Black Ops Cold War Zombies LEAKS: Release Date, Maps, Gameplay, Die Maschine, Crossplay, Tranzit Remake And Everything You Need To Know
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Black Ops Cold War Zombies LEAKS: Release Date, Maps, Gameplay, Die Maschine, Crossplay, Tranzit Remake And Everything You Need To Know

Lloyd Coombes
30 September 2020

One crafty data miner has opened the Red Door.

Black Ops Cold War has been revealed to the world and we've had an extensive look at the multiplayer section of the game.

Now we've got the Zombies mode to take a look at and it is looking fresh.

Even if you're not a fan of Call of Duty games, Zombies has proven to be an irreplaceable take on the genre; which originally started out as a last-minute add-on for World At War.

With rumours that the Chaos story may return, players are eager to understand where we're heading with the new story; especially after the anti-climatic finish that Tag Der Toten.

Here's everything we know about Zombies in Black Ops Cold War.

Latest News

Zombies Reveal - 30th September

Teasers In Verdansk - 29th September

Zombies Cover Art - 29th September

The new Zombies cover art has been revealed!

Interestingly, in the left red banner in the background show the symbol for 'Omega' possibly referencing Alpha-Omega from Black Ops 4.

The second red banner shows the logo for Juggernog, confirming once and for all that the perk is returning.

PPSH Confirmed For Zombies - 29th September

The PPSH has been spotted in the teaser video posted for Black Ops Cold War's zombies mode.

Richtofen NOT Returning In Cold War? - 25th September

Bad news for fans of the doctor...Richtofen's voice actor is not returning.

In a Tik Tok video, voice actor Nolan North confirmed he will not be returning to Black Ops Cold War.

Rumours suggest that the original crew are not returning and this could cement that rumour. It could be that the doc has been recast, similar to Frank Woods, but that seems unlikely.

We would be surprised not to see Richtofen return in some form, so it could be he is drafted into the story much later in the game's cycle. 

Alpha Easter Eggs - 21st September

TheGamingRevolution, with the help of the COD community, has managed to spot a number of Easter Eggs within the Alpha that relate to Call of Duty zombies.

Here's a list of the Easter Eggs:

  • 'Classified' elevator music is playing at the beach bar on the map 'Miami' (the music was originally in the elevator of the Black Ops 1 DLC map 'Hotel')
  • Matryoshka Doll and Matryoshka Doll of Richtofen in the map Moscow, which refers to the weapon/grenade from the Zombies mode
  • Chess boards which references pawntakespawn.com
  • Moscow clock is set to 1.15pm (a reference to element 115)
  • Potential photo of Ludvig Maxis

Release Date

The full zombies experience will arrive with the launch of Black Ops Cold War, which is the 13th November 2020.

Trailer And Gameplay

Platforms

The mode will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.

Price

The mode will be included within the full game of Black Ops Cold War, currently priced at:

  • Standard Edition - £59.99
  • Cross-Gen Edition - £64.99
  • Ultimate Edition - £89.99

TheGamingRevolution believes we could get DLC for zombie maps than usual, as all multiplayer maps will be free - meaning there could be a zombies pass.

Story

Die Maschine Story

Players are apart of 'Requiem' a CIA backed international response team led by Grigori Weaver; a Russian-American that Black Ops fans should be familiar with.

They are sent in to investigate an outbreak at the facility and uncover decades of secrets that could upset the global order.

The team will be at odds against a Soviet-led group named 'Omega Group'. This group are just as interested in investigating the unnatural occurrences around the world.

During the story, players will encounter unnamed and mysterious characters with new intel and information about what's happening; it's vital to telling the story.

Will The Original Story Continue?

The Treyarch Zombies storyline came to an arguably anti-climatic conclusion during Black Ops 4's DLC 4. "Tag Der Toten" was a remake of the Black Ops 1 Zombies map Call of the Dead; one of many remakes that year.

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.

So what's next for Call of Duty zombies? The story will continue after Tag Der Toten and it will be with the Aether storyline; it's the same universe, but a different story.

This is truly the end of Primis, Ultimis and Victis. Everyone and everything was sent to the Dark Aether and the universe was free from corruption...but not for long; the campaign and zombies story "has always been in the same multiverse".

Frank Woods will feature in the mode as well!

You can tell it's the Aether universe due to the Monkey Bomb and Juggernog. 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.

While it's a new story, it may have many references to old stories and brings back old features.

So it seems that rather than the zombies experience being brought into the 1980s, we may be experiencing a derelict venue that has been relatively untouched, since WW2.

Chaos Story Returning?

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.

The release of the Ancient Evil map seemingly suggested that the Chaos story for Zombies would continue throughout the cycle of Black Ops 4.

But after two maps, the Chaos story appears to be dead in the water, with nothing clear surrounding its ending.

According to many players, Activision did not like the Chaos story, implying that this is the reason as to why the story has yet to be concluded by Treyarch.

But there's a chance it may return in some fashion. Actor Andrew Morgado has been teasing his involvement in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on Instagram.

Morgado voice the character Bruno Delacroix in the Chaos story - he simply captioned the trailer: “Cool stuff is happening.”

Before you get too excited, it could be for an unrelated role. It's not the first time a Zombies character has been recast for a Call of Duty game, Steve Blum (who voices Clint Dempsey) voiced Donnie "Ruin" Walsh.

It could be that Morgado is voicing an Operator or Campaign character. It could even be he is lending his voice for an Easter Egg to reference past zombie stories (something that Treyarch does regularly).

With the release slowly approaching and new information surrounding the game coming to the forefront in every other week, could there be a chance for the Chaos story to be revived on the new release?

Features, Gameplay And What We Know So Far

Based on what we know so far and from leakers, here are some features we can expect from the new zombies:

  • No Mini Map
  • Training Mode added
  • Perk Machines return (including Juggernog) and look like the ones from WWII
  • Pack-A-Punch returns
  • Mystery Box return
  • Graffiti is related to Easter Eggs
  • Flashlight on your weapon until the power is turned on
  • Teleportation machine and Gondola on Die Maschine
  • A way to win zombies (potentially meaning two modes)
  • Unified Progression across all Black Ops Cold War modes
  • Weapon Rarity for all weapons
  • Exfil ending
  • Equipment added
  • Field Upgrades added

The gameplay has been changed, but familiar. Updates focus on enhancing what makes zombies fun.

This year, loadouts will progress across all modes; your global rank and progression stay connected.

Players no longer need to start with a pistol, they can start with what they feel like. Every weapon has a path to be an uber weapon.

You will get a lethal, tactical and support slot to help your fight against the undead.

A new Exfil system allows players to get out and get some rewards...but it's not easy!

Description

On the official Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War website, a description for Zombies has been added with part of the text redacted.

"Players will bring a Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment into the next evolution of Treyarch's signature Zombies co-operative experience.

It sounds like a fresh start so to speak for the game, which is probably a good thing. As the story unfolded in the past games, the story got more complicated and the loose ends became a bit less plausible.

It also seemed that to appease fans, they continued to bring back the same characters despite being killed off.

While the story was a masterpiece, it made it difficult for Treyarch to end as strongly as it began.

With a fresh start, they can really plan a story that works and will last long term.

Code Name 'Silver'

According to Prototype Warehouse, the zombie mode is under the codename "Silver".

It's unknown why it's called this and what it means, but it's a name that emerged from 'The Red Door' alpha.

Characters

Players are apart of 'Requiem' a CIA backed international response team led by Grigori Weaver; a Russian-American that Black Ops fans should be familiar with.

It's rumoured that players will get to play as Adler and Baker in the Zombies mode; there were visuals of Frank Woods in the reveal trailer. As they are Operators in the multiplayer, it could be that we get to play as all Operators in the game.

Steiner is also involved in some way.

Modern Warzone has noted that the following bosses will be in the game according to TheGamingRevolution: 

  • Nova Dog
  • Pyro Panzer
  • Russian Mech
  • Hazmat Zombie
  • Mimic Zombie
  • Summoner Zombie

Maps

We're returning to a very familiar location in zombies, but with a twist - it's called 'Die Maschine'.

Nacht Der Untoten is the lucky map being resurrected, however, it's far different to what you may remember.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: The famous staircase in the first-ever zombies level

UNDERGROUND: The map looks very different with new areas to explore

Die Maschine will allow players to explore outside the ravaged, boarded up bunker, as well as investigate the downstairs facility.

Now TGR has revealed a bunch of information about the maps:

  • New map called Firebase Z 'ZM_Pink' which is a bonus map for launch and not related to the story. It is set in Vietnam.
  • 'ZM_Silver' is a Nacht Der Untoten remake, set in the same location but during the Cold War and it will be called Die Machine (which means 'The Machine')
  • New sections have been added to allow nuclear testing
  • Large parts of the map is based outside of the original building
  • Features different endings
  • Regular Nacht Der Untoten returns as well
  • Another map is set in Berlin called 'ZM_Platinum'. Reportedly arriving in Season 4, this could be a Kino Der Toten remake; but it has experienced a Die Machine type makeover.
  • One final map is codenamed 'Giant', which is speculated to be a Der Riese

It sounds like Tranzit is not currently in the game and isn't scheduled for launch.

