CD Projekt’s game, itself delayed on three occasions, would likely have taken some of the attention away from Black Ops Cold War Season 1’s launch, with players and influential streamers having to divide their attention between the two juggernauts.
In a blog post announcing the delay, Activision said Cold War Season One will deliver “the largest free content drop in Black Ops history”.
Warzone’s arsenal will also add over 30 Black Ops Cold War base weapons, plus Blueprint variants. A new “Gulag experience” is also coming.
Among the new multiplayer maps coming in Season 1, an updated version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s Raid will be available from December 16.
Season One will also deliver new Zombies modes, 2v2 Gunfight with four new maps, and a “massive” new Fireteam map.
Black Ops Cold War will be offering double XP and double Weapon XP from 10am PT/6pm UK on December 12 until the launch of Season 1.
Activision said earlier on Friday that Call of Duty has attracted over 200 million players and generated over $3 billion in net bookings over the past year.