Treyarch dev finally confirms Ranked Play coming to Black Ops Cold War

Jacob Hale

A Treyarch developer has finally confirmed that Ranked Play will be coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War — but players still believe there’s a lot to be desired from the confirmation.

Ranked Play has been a constant thorn in the side of Call of Duty players and developers over the years. Competitive players beg for it every year and, while there’s always some variation of a competitive playlist, it rarely lives up to expectations.

Treyarch, though, have always provided it, be it League Play from Black Ops 2 and 4 or Arena from Black Ops 3.

That said, while we can always expect them to provide a competitive option for players — as outlined by David Vonderhaar back in October before the game released — many fans have been disappointed by both the lack of Ranked Play and the lack of communication regarding it so far.

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Season 1 saw competitive classic map Raid return, and now players want to duke it out in a Ranked mode.

While the competitive mode has finally been confirmed by a dev, it’s not exactly the promising answer players would have expected.

In a Reddit post asking whether ranked play will even be a thing, with the original poster asking for “something meaningful to grind,” Treyarch’s community manager Josh ‘Foxhound’ Torres gave confirmation.

“Yes, Ranked Play will be a thing, ” he said, before dealing a bit of a blow to the community: “I currently don’t have a timetable to share with you, however.”

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The Treyarch community manager confirmed Ranked Play is coming.

To many, the lack of a Ranked Play mode this late into the game is cause for concern. This is a sentiment echoed by even the likes of OpTic Chicago’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, who called out the lack of a competitive mode way back when the game first launched in November.

So, this is the first official confirmation we have that Ranked Play will be coming to Black Ops Cold War, but players are still concerned at how late it is arriving as well as the lack of communication.

It’s worth noting that this does match the timeline set by Black Ops 4, in which League Play arrived on February 21, 2019, but at the time this was heralded as a disappointment by competitive players, many of whom will be hoping it arrives in BOCW much sooner.

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Jacob is Dexerto’s UK Editor and Call of Duty esports specialist. With a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, he previously worked as an Editor at Ginx TV. Jacob was nominated for Journalist of the Year at the 2023 Esports Awards. Contact: