A brand new way to play Zombies is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with Season 2 on February 25.
Activision and Treyarch have announced the brand new ‘Outbreak’ Zombies mode, which allows players to play Zombies in a new, large-scale experience in Cold War.
The studio has been teasing the mode throughout the week leading up to this reveal.
The new mode is available with Season 2 on February 25.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Outbreak mode for Black Ops Cold War:
Your Mission in Outbreak
Now you, the elite Operators, are here to aid Requiem in their most important operation yet.
Along with up to three other Operators, your objective is to explore designated regions in the Outbreak zone around the Ural Mountains and assist Requiem’s other divisions in completing their objectives as their most elite strike team. After each experiment is done, you must either successfully exfiltrate the area or, if you choose to accept the risk of deadlier encounters, enter rifts through the Dark Aether to another region to assist with more objectives.
Surrounding these regions is a new aspect of the Dark Aether to contend with, first spotted at “Firebase Z”: the Phase. This supernatural force renders familiar areas deadly and can put previously out-of-bound zones in play.
A typical Outbreak mission begins with a Requiem strike team entering one of these regions via helicopter, armed with a custom starting weapon and Field Upgrade. A waypoint in the overworld, which also appears on the main map and mini-map, marks the location of Requiem’s primary research objective with a star.
Unlike any other Zombies experience thus far, there are no set paths to and from the objective. Agents can take as much time as they wish to explore the area, searching for rewards either in loot chests, encountering various random events, or activating a Trial Computer. For a small cost of 500 Essence, Requiem agents can also take jump pads found in the region that launch them high into the air, allowing them to reach objectives safely and, if they are skilled enough, parachute to collect essence containers during the descent that can cover the cost of their flight fee, and then some.
No matter how a squad gets to the main experiment site, their survival hinges on successfully completing this primary objective. Fail an objective, and your mission is over.
The main investigation can be one of the following:
As part of Requiem’s research on the Dark Aether, they are curious about the genetic code on the infected. With numerous tests failing due to teams being killed or… incomplete samples from the agents who submitted them, your task is to claim a fully intact sample, place it in a device to study, and defend the machine while it uploads data.
Depending on the location of this device, numerous strategies for keeping the device online can be effective, like using vehicles in outdoor locations or mid-range weapons for busier locales. No matter where the device is, the usually scattered hordes of the undead will undoubtedly funnel in toward the scanning machine, making close-quarters weapons and placeable equipment or Support items solid choices for defending it.
Requiem recently developed a fleet of highly advanced, yet highly vulnerable, rovers to help them detect dimensional portals into the Dark Aether.
Your mission is to ensure this rover (with its captured specimen) finds this dimensional portal somewhere in the Outbreak zone and gets through it in one piece. For this experiment, it’s wise to remember back to your security detail training: keep the principal (the rover) at center, move as one unit, and shift to deal with threats as they come.
Somewhere in the Outbreak zone, there are two Aether harvesting units that have been gathering raw Aetherium from the atmosphere and growing Aetherium Crystals inside its containment canisters. These Aetherium Canisters need to be extracted to a safe location quickly. Fortunately, a nearby set of rockets can carry them away from harm.
For this experiment, agents will need to carry these canisters to the rockets manually for extraction. Due to their size, they will be unable to use any of their weapons or equipment, and will be rendered slower than usual. However, while carrying the Aetherium Canister, your normal Field Upgrade is replaced with a very powerful one, which can emit a small burst of Aether energy that knocks down nearby zombies – helpful in a pinch if other Operators cannot pick them off.
Using a GPS satellite tracker, Requiem can pinpoint the exact location of HVTs (high value targets) across dimensions. For this experiment, this tracker is used to find elite enemies, who will phase into existence after their position is compromised.
Here, agents will have to make a strategic decision: dodge the HVT long enough to clearing the ensuing wave of enemies, or deal enough damage to the HVT to force it to move to the next wave of the fight, which will wipe out the remaining wave.
A massive, unstable Aether Crystal is emitting alarming amounts of Dark Aether energy, to a point where some researchers reported hearing voices as they approached it. Due to its chaotic nature, destruction is the only option on the table, although attempting to do so will send agents into the Dark Aether itself, where they must hold out against any undead threats until the explosives are triggered.
