Black Ops Cold War will feature a campaign mode - the first for the Black Ops series since the third game.
The new game will bring back some familiar faces to tell the Cold War story as we head back in time to the 1980s.
It's an exciting time as Black Ops campaigns have always had an interesting story and all connect together in their own unique ways create an ever-expanding universe and storyline.
Set to arrive on the 13th November, this new campaign is an exciting re-do of an already established story.
This Black Ops 1 sequel will help to fill in Black Ops lure and unfolds more Black Operative stories.
Here's what we know about the Black Ops Cold War campaign.
Click the links below to read more about the campaign:
- Release Date
- Campaign Story
- Teasers And Trailer
- Character Customisation
- Campaign Missions
The campaign mode will launch alongside the full game, for all platforms, on the 13th November 2020.
The game is a direct sequel to Black Ops 1; 13 years after the Black Ops campaign has concluded.
The campaign takes place in a number of locations across the world.
Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more.
KNOCK ON WOOD: Frank Woods returns to lead the new game
As elite operatives, you will follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history.
Descend into the dark centre of this global conspiracy alongside iconic characters Woods, Mason and Hudson and a new cast of operatives attempting to stop a plot decades in the making.
Beyond the Campaign, players will bring a Cold War arsenal fo weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer and Zombies experiences."
Trailers And Teasers
The campaign will feature mission choices, which allows players to choose how to play and interact with certain missions.
As you can imagine, missions can be played in different ways such as stealth, run and gun, while others will be more linear. The narrative scenes also have players options. Although your character has no voice, there are multiple dialogue lines to choose from.
Side missions have also been added, originally being locked and slowly reveal themselves as you progress. You can collect additional evidence from side missions.
Raven's Dan Vondrak spoke to PlayStation Magazine, he detailed that these side missions have another level to them that allows for more depth.
These side missions feature a puzzle to be solved in each of the side missions that will unlock more of these side missions.
“I was like, dude, if this was an ’80s game, you would have to solve some kind of puzzle,” said Vondrak. “People thought I was crazy. [Now] you have to use the evidence to solve these puzzles and that’ll unlock a different part of the side mission, so even here we wanted to make a call back to the ’80s.”
All of your decisions influence the campaign’s ending. While it's not the first Black Ops campaign to have multiple endings, there is far more variation than before.
Decisions you make in the campaign can be as small as how you chose to play a particular mission.
According to Charlie Intel, Raven claims all endings are special and the team “love how these have turned out.” The Creative Director says that the endings will “feel uniquely Black Ops.”
A Call of Duty campaign can seem very straight forward and easily forgotten once it's finished; this adds plenty of replayability.
Players will be able to create their own character in the campaign.
The 'Create your Character' menu will let fans customise the character’s gender (including male, female and classified), name, identity, back story and more.
Players create a CIA dossier for themselves and can redact or un-redact parts of the history they want to while building the character.
Black Ops Cold War features character customization options in the campaign. Here’s a look at the CIA document you can fill out in the campaign. pic.twitter.com/xIV9sPvdRa
— Call of Duty News (@charlieINTEL)
The campaign will see the return of some iconic characters including Frank Woods, Jason Hudson and Alex Mason.
New characters include:
- Russell Adler, played by Bruce Thomas
- Helen Park played by Lily Cowles
- Lazar Azoulay played by Damon Dayoub
- Lawerence Sims played by Reggie Watkins
The game's villain is played by David Negahban, who was in Showtime’s Homeland series. We'll also see Ronald Reagan.
Here's a bit more about each character:
COLD AS ICE: Our heroes return for another bite of the cherry
Special Agent Jason Hudson debuted during Black Ops 1 as Alex Mason's handler.
Born and raised in Washington D.C., he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in the Korean War.
Hudson was honourably discharged in 1955, where his path took a different path.
After graduating from Georgetown University, he entered the CIA where his intelligence and perseverance pushed him quickly up the ranks; leading to his selection for some of the most dangerous assignments imaginable.
Though utterly loyal to the CIA, many questioned his personal allegiances as he pushed his associates to the brink so he could accomplish his own goals. Those familiar with the Black Ops 1 story will understand this, of which you can read all about it here.
