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Everything You Need To Know About Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer has been revealed to the world in an action-packed Activision showcase.

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Along with revealing the first trailer showing off Cold War’s multiplayer, the event also confirmed a ton of new info on the upcoming game and what we can expect from its highly-anticipated multiplayer. Here’s everything you need to know about Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer.


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One of the most disliked things about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its free-to-play Battle Royale counterpart, Warzone, is their mini-maps. For those who aren’t a fan of Infinity Ward’s mini-maps, you’ll be glad to know that Treyarch and Raven Software’s new CoD game will feature the classic red-dot mini-map. Hooray!

Game Modes

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Three game modes have been confirmed for Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer: VIP, Fireteam and Combined Arms. Perhaps most interesting of these is Fireteam, which seems to take its inspiration from Battlefield.

Fireteam will see 10 teams of four players duke it out against each other, and will include different challenges such as Dirty Bomb, in which players will have to bring uranium to different locations within the map.

Combined Arms will throw players into 12v12 matches which will give you the opportunity to use vehicles across bigger maps. The vehicles you’ll have access to will include everything from tanks and gunboats to snowmobiles, making for what’s sure to be some dynamic and ridiculously fun gameplay.

Finally, VIP mode will consist of 6v6 missions, with one team taking the offense while the other takes defense. Each round will see one player on the offensive team selected as VIP. The VIP must successfully be extracted to a helicopter in order to win the round. Offense and defense teams will rotate, with the winning team needing to secure four rounds of wins.

Modern Warfare and Warzone

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As predicted, Call of Duty: Black Ops Colds War will tie into both Modern Warfare and Warzone in some capacity.

“Black Ops Cold War will also usher in the next evolution of Call of Duty Warzone,” Treyarch has confirmed. “Cold War and Warzone will also share post-launch content.”

Though we don’t know in what form this post-launch content will take shape, it’s good to see it finally confirmed in black and white!


Zombies mode is once again returning to Call of Duty. Although we already knew we’d be seeing the undead thanks to the game’s official ESRB rating, the Activision event showed off the first official look at the hordes of brain-eaters. Check out a snippet in the tweet below.


As is typical with Call of Duty games, an early access beta will be playable before the game’s launch. PlayStation users who pre-order the game will get access to the beta before the rest of the world, giving an extra incentive to pick up the title on PS4.

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PlayStation 4 gamers who’ve pre-ordered a digital copy of the game will be able to play from October 8 – 9. The PS4 Open Beta will run from October 10-12.

Xbox One and PC Early Access Beta will start October 15 – 16. All platforms will be able to play the beta October 17-19.

Unconfirmed: Skill-Based Matchmaking

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Although not addressed in the Activision reveal, it’s believed that skill-based matchmaking will be making a comeback within Cold War’s multiplayer. This is just a rumour for now, but considering just how many leaks have turned out to be correct, there’s a good chance this one might also be true.

Release Date

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is due to release on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 13 2020. Next-gen versions of the game will also be available.

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