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
Warzone & Cold War Season 6 key art leak shows Mason Operator
A new leak looks to have given the Call of Duty community a first look at the Mason Season 6 Operator for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.
A new leak looks to have revealed the first look at the Alex Mason Operator that is expected to be a significant player in the story for Call of Duty: warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.
Season 6 is right around the corner for both Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, with the community excited to see where the story for both games will be going after the previous five seasons.
The Season 5 outro cinematic that was released recently gave players a tease of who will be major players in the story for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War in Season 6, with Alex Mason being teased as the best person to bring in a rogue Adler thanks to his experience with The Numbers Broadcast that is currently taking over Verdansk.
Alex Mason’s return looks to have received further confirmation, as a recent leak has revealed the Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6 key art that has Alex Mason front and center.
With the likes of Frank Woods and Hudson being playable Operators in Warzone and Cold War, it is not surprising to see that Alex Mason will likely become a playable character in the last season for Black Ops Cold War.
Mason was not featured as heavily in Cold War compared to his roles in Black Ops and Black Ops II, so it will be interesting to see how his speculated return in Season 6 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War will play out.
There is no doubt that many players will be excited to see Alex Mason return as a playable character if this Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6 leak comes to fruition.
For more Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, check out the new Sai melee weapon reportedly gives permanent Dead Silence, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios
Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5
Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.
The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.
A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.
To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.
Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout
Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments
To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.
- Optic: Visiontech 2x
- Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
- Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
- Body: Steady Aim Laser
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
- Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
- Handle: Serpent Wrap
- Stock: Wire Stock
The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.
The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.
We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.
Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class
- Perk 1: Flak Jacket
- Perk 2: Assassin
- Perk 3: Ghost
Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.
Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.
Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War
Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.
Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:
- Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
- Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083
How to unlock the KSP 45
The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.
Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.
Image Credit: Treyarch / Activision
Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return
Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.
The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.
As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.
For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.
Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.
Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.
Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.
You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:
“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.
The showdown begins in Season Six.”
We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software
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