Activision and Treyarch have announced a free access week for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War content.
The new free access week will start on Thursday, February 25 and end on Thursday, March 4.
The free access week will include access to MP, including the new Apocalypse map and Gun Game mode, alongside the brand new Outbreak Zombies mode for all players.
The free access week will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
How to download
Players on PlayStation and Xbox can visit their console’s store to see a Free Trial Option for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to download. Search for ‘Cold War Free Trial’ on your console’s store to see it. The free trial is a separate download then Warzone.
For players on PC Battle.net, there will be an option to “PLAY FREE” on the Battle.net Client when you’re loaded into the Black Ops Cold War tab. This will kick start the download and then let you begin accessing the free trial content.
After discovering the largest Dark Aether outbreak zone yet in Russia, Requiem is in need of elite Operators to aid in their quest to understand the true power of the Dark Aether dimension.
This sets the stage for Outbreak, a brand-new squad-based Zombies experience set in massive play spaces throughout the Ural Mountains. As agents of Requiem, your team will explore these expansive landscapes, encountering hordes of the undead, hidden loot chests, new enemies, zombie-crushing vehicles, and unique world events on your way to your objective. Your squad will have to work together to complete dangerous experiments in the name of Operation Threshold, then decide to exfiltrate the area or press onward through a Dark Aether portal to the next adventure for more rewards… if you can survive.
Onslaught (PlayStation Only)*
For those playing on PlayStation, you can also access Onslaught, the fast-paced two-player Zombies experience, during Free Access Week.
Set on Black Ops Cold War’s Multiplayer maps, including the new Apocalypse map introduced in Season Two, Onslaught will test you and your partner with increasingly difficult surges of enemies needed to charge a powerful Dark Aether Orb.
Defeat enough Elite enemies, and you’ll earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Chalices as well as bragging rights, along with exclusive* Weapon Blueprints to use across other online game modes.
Want to experience one of Season Two’s major Multiplayer offerings in one playlist? Look no further than Apocalypse 24/7, a grab bag of modes set on the brand-new Apocalypse map.
Deep in the heart of the Golden Triangle, this jungle cartel base features a temple fortress and plenty of stilted buildings to chase enemies through and under. Built for fast-paced play, expect the action on Apocalypse to be as hot as the glistening sun shining down on this clearing within the jungles of Laos.
The Apocalypse 24/7 playlist includes Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Hardpoint modes, a great mix of respawn-enabled modes for those looking to scout this new locale.
Another highlight of the Season Two Free Access Week, Gun Game is a returning classic mode that tests Operators on their overall gun skill in a hectic free-for-all environment.
Progress through a pre-determined set of 20 weapons, starting with a pistol through all weapon types until reaching the Knife, and be sure to evade melee attacks and Finishing Moves to avoid being set back in the rotation. Get the job done with one final melee attack, and you’ll win the match and some bragging rights to boot.
You’ll have plenty of other Multiplayer modes to enjoy during this free access period, too.
Hop into some frantic 2v2 action in Gunfight Blueprints, which features some of the newest Weapon Blueprints for Season Two in random loadouts, and the 3v3 Face Off playlist, where you and two other squadmates can face enemy trios in smaller-scale versions of Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed on the game’s most hectic maps.
Team Deathmatch and Domination are also available as their own separate playable modes, with Nuketown 24/7 and Black Ops Cold War’s 40-player multi-team Multiplayer experience rounding out the full set of Free Access playlist offerings.
Double XP and Double Weapon XP Active During the Weekend
What better way to kick off this Free Access Week than a bit of Double XP AND Double Weapon XP?
All Operators** (whether you’re here via Free Access Week or not) can earn both Double XP and Double Weapon XP in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™ starting at 10AM PT on February 26.
Double XP and Double Weapon XP will only last until March 1 at 10 AM PT, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a head start on your road to Season Two Prestige Master and maxing out the new FARA 83 and LC10 weapons available in the Season Two Battle Pass System.
**PlayStation players will get access to Double XP 24 hours early starting at 10AM PT on February 25.
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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