This experiment will be the most familiar to veteran Requiem agents, as zombies will flow into the confined space where windows can be boarded up for temporary protection. Use your training to survive for as long as the timer states, and use power-ups and boarding up windows to maximize your chances of holding out.
As the Outbreak continues to grow, expect to find more types of investigations to complete throughout the Ural Mountains.
The Beacon: To Exfil or Not to Exfil?
After successfully completing an experiment, all agents must move to a mysterious beacon marked somewhere within the region. Just like getting to the objective itself, there is no linear path to the beacon, but the roaming hordes may make some routes more viable than others.
Once the beacon is activated, several useful machines will appear. These include a Crafting Table for creating equipment and Support items, an Arsenal for Armor and upgrading weapons, as well as Der Wunderfizz, which dispenses a variety of Perks, and of course, a Pack-a-Punch machine.
Agents are encouraged to use their resources at these stations before making an essential choice: call in an Exfil from the Outbreak zone, or take a trip through a dimensional portal to a new region somewhere else in the Ural Mountains.
Taking the first choice – Exfil – works like it does in round-based Black Ops Cold War Zombies experiences: get to the Exfil zone, eliminate any hostiles to clear the helicopter for landing, and hop aboard to leave the area. Doing this successfully will offer additional rewards on top of what was collected in the Outbreak zone.
However, if you take the portal, your squad will begin a new, more challenging mission, travelling to the next Outbreak region to survive against even more dangerous odds. Each trip through the portal amplifies your potential rewards, but also increases the lethality of the awaiting undead horde.
No matter which decision your squad makes, however, rewards are saved for every objective completed.
The Spoils of Survival: A Whole New Meta
Completing main objectives and successfully exfiltrating both offer large XP rewards along with three types of Aetherium Crystals:
· Raw Aetherium Crystals – Requiem agents know this resource well. These are used to upgrade Skills for Weapon Classes, Field Upgrades, Perks, and Ammo Mods through the first three Tiers of power.
· Refined Aetherium Crystals [NEW] – A more matured crystal structure. A greater energy source used to upgrade Skills to Tier IV.
· Flawless Aetherium Crystals [NEW] – This is the highest maturity an Aetherium Crystal can reach. This incredibly powerful resource is used to upgrade Skills to Tier V.
Earning the newer Aetherium Crystals won’t come easy, as gathering more mature crystals requires more extensive research during a single Outbreak infiltration. Refined and Flawless Aetherium Crystals can also appear as rewards in traditional, round-based Zombies experiences following the start of Season Two.
To learn more about every Tier IV and V upgrade coming to Zombies as part of Season Two, check out our guide on it later this week.
Consider this guide as initial intel for Requiem agents looking to drop into Outbreak. Of course, there is plenty of more research to be done in the Ural Mountains, so it’s up to you and your squad to explore the regions and report back to Requiem with your findings.
More intel on Outbreak to come as February 25 approaches.
SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog
Top 5 tips to dominate Apocalypse in Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War Season 2 has added Apocalypse to its ever-growing arsenal of maps. Here are our best tips for it.
The Black Ops Cold War lore has taken us to the jungle, which is why we’ve been able to set foot in the new Apocalypse map. Season 2’s new Jungle-themed map is here, and we’ve come up with some top tips to master it.
Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War really stoked the fire by throwing the FARA 83 and LC10 at us to play with along with the new Apocalypse map. Players now have the opportunity to rumble in the jungle, and there are many different ways to do so.
It’s a medium-sized map with lots of tight corners and rooms with multiple entry points. There are few areas in the map that you can feel ‘safe’ in, so it’s vital you embrace some of these important Apocalypse tips to survive in Black Ops Cold War’s newest map.
1. The Flag A spawn point is dangerous
At the time of writing, the game seems to have a habit of deploying fresh spawns in exactly the same spot near the back of the Flag A area. Therefore it becomes very easy for the enemy team to keeping killing players here and anticipate their movements.
Our best advice is to use the wall in front of you for cover and make a beeline for the house on the right that requires a ladder. At the very least you can provide covering fire to draw fire from your team to escape on the opposite side, or pick off enemies yourself.
2. Watch out for the hidey holes
There are two or three spots on Apocalypse that provide a little window for you to peep your head through and essentially lie in wait for potential victims.
