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Black Ops Cold War Campaign: Mission Overview

Raven Software provides an overview of the Black Ops Cold War Campaign.

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Raven Software has revealed some new information about the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Campaign.

Raven Software has shared new fly overview videos, character details, and more on the Black Ops Cold War campaign.

Black Ops Cold War’s campaign is developed by Raven Software, with Treyarch support. As revealed back in August, the campaign is a direct sequel to Black Ops 1.

In a new blog post on Call of Duty’s site, Raven’s team has provided a deep dive into the Black Ops Cold War, including previewing three missions & fly through videos.

Missions in the Black Ops Cold War campaign will take players around the world, from Amsterdam to Russia to Vietnam.

Get ready for the new story by debriefing on the latest intel:

On November 13th, you will know your history in a truly Black Ops style. While embedded within this race to stop a dangerous unknown threat, you’ll learn what happened off the books that saved the world from unimaginable disaster.

Led by Raven Software, the Campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will act as a direct sequel set 13 years after the original Black Ops story, allowing veterans and newcomers alike to experience this clandestine world from a new perspective.

“We are huge fans of the original Black Ops and our first goal was bringing back the iconic trio of Woods, Mason and Hudson – but to do so in a way that didn’t require any previous experience with the series,” said Dan Vondrak, Senior Creative Director at Raven. “We also felt it was important to introduce some new characters so we could explore their personalities and relationships with the classic characters – this way both new and old players get something fresh. By approaching it this way, as the story unravels, we can slowly make connections and references back to Black Ops that fans like us will appreciate but won’t be a flood of new information all at once for new players.”

The following is a glimpse into three of the Campaign Missions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Light spoilers ahead.

Campaign Mission: “Nowhere Left to Run”

It all begins in a grungy tavern within Amsterdam almost two weeks after New Year’s Day, 1981.

A massive break in a CIA investigation led three operators to this otherwise seedy watering hole, one whose jukebox is always tuned to the latest hits despite the lack of turnover to its décor or its top-shelf bottles on offer. After a meeting with their source, the checks are cleared and they exit past the local bargoers to the alleyways, gearing up to capture the first of two key players to an ongoing hostage crisis.

“Nowhere Left to Run is a great example of how we wanted to pay homage to the original Black Ops in a few ways that fans will recognize,” Vondrak said, “but also give newcomers a great first taste of what Black Ops is all about without needing any previous experience with the series. This first mission really serves as a great way to bring back Woods and Mason as well as introduce one of our new heroes, Russell Adler.”

After a rooftop chase with multiple fast-paced shootouts, the mission shifts gears as the three men confirm that their second, and final, target is at the Trabzon Airfield in Turkey. Although they prepare for another takedown under the cover of night, they come prepared with an unconventional weapon just in case the DZ goes hot.

“Of course, Black Ops has a well-known history of bombastic over the top moments,” Vondrak said. “It was critical to not only get one of those moments in this first mission, but also make it uniquely Black Ops by using the RC-XD, the radio-controlled car packed with explosives from the original game. As the mission comes to an end, the story kicks off in dramatic fashion as a ghost from the past is revealed to still be alive and planning something that could shift the balance of power in the Cold War.”

Campaign Mission: “Fracture Jaw”

Who is this threat that can alter the course of this global struggle? As one of the operators recall from their time fighting in the Vietnam War, it’s none other than Perseus, a mysterious Soviet spy that some people believe never even existed.

Despite this figure being written off as myth, players will relive a first encounter with Perseus during the Campaign’s second mission, “Fracture Jaw,” set within the Vietnam War. Through this flashback, the team will uncover clues needed to track down Perseus, as the overarching theme of deception is deeply rooted within this past war and the current operation.

“Narratively, these two pieces fit together perfectly as the team has to try and relive their past and unblur the lines between truth and deception,” Vondrak said. “It was great being able to push the big war feeling in these levels, from flying helicopters to being a soldier on the ground fighting through jungles and rice paddies.”

In signature Black Ops fashion, this Campaign will feature multiple flashbacks like “Fracture Jaw” that add another layer of context to the overarching story. Through these recollections, this CIA team – and of course, the player – will gain the insight needed to uncover the truth behind Perseus.

“One of my favorite levels is one of the later Vietnam missions,” Vondrak added, “as we really pushed to give the player more freedom and control. It’s easily the most unique mission we’ve ever made.

Campaign Mission: “Desperate Measures”

“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that’s what this mission is all about,” Vondrak explained. “After tracking down several leads in the hunt for Perseus, the team find themselves faced with the unthinkable: they must go behind the Iron Curtain – into the heart of the Soviet Union – and infiltrate the KGB headquarters.”

Another change of pace compared to the first two missions, “Desperate Measures” sees our CIA operators break out the covert spycraft for a last-ditch effort to gather information on Perseus. Using the latest in 1980s technology including modified civilian tools and prototypical machines, players will assume the role of a Soviet double agent working for the CIA reporting for work at the KGB’s headquarters.

