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Black Ops Cold War campaign details: create-a-character & missions

Published: 26/Aug/2020 18:46 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 19:49

by David Purcell


Activision have rolled out a shed load of new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War details, and it looks set to deliver one of the most creative Campaign modes we’ve seen in recent times. 

The game’s huge online community has been waiting for more details on the next installment of the Black Ops franchise for weeks, following the rollout of multiple teasers in Modern Warfare and Warzone.

On August 26, though, they dived a little deeper into what to expect and made some big things public. The game is set to be released on November 13, so let’s run through what is coming up in campaign.

Raven Software, who worked with Treyarch in developing the single-player mode, have confirmed that the Black Ops Cold War story will be a direct sequel to Black Ops 1, essentially taking place between the events of BO1 and BO2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign trailer

Black Ops Cold War Campaign info


Cod Black Ops Cold War campaign
Creating a new character and journey is one of the biggest features in CoD Black Ops Cold War.

For the first time ever, you’re going to be able to create your very own character to jump into Campaign mode.

Usually, we have taken up the roles of other figures, as seen with previous titles, but Activision have confirmed this year’s game will be the dawning of a new era for single-player Call of Duty.

This time, we will be able to change our character’s gender, name, identity, back story, and other details. You will even get the chance to create a CIA dossier on yourself, which could prove to be an interesting way of personalizing the experience. The choices made here will impact dialogue, but will not lead to any in-game advantages. It’s a purely cosmetic function. 

As soon as the Campaign menu loads up, you will jump into character creation. So, there’s a lot to look forward to.

New cast of characters

Call of Duty Black Ops' Woods talking to the player.
Woods has played a huge part in the Black Ops storyline, and he features in Cold War. His trusty vehicle will also be included.

Players generally like to see some old faces rear their head in the Campaign, mostly for nostalgia. Of course, they will again this time. Frank Woods, Hudson, and Mason have all been confirmed to be included by Activision.

Raven Software have been selected to shape the sequel for the original Black Ops title, and with that comes some changes to the cast. There’s four new characters coming in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War:

  • Russell Adler, played by Bruce Thomas
  • Helen Park, played by Lily Cowles
  • Lazar Azoulay, played by Damon Dayoub
  • Lawerence Sims, played by Reggie Watkins

Aside from those, also worth noting that Navid Negahban – who starred in Homeland from Showtime – has been picked as the main villain. Russel Adler, from the CIA, will work with player throughout the Campaign and has been described as “America’s monster”. 

Missions and Multiple endings

Cod Cold War campaign
Expect to see multiple endings in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Campaign mode.

Three missions included in Black Ops Cold War have been announced. The first three, to be exact. These are called: Ukraine, Moscow, and Laos.

Traditionally Campaigns used to have one, max two, endings for Campaign. However, this is changing in BO: Cold War, with multiple possible endings, as well as side missions.

That being said, customization has very much been a focus this time around and the way you shape your character will determine their fate as you progress.

There will be a certain roleplaying element to the game that will decide what happens to the character as they progress. Each ending will be “special” according to the developers, Raven, which should make the mode a little more replayable than it has been in recent times.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton


Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.