How does Warzone work in Black Ops Cold War? Progression, account, more - Dexerto
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How does Warzone work in Black Ops Cold War? Progression, account, more

Published: 9/Sep/2020 18:49 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 21:30

by Theo Salaun


Along with the global reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision has detailed exactly how Warzone accounts will be integrated, including cross-play, cross-play, and cross-generation. 

In what should be popular news for those who have grinded and spent money on cosmetics and weapons in Warzone, Activision has confirmed that everything unlocked in the battle royale will be tied directly to their Activision account and will continue to be available for usage alongside all of the new content Black Ops Cold War brings.


Battle Pass, store, and Armory integration with Warzone

Warzone, the free-to-play complement to Modern Warfare, will persist alongside Black Ops Cold War as Activision’s blog explains that the battle royale “will continue to evolve” and will be “interweaving some of Black Ops Cold War’s themes, weapons, and operators.”

Essentially, it has been confirmed that everything about Warzone, from the developments in the game’s map and lore to the unlocks from its Battle Pass seasons and store, will carry over into Black Ops Cold War.


Once the new game comes out, the Battle Pass seasons will update and all new content will be available for players to access from their Armory in line with everything they’ve already unlocked through Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Modern Warfare Season 5 Battle Pass
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All unlocks from Battle Pass and the store will continue into Black Ops Cold War.

All unlocks, from weapons (including Blueprints) and Operators to equipment and cosmetics, will be accessible in the game’s upcoming iteration. As a note, though, all Modern Warfare and Warzone content will only be available in Warzone, as Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer and Zombies offerings will be restricted to functional offerings from the new Treyarch title.

Further, Activision has confirmed that the new Battle Pass system will continue to include free tiers and that each season will continue the narrative structure made prominent in Modern Warfare and Warzone. Unlike the Battle Pass’s seasonal cosmetics and items, multiplayer maps and modes will be simultaneously available across all platforms.


This news was rumored in the past, but it’s good to have it officially confirmed via Activision, as this emphasis on cross-platform, cross-integration means that the player base can be as big as ever, while rewarding for the time (and money) spent on Warzone.

Cross-play, cross-progression, cross-generation

Activision has also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will be the first CoD title ever to feature cross-play against all systems and console generations. That means that whether it’s account progression or simply the ability to play with one another, players will be integrated through thei accounts across PC and both the current and next generations of Xbox and PlayStation.

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Fans will be delighted to know that Warzone will continue, as will all of their Battle Pass and store unlocks, in Black Ops Cold War.

Theoretically, this means that an entire multiplayer team could include players from PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5, which would be unprecedented. 


Given the development of Activision accounts, players will also be able to log into their same account on multiple platforms, allowing all progress unlocked on any platform to be accessed on whatever platform a player logs onto next.

Black Ops Cold War will be releasing on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s been confirmed that the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will be available as soon as the next-gen consoles are rolled out.

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce


The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing


Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.


The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel


There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.


Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.


SMG Blueprint

Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.


Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.