The best part about them is that you are pretty much obscured apart from your head. Make sure to find them and make the most of them.
3. Underground is good
Down one side of Apocalypse is a useful upper and lower channel that you can easily exploit if you’re careful. Its biggest strength, and weakness, is that it’s exposed to the middle section of the map.
If you’re defending it, use the barrels for cover to pick off players coming from the Flag C spawn. If you’re attacking it, always try and approach it from the middle as you have a superior vantage point, especially as you have the benefit of light on your side.
4. SMGs & Shotguns will do the trick
Despite its size, as we said, it has lots of huts and tighter corners which require fast, hard-hitting weapons to conquer Apocalypse.
So something like the new LC10 absolutely shreds, and when you pair it off with something like the Streetsweeper or the Gallo, then you’re in for a good time.
5. Arguably the best spot on the map
Given the height superiority that this cliff-edge offers, the ability to see two opposite sides of the map, and the fact that it’s just a quality spot, this is the location that should command the most presence.
One of the most important things to consider with this view is that players get a healthy eye line of Flag B. Regardless of if you’re defending it or attacking it, you can go a long way to helping keep that area in your team’s favor.
For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.
Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate |
Image credits: Treyarch
How to get free perks in Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak Zombies mode
You can earn free perks for yourself in Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode through a neat little trick.
There is a simple new trick that you can use to earn free perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode, so here’s how you can get this done.
You’re given very few resources when you hop into the CoD Zombies mode. You’ll have to rack up points by killing the undead so that you can purchase brand new weapons and level up your abilities through the game’s Perk-a-Cola machines.
Spending your limited points on these machines help make the game more interesting, as you get to pick which attribute you want to improve. Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode has this too, but also comes with its own secret trick.
You can follow a strategy that will get you free perks in this mode.
Perks can usually be found as special drops during a round, and you fight your way towards them to upgrade yourself. Luckily, there’s a better way to get free perks when playing in Cold War’s Outbreak.
You can perform this simple trick repeatedly in different rounds of Activision’s newest Zombies mode. Here’s what you need to do:
- Visit the a near the lower farmstead that’s located on the left outskirts of Golova
- Head to the area marked by a row of skulls and you’ll find a small radio that’s positioned against a tree
- Hold the action button to play the recording
- A giant beam will become visible, so make your way towards it
- Defeat all the zombies and then collect the free perk drop!
That’s all you need to do, and you can try it on Ruka and Alpine as well. You can do this again by immediately rushing back to the radio’s location and then repeating the process, since there is no limit to the amount of times that you can try this easy trick.
The best part is that you won’t have to worry about your teammates stealing the drop from you. This is because one player picking it up will result in everyone in the lobby also receiving a free random perk. So don’t worry about one of your teammates trying to cheat you out of buffs.
Outbreak has taken all the best elements of CoD Zombies to create a fresh and exciting new mode. It throws out the past template, and massively deviates from anything that has been in the mode before.
You can keep some powerful weapons to defend yourself in Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak mode, and you can see all the best ones in our guide.
Image Credits: Activision
Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Servers Experiencing Issues – March 5
Servers issues in Black Ops Cold War.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone servers were experiencing issues on Friday, March 5 on all platforms.
UPDATE – March 5 at 1:35PM ET: The Black Ops Cold War & Warzone servers are now back up for players on all platforms. Issues may persist as the servers come back online fully.
Activision Support is reporting that they are actively investigating issues with the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Call of Duty: Warzone servers right now. The issue is effecting players on all platforms.
We’re currently experiencing connectivity issues. This incident is under investigation.
Some players are getting an error message saying the servers are not online. The message is asking people to re-try and connect to the game.
Many players are being put into a Server Queue, asking them to wait to get into the game. It would be best to wait in the server queue as the game tries to get everyone back online into the game. A temporary solution would be to restart the game and attempt to connect again.
The server issues should be resolved soon as Activision continues to investigate a fix for the situation. The support website will be updated as more information on the server status is revealed.
As always, we’ll update this post as more info is provided on the situation. Do stay tuned for the latest updates on the status, and be sure to check our Twitter for any additional updates we provide on the servers.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (Blizzard Battle.net).
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