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Black Ops: Cold War Coming in November

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BY March 16, 2021

When it comes to Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, we don’t know much. The reveal trailer left many mysteries in the air. When we covered the initial announcement, one concern I had was the fact that we didn’t know if we’d see the game in 2020. Well, Black Ops: Cold War is releasing November 13. We also know a bit more about what the game will entail thanks to a full reveal from developer Treyarch. Here’s a rundown of the insights we have about this return to form for the mysterious branch of the Call of Duty series.

Black Ops: Cold War is Coming this Year

black ops: cold war Image Credit: Activision/Treyarch

The new Call of Duty is offering even more to look forward to thanks to a formal release date. Cold War will release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 13. Likewise, next-gen versions for the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions set for release this holiday season with the consoles. Blizzard/Activision’s BattleNet website is a huge treasure trove of updates regarding this game, so let’s talk about what’s in store.

First up, this game is a direct sequel to the original Black Ops game. Fans loved the first game in this series because of the non-linear storytelling of its campaign. The multiplayer was great too, but I think many hardcore fans consider the game’s story one of the series’ finest. A return to form could mean a huge release stemming from the successful Modern Warfare reboot last year. We also know a bit about the story. Some historical spots central to top tensions of the era will be playable. These spaces include East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more. Likewise, the game will again focus on the volatile geopolitical elements of the conflict. Secret missions, hidden armadas, and other elements make this feel like a mix between a normal shooter and a thrilling adventure game.

Get In, We’re Going Zombie Hunting

Black Ops: Cold War Image Credit: Activision/Treyarch

Making its return again as well is the popular Zombie horde mode. The game’s site writes that players will “uncover dark Cold War experiments that unleash a new Zombie threat to take on in frightening and intense co-operative gameplay with friends.” If you know these game modes, then you should be excited. The Zombie mode is always a fun multiplayer highlight of Call of Duty games. Since debuting in the World at War game, “zombies” as fans call it is a seriously great online co-op mode.

Game Version Options and Beta Information

Those who pre-purchase Cold War are going to get some extra perks. These customers get Early Access to the Open Beta, Woods Operator and Weapon Blueprint in Warzone and Modern Warfare. That’s a nice bonus to hold you over until the new game. Likewise, buying the game on current consoles does not guarantee you a free next-gen copy. You can pay to upgrade from PS4 to PS5, and Xbox is reviewing options that will be available to players. If you purchase the Battle Pass, you’ll have access to updates like multiplayer maps, modes, Zombies updates, and other in-game events.

The $59.99 standard version does not include these Battle Pass perks, but the $90 Ultimate Edition will include the pass as well as a Land, Sea and Air Pack. This pack includes 3 Operator Skins, 3 Vehicle Skins, 3 Weapon Blueprints, and a Battle Pass Bundle with 20 Tier Skips. The Battle Pass only applies to one season of the game, so subsequent DLC updates will cost extra. If you’re overwhelmed, then you’re not alone.

What’s your initial take on the new Black Ops: Cold War game? If you have thoughts or reactions, then drop them in the comments! We’ll keep up our coverage of this upcoming title right here on Comic Years.

Featured Image Credit: Activison/Treyarch


Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.


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