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Call of Duty 2020: Everything we know about Treyarch’s Black Ops reboot

Published: 29/Jun/2020 11:15 Updated: 19/Jul/2020 16:30

by Joe Craven

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With the 2020 installment of Call of Duty now 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 and rumored setting, because the two are essentially intertwined. Despite Call of Duty’s three-year-cycle suggesting it is the turn of Sledgehammer Games, it has been confirmed that the project was handed to veteran CoD developers Treyarch, off the back of unknown issues at Sledgehammer and Raven Software.

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Following on from this, it has been all but confirmed that the game will be set in the Cold War. 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 not confirmed, but early leaks have indicated that its working title is ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’. However, in the weeks that followed, the name ‘Black Ops’ has emerged. This would follow the title formula of 2019’s Modern Warfare, which copies the names of the 2007 title that started the MW series.

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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.

Campaign

Given the likelihood of the game’s setting in the Cold War, it stands to reason that the campaign will also fit into this narrative. The most militaristic conflict in the Cold War was the Vietnam War, which the game may revisit from an American perspective, as it was in the original Black Ops.

These rumors appear to have been at least partially confirmed by new leaks, which provide the names of a host of CoD 2020 missions. There are references to ‘nam’; a widely used shorthand way to refer to Vietnam. Also, the Nicaraguan Revolution is name checked, a lesser known conflict that formed part of the Cold War.

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The name ‘Call of Duty: Vietnam’ actually surfaced as an early potential title, but rumors have since moved away from this. The setting, however, remains prominent in a number of leaks.

Zombies

Details about the next Call of Duty’s Zombies mode are the most scarce. In fact, it is not even guaranteed that the game will have an undead mode. While it has become something of a staple of Treyarch games, other studios’ titles have had Zombies mode, but then moved away from it.

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

Further questions have been raised about CoD 2020 and a potential Zombies storyline. Jason Blundell, one of the pioneers behind the mode, left Treyarch back in February. Similarly, Lee Ross, who transitioned over to Treyarch from Infinity Ward following Infinite Warfare, also confirmed his departure from Call of Duty in early-May.

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One of the few things we have heard about CoD 2020’s Zombies is that Black Ops II map TranZit looks likely to return, with a completed remaster allegedly being found in game files. This will likely be accompanied by some new maps but, at this point, it’s too early to provide any more details.

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

Multiplayer

The game’s multiplayer, similar to the campaign, should follow suit and utilize Cold War environments. Hence, it appears it will be most similar to the first Black Ops in terms of aesthetics and weapons.

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

One of the few things we have had confirmed is that there will be no jet-packs in this year’s game. It certainly seems obvious now given the rumored 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 favorite scorestreaks from the Black Ops series will return, including Attack Dogs, Napalm Strike, Chopper Gunner, UAV and Counter-UAV.

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

There have also been limited rumors of a ‘pick-10’ create-a-class system returning, which would replace Modern Warfare’s Gunsmith class customization. The ‘pick-10’ system has been present in Black Ops II, III and IIII. Rumors so far state that Field Upgrades will return, but there will be no specialists. 

Both TheGamingRevolution and LongSensation claim that a host of infamous Black Ops maps will be returning in CoD 2020. These include Nuketown, Summit, Jungle and Firing Range, all of which also made a return in Black Ops 4.

Other maps that have leaked include one named ‘Tank’, and another set on a boat, that will apparently be a very small, three-lane map.

This appears to confirm the rumors further, as all of the maps easily fit in with a Cold War narrative. Some players appear concerned at map repetition but, given the incredibly fast turnaround Treyarch will have to make, remastered fan-favorite maps appear an inevitability to flesh out the game.

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 appear to have been cemented by YouTuber TheXclusiveAce, who stated that Warzone will be the main battle royale in CoD 2020. This appears to have quashed rumors that Black Ops 4’s Blackout would make a meaningful return.

New leaks have also surfaced in July, this time regarding the place of Warzone. Four names have emerged as ‘zones’ – potentially hinting at significant map changes, or even multiple maps. It’s not entirely clear what they mean for the future of Warzone.

‘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.

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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.

CoD 2020 Release Date & Teasers

Currently, there is no confirmed reveal or release date for Call of Duty 2020. Black Ops 4 was released back in October of 2018, but Treyarch had an extra year to develop that game because of Sledgehammer’s WWII.

Black Ops 4’s first teasers appeared in March.

Activision have previously stated that the game has incurred no delays and is still set for an Autumnal release, but recent rumors have cast doubt on this, and suggested we could see a delay.

We are still waiting for our first official teasers regarding CoD 2020. July, with no information, is unheard of in CoD terms.


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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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

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2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

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Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

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Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

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2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.

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