The Call of Duty franchise has been undergoing a renaissance since the rebooted release of Modern Warfare, followed up by an immensely successful free-to-play battle royale game. But just in case this so-called renaissance wasn’t made clear enough for you – or if you simply happen to inhabit a perpetual state of skepticism – take a look at the very first reveal trailer for the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer.
The upcoming multiplayer promises to deliver an in-game experience more dynamic than ever. Take to the skies in a helicopter, the sea in jet skis and gunboats, even underwater for a next-level pro gamer play, over obstacles via zip lines – across a whole variety of terrains. The maps confirmed so far include:
“Based on Operation Azorian, U.S. and Soviet forces arrive in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean in search of a prototype nuclear submarine. The scale of the Cold War could be tipped in favor of whoever salvages it, whether it be the Soviets reclaiming it or the U.S. intercepting it. Zipline from ship to ship or command gunboats to turn the tide of the fight.”
“At a pivotal route to Afghanistan deep in Uzbekistan, NATO forces are mobilized to ambush a large Soviet military convoy comprised of mobile ICBM launchers. With the backdrop of a frozen Soviet Wilderness, an MI6 Squadron are ready to combat any Spetsnaz forces in order to secure the top-secret intel held on the convoy, as well as any necessary supplies for future operations. Use tanks to blow up enemy positions or snowmobiles to zip behind the enemy and break their lines.”
“Through hired DGI forces, Perseus ambushed and assaulted a prison transport in Miami’s famed South Beach in order to free a trusted ally. Amid the cover of night amongst vibrant art-deco architecture and neon lights, CIA special forces have been dispatched to eliminate remaining DGI forces and identify clues to Perseus’ whereabouts.”
“In the heart of the U.S.S.R, a Spetsnaz squad was sent to a compromised CIA safe house in order to secure the area, capture any remaining CIA operatives, and acquire further intel on NATO’s future plans. Initial reports indicate that the area has gone hot and fighting has spilled out into the streets, prompting a second CIA-JSOC team to arrive at the scene as reinforcements.”
“Deep in the deserts of Angola, Central Africa, a top-secret, American-made reconnaissance satellite known as the KH-9 has been grounded, potentially by Perseus. Hired DGI forces are searching for the sensitive intel it holds, while NATO’s MI6 Squadron have been dispatched to secure the site and eliminate DGI stragglers.”
In addition to the game modes you’ve come to expect from every Call of Duty release, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer will bring a handful of new formats. There’s VIP Escort – a 6v6 objective-based mode where teams must either protect or subdue a randomly selected “VIP”; the “VIP” will only be equipped with a pistol, smoke grenade, UAV, as well as their fully-armed teammates. Combined Arms – a 12v12 battle mode that combines infantry and vehicles, i.e. tanks, snowmobiles, attack helicopters, wakerunners, etc; larger scale than ever and involving the given environment. And of course, Fireteam – a 40-player mode that pits 10 squads of 4; think Warzone but way more intense.
You can now pre-order Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with an early access Open Beta kicking off on October 8th for PS4 players and October 15th for Xbox + PC players. General Open Beta for all platforms and peoples will start on October 17th.
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