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27, 08, 2020 | The G FUEL Team | comments(0)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Everything You Need To Know

We finally saw the worldwide reveal of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War — the sequel to the iconic Call of Duty: Black Ops. And with beloved developers Treyarch taking the helm for this year’s game, expectations are high. Here’s everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Table of Contents:
Story 📖
Release Date 📅
Platforms 🖥️
Developers 👩‍💻
Trailers and Gameplay 📽️
Editions and Prices 💲
Pre-order ⏰
Create Your Own Character 📂
Multiplayer 🎮🎮
Killstreaks 📦
Weapons 🔫
Maps 🗺️
Perks 🔇
Game Modes 💀
Operators ⚔️
Beta β
Zombies 🧟
Warzone 🚁

Story

According to its product description, here's what Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is about:

The iconic Black Ops series is back with Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War - the direct sequel to the original and fan-favorite Call of Duty®: Black Ops.

Black Ops Cold War will drop fans into the depths of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more.

As elite operatives, you will follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history. Descend into the dark center of this global conspiracy alongside iconic characters Woods, Mason and Hudson and a new cast of operatives attempting to stop a plot decades in the making.

Beyond the Campaign, players will bring a Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer and Zombies experiences.

Welcome to the brink. Welcome to Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War.

Release Date

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is releasing worldwide on November 13, 2020.

Platforms

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release for the following platforms:

And yes, Black Ops Cold War is cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-generation enabled.

Developers

Led by community favorite David Vonderhaar, COD Black Ops Cold War will once again be developed by Treyarch. The last title they worked on was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It’s also been confirmed that developer studio Raven Software will be assisting.

Trailers and Gameplay

First up was the “Know Your History” trailer on August 21st:

 

Followed by the official Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War reveal trailer on August 26th:

 

And then the Black Ops Cold War story trailer dropped on August 27th:

 

We are undoubtedly going to see loads of more teasers and trailers over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.

Editions and Prices

There are three editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle, and Ultimate Edition.

Check out these Black Ops Cold War editions comparison tables for more information on each edition for each platform.

PlayStation Editions Comparison

  STANDARD EDITION CROSS-GEN BUNDLE ULTIMATE EDITION
Price $59.99 $69.99 $89.99
PlayStation 4 Version of the game Included Included Included
PlayStation 5 Version of the game PS4 Version Playable via Backward Compatibility Included Included
Early Access to the Open Beta, first on PlayStation 4
Woods Operator Pack for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone*
Confrontation Weapons Pack
Land, Sea and Air Pack (9 items)**    
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips)***    

 

Xbox Editions Comparison

  STANDARD EDITION CROSS-GEN BUNDLE ULTIMATE EDITION
  $59.99 $69.99 $89.99
Xbox One Version of the game Included Included Included
Xbox Series X Version of the game Xbox One Version Playable via Backward Compatibility Included Included
Early Access to the Open Beta
Woods Operator Pack for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone*
Confrontation Weapons Pack
Land, Sea and Air Pack (9 items)**    
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips)***    

 

PC on Battle.net Editions Comparison

  STANDARD EDITION ULTIMATE EDITION
  $59.99 $69.99
PC Version of the game Included Included
Early Access to the Open Beta

Woods Operator Pack for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone*
Confrontation Weapons Pack

Land, Sea and Air Pack (9 items)**

 
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips)***

 

 

*Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Call of Duty: Warzone on pre-order platform required to redeem Woods Operator and Blueprint. Sold/downloaded separately. Must be redeemed by Nov. 13, 2021.

**Appearance of final in-game version may vary.

***Battle Pass and Tier Skips will be accessible in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War once the first Battle Pass is made available in game. Battle Pass redemption applies to one season of Battle Pass only.

Pre-order

COD Black Ops Cold War is now available for pre-order on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and pre-purchase for PC on Battle.net.

Create Your Own Character

CharlieIntel has reported that for the first time in a Call of Duty game, players will be able to create their own character in the campaign!

They note the following:

The Create your Character menu will let fans create the character’s gender, name, identity, back story, and more. Players will create a CIA dossier for themselves, and can redact or un-redact parts of the history they want to while building the character

How you shape the gender of the character affects the voice over as well for your own dialogue lines. 

You can also pick your place of birth and develop a background for your character. Raven has confirmed that there are no gameplay advantages or bonuses of selecting characters in certain ways. 

This is a pure cosmetic play to give players more choice of their gameplay in the campaign.

The game has also been confirmed to have multiple endings, and the decisions you make over the course of the game can drastically affect the outcome of the game.

Multiplayer

Perhaps the most important aspect of any Call of Duty game is without a doubt the multiplayer.

Modern Warfare has been an okay game in the grand scheme of Call of Duty games, but everyone is well aware of the dynamic combat that Treyarch can deliver.

We have yet to see a full multiplayer reveal for Cold War, but Activision confirmed that a full multiplayer reveal is scheduled for September 9th.

