Activision and Treyarch have finally unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and it’s a direct sequel to the 2011 classic which will feature the likes of Woods, Mason, Hudson and other iconic characters fans of the shooter franchise. Here's everything you need to know from the big reveal.
Its reveal was predictably bombastic, with the trailer teasing an ambitious solo campaign spanning a variety of different locations and time periods as you seek to uncover and overthrow a sinister global conspiracy. Such popcorn action is exactly what we come to Call of Duty for, and it’s great to see Treyarch embracing it.
With a number of details yet to be dropped, we have compiled everything we know so far about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War including all the latest news, gameplay, trailers and more.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release date – When is it coming out?
Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will launch on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X, although exact dates for those remain a mystery, and the circumstances surrounding these versions is more than a little unusual.
For PS4 owners, you’ll be able to upgrade to a digital version on PS5 simply by inserting the disc into your console at no additional cost. There is also a digital “cross-gen bundle” across both consoles for those who plan to purchase a discless machine.
However, you will not be able to insert an Xbox One disc into the Xbox Series X and receive a next-gen upgrade, and it remains unclear why this will be the case. We hope the reasons behind this are cleared up by Activision ahead of release, since it feels like Xbox owners are being screwed over.
The Xbox Series X will also be playable on Xbox One, with both consoles supporting native backwards compatibility, although you won’t receive increased performance, ray-tracing and other new features. It’s all a bit confusing, and you can find out more in the official FAQ.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign – what’s it about?
Inspired by real events, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will take place during the 1980s as the characters of Woods, Mason, Hudson and other iconic faces return to face a world-threatening soviet spy known as Perseus. It will feature real-life figures such as US President Ronald Reagan who will provide our heroes with everything they need to emerge victorious.
The bombastic narrative adventure will take place across the globe in locations such as East Berlin, Turkey, Vietnam and even the top-secret KGB Headquarters. The trailer features a glimpse at many locales, and we definitely saw a strange dream sequence in there too, so perhaps Black Ops Cold War will once again delve into the psychological aspects of war like its predecessors.
You will create your own protagonist for the solo campaign, who can identify as male, female and non-binary. Throughout the story you will be free to tackle some missions in whatever order you wish, choosing to adopt non-lethal options and stealth if you wish to take a different approach to the usual running and gunning Call of Duty is known for. This sounds very similar to Black Ops 2, which also had some branching paths spread throughout the main story.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War trailer – how does it look?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer and Zombies – what can we expect?
Multiplayer details on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War remain rather light right now, with Treyarch’s attention being on the main campaign until a formal multiplayer reveal on September 9th. Here – we can probably expect a deep-dive into the game’s online component, and there might even be a glimpse at Zombies to boot.