Activision and Treyarch have officially announced the content and more details on the PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha.
The Alpha will be available only on PS4, free for everyone. No codes required. No PS+ required.
The Black Ops Cold War Alpha will begin at 10AM PT on Friday, Sept. 18 and end on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 10AM PT.
Pre-loading of the Black Ops Cold War Alpha is is now live for everyone on PS4. Download HERE. The file size is 25GB (may vary by region).
Black Ops Cold War Alpha will feature 6v6 maps and modes, alongside the new Combined Arms Domination mode, and let fans experience the new Create a Class system and the new Scorestreak system.
Deniable Operations are a GO! Be one of the first to engage in the next-generation of global combat in the PS4™ exclusive Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War Alpha. Jump into the brand-new Combined Arms: Domination experience or put the tools of the tradecraft to the test in a variety of 6v6 gameplay modes.
Combined Arms: Domination introduces vehicle-based combat and 24 players to a single domination match. Use snowmobiles, tanks, wakerunners, gunboats and more to traverse the map faster and hit the enemy harder.
The Alpha will include three traditional game modes across two maps designed for 6v6 play.
Among this trio is the gold standard of squad-based game modes in Call of Duty – Team Deathmatch (TDM) – as well as Kill Confirmed, a TDM variant where Operators must confirm kills by picking up enemy dog tags dropped by downed players before they are denied by the enemy team.
Then there’s Domination, an objective mode staple in the Call of Dutyfranchise. Expect a larger capture area than in previous titles in Black Ops Cold War’s Domination, allowing for more cover opportunities and maneuverability when attacking or defending while capturing a point.
These three modes will be available on the following maps during the Alpha:
Map – Miami
A prison transport vehicle has been intercepted by Perseus through hired DGI forces, with CIA forces arriving to take them out in the heat of Miami’s South Beach.
Amid art-deco architecture and neon lights, Operators battle between various buildings, in the streets, and on a stretch of the beachfront itself. Various rooftops and windows act as prime longshot spots for sharpshooters who can take advantage of vistas across empty streets and beaches.
Meanwhile, Operators can weave in-and-out of vacated tourist traps in close-quarters combat, using parts of a parking garage or the beachfront to flank enemy combatants.
Map – Satellite
First teased in the Black Ops Cold War Reveal trailer, Satellite is set in an Angolan desert where a KH-9 American-made satellite has been downed.
Soviet and American forces arrive on a battlefield devoid of any man-made structures, save for the satellite in question at mid-map. Other than this cover-heavy central point, the map’s rocky outcroppings and archways provide numerous flanking routes and plenty of cover.
Alternatively, the natural sand dunes on the opposite side of the map are a perfect territory for snipers, at the expense of any meaningful protection from aerial Scorestreaks or a cross-map high-caliber bullet.
Introducing Combined Arms: Domination (Available Sept 18-20)
Combined Arms: Domination is a new 12v12, vehicle-inclusive twist on traditional Domination, set in larger maps compared to the game’s traditional 6v6 play spaces.
In Combined Arms, vehicles such as Tanks, Snowmobiles, Wakerunners, and Gunboats will allow squads to bolster their firepower and mobility across these expanded environments. Like the core 6v6 Domination mode, teams will be tasked with capturing and defending multiple objectives between two initial spawn areas.
Along with traditional loadout-based firefights and Scorestreak play, Combined Arms: Domination is defined by how each squad uses the available selection of vehicles to help their team turn the tide of battle.
In the Alpha experience, Combined Arms: Domination will take place on two maps:
Map – Armada
It’s 1984, and U.S. and Soviet forces are battling it out in the North Atlantic Ocean in search of a prototype nuclear submarine.
Competing squads will take to the high seas with skirmishes on multiple ships, utilizing ziplines, rappel lines, and various seacraft to navigate the rough waters below.
The central ship is a hotspot for combat of all forms, from CQB battles in control stations, to sniper duels with adjacent ships, to aquatic warfare that may take place below the surface. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of the map to discover new entryways to each objective point, and keep your head on a swivel.
Map – Crossroads
In the middle of the frozen Soviet wilderness, NATO forces have ambushed a large military convoy comprised of mobile ICBM launchers.
Tanks and Snowmobiles will help operatives plow over this snowy tundra’s banks and groves, both of which could be temporary homes to sharpshooters looking for longshot opportunities.
Those planning out their strategy for victory should consider wresting control of the communications station, the lone structure that stands at the dead center of the iced-over lake. Or, for those looking to flank the enemy team, try braving the rickety bridge that spans over a deadly chasm… if you’re not afraid of heights, that is.
Need to see the new maps and modes in action, including a run-down of what Multiplayer entails? Be sure to watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Reveal video here!
Traditional Loadout, Scorestreak Options Available
Before dropping into the above maps and modes, get a glimpse at the Create-a-Class, Gunsmith, and Scorestreak customization features showcased in limited capacity during the Alpha.
While you’re editing your loadout, get to know the new Field Upgrades on offer. These are pieces of equipment earned over time while in-game that can act as a boon for your fellow squadmates or hinder the enemy team’s abilities. Wildcards also fundamentally alter the rules of Create-a-Class, with four powerful options to choose from for maximum flexibility.
Alternatively, a few default loadouts are available for Operators looking to pick up and play with a developer-tailored selection of weapons, attachments, Perks, equipment, Field Upgrades, and Wildcards. For those looking for inspiration on Create-a-Class and Gunsmith creation ideas, these default loadouts can act as a great framework for crafting your own custom arsenal.
