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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Everything we know

Published: 29/Jun/2020 11:15 Updated: 12/Nov/2020 6:40

by Joe Craven


With Black Ops Cold War very close on the horizon, we break down everything we know so far about the upcoming FPS title, from setting, developers, zombies, multiplayer and more. 

CoD 2020 setting

First off, we’ll deal with the development team for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, because the two are essentially intertwined. Despite Call of Duty’s three-year-cycle suggesting it is the turn of Sledgehammer Games, development was was handed to veteran CoD developers Treyarch.

Following on from this, it has been confirmed that the game will be set in during the Cold War of the 1980s. This makes sense off the back of the Treyarch developed Black Ops series, the first of which is set in the Cold War. While the game is not set to be a sequel to any of the Black Ops series, it is said to tie into the series as a “soft reboot”.

Black Ops Cold War, or just Black Ops?

The game’s name is now confirmed as Black Ops Cold War, which early leaks indicated. The links to the Black Ops series appear to be hinted at in Modern Warfare, with deconstructed RC-XDs found in the Warzone map. The RC-XD is a kill-streak that has featured, in some form, in every single Black Ops game to date.

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The deconstructed RC-XD in Warzone.


Given the game’s setting in the Cold War, it stands that the campaign will also fit into this narrative. It says on the Black Ops site that, “…players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more.” The most militaristic conflict in the Cold War was the Vietnam War, which the game will revisit. It was in also featured in the original Black Ops.


Details about the next Call of Duty’s Zombies mode indicate that this iteration’s mode is likely to be the most terrifying yet. A co-op mode, new ways that allow players to progress are included, such as perks and weaponry from the Cold War era that are sure to spark up a whole load of adrenaline for those who choose to partake in the mode.

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Modern Warfare reverted back to a Special Ops mode, the first since Modern Warfare 3.

Squads in Zombies are a feature, bringing cross-play to the mode for the first time in history. This will be an exciting feature for many who have friends across multiple platforms that wish to embark on a zombie killing spree together.

The mode will also allow players to progress through the Battle Pass, giving players a new way to tier up through content. Weapons have a rarity to them, meaning greater damage for those extra special finds.

TranZit was a very popular Zombies map that featured in 2012’s Black Ops II.


The game’s multiplayer, similar to the campaign looks to be a fantastic experience when players jump in on release day. There are new additions such as automatic healing, grounded operator movement and other new systems that will add to the immersion and high-quality content we have all come to expect with Call of Duty iterations.

Settings like the infamous ‘Jungle’ map seem likely to return.

One of the few things that hasn’t change is that there will still be no jet-packs in this year’s game. It certainly seems obvious now given the setting, but David Vonderhaar actually confirmed this back in January, prior to the circulation of any rumors.

The RC-XD in Warzone also appears to hint at scorestreaks of a similar nature to the first Black Ops game. Leakers have also suggested that a host of fan-favourites will return to the series.

Chopper Gunner in Modern Warfare
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Chopper Gunner is also in this year’s Modern Warfare.

Custom Classes?

Create-a-class is also returning, allowing you greater control in how you want your operator to function out on the field, with field upgrades  such as advanced munitions to take down your opposition.

Battle Royale?

Call of Duty developers have already commented that Warzone will remain a constant throughout the next few years, acting as a “thread” to link the different games together.

These links are been cemented by YouTuber TheXclusiveAce, who states that Warzone will be the main battle royale for Cold War. This appears to have quashed rumors that Black Ops 4’s Blackout would make a meaningful return.

‘The Red Door’

‘The Red Door’ is the label that appeared for an internal Alpha test relating to Call of Duty 2020, back on June 10.

That codename has now appeared again as a July 15 public listing was spotted on the Xbox Live store. While it’s purely a codename for now, the store page came fit with key art, a full description, and even allowed users to redeem a code for early access.

Xbox Live Store listing The Red Door Call of Duty 2020
Xbox Live Store
An official listing of ‘The Red Door’ appeared on the Xbox Live Store.

It’s not currently clear how ‘The Red Door’ ties into CoD 2020. A code name seems the most likely answer at this early stage, but we may be closer to a release than first thought.


Black Ops 4’s first teasers appeared in March.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releases on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S and Series X , Xbox One and Microsoft Windows November 13, 2020.

That rounds up everything we know about Call of Duty 2020 so far! We will continue to update you on new developments as they emerge.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout in Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:03 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 17:07

by James Busby


The QBZ-83 is may not be as strong or as accurate as the AK-47, but its superior mobility and handling make it a great pick. Here all the perks, attachments, and equipment you need to push this assault rifle to its peak. 

Whether you’re looking to level up every gun to grab those ultra-rare camos or just wanting to give the QBZ-83 a go, then you’ll want to use this loadout. This assault rifle is often overlooked by a lot of players and it’s currently one of the least used guns in the assault rifle category. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort into learning the QBZ, you’ll find that it is a pretty well-round rifle. 

This loadout boosts the QBZ-83’s already great speed, but also increases the gun’s accuracy and firepower. If you’re after an AR that can go toe to toe with the game’s SMGs, then look no further. In order to help you get the most out of the QBZ-83, we’ve put together a reliable loadout you can use to get those deadly Scorestreaks.

Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
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The recent FFAR 1 and M16 nerfs have made the QBZ-83 a more viable option.
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator 
  • Barrel: 15.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel:Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Due to the QBZ-83 having a very clear default sight, we’ve saved the attachment slot to make a much more comfy build. The Infantry Compensator and Foregrip help control both the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This enables you to remain accurate at medium to long ranges. 

Adding to this is the 15.5” Heavy. Not only does this attachment increase the AR’s bullet velocity by a significant 40%, but it also increases the gun’s damage range by 100%. Whether you’re planning to play on the game’s bigger maps or just wanting to increase your kill potential, then the Reinforced Heavy is a must. 

Rounding things off at the bottom, is the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock. These attachments increase ADS and sprint to fire time, allowing you to aggressively rush your foes without having to worry about sluggish performance. 

In terms of equipment, the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic have been chosen. These items will keep you on your feet and enable you to get the drop on any potential targets. 

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The QBZ-83’s speed and firepower makes for some blisteringly fast kills.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Meanwhile, Assassin reveals high priority targets and enables you to get the drop on any enemies who are on killstreaks. Scavenger also replenishes the QBZ-83’s ammo from fallen players, so you’ll never have to hunt for another gun when your ammo is low. 

Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep your movements hidden from prying eyes and enable you to go for those sneaky flanks. After all, this loadout favors both close to mid-range firefights, so don’t be afraid to get into the very thick of a fight. 

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