Call of Duty Season One – Now fully reloaded with Firebase Z and Express, league play incoming
Season One of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is not only the beginning of the biggest year of Black Ops, it’s the definition of history in the making.
As part of today’s update to Black Ops Cold War (available February 3 at 11PM PT), Requiem Operators can experience the next chapter of the Dark Aether storyline in “Firebase Z,” the latest Zombies map to be released, which is free on all platforms.
Outside of this massive Zombies experience and the free new Tombstone Perk, today’s update also includes the return of the Multiplayer map Express, a competitive favorite from Black Ops II, as well as several new playlists.
Also, before the end of Season One, expect to see the return of League Play in Multiplayer, along with a few new bundles in store across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
Need more intel? We got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about Season One Reloaded, starting with today’s update:
Express Arrives on Schedule in Multiplayer
Over eight years ago, one map defined career moments of several legendary Call of Duty competitive players, hosting many a 1v2 clutch play and one particularly heartbreaking comeback. Outside of competitive play, Call of Duty veterans know this map as a staple of the Black Ops II map rotation, featuring a train that can flatten unaware Operators or carry an explosive payload across the map.
This is Express, the 6v6 hallowed ground that joins its fellow classic map, Raid, in Black Ops Cold War.
From its futuristic main hall with its massive skylight to the deadly moving train that loops around the terminal, Express will be familiar territory to those who remember it in Black Ops II. As for first-timers, expect Map Intel on the Call of Duty blog tomorrow that will help you get up to speed on Express, although this fast-paced map is fairly easy to learn after a few games and the occasional misadventure on the tracks.
To celebrate Express’ return, Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer will debut the Express 24/7 playlist, featuring a collection of game modes such as Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Domination all taking place on this timeless map.
Prop Hunt Expands to New Season One Maps, Armada and Crossroads Strike
Have you become a Prop Hunt mastermind on Moscow? Know every nook, cranny, and prop around Checkmate by now? Ready or not, four additional maps are coming to this party mode as part of today’s update.
Along with Express and Raid, Hunters will need to be on the lookout for new Props hiding around Crossroads Strike and Armada Strike, smaller versions of two Combined Arms maps.
These maps will be mixed into the existing locales of the Prop Hunt rotation, so prepare to hunt and hide in both familiar and new territory with friends and the greater Call of Duty community.
Endurance (40 Players)
Black Ops Cold War’s biggest game mode is taking the 10-team experience to a whole new level in this week’s new Endurance mode.
Ten squads of four drop into Ruka, Alpine, and Sanatorium to collect uranium and arm bombs throughout the match. However, after one bomb detonates, a new one now comes online to take its place, ensuring that there will always be five bombs available instead of the initial set of five that gets reduced to a single bomb. This introduces a new layer of strategy and non-stop action to these already intense 40-player battlegrounds.
The score limit is also doubled from 500 to 1000 in Endurance, making this mode the perfect opportunity for completing MP challenges. Jump in with your squad and experience the game’s most elaborate maps in an entirely new way.
League Play Incoming
As the Call of Duty League starts the first stage of its second season and with the return of a legendary map in competitive play, League Play’s debut in Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer draws closer.
Scheduled to launch during Season One Reloaded, League Play is the ultimate proving ground for those looking to improve their game and claim bragging rights, while potentially crossing paths with Call of Duty League pros warming up for their next big game.
Building on the popularity of Black Ops 4’s ladder-based system, League Play in Black Ops Cold War will allow players to earn their way through 30 Ranks in League Play Events. Only the very best will win their way to the top of their Division Ladder!
Watch for more details from Treyarch on what to expect when League Play launches in Black Ops Cold War, and get ready for the 2021 Call of Duty League season to kick off on Feb. 11th with the Atlanta FaZe Home Series.
Save Samantha Maxis in “Firebase Z”
Following the destruction of the abandoned “Projekt Endstation” research facility, a new outbreak site has been uncovered deep in the jungles of Vietnam… and it just so happens to be where Samantha Maxis is being held captive.
This sets the stage for “Firebase Z,” the next chapter of the Dark Aether story that will test Requiem Operators in a brand-new locale with new enemies, gameplay mechanics, a powerful Wonder Weapon to discover, and much more.
Learn more about this new experience, including the new Tombstone Soda Perk, in our guide to “Firebase Z”, available tomorrow.
Get a Head Start in Dead Ops Arcade 3 Solo Advanced Start
The Mamaback’s rampage is near-unstoppable, but those looking to bring her down on their own can now get a bit of help through the new Dead Ops Arcade 3 Solo Advanced Start mode.
In this playlist, solo players will get an advanced starting position depending on the highest round checkpoint they have reached in a Dead Ops Arcade 3 Solo playthrough. For example, if you go down in Round 7, which is the next-to-last round in the Jungle arena, the Advanced Start playlist will start you off on Round 5, which is the first round in the Jungle arena. If you die fighting the Mamaback, Advanced Start will take you back to Round 61, which is the first round of the Boss Map, and so on.
To keep things fair for those who conquered Dead Ops Arcade 3 already, all stats, leaderboards, and challenges are disabled in Advanced Start. However, the “Reunited with Fidolina” achievement can still be completed, making it easier for everyone to add this elusive accomplishment to their profile.
More in Store
During Season One Reloaded, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Operators will be able to bolster their arsenal with new badass bundles and seasonal blueprints and skins through the Store.
Today, the Store is getting restocked with the “Zombie Dozer” bundle, which features the Legendary “Belligerent” skin that decks this hulking beast out in a crimson mask and armor set. It also includes the Legendary “Blood Shank” SMG and the Epic “Blood Spray” assault rifle Weapon Blueprints.
Next week, the Store will start to get stocked up with holiday-themed bundles, including “Tracer Pack: Year of the Ox,” which comes with two Weapon Blueprints – the “Golden Ox” assault rifle and “Golden Augx” tactical rifle – that fire gold tracer rounds. Also expect to find the “Top Secret Admirer” bundle that’s fitting for Valentine’s Day, along with the Mardi Gras-themed “Carnival Captain” bundle that outfits Baker in a skin fit for Fat Tuesday.
Before the end of the season, Mastercraft collectors can amp up their arsenal with the “Retro Renegade” Mastercraft Bundle. Themed around the rise of portable media players in the 1980s, this bundle includes a burst-fire SMG Mastercraft that has a portable cassette player on top of five attachments that are sure to help Operators bring the noise for their next infiltration.
Incoming Double XP Weekend
To celebrate the continuation of Season One, Double XP will be live in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone on all platforms starting on February 5 through February 8.
Whether you’re dropping into Verdansk or Rebirth Island, saving Samantha Maxis in “Firebase Z,” or crushing the opposition on Express, this weekend is your opportunity to make up time on your road to Prestige Master and the ultimate badge of honor for Season One: Level 1,000.
Ready to Make History? Purchase Black Ops Cold War Today!
Ready to obtain all this content but don’t have the full version of Black Ops Cold War? Then now’s a great time to purchase the game: Join Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson in a mind-bending Campaign to hunt down a global threat codenamed “Perseus.” Engage in a variety of all-new competitive modes and maps in Multiplayer and test your mettle by fighting off legions of undead horrors as agents of Requiem in Zombies!
Visit CallofDuty.com, select the Black Ops Cold War Purchase button, select your preferred platform and region to get the game. Download to start playing.
Execute the mission.
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