Once everything is to your preference, dive into Multiplayer and earn some Scorestreaks, which can be crucial for achieving victory. Scorestreak points – earned via both kills and objective play – are kept through death. Stay alive and string together multiple kills in one life to earn point multipliers that will aid in earning higher-end, game-changing battlefield technology.
SOURCE: Activision / PlayStation
How to make your CoD: Warzone & Black Ops Cold War stats public
Want people to see your private Call of Duty stats? This guide will tell you how to make your BOCW & Warzone stats public.
Want to make it so that the whole world can see your impressive Warzone & BOCW stats? Well, we can help you to unlock the default setting and make them public.
The annual tracking of stats is an essential part of CoD games for some people. Their K/D, points-per-game, and various other stats are badges of honor for seasoned Call of Duty veterans.
But if you have an expensive pair of shoes with no one to see them, is it even worth it? Thankfully there is a way to make your stats available for everyone to see and show-off your CoD ability.
Make Warzone & BOCW stats public
No one is completely sure as to why Activision made the decision to keep everyone’s stats private. Possibly to avoid people seeing the unrealistic stats of hackers, or maybe as a deterrent to stop people seeing people with high K/Ds only going for kills in Objective-based modes.
But the issue doesn’t seem to be that well-known as many influencers and content creators are unsure about the nature of stats and how they work.
At one point, Drift0r took to Twitter to discuss how it was difficult to see the skill level of a lobby because of the public/private settings.
The whole process can be a tricky one if you don’t know what to do. But if you follow our guide then your Average Joe will be able to gawk at your stats in no time.
- Go to the official Call of Duty website
- Login to your CoD account
- Head to the top-right corner and hover the cursor over your name
- Click on “Linked Accounts”
- Now tailor each platform to your own settings and preferences
- Set “Searchable” and “Data Visible” options to “All”
Now you’re all set and you’ve made the necessary changes. Like with most things, the changes won’t be enforced straight away. It may take some time for the servers and data to readjust accordingly.
After this change has taken place, your stats will now be visible for all to see. Now you can show off all your hard work to the world and continue to make your stats even better.
Image credits: Treyarch, Activision Blizzard
CoD leaker claims 8 more map remakes coming to Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War could be set for more nostalgia as a leaker has hinted that at least 8 previous CoD maps will be getting remakes.
It seems that Treyarch is already hard at work in trying to bring back lots of classic CoD maps to BOCW. A leaker has suggested that the developer is currently hard at work on as many as 8 remakes.
Some people take excpetion to devs remaking old maps instead of coming up with new and innovative ones. But at the end of the day, old content is still new content for BOCW.
Extra maps, in whatever form they may take, should always be welcomed. The recent addition of Raid has proved that there’s nothing wrong with some healthy nostalgia to keep fans invested.
8 map remakes coming to BOCW
Back in the day, Raid was an extremely popular map because of its setting and well thought-out layout. So CoD fans were more than accepting in seeing its return in Black Ops Cold War.
So when a well-known Call of Duty leaker says that Treyarch is actively working on 8 remakes for the online multiplayer, fans understandably become excited. New maps are a calculated gamble for devs because you can easily spend hours and hours working on a brand new map, only for the community to hate it.
It’s naturally just easier to give an old favorite a lick of paint.
Popular CoD leaker MW2 OG has indicated that this is the direction that Treyarch is indeed headed. In a recent Tweet, the leaker suggested that each new season of BOCW is going to continue to roll out old maps.
MW2 OG has leaked many important details in the past. So there is plenty of reason to believe the leak and salivate at the prospect of returning favorites.
This will now lead to speculation as to what we could see in the future. Will we be testing our aim one more time in Firing Range? Only time will tell.
What we do know is that if any of this information becomes more solid, you’ll be the first to know.
Image credits: Treyarch
When does League Play arrive in Black Ops Cold War?
Black Ops Cold War’s League Play mode is coming soon, as confirmed by the official Call of Duty Twitter account.
League play is coming to Black Ops Cold War per an announcement from Treyarch. Here are the details.
League play has been a major request from the Call of Duty community and is coming to the game during Season 1. Confirmed via the official Call of Duty Twitter, we should now be seeing League Play in the coming weeks.
The mode is expected to drop before February 23, which is the last day of Season 1. A huge update is coming February 4, bringing a new Zombies map and remastered Multiplayer map, Express. Considering the large update is slated for release then, we could very well see League Play drop with it.
What is League Play?
League Play is a competitive playlist with an aggressive skill matching system. Players will compete in game modes with restrictions to weapons, perks, and attachments in line with the official Call of Duty League ruleset.
Game modes are also adjusted to custom rulesets, and maps are restricted to a custom map pool, voted on by the Call of Duty League professional players. This is the ultimate mode to play like the pros.
What to expect
If Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is a traditional Call of Duty League Play, we should be expecting several rank tiers, with a seasonal reset system. Each season, players should have a variety of ranks to progress through by winning games.
If Black Ops Cold War follows the Black Ops 4 formula, you will progress through skill ranks by obtaining gems from game wins. As you collect gems, your skill rank will increase. Black Ops 4’s league play was heavily debated amongst players due to it having a gem cap each day. Hopefully, Black Ops Cold War will change this system a bit if they choose to use it.
In the best-case scenario, we could also receive exclusive rewards for progressing through the league play ranks. This could be in the form of tiered character skins, weapon camos, or calling cards. This may be wishful thinking, but it is worth noting that Advanced Warfare’s ranked playlist did have custom exo-suits for the skill divisions, so it could very well happen in another Call of Duty game.
For now, we’ll have to wait for official communication from Treyarch for more info. Stay tuned.
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