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

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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.

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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


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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. 

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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.Activision
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”. 

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Missions and Multiple endings

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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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