After months of speculation, Activision have finally confirmed what we’ve all hoped was true: the seventeenth instalment in the Call Of Duty series is arriving this November.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the latest game in the blockbuster franchise, is surprisingly a direct sequel to the original Black Ops title, released a decade ago. Developers Treyarch and Raven Software have ditched the futuristic setting and turned their attention to the ’80s, specifically 1981, during the height of the Cold War. Bringing back the solo campaign (thank god), Cold War weaves historical events with gorgeous graphics and classic gameplay in what looks to be another worthy addition to the series.
Inspired by real-life events, the plot concerns Perseus, a Soviet spy accused of stealing secrets from the Manhattan Project in 1943. This unknown covert operative is believed to have been working from the inside for many years trying to destabilise America and bring down the government. You are recruited by CIA officer Russ Adler to find Perseus and take him down at any cost.
Playing as a new protagonist, the solo campaign finds you chasing Perseus across the globe as you complete missions in America, Moscow, Vietnam, Latin America, Turkey and Germany. Several familiar faces are also returning, with Alex Manson, Frank Woods and Jason Hudson making their presence felt as non-playable characters. Even former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, makes a cameo (he may or may not be engaged in war crimes).
A new feature allows you not only to play as either a man or woman, but gives you the ability to classify your character as gender-neutral. Along with picking your gender, the campaign mode allows you the option of choosing your character’s skin tone, military background, place of birth and psychological profile, so you can determine how loose the unit is that you’re about to unleash.
Activision have also confirmed that Cold War will come with a free multiplayer mode, a Battle Pass system and the return of the Zombies mode, something that makes us very happy. If you pre-order now you’ll unlock a stack of digital rewards, including Black Ops Operator Frank Woods and early access to a Beta version of the game.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set for release on November 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It will also arrive on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later in the year.