Black Ops Cold War Outbreak Mode LEAKS: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer, Zombies, Maps, Details And Everything We Know

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The return of Zombies to the Call of Duty franchise has been met with widespread positivity from the passionate community.

As attention slowly begins to turn to what content could be arriving in Season Two after the release of Firebase Z, an all-new Zombies experience could be on the horizon.

The mode known as Outbreak has been rumoured to be releasing for some time, and has the potential to be one of the most exciting and innovative Zombies modes that has been released.

Here’s absolutely everything we know about the mode.

Latest News

Trailer - 22nd February 

Treyarch has posted a brand new trailer for the Outbreak game mode, which showcases all the fun you are going to have when it releases in just a few days. 

Check it out below! 


New Teaser - 19th February 

CharlieINTEL has posted the following image which appears to be a new teaser for the Outbreak game mode! 

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Everything You Need To Know - 19th February

Here's what you need to know about Zombies in Season 2 and the new Outbreak mode!

Environmental Changes - 19th February

A message sent from Strauss to Weaver discussing the newly-discovered form of Aetherium crystals could well impact the environment of where an Outbreak match takes place

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With the potential to alter the atmosphere, could Outbreak pave the way for new forms of undead opposition to enter the fight?

Dark Aether Teleportation? - 19th February

An image posted by Black Ops developer Treyarch suggests that players will be able to teleport into the Dark Aether from various areas of the Outbreak map.

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Perhaps one of the investigations that have to be completed during a match involves entering the Dark Aether? We will have to wait until February 25th to find out more!

Outbreak Mode CONFIRMED! - 18th February

The official Call of Duty website may have accidentally confirmed the release of Outbreak!

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Posted early on the morning of February 18th, an image appeared confirming that Outbreak is a "new, large-scale zombies experience" and that a trailer is arriving "soon."

The image was quickly removed from the website but not before the entire community saw the images.

Treyarch Reveals New Teaser - 18th February

Black Ops developer Treyarch continues to tease the imminent release of Outbreak by posting cryptic teasers across social media.

The latest post on February 17th shows a brief glimpse of the Ural Mountains, the area where the largest Dark Aether breach has appeared.

"There's an operation underway in the Ural Mountains. I have to stay in the field."
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch)
February 17, 2021

Zombies Trial Machine Found In Warzone - 12th February

First discovered by @EricMaynardll, the Trial machine from Black Ops Cold War Zombies has been found inside the Verdansk Hospital. 

When players attempt to "Activate_Zombies", nothing happens but it's highly likely to be teasing the imminent arrival of Outbreak.

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What Is Outbreak?

Outbreak is a large-scale, team-based game mode that will feature both Requiem and Omega groups battle it out in a bid to close Dark Aether rifts that have appeared within the confines of the map.

With Dark Aether rifts present, it’s more than likely that players will encounter waves of the undead trying to halt their progress.

The mode is believed to be similar to Fireteam, meaning there will be at least five objectives for players to complete at any one time.

Zombies Outbreak Challenges

Information uncovered by @ZestyCODLeaks suggests that Outbreak is a limited-time that is separate to Warzone but also linked to the battle royale at the same time. 

A full list of challenges can be found below:

  • In Outbreak, open X Chests
  • In Outbreak, eliminate X Elites
  • In Outbreak, successfully exfil X times
  • In Outbreak, eliminate X Zombies
  • In Outbreak, complete X Objectives
  • In Outbreak, eliminate X Special Zombies
  • In Outbreak, use vehicles to eliminate X Zombies
  • In Outbreak, Warp X times
  • In Outbreak, complete X World Events
  • Complete all Outbreak Challenges
  • In Warzone, eliminate X Zombies before the first circle closes
  • In Warzone, eliminate 5 Zombies in a single match X times
  • In Warzone, use lethal equipment to kill X Zombies
  • In Warzone, rapidly kill 2 or more Zombies X times
  • In Warzone, use Pistols to eliminate X Zombies
  • In Warzone, use Shotguns to eliminate X Zombies

Information courtesy of @ZestyCODLeaks 

Zombies Outbreak Mode Map

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Rather than using Die Maschine and Firebase Z to host this new game mode, Outbreak will be played on a “large-scale” Fireteam map.

According to @Okami13_, the mode has been described as “open-world Zombies”,

Zombies Outbreak Mode Release Date

If rumours are to be believed, Outbreak could be arriving as soon as the release of Season Two, which is set to release between the end of February and early March.

Considering the large-scale map the mode will be played on, some rumours have suggested that Outbreak will release alongside the brand-new Warzone map which is set to release in March to commemorate the first anniversary of the battle royale.

Zombies Outbreak Mode Rewards

Leaks have revealed that there will be two rewards that can be earned by completing all Warzone and Outbreak challenges before the end of the event. 

First posted by @ZestyCODLeaks, players can "unlock the two exclusive Event Blueprints" by completing the challenges. 

A PlayStation Exclusive?

Sony’s deal with Call of Duty publisher Activision is often a hot topic of conversation, but it does grant PlayStation players the ability to play exclusive content.

The Onslaught mode for Zombies is only available to PlayStation users, and there’s every chance that the same could happen to Outbreak, much to the annoyance of Zombies players playing on PC and Xbox.

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