Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer: what we know so far

2020’s main Call of Duty title will see the franchise return to the Black Ops storyline. This means your favorite iconic sergeants are making a comeback!

The title will feature returning characters from the arc, with the likes of Alex Woods, Frank Mason and Jason Hudson.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will also be the first in the series to be made available on next-generation consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The 2020 title will mark the sixth installment of the Black Ops storyline, and the 17th main release in Activision’s long-running Call Of Duty franchise.

It will be a direct sequel to the 2010 Call Of Duty: Black Ops, set in the early 1980s. Along with next-gen systems, the game will also be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The highly-anticipated title is slated for a worldwide launch on November 13 for current-gen consoles and PC.

Official trailer

Activision released a teaser trailer on September 9, featuring the chaotic action in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Showcased are footage of competitive multiplayer modes set in scorching deserts to Miami neon lights.

The game also highlights vehicular combat, with a range of tanks, helicopters, and gunboats. There’s also a brief teaser of the returning “Zombies” mode.

The first reveal trailer for the game dropped on August 26, which featured archival footage from the 80s, with scenes of the late US President Ronald Regan and redacted clips of former Soviet leaders.

A second trailer gave a further glimpse of the game’s storyline, with a Russian spy named Perseus stealing information from the Manhattan Project by. An illegal CIA operation is then permitted by authorities to go after the Russian spy.

New features

According to Raven Software’s Dan Vondrak, Black Ops Cold War will have multiple endings entirely dependent on players’ in-game choices.

“One of the driving forces from early in development, was to say ‘Let’s take this Black Ops thrill ride, and infuse it with some player choices and player freedom. Anything we can do to give players more ownership over their experience,”

“…with choice, comes the player wanting to feel that impact so some of the choices earlier in the game, and some towards the end will actually shape the ending of the narrative of the campaign”.

The fan-favorite Zombies mode will also make a comeback to the series, which was first introduced in 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War.

Confirmed weapons

17 new and returning weapons in total are confirmed on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer. Here’s a list of the guns and launchers officially shown in the current Alpha build of the game:

Assault Rifles

XM4 (Commando), Krig 6, AK-47


MP5, Type 821, AK-74u

Tactical Rifles

M16, Type 63

Light Machine Guns

RPD, Stoner 63

Sniper Rifles

LW3-Tundra, Pelington 703


1911, Diamatti


Hauer 77, Gallo SA12


Cigma 2

Where to purchase?

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store as well as the Microsoft Store for consoles. For PC, it’s exclusively available on Blizzard’s platform at $59.99.

A cross-gen bundle (both current-gen and next-gen versions) is available at US$69.99. All pre-orders include an early access to the game’s beta and the Confrontation Weapons Pack. There’s also an additional Woods Operator Pack for other CoD titles: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

If you’re feeling quite generous, an ultimate edition is made available at $89.99. The bundle includes features of the cross-gen pack, with the nine-item Land, Sea and Air Pack. This premium deal also includes a Battle Pass Bundle, which gives you access to the first Battle Pass and 20 instant tier skips.

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