Activision are carving off a chunk of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for people to try out this coming week, opening up the Zombies game mode for a Free Access Week running from today, 14th January, to 21st January.
Available to all PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC gamers, you’ll be able to play the Die Maschine level in regular Zombies mode, check out the Cranked mode, and exclusively on PlayStation, try the fast-paced two-player Onslaught mode.
You can download the game for free with a dedicated version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War client. This can either be found on digital storefronts on your console, or through the following links:
Alternatively, search for “Zombies Free Access” on either store and you should find it. For PC gamers, you’ll need to install the Battle.net client, log in and head to the Black Ops tab and click ‘Try It Free’.
Die Maschine is the first Zombies map in Black Ops Cold War, a remixed homage to the original Nacht der Untoten zombies map filled with Easter egg quests to uncover. Cranked, meanwhile, tasks you to keep killing Zombies as quickly as possible until you run out of time, while the PS5/PS4 exclusive Onslaught, has you fighting hordes of zombies across the game’s multiplayer maps.
If you have enough fun that you consider actually buying the game, then you’ll be glad to hear that any progress you make will carry over to the full game.
In the Call of Duty-verse, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone kicked off Season One in mid-December (after a short delay to avoid Cyberpunk 2077). For Black Ops Cold War, it saw the return of 2v2 Gunfight, a new Fireteam map as Raid returned from Black Ops II. For Warzone, this was the update saw popular battle royale spin-off would now tie in with Black Ops instead of Modern Warfare, getting the Alcatraz map to play on, adding 30 BOCW weapons into the mix and shaking up how the Gulag system works.
This week has now seen the addition of a new 3v3 playlist, featuring Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed action on Black Ops Cold War’s Gunfight maps.
In our review for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Nick wrote:
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a decent entry in the series, but it feels like it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. The campaign is full of underused ideas, while the multiplayer misses some of the magical charm of Modern Warfare, opting for faster paced aggressive battles which just don’t feel as satisfying. While still enjoyable, Black Ops Cold War fails to recapture the magic of Black Ops 1 and 2.
You can read the full review here.