The only rumor we have is a YouTuber by the name of XclusiveAce who posted a video in June and claimed to know the following about Cold War, which Gfinity has noted below: 

  • The game will feature Zombies, Campaign, Multiplayer and Warzone
  • Set during the Cold War era
  • Game is in a good state with multiplayer maps almost done
  • The campaign is in a fully playable state but not all animations are complete
  • Warzone will feature a new map for the 2020 game set in Russia
  • Standard Mini-Map returns
  • There is also a compass
  • Swimming mechanic returns with water in multiplayer maps alongside water in the new Warzone map
  • Unlimited sprint is back
  • Interactable doors are not in regular multiplayer but will stay in Warzone
  • 10 multiplayer maps have been developed so far, more likely in the works. One map is “very small” and a boat on the Black Sea
  • “Tank” is the name of the map that was shown in the leaked gameplay earlier this year
  • Specialists do not return, but a Field Upgrade-like feature will be added
  • You can choose one piece of equipment 
  • Scorestreaks return
  • Dead Silence is currently not in the game
  • 150 Health with auto-heal
  • Create-A-Class is a Pick-10 and classic hybrid - no Gunsmith
  • 6v6 is the standard player count
  • No Gunfight
  • A multiplayer mode that takes place on various sections of the new Warzone map
  • EKIA is back
  • Two factions: CIA vs Spetsnaz
  • Boots on the ground movement similar to Black Ops 4 and has sliding (as well as a slide cancel feature)
  • Time-to-kill is faster than Black Ops 4
  • Strong SBMM
  • Swiming mechanics return
  • Loadout system is a pick 10/MW hybrid

The release was originally set for the end of Q3. However, XclusiveAce claims that the date has been tentatively pushed back until early Q4 (October/November).

Killstreaks

We do not know much regarding the killstreaks players will have access to in Black Ops Cold War.

But since this is a sequel to the original Black Ops, we can expect some of the following to be in the game: 

  • Artillery Strikes
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Counter UAV
  • Cruise Missile
  • Dogs
  • Napalm Strikes
  • RC-XD
  • UAV
  • VTOL

We will likely see flashes of some of the killstreaks in the Multiplayer reveal trailer that is coming on September 9th.

Weapons

Here are all the rumored Black Ops Cold War weapons so far:

Assault Rifle

  • Daewoo K2 Assault Rifle
  • M16A2
  • M16A4
  • AK5
  • Krieg-6
  • Colt Commando
  • Type 15
  • Type 63

SMG

  • MP5
  • SOCIMI821 (UZI)
  • Skorpion
  • AK74u

LMG

  • RPK
  • Stoner

Snipers/Rifles

  • SKS
  • Remington 700/M40
  • L96

Pistols

  • Colt Revolver
  • 1911

Maps

Treyarch is known for having some of the best maps in Call of Duty games each year, and hopefully, this will once again be the case with Black Ops Cold War.

TheGamingRevolution on Twitter, who is one of the most well-known and trusted Call of Duty leakers, has noted the following code names for maps have been leaked: 

  • Black Sea
  • Cartel
  • K.G.B.
  • Miami
  • Moscow
  • Satellite
  • Tank
  • Tundra

There have also been rumors that Nuketown and Firing Range from the original Black Ops will be making a return.

Perks

Like Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War will be a three-perk system.

TheGamingRevolution said that Dead Silence is a perk again in Black Ops Cold War.

 

Game Modes

So far, Black Ops Cold War will include the following game modes:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Hardpoint
  • Kill Confirmed
  • VIP
  • Ground War

Operators

It's safe to assume Sgt. Frank Woods is an Operator since he's a pre-order bonus available for immediate use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Beta

A multiplayer beta has been released for every Call of Duty game since Black Ops 3. If you pre-order the game digitally, you’ll get early access to the Black Ops Cold War Open Beta.

As for what will be inside the beta, we can expect it to be a simple multiplayer beta like the ones we have tested in the past. We will probably not be able to rank up past a certain level and will also be restricted on what game modes we can play.

Zombies

Treyarch has always been the creator behind the beloved Zombies game mode/storyline, and it appears it is making a return once again.

After all, it wouldn’t be a Treyarch game without the signature game mode!

The only credible news we have to go off of is from TheGamingRevoltuion who notes that the game mode is going to be vastly different than previous titles.

Warzone

Warzone has been one of the fastest-growing battle royales the world has ever seen. The stellar title was released this past March as a part of Modern Warfare. The success the game has seen has been astronomical in recent months, and it is without a doubt the biggest aspect of Call of Duty this year.

There have been multiple rumors suggesting that Warzone is going to carry over into each Call of Duty for the next while.

However, leaker _@_TomHenderson_ on Twitter has noted the following:

“Warzone news; Warzone will connect Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War and the standalone Warzone title. Verdansk will be replaced with a new map, but the weapons, vehicles etc. from Modern Warfare will remain.”

We will have to wait and see what route they plan on taking, but one thing is for certain: with the success of Warzone this past year, we doubt a battle royale is going away anytime soon.

What are your thoughts about the new Call of Duty game? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Top image via Activision

This article was written by Nick Farrell, a full-time university student who loves talking and writing about video games.

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