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How to play Black Ops Cold War Zombies for free on PC & console

Published: 14/Jan/2021 18:30 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 13:05

by Tanner Pierce


After being leaked through a Microsoft Store listing, it’s now confirmed that fans can try out Black Ops Cold War Zombies for free from January 14 through January 21, 2021. Here’s what we know about it.

Free access weekends are nothing new for Call of Duty’s standard multiplayer. Every once in a while, Activision will allow players to try out a small selection of the newest multiplayer maps and modes for a short amount of time, with the obvious hopes that it’ll get them to buy the whole game.

While that is normal for the multiplayer (having happened multiple times with Modern Warfare and once already in Black Ops Cold War), the same cannot be said for Zombies modes, as that’s usually kept locked away in the full version. Now, that has changed.

According to Activision, fans who don’t have the game can now have free access to the game’s Zombies mode, from January 14 to January 21, 2021. The best part is that fans earn access to two separate modes during the free week: the standard Die Maschine experience and the new mode: Cranked.

How to download Black Ops Cold War Zombies Free Access

To download BOCW: Zombies for the free access week, players will be able to go through their specific system’s store or through their website.

  1. Go to PlayStation’s Black Ops Cold War website, Microsoft’s BOCW page, or Blizzard’s page
  2. Select “Zombies Free Access Week” and download
  3. Open up your system, download the contents, and begin fighting the undead

As an added bonus, PlayStation players also get access to Onslaught, a mode exclusive to the platform which allows two players to fight rounds of the undead on multiplayer maps.

Notably absent from the weekend is Dead Ops Arcade 3, a top-down, fan-favorite variant of the traditional Zombies mode. While this is a bit disappointing, it does make sense, as that’s viewed as more of a bonus experience rather than one on the same level as the others.

Players will be able to download the Zombies Free Access application via their platform’s store.

While players can go through their consoles’ stores or search through to find the game, the aforementioned links should make the process a little easier.

This is a fun chance to get people involved in the Zombies mode at no cost and its timing is perfect, as Treyarch just announced that a new Zombies map, Firebase Z, will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in February.

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New Warzone map reportedly coming in April following leaked Verdansk nuke event

Published: 26/Feb/2021 1:07

by Brad Norton


Warzone could be moving away from Verdansk rather soon as a new report suggests a major update is set for April, bringing with it a Black Ops Cold War overhaul along with an entirely new map.

Since the release of Warzone on March 10, 2020, players have grown accustomed to there being just one map. While Rebirth Island was introduced in December, Verdansk has served as the only map for regular-sized competition since launch.

After months of teasers throughout Warzone’s ongoing narrative, it appears we’re finally set to break new ground. An in-game nuke event will allegedly be the catalyst for one of the biggest updates yet.

At the end of Season 2, nukes around Verdansk will finally be set in motion and serve as the transition to a new 1980’s themed map, according to a report from VideoGamesChronicle.

While the brand new Season has only just begun, at its climax, Verdansk appears to be in store for total destruction. We’ve known for quite some time that a major nuclear event has been building under the surface.

Now, VGC states that this event is coming sooner than later with the end of Season 2 kicking off a major revamp. With the new Battle Pass now available, we know that April 22 is the targeted date for Season 3.

This is reportedly when the new map will come into focus. Nuclear silos now open across Verdansk could be advancing through launch stages as the current season progresses. Once it all kicks off, Verdansk will reportedly be no more.

Players will allegedly be sent to a 1980’s themed battleground, with familiar Black Ops locations scattered throughout. While a number of key areas were featured throughout the earlier Blackout mode in Black Ops 4, this could pave the way for yet another nostalgia hit.

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Silos across Verdansk appear to be opening for a nuclear event to round out Season 2.

Zombies have just arrived in Verdansk thanks to the new Ship POI. A leading theory suggests that a zombie outbreak could leave no choice but to nuke the area.

As Season 2 unfolds, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until more locations are overrun by the undead. Be on the lookout for any subtle changes across Verdansk as we enter what could be our final weeks on the map.