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Call of Duty 2020 leaks confirm Zombies to return in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Jul/2020 2:54 Updated: 20/Jul/2020 3:06

by Isaac McIntyre


New ‘The Red Door’ leaks for Treyarch’s Call of Duty 2020 title, reportedly called Black Ops Cold War, have confirmed the popular Zombies mode will indeed be making a return in the franchise’s next installment, with at least one map.

Late last week, a mysterious Call of Duty listing appeared on the Xbox Live game store. The barebones page shared a few details on “The Red Door,” a title that has long been rumored to be the Black Ops Cold War working title.

Call of Duty dataminers got to work, and were soon sharing the fruits of their labors; among them were Black Ops Cold War campaign levels, and confirmation Warzone would be getting a new map, or at least a pile of new zones.

There was another confirmation buried in the code too. All the way back in March, insiders began to suggest the long-standing Black Ops’ Zombies mode would be returning in Call of Duty 2020. That now seems to have been confirmed.

Call of Duty Zombies enemy charges at the screen.
Call of Duty Zombies will be making its return in the franchise’s 2020 release, according to The Red Door leaks.

Zombies appears to be the third mode in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War title, alongside the standard campaign and multiplayer offerings. There will likely be a single Zombies map ⁠— codenamed “Silver” ⁠— included at launch.

Treyarch has been known to use colors as code names for their in-development Zombies maps, so this lines up with their past beta runs. It’s likely the 2020 title’s post-apocalyptic arena will be handed a proper label in the official reveal.

At this stage, the mode that originated all the way back in 2008’s World at War has become part of the furniture when it comes to any Treyarch titles in the supersized FPS franchise, so this revelation comes as no real surprise for veteran Call of Duty fans.

Little is known about what Zombies could look like in Black Ops Cold War at this point. There are a few hallmark features of the player-v-undead mode, however. It will likely be a four-player co-op, and have no real ‘winnable’ conclusion.

Potential Call of Duty 2020 Zombies characters.
Zombies has become a premier CoD mode in its own right. Call of Duty 2020 looks to be continuing that trend.

Zombies underwent a minor transformation heading into Treyarch’s last Call of Duty release, Black Ops 4. The mode had new ‘Elixir’ and ‘Talisman’ systems added to its repertoire, as well as updated perks. It also continued the franchise’s 10-year-long “Aether” storyline.

The new “Silver” map in Call of Duty 2020 will mark the 33rd new arena in the self-contained Zombies campaign. Tag der Toten was the last addition to the Zombies roster back in Black Ops 4. Four maps have also been released on Nintendo DS.

Call of Duty zombies scary map.
The new “Silver” map is expected to be a totally new Zombies arena in Call of Duty 2020.

Remember, however, these are still datamined leaks, and therefore must be taken with at least a pinch of salt. Treyarch and Activision have yet to lift the lid on Call of Duty 2020’s major details, including its real name.

According to insiders, a trailer is right around the corner though. Considering these leaks have come straight from “The Red Door” listing, expect most ⁠— if not all ⁠— to be confirmed when the first CoD 2020 teaser finally drops.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
Activision / Infinity Ward
Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
Activision / Infinity Ward
You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.