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Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be a direct sequel to Treyarch’s original, and it seems that the old team is being put back together. You will be joining old favorite CIA operatives Alex Mason, Frank Woods, Jason Hudson, and a host of new characters in their action-packed globe-trotting adventure. The game releases worldwide on PC (Battle.net), Xbox One, and Playstation 4 on November 13.

Set in the ’80s, at the height of the Cold War, the protagonists find themselves in the middle of threats of nuclear war by the world’s two superpowers, trying to untangle a conspiracy decades in the making. The team led by Russell Adler aims to uncover the plans of a mysterious Soviet agent called Perseus.

This is the first game in this series to provide a great degree of freedom to the player – a character creator to design your single-player avatar, psychological profiles that affect your gameplay, autonomy in choosing different paths leading to an objective, dialogue options, extra objectives, and two unlockable optional missions. Some of the missions are clearly influenced by games like Hitman – like when you infiltrate the KGB Headquarters at Moscow as a double agent. The game’s trailer seems to be a healthy and entertaining mix between tense stealth missions and COD’s very own signature style over-the-top bombastic action. Watch their breathtaking trailer set to the tune of Credence Clearwater Revival‘s rock ballad Run Through The Jungle.

Three editions of the game are available for pre-order:

  • Standard Edition – $60 for current-gen consoles and PC
  • Cross-gen Edition – $70 for copies of both current-gen and next-gen consoles
  • Ultimate Edition – $90 for copies of both current-gen and next-gen consoles with the Land, Sea and Air Pack and a Battle Pass bundle

The game features cross-play and cross-gen support, planned free post launch content, an all new multiplayer experience, and the next chapter of the Zombies co-op mode. Check out our report of the leaks and datamined info for the campaign, multiplayer, Warzone and Zombies mode from back in July. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be available for the next-generation consoles like Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 in late 2020. Find out more details on Activision’s official blog post.

On a side note, were you aware of the controversy surrounding the Know Your History cinematic teaser trailer that released a few days back? The trailer, a montage of geopolitical events during the Cold War era, contained a 1-second clip of the infamous Tiananmen Square student protests in 1989. China immediately blocked the trailer, and Activision went into panic mode to salvage the situation. The original trailer with a runtime of over 2 minutes was made private, and a new 1-minute trailer, with the controversial clip removed, was uploaded worldwide in its place.

What do you think about the game’s new direction and setting, and the controversy surrounding it? Tell us in the comments section below!

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