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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War logo & possible release date leaked

Published: 26/Jul/2020 1:58 Updated: 26/Jul/2020 3:37

by Theo Salaun

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After months of speculation, fans finally know that Call of Duty 2020 will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, thanks to an unlikely leak for a Doritos promotion.

With Call of Duty titles usually having trailers and gameplay shown by May, this year has been an anomaly. Leaks have discussed various aspects of the game, but nothing was set in stone. Now, a leaked Doritos promotion shows the game’s name and logo for the first time.

Fans will be quick to analyze what exactly this information means for the game. The image, which was leaked to ModernWarzone, shows the game’s title, logo, and information about the promotion’s timeline — which will begin on 10/5/20. 

This is an intriguing piece of information because it can be tied to Modern Warfare’s promotions and start date as well. Typically, CoD titles get revealed around May and released around October.

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A close-up of the promotion shows CoD 2020’s full title and logo.

That was the case for Black Ops 4 and Modern Warfare and then a prominent leaker suggested that, despite all the delays and lack of a reveal, CoD 2020’s official release was still on schedule.

A second leaked picture shows the promotion is set to begin in early October. For Modern Warfare, Mountain Dew had a promotion that began in early October 2019 before the game was released later that month, on the 25th. Mountain Dew and Doritos are owned by the same company, PepsiCo, so it stands to reason that the brands have similar promotion practices.

If the earlier leak is correct that the game is not delayed, and the leaked promotion is reasonably expected to follow last year’s schedule, then it feels probable that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be released in late October 2020, much likes its predecessor.

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A second picture shows terms and details of the promotion, causing speculation over the game’s release date.

But what has made that release date seem most unlikely and left fans in absolute confusion is that there has yet to be significant reveals about the title from Activision or Treyarch themselves.

That may soon change, as the aforementioned leaker guessed a reveal was coming within a few weeks, and another prominent insider, Tom Henderson, has now further fueled speculation that something big will be happening on August 5.

The suspected August 5 date is a popular one since that also happens to be when Season 5 of Modern Warfare and Warzone will be kicking off.

It’s been widely speculated, based on leaks and rumors, that the next Call of Duty will be teased for the first time in an in-game Warzone event, and the launch of Season 5, with all the hype it brings, could be the perfect time to do it.

 

All that said, Activision, Treyarch, and assistant developers Sledgehammer Games have all continued to be silent about CoD’s future, leaving the community to put the puzzle together themselves based on inside sources and leaks.

But, at long last, we appear to have finally gotten a title, a logo, and estimated dates for Black Ops Cold War’s reveal and release.

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.