The ever-evolving game of pass the Call of Duty Franchise takes another turn. With it now falling on the laps of Treyarch and Raven, and this time they’ve brought back the Black Ops name and unlike its recent predecessors. They’re bringing it back to its roots of the Cold War, and the trailer dropped via Modern Warfare’s Warzone mode. So, let’s declassify this mother fucker.
So where does this take place in the series? And what the plot this time around?
As the trailer suggests it takes place mainly in the early 80s, specifically in 1981. Which puts it in the middle of 2010s Black Ops and the quest to understand what the numbers mean Mason? And one-half of 2012s Black Ops 2 pissing off a drug dealer, to bite back later on. The gig this time around is that a Soviet Spy has infiltrated Western Intelligence and set a plan in motion on swinging the balance of the Cold War that has been decades in the making. Which is based on a conspiracy of a Soviet KGB Agent managed to infiltrate the Manhattan Project.
To stop this from happening, and you guessed it. All your favourites from the series will be along for the ride. Mason, who still hasn’t told us what the numbers mean – Woods, Who’s like a more macho version of Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now. And Hudson, who by now should be sponsored by Raybans. Along with some other faces, including CIA Agent Russell Adler (Cheers PC Gamer) who looks like Robert Redford by the way.
The crew will travel across lovely parts of the world – Vietnam, East Berlin Turkey and the KGB headquarters in Moscow. With the blessing of the original owner of the phrase “Make America Great Again” president Ronald Regan makes an appearance. To set up a task force or an international kill squad to go after this spy, and this is the same guy who in his second term in office the Iran-Contra affair happened. Which leads to indictments, and one of the perpetrators, Oliver North also makes a cameo, so expect as per usual lots of US patriotic wank material.
The trailer had all the usual tropes of a Call of Duty campaign. Helicopters getting shot down, chasing down planes on the runway and explosions every nanosecond. Car chases and slow-motion breaches, all to the tune of Blue Monday by New Order. According to Raven (who are dealing with the campaign) Via PC Gamer, it will follow on from Black Ops 1 but don’t expect it to tie into Black Ops 2.
What’s new or returning this time
Well again referring back to PC Gamer there are a few things, we’re playing as a silent protagonist which seems boring, and players can have a say in the creation of said protagonist. Dictating background and Psychological profile. Which also doubles as perks so if you’re a bit paranoid, you can ADS faster as an example. Players can choose skin colour and gender from the options of male, female or “classified” which does come across a wee bit insecure when it can be taken as “gender-neutral” or trans. It’s a positive step, mind, but labelling as “classified” does seem bare minimum to be inclusive.
And remember Black Ops 2 where it decisions and optional missions where it influenced the ending of the game? Well, that seems to be the case here with Black Ops: Cold War, and there are both action-oriented missions and the occasional “covert” missions as well. Hopefully like that mission in COD WW2 infiltrating Gestapo Headquarters in Paris then, please.
Multiplayer which is being handled by Treyarch will support cross-play and as it’s coming to next-gen consoles as well. Cross Generation as well, and like its predecessor Modern Warfare. It will have free content added post-launch, and the ever tedious zombies will be making a return. Following on from its recent successes with Warzone it will carry over to Black Ops: Cold War. It will be interesting to see how they will handle that one given its Free to Play, but with more details coming September 9th for multiplayer. Let’s wait and see.
As well as the trailer kindly reminds us. It’s captured on PS5. It says gameplay but to the surprise of no one. None of it looked like raw gameplay, but honestly, as its supposedly next-gen graphics on display here it’s rather underwhelming. In the sense that if it didn’t say “gameplay captured on PS5”. I would have said it’s on PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Sure, better lighting and reflections yes and maybe texture quality. Still, I retain my scepticism of next-gen consoles for now. As for sounds, well not much other than Blue Monday is still a banger of a track, and a bit boring if you’re trying to get an 80s vibe to your product. See Wonder Woman 84 or Atomic Blonde for more info.
When it’s coming out?
Well as expected out like clockwork, and coming out November 13th on consoles for current-gen and next-gen consoles, and PC of course. And available for Pre Order now if you’re “that” kind of person. Also, if it’s like Modern Warfare. Get a 5TB external Hard drive, just in case.