This year's new Call of Duty title has had much speculation about it already and the latest news has revealed that the title is likely to be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
We're a long way from the launch of COD 2020, but that doesn't mean we're far off news about what's in store for the future of the franchise.
Treyarch's new Cold War based title is still on course to release this fall and it seems like new teasers are starting to appear in Warzone.
Not only that, but a number of leaks have revealed some early information on the title.
The game is still set to be based within the Black Ops universe and while many were expecting a reboot or the fifth game in the franchise (Black Ops 5) it seems that is becoming less and less likely.
Here's what we know about Black Ops Cold War.
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COD 2020 Reveal Happening Through Warzone - 13th July
ModernWarzone has been at it again, teasing Call of Duty players about the COD 2020 reveal.
Over the weekend they posted that they have heard conflicting dates including 16th July or even pushed back into August.
They made it clear that this did not come from their usual sources.
It was clarified that the reveal WILL happen in Warzone and not at any major event.
Rumours Circulating Surrounding A Big Update To Warzone Next Week - 9th July
ModernWarzone has revealed big things may be revealed next week for Warzone.
This could be news surrounding COD 2020 but nothing is confirmed.
Rumours and leaks are always exciting, let's hope we receive some big announcements next week.
COD 2020 Story Being Told Through Warzone And Modern Warfare Easter Eggs - 2nd July
New audio files have been discovered in Warzone that is teasing a COD 2020 reveal as well as outlining the plot.
Discovered by @RealGeekGaming, the announcers are making direct references to the Black Ops universe including locations such as Vorkuta and references to Ascension.
In particular, they rattle off a series of numbers that are heard in the Black Ops 1 campaign intro video:
- 54 23 5 11 19 45 7
- Ascension 7 15 1 2 19 7 25 6 13 6 7 15 14 0
In the bunker, a scene of teddy bears can be seen surrounding a war table, but a certain part of the easter egg was overlooked. Off to the side, you can see a teddy bear in a wig that is impersonating the woman calling out the above number from the Black Ops 1 campaign intro video.
It's leading many to believe this will be a real reboot rather than an extension of the universe.
AND STILL, there's more. DKDynamite has brought to our attention a small factoid that was also overlooked in the past - a rumour that the new game was called Project Zeus.
Why Project Zeus? It's not a return of the chaos story. There's a book called "Counsel of Zeus" that focuses on what the world would have been like if John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated; essentially an alternate timeline. Does that mean this next game is a reboot set in an alternate timeline?
In the Black Ops 1 storyline, it's implied more than once that Mason was the one that killed Kennedy or at least played a part in it.
It's also important to remember that there are nuclear warheads and references to Rusalka, both of which were key elements within the original Black Ops campaign.
Frank Woods Operator Found In Game Files - 1st July
After the mid-season update arrived for Modern Warfare and Warzone, dataminers have dug into the files and found evidence that Frank Woods (one of the main characters from the Black Ops story) will be added as an Operator.
With rumours emerging that the next game will be based on the Black Ops universe, potentially a reboot, this gives us a big indication that these theories are true.
Read all about the new operator and listen to the audio dialogue here.
New COD 2020 Leaks Come Via YouTuber - 27th June
YouTuber XclusiveAce has posted a new video detailing new information on the 2020 Call of Duty game from a “source” that has shown him actual gameplay, video footage, map overviews, and more.
The video has now been set to private. Here's what was revealed
- The game will feature Zombies, Campaign, Multiplayer and Warzone
- Set during the Cold War era
- Game is in a good state with multiplayer maps almost done
- The campaign is in a fully playable state but not all animations are complete
- Warzone will feature a new map for the 2020 game set in Russia
- Standard Mini-Map returns
- There is also a compass
- Swimming mechanic returns with water in multiplayer maps alongside water in the new Warzone map
- Unlimited sprint is back
- Interactable doors are not in regular multiplayer but will stay in Warzone
- 10 multiplayer maps have been developed so far, more likely in the works. One map is “very small” and a boat on the Black Sea
- “Tank” is the name of the map that was shown in the leaked gameplay earlier this year
- Specialists do not return, but a Field Upgrade-like feature will be added
- You can choose one piece of equipment
- Scorestreaks return
- Dead Silence is currently not in the game
- 150 Health with auto-heal
- Create-A-Class is a Pick-10 and classic hybrid - no Gunsmith
- 6v6 is the standard player count
- No Gunfight
- A multiplayer mode that takes place on various sections of the new Warzone map
- The release was originally set for the end of Q3. However, XclusiveAce claims that the date has been tentatively pushed back until early Q4 (October/November).
