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Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season 1 update: new modes, map, release date

Published: 8/Jan/2021 1:31

by Tanner Pierce

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Treyarch have unveiled some brand-new details about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 Mid-Season update, including what content players should be able to expect once it goes live, as well as when it’ll actually be releasing. Here’s what you need to know.

If you’ve been patiently waiting for some new content to try out in Black Ops Cold War and today’s playlist update just isn’t doing it for you, then there’s some good news.

Treyarch have officially announced some more concrete details about the game’s Season 1 Mid-Season update, while it’s a bit more light compared to some other titles’ mid-season updates (specifically Modern Warfare’s), it still includes a good amount of content for fans to sink their teeth into.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Mid-Season content

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Black Ops Cold War fans will be able to try out a new map and some new modes with the mid-season update.

First and foremost, fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new Fireteam Dirty Bomb map Sanatorium. Like all the content here, this was previously announced with the game’s original Season 1 update, but this will be the first time that players will be able to try it out for themselves.

In addition, players will be able to try out two new modes. The first is Dropkick for standard multiplayer, which will task two teams with fighting over a suitcase. The player who controls the suitcase will be given a “powerful pistol” and will need to hold onto it for as long as possible in order to win the match.

On the other hand, Cranked is coming for Zombies, which will require players to keep getting kills or else they’ll die and have to start their games all over again, which is a nice little twist compared to the standard, round-based modes.

Also on the Zombies train, PlayStation players will be able to try out the MP map Raid in the Onslaught game mode when the update goes live. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like players will be getting any new weapons during the mid-season update, as the only one we knew about was the Streetsweeper shotgun, which has already been added to the game.

Mid-Season update release date

According to Treyarch the game’s Season 1 Mid-Season update is set to go live on Thursday, January 14, 2020. As with the game’s main first season update, it’ll almost certainly be released as a full-blown, downloadable update on your system, rather than as a simple hotfix.

That being said, it’s currently unknown the exact time that it’ll be available for download on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. If it follows the trends of other updates, however, it should hit sometime in the early morning.

Once more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update, so stay tuned for more info.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.