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Call Of Duty: Warzone And Modern Warfare Get High-Res Texture Packs

A new high-resolution texture pack is coming for Warzone and Modern Warfare players on PS4 Pro, PS5, and Xbox Series X. The texture pack is the third to be made available, and players will receive an automatic prompt asking if they want to download it after the next update.

As reported by VG247, the pack is 8.4GB on PlayStation consoles, and while the size on Xbox Series X hasn’t been reported yet, it’s likely to be similar. With the file size of Warzone and Modern Warfare already incredibly large, players should make sure they have the space to spare before downloading.

File sizes on the recent Call Of Duty games have expanded so much that Activision recently had to warn players that Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War would no longer fit all together on a 500GB PS4 with all extra content installed.

The new texture pack “supports the most detailed textures for weapons and Operators,” according to the description on the download page.

The texture pack is just for Modern Warfare and its battle royale spinoff, Warzone–despite the launch of a new season of Warzone based around Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The new season is running concurrently in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and includes an ongoing “Outbreak” zombie event. Check out the details of the Season 2 update here.

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Best-Selling Games And Consoles Of January 2021 Revealed (US)

The NPD Group released its latest monthly report, this one covering the January 2021 period, and the Nintendo Switch and Call of Duty had a big month to help lift up the overall US gaming industry substantially.

Total spending on games, hardware, and accessories reached $4.7 billion, up 42% year-over-year, and representing the biggest revenue in any January since NPD began.

For hardware, the Nintendo Switch was once again the top-selling platform based on units sold, reaching the highest of any console–Nintendo or otherwise–since the Nintendo Wii in January 2010. The PS5, however, drove the most spending in terms of dollars due to its more expensive price point. It reached the highest dollar since for a January month since the Wii in January 2009.

Total spending on hardware rose 144% year-over-year to $319 million, the highest for a January month since January 2011 ($323 million).

In terms of games, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the top-seller in January; it’s been the best-selling game each month since it was released in November. It’s also now the 20th best-selling game in US history for dollar sales, after just three months.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was No. 2 in January, and it’s now the second fastest-selling game in the series in the US, only behind Assassin’s Creed III, when looking at its first three months.

You can see the full list of the top 20 best-sellers for January below.

Moving to another unit, accessories sales rose 73% to a January record of $222 million. The PS5’s white DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory in January.

Top 20 Best-Selling Games In The US For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  10. NBA 2K21*
  11. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  12. FIFA 21
  13. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  14. Mortal Kombat 11
  15. Just Dance 2021
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  17. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  18. Cyberpunk 2077*
  19. Super Mario Party*
  20. UFC 4

*Digital sales not included

Nintendo Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  3. Ring Fit Adventure
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  5. Super Mario 3D All Stars*
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  7. Just Dance 2021
  8. Super Mario Party*
  9. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

*Digital sales not included

PlayStation Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Minecraft: PS4 Edition
  6. Demon’s Souls
  7. Ghost of Tsushima
  8. FIFA 21
  9. NBA 2K21*
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

*Digital sales not included

Xbox Best-Sellers For January 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  3. Madden NFL 21
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  5. Forza Horizon 4
  6. NBA 2K21*
  7. Cyberpunk 2077
  8. FIFA 21
  9. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  10. UFC 4

*Digital sales not included

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Activision Sued Over Mara, A Female Call Of Duty Character Allegedly Based On Cade Janus

Activision is facing a new lawsuit over Mara, a character from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone. Writer and photographer Clayton Haugen claims that Mara is based on Cade Janus, a character he created who is portrayed in live action by the same model as Mara, Alex Zedra. You can get a look at the two characters in the images below.

A press release provided by Potts Law Firm, who are representing Haugen, says that he created Cade Janus as part of “a story treatment to draw interest from various movie production companies,” along with a photoshoot of Zedra portraying the character. The release says Haugen posted these details and images on his website to attract attention, though he no longer appears to have an active website. The images appear on his Instagram account, though these posts don’t include a name or details about the character.

The Call of Duty character Mara was released a few years later in December 2019 as part of Modern Warfare‘s Season 1. Model Alex Zedra provided the likeness for the character model, as well as modelling in live-action promotional imagery for the character. Mara has since been released in Call Of Duty Mobile and Warzone.

The lawsuit alleges that Activision used Haugen’s images when developing Mara, as well as hiring the same model and makeup artist used for his original shoot. It also claims that those involved were made to sign non-disclosure agreements to cover up the infringement.

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The same legal team are currently involved in a similar lawsuit also targeting Activision, with wrestler Booker T. Huffman claiming that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Prophet is a copy of his G.I. Bro alter ego. That lawsuit is set for trial in April.

The trial has similarities to a lawsuit filed against GTA V publisher Take-Two Interactive by Lindsay Lohan, with the actress alleging that the game character Lacey Jonas was unlawfully based on her. The case was thrown out when a five-judge panel concluded that Jonas was simply a “generic” twenty-something female character.

Activision has successfully defended itself against other lawsuits in the past, including one brought by Humvee manufacturer GM for the use of its vehicles in Call of Duty games, and lawsuits involving depictions of real people including Jonas Savimbi and Manuel Noriega.

