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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer, release date, versions, more

Published: 26/Aug/2020 19:03 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 22:59

by Albert Petrosyan


Activision and Treyarch have finally pulled back the curtains on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and we’ve got everything there is to know about the game’s upcoming release and beta.

The annual hype that surrounds the release of a new Call of Duty title is very much in full swing once more, this time for Black Ops Cold War, developed by Treyarch and Raven Software.

On August 26, Activision gave their hungry player-base a taste of what to expect with the worldwide reveal of BOCW in Warzone, which included a trailer for the campaign.

In addition, the publishers also released quite a bit of information about the game, such as the release date, pricing of all the different versions, next-gen console availability, and more, all of which can be found below.

Black Ops Cold War reveal trailer

When does Black Ops Cold War release?

It’s now been confirmed that BOCW will be available on Friday, November 13, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This is the first game in the series to be released in November since WWII in 2017; the last two, Black Ops 4 and Modern Warfare, were rolled out in October.

Next-gen availability

For those wondering about if and when BOCW will be released for the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Activision have announced that the game will be available on both next-gen consoles on “day one.”

Neither Microsoft nor Sony have yet to announce when their new platforms are coming out, so that information is expected to be revealed later.

Versions and pricing

There are three versions of Black Ops Cold War that players can start preordering now ahead of the November 13 release: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle, and Ultimate Edition.

  • Standard Edition
    • PS4, Xbox One, PC
    • $59.99
    • Confrontations Weapons Pack
  • Standard Edition (next-gen)
    • PS5, Xbox Series X
    • $69.99
    • Confrontations Weapons Pack
  • Cross-Gen Bundle
    • PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Xbox Series X (includes both the current and next-gen versions)
    • $69.99
    • Confrontations Weapons Pack
  • Ultimate Edition
    • PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Xbox Series X (includes both the current and next-gen versions), PC
    • $89.99
    • Land, Sea, and Air Packs
      • 3 Operator Skins
      • 3 Vehicle Skins
      • 3 Weapon Blueprints
    • Battle Pass Bundle (BOCW Season 1 Battle Pass + 20 Tier skips)
    • Confrontations Weapons Pack

Here’s a look at what’s included in the Land, Sea, and Air Packs as part of the Ultimate Edition:

ActivisionThe Black Ops Cold War Land, Sea, and Air Packs are available as part of the Ultimate Edition preorder.

Activision have also confirmed that those who purchase the Standard Edition for current-gen consoles can upgrade to the next-gen version for $10 at any time, given that the upgraded version is within the same console family (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X).

Physical copies

There will, of course, be physical copies of BOCW available for all four consoles (PC will be only digital). The prices of each version will be the same as listed above, but here’s a rundown on how the upgrade process will work:

  • Physical Standard of PS4 will upgrade to PS5 for $10
  • Physical Standard of PS5 only includes PS5 version
  • Physical Standard of Xbox Series X includes Xbox One copy
  • Physical Standard of Xbox One cannot upgrade to Xbox Series X

Furthermore, preordering any of these three versions digitally will also include early access to the Open Beta (see below for more details) as well as a cosmetics bundle that includes the iconic character Frank Woods as an Operator and a new assault rifle weapon blueprint.

The Frank Woods Operator and AR blueprint can be used immediately in Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone.


When is the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal?

The August 26 reveal was purely for the campaign only, so all information about the game’s multiplayer side of things won’t be made available until Friday, September 9.

However, Treyarch did tease the MP with a sneak peek at the very end of the reveal trailer:

Black Ops Cold War Open Beta

As has been the case with many of the Call of Duty games in recent years, BOCW will have an open beta period for players to try out the game ahead of its release.

While the dates for the beta have not yet been announced, Activision have confirmed that it’ll be available first on PS4 for “up to five days in advance,” as part of their deal with Sony.

SonyPS4 will be getting the Black Ops Cold War open beta earlier than other platforms.

Black Ops Cold War campaign info

Of course, the campaign was the major center of focus when it came to the August 26 reveal, as Activision not only showed off the trailer for it but also revealed plenty of details:

  • There are multiple endings
  • Players can create their own character
  • Decisions affect the endings
  • And more!

More about the single-player mode, including the list of characters and missions, can be found in our Black Ops Cold War campaign hub.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton


A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.