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How to play Cold War MP & Outbreak free: dates, content, and more

Play new Season 2 content in Cold War for free.

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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.

Content Included

Zombies

Outbreak

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.

Multiplayer

Apocalypse 24/7

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.

Gun Game

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.

And More…

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

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New leak claims fan-favorite Black Ops maps arriving in Cold War Season 3

A fresh leak is hinting at some new, fan-favorite maps coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in Season 3.

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Treyarch could be set to bolster Black Ops Cold War Season 3 with all-new map remakes if a reliable source is to be believed.

A new season of Call of Duty is always exciting as it means that a whole new bundle of content is on the way. It does reach a point where the current maps have been played to death, and the game could do with a fresh lease of life.

This is why this potential leak could be great news for players as not one, but two new maps could be on the way to Cold War Season 3 in the form of Echelon and Standoff.

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Map remakes have not been uncommon in Black Ops Cold War as we’ve already seen the likes of Raid, Nuketown, and Express be included in the game.

It was back in January that a major leak had confirmed the intent to add 8 new map remakes to Cold War throughout its life lifespan. Some of them have indeed been added, and now it looks like we’re set for two more if a Tweet from TheGhostOfMW is accurate.

As with all rumors, they usually originate from somewhere, pretty much from a reliable source. So it’s not crazy for this statement to be true.

Both of these maps would be welcome additions to Cold War and we’ve even made our own list of maps we’d like to see appear in CoD: Black Ops Cold War in the future.

As with all big rumors of this nature, we recommend you take it with a pinch of salt. But leaks have generally been reliable for the latest Call of Duty game, and we’ll wait to see what else is coming in Season 3.

Image credits: Treyarch

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Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork reportedly leaked

A first look at Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork has leaked online.

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A first look at artwork for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 has leaked.

The user who shared this artwork on social channels has since deleted his Reddit account & post on it.

This leaked image, which was then re-uploaded to Imgur, showcases a new female Operator with Season 3 having a blue color scheme.

Leaked Artwork

Please note: Activision has issued a DMCA take down of the images.

This artwork also shows in the background what looks to be a destroyed part of Verdansk, which lends more confirmation to the rumors of Verdansk’s major changes coming in Season 3.

It’s not clear which part of the map is shown behind her.

It’s also not confirmed yet as to how the leakers found the images, whether it was through data mining of certain game files or from another source.

For now, Activision has not officially confirmed or commented on these images.

Season 3 for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone is set to begin on April 22. There has not been much reveals for Season 3 yet from Activision besides some teasers that Treyarch has started to post on their social accounts. More information is set to be announced as we get closer to the start date.

On the Warzone side of things, Raven has already teased some of the changes coming, including weapon balancing, skin adjustments, and more.

Warzone will also see a major event, which will begin on April 21 at 12PM PT.

Stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3.

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Treyarch reverses some bans following Cold War Zombies Sail 630 Nuclear Bug

Treyarch have responded to Cold War Zombies players reports that they have been falsely banned after receiving the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug.’

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Treyarch have responded to reports of Black Ops Cold War Zombies players receiving the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug’ error code and having their accounts permanently banned afterward.

In a new update on April 16 on Reddit, Treyarch Community Manager has stated that they investigated the issue even further and have identified a number of bans caused by this bug that will be reversed.

He states that not all bans have been reversed, as some very in fact legitimate bans in the mode, but many have after a security enforcement review.

Foxhound commented on a Reddit post with the latest statement from the studio:

Hello! The Sail 630 Nuclear Bug notice is indeed a disconnect message as previously shared and now noted by your peers. If you are disconnected mid-match, this error has the potential to show up.

We have an update to share: recent account enforcements have been reviewed and, where appropriate, accounts believed to be operating in good faith have been restored. Accounts that included additional flags for exploits will retain their enforcement.

As always, we encourage everyone to enjoy Zombies on PC within the terms of service.

He followed up further after a user commented asking why they decided to “lie” initially. Foxy replied that he provided the latest information he had at the time, but after further investigations things changed.

We’ve always relayed the most recent information available at the time of postings. According to the data available to us, accounts that have retained their enforcement are verified to have broken the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Security and Enforcement Policy. Accounts believed to be operating in good faith have been restored.

He also reiterated that PC players are “safe” to continue playing Zombies in Black Ops Cold War.

As we mentioned above, you’re safe to enjoy Zombies on PC within the terms of service. No worries about going for high rounds!

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In the early days of Black Ops Cold War, Zombies players were having their World Record runs abruptly ended by consistent crashes. Now, a new error code has been kicking Zombies players back to the menu, and they claim their accounts are permanently banned when they log back on.

Since April 2nd, the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug’ has been crashing PC players’ Zombies games when they’re on high levels. Reddit user Korlesa was allegedly banned after receiving this code and posted to the CODZombies subreddit to highlight the issue.

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In the post titled, “People are being falsely banned while going for high rounds in Zombies on PC,” Korlesa described how “after going 50+ rounds people are receiving a “Sail 630 Nuclear Bug” Error. Upon exiting to Battle.net we see that we have been permanently banned.”

Before the post was locked, to back up their claim, Korlesa compiled over 70 posts to the Activision Support page in which players reported they had been falsely banned after receiving the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug.

Korlesa summed up these reports highlighting what the majority of them had in common:

  • They were on PC
  • They were playing Zombies
  • They were on a high round (50+)
  • They received the same error (Sail 630 Nuclear Bug)

Treyarch’s Community Manager, Josh Torres, aka FoxhoundFPS, replied to the Reddit post. “I’m unable to assist with this issue,” he said. “All infractions undergo a thorough review process by the security team before enforcement.”

Black Ops Cold War Zombies

However, the original post and the CODZombies subreddit continued to be flooded with players reporting the issue and worrying if they’re safe to play. After a concerned Zombies fan asked if they should avoid playing the game until the issue has been fixed, FoxhoundFPS replied with a full statement.

We are aware that some players are seeing the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug message and then are unable to connect while seeing a ban message. The ban message is not a product of disconnect errors. For questions about enforcement policies, please visit this link.

I’ve spoken with our teams regarding the recent Sail 630 Nuclear Bug threads and reports, and here’s what I have to share.

Sail 630 Nuclear Bug: This error string is currently presented instead of the standard disconnect language when a disconnect occurs in the Zombies menus on PC. PC players would typically see, “Connection to the Blizzard game server has been lost. Please exit and try again. BLZBNTBGS000003F8.”

We encourage players to continue playing Zombies as per usual, which includes chasing high-rounds and personal bests.

After another user asked if players who have been banned after seeing the error message will get their accounts back, FoxhoundFPS reiterated his statement.

I stated in my post that the bans are not the result of the disconnect or the disconnect error. The recent enforcements are not bugs or errors.

Players that experience disconnects are not subject to enforcement unless they are violating the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Security and Enforcement Policy. As I have always stated, all infractions undergo a thorough review process by the security team before enforcement.

Players are able, and encouraged, to maintain or resume normal Zombies gameplay.

To summarize, Torres passed on players’ concerns to the security team, who then said that the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug is a standard error message unrelated to player bans.

Image Credit: Activision

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