Season 2 of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is almost upon us. The new season kicks off next week, and Activision has revealed a bunch of the new content coming to the game, including the seasonal roadmap.
Players can expect new maps, game modes, and weapons all free for everyone, as well as a premium Battle Pass and new Item Shop content to spend your hard earned dollars on.
Let’s take a look at everything coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season 2.
Each new season we see the release of a bunch of new stuff right at the beginning of the season, with new content releasing later on typically at a big mid-season update and sometimes sprinkled throughout in smaller updates and playlist changes. Some of the following will release next Thursday with the start of the season; other content will drop later.
Here’s the Season 2 gameplay trailer, which introduces us to the new Operators, maps and so forth that we’ll discuss below:
Here’s the bullet list of new content:
- New MP map: Apocalypse (6v6)
- New MP mode: Gun Game
- New Scorestreak: Death Machine
- New Featured Playlist: Apocalypse 24/7
- 20 new Multiplayer Season Challenges
- New Zombies experience: Outbreak
- New Skill Tiers: IV and V
- New Aetherium Crystal types: Refined and Flawless
- New Weapon Skills: Specials and Launchers
- New Field Upgrade: Frenzied Guard
- New Ammo Mod: Shatter Blast
- New Support weapon: Death Machine
- New Zombies Onslaught map: Apocalypse (PS4/PS5)
- 20 new Zombies Season Challenges
- New Outbreak Challenges
- New Battle Pass including the new FARA 83 assault rifle and LC10 SMG
- New Vehicles: Sedan and Light Truck
- 4 New Prestige Levels
- + much more throughout the season
Four new maps are headed to Black Ops Cold War in Season 2. This includes one new 6v6 map, a daylight “strike” version of Miami, a new large-team map and one additional Gunfight map (though we really badly need two or three new ones).
Apocalypse (6v6) (Launch Week)
“Welcome to the Lao jungle cartel base in the heart of the Golden Triangle: Apocalypse. As Perseus forces are rumored to be hiding key intel in their stronghold in Laos, the CIA’s finest approach the village ready to extract any evidence they can on the Nova 6 supply line… and Adler’s whereabouts.
“This small-to-medium sized map is built for aggressive Operators, funneling action under stilted buildings and through the temple fortress. Give chase to the enemy through the buildings and temple, making sure not to be too distracted from the glint of gold being loaded into the trucks on the main road.”
Golova (Multi-Team) (In-Season)
“Golova appears to be a traditional Russian village located within the picturesque Ural Plains, but beneath its surface, it holds a dark secret embedded by its designer and creator, Nikita Dragovich.
“A testing ground for the expansion of the Numbers Program, Golova features plenty of close-quarter combat opportunities throughout the town, from a massive church to its rows of houses and industrial park. The stair-stepped terrain on which the town was built still provides some long-range firefight opportunities but encourages tighter, CQB play around its objective areas.”
Mansion (2v2, 3v3) (In-Season)
“The action in Gunfight and Face Off is about to heat up with this mid-season addition to the map pool.
Set in Havana, Cuba at the Hefe Mansion (last seen in the Campaign’s “End of the Line” mission), this small map takes place across both courtyards: an eastern one with two palm trees and a gazebo, and a western one with a statue sitting atop a non-functional fountain. These open courtyards contrast to a center wrapped room with a small side hallway and an exposed balcony that can serve as a risky power position.
Expect action to be head-on and frenetic, especially when the overtime zone comes into play at the dead center of the main hall.”
Miami Strike (6v6) (In Season)
“Rise and shine, Miami… because soon, it will be time to infiltrate Ocean Park Drive during the day.
“With the sun glistening off the colorful murals of Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, Miami Strike will focus the action into a smaller daytime rendition of the original map. Whether it’s a white-knuckle game of TDM or a tense Hardpoint battle, the heat is always on in the streets of Miami.”
Three new modes drop in Season 2.
