First PS5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War footage revealed

Activision and Raven Software have given us our first proper look at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War running on PS5.

While it’s easy to get hung up on exclusives and those newly announced games being shown at the PlayStation 5 showcase, there’s a glut of cross-gen games on the way, Cold War being one of them.


The footage shown during Sony’s showcase dives into mission from the sequel’s singleplayer campaign as we follow familiar Black Ops characters Mason and Woods as they infiltrate a Turkish airbase during the height of the Cold War.

Looking to secure a target named Arash we watch the squad approach the military compound with plenty of dynamic lightning and weather effects at play. The detail here is incredible with a Sniper Elite-esque bullet cam elegantly showing off a well-placed headshot by the player. Compared to last year’s Modern Warfare the difference isn’t night and day in terms of visuals though the action in Cold War looks as smooth and bombastic as its ever been.

We’re treated to even more gameplay with plenty of trademark set piece moments. One nice touch fans will pick up is the new human shield feature allowing you to grab hold of enemies and use them to soak up incoming fire.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, here’s an official synopsis:

Black Ops Cold War, the direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, will drop fans into the depths of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The PS5 version is pegged for “Holiday 2020”. An alpha will be available exclusively to PS4 players this Friday.

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