Theories on New Map - 13th June
One of the more prominent Call of Duty leakers shared his thoughts on when the Nuke is going to go off, or if one is even going to go off.
Blackout Returning To COD 2020 - 10th June
Jeff Grub, a reporter at VentureBeat who accurately leaked information about Blackout in Black Ops 4, has just revealed the mode is returning in COD 2020.
Claiming the mode will return in "some form" leaves a lot of questions. We already know that Warzone will be accessible from the COD 2020 menu, so will Blackout be accessible via Warzone?
If so will it be its own mode or will the map simply be added to Warzone? Could Warzone be overhauled to fit Blackout at some point? Or is Blackout going in a different direction entirely?
It's clear that Warzone is a fan favourite and with it being free, how can Activision incentivise people to buy the new game? Perhaps by adding a Blackout mode that can only be accessed in the new Call of Duty.
There's still a crowd of players who prefer Blackout to Warzone, providing players with something new could certainly motivate new sales of the game.
TheGamingRevolution has eased those wondering if Warzone as we know it will be overhauled - he has theorised that maybe the map will get a Cold War aesthetic to boot (but this isn't confirmed).
Call of Duty: Black Ops Reboot - 9th June
A new image has surfaced on the web revealing the COD 2020 logo - it appears the new game may just be called "Call of Duty: Black Ops"
You can see the image here.
EuroGamer has reported that their sources have confirmed to them that Call of Duty 2020 is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
COD 2020 Alpha Build - 9th June
A new alpha build for COD 2020 may have been discovered in the PlayStation Package Database. This is a system, managed by Sony, that allows developers to upload games to the PlayStation Network; likely to allow developers and testers to try out the build from home.
The new build appears to be called 'The Red Door' complete with some artwork. While it's unlikely to be related to the game title, as Black Ops 3's alpha build was called 'Northwoods', there's a very strong suspicion it is the new title as the content ID reads: COD2020INTALPHA1.
The 71GB game also comes with an abundance of information as you can see below.
Images via @TheMW2Ghost
New Weapons And Killstreak Rumoured - 5th June
- Chopper Gunner
- Napalm Strikes
- Artillery Strikes
- Daewoo K2 Assault Rifle
- Colt Revolver
Mounting, compass and circle mini-map all return as well.
Pre-Alpha Gameplay Footage - 4th June
Pre-alpha gameplay footage from COD 2020 made its way onto the internet last night.
Many players were quick to comment that it looks like a Modern Warfare/Black Ops 4 hybrid.
In another video, the player went through the custom classes and found no Dead Silence perk.
Black Ops Cold War Story Told Through Flashbacks? - 4th June
According to @ModernWarzone, rumours are circulating that the new game's story will be told through flashbacks from the future.
Classic Black Ops Maps Returning Including Nuketown, Jungle, Summit And Firing Range - 29th May
Recently, notorious Call of Duty leaker revealed that four classic Black Ops maps will return to COD 2020.
His source @LongSensationYT, who has been a reliable source for leaks in the past, has revealed that Nuketown, Jungle, Summit And Firing Range will be returning.
This isn't the first time these maps have been brought back. Originally debuting in Black Ops 1, they were brought back in Black Ops 3 and Black Ops 4. Nuketown, Summit and Firing Range were also reimagined in Black Ops 2.
Black Ops 4 recycled a number of old maps at launch, so this doesn't look like a good start for the new game; especially as the community has aired their displeasure to reimagined maps during Modern Warfare.
Eurogamer Confirms COD 2020 Title Name - 20th May
According to Eurogamer, the next title will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
This is according to a leak that is backed up by their own sources.
Notorious Call of Duty leaker set the internet aflame yesterday by posting a "mock-up" of this year's box art.
The cryptic leaker has a track record of being playful with his teases and is usually correct with their information.
Teases have started to unravel in the latest game, particularly in Warzone, with a bunker related easter egg taking place.
It's important to take this lightly until an official announcement is made, but it certainly fits in with the Black Ops reboot/spinoff we've heard a lot about, as well as the Cold War theme that is being rumoured.
When Is The COD 2020 Reveal?
