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Play Vanguard’s Arthur Kingsley now in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone with digital pre-purchase of Call of Duty: Vanguard

Play Vanguard’s Arthur Kingsley now in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone with digital pre-purchase of Call of Duty: Vanguard

The high value of Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-purchase rewards just got more legendary.

Starting today, those who digitally pre-purchase any edition of Call of Duty: Vanguard or who have already pre-purchased the game will be able to play as Arthur Kingsley in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.*

It’s one of two rewards you get immediately for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from pre-purchasing Vanguard before its November 5th release, alongside the “Night Raid” Mastercraft submachine gun. And what you receive for pre-purchasing Vanguard does not stop there:

  • Early pre-load of the game – perfect for ensuring you’re prepared for the game’s November 5th launch – for those who digitally pre-purchase the game.
  • All digital version pre-purchases include the Frontline Weapons Pack, which includes one seven-attachment and one eight-attachment SMG Weapon Blueprint for Vanguard.
  • A Double Weapon XP Pack within the Digital Cross-Gen Bundle.
  • Double XP, the Task Force One Pack, Frontline Weapon Pack, and a Battle Pass bundle including 20 tier skips that all come with the Ultimate Edition.

Vanguard’s legendary pre-purchase rewards are fit for a fight on all fronts, and you can explore all of the pre-purchase options here.

Full PC Pre-Purchase Options

As for what you can get immediately in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, Sergeant Kingsley of the British Army’s 9th Parachute Battalion is here, and he is the definition of a natural born hero.

This is who you can lead the squad with during your next battle royale, Multiplayer, or Zombies experience right now:

Meet the King, Arthur Kinglsey

Full Name: Arthur Kingsley
Date of Birth: 02/16/1916
Nationality: British
Birthplace: Cameroon
Faction: NATO
Blood Type: O+
First Language: Duala
Service: SOTF (Special Ops Task Force) 001, SOE (Special Operations Executive)


1932 – Attends Cambridge University in England at the behest of his father.
1936 – Graduates from Cambridge and joins the British Army.
1939 – Deployed to France as part of the BEF when Britain declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland.
1940 – Survives the Battle of Dunkirk and makes it back to England.
1944 – Participates in Operation Tonga as a Paratrooper Sergeant.
1945 – Leads a special operations team known as Vanguard to a Nazi submarine base in search of intel regarding the plans of Nazi high command after the inevitable fall of Berlin.

Biography and Peer Assessment:

Arthur Kingsley was born to a noble family in the Douala region of Cameroon. He was educated in England and studied international affairs at Cambridge University. Arthur’s multicultural upbringing and education taught him what was at stake when the Nazis rose to power. He joined the British military to fight for himself and his homeland, eventually rising through the ranks to become a Sergeant. Arthur is determined to stop the looming threat of the Nazis and halt the spread of their poisonous ideology.

Arthur Kingsley looks at the camera, ready for action

How to Unlock Arthur Kingsley

Similar to Frank Woods in Modern Warfare and Warzone, this Arthur Kingsley Operator is playable in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and is unlocked by pre-purchasing Vanguard. He differs from the Vanguard version of Arthur Kingsley, who will be available in the game on November 5 and will be in Warzone at a later date.

In short, pre-purchasing Call of Duty: Vanguard not only allows you to try out Arthur Kingsley in Warzone before his “official” Operator is available, but also gives you access to play as him in Black Ops Cold War.

Kingsley will be unlocked after digitally pre-purchasing the game and can be found under the NATO section of the Black Ops Cold War Operator screen or in Warzone. He will be available at the time of this article’s publishing date – Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT  – to anyone who pre-purchased the game digitally, including anyone that pre-purchases the game now up until the release of Vanguard.

Those that already pre-purchased digitally should not have any additional steps; contact Activision Support for any questions or issues.

The Night Raid Mastercraft weapon in all its glory

Additional Pre-Purchase Rewards – Night Raid Mastercraft Reaches Second Evolution Today

In addition to the Arthur Kingsley Operator in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, all digital pre-purchases come with the Ultra-rarity “Night Raid” Mastercraft SMG.

This warplane-inspired Weapon Blueprint comes pre-equipped with a 55 Round Drum for increased magazine capacity, 14.9" Rifled Barrel for damage range, Muzzle Brake 7.62 for vertical recoil control, a Spetsnaz Stock for improved shooting and aim walking movement speeds, and a unique Quickdot LED Optic.

Those who already pre-purchased the game saw the first stage of this evolving weapon – as Vanguard readies for launch, so too does this weapon through its changing visuals. As of this update, the “Night Raid” will see its jet engines begin to fire and an air slipstream rush across the weapon’s body.

This means its default stage is no longer visible, nor will the weapon revert to prior evolution states, and the next phase of its ignition will launch in October.

October will also see the inclusion of one more pre-purchase bonus – whatever may lurk in the shadows as Halloween approaches, stay connected to all our official channels for intel on this treat as a thanks to those who pre-purchase Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Be Ready to Rise: Additional Intel is Incoming

Ensure you have the latest official information about Call of Duty: Vanguard by checking the Call of Duty Blog in the coming days and weeks. In addition, be sure to visit the Sledgehammer Games Blog for additional announcements and content.

Pre-purchases at participating retailers are available now. You can also go to and select your preferred edition*.

Rise on Every Front.

*Offer content and availability may vary by region and is subject to change. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War/Call of Duty: Warzone on pre-order platform required to redeem offer. Sold/downloaded separately. Must be redeemed by November 5, 2022.

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