Call of Duty seems to be significantly overstating the number of people engaging in combat with full-face metal masks - the upcoming Season 4 update for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone features at least two. Of course, the huge new seasonal update dropping on the 17th of June, just two days from now, is packing a ton more than just that. Let's take a look at what we can expect.
Trailers & Release Date
The storyline continues in Season 4, following the rescue of Adler at the conclusion of Season 3. The successful rescue operation happened sooner than expected, causing inconvenience for Perseus and his allies, but they maintain the upper hand - a new henchman, Jackal, orchestrates the falling of multiple CIA satellites out of orbit which crash into Verdansk and an undisclosed location in Algeria. Season 4 revolves around the struggle to gain control of these satellites and claim the valuable data within.
On the gameplay side of things, there are plenty of additions across all three branches of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. New content in Warzone, new maps and modes in Multiplayer and a new zone in Outbreak, among others - read on for more details.
You'll be able to experience all of this and more when the Season 4 update goes live in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the 17th of June, this Thursday.
Ground Fall Event
Structured in a similar way as The Hunt For Adler, Ground Fall is the new time-limited story event. Various objectives spread around the new maps in Multiplayer and the new points of interest in Warzone will have you retrieving data packets from the fallen satellites in order to complete challenges, many related to the new operators and weapons being added in Season 4.
Completing these objectives will propel the overarching narrative while also helping you unlock unique rewards such as Emblems, Calling Cards, and a Satellite Weapon Charm which won't be available in any other way. If you manage to complete the full Ground Fall progression track, you'll also unlock a fancy Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint.
The pattern for the launch of new operators in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War seasons has become pretty clear over the course of the past 3 - whoever is the main villain of the current arc is a guaranteed spot, so our masked frenemy Jackal should come as no surprise, with some supporting characters also joining the fray later on in the season.
The first outing of this South African mercenary was his assault on the CIA base that resulted in the crashing of the satellites, and now he's taking a much more active role on the frontlines. With no real loyalty to Perseus, he's only here for the payday, and has a reputation of exceptional ruthlessness.
Players can access the Jackal operator upon the launch of the season automatically as the Tier 0 reward of the season pass - and you'll be able to unlock a special skin for him at Tier 100.
An Egyptian recruit in the NATO task force that seeks to track down the crashed satellites before Perseus agent reach them, Salah is a veteran and member of the newly minted Unit 777. Aside of being highly skilled on the battlefield, Salah keeps morale up with his positive presence.
Players will be able to unlock the Salah operator later on in the season.
Grigori Weaver, returning from the original Black Ops is leaving his previous zombies-only role and joining the wider Black Ops Cold War world with this operator, allowing you to use him in Warzone and Multiplayer as well as his native mode combatting the undead.
Players will be able to unlock the Weaver operator later on in the season.
New Weapons In Season 4
Five new tools of war will be made accessible to players in Season 4 of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, drawing for multiple walks of life and eras. The guns we've come to expect are joined by odd additions, coming to us from the shelf of a hardware store and the rack of a blacksmith shop, respectively.
Acquire this relatively light LMG at Tier 15 of the Season Pass for free in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone - the MG 82 offers the top rate of fire in this weapon class, and features fast ADS speeds compared to other LMGs. These perks coupled with its high ammo capacity and strong kick make it a force to be reckoned with.
This is the poster rifle of Season 4, being gripped by Jackal on the key art. We'll see if this full-auto assault rifle with crazy short-range damage will really be that iconic. With a low ammo capacity and rate of fire offset by high damage, low recoil and fast bullet velocity, this won't be a spray-and-pray type of gun. If you can reliable land calculated shots though, it may be a real game changer. Unlock it at Tier 31.
Heavy hitting as far as SMGs go, you'll need that kind of power when using the OTs 9 - taking out the opponent with a single magazine is crucial, as the high damage and rate of fire this weapon boasts are offset by the tiny magazine capacity, and a mid-battle reload could mean a swift death. The OTs 9 is coming later on in the season.
A variant of the weapon we've used in Black Ops 3 previously, given an era-appropriate workover. Literally just a nail gun, this construction tool can be deadly in the right hands and at the right range, delivering a different kind of physical trauma than bullets - it just hits different.
No, we don't mean the gas spraying self defense implement named after the historical blunt force weapon - this is the real deal. A flanged piece of metal on the end of a stick, the Mace is as basic as weapons technology can get; and effective as ever. Pound opponents into a pulp with the Mace later on during the season.
Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Content
Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer is getting some free maps and modes with the launch of Season 4 on the 17th of June, as well as some returning fan favorites that players just didn't want to say goodbye to. Alongside these new maps and modes, players will also be able to access the new, powerful Hand Cannon Scorestreak.
Collateral (12v12/ Strike 6v6)
Collateral is incidentally also the name of a Warzone tournament organizer, and an obscure indie game that sort of just vanished. Of course, we're here to discuss the map, which is seemingly the most important one as far as the on-going story is concerned.