This status comes with access to an incredible peek into the world of the KGB, along with the opportunity to “obtain” information out of their “fellow agents.” However, one odd move or awkward discussion could lead to cover being completely blown, compromising the mission and turning it into an all-out fight for survival.

“We really wanted the player to experience something different with this level, give them more freedom and control over how they complete their objective,” Vondrak said. “You are given multiple ways to complete your objective, hiding in plain sight as you walk through the hallways of the famous Lubyanka building.  You have the freedom to talk to a variety of people and explore the building – ultimately culminating in an action-packed finish to the mission.”

More Twists and Turns to Come

Through these three missions, “Perseus” turns from myth to harrowing threat, one that players will chase throughout the Campaign.

“Something that both games have in common is their use of real-world history,” Vondrak said. “This was a critical element that made all the conspiracy so great in the original Black Ops and is something we couldn’t wait to continue.”

From headline-grabbing crises of the early 1980s to lesser-known clandestine operations, this Campaign will mix in Cold War history with a thrilling, fictional experience that only Black Ops can deliver.

With that in mind, Vondrak and the team have one message to players before they experience the full Campaign on November 13th:

“Know your history or be doomed to repeat it.”

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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Cold War May 6 patch notes: CARV.2 rifle & more

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on May 6.

This update includes the new CARV.2 Tactical Rifle in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, along with other bug fixes and updates.

Here’s the full debrief from Treyarch:

THE CARV.2 IS HERE

With today’s update, the new CARV.2 tactical rifle is now available in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone via in-game challenge or the “Plastik Prototype” Store bundle! Packed with impressive firepower, solid recoil control, and a large ammo pool to pull from, this burst-fire tactical rifle can be deadly in both mid-range engagements and long-range combat. Pick it up today and get ready to start that camo grind, because there’s plenty to play in this week’s Featured Playlists.

YAMANTAU + DIESEL 24/7, PARTY GAMES + NEW PROP HUNT MAPS

Squad up and jump into a Moshpit of TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint in Season Three’s newest 6v6 maps in the Yamantau + Diesel 24/7 playlist this week! Hardcore players can also enjoy this one in the Quick Play menu featuring HC TDM, HC Domination, and HC Kill Confirmed.

Party Game fans can also get their fill in the brand-new Party Games playlists, featuring Gun Game, Sticks and Stones, and the Season Three return of Prop Hunt along with Yamantau and Diesel added to the Prop Hunt map rotation. We’ve also added Gun Game to the Quick Play selection, joining Sticks and Stones from the start of the season.

And for Gunfight fans who love a little variety in their arsenal, Gunfight Blueprints returns this week in Featured Playlists! We’ve also implemented some additional stability improvements and Zombies fixes, including an aim assist fix for the Pack-a-Punched Swiss K31. See below for everything that’s new:

GLOBAL

Weapons

  • CARV.2 Tactical Rifle
    • CARV.2 now available via in-game challenge in Multiplayer and Zombies, or via Store bundle.

Stability

  • Fixed various stability issues related to tracer rounds.

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Prop Hunt
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection, now with Yamantau and Diesel added to map rotation.
    • Updated the mode description text to call out the correct time between Prop whistles.
  • Gun Game
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection and added to Quick Play.
  • Sticks and Stones
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection and Quick Play.
  • Gunfight
    • Players are now awarded +100 score for capturing the Overtime Zone.

Featured Playlists

  • Yamantau + Diesel 24/7 [NEW] (also available in Hardcore)
  • Party Games [NEW]
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
  • Nuketown 24/7 (also available in Hardcore)
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Face Off (also available in Hardcore)
  • Multi-Team Moshpit

ZOMBIES

Weapons

  • Addressed an issue that prevented aim assist on the Pack-a-Punched Swiss K31 (Swiss KH3353) from functioning properly, including with Deadshot Daiquiri.

Daily Challenges

  • Updated the “Perk Preserver” Daily Challenge description to clarify the requirement.

Firebase Z

  • Fixed a stability issue related to Challenges.

Outbreak

  • Fixed a rare stability issue related to spawning zombies.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Nuketown (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Yamantau (PlayStation)

SOURCE: Treyarch

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How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone & Cold War Season 3

The CARV.2, or G11, will arrive in Warzone and Cold War Season 3 soon, so here’s how you’ll be able to get your hands on it.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s new Tactical Rifle, the CARV.2, commonly referred to as the G11, will be arriving soon. Here’s how you can unlock it once it arrives, and some ways you can get your hands on it early.

As with all new seasons of Call of Duty, there are new weapons to unlock and level up. Cold War and Warzone Seasons 2 and 3 have been particularly generous, offering players six new weapons in both seasons.

For Season 3, we’ve already received the Swiss K31, PPSH, and Ballistic Knife, but there are three new weapons on the way. Most exciting is a redesign of the original Black Ops’ burst-fire G11, now called the CARV.2.

Here’s how you’ll be able to unlock the G11 in Warzone and Cold War, as well as some ways to play with it early.

How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone and Cold War

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Activision have revealed that the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle will release in Warzone and Cold War Season 3 on Thursday, May 6.

