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Black Ops Cold War gameplay leaks reveal brand-new game mode

Published: 4/Sep/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton


Brand new Black Ops Cold War multiplayer gameplay has leaked online ahead of the September 9 reveal, showcasing an entirely new Call of Duty mode.

Treyarch is set to formally unveil the first Black Ops Cold War multiplayer footage on September 9. However, before we get to their highly anticipated reveal, a chunk of gameplay from a recent test has slipped through the cracks.


A handful of popular Call of Duty content creators were reportedly invited to a secret gameplay demo on September 3. During this behind closed doors showcase, one streamer accidentally went live on Twitch. While the mistake was quickly covered up, screenshots and brief snippets of Cold War gameplay soon spread.

Much of the footage is of an extremely poor quality, though plenty of details can still be made out. From map design to an all-new game mode in action, here’s what we can take away from the multiplayer leak.


Black Ops Cold War multiplayer leak reveals new mode

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War multiplayer gameplay
The first Black Ops Cold War trailer gave us a brief look at multiplayer footage ahead of the September 9 reveal.

Right out of the gate, it’s clear that testers were invited to try out a brand new Call of Duty mode. ‘VIP Escort’ flashes on the screen at the beginning of the first round. It appears as though one team has to get a VIP target to an extraction point on the map. All while the opposing squad is trying to stop them.

While we can’t tell what the VIP actually is – an object or a human target, perhaps – we do know that it can take damage. “VIP is taking fire,” a voiceover came through early into the round. “Keep the package safe.”

Through other leaked screenshots, we can also make out that it’s a round-based mode. Similar to Search and Destroy, a tracker can be seen on the HUD that indicates how many players are left alive on both teams. What begins as a 6v6 mode can soon dwindle down to 1v1 fights as players compete near the VIP target. There’s also a timer that ticks down, forcing teams to act urgently. VIP Escort appears similar to a mode that was originally planned for Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. However, this version never saw the light of day as it was cut prior to release.


Additionally, there are two separate extraction points across one of the maps played during the test. A night-time landscape is lit up by bright neon lights in what looks to be a Miami-inspired setting. Players can fight in the streets or inside one of many open buildings. 

Beyond the new mode, a few key tidbits can be taken away from the leaked footage. A circular radar is back in the top left corner of the HUD. Player health bars can be seen at all times. And there’s room for three unique items in the bottom right corner. Presumably a lethal grenade, a tactical grenade, along with another feature that charges over time. Perhaps a Field Upgrade similar to Modern Warfare.

Cod Black Ops Cold War campaign
It’s too early to tell how many modes or maps will be available, though this leak confirms at least one brand-new mode is on the way.

As for weapons on display, it appeared as though the tester was sticking with a basic Assault Rifle. No particular attachments stood out as they jumped in the game with a regular iron sight equipped.


Activision is sure to be striking down any leaks of this Black Ops Cold War gameplay. So expect it to be removed across the board over the next few days. At the timing of writing, however, the clip is still active and can be seen here.

Anxious fans won’t have to wait long to see a proper reveal, however. Treyarch will be lifting the lid on the highly-anticipated multiplayer component on Sep. 9.

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Shroud explains how Treyarch can fix Fireteam in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 17/Oct/2020 4:32

by Andrew Amos


Fireteam is the newest game mode to hit Call of Duty, with Treyarch adding the team-based mode in Black Ops Cold War. However, according to Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Fireteam is a long way off being enjoyable. He’s got some fixes though.

The new Fireteam game mode in Black Ops Cold War is a bit of everything. It’s part battle-royale, with players being divided up into 10 teams of four. It’s got some objective hunting, and obviously, kills go a long way to racking up points.


However, the game mode has received a mixed reception upon release in the beta. While it’s definitely a different gameplay experience to normal, the mode loses its charm pretty quickly.

COD player planting bomb in Fireteam mode
Fireteam is a huge new game mode in Black Ops Cold War, but there’s some kinks that need fixing.

It can feel like a grind, with games taking forever, and long time-to-kill making the action less explosive. It can also get pretty confusing, with the objective not awfully clear. Shroud shares many of these same concerns with Fireteam as the rest of the community.


He’s got some solutions though. His biggest quandary with Fireteam is the long time-to-kill. With players getting armor on top of their health, gunfights can take forever, and even if you win one, you’re at a stark disadvantage until you find time to heal up and top up your plates.

Shroud has a simple solution though: remove the armor, and increase everyone’s base HP.

“I wish there wasn’t armor in [Fireteam]. That would be nice. Simple solution: why can’t they just make it so your HP is higher in this game mode? No armor, nothing ⁠— your HP is just a little bit higher. You still get the same regen, it might just take a little bit longer to get to max, but isn’t that an easy solution,” he said while playing through the beta.


Shroud’s problem isn’t with the armor mechanic itself. After all, he was an avid player of Warzone, and didn’t have any problems with it in the battle royale environment. It just doesn’t fit the bill for Fireteam though. It makes the gameplay clunky, in his opinion.

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“The problem isn’t the armor itself, or the health that you have. The problem is that once you’ve ticked away and that armor can’t be regened like your health can, you’re now Joe Garbargio,” he said.

Then, there was also another issue: “that game mode took way too long.” That’s been a pretty hot talking point in the community since Fireteam’s release. The simple solution for that is reduce the time limit and points required to win.


Those changes will come with time as Treyarch keeps tinkering with the new game mode. For now, the jury is still out for shroud on Black Ops Cold War. While he’s enjoying himself, he hasn’t played enough yet to form a proper opinion.