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What’s coming to Warzone & Modern Warfare: XP promo, playlists, more

Published: 21/Sep/2020 20:58

by Tanner Pierce

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It’s the final week before the launch of Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 6, which means it’s time for the last Double XP promo weekend for S5. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s coming this week.

The final week of Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 is finally here. While fans are eager to learn more information about the upcoming season, they’ll more than likely have to wait a couple more days before knowing exactly what new maps, modes, and weapons are coming.

Until then, players still have all the content from Season 5 to hold them over. If you’ve been looking to level up your battle pass, jump into some modes, or get a fresh new look for your character before the season officially ends, now seems to be the perfect time to hop back into both Modern Warfare and Warzone.

The big news is that another wave Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and even Double Battle Pass progression is coming, which means you’ll have help for that final push for Level 155 Tier 100 in the Battle Pass. All three boosts are set to go live on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT and will last until September 28, 2020, ending at that same time.

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Players will be able to get their hands on a new Ghost skin, seen to the left.

Multiplayer

On the Multiplayer side of things, Shipment 24/7 and Shoot House 24/7 will be activated this week. Previously, Shoot the Ship 24/7, which combined both maps into one playlist, was available but now it seems like Activision wanted to give players the option of going into either map.

In addition, a Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone playlist is also coming, as well as the 3v3 Snipers variant mode in Gunfight, in which every weapon is a sniper rifle or marksman rifle blueprint.

Infinity Ward3v3 Gunfight Snipers brings the intensity of sniping into smaller maps.

Warzone

Warzone players will be able to jump back into Mini Royale Trios for the first time in a while. This mode, which was introduced at the start of Season 5, provides an expedited battle royale experience, constricting a limited number of players to a very small circle. This means that matches will generally go by quicker and certainly be more intense than the regular playlists.

This should be available alongside the regular BR Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads playlists, as well as whatever Plunder mode the devs decide to keep on.

Infinity WardMini Royale gives players all the intensity of regular battle royale but in a much smaller space and time.

Finally, when it comes to the store, players will have a couple of new bundles to purchase. Easily the most notable one is that of the ‘Beyond the Pale’ bundle, which includes a new skin for the popular Ghost Operator, as well as two weapon variants, a new weapon charm, emblem, and more. It’s set to cost 2,000 COD points, which is equivalent to around $20.

There’s also a new sniper rifle blueprint that’ll be coming as part of the ‘Notice Me: IV’ set, which also will include a weapon charm, calling card, and emblem.

Infinity WardThe ‘Notice Me: IV’ bundle in Modern Warfare and Warzone contains this sniper rifle blueprint.

The playlist update in Modern Warfare and Warzone will most likely go live on Tuesday, September 22 at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, followed by the Double XP promo weekend.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.