Treyarch has finally announced the details on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s progression system.
As part of the first announcement on November 5 with Warzone’s unified progression details, Treyarch revealed a ‘new Prestige’ system is coming to the game.
In a detailed blog post on the Treyarch site, the studio has now unveiled further details on exactly what this “new Prestige” system is.
The system features Seasonal Prestige ranks, Prestige Master Ranks, and more combined together for an ultimate experience. This new progression path will be available in Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare.
Here’s the details from Treyarch:
As always, part of that launch day experience is starting the player progression journey from level 1 to 55 to unlock new Create-a-Class content. During the Beta, we showed players a slice of what to expect up to level 40. Today, we’re here to go into the full details behind our deepest Prestige system yet in Black Ops Cold War.
THE EVOLUTION OF PRESTIGE
We’ve heard from countless community members who live for the “grind,” putting in the time and effort to earn unique Prestige Icons with each new milestone and showing off their Prestige Level to the rest of the world. We know the thrill of chasing the coveted title of Prestige Master, and the bragging rights that come along with it with each new game.
We’ve also seen a significant portion of players – including veterans of the Black Ops series who’ve been with us for a long time – who often choose not to Prestige because they don’t want to lose access to the Create-a-Class content that they worked so hard to unlock by reaching level 55. Plus, with post-launch Seasons now delivering their own leveling paths in Warzone, we’ve heard from players who want to see their progress continue across Seasons in even more meaningful ways.
With all of this feedback in mind, our designers set out to create a new progression system that builds upon all the elements that players have come to love about Prestige, with some exciting new advancements:
- Earn progress toward more Prestige Levels than ever before without losing any of the content you’ve already acquired.
- The best of both worlds: there’s always a new goal to pursue andyour progress toward Prestige keeps growing across Seasons.
- Each new Season offers more Prestige milestones, new seasonal challenges to unlock, and more rewards to earn.
We call this new system Seasonal Prestige, and it starts with the launch of Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know.
SEASONAL PRESTIGE: OUR DEEPEST PROGRESSION YET
Starting on Day One in Black Ops Cold War, players will begin the traditional progression path from Military Rank 1 to 55 to unlock new weapons, Perks, Wildcards, Scorestreaks, Field Upgrades, equipment, and more… and that’s just the beginning. Beyond this point, your Seasonal Prestige journey begins at Season Level 1.
After completing Military Ranks at Level 55, you’ll enter the Seasonal Leveling progression path and automatically earn your first Prestige at Season Level 1, keeping all of the Create-a-Class content you’ve unlocked already. During the Pre-Season period between launch and the beginning of Season One, you’ll have the opportunity to reach up to three Prestiges, as well as a Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50:
- Prestige 1 at Season Level 1
- Prestige 2 and Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50
- Prestige 3 at Season Level 100
Then, starting with Season One in December, your level will reset with each new Season and your progress will resume from the highest Prestige you achieved in the previous Season. Each Season will offer four additional Prestiges to achieve across the first 200 levels, plus a new Weapon Blueprint to earn at level 50:
- New Prestige and Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50
- New Prestige at Season Level 100
- New Prestige at Season Level 150
- New Prestige at Season Level 200
This means you can earn up to three Prestiges before Season One, and up to four Prestiges each Season after that for a total of 25+ Prestiges across all Seasons. You’ll always earn progress toward the Prestige that comes after your current one, and you’ll be able to catch up to the latest available Prestige if you didn’t reach it during the previous Season.
SHOW OFF YOUR MASTERY
If you reach level 200 in any Season, you’ll also achieve the title of Prestige Master for that Season. Your Prestige Level color will change to signify your Prestige Master status, and you’ll gain the ability to personalize your Prestige Icon with Legacy Prestige Icons from previous Call of Duty games that you’ve unlocked (more details on that below).
The journey doesn’t stop there if you want to keep climbing. Once you reach Prestige Master in a Season, you can continue to level up all the way to level 1000 every Season, with milestone rewards to earn at every 50 levels along the way.
With the Seasonal Prestige system, you’ll always have a single, continuous progression path across all Seasons, with more Prestige rewards to earn than ever before.
So, how does this compare to the traditional Prestige system in previous games? To summarize:
- 25+ Prestige Levels to conquer across all Seasons (including the period between launch and Season One), instead of only 10 Prestiges to earn.
- Six Prestige Master titles to earn by reaching level 200 in each Season, rather than only one opportunity throughout the entire game.
- 1000 levels to climb in each Season, for when Prestige Master isn’t enough of a challenge.
- Milestone rewards to earn at every 50 Season Levels.
- For the first time, keep all of your Create-a-Class content after you Prestige.
Also beginning in Season One, new Season Challenges will provide even more ways to earn rewards throughout each Season. These will offer two collections of 20 Calling Cards per Season in Black Ops Cold War (20 for Multiplayer and 20 for Zombies), with new Challenges ungated in both collections at every 10 levels up to level 200.
Once a Season Challenge is ungated, it may be progressed and completed to earn its related Calling Card. After a player earns all Calling Cards in a collection, they will receive an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward. Collect ‘em all!
PRESTIGING IS KEY
In addition to unlocking unique Prestige Icons with each new Prestige Level, you’ll also earn Prestige Keys as milestone rewards at every 50 Season Levels. At the new Prestige Shop, you can use Prestige Keys to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons from previous games, which can be equipped if you’ve achieved the title of Prestige Master in that Season.
The Prestige Shop will become available in Season One for players who have entered Prestige and earned their first Prestige Key. Prestige Shop content can only be unlocked with Prestige Keys, which are earned by playing the game. Once you unlock the Prestige Shop, it will be available from that point on – and with 1000 levels available per Season, you can reach up to 20 milestones each Season.
Milestone rewards can also include Battle Pass Tier Skips to unlock more Battle Pass system content for use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. And speaking of Warzone, we’ve got more good news…
A NEW GLOBAL LEVELING SYSTEM
Best of all, this new player progression system will expand beyond Black Ops Cold War later this year. Starting with Season One in December, Seasonal Prestige will become the new leveling journey across Warzone and Modern Warfare, with all players starting on this new progression path without losing any previously earned content.
Players will also be able to unlock new content for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone through the Battle Pass system whether they’re playing Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, or Modern Warfare. For more intel on how progression will work across all three games and all the ways Black Ops Cold War will integrate into the future of Warzone, visit the Call of Duty Blog.
Cold War May 6 patch notes: CARV.2 rifle & more
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:
- CARV.2 Tactical Rifle
- CARV.2 now available via in-game challenge in Multiplayer and Zombies, or via Store bundle.
- Fixed various stability issues related to tracer rounds.
- 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.
- Players are now awarded +100 score for capturing the Overtime Zone.
- 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
- Addressed an issue that prevented aim assist on the Pack-a-Punched Swiss K31 (Swiss KH3353) from functioning properly, including with Deadshot Daiquiri.
- Updated the “Perk Preserver” Daily Challenge description to clarify the requirement.
- Fixed a stability issue related to Challenges.
- Fixed a rare stability issue related to spawning zombies.
- Firebase Z
- Die Maschine
- Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
- Dead Ops Arcade
- Onslaught (PlayStation)
- Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
- Onslaught Nuketown (PlayStation)
- Onslaught Yamantau (PlayStation)
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.
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
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:
- Launch Warzone
- Select ‘Private Match & Practice’
- Queue into ‘Warzone Orientation’
- After you spawn in, drop your 1911
- You’ll have either the CARV.2 or the FARA 83 equipped
- 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.
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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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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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