Perks

In Black Ops 4, the Perks system was overhauled with several fan-favourite Perks being omitted, much to the dismay of many Zombies players.

Chinese leaker known as “Victor_Z” delves into what is coming to the new game further, stating that Zombies will feature some new ways of playing alongside several elements from previous Treyarch Zombies stories, including the return of classic Perks and the Pack-A-Punch machine.

Perks are drunk out of a can instead of a bottle and the machines look very different as a result.

Rumoured perks according to Modern Warzone and TheGamingRevolution include: 

  • Stamin-Up
  • Deadshot Daiquiri 
  • Quick Revive
  • Juggernog (Confirmed)
  • Speed Cola (Confirmed)
  • Elemental Pop (New Perk - Confirmed)
  • Electric Cherry? (TGR seemed unsure about ths being in the game)
  • Double-Tap (Could be a perk or obtained via Pack-a-Punch)
  • Supposedly, these perks are their 2.0 versions and can be upgraded up to four times.

All perks are now better versions of their former selves and they can be upgraded up to 4 times.

There’s no longer a limit to how many different Perks you can consume.

Interestingly, animated calling cards have surfaced in the game files for Modern Warfare and Warzone depicting the Quick Revive logo. With Warzone being linked to Black Ops Cold War, we could see the return of this perk.

Photo via @zarketas

Weapons

Around the map, you can craft and find lethal, tactical, and support equipment. While the lethal and tacticals are very similar to what you know, the support equipment is home to high-powered offensive weaponry.

Players can also deploy Field Upgrades as proactive abilities that add another layer to squad-based tactics.

Charge them up by killing zombies, then deploy them in times of desperate need.

Pack-a-Punch returns but also includes a rarity. The higher the rarity, the greater the damage output and attachments for the weapon.

So far, we have seen the following weapons:

  • 1911
  • Ray Gun
  • XM4
  • RPG
  • M16
  • War Machine

According to @ModernWarzone, the Wunderwaffe DG-2 will return. The Gaming Revolution has confirmed the old Ray Gun will return, including a Ray Rifle.

Specialists are reportedly returning including:

  • Healing Aura
  • Frostblast
  • Aether Shroud
  • Energy Mine

This seems to be the case when watching the trailer.

Weapons now have rarities in the box, similar to Fortnite, likely meaning they are better.

As far as buildable are concerned, a jetpack is rumoured to feature in the game. We will also get an 'Aether Scope', which show you quick flashbacks.

Melee weapons return such as the shovel and killstreaks appear to be included such as the Sentry Gun and Chopper Gunner.

Pack-A-Punch

Pack-A-Punch is returning as a buildable and can be obtained via a quest.

Weapon upgrades/double Pack-A-Punch abilities all return including one new one called 'Plasmatic Burst'.

Zombie Types

It's hard to see what zombies are in the game based on this short teaser, @TheGamingRevolution has pointed out that a new zombie type can be seen briefly in the clip.

This one is wearing a hazmat suit and is actually dead.

New 'boss' zombies potentially include:

  • Pyro Panzer
  • Russian Mech
  • Mimic Zombie
  • Nova Dog
  • Summoner Zombies
  • Brutus (probably just references)
  • Avogadro (probably just references)

Dead Ops Arcade 3

The Dead Ops Arcade mini-game has been a hidden game that Treyarch has implemented in some of its previous titles.

It's a top-down arcade-style zombie game, based on the Zombies mode.

Some teasers have been found in the game code for the Red Door Alpha, hinting at a possible return.

Considering Treyarch release one every other game, there's a high chance it's returning.

Cross-Play

It's unknown if cross-play will be supported for Zombies, but we're predicting it's more than likely.

There's been a huge emphasis on cross-platform play and cross-generational play this year, with every console able to play with each other in multiplayer and Wazone.

It's almost inevitable that players will be able to, seeing as you need an Activision account to gain access to online features.

DLC

All post-launch content is free, everyone can enjoy the new story without spending a single penny.

Unified Progression

Zombies is tied to a universal progression system, meaning you can rank up your loadouts in any mode and carry it over to the Zombies mode.

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