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Call of Duty 2020 rumored to be called ‘Black Ops Cold War’

Published: 19/May/2020 20:28

by Alan Bernal

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Rumors for the next title in the series suggest that players will take a trip back to a familiar locale as the developers ramp up production for Call of Duty 2020.

Prominent CoD leaker ‘Okami’ on Twitter published a makeshift design that paid homage to the first Black Ops. The only difference is that the sub-title for the artwork is “Cold War,” suggesting that will be the title of Treyarch’s next game.

The leaker has been accurate for unannounced information in the past, including details for Warzone before the battle royale even launched, as well as the remastered version of MW2, among others.

With rumors around the next Call of Duty already pointing to a return to the Cold War era, Okami’s tweet has once again churned the fires of speculation for the upcoming title.

According to the leaker, the moniker for the next title will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This would give the Treyarch developers a ton of leeway to get back to the Black Ops roots in a big way.

The murky and mostly political nature of the Cold War has proven to be an excellent setting for CoD’s writers in the past. A wider approach to the era of espionage and deceit would give ample room to maneuver and devise meaningful stories.

It should be noted that Activision have been quiet this year on the next CoD. The publisher tends to build up hype as soon as May for its FPS release that usually takes the gaming industry by storm.

Though the most comforting information for fans took place on May 5, when Activision COO Daniel Alegre confirmed that CoD 2020 is still “on track for release later this year.”

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There still speculation on what the next Call of Duty will be and what modes could be included.

While gauging the reliability of leaked information like this isn’t easy, the idea that the next Black Ops title will take place in the Cold War era isn’t new. Other rumors in the CoD community have suggested the same, with some leakers even going as far as to estimate when the game’s first teasers will begin to surface.

Some have speculated the title to be “Call of Duty: Vietnam,” claiming that the game will not be a Black Ops reboot and will follow a separate storyline that takes place during the same time period.

While that obviously conflicts with this latest rumor, there appears to be some agreement among the majority of prominent leakers that Treyarch will be taking the era of their next release back to when the first Black Ops took place.

TreyarchIt seems more and more likely that the next Call of Duty will take place during the Cold War era.

Activision have yet to even officially name which studio will take point on the project, though it’s been well-documented that Treyarch took the lead over Sledgehammer Games a year ago, with SHG and Raven Software staying on in supporting roles.

The most promising sign that CoD 2020 is on track for its usual end-of-the-year launch window is that there’s a ton of buzz around the companies involved.

If the game is going to be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, then expect a teaser or some form of an announcement in the next few weeks for it to at least get a few months’ worth of hype before its release.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.