Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Free to play download and Warzone update news
UPDATE: Activision has officially announced its plans to make Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War free to play for a full week across all platforms.
The news was leaked earlier this month but has now been confirmed by developers Treyarch, with the Cold War Zombies free download going live on January 14, 2021, and lasting until January 21.
This will coincide with a big mid-season update being released for Cold War and Warzone this week, meaning there will also be the new Zombies Cranked mode to try out.
For those who haven’t heard of it, here are the rules for Cranked: “As per usual, you and your squad will be airlifted in with a loadout of your choice. However, once the first zombie hits the floor, the Cranked Timer starts ticking away. Your Operator will explode if they fail to kill another zombie before the timer hits zero, and the timer gets shorter and shorter as the game progresses! Keep an eye out for the Cranked Timer Power-up, which temporarily freezes the timer for all players.”
ORIGINAL: A new Call of Duty Cold War and Warzone update is being released next week, and there could be a special download waiting for Zombies fans.
If you haven’t played Black Ops Cold War yet, there have been a few chances to play multiplayer through free weekend events. But there hasn’t been any free way to try out Cold War Zombies, which is a big part of the new experience.
While the single-player campaign and multiplayer modes have proven popular, Zombies has been the staple of all Treyarch games since World at War. COD Warzone is one way to enjoy content from the latest Call of Duty games, but there is no free Zombies spin-off to download.
But according to a new find from gamers, Activision is planning a free weekend that includes opening up the Die Maschine Zombies map.
This comes from a page found on the Microsoft Store, which lists a free-access event for Cold War Zombies, kicking off this month.
The listing reads: “Experience the next generation of Zombies with Black Ops Cold War Zombies Free Access.
“Black Ops Cold War Zombies is set to take veterans and newcomers alike on a bold and terrifying journey that expands on an iconic part of the Call of Duty franchise.
“This co-op mode includes new ways to progress, classic Perks and an arsenal of Cold War-era Zombies weaponry that will help survivors dominate the legions of undead.”
According to the listing, the Call of Duty Cold War Zombies Free Access event will start on Thursday, January 14, 2020.
This will be available across all platforms and will last for a full week before ending on January 21.
This is likely part of the 115 Day celebrations, which focuses on the sprawling Zombies lore connected to Call of Duty games.
We already know that a big Black Ops and Warzone update is being released on January 14, which would fit in with what we know about the changes being made to Zombies.
A message from Treyarch outlines what new content is being planned, telling fans: “Next week, Season One gets even bigger with new content in Multiplayer and Zombies!
“Get ready to drop into a massive new Fireteam map with your squad in Sanatorium, and fight for control of the nuclear codes in the all-new 6v6 MP mode, Dropkick.
“In Zombies, we’re turning the intensity up to 11 in the new Cranked mode, where every zombie killed resets the timer counting down to your demise.
“And in Onslaught, Raid joins the map list along with new Dark Aether intel for Zombies fans on PlayStation. This mid-season update arrives Jan. 14th, with more Season One content to come.
“And yes, we’ll have more Zombies goodies to talk about in addition to Cranked, which also goes live next week.
“We’ve also implemented new gameplay improvements and bug fixes across MP and Zombies, including updates for Daily and Season Challenges, crash fixes in Zombies, a mini-map visibility fix for the H.A.R.P. in Hardcore, and more.”
Expect more news to be shared by Treyarch via an Activision blog in coming days for next-gen console PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers.