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26 August 2020 20:32

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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War reveal today: How to watch

Treyarch has already revealed the first few details about the new Call of Duty game coming later this year. But while Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be the next main entry in the series, Call of Duty: Warzone isn't going anywhere. Instead, the standalone Call of Duty battle royale game will continue to get updates that closely tie-in with Cold War. Once Cold War is released later this year, Warzone will move into Chapter 2 and begin getting new Cold War-themed content. All of the progress Warzone players have already gained will carry over into Chapter 2 including all of the weapons and unlocks from Modern Warfare. The next chapter of Warzone will also include shared progression between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, meaning that items earned in one can be used in the other.

Like the current Modern Warfare-related version of Warzone, Chapter 2 will include battle passes with free content and periodic free updates with new content that all players will have access to. The biggest new feature coming to Warzone with the release of Cold War will be cross-generation cross-play. This means that players on all different platforms can play with each other including Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, when those platforms are released later this year. According to Treyarch, this is just the beginning of what the studio has to reveal about Warzone's future, and we may get more info on Call of Duty's battle royale future during the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal on Sept. 9. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to release on Nov. 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when those consoles come out later in the year.

That's why it was so impressive when Infinity Ward dropped Modern Warfare, a reboot with completely reworked ballistics and weapon progression. After watching a private livestreamed presentation of Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War's campaign hosted by developers, I still have some big questions, like whether Modern Warfare's foundational gameplay improvements are getting left behind. I didn't get hands-on during the Cold War campaign presentation, but Activision did show trailers, cutscenes, and gameplay sequences. Black Ops scholars will notice that Cold War is set in the same decade as portions of Black Ops 2. Raven, the main studio behind the campaign, implied that Cold War is only really concerned with the events of the first Black Ops, so don't expect it to tie into the other sequels.

While old stars like Frank Woods and Alex Mason (of numbers fame) are back, Raven was more interested in new characters that take larger roles in Cold War's story. The presentation spent the most time on CIA special agent Russell Adler, a ruthless, anything-it-takes hardass leading the task force to hunt down a Soviet spy codenamed Perseus. I couldn't tell how much we're supposed to view Adler as a hero or villain (a likely intentional quandary), though an early scene involving President Ronald Reagan does imply an uncritical blessing of their covert war. The scene is content to paint Reagan as the guy that cuts through the red tape and lets the CIA go kill the bad guys, as if the Iran-Contra affair, which funded war crimes, had been the right thing to do in retrospect. For the first time in a CoD campaign, players have some say in the creation of Cold War's silent protagonist.

A gender-neutral character option is a positive step for Call of Duty, but calling it "Classified" comes off as insecure. Raven describes the campaign as "deniable operations" that consist of both covert and military missions, but the gameplay we were shown was heavy on traditional CoD. In one sequence, the player and Woods infiltrate a Soviet training course built to simulate an American city block similar to the famous Nuketown multiplayer map. Raven showed off snippets of a mission starring a Soviet double agent sneaking around the KGB Moscow headquarters. This actually isn't the first time this exact style of mission has been done in a CoD campaign.

Call of Duty: WWII's underrated campaign has a surprisingly well-made stealth mission in the shoes of a French spy infiltrating a Nazi-occupied Paris stronghold. Raven is trying something similar here, but in true CoD fashion, a flash forward in our presentation showed that the mission eventually turns bloody. So yes, it sounds like Cold War's missions will be fairly recognizable to play. We want people to ask, 'What is real?'" Raven showed a mission set in the Vietnam War that had a bit of Blops weirdness. Similar to the winding story of Black Ops 2, the Cold War campaign has occasional moments of player choice where you can take on an optional side mission or choose between a few dialogue options. I will play the heck out of another Blops campaign, but campaigns aren't the reason I like Call of Duty. I'm here for tight, arcadey gunplay and deep progression that Infinity Ward set a new standard for in its Modern Warfare reboot. I spent much of the presentation closely examining the gameplay clips to see how Cold War will stack up against Infinity Ward's buttery gunplay. If the basics of movement and gunplay aren't as fun as the CoD I'm already playing, I'm not confident that Cold War can keep my interest. Modern Warfare releases meaningful new weapons, modes, and maps at an impressive pace (even if it mercilessly plunders my PC's hard drive in the process). As far as I know, those updates aren't suddenly going to end when Cold War drops. In fact, Cold War will have "shared progression features" with Warzone. I'm still perfectly happy occasionally grinding away at weapon levels in Modern Warfare/Warzone's seemingly endless progression. Though Activision showed me frustratingly little in this early demo, I haven't seen anything that sells Cold War as the next big thing. Multiplayer seems to be where Treyarch has put in its brunt of the work, so I'm eager to see how it will react to Modern Warfare's evolutional year in the sun. Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War's release date will maintain a November window despite a later reveal than usual. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is getting a "cross-gen" bundle for new consoles, online listings have confirmed. Appearing on both the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, the Black Ops Cold War cross-gen bundle comes in at $69.99/£64.99, compared to the standard edition which costs $59.99/£59.99. It reads: "Buy this digital PS4™ version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War from the Playstation®Store and download the PS5™ version at no extra cost when it launches." It'll also come with the Confrontation weapons pack, which isn't detailed in the listing. There's also an Ultimate Edition, which comes in at $89.99/£89.99, which also grants players access to a next-gen upgrade, alongside the Land, Sea, and Air Pack, 3 operator skins, 3 vehicle skins, 3 weapon blueprints, Battle Pass bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) and Confrontation weapons pack. This move is in contrast to other big action games like Destiny 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 - both of which will offer free upgrades to players who buy them on PS4 or Xbox One. Xbox itself told VGC that it would encourage devs to offer upgrades at no extra charge. Black Ops Cold War was announced with a paranoia-filled teaser trailer last week. If you pre-order the new game you'll get access to Frank Woods as a playable character in Warzone. Woods played a part in the memorable attempt on Fidel Castro's life in the original Black Ops. Spoilers: the attempt failed. CALL OF DUTY COLD WAR - UPDATE ONE: Activision has today unveiled the COD 2020 game, with a stunning launch trailer for the Black Ops reboot getting released. The first ever gameplay footage of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War was showcased during a live event that took place in free-to-play shooter Warzone. As rumoured, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to the OG Black Ops game and will have a release date of Friday November 13. The new COD game will allow players, for the first time, to create their own character for the single player campaign and features multiple endings. You can watch the first ever trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War below, which was captured on the PS5... (Pocket-lint) - After months of speculation and teases, this year's main Call of Duty has been unveiled in the form of a new trailer. The worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (or COD: BOCW, as all the cool kids are calling it) took place inside Warzone - Activision's hugely successful battle royale free-to-play spin-off. Here is the official trailer, which debuted inside Call of Duty: Warzone: Black Ops Cold War is set to launch on 13 November for current-gen devices, Activision has announced. In the US, the company is also selling a $69.99 "cross-gen bundle", which will cost $10 more than the standard version, with access to the game on PS4 and PS5 as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X. You can read more about the forthcoming COD in our extensive round-up here: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Everything you need to know.