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Call of Duty: Activision soll Aussehen einer Spielfigur geklaut haben

Laut einer aktuellen Klage gegen Activision und Infinity Wars sollen die Unternehmen das Design der Spielfigur “Mara” in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare bei der Idee eines Fotografen gestohlen haben. Für das Marketing soll der Publisher sogar das selbe…

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Pro Tournaments Are Coming, Activision Teases

It looks like Activision has big plans for the Call of Duty League this year, as a top executive with the company’s pro gaming division has teased that Call of Duty: Warzone will be added to professional competitions in the future. Johanna Faries, the head of leagues at Activision, revealed to ScreenRant that, for sure, Warzone is coming to the Call of Duty League.

That being said, Faries said Activision is not ready just yet to talk about the specifics of how it all may work.

“There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months,” Faries said. “We’ve been closely monitoring the introduction and the wild popularity of Warzone since last spring. We did bring in Warzone related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

After an inaugural season in 2020, the second Call of Duty League season begins in February with Black Ops Cold War. All matches will be played online due to the COVID-19 crisis, and there will be a series of changes for this year’s competition.

As for Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale game had a strong first year, picking up 85 million players so far. The game makes money from its various microtransactions, and those have proven to be very lucrative.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone recently came together with the big Season One update, but the rollout was not exactly smooth, as players reported overpowered weapons and other issues.

In other competitive gaming news, Epic Games just recently pledged a whopping $20 million for the next Fortnite Champion Series.

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Top-Selling Games And Consoles Of 2020 Revealed For The US

The NPD Group has released its report for US video game sales for December 2020 and the full year, shining a light on which games, consoles, and accessories sold the best.

As predicted, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the top-selling game of 2020 during a banner year for games. Total spending on video games in the US–spanning games, consoles, accessories, and more–reached $56.9 billion, up 27% compared to 2019 and representing a new all-time high for spending in a year. December 2020 alone posted $7.7 billion in sales, which is up 25% compared to December 2019.

In terms of hardware, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in terms of units and dollar sales for December 2020 and the full year. The Switch’s annual dollar sales in 2020 were the second highest for any platform in US history, only trailing 2008 when the sales of the Wii were higher.

The PS5 was 2020’s second best-selling console in terms of dollar sales, while the PS4 came in second in terms of total units sold. The PS5 was a bright spot, as it set a new record for dollar sales for a PlayStation platform through December.

The NPD’s report includes no mention at all of Xbox sales. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella followed up in a tweet to mention how supply of the PS5 and Xbox Series S consoles was constrained and thus negatively impacting results.

Whatever the case, total dollar sales on hardware reached $1.35 billion for December 2020 (up 38%) and $5.3 billion (up 35%) for the full year. December 2020 was the biggest single month for hardware sales since December 2013 ($1.37 billion), while the full-year’s $5.3 billion was the biggest number since 2011 ($5.6 billion).

In terms of game sales, Black Ops Cold War was the biggest-seller for December 2020 and the full year. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which released in 2019, was 2020’s second biggest game in terms of sales. Animal Crossing: New Horizons came in third for the US in 2020, but importantly, digital sales were not tracked for this game.

Cyberpunk 2077, which released on December 10, was the second best-selling game for December in the US and the 19th biggest game of 2020 overall, according to the NPD’s data. This is an especially strong result considering digital sales for the game were not tracked.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part II was the top-selling PlayStation exclusive in the US and the sixth best-selling game overall during the year. The game is the third biggest-selling Sony game ever in terms of dollar sales, behind Spider-Man and God of War.

Moving to accessories, spending in this category hit $546 million in December 2020 (up 15%) and $2.6 billion (up 21%) for the full year. Sony’s DualSense controller was a bright spot, becoming the best-selling controller for December and the entirety of 2020 based on units.

December 2020’s Best-Selling Games (US)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Cyberpunk 2077*
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  4. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  5. Madden NFL 21
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  8. NBA 2K21*
  9. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  10. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  12. Just Dance 2021
  13. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity*
  14. FIFA 21
  15. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  16. Super Mario Odyssey*
  17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  18. Super Mario Party*
  19. Ring Fit Adventure
  20. Mortal Kombat 11

*Digital sales not included

2020’s Best-Selling Games (US)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  4. Madden NFL 21
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  6. The Last of Us: Part II
  7. Ghost of Tsushima
  8. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  9. Super Mario 3D All-Stars*
  10. Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  11. Marvel’s Avengers
  12. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  13. NBA 2K21*
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  15. FIFA 21
  16. Mortal Kombat 11
  17. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  18. MLB The Show 20
  19. Cyberpunk 2077*
  20. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

*Digital sales not included

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Call Of Duty Is Down: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, Modern Warfare Affected (Update)

Update: Activision has restored online services for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.

Original story follows…

If you’re having problems connecting to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, or Warzone, you’re not the only one. Activision is currently reporting service outages across each game, affecting every platform, including PSN, Xbox Live, Battle.net, Nintendo, Steam, and Epic Games.

The company is working to correct the issue according to Activision Support on Twitter, pointing players to its Online Services status tracker. The status tracker recommends restarting your router, using a wired connection, checking your connection speed, and limiting applications that take up bandwidth to correct normal service issues, but given the scale of the current outage, these probably won’t do much until Activision addresses the problem.

As of 1:37 PM PT, Activision reported the issue “under investigation.” There are no further updates.

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