The multiplayer for this year’s Call Of Duty has finally been unveiled, with some interesting sounding new modes and returning features.
It may be out in just two months’ time but this week is the first time Activision has ever shown off the multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The story campaign debuted a couple of weeks ago but as usual the multiplayer is a completely different experience.
The most surprising feature is that the game is not reusing the concept of specialists from Black Ops 4 and will instead replace them with the operators from last year’s Modern Warfare. Meaning that while the characters will look different they won’t have any special abilities.
Cold War won’t be doing everything Modern Warfare’s way though, as it will be brining back the mini-map that was removed from last year’s game and it will highlight opponents when they fire their weapons – unless they use suppressors.
A variety of new modes were announced, including 6v6 VIP Escort, 12v12 Combined Arms, and the 40-player Fireteam. Fireteam involves 10 teams of four and will be played in the larger maps with a wide range of different vehicles, including bikes, gunboats, buggies, helicopters, and tanks. You’ll be able to respawn on a teammate or in their vehicle, if they’re not currently in combat.
Since the story campaign is set in the 80s the same goes for the multiplayer, with all that implies about the weapons available and the factions involved (the CIA, MI6, and KGB have already been confirmed).
Maps will feature various locations from around the world, most likely inspired by the story campaign. The ones in the reveal include Moscow, the Black Sea, a desert in Angola, and the Miami one that leaked recently and seems to be a homage to Scarface.
As you might be gathering there are no radical changes, certainly not compared to some of the unexpected features of the story campaign, but instead it’s mostly a rearrangement of different ideas and features from previous games.
Scorestreaks are back, for example, which are not lost when you die. You also have unlimited sprint and automatically regenerate health. Create-a-Class also returns and you can now equip up to eight attachments at once if you have the right Wildcard.
Cold War is due for release on 13 November for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Its Xbox Series S/X release date is currently unconfirmed, as while the new consoles are out the same week Activision’s marketing deal with Sony makes it unlikely that there’ll be any change of release date to become a launch title – as happened with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Unlike most of this year’s games you’ll have to pay to upgrade between the current and next gen versions, although the game does feature both cross-platform and cross-generation play, so you can play with any combination of players, even Xbox Series X and PlayStation 4.
When is the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta?
Thanks to the marketing deal with Sony the times of the beta are predictably complicated, with the PlayStation 4 version getting to start first on 8 October, at first only for those that have pre-ordered and then for everyone else.
It’s similar to how previous years, and the recent Marvel’s Avengers, worked with Xbox One and PC owners not getting to take part until 15 October.
You can see the full schedule from Activision here.
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