Activision and Treyarch have finally unveiled Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War with an obscure teaser trailer, confirming the titular setting alongside a world filled with political intrigue and espionage.
While the reveal trailer is undeniably fascinating with its messaging, it raises a number of questions amongst myriad answers. Fans needn’t worry, since a full reveal is planned for August 26 which will take place in Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map.
“The time bomb is ticking,” real-life KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov warns in the trailer. “With every second, the disaster is coming closer and closer. The danger is real.”
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Black Ops Cold War, including all the latest news, release date, zombies, battle royale and more.
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops Cold War – What is it?
Developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is the next major entry in Activision’s shooter franchise. It will take us to the time period surrounding the Cold War, and will seemingly explore the conflict between America and Russia alongside the Vietnam War. Beyond the reveal trailer, details are rather light, so we’ll have to wait until August 26 to find out more.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War release date – When is it coming out?
A release date for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War remains unconfirmed, although we imagine it will launch in October or November for all major platforms – and this will likely include PS5 and Xbox Series X. Fingers crossed for a free upgrade!
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies – Will the horde mode return?
Zombies have become an iconic staple of Treyarch’s Call of Duty projects, with the developer practically inventing the concept with 2008’s World at War.
Since then, it has grown from an ambitious side project into its own living, breathing mode with unique characters, mechanics and even its own unfolding story. We imagine this will continue in Black Op 5 with some truly creative ideas being implemented.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign – Will it have a story mode?
This remains unconfirmed. Black Ops 4 incorporated a very loose narrative into its online multiplayer, foregoing a dedicated solo campaign in place of battle royale. It was a brave departure and not one that all players were entirely pleased with. If this proposed reboot wants to do the original justice, we imagine it will need a fully-fledged campaign to be a success.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War battle royale – Will it make a return?
The launch of Warzone was relatively recent, and it’s a free-to-play, standalone effort despite being based heavily on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Knowing this, it would make logical sense that this remains the centralised battle royale experience for the franchise going forward, updated with additional maps, weapons and characters based on each year’s annual entry.
This doesn’t mean that Black Ops Cold War won’t feature its own distinct take on battle royale, it would just be wise if its new ideas were incorporated into Warzone, with owners of the new entry earning additional rewards and cosmetics for their dedication to the main series. We imagine this is Activision’s intention, since revamping the mode each year with a new entry must take up an ample amount of resources.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Is it coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X?
The next generation of consoles are set to launch later this year, and will likely fall alongside the arrival of Call of Duty. Knowing this, and the trends of consoles in the past, Activision will be looking for their shooter to be a flagship launch title. You can expect enhanced visuals, resolution and perhaps a few extra bonuses for jumping in on a new platform.