Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Officially Announced

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been officially announced through a special event in Call of Duty Warzone. Warzone is the hugely popuar Battle Royale mode which launched shortly after last year’s Modern Warfare. Players were able to complete a series of contract objectives today which eventually led to a trailer playing at the end of their matches. The trailer reveals the setting, characters and so much more!

Set in the early 80’s at the height of the Cold War era, Black Ops Cold War will explore a high-stakes conspiracy in the thrilling titular conflict. This will serve as a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. The developers have also confirmed it will bring back fan-favourite characters Frank Woods, Alex Mason and Jason Hudson.

Activision promises it will deliver the mind-bending twists we have come to expect from the Black Ops series. The official description reads: “a newly-formed team of CIA operatives will engage in a series of deniable operations and covert spycraft to prevent an unimaginable disaster“.

The trailer gives us a brief glimpse at the story for Black Ops Cold War. Of course, the game will also deliver thrilling multiplayer and zombies modes. We will have to wait for more information on these though. Activision announced that the Multiplayer reveal will happen on September 9th. We will also hear more on the popular zombies mode in the coming weeks.

Last year’s Modern Warfare was the first Call of Duty title to support cross-play. We now know Black Ops Cold War will continue this trend. The game will feature full cross-platform play and cross-generation play. This means you can play with your friends across all platforms – Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC.

This isn’t the only aspect of Modern Warfare continuing in Black Ops Cold War. The game will also feature free post-launch content including maps and modes for multiplayer, just like the previous game. It will also tie into Warzone, but very few details were shared on this. We do know that the game will feature a Battle Pass system that connects to Warzone, but that’s all. Hopefully we hear more on September 9th as part of the Multiplayer reveal event.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release on November 13th 2020 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. It will also release alongside the next-generation consoles when they finally launch this holiday. You can preorder the game on Xbox One here. The Standard Edition will cost $59.99/£59.99. This will contain the full game and the Confrontation weapon pack. Preorder now for early access to the Open Beta coming soon. You’ll also receive access to the Frank Woods operator and assault rifle weapon blueprint in Modern Warfare and Warzone immediately.

It’s worth noting that Black Ops Cold War will not allow you to upgrade to next-gen for free. Instead there is a Cross-Gen Bundle that is also available for preorder. This leaked yesterday and players expected the worst, but it actually seems fairly reasonable. The Cross-Gen Bundle will cost $69.99/£64.99. It will allow you to play the Xbox One edition on launch and gain immediate access to the Series X edition when the console releases. The price difference seems so small that it’s strange Activision aren’t just allowing players to upgrade for free. Regardless, at least we won’t be paying for two full-priced standard editions.

There is also an Ultimate Edition which can be preordered now. This costs $89.99/£89.99. It also contains the next-gen upgrade, along with 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. Both the Ultimate Edition and Cross-Gen bundle also come with the same preorder bonuses as the Standard Edition.

Make sure to stick with us for all the latest on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. In the meantime, why not check out the patch notes for Modern Warfare Season 5 here? You should also check out the ten games we want to see on the Xbox Series X here. For all the latest gaming news, stay tuned to Generation Xbox!

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