Ahead of the November 13 release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the developer has shared a sneak peek at some of the missions that’ll make up the single-player campaign. Led by studio Raven Software, the campaign continues the story of the original Black Ops game, picking up with Woods, Mason, and Hudson 13 years later.
The Call Of Duty blog post has detailed three separate campaign missions ahead of the game’s release–one a covert urban mission turned rooftop chase, the second a flashback against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and the last an infiltration of the KGB headquarters.
The missions featured have been chosen to illustrate the philosophy behind Cold War’s campaign– Raven Software wants to include everything that die-hard fans of the series will love, while also mixing up the formula and still making Cold War accessible to newcomers to the series.
“We are huge fans of the original Black Ops and our first goal was bringing back the iconic trio of Woods, Mason, and Hudson–but to do so in a way that didn’t require any previous experience with the series,” writes Dan Vondrak, Senior Creative Director at Raven. “We also felt it was important to introduce some new characters so we could explore their personalities and relationships with the classic characters–this way both new and old players get something fresh. By approaching it this way, as the story unravels, we can slowly make connections and references back to Black Ops that fans like us will appreciate but won’t be a flood of new information all at once for new players.”
The post confirms that Cold War will have multiple flashback missions set during the Vietnam War, as players use the past to try and unravel present mysteries. “It was great being able to push the big war feeling in these levels, from flying helicopters to being a soldier on the ground fighting through jungles and rice paddies,” Vondrak said. “One of my favorite levels is one of the later Vietnam missions, as we really pushed to give the player more freedom and control. It’s easily the most unique mission we’ve ever made.”
Previous info about the campaign has said that its length will roughly align with other games in the series, which should come out to about five hours. With multiple endings able to be unlocked, however, fans should be able to get some replayability out of the campaign. If you’re curious about the story, you can also read about what Batman writer David Goyer contributed to it.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War comes out on current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC, on November 13.
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