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Gaming: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 final trailer; Witcher spinoff gameplay; Halloween comes to Tamriel

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Oct 12, 2018, 8:40 PM EDT

Today’s the fateful day that Call of Duty fans have been waiting for: COD: Black Ops 4, in all its finished and final glory, has finally arrived to mix up the formula and chart a new course in developer Treyarch’s time-tested, phenomenally popular shoot-‘em-up franchise.

No launch day is complete without a badass launch trailer, and COD brings the goods with this last look at the teamwork mechanics players will be leaning into as they blitz their way through the new multiplayer game’s energy drink-fueled battlescape.

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The fast-twitch clip (hey, it’s Call of Duty) shows off more of the game’s Fortnite-informed, battle royale-flavored Blackout mode, which likely doesn’t come as much of a surprise for all the early adopters who’ve been surging through Blackout a few weeks now, via an early pre-order beta event.

With just about any mode to suit your flavor preference (multiplayer, Zombies, Blackout, and new downloadable map expansions and timed events in the months to come), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The little Witcher add-on that grew into its own game is giving fans a super-sized helping of fresh footage, thanks to a new official gameplay clip that spends more than 30 minutes inside the turn-based world of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

CD Projekt RED revealed in August that the single-player mode it had been working on for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was turning out to be too good to merely tack onto an existing title, and that it would instead spin Thronebreaker into its own standalone game. Two months later, here’s what that looks like:

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Featuring Queen Meve of Lyria, a protagonist drawn straight from Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski’s rich lore, Thronebreaker takes the mechanics of the series’ Gwent card game and sets them inside a single-player RPG experience. Arriving on PC on Oct. 23, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will also land on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Dec. 4. 

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And lastly, Bethesda is gearing up for Halloween by pairing two of the coolest things on the planet — the high fantasy setting of the continent of Tamriel, and, well, Halloween itself — into one creep-tastically cool-sounding package. 

The Skyrim developer has just announced the spooky return of the Witches Festival timed event for its Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG, giving players the opportunity to score bonus XP and one-of-a-kind loot items that capitalize on all the powers you need to take down the series’ secretive and sinister spell-casters. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be The Elder Scrolls if you couldn’t also choose to join up with darker forces, so Bethesda’s including a way for players to turn into an undead monster as well. You’ll also gain access to the Exorcised Coven Cottage — a place to “conjure curses safely away from prying eyes” — and any bosses you defeat will drop special “Plunder Skull” containers that offer up unique loot. 

The two-week event gets started at 10 a.m. ET on Oct. 18, and concludes at 1 a.m. on Nov. 1. Check out the official Witches Festival page for Bethesda’s complete breakdown.