Set in the Algeria crash site, players will battle over control of the downed satellite for long enough to extract its secrets.
A small and intimate map designed with pairs and threesomes in mind, Amsterdam has plenty of tight spaces where operators will get up close and personal. Players may remember the location from the Black Ops Cold War campaign.
A fan favorite map that debuted in Black Ops 2, Hijacked returns in all its glory, complete with notorious vent and all. The fancy superyacht genuinely looks like a lavish and luxurious place to chill when it isn't being shot up by soldiers and mercenaries.
The second classic map returning to the game, Rush drops players into a paintball arena, except this time around the weapons are definitely lethal. Both a close-quarters interior arena and a roomier outside area offering long-range engagements are present making this a versatile map, dropping later on in the season.
In the vein of the current satellite themed story developments, this limited time mode will have you and your squad set up remote satellite uplinks which you need to defend in order to score points, all set in the backdrop of the scenic Ural Mountains.
One in the Chamber
It's only fitting that a classic mode should be played on a classic map. Enter the fray on the yacht from Hijacked with a single bullet in your weapon - the only way to get more is to get a kill. If you aim isn't true, you can always fall back on melee attacks.
Capture the Flag
You just can't beat the classics - CTF is one of the oldest and most beloved game modes across the genre, and it truly is timeless. While no traditional version of it exists in Black Ops Cold War as a permanent mode, you'll have a chance to return to the roots later during Season 4 for a limited time.
Zombies Content In Season 4
New horrors come to Zombies in Season 4, both as far as the regular horde-mode and Outbreak are concerned.
Zoo Region In Outbreak
Outbreak invites Requiem operatives to take a visit to the local zoo, which has been overrun by the risen dead. Complete objectives throughout this new region and tackle the new challenging Main Quest which will serve as the lead-up to the round-based map coming later on in the season that will propel the Dark Aether story forward.
Mauer der Toten Map
Berlin has fallen before the zombie hordes, and the answers Requiem seeks lie in the ruins of the eastern half. As operators scramble to halt the outbreak following Operation Excision, new threats arise on the communist side of the wall cutting the city and country in half. Mauer der Toten will arrive to Call of Duty: Zombies later on in Season 4, following players' completion of the new main quest.
Warzone Content and Changes
Alongside Multiplayer and Zombies, the free to play standalone battle royale is getting plenty of love as well, with some changes and one surprising instance of something not changing despite previous expectations.
Map changes and Points of Interests
Jackal's little stunt caused satellite wreckage to rain down on Verdansk, with multiple entire units making landfall in salvageable conditions. These satellites will be new combat hotspots in Season 4, offering not only unique loot and cover, but also a chance to earn seasonal rewards by activating sat-links.
The crash sites won't be marked on your map, but don't worry - finding them should be easy considering the size of the wreckage, the destruction they cause and the smoke rising from the rubble.
While the satellites have changed the environment in Verdansk, some things have stayed the same - curiously, the in-game Nakatomi Plaza building from the 80s Action Heroes update is here to stay. By popular demand, the developers chose not to remove the building from Warzone. Renamed Downtown Tower, the vault has been emptied and opened up permanently now that the challenges associated with it are no longer accessible in-game.
The folks over at Treyarch really, really love Hijacked, to the point of shoehorning it into Warzone as well. The interior space of the Gulag has been cleared out, and a plywood imitation of the Hijacked map's layout was installed, putting a new twist on the battle for redeployment.
Alongside all of these changes, a new set of mysterious 'red doors' have appeared in odd places throughout Verdansk. Leading to a weird, glowy unnatural dimension that vomits ethereal numbers, it isn't clear what this newest set of easter eggs are building up to, but with all the [REDACTED] in the description it is clearly SCP inspired.
Game Modes And Vehicles
Season 4 is offering some limited-time modes for Warzone players, with Verdansk Resurgence Mini leading the charge. The idea behind this mode is to better replicate the small-scale Resurgence mode from Rebirth Island on the Verdansk map, so expect a more faithful adherence to Resurgence rules and a smaller play area.
Later in the season, Payload will bring objective-based gameplay to the battle royale, tasking squads to escort convoys through checkpoints - or destroy them. Buy buildings, build roadblocks and complete contracts to increase your chances of success. For the first time, slaying the enemy isn't your only goal.
Nipping around Verdansk will be all the easier with the brand new Dirt Bike vehicle. It may not offer any extra protection, but it sure will help you get from point A to point B in a jiffy.
After the apparent success of the Battle Pass Gifting system introduced via the Call of Duty companion mobile app, Activision is introducing new ways to help out your mates in-game. Following the launch of Season 4, it will be possible to gift the Battle Pass, Battle Pass Bundle, or Store Bundles between friends in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - you won't even need the app for it anymore.
Note that 2FA is a requirement for gifting to work.
As Season 4 kicks off later this week, stay tuned for our in-depth guides regarding all the new challenges and content hitting Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone and Zombies.