On January 17th, 1981, Hudson calls upon his old colleague, Russell Adler, to form an elite team of operatives in the pursuit of a dangerous Soviet agent.
Although he doesn’t fully trust him and disagrees with some of his more unconventional methods, Hudson knows that if anyone has the personal motivation to see this task through to its conclusion, it’s Adler.
Frank Woods has been a dyed-in-the-wool rebel ever since his early years. The instinctive runaway enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he gained an extensive amount of fighting experience throughout the Korean War and afterwards became a sergeant in the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War.
Woods eventually joined the CIA’s Special Activities Division which led to the Black Ops story, of which you can read all about here.
Over a decade later on January 13th, 1981, in Trabzon, Turkey, Woods learns about a legendary Soviet operative whose existence has been questioned even within the deepest ranks of the CIA.
Within a matter of weeks, he joins a newly assembled team tasked with tracking down this dangerous figure at any cost, and the next chapter of his story begins.
Alex Mason’s enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., where his sharpshooting abilities made him a standout recruit.
In 1958, after serving a highly respected term of service with the Marines, his undeniable talents, reckless behaviour and fervent beliefs led his path into the dangerous world of the CIA’s Special Activities Division; where the original storyline for Black Ops began to take shape, of which you can read here.
Fast forward to January 8th, 1981, Mason receives an unexpected phone call from Hudson, who wants to get the old team back together.
Mason's return to the CIA means he’s to immediately report to Amsterdam to rendezvous with his former partner, Sgt. Frank Woods, along with the mysterious operative, Russell Adler. As it turns out, a covert mission to end the Iran Hostage Crisis would end up revealing a far greater threat.
NAME A BETTER DUO: Alex Mason and Frank Woods return to save the world
Born in 1937, Adler has become a mystery even to those who have worked by his side for years. His history before joining the CIA in 1966 is known only to a few within Langley.
In 1967, Adler was assigned to the MACV-SOG unit in Vietnam, investigating covert Soviet activity.
After Vietnam, Adler disappeared from CIA records but continued to be affiliated with a number of clandestine operations.
Cold confidence and dry wit are what he's best known for, as well as a deep knowledge of covert tactics, fluency in Russian and German, and mastery of espionage.
In January of 1981, Adler sets out to assemble a covert strike team of new and familiar faces to track down a lead in the city of Amsterdam. These are tried-and-true operatives he believes he can trust to get the job done. But where this trail leads, only time will tell.
Helem dropped out of Oxford while working on her doctorate in international relations after her older brother was severely injured in an IRA car bomb attack. She began to study the origins and motivations of international para-military organizations, which led her to join MI6.
Park was placed on protection service for two British scientists. The team was set to travel to a clandestine location to collaborate with the CIA on an officially sponsored project, where she met Adler.
She later joined Adler on an ad hoc black operations team utilizing the fruits of their labour together. However, the interests of MI6 and the Crown always come first for Park, whether her new partners know it or not.
Eleazar "Lazar" Azoulay
After returning from four years at Royal Holloway, University of London, Azoulay entered the Israel Defense Forces. Following a distinguished stint, he was recruited into Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad. There, Lazar developed a reputation not only for explosive power but also for his unflappability.
After several years working alongside agents of the CIA, Lazar decided to leave the Mossad, utilizing his dual citizenship to join the CIA directly as a Middle East specialist. In early 1981, his talents will be pushed to their limits as he joins with a new team against an unknown global threat.
After receiving a scholarship and graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sims entered the Army, where he served for two years before joining the ranks of the CIA. There, he quickly became known for his keen intelligence, pragmatism, and ability to solve intractable problems.
In a twist of fate, his first major assignment was a placement on Russell Adler's MACV-SOG team in Vietnam, where he immediately became one of Adler's favourite cohorts. Sims has continued to be a constant presence on Adler's teams ever since... including the fateful operation that would bring him face-to-face with Alex Mason and Frank Woods.
A blog post on the Call of Duty website reveals that three of the missions will take place in Amsterdam, Vietnam and the KGB headquarters in Russia.
