Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a direct follow-up to Call of Duty: Black Ops, jumping 20 years after the events of that game rather than continuing the futuristic storylines of the subsequent Black Ops games. It will release on current-generation consoles and PC on November 13, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions also available that day. As usual, there are multiple editions to preorder and bonuses up for grabs.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s single-player campaign takes place after the events of the original Black Ops game and will take players to pivotal environments in Vietnam, Moscow, East Berlin, and more in the 1980s. Your team of operatives will be searching for Perseus, the main antagonist who wants to wreak havoc on a global scale.
Of course, Black Ops Cold War will have a stable of multiplayer modes to enjoy online with friends, with the Battle Pass system returning for seasonal content. Activision promised to share more information on how Black Ops Cold War will interact with Warzone at a later date, but we know you’ll get some shared items and progression features. The multiplayer will be both cross-platform and cross-generation, so PS4 and Xbox One owners can play with those on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Activision has also confirmed that Zombies will return in Black Ops Cold War, and specific details about the co-op mode will be revealed soon.
Interestingly, Black Ops Cold War will have a Cross-Gen Bundle for $70 that grants access to current and next-gen editions of the game. The Cross-Gen Bundle will allow you to download the performance and visual updates on next-gen consoles. You can still play the PS4’s or Xbox One’s standard edition on next-gen consoles via backward compatibility, but you won’t get the next-gen update for free.
PS5 users will be able to upgrade both physical and digital editions of the PS4’s standard edition through the PlayStation Store (the upgrade price hasn’t been revealed). According to an Activision FAQ, the Xbox One physical standard edition will not be eligible for an upgrade to Series X, and Activision is still determining whether the digital edition can be upgraded.
Next-gen copies of Black Ops Cold War are available to preorder for $70, too. Though slightly confusing, the Xbox Series X standard edition is playable on both Series X and Xbox One–it’s essentially the Cross-Gen Bundle with different box art. The PS5 version of Black Ops Cold War is only playable on PS5–so PlayStation users should grab the Cross-Gen Bundle unless they really want the PS5 box art and don’t plan on playing on PS4 at all.
We’ll update with more preorder details and listings as they are revealed. For now, you can preorder digital and physical copies of three editions at multiple retailers. Preordering will also net you some bonuses.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War preorder bonuses
If you preorder any edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, you’ll get the Confrontation Weapons Pack. Digital preorders also come with access to the upcoming open beta and a couple of in-game bonuses you can use now in Modern Warfare and Warzone:
- Operator Frank Woods
- Assault Rifle Weapon Blueprint
PS4 users will get access to the beta at least five days before Xbox One and PC players.
Preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War standard edition | $60
The standard edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War comes with the preorder bonuses and costs $60 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As a reminder, PS4 users who purchase digital or physical copies will be able to pay an upgrade fee via the PlayStation Store to get the PS5 version. On Xbox One, however, you cannot upgrade your physical copy to Xbox Series X, and it’s still being determined if you’ll have the option to upgrade the digital edition.
Preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Bundle | $70
For $70, you can preorder the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Bundle on PS4 and Xbox One. If you nab this bundle, you’ll have access to the upgraded version on PS5 and Xbox Series X when they are available this holiday. It also comes with the preorder bonuses.
Preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PS5/Xbox Series X standard edition | $70
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War standard edition (with preorder bonuses) is also available for $70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X. As a reminder, the Series X standard edition is playable on both Series X and Xbox One. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 standard edition is only playable on PS5.
Preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate edition | $90
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Ultimate edition costs $90 and comes with a bunch of extra goodies in addition to the preorder bonuses:
- Season 1 Battle Pass and 20 tier skips
- Land, Sea, and Air Pack
- 3 Operator Skins
- 3 Vehicle Skins
- 3 Weapon Blueprints
The Ultimate edition also grants access to the next-gen versions of the game (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X).
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