Activision’s next installment of Call of Duty, which was confirmed last week as a revival of game developer Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops series, will have a lot of work to do. The title follows last year’s Modern Warfare, the most successful COD game in franchise history and, in doing so, must adapt to Activision’s ever-changing battle royale, Battle Royale Warzone, at the same time as the game closes.
But teams from game studio Treyarch, a longtime COD developer, and Activision subsidiary Raven Software have come up with what looks like a rather ambitious plan and, if they succeed, the immense momentum generated by Modern Warfare’s first long. lasting. The personal shooter franchise may very well continue in the future.
BLACK OPS COLD WAR RETURNS TO THE CHARACTERS WOODS, MASON AND HUDSON
In a press briefing earlier this month, reps from the studio told us how Black Ops Cold War will be structured. It will feature a captivating Hollywood-style single-player campaign, reminiscent of last year’s Modern Warfare reboot. There will also be multiplayer modes characteristic of the series, redesigned and adapted to give Treyarch and Raven space to build on what Infinity Ward has created, along with the revived Zombies mode. And it will all be connected via Warzone, which will live for existing COD players and will connect to those who choose Black Ops Cold War, no matter which platform they decide to play on.
Black Ops Cold War is scheduled for release on November 13 for current generation devices, Activision announces today, with versions confirmed for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X coming in the “2020 holidays”. The company also sells a $ 69.99 “cross-generation bundle” – $ 10 more than the standard version – with access to one version of the game on PS4 / PS5 and Xbox One / Xbox Series X.
Just as last year’s Modern Warfare reboot revived iconic characters from Infinity Ward’s popular COD trilogy such as Captain John Price, Black Ops Cold War will do the same with characters Alex Woods, Frank Mason, and Jason Hudson, all major players. . in the original Black Ops which was first released in 2010. This time around, however, the game will feature real historical characters, including President Ronald Reagan, in cut-scenes and other narrative constructions of the world.
The story begins in the midst of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s when the player is tasked with hunting down a newly reactive Soviet spy known only as “Perseus”, based on the name. Key to the real-life and background of a possible Soviet spy who is believed to have infiltrated the US government.
Not much is known about the various multiplayer changes to Black Ops Cold War yet, but Activision has confirmed a number of details on how progression and cross-platform play will work. For one thing, the game will feature cross-play not only across all platforms as last year’s installment was first introduced but also across generations. This means that Xbox One players should be able to play PS5 players and Xbox Series X players should be able to play PS4 players (as well as all other combinations involved).
Of course, there will be a seasonal battle pass, like most shooters and battle royale games now. But a unique perk of Black Ops Cold War will be the shared progression with Warzone and the ability to keep Modern Warfare content, such as skins (or “operators” in COD parlance) and weapon blueprints when you transfer your account to the new game. . . This is a huge bonus for players who invest heavily in each new installment of COD just to have to ditch those unlockables and other cosmetics when a new game launches the following fall. A full reveal of the multiplayer is scheduled for September 9, Activision says.
Finally, Treyarch and Raven promise the return of Zombies, COD’s hugely popular Horde mode that first arrived with Treyarch’s World at War in 2008. Neither the studios nor Activision shares anything substantial about Zombies mode today, with the intention to do it. reveal more about him later near launch.