What We Want to See From Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
Activision, Treyarch, and Raven Software are gearing up for the next Call of Duty game’s upcoming release. Titled Black Ops Cold War, the 2020 version of the game will cross two different generations. As such, here are the Black Ops Cold War changes we would like to see.
Black Ops Cold War Is Finally Coming
After months of waiting, we finally know what Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is. The game was rumored in February to be this title, but we had to wait to find out what was going on with this potentially complicated game.
Originally, Treyarch was likely not going to be the developer for the game’s multiplayer and was probably working on the 2021 Call of Duty title. Still, rumors of development issues between Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software required Treyarch to step in and take control.
Since the game was announced recently, we found out that Raven is making the singleplayer campaign. At the same time, Treyarch focuses on making that signature Call of Duty multiplayer experience that it is known for. We also know that it will have Warzone integration and the new Zombies mode(s).
But other than that, we do not know too much about the game. Even though there was an alpha recently to check out the multiplayer, there are still game modes and unknown maps. We’ve seen a little of the story, but we don’t know too much about it.
And we know very little about Call of Duty Warzone and how it will directly connect to Black Ops Cold War. We certainly know very little outside of rumors about the new Zombies experience. So, there is a lot of room for us to bring our desires and Black Ops Cold War changes we would like to see.
The recent history of the Call of Duty franchise has been a bit complicated due to the decisions made for games like Black Ops 4 and Modern Warfare. It is high time for there to be some Black Ops Cold War changes that reel the series back in and remind us all why we loved it in the first place. So, here are the changes that I would like to see.
What We Want to See: A Story That Matters
The first of the Black Ops Cold War changes that I would like to see in the game is related to its story. Before I dive into the game’s story, I want to note that story has been one of the issues in the series lately, especially for the Black Ops side of things.
Even when the multiplayer is good, the story has been a mixed thing based on who you talk to. There were problems with Black Ops 4 since that game shipped without a story at all. Blackout’s battle royale experience was great, but it didn’t make up for the lack of a story at all.
And then there is the controversial Black Ops 3 story. Though I was a fan of it, I know some who weren’t fans of its more futuristic aspects. Regardless of how you feel about either games, it is high time for a story to return to its impressive roots of the early games.
It seems like this will be the case with Black Ops Cold War. It will be back in the 1980s rather than the modern-day departure that later games went to. It seems to be more steeped in historical fiction than the futuristic or modern stuff of later titles.
But there is room to be concerned with the story in some ways. There is the issue that the game features you as a customizable character that you pick. This is great for freedom and choice, but it could also mean that it won’t be as good as a more focused one.
It remains to be seen, but it will be a tricky balance. The story has a player-created character and still contains interesting characters that can carry the story along through the various destinations and story beats.
Treyarch Bringing the Multiplayer Back on Track
Moving on from the story campaign, there is the subject of the multiplayer as well. The story isn’t the only part of Call of Duty that has been suffering lately. The multiplayer experiences in the last two games have been problematic but for different reasons.
In my opinion, Black Ops 4 had a pretty bad and uninteresting multiplayer. It took the great Black Ops 3 experience and stripped away the exo suits and the like. This made the gameplay feel incomplete and the maps feeling copy-paste of the previous game.
And then there was Modern Warfare, which had good or bad multiplayer, depending on who you ask. It did have problems like the fact that the sub-machine gun category entirely dominated the metagame. This made it an issue for those who preferred assault rifles over the SMGs.
It even made the game an issue for pro players, among the other issues that the Modern Warfare multiplayer had. With Treyarch behind the multiplayer of Black Ops Cold War, it will likely be balanced much more than previous games.
But I did get a chance to jump into the PS4 alpha and take it for a test run. I am much more confident in this game than previous ones. I haven’t been into a Call of Duty game since Black Ops 3. This one immediately felt so much better than other games I played. The pacing, speed, feel, and balance felt right.
But there is a problem with the sniper rifles and some of the maps that give me decent concerns. However, it was just the alpha, and it does look like the sniper concerns will be addressed soon.
Zombies Trying New and Different Things
Next up is the Zombies mode that hasn’t been fully revealed at the time of writing this. There are so many unknowns regarding Zombies and how it will be, but it needs to come out swinging. We haven’t had a Zombies mode in a Call of Duty game permanently since Black Ops 4 two years ago.
Since then, Call of Duty Mobile is the only other game to introduce Zombies, but that didn’t last very long. As such, I’m sure that fans like me are craving that classic Zombies experience. For now, I am going to address this without going over the leaks recently.
There are rumors and leaks of what’s to come soon for Zombies in Cold War, but they aren’t confirmed yet. What I would like to see is a mix between the old and the new. Some like the classic older style of Zombies, but I am not necessarily one of those.
I want to see a new take on the Zombies mode like an open-world experience where you can survive with a large group of players or something wild like that. I would also like to see the old Zombies maps and modes come back to throw a bone to those who love them.
Strong Warzone and Cold War Connection
Next up is the Call of Duty Warzone experience that rounds out everything that will be part of the Black Ops Cold War game. We know that battle royale will connect to it. They will be joined together, much like Warzone currently is with Modern Warfare.
It is something we know will happen. I’ve discussed it before in a separate post, but I want to see Warzone and the Cold War uniquely. It would be best to offer a second map that will be more in the vein of Cold War than Modern Warfare.
It could have the feel, balance, and weapons of Cold War and have a map based on that game. If you want the original Verdansk experience, you can queue up for that map and play there. But if you want the new Cold War experience, you can do that, too.
It would be the best way to balance the two while offering something more connected with Black Ops Cold War. It would potentially cause issues with the next game, but we will deal with it when we get there, like removing the Verdansk map.
Incentives to Play the Next-Gen Version
One feature that we know about Black Ops Cold War is that it will be available on the current and the next generations. You can buy and play it on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC. No matter which platform you want, you’ll be able to play there.
If you upgrade to a new console, you can continue playing with friends since there will be cross-play across both generations and platforms. But there are incentives that I would like to see available for the next-gen versions.
There should be a reason to play it on the new consoles beyond just the fact that it is there. You should be able to enjoy ray tracing since the consoles will be capable of that. The graphics, performance, and all that should be improved on the new systems as you would expect.
But there are other features that I would like to see available on the new platforms. The PS5 has the ability to download one part of the game first so you can check it out while the rest completes. How awesome would it be to download the multiplayer and play it while the campaign downloads?
I would also like to see loading, and the installs, in general, be much better on the next-gen systems. Hopefully, the power of the new consoles should make loading faster, so that you don’t have to wait as long to get into the action.
One of the biggest problems that I had with the alpha test was that I kept being put into matches where the match had already started. Some of them put me in matches where they would be over in about 30 seconds, but that is a topic for another time.
I wanted to bring up the fact that instantaneous loading or almost nonexistent loading could even help with this. If you are in a match that has already started, you aren’t wasting any time getting into the next match if the loading is none.
In the end, you might still have to wait for the other players to get into the match, especially if you are playing with PS4 and/or Xbox One players, but it is an enticing idea that would at least potentially save you some time. It would especially help leave a game and go to the lobby since you would possibly have more time to adjust your loadout and vote for the next map.