, new villains including Klaw, and a new Wakandan Jungle Biome. Get your first look at the Black Panther – War for Wakanda Expansion in the reveal trailer above.

New Balan Wonderworld Trailer

We got a new look today at Balan Wonderworld as it showed off the whimsical game’s co-op multiplayer feature where players will work together to find the best combination of costumes and abilities to defeat enemies. Check out the new trailer above.

In Balan Wonderworld, players will jump, climb, fly, and more as they explore its magical land of wonder and mystery. As Leo and Emma, and with the help of the mysterious maestro Balan, players must restore balance to the land by defeating the Negati, the manifestations of worry and negative emotions. If you’d like to learn more about Balan Wonderworld, check out our exclusive feature about the game’s music and play the demo on the Xbox Store. Balan Wonderworld is available for pre-order today on the Xbox Store and will release on March 26 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Life is Strange: True Colors Revealed

Life is Strange: True Colors, the newest entry in the acclaimed Life is Strange series, made its debut today with an in-depth featurette (above) that introduced Alex Chen, a young Asian-American woman who’s trying to find her way in life, while also trying to understand the supernatural ability she possesses that allows her to absorb and manipulate the emotions of others. Throughout the game, you’ll control Alex as she navigates both her growing powers and trying to shed light on her brother’s mysterious death.

Best of all, we won’t have to wait for each episode to release to experience Alex’s adventure — Life is Strange: True Colors will be released in one package, forgoing the episodic format from other entries in the series, when it comes to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in September. It’s available for pre-order today on the Xbox Store.

In addition, it was announced that both the original Life is Strange, and its prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm, will be remastered and re-released in the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection and in the Life is Strange: True Colors Ultimate Edition (available now for pre-order).

We’ll have more news to share in the coming weeks on all these exciting games for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, so keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire.