The newest entry within the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, will launch on November thirteenth. But what does that imply for the sequence’ free-to-play battle royale, Call of Duty: Warzone, which is itself primarily based on 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? In a prolonged weblog publish, the video games’ builders, Infinity Ward and Raven Software, break down how content will be synchronized across the three titles sooner or later.
The massive takeaway is that weapons, cosmetics, and different unlockables (together with attachments, perks, and killstreaks) will be shared across the video games. That means weapons from each Cold War and Modern Warfare, together with blueprints and camo variants, will be obtainable in Warzone, creating “the largest weapons arsenal ever seen in Call of Duty.”
Player development will even be synchronized across the three video games’ multiplayer modes, regardless of which title you’re enjoying. What are at the moment referred to as Enlisted Ranks (ranges 1 to 55) will be renamed as Military Ranks, whereas Seasonal Officer Progression will grow to be Season Levels, which itself will feed into a brand new Prestige system. All of these adjustments will kick in with the launch of Black Ops Cold War Season One on December tenth. Ranks will reset with this launch, however not unlockables. The Battle Pass system will even be unified across titles.
In addition to those adjustments, the launch of Black Ops Cold War will imply new content for Warzone. Specifically, Operators from Cold War will be obtainable within the battle royale from November twelfth at 9PM PT, together with all skins, quips, and ending strikes. The launch of Black Ops Cold War Season One on December tenth will additionally include new customary multiplayer maps and modes, together with a brand new Zombies mode and the return of 2v2 gunfights. Nuketown can also be again, with a brand new remix of the basic map obtainable from November twenty fourth.
There’s loads of element to parse right here, however make sure you try the total weblog for any unanswered questions. The massive tl;dr, although, is that Activision needs gamers to have their cake and eat it. Warzone will get new content whereas devoted gamers who’ve spent hours unlocking uncommon objects gained’t lose their loot. At the identical time, the usual multiplayer expertise for Black Ops Cold War will sync with the older titles by a unified leveling system. It’s somewhat complicated to examine, however hopefully the expertise for gamers will be comparatively seamless.
The query is, can Activision pull this off easily? That stays to be seen. It appears doubtless they’ll be at the least some hiccups, and this week’s weblog publish features a caveat stating simply that: “There are no current plans to remove content from Warzone but to ensure the best possible player experience, there may be occasions where content is delayed, or becomes temporarily or permanently inaccessible.” We additionally think about there will be some inevitable balancing points given the massively expanded arsenal obtainable to gamers.
That apart, although, it’s clear Warzone is simply going to get larger sooner or later.