With past COD announcements usually falling in May, it's unknown why we haven't had one yet. A lot of theories are suggesting it's due to the fact that the game is not in a good enough state.
The next big event that we could see the new Call of Duty is Gamescom 2020.
TheGamingRevolution claimed that one of his sources sent him the lyrics to the song 'Russians' by Sting, which he believes could be the song used in one of the reveal trailers.
Who Is Developing Black Ops 2020?
Call of Duty usually follows a three-year development cycle between Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch Studios.
Despite it being Sledgehammer's turn to get down and dirty, Treyarch will be taking the reigns on the COD 2020 project.
This is alleged to be due to massive overhaul and shift in the development team from Sledgehammer to Treyarch.
This leak revealed that Treyarch 2021 game is being brought forward due to the trouble that Sledgehammer faced and they will only be providing a support role on this year's Call of Duty.
Release Date & Platforms
As it stands, there is no official release date for COD 2020 - but it has been confirmed to arrive in its usual fall slot.
According to XclusiveAce, they were originally targeting a release for the end of Q3. However, that date has been tentatively pushed back until early Q4 (October/November).
However, Call of Duty launches land in a consistent time frame year-on-year. In the past two years, the game launched in October, but before this, they arrived in the first week of November.
You can expect Black Ops 2020 to fall within the October time unless extra development time is needed to add polish to the game and allow time for a beta.
We can assume that the game will release initially for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 arriving later on.
Nintendo systems haven't seen a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U and its unlikely we will see one any time soon.
Alternatively, with development time being cut the game could be delayed to debut on next-gen platforms.
What Is COD 2020?
Here are the likely names it could be:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Black Operations
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 5/V
- Call of Duty: V
- Call of Duty: Vietnam
It's hardly a surprise that Treyarch will opt to stay in the Black Ops franchise as it is a recognised and successful branch of the Call of Duty title.
Last year, YouTuber LongSensation leaked the two potential names, although we are still no closer to determining whether it's a reboot or a continuation of the Black Ops series.
Usually, leaks can be hard to believe, however, LongSensation has a good track record as he shared the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare title name before its official reveal in 2019.
LongSensation claims that the game is based during the Cold War, spanning 40+ years and will include the Vietnam and Korean War.
According to Call of Duty leaker TheGamingRevolution, the next game is NOT a Black Ops game but is connected to the Black Ops universe.
Along with DKDynamite1, he discusses how the next game could be a soft reboot of the game and that the new title could be called Call of Duty: Vietnam.
DKDynamite discusses how the next title's status, regarding whether it is a hard or soft reboot, is dependant on the voice actors that are used; rumours are looming that Mason and Woods are being recast. They may revisit the past story in a different way.
A major talking point about this year's Call of Duty campaign is that it was gritty and gruesome, Black Ops 2020 is rumoured to take it a step further compared to Modern Warfare.
Considering the development cycle has been cut short by one year, its easy to see how this game could be rushed and heavily scaled back.
Black Ops 4 was in development for three-years and was extremely reminiscent of Black Ops 3, to the point it was hard to distinguish the two. Could Black Ops 2020 be worse if it has less development time?
Recently, TheGamingRevolution confirmed that the game will be on the Modern Warfare engine, which was developed by Infinity Ward Poland.
There are also reportedly NO supply drops!
We have no official details about the multiplayer and we probably won't see anything until early Summer. Previously, this has been done as a livestream reveal within the developer studios. For Modern Warfare, they revealed an Alpha version of the Gunfight game mode, hosted by four influencers.
The only real confirmed detail regarding the multiplayer is that there will be no jetpacks, thanks to David Vonderhaar's recent Tweet.
On the leaks front, TheGamingRevolution recently spoke about what we can expect in the multiplayer from his "sources".
Maps are going back to the classic 3-lane setup and are aiming to be "less cluttered".
Large player modes are set to return, with Ground War games hosting 64 player lobbies (32 vs 32) - games will have 5 flags just like Modern Warfare.
Health regen, as it stands, is not automatic and is manual, just like Black Ops 4; although this may change for full release.
A few killstreaks have been mentioned including the traditional UAV and Counter UAV. There's also a Bomber Plane (currently without a name) that will destroy streaks in the sky. A dog killstreak is also being included, but its mechanics are unknown; it could be similar to the Riley killstreak or the Black Ops 4 specialist.
Operators are also returning, instead of specialists.
A beta for the Call of Duty multiplayer has released, without fail, every year since Black Ops 3.
