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Cold War Season 2 free multiplayer & Outbreak week: dates, maps & modes, more

Published: 23/Feb/2021 0:40

by Tanner Pierce


Treyarch has officially announced a brand-new free access week for both Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer and its upcoming Outbreak mode, a large-scale Zombies experience set in the Ural Mountains. 

If you don’t own Black Ops Cold War but are intrigued by what the brand-new Outbreak mode has to offer, then Treyarch has the perfect deal for you.

In a bit of an unprecedented move, Activision has announced that not only are players getting a free access week for the game’s multiplayer, but the new Outbreak mode will be included when it launches as well. Here’s everything you need to know about it, including when it’ll be live and plenty more.


Multiplayer free access maps and modes

Black Ops Cold War’s free access weekend will include the new Outbreak mode, Gun Game, and more.

A ton from Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer will be available during the free access week. Four maps will be on offer, including the new map Apocalypse, which is coming with Season 2.

In addition, a selection of modes will also be available, including the new Gun Game mode which tasks players with progressing through 20-tiers of different weapons.


  • Apocalypse
  • Nuketown ’84
  • Cartel
  • Sanatorium


  • Team Deathmatch
  • Domination
  • Gun Game
  • Apocalypse 24/7 (TDM, Hardpoint, Domination, Kill Confirmed)
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Face Off

If more maps or modes get announced for the multiplayer, we’ll update this list accordingly.

Zombies free access content

In addition to Outbreak, PS4 and PS5 players will also have access to Onslaught.

On the Zombies side of things, the main star of the show is Outbreak, the large-scale experience set on modified versions of Fireteam maps. Players will have everything at their disposal, including all the vehicles, perks, ammo mods, weapons, etc. just like everyone else.


If you’re on PlayStation consoles, you’ll also be able to try out Onslaught mode, which is the smaller-scale Zombies experience on the game’s multiplayer maps. The new map Apocalypse will be available in this mode as well.

Black Ops Cold War free access week dates and time

According to Treyarch, the free access week will last from Thursday, February 25 at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to Thursday, March 4 at 10 am PT (1 pm ET).

If that first date sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the first day of Season 2. Meaning that free players will pretty much be able to start enjoying Season 2 content at the same time as those who own the full game.


It’s also been confirmed that Double XP will be running from the start of Season 2, all the way to March 1, 2021, and, of course, free access players will also be able to take advantage of that.

How to download Black Ops Cold War’s free access week

Players will be able to download the free access week on their respective storefronts.

Treyarch has confirmed that players will be able to download the application for the free access week on their respective digital storefronts.

Unfortunately, download links for the application are not live yet and it’s unknown whether or not players will be able to download it early. Once the links become available, we’ll update this piece with instructions.