Gun Game (Free-for-all)
The classic Gun Game heads to multiplayer. In this mode players all start off with the same weapon and then each time you get a kill you get a new weapon and whoever gets through all the weapons first wins. It’s a lot of fun and definitely my favorite way to play a free-for-all style match.
Okay, is Activision now referring to Fireteam as Multi-Team? That seems to be the case. This new mode is Hardpoint with a twist: 10 teams of four compete to hold the Hardpoint. That sounds . . . somewhere between hectic and awful. Doubt I’ll be playing much of this mode in Season 2.
This is a hybrid Kill Confirmed / Hardpoint mode. You collect dog tags from fallen opponents but don’t score until you bring them to a rotating stockpile site. We’ve seen this mode plenty of times before. It can be super fun—or just ridiculously frustrating. When you’re carrying a bunch of tags and get killed right before depositing them . . . not fun.
New Weapons and Goodies
A bunch of new weapons and a new scorestreak are on the way in Season 2. We’re getting new guns, a crossbow and a new melee weapon, though not all at the very beginning of the season.
The first two of these will be free tiers in the Season 2 Battle Pass. The rest can be earned either by completing a challenge or purchasing blueprints in the Item Shop.
FARA 83: Assault Rifle (Launch Week)
“This fully-automatic assault rifle is a heavyweight among its peers, as it claims one of the fastest fire rates in its class and outstanding effective range for solid damage. In the hands of a capable Operator, the FARA 83 can be a true force in crushing the opposition.
“Obtain the FARA 83 for free to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 15 of the Season Two Battle Pass, just by playing the game.”
LC10: SMG (Launch Week)
“A well-rounded full auto submachine gun, the LC10 grants CQB Operators the ability to stretch fights out into the mid-range on a smaller, agile weapon platform thanks to its solid accuracy and extended effective damage range. Although its damage per shot is on the lower end of the SMG spectrum, its above-average fire rate and lower recoil can prove to be a deadly combination.
“Obtain the LC10 for free to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 31 of the Season Two Battle Pass, just by playing the game.”
E-Tool: Melee (In-Season)
“Put your enemy six feet under with the E-Tool, a military style tri-fold shovel typically used to dig a defensive fighting position. Recently modernized for the wars of the late 20th century, the E-Tool is considered standard issue for soldiers around the world for its utility. But as a Secondary Weapon, is just as effective as an ancillary weapon in extreme close quarters.”
R1 Shadowhunter: Special (In Season)
“This crossbow’s simple and lightweight design allows for great handling and quieter eliminations. If an Operator doesn’t prefer its iron sights, they can still shoot accurately from the hip in close quarters or opt to attach one of several Optics. Happy hunting.”
ZRG 20mm: Sniper (In Season)
“Built for sharpshooters who need power to eliminate targets at extremely long ranges, this bolt-action sniper rifle boasts a faster bullet velocity than any other weapon in its class, as well as the ability to eliminate Operators with a single shot to the head, chest, or shoulders in exchange for a slower fire rate. Its reload speeds are among the fastest in the category, allowing snipers to quickly change out magazines when faced with multiple hostile forces.”
Other than that we’re getting two new vehicles, the Sedan and the Light Truck, plus the Death Machine Scorestreak in which players are equipped with a high-powered minigun (which is also coming to Zombies mode).
Season 2 will also include a Battle Pass that spans both Cold War and Warzone. It includes new Operators and Operator skins, new (free) weapons and lots more. Here’s the trailer:
Finally, Players will now be able to level up their Prestige all the way to 11. Here’s how it works:
• Level 50: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Weapon Blueprint, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
• Level 100: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
• Level 150: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
• Level 190: All Season Challenges Available
• Level 200: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Battle Pass Tier Skip, Master Prestige Calling Card
• Level 250-1,000: New Prestige Key every 50 levels
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 2 kicks off Wednesday at 11 pm PT / Thursday 2 am ET.
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