Activision and Treyarch have announced that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone Season 1 has been delayed.
The news comes as fans were eagerly awaiting information on what to expect with Season One, including many leaks over the last week highlighting some of the upcoming content.
The company has announced, however, that the new Season of content is being delayed.
Season One of Black Ops Cold War & Warzone will now begin on December 16.
Here’s the info from the Call of Duty blog:
An Unprecedented Amount of Free Warzone Content
Battle Royale is set to go beyond Verdansk: prepare to drop into a new Warzone map and mode at launch. Warzone’s arsenal gets even bigger with over 30 Black Ops Cold War base weapons, as well as Blueprint variants! Also, make sure you’re ready to face down fellow prisoners of Warzone in a new Gulag experience.
An Undeniable Offering of Black Ops Cold War Content
Prepare for an incredible amount of free content in Black Ops Cold War, including new Multiplayer maps, new and fan-favorite 6v6 modes and playlists, the return of 2v2 Gunfight with four new maps, and a massive new Fireteam map. This offering includes a battle through a sprawling luxury complex within the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. That’s right: the legendary Call of Duty: Black Ops II 6v6 map known as Raid will be ready to play in Black Ops Cold War at Season One launch.
Make room on your Gunsmith table for free-to-acquire weapons and prepare for new Zombies modes, Season Challenges, and the full cross-title launch of the Seasonal Prestige system, with up to 1,000 Season Levels to progress through!
It’s an unprecedented amount of free content and the teams are currently prepping for the biggest Season One launch week ever seen. For this to occur, we’re taking a few more days to finalize everything before unleashing this massive drop of new, free content to the community.
2XP + 2WXP Weekend and Free Bundles Incoming!
To thank you for your continued support and patience, and to help you level up before Season One, Treyarch will be enabling Double XP and Double Weapon XP in Black Ops Cold War from 10AM PT Saturday, Dec. 12 until the launch of Season One.
Two free bundles will also become available to all Black Ops Cold War players through a new Pre-Season offer! Simply log in between 10AM PT Dec. 8 and 11PM PT Dec. 15 to claim both bundles, including:
“Field Research” Bundle
· 1 Epic Operator Skin (Park)
· 1 Epic SMG Weapon Blueprint
· 1 Epic Reticle
· 1 Epic Calling Card
· 1 Rare Weapon Charm
· 1 Epic Operator Skin (Garcia)
· 1 Rare Assault Rifle Weapon Blueprint
· 1 Epic Reticle
· 1 Epic Weapon Charm
Content Roll-out: Preparation for Season One Launch
Over the next week, expect additional communications on this channel, as well as the Treyarch blog, and across social media as we ensure you are updated as frequently as possible.
During this time, content updates for Black Ops Cold War, as well as Warzone and Modern Warfare are scheduled to occur. See below for details.
Black Ops Cold War Update: Dec. 8
The first of these is an update to Black Ops Cold War, which will be available to download on Tuesday, December 8. This update brings a host of quality-of-life improvements to Black Ops Cold War, and preparesplayers for new Season One game content integration, which becomes available December 16.
Between December 7 and December 16, expect lines of communication to be open as we preview numerous elements of Season One, showcasing the massive expansion of incoming content.
Black Ops Cold War Update (Dec. 15), Warzone Update (Dec. 16)
A pair of content updates will deliver Season One game content for players of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. For more information on the content of these updates, consult Treyarch’s Game Intel blogs for patch notes.
Once the second content update becomes available in Warzone, Season One will launch simultaneously across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
We want to thank you, the Call of Duty community, for your tremendous support and patience. We’re honored to serve the most passionate community around.
This is one of the first times Activision has delayed a massive post launch release.
The company announced in early November the now-delayed release date for Season One, and gave fans extensive info on Warzone’s integration.
Season One is expected to feature new 6v6 maps & modes, the return of 2v2 Gunfight mode, new Zombies modes, a new ‘Classified Warzone Experience,’ and more.
The season will also bring the first Battle Pass for Black Ops Cold War. The Battle Pass will feature a free and premium tier which will host a variety of cosmetic content for players to earn.
