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Black Ops Cold War’s third season kicks off with a bunch of new content.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s third season kicks off tonight and there’s a ton of new content—including new maps, Operators, a new Battle Pass and more—to liven up the game after what was, honestly, a pretty fun Season 2.
Wednesday saw the destruction of the Warzone map, Verdansk. Season 3 will not only include a new Warzone map, but lots of new maps for multiplayer in Black Ops Cold War.
Here’s everything you need to know about Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 3.
As you can see in the below roadmap, expect new maps both at the beginning of the season and during the season. New vehicles, game modes, killstreaks and weapons all land in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War as well.
Season 3 Roadmap
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One of the big questions with any new Call Of Duty update is “How big is this thing? Will I even have the storage capacity to update this damn game?”
Well, the good news is it isn’t that big of an update despite all the new content. You have to admit, Cold War just isn’t as bloated as Modern Warfare.
Black Ops Cold War Update Sizes
PlayStation 5: 12.3 GB
PlayStation 4: 8.1 GB
Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 11.6 GB
Xbox One: 8.3 GB
PC: 13.1 GB
I’m always most excited about new maps when it comes to new seasons in Call Of Duty. New guns are fun, new Operators are fine and dandy, but new maps are what gets me hyped. I play a lot of Call Of Duty and you get bored with the same old maps after a while. (Oh for a modding community in this franchise!)
In any case, there are several new maps coming to Cold War in Season 3—some new and some remakes of classic maps. Let’s take a look.
Yamantau (6v6, Launch Week)
“Bury your enemies in an avalanche of firepower as you fight through the crumbled remains of the Soviet observatory on Mount Yamantau. Battle through a massive downed satellite dish, snowy interiors, and broken catwalks, and fast-rope up and over your enemies to get the jump on the competition.”
I’m happy we’re getting another snowy map. This one looks really cool. One thing I like about Cold War over Modern Warfare is just how colorful and distinct each map is. Modern Warfare’s brown-and-grey aesthetic just isn’t as fun.
Diesel (6v6/2v2/3v3, Launch Week)
“In the lonesome desert, this slice of Americana erupts into a battleground. Gear up for 6v6, as well as 2v2 and 3v3 in Gunfight on this fast-paced and frenetic map. Battle around the gas station and its surrounding buildings, smack dab in the middle of the badlands. Get frying.”
This map is set in New Mexico which is pretty rad. I’m an Arizonan but I love our neighbor to the east and their delicious green chilis and superb Mexican food. A trailer-park / gas station map that’s for 6v6 and Gunfight sounds great. Aesthetically it fits right in with Nuketown.
Standoff (6v6, in season)
“This Black Ops II classic is an icon to fans and pros alike, and in Season Three, it’s coming to Black Ops Cold War. Compete in 6v6 on this medium-sized map, which features a timeless three-lane feel and plentiful opportunities for outsmarting your opponents. Watch those buildings and mind the van over near the hay bales.”
First introduced in Black Ops 2, Standoff is a great mid-sized map that I remember enjoying a lot back in the day. Three lanes, plenty of different ways to play from long-range to CQB. Good times.
Duga (Multi-Team, in season)
“Deploy with your squad to the Ural Mountains in this expansive new Multi-Team environment. Duga offers something for every playstyle, whether you prefer to move through the central admin offices for close-range battles, or work your way around the perimeter through the bus depot to the chemical processing plant for long-range battles. If you can’t immediately decide where to take your skills, try making your way atop the array tower for a fantastic view before parachuting off to your destination of choice.”
This map comes to multi-player midseason but will be an Outbreak mode in Zombies from the start, so if you’re a Zombies player that’s good news. Frankly, I maintain that the multi-team stuff is a distraction from the far more fun 6v6 and Gunfight modes but maybe that’s just me. It’s fine and I’ve had some fun with multi-team but it’s just not why I play the game.
Wraith — Warsaw Pact (Launch)
“This ex-Norwegian Intelligence Services alpine warfare specialist-turned-Perseus-agent makes a grand entrance demonstrating her skills in infiltration and sabotage. A vital asset in winter operations, cold-blooded and intolerant of weakness, she’s the perfect antagonist to fight against the NATO forces.”
Wraith is the Tier 0 Operator in the Season 3 Battle Pass. A special White Queen skin of Wraith will be one of the Tier 100 rewards along with the Roman Standard sniper blueprint and the Fortress Vehicle Skin (and the Season 3 emblem of course).
Knight — Warsaw Pact (In-season)
“The second member of the deadly Perseus duo responsible for the events at Mount Yamantau is Roman “Knight” Gray. Born for the kill, Knight is a Dublin-born former MI6 wetworks operative who loves what he does. He joined Perseus to bathe in the glory of the chaos they promise. Happiest when killing in close quarters, he’s a brutal force to be reckoned with.”
Antanov: Warsaw Pact (In-Season)
“An ex-hitman, Antonov joined the military in lieu of serving extended jailtime for his crimes. His expertise as a paid killer makes him an extremely valuable and lethal asset. Distrusted by the Warsaw Pact because of his criminal past, he finds himself assigned duties no one else wants: bomb defusal and hazmat work.”
PPSh-41: SMG (Launch Week)
When you need to spit fire, pick up the PPSh-41 SMG, an absolute classic in the series. Though its damage per shot is moderate, its rapid-fire, high-capacity capabilities encourage an aggressive playstyle ideal for leading the charge in objective modes and clearing out tight spaces in Warzone.
Obtain the PPSh-41 for free, ready to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 15 of the Season Three Battle Pass.
Swiss K31: Sniper Rifle (Launch Week)
Precision and power. The Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle was made for one neutral country ready to rearm for world war, but will now find itself in the arsenals of the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. This bolt-action sniper rifle boasts exceptional accuracy, as well as fast rechamber and aiming speeds with a large ammo capacity. Aggressive sharpshooters will be in their element with this new rifle, whether it’s sniping out in the wilds of Warzone or pushing forward on objectives in Black Ops Cold War.
Ballistic Knife: Melee (Launch Week)
A versatile weapon first introduced in the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, this iteration of the Ballistic Knife is a rare piece of spy technology developed in the late 1970s by Soviet Forces.
The spring-action knife launcher can either be used as a melee weapon or to silently fire lethal retrievable blades. It is most effective at short ranges, but the most skilled Operators could theoretically land a deadly hit from extreme distances. Available in Black Ops Cold War at the launch of Season Three and in Warzone mid-season.
CARV.2: Tactical Rifle (In-Season)
Carve through the competition with this burst-fire tactical rifle, joining the ranks of the M16 with its high-damage, high-bullet-velocity output. Boasting moderate firepower with solid recoil control and a large ammo pool, the CARV.2 cuts the deepest when used for mid- to long-range engagements.
AMP63: Pistol (In-Season)
The Secondary category gets even deeper later in Season Three thanks to the AMP63 pistol. Slotting in as the fourth sidearm in Black Ops Cold War’s arsenal, this personal defense weapon is a cross between a self-loading pistol and a fully automatic SMG. Expect this weapon to output high amounts of damage in a short period of time thanks to its full-auto nature, which makes it highly effective in close quarters.
Beyond all this, there’s the new Sticks and Stones mode where players only have crossbows, knives and tomahawks, making for a very different—much quieter—gameplay experience.
In Multi-Team the new Elimination mode arrives which brings some gameplay twists like expanding radiation, limited loadouts and more to the big team mode.
The new Scorestreak Strafe Run arrives as well. It’s a mid-tier streak that sounds pretty deadly.
You can read more about these and other new additions to both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War at the Activision Blog.
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