CoD Black Ops Cold War and Warzone - latest Season One update detailed

Published: 18:46, 03 February 2021
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone's Season One is getting a massive update with some new and returning game modes, and a brand new Zombies map set in Vietnam.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War are getting an update today, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. GMT. After applying the update, the players (as Requiem Operators) will be able to sink their teeth into the chapter of the Dark Aether storyline in "Firebase Z," the latest Zombies map to be released. The new map will be free on all platforms. 

Today also marks the return of the Multiplayer map Express, a competitive favourite from Black Ops II, as well as several new playlists.

Players can also expect to see the return of League Play in Multiplayer, along with a few new bundles in-store across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone before Season One comes to a close. 


Express Arrives in Multiplayer

The staple of the Black Ops II map rotation, Express in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will retain its 6v6 layout and join Raid in Black Ops Cold War.

To celebrate Express’ return, Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer will debut the Express 24/7 playlist, featuring a collection of game modes such as: 

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination

Prop Hunt Expansion

After today's update, four new maps will be joining Moscow in the Prop Hunt mode.

Along with Express and Raid, Hunters will need to be on the lookout for new Props hiding around Crossroads Strike and Armada Strike, smaller versions of two Combined Arms maps.

Endurance mode (40 Players)

Ten squads of four players will be dropped into Ruka, Alpine, and Sanatorium to collect uranium and arm bombs throughout the match. However, after one bomb detonates, a new one now comes online to take its place, ensuring that there will always be five bombs available instead of the initial set of five that gets reduced to a single bomb. 

The score limit will be doubled from 500 to 1,000 in Endurance, making this mode the perfect opportunity for completing MP challenges. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - meet the operators

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - Adler, Russell

League Play 

League Play is scheduled to launch during Season One Reloaded.

The mode will be building on the popularity of Black Ops 4’s ladder-based system and allow players to earn their way through 30 Ranks in League Play Events

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will start on February 11 with the Atlanta FaZe Home Series.


Save Samantha Maxis in "Firebase Z"

A new outbreak site has been uncovered deep in the jungles of Vietnam. As these things go, it just so happens to be where Samantha Maxis is being held captive.

This sets the stage for "Firebase Z," the next chapter of the Dark Aether story that will test Requiem Operators in a brand-new locale with new enemies, gameplay mechanics, a powerful Wonder Weapon to discover, and more.

Dead Ops Arcade 3 Solo Advanced Start

The new playlist will see solo players get an advanced starting position depending on the highest round checkpoint they have reached in a Dead Ops Arcade 3 Solo playthrough. 

Example: If you go down in Round 7, which is the next-to-last round in the Jungle arena, the Advanced Start playlist will start you off on Round 5, which is the first round in the Jungle arena. 

If you die fighting the Mamaback, Advanced Start will take you back to Round 61, which is the first round of the Boss Map, and so on.

All stats, leaderboards, and challenges are disabled in Advanced Start to keep the playing field level. Please note that the "Reunited with Fidolina" achievement can still be completed.

New Onslaught (PlayStation Exclusive) Map: Express

PlayStation members of Requiem will need to mind the gap and undead hordes as they drop into the latest map for Onslaught: Express.

The players will follow the Dark Aether Orb around this classic map as they work to rid this modern train station of zombies, including new enemy types that are ready to derail your shot at the Gold.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The in-game Store

During Season One Reloaded, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Operators will be able to bolster their arsenal with new badass bundles and seasonal Blueprints and skins through the Store.

Today, the Store is getting restocked with the "Zombie Dozer" bundle, which features the Legendary "Belligerent" skin that decks this hulking beast out in a crimson mask and armour set. It also includes the Legendary "Blood Shank" SMG and the Epic "Blood Spray" assault rifle Weapon Blueprints.

Next week, the Store will start to get stocked up with holiday-themed bundles, including "Tracer Pack: Year of the Ox," which comes with two Weapon Blueprints – the "Golden Ox" assault rifle and "Golden Augx" tactical rifle – that fire gold tracer rounds. Also expect to find the "Top Secret Admirer" bundle that’s fitting for Valentine’s Day, along with the Mardi Gras-themed "Carnival Captain" bundle that outfits Baker in a skin fit for Fat Tuesday.

Before the end of the season, Mastercraft collectors can refresh their arsenal with the "Retro Renegade" Mastercraft Bundle. Themed around the rise of portable media players in the 1980s, this bundle includes a burst-fire SMG Mastercraft that has a portable cassette player on top of five attachments that are sure to help Operators bring the noise for their next infiltration.

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