The start of Season One will also see Warzone’s full integration into Black Ops Cold War. Right now, Warzone remains tied to Modern Warfare. With Season One, progression systems will be synced and matched between Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare. The integration will also see Black Ops Cold War’s loadouts become available in Warzone.
More information on the content included with Season One is set to be announced soon.
Stay tuned for updates.
Best AUG loadout to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The AUG is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so use these attachments and perks to maximize its potential.
The AUG is arguably one of the meta weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in multiplayer.
The AUG appeared as an Assault Rifle in the original Black Ops and as an SMG in Modern Warfare. In Black Ops Cold War, it comes as a burst-fire Tactical Rifle. With a fast fire-rate and high damage, it’s capable of killing a player in one burst at almost any range.
With the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, the AUG can carry eight attachments, maximizing its potential for all situations. Here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.
Best Black Ops Cold War AUG loadout
- Optic: Millstop Reflex
- Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
- Barrel: 18″ Rapid Fire
- Body: Ember Sighting Point
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
- Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
- Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
- Stock: Marathon Stock
This AUG loadout takes full advantage of its one-burst potential with increased fire rate and accuracy.
For optics, it’s mostly up to you. We’ve had the most success with the versatility of the Red Dot Sights but if you want to be stronger at range, consider using a higher optic. To ensure you can take down multiple enemies without reloading, you should add the 45 Rnd Drum magazine.
To reduce recoil and keep your burst shots accurate, you should run the SOCOM Eliminator muzzle attachment and Field Agent Foregrip. These attachments combined will give a huge reduction to vertical recoil. This is vital to ensuring that all shots in a burst hit the target, increasing the one-burst potential.
Due to this weapon being so powerful as is, the only barrel you need is the 18″ Rapid Fire. This gives a 13% increase to the fire rate, allowing you to either quickly finish the target with a second burst or take out multiple enemies in quick succession. There are no negative attributes to using this barrel, making it the best choice.
The Ember Sighting Point torch gives the AUG a boost to both its long and close-range potential. The torch reveals enemies, which makes it especially effective when players blend into the environment. It also increases hip-fire accuracy by 30%, helping you out in a tight spot.
To counter the weight of these attachments and speed it up, you should add the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Marathon Stock. These increase both your ADS and sprint-to-fire time. When moving around the map or quickly snapping onto a sniper glint at range, weapon speed is vital.
Best perks for Black Ops Cold War AUG
With the power of explosives in Black Ops Cold War, Flak Jacket is vital. When attacking a point, there are only so many places you can be, so expect a barrage of explosives coming at you.
One Semtex or Grenade could be enough to bring you down, and you especially don’t want a random grenade ending your scorestreak.
There’s nothing worse than running out of bullets mid-fight, and the Scavenger perk will allow you to keep supplying as the match progresses. With Scavenger equipped, you can keep hold of your AUG all match without having to swap it out for a weapon with more ammo.
When running around the map with the AUG, being silent will give you an extreme advantage. Whether flanking an objective or clearing out a building, having the enemies not being able to hear you will give you an easy multi-kill.
And as a bonus, having quiet footsteps means its unlikely the enemies will hear you.
The AUG is currently one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so try it out with these attachments and perks for yourself.
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Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 groups & fixtures revealed
The groups for Stage 1 of 2021’s Call of Duty League have officially been announced, alongside the fixtures for the coming weeks.
Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 begins on February 11, and at the CDL Kickoff Classic, the groups and fixtures for this first stage were officially announced.
While it was fun seeing the new 4v4 rosters facing off against each other in the Kickoff Classic event, perhaps the most important part of the weekend was seeing Stage 1’s group selection take place.
Before the highly-anticipated OpTic Chicago v LA Thieves show match, we saw members and owners of each CDL team choose who would be playing in opposing groups, officially revealing the Stage 1 groups.
Here are the groups going into CDL 2021 Stage 1, how they were chosen, and what this first stage will look like.
CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups
|Group A||Group B|
|Dallas Empire||Atlanta FaZe|
|LA Thieves||OpTic Chicago|
|Minnesota RØKKR||Florida Mutineers|
|London Royal Raves||Toronto Ultra|
|New York Subliners||LA Guerrillas|
|Seattle Surge||Paris Legion|
How the CDL Stage 1 groups were chosen
In a slightly confusing format described as a ‘reverse snake draft,’ teams chose who would play in the opposing group.
As the top two teams from CDL 2020, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were placed into different groups, A and B. Teams then picked who would be competing in the opposing group, beginning with Dallas Empire.
Dallas Empire, last year’s champs, chose first, and then FaZe chose after. The selection process went like this:
- Dallas Empire chose OpTic Chicago for Group B
- FaZe chose LA Thieves for Group A
- OpTic Chicago chose Minnesota RØKKR for group A
- LA Thieves chose Florida Mutineers for Group B
Teams continued to choose teams turn about until each group had been decided.
Atlanta FaZe Home Series
Each stage consists of three Home Series weekends, with Atlanta FaZe hosting the opening weekend on February 11. Group A will be playing on Thursday and Saturday, with Group B playing on Friday and Sunday.
It kicks off with newcomers LA Thieves going against Minnesota RØKKR, and champs Dallas Empire taking on Seattle Surge.
After getting knocked out by Atlanta FaZe in the 2020 semi-finals, OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen), will be looking to settle the score on Sunday. To add further rivalry, FaZe’s Arcitys played for the Huntsmen in last year’s league.
You can check out the fixtures for the entirety of Stage 1 on CallofDutyLeague.com.
The top two teams from Stage 1 will have first pick in Stage 2, which is set to begin on March 18.
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Black Ops Cold War Zombies Firebase Z: release date, setting, new perk, more
Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ second map, Firebase Z, will launch during Season 1. Here’s everything we know about the new map.
Black Ops Cold War season 1 brings a new Zombies map, Firebase Z. Here’s everything we know about Cold War Zombies’ second map.
Firebase Z, also called Outpost 25, is the brand new Zombies map coming to Black Ops Cold War during Season 1.
Set in the jungle of Vietnam, Firebase Z continues the storyline that started in Die Maschine. As described in Activision’s blog, “with the destruction of the WWII-era “Projekt Endstation” site after investigating the otherworldly Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, Requiem now sets its focus on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25, known by the code name “Firebase Z.”
A picture uploaded by Treyarch in their 115 Day blog post gives us a grainy, aerial view of the map. However, like any Zombies map, expect many more areas to be discovered when Firebase Z drops.
When does Cold War Zombies Firebase Z map release?
The new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z, is set to launch on February 4 and will be free for all players.
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It comes during Season 1, as part of teased new Zombies maps and modes that were announced in the roadmap. In the weeks leading up to its launch, a reveal trailer and more information surrounding the zombie-infested firebase will be revealed.
Tombstone perk coming to BOCW Zombies
Along with the launch of Firebase Z comes the return of an old perk: Tombstone.
If you don’t know already, when downed, Tombstone will allow you to “become a shadow in the Dark Aether armed with your weapons that can revive you.” Be careful though, “if your shadow loses all its health, you die.”
New to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, perks can be upgraded. Spending Aetherium Crystals will grant Tombstone the following upgrades:
- Tier I – Shadow form can regenerate health.
- Tier II – Increase downed duration to 60 seconds.
- Tier III – On death, drop a Tombstone stash that saves your weapons, equipment, and resources.
Tombstone will be available through its perk machine in Firebase Z on February 4, and can also be purchased through the Der Wunderfizz machine in Die Maschine.
Can you still play Die Maschine?
Die Maschine will still be available to play in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.
We know this through the confirmation that the Tombstone perk will be available to purchase through the Der Wunderfizz machine on Die Maschine on February 4.
Treyarch provided a friendly reminder that if you haven’t discovered all of the in-game intel hidden on Die Maschine and Onslaught yet, you should try to find it all before the story moves on. It will be crucial to understanding the overarching Zombies story.
Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll update it with every new piece of information we learn about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.
Image Credit: Treyarch
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