Answering the ‘Call of Duty’

Aziz Idris

In a little over one month, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will arrive on November 13. Until then, players can try their hands at the upcoming Open Beta or continue grinding for the latest content in Call of Duty: Warzone, a free-to-play battle royale which is part of the 2019 title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

No matter which title players choose, there are always those that stick with the previous iteration rather than jumping straight into the new one.

MORDEN WARFARE SEASON 6
Season 6 of the hit first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward is here, and with it marks nearly a year of content updates for the popular first-person shooter game.

That includes a lot of new maps, modes, two new weapons, a pair of operators that come straight from the campaign, and cosmetics.

But while the spotlight is still on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward brought big changes to Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map with a new subway system. This new feature links the underground subway system in key areas of the map to allow fast travel between locations.

There’s also a big new battle pass (purchased through online store) and a mode called Armored Royale.

After an Alpha that received mixed reviews, fans are hoping that game developers Treyarch’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ Beta will step things up. PHOTOS: ACTIVISION
Season 6 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will introduce a pair of operators that come straight from the game’s single player campaign. Photo shows one of the new operators

Following Season 6, Call of Duty: Warzone’s cross-game partnership with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will begin and possibly kick off a new era for the game.

BLACK OPS COLD WAR OPEN BETA
After an Alpha that received mixed reviews, fans are hoping that game developers Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will step things up.

It ran from September 18 for 48 hours, exclusively for PS4 players and featured 6v6 and 12v12 gameplay modes, including Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Kill Confirmed. The Alpha featured three maps from the final game: Miami, Moscow, and Satellite.

Meanwhile, the Beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War kicked off yesterday, but only for those who have pre-ordered the game on PS4.

The Beta will open up to all PS4 players a few days later on October 10, followed by pre-order customers on PC and Xbox One on October 15, and rounded out by the Beta opening to all on the latter two platforms on October 17.

According to the developers, players who reach Level 10 during the Beta will receive an SMG Weapon Blueprint at the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

A Weapon Blueprint is a variant of a weapon family within the game, complete with its own unique name and cosmetic differences.

Weapon Blueprints may also come pre-equipped with attachments, allowing players to use them on that specific weapon without needing to level it up to unlock those attachments organically. These attachments can be swapped out in favour of other attachments earned by levelling up the weapon normally.

A NEW BEGINNING
At launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is expected to include an all-new progression system that will connect with Call of Duty: Warzone, allowing players to unlock new content for use in both titles.

This is to ensure the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fan base will not disappear with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will see a lot of players switch over, as they do every year.

Others, such as Infinity Ward fans, will most likely avoid or delay their transition to a Treyarch developed game.

Regardless, both developers promise fans of the franchise that Call of Duty: Warzone will continue to evolve after the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, blending some of the themes, weapons, and operators from the latest game into this successful free battle royale experience.

This means, Call of Duty: Warzone players will still have access to previously earned content: weapons, operators, blueprints, gear, and cosmetics which they earned during their experiences in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.