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on August 26, 2020 at 12:58PM PDT
We finally got our first look at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War during a unique reveal event in Warzone. The direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops will release on current-generation consoles and PC on November 13, and next-gen versions will arrive once the PS5 and Xbox Series X release this holiday. As usual, there are multiple editions to pre-order, some of which are already available to snag now.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s single-player campaign takes place after the events of the original Black Ops game and will take players to pivotal environments in Vietnam, Moscow, East Berlin, and more. Your team of operatives will be searching for Perseus, the main antagonist who wants to wreak havoc on a global scale.
Of course, Black Ops Cold War will have a stable of multiplayer modes to enjoy online with friends, with the Battle Pass system returning for seasonal content. Activision promised to share more information on how Black Ops Cold War will interact with Warzone at a later date, but we know that you’ll get some shared items and progression features. The multiplayer will be both cross-platform and cross-generation, so PS4 and Xbox One owners can play with those on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Activision has also confirmed that Zombies will return in Black Ops Cold War, and specific details about the co-op mode will be revealed soon.
Interestingly, Black Ops Cold War will have a Cross-Gen Bundle for $70 that grants access to current and next-gen editions of the game. The Cross-Gen Bundle will allow you to download the performance and visual updates on next-gen consoles. You can still play the PS4’s or Xbox One’s standard edition on next-gen consoles via backward compatibility, but you won’t get the next-gen update for free.
PS5 users will be able to upgrade both physical and digital editions of the PS4’s standard edition through the PlayStation Store (the upgrade price hasn’t been revealed). According to an Activision FAQ, the Xbox One physical standard edition will not be eligible for an upgrade to Series X, and Activision is still determining whether the digital edition can be upgraded.
Next-gen listings aren’t live just yet, but since the Xbox Series X standard edition is playable on both Series X and Xbox One, it’s probably safe to assume that it’ll cost $70. This will likely make the Cross-Gen Bundle more appealing. There’s also the fact that the PS5 standard edition is only playable on PS5, not PS4 as well–so PlayStation users should grab the Cross-Gen Bundle unless they really want PS5 box art.
We’ll update with more pre-order details and listings as they are revealed. For now, you can pre-order digital and physical copies of multiple editions on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at multiple retailers. Pre-ordering will also net you some bonuses.
If you pre-order any edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, you’ll get the Confrontation Weapons Pack. Digital pre-orders also come with access to the upcoming open beta and a couple of in-game bonuses you can use now in Modern Warfare and Warzone:
PS4 users will get access to the beta at least five days before Xbox One and PC players.
The standard edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War comes with the pre-order bonuses and costs $60. As a reminder, PS4 users who purchase digital or physical copies will be able to pay an upgrade fee via the PlayStation Store to get the PS5 version. On Xbox One, however, you cannot upgrade your physical copy to Xbox Series X, and it’s still being determined if you’ll have the option to upgrade the digital edition.
For $70, you can pre-order the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Bundle on PS4 and Xbox One. If you nab this bundle, you’ll have access to the upgraded version on PS5 and Xbox Series X when they are available this holiday. It also comes with the pre-order bonuses.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Ultimate edition costs $90 and comes with a bunch of extra goodies in addition to the pre-order bonuses:
The Ultimate edition also grants access to the next-gen versions of the game (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X).
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