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
When does Black Ops Cold War Season 4 begin? Reveal, start date, details, maps, weapons, more
Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War is halfway done, but when can we expect Season 4, and what maps and weapons will it have?
Despite all the new changes that Season 3 has brought, we are already well on the way to CoD: Cold War Season 4. We’ll look at when it starts and any other relevant details such as new maps, guns, and changes.
Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War has really filled up the game with lots of extra content and made it feel like one of the fullest Call of Duty games to date. Cold War has continued to do what it does best: deliver exciting new maps and pile on more guns, including the PPSH-41, Swiss K31, and AMP63.
Between Outbreak’s new Easter Egg, the new Cold War battle royale mode, and the myriad of other modes available in the game, Season 3 has made Cold War a jam-packed experience. But we still have a few months to go until the presumed release of Call of Duty 2021, so there’s still plenty more to come.
Here’s everything we know about Season 4 of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War so far.
Black Ops Cold War Season 4 Reveal
Players will be able to get their first look at what the new season will be bringing to the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War during the Kickoff Live portion of the Summer Game Fest on June 10 2021.
The official Season 4 gameplay trailer for Black Ops Cold War was released on June 10, 2021, and it featured a variety of exciting glimpses at content players will be able to experience. You can find the full trailer below:
Black Ops Cold War Season 4 start date
One constant about each new season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is that as soon as one finishes the next starts soon after.
The current Season 3 Battle Pass is scheduled to end around June 15th or June 16th, and the downtime is usually nothing to worry about.
So we can expect Season 4 to start on June 16th or 17th.
Cold War x Warzone Season 4 teaser
Upon launching Black Ops Cold War or Warzone, the final cutscene for Season 3 plays out. After Adler was rescued from Verdansk, Stitch and his cronies hatch the next stage of their evil plan.
This teaser hints at a new Operator and perhaps a new location for a new multiplayer map. Wraith mentions that their “man in South Africa is standing by.” This could hint that a South African Operator will be coming in Season 4, and there might be a new map set in South Africa along with him.
New Black Ops Cold War Season 4 maps
The new season of content for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will bring some new maps for players to battle against each other, with one of them being a classic fan favorite from the past.
These new maps are Collateral, Amsterdam, and popular Black Ops II map Hijacked and were officially revealed on June 10.
Given that we’re not too far away from details about Season 4 of Cold War becoming official, it’s only natural that rumors and speculation are starting to become rife.
It seems that Hijacked is being prepared for Season 4 as a big inclusion that will see players scrambling to conquer the massive cruise ship. Also, another as yet unnamed surprise remaster could be joining it as well.
Also, rumors are abound that there will be a new “DLC round-based Zombies map coming in Season 4” too. A glimpse of this new Zombies map was possibly shown during the gameplay reveal trailer, which you can find below:
Treyarch went on to post on Twitter on June 11, 2021, a tweet that included an image and a caption stating that the prologue for the next round-based Zombies map starts on June 17, so perhaps it will be released in the Reloaded portion of Season 4 a couple of months from the start of the new season.
Black Ops Cold War Season 4 weapons
At the moment we don’t know too much about what Season 4 is set to include, but it is a curious question given how balanced the meta is right now. Thanks to all the buffs and nerfs delivered by Season 3 Reloaded, you wonder what new weapons will be introduced. We will update this page once we know more.
The Season 4 gameplay trailer released on June 10, 2021, teased the arrival of various weapons for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that includes the G3 Assault Rifle, Nail Gun, and Desert Eagle Pistol.
Also, check out our ranking of every gun in Black Ops Cold War.
Black Ops Cold War Season 4 game modes
If there’s one thing that players cannot complain in Cold War about it’s the smorgasbord of game modes to plow through. As well as new game modes and limited-time-only playlists, existing ones are even being expanded too.
Outbreak players can now fish for instance – a sentence that most gamers would’ve had thought needed to be said. But again, with the recency of the Reloaded update, Treyarch is keeping tight-lipped about any big potential game modes for Season 4 of Cold War.
Once more information starts to filter through we’ll be updating this page to keep you up-to-date about Black Ops Cold War Season 4.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War Season 4 trailer possibly teases new Zombies map
The Black Ops Cold War Season 4 trailer had plenty of exciting footage with one clip possibly giving players the first look at a new Zombies map.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players were treated to some exciting teases in the Season 4 gameplay trailer, with one of them possibly showing the Zombies community the first look at a new map.
Season 3 made some waves in the world of Black Ops Cold War Zombies, with the largest being the introduction of the first main Easter Egg quest for the Outbreak game mode.
This Outbreak Easter Egg quest continued the main story of Black Ops Cold War zombies, which Treyarch has said will ultimately be tied to the next round-based Zombies map for the first-person shooter.
While Treyarch has not yet officially announced a Berlin map or that it will be coming in Season 4, the recently released Season 4 gameplay trailer for Cold War possibly gave the Zombies community a first glimpse of a new map.
The part of the Season 4 gameplay trailer in question occurs at the very end of the video. First, a few seconds are shown of Zombies walking down a subway tunnel with then what appears to be a subway on fire making its way towards running all of the Zombies over.
Players will have to wait until June 14 for Activision and Treyarch to officially reveal the content roadmap for Black Ops Cold War Season 4 and if a new Zombies map is included on this plan for the new period of content.
However, this clip from the gameplay trailer does give hope to players that they will be hearing of a brand new Zombies map they will be able to experience at some point in Season 4, even if it might come in the Reloaded portion of the season in a couple of months.
Treyarch went on to post an image on Twitter stating that the “prologue to our next round-based Zombies map begins on June 17.” This looks to confirm that the new map may not arrive at the start of Season 4 but will be coming later on in the season or Season 5.
For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out when the next double XP event is happening for the game or what new weapons players can expect to see in Season 4 and stay tuned for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Activision/Treyarch
When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?
We have the dates and times CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 3’s Double XP event to help rank, weapon, and Battle Pass progression.
With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 3, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.
XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.
Cold War and Warzone Season 3 has offered multiple Double XP events throughout its duration, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster. It’s nearly time for Season 4 of Call of Duty, and we have new weapons and vehicles to look forward to.
Also, use our guide on the fastest way to level up Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass.
How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 3
It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP and Double Battle Pass XP promotional event will be for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and will officially start on June 11 and conclude on June 14.
What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?
Here’s a full list of the Double Weapon XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:
- EST – 1 PM
- CST – 12 PM
- PST – 10 AM
- GMT – 5 PM
Double XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War and Warzone playlists.
These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.
Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard including its release date, gameplay, and more.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software
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