Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has confirmed a release date for PS4, Xbox One, and PC as November 13, 2020. The exact launch date for next-gen platforms is still up in the air, but the game is said to release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020, “depending on when consoles are available to consumers,” according to Activision.
Black Ops Cold War is the subseries’ return to a conspiracy-laden story in a single-player campaign. As you can see in the trailer below, the game brings back familiar faces such as Mason, Woods, and Hudson for a globe-trotting story that’s set in the 1980s with certain parts going back to 1968 during the Vietnam War. It’s a direct sequel to the original Black Ops, and the setup has Soviet Russia and the United States amid tensions of nuclear war playing dangerous spy games with each other through covert ops, which is what you’ll be taking part in.
While we see the return of familiar characters and have a few new ones as allies, you will be playing as your own character that you create and customize. You’ll choose your personality traits, gender (with a “classified” option with gender-neutral pronouns), and appearance. There’ll be over-the-top action as per usual for Call of Duty, but dialogue options and open-ended mission objectives will also be a part of the experience, and the story has multiple endings.
Under the orders of then-US president Ronald Reagan (who’s a character in the game), your goal is to track down the elusive Soviet spy Perseus. And although we don’t know too many details on how the story will play out exactly, Raven Software creative director Dan Vondrak emphasized that the story “blurs the lines between truth and deception” and has “a good dose of paranoia and mind-f***ery.”
Black Ops Cold War will feature its own multiplayer component and a new Zombies mode. The game also has cross-play between different platforms and generations, and waves of new content and a battle pass are planned for Cold War. There is said to be integration with Call of Duty: Warzone such as in-game rewards and linked progression as well. More multiplayer details are planned to be revealed on September 9 via Call of Duty’s official Twitch channel.
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