Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught Officially Revealed for PlayStation
Exclusivities strike once again when it comes to the Call of Duty franchise. The series has been in partnership with Sony for a while now, allowing exclusive content and features to be available only for the PlayStation platform. That continues with the Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught game mode.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught Mode Announced
That’s right, a brand new Zombies experience is coming to Call of Duty for the first time with the release of Black Ops Cold War. The Zombies Onslaught game mode will be a very different take on the usual wave-based survival system, where it will be much faster and potentially smaller.
An official PlayStation YouTube channel previously leaked the Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught and confirmed through the PlayStation blog as coming to PS4 and PS5. Unlike the usual iterations of Zombies, this one will focus on a smaller experience.
Instead of the usual four players you would have in a Zombies match; this one will only feature two players working together to survive against the undead horde in Black Ops Cold War. Interestingly enough, it does fall into the new lore of Zombies that this game will bring.
The basic premise is that your strike team has encountered a mysterious glowing orb that has unnatural energy powering it. This was discovered as your team was investigating the Dark Aether anomalies worldwide, which is the basic premise for the normal Zombies experience.
How the Zombies Onslaught Mode Works
Unlike the usual Zombies mode, this one will feature only two players. The matches will all take place on existing multiplayer maps. Though no specific maps were noted, Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught will not occur on the normal Zombies maps.
Instead, you and your partner will fight on existing multiplayer maps as you attempt to stay inside of the mysterious orb. This orb is your only protection on the map, as going outside of its small confines will make you subject to the Dark Aether’s power that will continuously damage your health.
In this way, it is somewhat similar to Call of Duty Warzone, where the battle royale game has a large circle where you are safe, but going outside of it will cause your health to go down. So, you and your teammate will need to stay inside the orb for protection while fighting the seemingly endless undead horde.
The catch is that as you kill more and more zombies in the match, it will power up the mysterious orb even more. If you kill enough zombies, the orb will move to a different part of the map. So, you won’t be able to stay in one place for too long as you will need to stay on the move as you take out Zombies to stay safe.
Elite Enemies Should Be Your Main Target
Whereas you might love one area for the cover and lines of sight that you had on the enemies, you can’t get too attached. The orb will move at some point and force you to another area where the cover placements and strategy might be different, forcing you to be flexible.
Similar to the waves that you would typically experience in Zombies, the Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught mode will have surges that bring loads of undead to fight you. As the surges go on, the zombies will become stronger, faster, and more resilient to your attacks.
Also, some elite enemies can appear during the various surges that happen in a match. These are unique enemies that will be much harder to take down than the normal zombies, and your score is based on the elites themselves.
This unique game mode is all about the elites. You will get a score based on how many of them your duo can take out throughout the match, with bronze, silver, and gold scores available. Getting a higher score and rank means that you will unlock even more useful rewards for both Zombies and multiplayer.
Zombies Onslaught Is Exclusive to PlayStation for Now
The Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught will only grow and change throughout the next year as every new season of multiplayer will include new maps and rewards for you to collect. The Zombies Onslaught game mode will also allow you to use your specific loadout in battle.
Like the traditional Zombies experience in Cold War, you won’t have to worry too much about looking for loot, buying upgrades and weapons, and so on. Instead, you will be able to bring in your specific multiplayer loadout into Zombies Onslaught and use it to fight the horde on your terms.
The new Black Ops Cold War Zombies Onslaught game mode will be available alongside the regular Zombies mode on Nov. 13 when the game finally launches for current and next-gen systems. However, there is one thing that you need to keep in mind, and that is what platforms this game mode is on.
Like with Modern Warfare’s Survival mode last year, the Zombies Onslaught game mode will be exclusive to the PlayStation platforms for the next year or so. Only those players on PS4 and PS5 will be able to enjoy it for the time being. PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series players will have to wait much longer.
They won’t check out until the exclusivity window for this mode ends on Nov. 1 in 2021. Unfortunately, that is a long time. The new Call of Duty game will be getting to release or potentially have already been released by that point in time.