The first beta for last year's Call of Duty arrived on the 12th September (just a month from launch).
Treyarch would be wise to put out a beta as early as possible and use this time extensively to smooth out any bugs and issues with the game; especially as their development time has been cut by a third.
The Call of Duty campaign historically was revealed at E3, but this hasn't been the case recently. Modern Warfare was revealed before E3 2019 and we're expecting this to be the same situation this year.
Raven Software has built a large part of the campaign already and a lot of it will be used to form the final product with Treyarch stepping in.
Alex Mason and Sargent Frank Woods will return in the campaign with new actors - the game will use similar threads from the old story to create an entirely new campaign.
He also mentions that we could play from the perspective of Woods and that Mason is in the first mission of the campaign.
Blackout 2.0/Battle Royale
While there is no confirmation about a battle royale or Blackout 2.0, Treyarch is allegedly very happy with its first attempt at a Call of Duty battle royale mode.
Treyarch believes that there is still a lot more that can be done to make Blackout the ultimate battle royale experience on consoles.
At the recent Warzone capture event, before the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone, influencers were told that was the last Call of Duty Battle Royale.
TheGamingRevolution theorises that the free-to-play game Sledgehammer are developing for 2021 could be a battle royale based on the new Black Ops game; it is a spin-off of the franchise and not the main game.
It reportedly has battle royale elements and will be open world.
It's unlikely we will see a Blackout 2.0 mode however as it was recently confirmed that Warzone will be the franchise's soul Battle Royale going forward and will be accessible in the COD 2020 menu.
In the final map, you play as the Victus crew and aim to solve the paradox that has unfolded and strive to put an end to the chaotic story that has unfolded over the past 10 years.
There will still be perks, pack-a-punch and other core features, but there will be more barriers to play and different ways to play the mode.
Reports claim that Tranzit will be released on disc, but it's not a very reliable source. It's worth mentioning that a DLC 5 was intended to arrive in Black Ops 4 (as Zombie Chronicles 2) but was cancelled; this is evident by the number of remastered assets in the game from past zombie maps.
Theories are surfacing that these assets have been held back for release in Black Ops 2020.
But what is the story? It's still up in the air whether it will follow a similar strand to the original story or whether it will be a reboot, similar to Modern Warfare, using the same characters and concepts rather than the same story.
What's for certain is that the Chaos story will NOT be returning. The Chaos story was not enjoyed by the community and what they have really warmed to is a more realistic and grounded style. It's rumoured the new story will be based around Vietnam to reflect the tone of the game.
TheGamingRevolution believes the remakes could be based around the Victus crew and set after Tag Der Toten in the Dark Aether.
He also feels that there could be more DLC for zombie maps than usual as all multiplayer maps will be free - there could even be a zombies pass.
TheGamingRevolution has shared leaked concept art (see below video) from the original Black Ops game that depicts Vietnam styled zombies, which may give us an indication of what to expect in Black Ops 2020.
So far, the only leaked weapon appears to be the flamethrower - which isn't confirmed to be part of your custom load-outs.
If the game is to take place during the Cold War, the type of weapons you may expect to see are as follows:
- M1 Carbine
- PK Machine Gun
- Zastava M76
If you played the original Black Ops game, the arsenal selection will likely be very similar, bar a few additions.
While we've had no official information, TheGamingRevolution has once again utilised his sources to get some intel on what some of the maps look like.
As mentioned before, most maps will go back to the traditional three-lane map setup.
One Ground War map is a massive ice map, featuring a three laned map. This includes a big frozen lane in the middle, a forest on the left side and plenty of bunkers and a train on the right.
This map will include vehicles such as snowmobiles and tanks while being set in Vietnam. It also has a powerful flamethrower weapon.
As for 6v6 maps? One map is described to have a warehouse, with a gigantic open field in the centre. It also features a sniper tower and a river that runs from one spawn to another.
Another map looked like it was set in a Russian city. The left side of the map has plenty of cars and is quite clustered; TheGamingRevolution's sources feel the map is too big for 12 players.
It's just not a Black Ops title unless Nuketown makes an appearance, you can expect to see a version of this chaotic model village as a core map or pre-order bonus.
Although COD fans are hopeful to see plenty of new content, the reality is that development time has been drastically cut, so it is expected that a significant portion of the maps will be remade or inspired variations.
Black Ops 4 launched with fourteen maps - four of which were remakes.