The Achievements for the game were leaked recently that have revealed the missions we will play:
- Nowhere Left to Run
- Fracture Jaw
- Brick in the Wall
- Redlight, Greenlight
- Echoes of a Cold War
- Desperate Measures
- End of the Line
- Break on Through
- The Final Countdown
- Ashes to Ashes
Nowhere Left To Run
The mission begins two weeks after New Year’s Day in 1981 where a major breakthrough in a CIA investigation has led three operators to Amsterdam.
The mission contains several high-octane action sequences across the rooftops of Amsterdam before transitioning to the Trabzon Airfield in Turkey where the operators prepare to take down a final target under the cover of darkness.
The first campaign mission begins in Amsterdam
Fracture Jaw is the second mission of the campaign and is where players get their first opportunity to meet enigmatic Soviet spy Perseus.
The mission is a flashback to the Vietnam war where plenty of clues will need to be found in order to track Perseus in the present day.
Like Fracture Jaw, there will be multiple flashbacks which add further context to the story. Players will gain additional insight to uncover everything behind the mysterious Perseus and his plans.
Multiple flashback missions have been confirmed
This mission takes a break from the fast-paced, high-octane action from the first two missions and sees players attempt to break into the KGB headquarters in a bid to uncover more information on Perseus.
Players will play as a Soviet double agent working for the CIA as they report for work at the KGB headquarters.
The mission also gives players a chance to secure intel about their fellow operatives but if players make just one strange move, it could compromise the entire mission.
Players will get the chance to break into the KGB headquarters
Side Missions also include:
- Red Circus
Three other missions (yet to be confirmed as main missions or side missions) are:
A report by CharlieIntel surfaced a few months back, which leaked some of the names that the Campaign missions for CoD 2020 will have.
- K.G.B. (Russia)
- Siege (Russia)
- Yamantau (Russia)
- Takedown (Side Mission)
- Tundra (Side Mission)
- Hub (Germany)
- Hub 8 (Germany)
- Stakeout (Germany)
- Armada (Vietnam)
- Prisoner (Vietnam)
- Revolucion (Nicaragua)
- Amerika (Russia)
- Duga (Russia)
Here are all of the campaign-specific achievements and trophies:
- Combat Recruit (30G) - Complete the single-player Campaign on any difficulty.
- Combat Hardened (100G) - Complete the single-player Campaign on Veteran or Realism difficulty.
- Nowhere Left to Run (15G) - Complete Nowhere Left to Run in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Fracture Jaw (15G) - Complete Fracture Jaw in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Brick in the Wall (15G) - Complete Brick in the Wall in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Redlight, Greenlight (15G) - Complete Redlight, Greenlight in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Echoes of a Cold War (15G) - Complete Echoes of a Cold War in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Desperate Measures (15G) - Complete Desperate Measures in Campaign on any difficulty.
- End of the Line (15G) - Complete End of the Line in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Break on Through (15G) - Complete Break on Through in Campaign on any difficulty.
- The Final Countdown (15G) - Complete The Final Countdown in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Ashes to Ashes (15G) - Complete Ashes to Ashes in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Chaos (15G) - Complete Chaos Side Mission in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Red Circus (15G) - Complete Red Circus Side Mission in Campaign on any difficulty.
- Firing Range (15G) - Shoot all of the targets on Main Street during Amerika.
- Keep Your Friends Close (15G) - Perform Body Shield 5 Times.
- Patriot Arrow (30G) - Kill an enemy with the secret weapon while ziplining during Yamantau.
- Mind Trip (30G) - See all 7 memory endings and playthrough all 4 path ends in Prisoner.
- Explosive Finish (15G) - Kill 12 enemies with explosive barrels while riding the server lift during Yamantau.
- EVERYONNNNNEE! (15G) - Kill 25 enemies with the AC-130 during the rooftop defend.
- The Red Door(15G) - Disobeyed Adler's order to go through the door.
- Jack of All Trades (15G) Get 5 kills each with an LMG, SMG, AR, and a Shotgun.
- Old Faithful (15G) - Killed 200 enemies with an AR.
- Scorched Earth (15G) - Destroy all enemy vehicles and mortar teams while defending Firebase Ripcord.
- Scorched Earth II (30G) - Blow up all trucks and guard towers on the approach to the monastery.
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