Bad things are happening in Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

As promised last week, Activision and Treyarch revealed a new trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War today, and players now have a better idea of when the game is set, and what to expect when the game drops in holiday season.

Black Ops: Cold War seems to go back to Vietnam to set the stage for what could be an epic story of espionage on the world stage. The action then shifts to the 1970s and finally settles in the decade of excess: the 1980s. Familiar faces and names from the Call of Duty: Black Ops series can be seen in the trailer, as well as voices, but the biggest drop is that Ronald Reagan is featured prominently — as he should be. No story of the cold war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union can be told without Ronald Reagan.

The action in the trailer looks intense, as to be expected from a Call of Duty game. And if Treyarch, with the help of Raven Studios, can get back to the epic storytelling of the previous games (before the ill-received Black Ops 4), players are in for one wild ride through history — as it should be.

Its back to Vietnam in Black Ops: Cold War

The trailer also informs that the multiplayer gameplay reveal will be coming in early September, as will a beta for players who pre-order Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.

Here’s what Activision and the studios making the game had to say about the new Call of Duty.

“We are excited to launch the next blockbuster title in Call of Duty, one of the most iconic franchises in entertainment with over 100 million players across console, PC and mobile,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Black Ops: Cold War will deliver a thrilling experience that will not only set the bar for next generation action games but also keep our players connected to their friends.”

“What better way to reveal Black Ops: Cold War than together with our players from inside Call of Duty: Warzone,” said Byron Beede, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Call of Duty, Activision. “Black Ops: Cold War delivers on all fronts – from the thrilling Story Campaign, to the next generation of Multiplayer, a brand-new Zombies experience and bringing awesome new content into Warzone following release. We’re excited to have our development teams led by Treyarch and Raven bring this next, great Black Ops experience to the next generation of platforms.”

The hunt is on in Black Ops: Cold War

Black Ops: Cold War picks up right after the original, dropping players into a conspiracy-filled thrill ride set in the 1980s,” said Dan Vondrak, Sr. Creative Director, Raven Software. “Fighting alongside fan favorite-characters like Woods, Mason and Hudson, players will battle to uncover the truth.  Everything isn’t what it seems, as players choices help shape the outcome of the narrative. We cannot wait for fans to experience it themselves.”

Check out the trailer below and get ready for some high action alt-history when Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War hits on November 13, 2020, for PS4 and Xbox One, and later that month for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

All images courtesy of Activision.