Activision has unveiled its plans for integrating Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War into the free battle royale Warzone, starting in December.
Activision has revealed its plans to integrate content from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War into Call of Duty: Warzone starting in December. The newest installment in the annual first person shooter franchise to the height of nuclear tension in the 1980s, even going so far as to feature controversial president Ronald Reagan in the story campaign.
Despite the game’s 40 year old setting, Activision is clearly very invested in making sure the Call of Duty franchise keeps moving forward. Black Ops Cold War features a host of improvements and updates to set it apart from the games that came before. The immersive, controversial singleplayer campaign is just one way the game is preparing to stand out; it will also be improving the franchise’s zombies mode in numerous exciting ways. Fans have responded quite well to the intrigue and improvements that Activision has promised; the recent multiplayer beta was the most downloaded in the history of the long-running series.
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But even as Activision looks to the future, it hasn’t taken its eyes off the present. The free to play battle royale mode, Call of Duty: Warzone, has seen great success since it was launched as an add-on to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and VGC reports that the company isn’t willing to let it go. Activision plans to integrate some Black Ops Cold War content into Warzone as soon as the former launches in December, though a larger map revamp isn’t planned until 2021. On Twitter, Call of Duty News reports that weapons unlocked in Black Ops Cold War between levels 1 and 55 will be usable in Warzone. However, Modern Warfare content will not be going away; fans can choose between their loadout from Black Ops Cold War or from Modern Warfare at the start of each match.
Weapons you unlock between Level 1-55 in Black Ops Cold War will be useable in Warzone when that’s integrated
Can still use Modern Warfare content in Warzone
You can pick between MW or BOCW loadouts in Warzone when integrated.
— Call of Duty News (@charlieINTEL) October 29, 2020
Before Call of Duty: Black Ops was even announced, publishing president Rob Kostich confirmed that Warzone would remain tightly integrated with the new title. The battle royale was even involved in Cold War‘s reveal; cryptic teasers at the new game’s conspiracy-heavy plot led to a full in-game reveal event. It certainly wouldn’t make sense to use the successful battle royale to advertise the new game and then discard it, even while fans are still playing and enjoying it.
The future looks bright for Call of Duty fans. Even though the Cold War beta had a few problems with enemy visibility, the overall experience looks promising, and the campaign is certainly more involved than Call of Duty stories have been in the past. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War could usher in a powerful new era for the franchise, and fans can take solace in the knowledge that Call of Duty: Warzone will be with it every step of the way.
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