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League Play & BO2 Express map confirmed for Black Ops Cold War Season 1: release dates & info

Published: 14/Jan/2021 19:59 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 20:16

by Albert Petrosyan


Treyarch has confirmed that even more content will be coming to Black Ops Cold War as part of the Season 1 Reloaded update, including the highly requested League Play competitive mode and an iconic Black Ops 2 multiplayer map called Express. 

Black Ops Cold War’s Season One Reloaded update dropped on January 14, adding tons of new content for the game’s multiplayer and Zombies modes. However, Treyarch also announced that there would be even more coming later on in the season.

Perhaps the two biggest additions on the way are the train-station Express map from Black Ops 2, and League Play – the fan-favorite ranked mode that brings competitive play to public lobbies.

Here’s everything we know so far:

When is Express coming to Black Ops Cold War?

Express Black Ops 2 map
The iconic Express map from Black Ops 2 is coming to Black Ops Cold War!

Black Ops 2’s Express has always been regarded as one of the better maps in Call of Duty history. Set in a California train station, the map contrasts the interior’s tight and close-quarters hallways and rooms with the wide-open outdoor area that allows players to traverse in and on top of the various trains parked on the platforms.

Due to the stylistic differences between the eras of Black Ops 2 and the BOCW, it remains to be seen if Treyarch are going to make any changes to the design of Express to better match it with the setting of the new game since such high-speed trains might not be time-appropriate.

Either way, we’ll find out on Thursday, February 4, 2021, when the map is scheduled to go live.

When is League Play coming to Black Ops Cold War?

Black Ops Cold War Season One Reloaded Roadmap
The Season 1 Reloaded Roadmap reveals that League Play is coming soon to Black Ops Cold War!

No mode or feature has probably been requested more by the CoD player-base than League Play, which is a ranked playlist that follows the official competitive ruleset, meaning that only the weapons, attachments, perks, and equipment used in the Call of Duty League are allowed.

It was always assumed that League Play would eventually get released in BOCW but it wasn’t officially confirmed until Treyarch’s community manager recently did so on Reddit.

Now, we have an even more clear idea of when the mode will be arriving – Activision confirmed that it’ll be “in-season,” meaning sometime before the end of Season One. According to the Battle Pass, S1 will be wrapping up around February 24, which means you can expect League Play to be live on or before that date, barring any unforeseen delays.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby


From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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