Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War‘s Zombies mode has been revealed in an extensive new video that breaks down this fresh take on the classic concept.
Cold War‘s Zombies mode will play out on a new map called Die Maschine that effectively serves as a tribute to the original Zombies map, Nacht der Untoten. The mode’s new story plays out during the 1980s and involves a CIA-backed team called Requiem and a Soviet team called Omega Group that are competing to uncover a potentially powerful supernatural presence around an old World War 2 bunker.
“Between Requiem and Omega Group, there are plenty of characters who may aid or hinder your journey, while others have separate, unknown agendas that will be up to players to discover,” reads an official description of the mode’s plot. “Among this cast, there is one particular contact – Sam – who seems eager to share intel discovered from deep within the KGB.”
Accompanying this new story are some fresh gameplay concepts that drastically alter the nature of the Zombies experience as we’ve known it to this point.
The biggest of those changes is undoubtedly the new weapons system. Not only will your weapon loadout configurations carry-over from Warzone and Cold War‘s multiplayer modes (meaning you can drop into a map with weapons of your choice), but weapons will now be assigned a rarity tier within the mode itself. That rarity system should make it more appealing to go for the mode’s iconic mystery box as it has a chance of rewarding you with a potentially powerful version of a weapon.
Speaking of equipment, Cold War’s Zombies mode will allow you to deploy field upgrades by racking up zombie kills. These upgrades are broken down into three classifications (lethal, tactical, and support) and allow you to do things like set-up a healing station or distribute grenades. These upgrades will be complemented by a returning perk system which still lets you consume things like Juggernog and Speed Cola but no longer enforces a limit on the number of perks you can consume.
Interestingly, there’s also a new Exfil option that lets you escape the current round. The trade-off is that activating this option will greatly increase the number of attacking zombies in the area. You’ll need to outlast these waves in order to be rescued and receive your rewards. You can get a better idea of how this mechanic plays out by watching the developer breakdown embedded below:
Finally, Cold War‘s Zombies mode will feature cross-platform and cross-generation support. While it doesn’t currently sound like Zombies will be included in Cold War‘s upcoming alpha and beta periods, that feature does mean that more people will be able to play together than ever before when the game officially launches on November 13 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.