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Black Ops Cold War reportedly set to get new “open world” Zombies Outbreak mode

Published: 11/Feb/2021 5:47 Updated: 11/Feb/2021 6:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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Treyarch is reportedly set to add a new “open-world style” Zombies mode ⁠— apparently titled ‘Outbreak’ ⁠— to Black Ops Cold War in the near future, according to Call of Duty leaks on Twitter and Reddit.

The new Black Ops Cold War leak was first posted by Call of Duty insider ‘Okami,’ before being shared around Twitter and Reddit on February 10.

According to the leaker, this new mode would be an “open-world style” Zombies mode, added to Black Ops Cold War in a coming season. The upcoming playlist ⁠— apparently totally “co-op” ⁠— will be played on a yet-to-be-released “large-scale Fireteam map.”

The playlist will reportedly be a “Treyarch-style” PVE mode.

There have been limited details beyond early reports, but Dexerto believes any new Zombies mode in Black Ops Cold War will continue the series’ rebooted story.

If the new “Outbreak” rumors prove true, this won’t be the first time Treyarch has added Zombies to a mega-sized map in Call of Duty ⁠— early Warzone predecessor “Blackout” had small pockets of undead AI randomly spawn throughout its Black Ops 4 battle royale matches.

Black Ops 2 also had a semi-open Zombies map, TranZit. The transport-based mode saw players battle across a huge battlefield via robot-controlled bus.

The report from Okami also mentions “Outbreak” would be hosted on a Fireteam map, though it’s not clear if this would be a new release. If it’s an already-existing option, this may include Alpine, Ruka, or even Sanatorium from Season 1.

The new Zombies mode may be hosted on a Fireteam map like "Sanatorium."
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The new Zombies mode may be hosted on a Fireteam map like “Sanatorium.”

Dexerto has yet to hear any official confirmation from Activision either way on these “Outbreak” rumors, so take any Zombies news with a grain of salt until then.

If the rumored mode is added to Black Ops Cold War soon, it likely won’t be until after Season 2’s big content drop. The 2021 title’s second season is penned in for the last week of February, which coincides with the end of the current battle pass.

For now, Zombies fans will have to stick to playing the new map, “Firebase Z,” which was released on February 4 after an extended teaser campaign.

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Why Clayster flipped off CDL on-broadcast during Royal Ravens matchup

Published: 24/Feb/2021 4:13 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 4:14

by Brad Norton

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James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks flipped the bird to the Call of Duty League moments before the New York Subliners took on the Royal Ravens. Here’s why the veteran was all too frustrated before his latest matchup.

As players got settled into the lobby for the second week of CDL action in 2021, something clearly ticked off NYSL. There was visible frustration from the players before they kicked off the opening map.

Coming off a difficult 0-3 loss to the Los Angeles Thieves a week prior, the lineup was looking to rebound with a bang. Before they got their boots on the ground, however, a key moment from the previous week was broadcast for the world to see.

The CDL stream revealed Clayster’s heated comms after the disappointing loss. This private matter shouldn’t have been aired at all, according to Clay, let alone moments before their next match.

So, he took out his frustration the only way he could: flipping the bird on-stream.

“I had complained last time about showing my cam when I was super upset with my team,” he explained. “So I was pretty upset with them airing my after-match comms.”

Despite the 0-3 scoreline, NYSL’s series against the LA Thieves was one of the closest all week. The Hardpoint came within nine points, SnD went to a round 11, and Control went the distance as well.

Understandably, Clayster was fairly heated after the extremely close series that very well could have been a 3-0 in their favor.

“That was really bad guys,” he said in the now-public aftermath. “I don’t know what the f*** I watched. That was so stupid. We’re up 5-3 in the Search and we can’t close it out?”

This moment was captured on the broadcast last week but the comms were only just revealed today. Frustrated with the CDL running it without permission, Clayster stuck his middle finger up the next time his camera was on-stream.

“It was basically a nice little screw you before the match,” he said.

“I don’t appreciate that. I’m going to be having a talk with the league. If they’re going to make us sit here, I think it’s a little unprofessional to use the comms in the video. Especially right before we play a match.”

The NYSL vs Royal Ravens series begins at the 1:31:50 mark below.

While the video could have brought the team down, they didn’t let it get to them. NYSL dominated the Royal Ravens to rebound with a lopsided 3-0 win in Week 2.

If the League does try to punish Clayster, it looks like he’ll be alright: the official Subliners account tweeted “we’ll pay his fine” in response to the situation.