The long-awaited reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has arrived, with Activision announcing that the game will be out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 13th November. It will also be out for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X “in late 2020”, either at the launch of the game or as soon as the consoles are available.
There will be multiple versions of the game, with cross-gen bundles and next-gen upgrades. It’s all a bit muddled, so we’ve detailed this in another post:
CODBOCW (probably pronounced ‘cod-bock-wuh’) is a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, one of the defining games of the long-running shooter. It takes the series back to the Cold War (duh!) after delving into sci-fi futuristic settings for the last few Treyarch Call of Duty games, but picks things up in 1981 and the era of President Reagan, and with Raven leading the single player development.
We can expect the game to feature a globetrotting narrative going through East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, the Soviet KGB HQ and beyond. It has returning character Woods, Mason and Hudson hot on the heels of an antagonist known as Perseus, looking to destabilise the world and likely see it descend in the anarchy and war. This will see a shift to more spy thriller themes, with several Hitman-esque open world levels. For the first time you’ll be able to create your own character for single player.
The game trailer has been revealed through an in-game treasure hunt in Call of Duty: Warzone, with players diving into a modified version of the game, collect classified documents, get a key and follow a series of clues until they meet Woods and get a gun from him. It was all just a prelude to a trailer being played in-game with a transmission coming after around 20 minutes of people struggling to get onto servers in time and then going through the treasure hunt to kill time.
CODBOCW was teased last week with a video featuring real world archival footage, however, this trailer was soon pulled and replaced with a much shorter version of the trailer, reportedly done to remove footage of Tiananmen Square that had the original trailer banned in China. Ironically, despite the tagline “Know Your History”, Activision seemed doomed to end up in the Chinese government’s naughty books and hastily made the change globally.
Those pre-ordering the game will be getting some bonuses for other games in the Call of Duty franchise. Sergeant Frank Woods will be joining the Demon Dogs in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer and the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale, which will continue independently from the main games.
More details of CODBOCW will seemingly come on 9th September, detailing the Treyarch designed multiplayer, co-op and what it means for Warzone. The game will support cross-play between generations and cross-progression through all modes.