Call Of Duty Is Getting Festive This Year

Are Activision trying to gain their fans back, and encourage them to return to the franchise? It seems like for the first time they’ve read A Christmas Carol and have taken a page from Scrooge’s book.

Not really known for limited events other than Double XP and 24/7 single map lobbies, the CoD publisher has decided to shower us with festive cheer this year, and offer some incentives to bring back the players since it’s taken a hit from recent Call of Duty titles.

Posted over at Activision’s own blog, they’ve released some information on what they have in store for us this Christmas:

Epic Prototype Hailstorm – Thunder Pistol Bonus*

Call of Duty is honored to have some of the most loyal fans in gaming, and to show our gratitude we’re handing out a very cool weapon to players who have clocked time in both Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.

Starting today, all players who own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and who also play Call of Duty: Black Ops III will receive an epic prototype Hailstorm – Thunder pistol. It’s just our way of saying thank you, and to reward you for your loyalty.

The Hailstorm – Thunder is extremely shiny (and deadly), and features a three-round burst along with two perks: Whirlwind, which is a fast cycling auto burst that increases recoil, and Focus to reduce idle sway while aiming down sights. So, jump in the game today and equip it in your loadout to show some pride.

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Modern Warfare Remastered Maps and Modes

When Modern Warfare Remastered launched last month, it included ten remastered maps from the original game. On December 13, players who own Modern Warfare Remastered will receive the remaining six remastered maps: Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike, and Wet Work, along with the Hardpoint and Gun Game modes being made available in Modern Warfare Remastered for the first time.

Plus, we’re throwing in an additional chilly bonus as all Modern Warfare Remastered players will also get the remastered Winter Crash map in all its glory! We’ll be running a 24/7 Winter Crash playlist beginning on December 20 that will last through the holidays, and we’ll have more details soon.

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Genesis Holiday Map

The holiday map makeover fever is spreading to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as well! Later this month, players will find a Genesis Holiday map waiting for them as the Headquarters for the Division of Mechanical Evolution gets a festive new look. Plus there will be a 24/7 Genesis Holiday playlist, ready to spread cheer, goodwill, and high KDRs.

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Last but not least, they’re holding a 12 Days of Christmas event that will run from 21st December – 1st January giving away lots of freebies to those that log in to Infinite Warfare each day during this period. Gifts ranging from extra salvage to customisation gifts. There will also be winter-themed prototypes to purchase with salvage.

Activision have also said there is more to come, promising Double XP and special bonuses, so don’t forget to log yourself in this Christmas time.

Will you be returning to Infinite Warfare and/or Modern Warfare this Christmas, or have you stayed through and through? Do you think Activision are trying to gain their fans back? We would be happy to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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