Season 2’s weapons, such as the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle and the R1 Shadowhunter had challenges to unlock it. Devs have confirmed that this burst-fire weapon will also unlock through an in-game challenge, with the challenge asking players to rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches using Tactical Rifles.

Along with the challenge, a Blueprint for the CARV.2 will also release in the store. Devs confirmed that it’s coming in the Plastik Porotype Bundle, with the Blueprint called Konsole, which will also release on May 6.

The CARV.2 has been described as a weapon that stands out in the Tactical Rifle class for its “high bullet velocity output, offering powerful damage, solid recoil control, and a large ammo pool from the start.”

With this weapon, it’s possible Warzone will have another burst-fire meta on its hands.

How to use the CARV.2 early in Warzone and Cold War

Players have reported that you can get your hands on the CARV.2 early by playing Cold War Zombies and Warzone Orientation.

Through the Trials missions in Zombies and Outbreak, you’ll receive certain rewards. Players have shown footage of them receiving the CARV.2 through the Trials, but it’s possible this has been patched by Treyarch since.

In Warzone, players have reported that you can try out the CARV.2 in the Warzone Orientation mode. You’ll only receive the base version, but it will give you a taste of how the weapon feels.

Here’s how to try out the CARV.2 in Warzone:

  1. Launch Warzone
  2. Select ‘Private Match & Practice’
  3. Queue into ‘Warzone Orientation’
  4. After you spawn in, drop your 1911
  5. You’ll have either the CARV.2 or the FARA 83 equipped
  6. If you get the FARA, back out and try again until you receive the CARV.2

It appears it’s much more likely to receive the FARA 83 in Orientation, but it’s worth trying a few times to see if you can get a shot of the G11 but again, it’s possible this has been silently patched.


While you wait for the G11 to release in Cold War, it’s worth checking out our guides on how to unlock Season 3’s new Swiss K31 and PPSH-41.

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Best AK-74u loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

The AK-74u is one of the best SMGs in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s the best attachments and perks to run with it in Season 3.

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Best Cold War AK-74u loadout

The AK-74u remains an extremely popular and powerful SMG in Cold War Season 3, so here are the best attachments and perks to dominate multiplayer lobbies.

The AK-74u is a hard-hitting, easy-to-control SMG in Black Ops Cold War Season 3. While recent nerfs have reigned it back from the long-range beast it once was, it’s still a popular choice amongst players of all skill levels.

Although it can no longer outgun Assault Rifles at range, it’s still one of the most versatile SMGs in the game, being much easier to control than the popular LC10 or new PPSH-41.

Here’s everything you need to dominate with Cold War’s AK-74u, including the best attachments and perks.

Best AK-74u loadout class for Cold War Season 3

best black ops cold war ak-74u loadout class
  • Barrel: 10.3″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: VDV 50 Round Fast Mag
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

This AK-74u is built to speed and recoil control, allowing it to keep up with the faster guns in its category while allowing it to have more range.

To start, the 10.3″ Task Force barrel vastly improves the weapon’s damage and range but hits its accuracy slightly. To compensate for that, it’s worth running the Spetnaz Grip to keep recoil to a minimum.

Then, the VDV 50 Round Fast Mag allows you to take down multiple opponents, then quickly reload. It’s especially useful for pulling off flanks or defending an objective the enemies keep rushing.

And finally, for increased mobility, the GRU Elastic Wrap and KGB Skeletal Stock will allow for a fast sprint to fire time, aim down sight speed, and offers the ability to drop shot.

Best perks to run with Cold War AK-74u loadout

black ops cold war flak jacket perk

For this loadout we’ll be using the Perk Greed Wildcard so you can equip up to six perks.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Gear Head & Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja

For Perk 1, Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will make you resistant to all Lethal and Tactical Equipment, so you’re ready for any situation. Then, you should use the Scavenger to keep your ammo supply topped up, and Gear Head will allow you to quickly replenish and carry an extra Field Upgrade.

And finally, Ghost and Ninja will hide you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and keep your footsteps silent for quick flanks on the enemy.

How to unlock the AK-74u in Cold War Season 3

Luckily, the AK-74u arrived with Black Ops Cold War’s launch, so there are no challenges needed to unlock it or a Battle Pass to grind.

All you have to do is hit Level 19 in Cold War or Warzone, and the AK-74u will be yours. This shouldn’t take you long, but concentrate on playing the objective and racking up Scorestreaks and you’ll have it in no time.

Best alternatives

PPSH black ops cold war

There are some great alternatives to the AK-74u if you haven’t unlocked it yet, or fancy trying something different. The KSP-45 has been surprisingly effective since its recent buffs, and Season 3’s PPSH-41 is hard to resist.

If you want something with more range, you could use the XM4 which has decent mobility for an Assault Rifle, while being an absolute laser beam at any range.


With these attachments and perks, you’re ready to dominate all matches of Cold War Season 3.

Want to see where the AK-74u stacks up against the other weapons? Check out our full tier list of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons.

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