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Black Ops Cold War reveals new Zombies map: Firebase Z

Published: 14/Jan/2021 18:15

by Theo Salaun


Treyarch have revealed that a new Zombies map, known as “Firebase Z” is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on February 4, 2021 and will be free to play on all platforms.

The Dark Aether storyline for Black Ops Cold War’s iteration of the Zombies series is officially getting its first major update in February, firmly within Season 1 of the new CoD title and well ahead of the expected schedule.

Although players have been able to rack up rounds and hunt for easter eggs in Die Maschine, the game’s first Zombies map, since November — a new map means new story tidbits to work through. For fans of the mode’s elaborate lore, this is exciting. 

For fans of the mode’s gameplay, like FaZe Blaze, who set an absurd 328-round world record with Ghostzy, this incoming map simply means more content and rounds to grind out. And, finally, for fans of the mode’s incredible camos, a new map entails new ways to continue getting at the Plague Diamond and Dark Aether camos.

While more Firebase Z details are coming on January 15, Treyarch have given a glimpse at what fans might expect with the new map already. In the developers’ blog post, they briefly tie the new map into the ongoing storyline for the PvE Zombies franchise.

“With the destruction of the WWII-era “Projekt Endstation” site after investigating the otherworldly Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, Requiem now sets its focus on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25, known by the code name ‘Firebase Z.’”

Cranked Zombies mode
A new Zombies mode called Cranked is included in Black Ops Cold War’s midseason update.

Projekt Endstation refers to the research facility found in the Die Maschine map, which fans have likely become quite familiar with by now. If players completed the main questline on the map, Projekt Endstation was seen exploding, so it’s only natural that the characters are making their way to another section of the world.

Still, nothing is certain just yet and fans will need to wait until more details are released. When those do come out, we’ll be on top of them on both this page and the Dexerto Intel Twitter account.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.