Article By: Jessi 7XS
“Mind bending Campaign”; those are the first words that I saw when reading about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Besides the fact that we are seeing a new COD release, per usual it’s out just in time for someone to give it to me as an early birthday present [hint hint ;)]. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will drop officially on November 13th, but starting this week if you’ve pre-ordered a digital copy, you get access to the Beta.
The Cold War was a time of geopolitical tension between none other than the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) spanning from the late 40’s to early 90’s. During this period of time, two world superpowers were at odds and a slew of war, espionage, among other issues occurred. In COD: Black Ops Cold War, during the campaign we are taken back to this period in time, dropped in the 1980’s where during Ronald Reagan’s Presidency he discovered a Soviet spy authorizing a CIA Black Ops mission.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War sets us up in the 1980’s, where we follow CIA officer Russell Adler as he follows Perseus, a Soviet Spy who is working to subvert the US, and gain balance of power back to the Soviet Union. Through the campaign, you will travel through East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, and Soviet KGB Headquarters, key locations during this period in the Cold War. We will see a few familiar faces in Cold War; Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson, who will be alongside you during the op.
Like other titles, Black Ops Cold War gives the player more freedom. You’ll be able to create your own custom character, with options to choose skin tone, gender, and personality traits. Activision, the brain behind many a Call of Duty titles, has even confirmed that there will be multiple endings to the campaign in Cold War. Different scenarios throughout the game will have dialogue options, and like Black Ops 2, the choices you make along the way will determine your ending.
On the heels of Call of Duty: Warzone, multiplayer makes a return with classic 6v6 and 12v12 combat. We should for sure see the usual game modes of Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, as leaks have come out that they will be returning. However, we also will see the introduction of a couple new game modes also. In “VIP”, teams will be tasked with either escorting a VIP on their way to an extraction point, or as the opposing team be tasked with preventing the extraction by any means necessary. First team to four round wins, take the match. In “Fireteam”, 40 players will be thrown into the same map, taking place on specifically larger maps for this reason. Players will be split up into 4 person “fireteams”, reportedly there will be a variety of game modes in Fireteam, but we do have one known mode so far, “Dirty Bomb”. Each squads’ task is to find uranium that is hidden on the map and deliver it to specific locations. Once the team has brought the uranium, the bomb will explode changing that area of the map for the remainder of the match.
The Create a Class system will see some upgrades as well, notably including shotguns in the secondary weapon slot for more close quarters options. Wildcards will be returning as well, even the Gunsmith feature from Modern Warfare will be included, letting players customize each aspect of their weapon. Killstreaks get a facelift to become Scorestreaks, and guess what, they are not lost when you die. Players will be able to progress and earn multipliers by completing objectives, and FYI each Scorestreak will have an internal cooldown to prevent players from using low cost streaks too often.
As if I haven’t given you enough information already about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, go ahead, ask about Zombies. Oh hey….there’s Zombies! In an all new journey, Die Machine, you’ll return to the iconic area of Nacht der Untoten. As a member of Requiem, a CIA response team headed by Grigori Weaver, you’ll explore the WWII era bunker, fight to suppress unnatural phenomena, and investigate beneath the structure to find decades old secrets that could change the global order. However, Omega, a Soviet division and Requiem rival, also has interest in studying and discovering these secrets, and harnessing the anomalies that manifest around the globe.
Your progression and loadouts from Multiplayer will be shared with Zombies, and you can take advantage of Gunsmith, Scorestreaks, and field upgrades. We will see the return of classics such as Mystery Box, Pack-a-Punch, Speed Cola, Juggernog, and wallbuys. For the first time ever, players will have the option to “exfil” the map when the tough get going. Exfil won’t be a walk in the park however, players will have to face a more difficult wave with increased zombie spawning that you must survive to escape.
While this is the best news we could have hoped for in the shit show of 2020, let me answer the biggest question of all; crossplay. Hell yes for the love of god there is crossplay. Falling in line with Call of Duty: Warzone, multiplayer and zombies for Cold War will be not just cross platform, but also cross gen. According to Activision, players will have all of their progression and stats linked to their Activision account, allowing them to be able to switch between platforms and platform generations as well. Even better, all post-launch DLC, multiplayer and zombies, maps and game modes will be given to all players on all platforms F.R.E.E, free. Similar to Modern Warfare, there will be a release of a Battle Pass system as well, and cosmetic bundles on the in-game store.
Release, Editions, & Pricing
Here’s where we get super fun kids. If you have pre ordered a digital copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, you gain access to the Beta. However, there are specific dates for this. PlayStation 4 as an exclusive will get early access October 8th & 9th, and the Open Beta will run October 10th-12th. The Crossplay Beta will be early access for Xbox & PC, while open access for PS4, October 15th & 16th, with all platforms being open from October 17th through 19th. Not only will pre ordering gain you access to the beta, you earn a Frank Woods operator pack for Modern Warfare and Warzone.
One special note to make, rather than a Deluxe Edition in addition to Standard and Ultimate, each with their own special inclusions, there is a special “Cross-Gen Bundle”. The Cross-Gen bundle will include not only the Confrontation Weapons Pack, but it will also include two versions of the game at launch. One version for the current console generation, and a secondary copy for the next console generation [PS5, Xbox Series X & S]. Please note that in the standard edition, the Xbox One & PS4 versions of Cold War will be playable by backward compatibility, but if you fully want to take advantage of all the next gen consoles have to offer, please do yourself a favor and get the Cross-Gen bundle.
Standard Edition $59.99 USD
Cross-Gen Edition $69.99 USD
Ultimate Edition $89.99 USD
So strap in, it’s going to be a very interesting ride my friends. I cannot wait until this game releases, I haven’t found myself able to like a Call of Duty title in quite a few years. I’m hoping that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War can do that for me, I also hope it can for you too!