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Black Ops Cold War: Next-Gen, Release, Editions

Everything you need to know about Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War arrives worldwide this November across platforms.

The title represents the first Call of Duty game to launch for the next-generation consoles. The newest entry is developed by Treyarch and Raven Software.

Some fans have been looking for clarification as to when Black Ops Cold War launches for each platform, so let’s breakdown the release dates for the different platforms.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will launch on November 13 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide.

PlayStation 5

Sony PlayStation has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will ‘launch alongside’ the new PS5. PlayStation and Activision are continuing their marketing partnership for Call of Duty with this title.

The PlayStation 5 launches in select countries on Thursday, November 12, and the rest of the world on November 19.

Black Ops Cold War will be available on Friday, November 13 on PS5 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Black Ops Cold War will then be available on Thursday, November 19 on PS5 for the rest of the world.

Xbox Series X | S

Activision confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will release on the new Xbox consoles.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch on Tuesday, November 10 in 36 countries.

Black Ops Cold War will release on Friday, November 13 on the Xbox Series X | S worldwide.

Game Editions

Here’s a breakdown of which edition you need to get for the different next-gen consoles.

PS5 Disc Edition or Xbox Series X

If you’re buying the PlayStation 5 with Disc Tray or Xbox Series X, here’s the different options available:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Current-Gen Digital Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Current-Gen Digital Standard Edition is playable on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, this is the current-gen version played via backwards compatibility and does not include next-gen features.
    • On PS5 and Xbox Series X, players will have the ability to upgrade for $10 to the next-gen version of the game.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Current-Gen Physical Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Physical Standard Edition for PS4 and Xbox One is playable on PS5 with Disc or Xbox Series X (within console family). However, this is current-gen version played via backwards compatibility and does not feature any next-gen upgrades.
    • On PlayStation 5, you can upgrade from the PS4 edition to PS5 edition for $10. Upgrades for Xbox are not available with the Xbox One Physical Standard Edition. PS5 players who buy the PS4 physical standard edition will be required to insert the PS4 game disc into the PS5 in order to play the game.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Cross-Gen Edition ($69.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Cross-Gen Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Next-Gen Physical Standard Edition ($69.99):
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PS5 and Xbox Series X will also be available as a physical disc edition for those interested.
    • The PS5 Physical Standard Edition of the game only includes the PlayStation 5 version.
    • Xbox Series X Physical Standard Edition of the game will include a copy of the game for both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition ($89.99):
    • Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game.
    • Ultimate Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, Xbox One.

PS5 Digital Edition or Xbox Series S

If you’re getting a disc-less console (PS5 Digital Edition or Xbox Series S), here’s the options different editions available:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Digital Standard Edition can be played at no extra cost on PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, this is just the current-gen version played through backwards compatibility and does not feature any next-gen upgrades.
    • On both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, players will have the ability to upgrade for $10 to the next-gen version of the game from their console store.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Cross-Gen Edition ($69.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Cross-Gen Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition ($89.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Ultimate Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One.

Hopefully this guide helps you navigate the best edition and release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as November approaches.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon that was seen in Black Ops Cold War. Here’s how you can unlock it for yourself.

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A brand-new melee weapon has been seen in Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.

It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.

Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6. Here are the unlock challenges the Scythe appeared with for both Multiplayer and Zombies.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe was accidentally added to Black Ops Cold War on June 6, 2022, and tasked players with melee-based challenges to unlock it. Unfortunately, this was accidental so it has now been removed from the game, but it should arrive soon.

Despite being removed, we expect the unlock challenge to be the same. Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
  • Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.

Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.

The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”


For more Black Ops Cold War, you can check out how to unlock the UGR SMG as well as the best controller settings.

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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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Best UGR loadout in UGR

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

Operator underwater using UGR
  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

UGR in Warzone

To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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