Call of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 4 starts October 9th everywhere else, Cold War’s free multiplayer beta begins October 17th, and Treyarch stuck their head out of the barracks to strip apart what you might anticipate when you smear on the camo and head back to the ’80s.
The beta of Cold War will feature new maps, such as Cartel’s jungle complex, distributed through a range of modes, namely new ones such as VIP Escort, Combined Arms: Attack, and Dirty Bomb: Fireteam.
In various 6v6 and 12v12 modes, you will be able to play on Cartel, which has areas of interest that include a handy sniper tower in the center, surrounded by an open field, a warehouse for scraps from close quarters, and many stealth possibilities.
One team will have to get a VIP to an extraction zone in the VIP Escort, whilst the other team attempts to avoid them. Respawns have been disabled, so your fallen comrades will have to be resurrected. In the list of 12v12 modes, Combined Arms: Attack joins Combined Arms: Dominations, which was playable during alpha. It’s a sprint, one after the other, to capture five targets, bringing teams further and further behind enemy lines.
Finally, there is Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, a race with an incredibly grim idea that’s shockingly elaborate. 40 players, divided into ten teams, compete by battling over uranium caches to detonate dirty bombs.
The contamination caused by the explosion of the bomb would remain, rendering a nuclear danger part of the map and awarding the team responsible for some points. Players in a contaminated region can develop radiation sickness, affect their perk benefits, slow them down, minimize recovery of health, and eventually kill them. It sounds like an entertaining romp.
The beta would also be an opportunity to try out other new additions, including the ping system, on top of the new maps and modes. Cold War is not the first Call of Duty to pursue Apex Legends’ welcome theme, which would be Warzone, but it is the first time the series has used it outside of a royal combat setting. The system helps you to warn your team about risks, loot them, and connect without actually having to talk.
The FOV slider extension to all platforms is less important to PC players, but if you are planning to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on consoles, it is good news. You’ll be able to customise the UI by adjusting various items, such as crosshairs, health bars, and the compass, along with adjusting the FOV.
Although you’re going to have to wait a little longer to play on your PC, expect to see plenty of footage in the meantime from the PS4 beta. You’ll still be able to play a little sooner, with a preorder on October 15.