Treyarch has announced that for the first time in Call of Duty history, post launch Zombies content for Black Ops Cold War will be free.
Yes, free for everyone.
Activision first got rid of the Season Pass in Call of Duty with Modern Warfare in 2019, making all MP maps, alongside Special Ops experiences for free.
“For the first time, post launch [Zombies] content is going to be free. As new maps come out, everyone will be able to come along for the journey as we take them through this storyline,” Treyarch says.
In the past, Zombies maps were tied to the game’s Season Pass or post launch DLC expansion packs.
This now means that everyone will be able to play all of the post launch Zombies maps when they are released during Black Ops Cold War’s post launch window.
Based on the wording in the video, it looks like the post launch content will release on all platforms at the same time. We’ve reached out to Activision to confirm.
The team has not said how many post launch maps they plan to release for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War. Previous Call of Duty games have had four post launch Zombies maps released during the post launch season.
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
How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards
Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.
Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.
Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.
With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.
While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.
How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards
To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.
Link CoD account to YouTube
Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.
To link your account on PC and mobile:
- Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
- Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
- Click on ‘Connected Apps’
- Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
- Sign in to your Activision account
While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.
Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.
CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards
For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.
And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
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For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.
With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.
Image Credit: Activision
New Firebase Z teasers reveal more information about returning Zombies characters
Treyarch has released more teasers regarding characters featured in the new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, “Firebase Z”.
Treyarch have revealed new teasers regarding the upcoming new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map “Firebase Z.”
Today, January 22, 2021, Treyarch has released images detailing three characters in the current Zombies storyline.
One of these characters is a returning fan favorite from the classic Black Ops franchise, and two are brand new.
Doctor William Peck
Doctor William Peck is a man with a genius IQ, and the Program Manager at the Department of Defense, who seems to have attracted the eye of the Soviet Omega group.
According to spies, they believe he could be turned to the Soviet cause if offered the right monetary incentive and career opportunity.
When Firebase Z releases, we’ll be sure to see the fate of Dr. Peck following this message from Dr. Valentina from the Omega group.
Captain Revenov is a disciplined follower of the soviet cause who has worked as a counter-terrorism operator and has served in the Caribbean, Central America, Angola, and Afghanistan. At the request of the Omega group, he was transferred as an operative that they could trust.
Due to his track record of excellence and service, he was the perfect pick for a man to carry out any orders.
Samantha Maxis is an ex BND (German Intelligence Service) operative. Recently, she has acquired stolen Soviet intel about Projekt Endstation, the location of the Die Maschine zombies map.
Currently, the Omega group believes she is working with Requiem and the CIA to expose the inhumane work of the Omega group to the world.
For now, that’s all the intel from today’s drop. You can read more about Firebase Z, including the release date here.
Image Credit: Treyarch/Activision
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