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When players dropped into the ‘Know Your History’ playlist at 6.30pm BST, they were tasked with completing a number of objectives, such as collecting codes and blueprints around the Verdansk map.
The mission concluded with an appearance from Black Ops protagonist Frank Woods handing over a new gun blueprint, followed by a cinematic race to the stadium, where the first full trailer was premiered. Activison will re-run the Black Ops event several times this week.
Activision confirmed the new premium game will share content with free-to-play Warzone, just as Modern Warfare does currently.
Black Ops Cold War includes 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, Activision said.
More details will be revealed on Black Ops’ Warzone integration at a later date, Activision said. As previously reported by VGC, a Black Ops-themed Warzone map revamp is in the works.
Cold War’s campaign – which according to IGN, is being developed entirely by Raven Software – will take place during the 1980s and see players battle alongside Woods, Mason and Hudson in East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more.
“As elite operatives, you will follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history,” Activision’s blurb reads.
“Descend into the dark center of this global conspiracy alongside iconic characters Woods, Mason and Hudson and a new cast of operatives attempting to stop a plot decades in the making.”
Alongside the campaign, players will bring a “Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment” into Multiplayer and Zombies modes. Multiplayer will be revealed on September 9.
Black Ops Cold War will be a cross-gen title, Activision said, with progression carrying over across console generations. Next-gen versions of Black Ops will be priced $10 higher than current-gen.
Those who buy the Digital Standard Edition ($60) of the game on current-gen consoles will be able to upgrade to the cross-gen version for $10 on both PlayStation and Xbox. Physical versions of the game will not offer this upgrade.
Meanwhile, the Cross-Gen Edition ($70) will include both generation versions of the game, and the Ultimate Edition ($90) will also include a Battle Pass Bundle and Land, Sea, and Air Pack.
Pre-orders for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War are live now, with players rewarded with early access to an open beta and the Sgt. Woods Operator bundle for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone.