Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: 5 things we want to see
After months of waiting, Activision finally unveiled the next Call of Duty experience. Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to the original Black Ops title and will offer a full-fledged single-player campaign, multiplayer suite, and Zombies experience when it releases on November 13 for both current-gen platforms and also PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. With the launch still months away, there is a lot we still want to see when it releases.
Return to a Grand Single-player Story
The last time that Treyarch had its chance to shine, it was in the rather controversial Black Ops 4. It was the first mainline title to eschew the single-player story in favor of a battle royale mode in the form of Blackout. Though Blackout was good on its own, it didn’t make up for the lack of a dedicated story campaign.
We already know that Black Ops Cold War will have a story for players to complete, but its return will be a make it or break it moment for some. Treyarch needs to capitalize on the community’s strong desire for fascinating characters, an action-packed story, and bombastic setpieces with Cold War.
One detail that we do know about the game’s story is that the player will be able to create their own character for the campaign’s various missions and make choices along the way. These elements sound awesome and game-changing in theory but could potentially hurt the game if done wrong.
Games have commonly allowed for customized characters and meaningless choices that water down the experience. With a potentially silent protagonist in Black Ops Cold War, the performance relies on everyone else in the cast and, in a game built on history, there is only so much that you can do to change the overall plot. Here’s hoping that the story is still strong and has choices that matter or we could have another controversial Black Ops game on our hands.
Balanced Multiplayer Metagame
While I believe that Treyarch needs to learn from its Black Ops 4 mistakes when it comes to the campaign, it also needs to make up for the 2019’s problematic Modern Warfare multiplayer.
While Modern Warfare isn’t a bad game, its multiplayer metagame has been too rigid and frustrating for most of its lifespan. Submachine guns were too powerful for far too long, creating a system where series staples of assault rifles and other weapons weren’t that useful.
It was even to the point where it restricted the official Call of Duty League into bending to that metagame style, causing issues for veterans in the process. I think Treyarch needs to create a multiplayer metagame in Cold War that is open like previous Black Ops titles, not only appealing to fans but balancing it for competitions, too.
Seasonal Content at Launch
Another mistake that Modern Warfare made last year was by promising seasonal content but taking too long to deliver on the first season. Players had to wait nearly two months for the first season to drop.
Those first couple of months are arguably the most important for an online game like this one and Black Ops Cold War should come out of the gate swinging when it arrives in November.
The first day of its release should also mark the launch of its inaugural season of content, offering skins, challenges, and a battle pass for players to complete. If the main problem is giving time for players to complete the story and check everything out, this could be remedied by making the first season a bit longer.
That would certainly be a better outcome than delaying the first season for a couple of months. This way, players have plenty of content to complete when they are done with the story and Zombies. Features like the battle pass can keep players busy progressing through the tiers to unlock new cosmetics.
New and Different Take on Zombies
Speaking of Zombies, Cold War will see the long-awaited return of the undead horde since its last appearance in Black Ops 4. Treyarch is great about offering a new take on the Zombies experience with each mainline game and it is time for another fresh version.
How the developer goes about reinventing Zombies is up to it but there are some key features that I would like to see introduced in this iteration. No matter what, I would like to see a new direction for this Black Ops pillar. One way could be to offer a single open-world map, rather than the standard multiple maps in previous entries.
Treyarch can shake up the enemies as well, adding new monster types like aliens or other menacing creatures to diversify the experience. When it comes to plot, it is high time for a brand new story to kick off in Zombies since we have had the same general plotline since the original Black Ops nearly 10 years ago.
Major Changes Warzone
Finally, the last change I would like to see for Black Ops Cold War is less about it, specifically, and more about its connection to Call of Duty Warzone. We already know that the two games will be interconnected, much like the current relationship between Modern Warfare and the free-to-play battle royale title.
But this connection should be much more than just sharing cosmetic items and a seasonal battle pass. It is imperative that Warzone adds in a second battle royale map that takes inspiration from the Cold War storyline, much like what it’s done with Modern Warfare’s Verdansk already.
Not only would a second, Cold War-inspired map allow for more options for Warzone players, but it could also incorporate totally different gameplay. Verdansk could keep the original Modern Warfare style for those who want it while the new map could allow for Cold War-themed weapons, scorestreaks, and general feel.
I believe this is the best way to navigate the complicated process of connecting Cold War and Warzone together without neglecting the players who prefer the original Verdansk map and gameplay.
What would you like to see in Black Ops Cold War?