Speaking during the company’s third quarter earnings call on Thursday, chief operating officer Daniel Alegre said the integration will coincide with the launch of Black Ops Cold War’s first content season.
However, VGC understands that a larger, Cold War-themed map revamp isn’t planned to happen until 2021.
Activision previously confirmed the new premium game will share content with Warzone, just as Modern Warfare does currently. Black Ops Cold War will include shared progression with Warzone, adding inventory items that can be used in both games.
Plus, Warzone players will still have access to Modern Warfare content they earned previously, like Operators and weapon blueprints. The company said on Thursday that players will be able to choose to use their Black Ops or Modern Warfare loadouts in Warzone.
UPDATE: Warzone won’t change game engines when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War becomes part of the free-to-play shooter next month.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Alegre also said today that “Modern Warfare’s first year sales are the highest in Call of Duty’s history, with two thirds of lifetime units sold digitally.”
Black Ops Cold War is set for release on PC, current and next-gen consoles on November 13. “We are confident that Call of Duty will once again be the number one console franchise globally for upfront sales this year, Alegre said.
The upcoming game was revealed to millions of players via a Warzone live event in August. Speaking on today’s call, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick called the event “a true virtual watercooler moment”, adding: “Going direct to our network of players in this way represents more effective marketing than any paid media network.”
Activision also confirmed on Thursday that Black Ops Cold War will require up to 250GB of storage space on PC at launch.