Activision and Treyarch have finally unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and it’s a direct sequel to the 2011 classic which will feature the likes of Woods, Mason, Hudson and other iconic characters fans of the shooter franchise.
Its reveal was predictably bombastic, with the trailer teasing an ambitious solo campaign spanning a variety of different locations and time periods as you seek to uncover and overthrow a sinister global conspiracy. Such popcorn action is exactly what we come to Call of Duty for, and it’s great to see Treyarch embracing it.
With a number of details yet to be dropped, Trusted Reviews has compiled everything we know so far about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War including all the latest news, gameplay, trailers and more.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War news – Campaign impresses in PS5 Showcase
Treyarch unveiled a detailed look at the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign during tonight’s PS5 Showcase. Following Mason, Woods and company as they seek to assassinate a target on an airport runway, it seems the player is given multiple avenues to tackle their objective through careful stealth or full-frontal assault, something that has been teased in previous trailers.
It looks absurdly bombastic, concluding as you chase down aircraft across the runway, concluding with the player controlling an RC Car into the cockpit which is rigged to explore. If you were expecting Call of Duty to lean into realism this time around, you’re out of luck. This wasn’t the only announcement, either. Starting this Friday, PS4 players will be able to take part in the multiplayer alpha to get a taste of how this new entry will play.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release date – When is it coming out?
Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will launch on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X, although exact dates for those remain a mystery, and the circumstances surrounding these versions is more than a little unusual.
For PS4 owners, you’ll be able to upgrade to a digital version on PS5 simply by inserting the disc into your console at no additional cost. There is also a digital “cross-gen bundle” across both consoles for those who plan to purchase a discless machine.
However, you will not be able to insert an Xbox One disc into the Xbox Series X and receive a next-gen upgrade, and it remains unclear why this will be the case. We hope the reasons behind this are cleared up by Activision ahead of release, since it feels like Xbox owners are being screwed over.
The Xbox Series X will also be playable on Xbox One, with both consoles supporting native backwards compatibility, although you won’t receive increased performance, ray-tracing and other new features. It’s all a bit confusing, and can you find out more in the official FAQ.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign – what’s it about?
Inspired by real events, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will take place during the 1980s as the characters of Woods, Mason, Hudson and other iconic faces return to face a world-threatening soviet spy known as Perseus. It will feature real-life figures such as US President Ronald Reagan who will provide our heroes with everything they need to emerge victorious.
The bombastic narrative adventure will take place across the globe in locations such as East Berlin, Turkey, Vietnam and even the top-secret KGB Headquarters. The trailer features a glimpse at many locales, and we definitely saw a strange dream sequence in there too, so perhaps Black Ops Cold War will once again delve into the psychological aspects of war like its predecessors.
You will create your own protagonist for the solo campaign, who can identify as male, female and non-binary. Throughout the story you will be free to tackle some missions in whatever order you wish, choosing to adopt non-lethal options and stealth if you wish to take a different approach to the usual running and gunning Call of Duty is known for. This sounds very similar to Black Ops 2, which also had some branching paths spread throughout the main story.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War trailer – how does it look?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer – All the big news from this week’s reveal
Activision and Treyarch have now revealed the multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, showing exactly what we can expect from the next generation of online warfare.
The reveal made it clear that the upcoming blockbuster hopes to maintain what we love about the Black Ops formula while expanding upon it with new and exciting elements. As you’d expect, this will come with some big changes.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer maps
Maps will be huge and multifaceted to accommodate a variety of different modes and operators. Treyarch has said that each battleground has been designed with realism in mind, while maintaining an aesthetic which will immerse players in the 1980’s Cold War narrative.
You can expect each map to feature an array of different vehicles and weapons to experiment with, and the former will play a pivotal role in larger, more ambitious modes where travelling great distances with a team by your side is absolutely essential. We’ve compiled all of the confirmed maps below:
As for modes, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be introducing some ambition new additions to the multiplayer landscape outside of the usual suspects, and all of them seem like pretty fascinating ideas that will expand upon what is normally a fairly traditional shooter.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer modes
First up is VIP Escort, a 6v6 objective-based mode where teams must either protect or subdue a randomly selected player who is marked as a VIP. The player in question will only have a pistol, knife and smoke grenade to defend themselves, so it’s essential you work with your team to stay alive.
You must reach an extraction point while defending yourself from the attacking team, and once killed you’ll be down for the count until the next round begins. This sounds like a cool twist on Infection, where you’re aiming to protect a certain player instead of outright seeking them out.
Next is Combined Arms, a 12v12 battle which will make use of both infantry and vehicular combat across larger iterations of each map. You’ll find tanks, snowmobiles, helicopters and wakerunners to pilot with your friends in variations of Team Deathmatch and Domination. Treyarch has confirmed that the ambitions for Combined Arms will grow upon release, too.
Finally we have Fireteam, a 40-player mode which will consist of 10 teams of four, where action is centered around both the operators taking part and the environment you’re doing battle in. Beyond this details on this mode remain light, with more information to arrive ahead of launch.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer loadouts and scorestreaks
The reveal also detailed a bunch of information surrounding Loadouts and Scorestreaks for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and there are a few changes coming to one of the subseries’ most established staples.
Operator loadouts are now slot-based, meaning you will always have a primary weapon, secondary weapon, lethal and tactical equipment, field upgrade and a selection of perks. Field Upgrades are a new addition, acting as in-game items with a cooldown which can damage enemies or help your allies when in a pinch.
Loadouts also have Wildcards, which will provide one of these four benefits when equipped:
- Grant eight attachments for a primary weapon
- Carry up to six Perks
- Double the number of lethal and tactical equipment given on spawn
- Carry three Perks from any category, rather than be limited to one of each
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer crossplay
Activision has made it clear that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be cross-play, cross-progression, and cross-generation, meaning you’ll be able to maintain your progress and play with friends regardless of platform preference.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer beta
The multiplayer beta will be split into a number of weekends and platforms, all of which we’ve listed below alongside specific details.
- Weekend 1: Early Access – From Thursday, October 8 to Friday, October 9, those who pre-ordered the game on PS4 or PS5 will gain access before anyone else.
- Weekend 1: Open – From Saturday, October 10 to Monday October 12, the multiplayer beta will be open to all PS4 owners regardless if they pre-ordered or not.
- Weekend 2: Early Access- From Thursday, October 15 to Friday, October 16 it will be open to everyone who pre-ordered across PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
- Weekend 2: Open – For the rest of this weekend (October 17 to October 19) it will be open to all players across all platforms regardless of pre-order status.