Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War Gamescom Trailer Reveals Perseus Threat and Reagan’s Plan to Stop It

No, that's not Robert Redford or Brad Pitt in Call of Duty Cold War. It's a new spy named Russell Adler. But that IS Ronald Reagan...

Call of Duty Cold War
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A new trailer revealed at Gamescom 2020 gives us our first look at the mission briefing that sets off the events of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. A Russian spy codenamed “Perseus” wants to win the Cold War for the Soviet Union, but Ronald Reagan has a plan to stop him. Vital to the plan are the characters of the very first Black Ops installment: Hudson, Woods, and Mason. Also introduced in the trailer is a new operative who many confused for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt during the game’s initial reveal. The guy’s name is actually Russell Adler.

Once you get past how horrifying CGI Reagan looks in this game, check out the new story trailer below:

Cold War, which is being developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, continues the story of the very firstย Black Opsย game, which saw US operatives deal with a Russian threat in the days leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The new game, which is set in the 1980s, will have to reckon with the tail end of the Cold War. Returning characters include Alex Mason and Frank Woods from the first game as well as the debut of Ronald Reagan in theย Call of Dutyย franchise.

โ€œNothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more,โ€ reads the campaignโ€™s description.

Cold War will not only feature character customization but multiple endings, adding some classic RPG elements to the franchise’s big-action shooter formula. This isn’t the first time Treyarch has played around with choice-based gameplay since Black Ops 2.

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The gameโ€™s multiplayer offering promises to allow players to โ€œengage in deniable operations as an elite operative using state of the art tools of the tradecraft across a variety of experiences from small skirmishes to all-out, vehicle-fueled warfare.โ€ Activision will unveil more details about the gameโ€™s multiplayer on Sept. 9.

Cold War will allow players to bring all of their progress and items from the Modern Warfare version of the Warzone battle royale mode to the Cold War version of Warzone. Players will be able to continue playing Warzone through Modern Warfare when the new game launches as well.

โ€œUncover dark Cold War experiments that unleash a new Zombie threat to take on in frightening and intense co-operative gameplay with friends,โ€ Activision said of the undead component of the new game. More details regarding Zombies are coming at a later date.

While the game will be available on next-gen consoles, Call of Duty fans will have to buy the Cross-Gen Bundle on PS4 or XBO to upgrade to the PS5 and XSX versions when they launch. That bundle will cost $70, making Cold War the latest cross-gen game to not allow players to upgrade to next-gen for free.

Weโ€™ll keep you updated as we learn more about Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War!