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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release date, trailers and news

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
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As rumored, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is going to be the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise and it will release on November 13, 2020. 

Developed by Treyarch, Black Ops Cold War is set to be a direct sequel to the original Black Ops title from the same developer. The game's single-player story will take players into the tense political atmosphere of the 80s, where they can expect to encounter familiar faces from history as well as the original Black Ops title as they hunt down a mysterious Soviet agent known as “Perseus”. 

At the moment, little is known about Black Ops Cold War's multiplayer offering but it will have one and more information is coming in September, with details on traditional multiplayer and Zombies modes, as well as the battle royale Warzone, expected. 

When it launches in November, Black Ops Cold War will be available on current-gen consoles but next-gen releases on PS5 and Xbox Series X have been confirmed for "Holiday 2020", with cross-platform and cross-generation support confirmed. 

Can't wait for your next high-octane Call of Duty experience? Then read on to find out more about Black Ops Cold War. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next mainline Call of Duty game.
  • When is it out? November 13, 2020
  • What can I play it on? Xbox One, PS4, and PC with PS5 and Series X coming later.
  • Will it have cross-play? Yes—it'll be cross-generation and cross-platform
  • Will there be Zombies? It looks like it

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release date

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 13 2020. Next-gen versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X have been confirmed, though they have the less solid release date of "Holiday 2020". 

Current-gen versions of the game will be backwards compatible with new consoles but, it seems, will not include next-gen upgrades as standard. Those looking to future-proof will have to pay a premium for a digital cross-gen bundle or digital Ultimate Edition, or wait for the standalone next-gen title to be released.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailers

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was revealed to the world on August 26 2020 with a reveal trailer that includes gameplay captured on the PlayStation 5. 

A cinematic trailer for the game was shown during Gamescom Opening Night Live, which you can watch below. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War news and rumors

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Here's all the latest news and rumors around Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War:

Black Ops: Cold War confirmed

Activision has finally confirmed that the next title in the Call of Duty franchise will be titled Black Ops: Cold War and it'll launch on November 13 2020. From developer Treyarch, it will be set in the 80s and its campaign will act as a direct sequel to the original Black Ops game. 

Single-player campaign

Like previous Call of Duty titles, Black Ops: Cold War will feature a high-octane single-player campaign. This title will take players into the depths of the Cold War in the early 1980s and follow a US task force on the tail of an elusive Soviet agent known as "Perseus". This being a sequel, players can expect to encounter familiar faces from the original Black Ops game, as well as some well-known figures from history.

Multiplayer

Very little is known about Black Ops: Cold War's mutltiplayer at the moment—more news on that is expected on September 9. We do, however, know that there will be multiplayer elements. According to the game's Battle.net description players will “Bring a Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Engage in deniable operations as an elite operative using state of the art tools of the tradecraft across a variety of experiences from small skirmishes to all out, vehicle-fueled warfare.”

Zombies

The beloved Zombies co-op mode will feature in Black Ops: Cold War with more information expected at a later date. 

Warzone

Warzone will continue to be the battle royale mode for Call of Duty after the release of Black Ops: Cold War and it will be integrated into the game. According to an official PlayStation blog post, Warzone "will share content with Black Ops Cold War" and "Black Ops Cold War includes shared progression features with Warzone, adding inventory items that can be used in both titles." The post goes on to say that "Warzone players will still have access to Modern Warfare content they earned previously, like Operators and weapon blueprints." More details on Warzone and how it will work with Black Ops: Cold War are expected later.

Cross-gen, cross-platform and cross-progression

Like Modern Warfare, Black Ops: Cold War will offer cross-platform play but it'll also take things a step further with cross-generation play which means players on PS4 and Xbox One will be able to play one another as well as players on PS5 and Xbox Series X. It will also feature cross-progression with Activisionsaying that "Once you upgrade from the current generation console to the next generation console, your profile, progression, and stats will move with you."

No free next-gen upgrades as standard

Black Ops Cold War may be cross-gen and cross-platform but it looks like it won't be offering free upgrades to next-gen versions when you buy the current-gen game on release like other games are. 

Those who buy the standard current-gen edition will be able to play it on a next-gen console when they buy it thanks to backwards compatibility but they won't have immediate access to the next-gen upgrades. 

Instead, those with their heart set on a PS5 or Xbox Series X Call of Duty experience will have to either pay a premium for the digital cross-generation bundle or ultimate edition which will include an upgrade within the same console family, or wait for the standalone next-gen release. According to Activision's FAQ those who buy the standard digital edition of the game on PS4 will have the option to upgrade on the PlayStation Store when the PS5 version of the game becomes available but "upgrade to Xbox Series X through the Microsoft Store is currently being evaluated."

The standalone next-gen PS5 version of the game will not be playable on PS4, while the Xbox Series X standalone will be playable on Xbox One. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta

There will be a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer open beta and those who pre-order any digital version of the game on PS4, Xbox One or PC will be granted early access.

The start date for the open beta is yet to be confirmed, but PlayStation has confirmed that PS4 owners will get access to the beta five days before other platforms.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War editions

There are three versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War already available for pre-order: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle and Ultimate Edition. Each has its own rewards which are detailed below.

Standard Edition

There are digital and physical Standard Editions available for pre-order for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5 and Xbox Series but it's the digital editions that get the pre-order bonuses.

Pre-ordering the digital Standard Edition of the current-gen console and PC will get you early access to the multiplayer open beta (with extra early access going to PS4 players) and a Woods Operator Pack which can be used immediately in Modern Warfare and Warzone. It features a Sgt. Frank Woods Operator Skin, M4 Weapon Blueprint, Voice Quip and Finishing Move.

Digital Cross-Generation Bundle

As the name suggests, the Cross-Generation Bundle includes both versions of the game and comes in at $10/£5 more than the standard edition. So, if you buy it for PlayStation you'll get the PS4 version with a PS5 upgrade included and if you buy for Xbox you'll get the Xbox One Version and the upgraded Xbox Series X version when it becomes available.

Pre-ordering the digital edition includes the same bonuses as the standard edition.

Digital Ultimate Edition

The Ultimate Edition pretty much lives up to its name. Not only does it include the pre-order bonuses of other digital editions and both current and next-gen versions of the game, it also has a Confrontation Weapons Pack that contains two Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War weapon blueprints; one season of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Battle Pass Bundle, including 20 Tier Skips; and the The Land/Sea/Air Pack which includes three operator skins, three weapon blueprints and three vehicle skins to be used in Black Ops Cold War.