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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone integration: how it works, start date, more

Published: 10/Nov/2020 0:20 Updated: 10/Nov/2020 3:03

by Daniel Cleary


Warzone’s integration with Black Ops Cold War allows players to bring over their weapons, skins, and more from Treyarch’s game into the battle royale title. Given they are two separate titles made by two separate studios, this may be a bit confusing. Here’s how it will work.

Black Ops Cold War includes three original modes: a campaign that’s a direct sequel to Black Ops 1, a highly anticipated multiplayer mode, and a Zombies experience that’s looking to be completely different from previous entries.

All of the above is par for the course with new CoD games in one way, shape, or form. That being said, for the first time ever, a Call of Duty game is crossing over with a previous title in the form of Warzone, which will be integrated with both BOCW and Modern Warfare. But how is it all going to work? Here’s what we know.

When does BOCW integrate with Warzone?

Black ops cold war characters in gunfight
Activision / Treyarch
Warzone is expected to come to Black Ops Cold War for Season One.

After previously being teased during the company’s investor’s call, Activision has announced that Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will be fully integrated with each other when the former’s first season launches on December 10, 2020.

According to Activision, this integration will see a slew of new content added to the game, including new weapons, and a “Classified Warzone experience”. The full extent of this new content is not yet clear, however.

After a wave of confusion due to a misleading Message of Day, Activision has since confirmed that weapons from Black Ops Cold War will not be available in Warzone at launch. However, Operators will be playable in Warzone right on day one, so you’ll be able to jump in with Adler, Woods, and others right from the start.

Loadouts and Weapons

Warzone BOCW integration
Players will be able to use both Black Ops Cold War & Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone.

While Warzone currently shares its loadout arsenal with Modern Warfare, it’s been confirmed that the guns from MW and BOCW multiplayer will both be available in Warzone

How it works is simple: Warzone players will be able to choose the weapon from each game that they want to utilize when making their loadouts. Each weapon will be designated with an icon indicated which game it’s from, in order to help differentiate similar guns.

That said, it is also worth noting that, although Warzone will include weapons from both games, you won’t be able to use BOCW guns in MW multiplayer and vice-versa.


Progression will be shared between Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare.

It’s been confirmed that Warzone, Modern Warfare, and Black Ops Cold War will be all share a singular progression system, which will kick in once Season 1 launches on December 10.

Players will be able to rank up in all three games simply by playing one of them, once the full integration occurs. Until then, BOCW progression will work separately from MW and Warzone.

On December 10, your rank in Warzone and Modern Warfare will be reset, in order to bring it in line with Black Ops Cold War’s leveling. No items will be lost, however, so you don’t have to grind all over again.

In addition, prestige mode is returning with the game, with a twist. The standard seasonal reset will now be implemented with aspects of the traditional prestige system. Rewards for ranking up through the 200 prestige levels include weapon blueprints, callings cards, and more.

Will there be a new Warzone map?

Black Ops Cold War Season 1
The official BOCW Season 1 roadmap teases something big for Warzone.

Warzone players are very familiar with Verdansk, as it is the game’s only map since launch. However, with the Cold War integration coming in December, many fans are expecting that the next chapter could take place on a new map entirely, or at least, a drastically changed version of the current location.

According to the Season 1 roadmap, on December 10, the game will get a “Classified Warzone Experience.” What exactly that will entail is yet to be confirmed, however, rumors and speculation from the key art released seems to point at a new map called Rebirth Island coming to the game.

Make sure to check back here regularly as we will be updating this info hub whenever anything new is announced.

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Weird Gunship bug makes Black Ops Cold War permanently thermal

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:30

by Jacob Hale


A strange bug with the Gunship killstreak in Black Ops Cold War is giving players a secret advantage for the rest of the match, making it easier to spot and gun down enemies.

The Gunship is one of the highest scoring streaks in Black Ops Cold War, with players needing to accrue a whopping 10,000 points to earn it in a match.

Obviously, it’s worth the reward if you’re able to earn one, with the ability to absolutely mow down enemies from above as they spawn in, and can easily rack up double-digit kills with it on the right map.

But some players are experiencing a bug with it that makes the rest of the match even easier, and it’s unclear why.

Black Ops Cold War Gunship
The Gunship is the top killstreak in Black Ops Cold War.

As you can see in the clip below, Prussian-Monarch was kicked out of their Gunship while playing Moscow Hardpoint, and they seem very confused by it — but not as confused as what happens next.

After being kicked out, Monarch is stuck in some kind of permanent thermal vision, with everything looking black and grey, besides enemies who are lit up white like when using a thermal scope.

This perk becomes immediately clear when he starts noticing enemies with the bright white glow on them, and we can only imagine that it helped close out the game much quicker and easier with Monarch’s ability to see enemies at any distance or hidden in the tightest nooks and crannies on the map.

There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion as to how or why this happened, and Prussian-Monarch seems just as confused as we are, having been unceremoniously and prematurely kicked out of his Gunship.

It must be frustrating to not be able to wield the streak after playing so well to earn it, but this strange bug would definitely make you forget about that very quickly.