On June 26th, prominent Call of Duty YouTuber XclusiveAce shared a video on his channel that has since been privatized, discussing all-new information regarding the upcoming Call of Duty title - believed to be Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War. Shortly after this video was uploaded, XclusiveAce made it private and said that it was best he do so, likely due to pressure from Activision's legal team as this is a breach of the source's Non-Disclosure Agreement.
In this video, XclusiveAce says that the upcoming Call of Duty title is in fact set in the Cold War era, a rumor which has been floating around the community for quite some time. He is unaware of an official title, but claims that the internal name for the title is "Zeus." A release date for the title was also not provided, however, the source claims that the title was initially targeted to release by the end of September but is now set for sometime during October or November.
Regarding the status of the game, XclusiveAce notes that it is in a "pretty good" state; Multiplayer maps are very near being finished, with little detail work remaining, and the Campaign is in an entirely playable state aside from a few instances of placeholder dialogue and animations.
Please be aware that all of the following information is subject to change; This information is derived from a work-in-progress build of an unannounced game.
It is believed that there are currently 10 Multiplayer maps featured in the upcoming title, 9 of which XclusiveAce has seen, but not all of which are listed. It's said that the general design of the maps is similar to the classic Treyarch style seen in previous titles, but there are a few that are larger than one may expect.
- Boat: Based on a ship located in the Black Sea, this map is said to be extremely small and close-quarters, reminiscent of Hijacked from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
- Mall: No description aside from "a little complexity" is given for this map.
- Satellite: Located in a desert, very open lines of sight with little cover, reminiscent of Afghan from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- Tank: Previously seen in leaked gameplay footage, described as a "smaller to mid-size, three-lane, competitive map."
- Tundra: No description provided.
- KGB: Briefly described as another small map, relative to the size of Shoot House from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Unfortunately, an exhaustive list of weapons cannot be provided as the source did not have access to one anymore. According to XclusiveAce, all of the gameplay footage which he was provided featured just two weapons - one of which was previously seen in the leaked gameplay footage.
- Ak 5 (Primary, Assault Rifle)
- SPAS-12 (Secondary, Shotgun)
As it stands, the Gunsmith system featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not be returning. The Create-a-Class system featured in the upcoming title is described as a hybrid of the Pick 10 and traditional systems that we've seen in previous titles, players will choose one of each of the following items:
- Primary Weapon
- Secondary Weapon
- Perk 1
- Perk 2
- Perk 3
- Field Upgrade or Equipment
- Wildcard (Overkill, Extra Attachments, Extra Perk)
The Specialist weapon and ability system, first introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, will not be returning in the upcoming title. However, a per-loadout equipment which charges overtime called Field Upgrades are said to be present. Field Upgrades hold a maximum of two charges, the latter of which taking significantly longer to populate. Players must choose between a Field Upgrade or a regular piece of Equipment in their loadouts.
- Portable SAM Turret
- Munitions Box
- Combat Axe
- Concussion Grenade
- Frag Grenade
- Satchel Charge
- Smoke Grenade
The Scorestreak system which rewards players for objective play is said to return in the upcoming title, as opposed to the Killstreak system which does not. The following list of Scorestreaks is in no particular order.
- Artillery Strike
- Chopper Gunner
- Controlled Missile
- Death Machine
- Grenade Launcher
- Hand Cannon
- Light Attack Chopper
- Napalm Strike
- Sentry Gun
- Strafing Plane
- Counter UAV
Here is an overview of the various mechanical, low-level details for the upcoming title. Note that many of these will transfer over to the Warzone Battle Royale mode as well.
- Minimap: After a year of Modern Warfare's controversial, reduced minimap functionality, the upcoming title will see the minimap return to its former state. Players who fire an unsilenced weapon will appear on the radar as a red dot, just as we've seen in every Call of Duty title prior to Modern Warfare. The Fog of War functionality seen in Black Ops 4 will not be making a return either.
- Mounting: First introduced in Call of Duty: Ghosts, and later expanded upon into its current state seen in Modern Warfare, mounting (or leaning) will not return in the upcoming title.
- Sliding: Once again introduced in Ghosts, sliding will return in the upcoming title, rather than the diving mechanic seen in the earlier Black Ops titles.
- Swimming: The rather underutilized swimming mechanics, first introduced in Black Ops 3, will return and be expanded upon in the Multiplayer mode of the upcoming title. It's also said that this functionality will be available in the Warzone mode.
- Tactical Sprint: In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, players were introduced to the Tactical Sprint mechanic which sacrificed weapon draw time for a faster sprint speed. This mechanic will not be returning in the upcoming title; However, it's said that unlimited sprint (no cooldown) will be present.
- Doors: One of Modern Warfare's most controversial design decisions, interactable doors, will not be featured in the upcoming title's Multiplayer mode; However, it is said to be present in the Warzone mode.
- Dead Silence: As of the latest build of the game, there is no Dead Silence Perk or equivalent permanent loadout item which silences the player's footsteps.
- Health: Just as was the case in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, players will have a maximum of 100HP in Core Multiplayer modes. However, health regeneration will be automatic, rather than manual as seen in the aforementioned title. The player's health bar can be seen in the bottom-left corner of the HUD.
- Prestige: At the time of the information's release, no evidence of a Prestige system has been seen in the upcoming title.
- Match Sizes: The upcoming title will return to the classic team sizes of 6 players each (6v6), Ground War and Gunfight modes are currently not present. A 3v3 mode has been playtested on the smaller Multiplayer maps.
According to this leak, Call of Duty: Warzone will be returning in the upcoming Call of Duty title after its initial release alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The free-to-play, standalone Battle Royale title will see a full integration into the Treyarch title with an all-new map for players to experience.
In the upcoming title, players will experience an all-new Warzone map based in Russia. XclusiveAce claims that the map appears to be slightly smaller than the map currently featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Warzone, but this is a very rough estimation. The map is said to be very open with long stretches of land between each location.
- Duga Radar Station
- Chemical Lab
- Weather Station
- Ski Slopes
- Ruka (City)
The following image is a rough estimation of the Warzone map's layout, based on the description provided by XclusiveAce.
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