During a virtual briefing of Black Ops Cold War late last week, we got to see parts of three different mission experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s campaign.
Here’s descriptions of the missions. All gameplay was PS5 gameplay and pre-beta.
Early Campaign Mission Cutscene:
A first cut scene was shown to us during the briefing. This cut scene, per Raven, takes place early on in the game’s story.
This cut scene takes place inside a White House briefing room, as Russel Adler and team showcase their evidence and information on how to catch Perseus. Officials in the room are doubting the intel that Adler’s team brought in, and were questioning as to if Perseus is even real or not. General Hag claims during the scene that ‘it’s more myth than fact’ about Perseus’ whereabouts.
But the intel they have suggests he’s in play again and has plans to launch an attack against the West. CIA analysts consider him the ‘single largest threat to the free world.’ Russell Alder says, when doubted by the generals, ‘you don’t have to take us seriously, but innocent people will die.’ There’s something ‘major’ happening after 13 years of not hearing of Perseus.
The scene continues with President Reagan entering the room to get an update on what’s happening. The President says ’is the threat real? Can you stop Perseus?” But Adler calls out that the mission would probably be illegal and in violation of treaties. Reagan ends with ‘Give Adler what he wants’ and says ‘I know you won’t fail us.’ The scene ends.
First Mission: Ukraine
This mission was a mid-game mission, and it takes place in a Soviet structure behind the Iron Current. This mission features stealth and high action gameplay, where fans have to find out what’s held inside the said structure.
Fans enter a massive Soviet base and attempt to recover what’s left inside, but are met at first with a glaring 1980s Russia’s vision of America-style set. It looks like ‘any town USA.’
This mission is very classic Call of Duty style. When you breach into the perimeter, your team gets detected and has to take out the Russian forces. The mission shows AK-47 weapon, mounted turrets on vehicles as you have to storm through the city to get out with the intel.
The mission footage ended with a montage style of parts of the mission, including mounted turret on a vehicle to vehicle combat.
Second Mission: Moscow
The second mission we saw took place inside the KGB Headquarters in Russia. The building is called the Lubyanka. This is one of the missions that emphasize player freedom and Raven’s decision to allow player choice in Black Ops Cold War.
This mission starts with you as an undercover Soviet Agent inside an office in Lubyanka. The first half of this mission lets you pick how you want to play it. A screen Raven showed us offered you to play through it by making a choice of whether to Steal, Poison, Bribe, or Blackmail a certain individual in the mission. This dictates how the first half of the mission goes. As you are walking through the Lubyanka, there’s a tense feeling echoed through the character.
The second half of the mission is the classic Call of Duty action you know from past Black Ops games. You must fight your way through the entire Lubyanka and successfully secure intel and take it out of the Headquarters.
The mission demo presentation ended with the intense fighting sequence as you work your way out of the location.
Third Mission: Laos (Vietnam)
The third mission we saw was a flashback mission to the Vietnam War. The team needs to find vital intel in the past that helps shape Black Ops Cold War story.
This mission takes place in the later half of the overall story, and they need to find the hidden clue.
In this mission, players pick the path they want to play through – there are four different options to experience. The map takes place during both day and night in Laos.
The Laos mission is the most unique and mind-bending mission in Call of Duty history, Raven says. You can reset this mission as you play through it and make different decisions throughout the mission itself. There’s four different options to live through this mission. It’s ‘never seen before in Call of Duty.’
The clip started in Laos during day time fighting in the jungle as you navigate through enemies and massive firefight. The mission jumps for the sake of time to the night time in Laos as you fight your way to secure the Helicopter to get clear of the area. You can actually reset the mission as you work your way through it and experience it in different ways.
One clip Raven showed us shows the mission start over and then make players go through a mind-bending experience. Bunkers are falling from the sky into the map, and twists you into falling into it. And then you fall through different dimensions as you try to adjust your mind to get back into the main action. You hear voices in your head with one saying you’re the ‘only one who knows’ the truth about something redacted.
The sequence ended at that point.
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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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