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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War teaser trailer confirms reveal date

Published: 19/Aug/2020 21:54 Updated: 24/Aug/2020 21:55

by Theo Salaun

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At long last, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been confirmed to be the series’ 2020 title. After a weeklong easter egg hunt in Warzone, an unlisted trailer has finally been discovered that teases the new game and its upcoming reveal date.

For months, people have wondered when Call of Duty’s 2020 iteration, a joint effort between Treyarch Studios and Raven Software, would start being revealed.

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With projectors being sent out, a puzzle of ciphers and bunkers and codes was slowly dismantled over six days — leading ultimately to a trailer deepening hype and officially confirming the game’s leaked title and next reveal date.

At the height of the Cold War, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov issues a chilling warning: “Understand what’s going on around you. You are in a state of war and you have precious little time to save yourself.” He claims a Soviet spy, codename: ‘Perseus’ has infiltrated Western intelligence. His goal: Subvert the U.S. to ensure Soviet dominance in the arms race. To this day, the identity and whereabouts of Perseus remain unknown. “It is a slow process, which we call ‘active measures.” The first stage being demoralization, it takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. The next stage is destabilization. What matters is essentials: economy, foreign relations, defense systems. The next stage is crisis. With the violent change of power, structure, and economy, a period of normalization. This is what will happen in the United States if you allow all the schmucks to put a big brother government in Washington D.C., who will promise lots of things, never mind whether the promises are fulfilled or not.” Inspired by actual events. A plan decades in the making. Know your history or be doomed to repeat it. “The time bomb is ticking, with every second, the disaster is coming closer and closer. The danger is real.” Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Worldwide reveal: August 26.

Bombs and espionage were consistent themes of the easter egg hunt and now we know why. Each day, a VHS tape on the Pawn Takes Pawn website played clips of different news stories during the Cold War, revealing certain numbers, coordinates, and codes.

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Those coordinates led to locations, unlocked via the codes, and the secret bunkers that lay behind those locked doors led to further clues, including different ciphers that needed to be solved with the assortment of numbers and charts found within Warzone and on Pawn Takes Pawn.

On the final, sixth day of the hunt, a nuke was discovered within the bunker near Park. This confirmed many suspicions and subsequent discoveries of new clues allowed the community to eventually decipher all of the puzzles, leading to the unlisted YouTube trailer teaser.

 

When is the Call of Duty 2020 worldwide reveal?

According to the teaser trailer, the worldwide reveal for Black Ops Cold War will take place on Wednesday, August 26.  The exact time has yet to be announced, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL as we’ll be providing that information and more as soon as it’s available.

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However, we do know that the reveal will be in Warzone, based on the video’s description saying “Verdansk. August 26.” It’s been long speculated that this will come in the shape of an in-game event, but we’ll probably get more details as the date gets closer.

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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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