Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is arriving on the cusp of a new generation of consoles, but that won’t segment the player base. During today’s multiplayer reveal event, Activision reconfirmed that Black Ops Cold War will support cross-play and cross-progression, even across console generations.
As detailed on Activision’s blog, Black Ops Cold War progression will be tied to players’ Activision accounts, so they can freely switch between different platforms and have their progress carry over wherever they go. This applies to next-gen consoles as well; players can, for instance, begin the game on PS4 and then move to the PS5 version with all of their progress intact when that console launches later this year.
In addition to cross-progression, Black Ops Cold War will support cross-play, so players will be able to party up with those on other platforms. As Activision explains, “With Black Ops Cold War, an entire Multiplayer party could be comprised of up of to five players who are playing the game across the available five platforms, including next and current generation consoles as well as PC.”
Although Black Ops Cold War will essentially supplant last year’s Modern Warfare, the game will still share some content and progression with Warzone, Modern Warfare’s standalone battle royale mode. Both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will have an interlinked battle pass and store, so content unlocked in Black Ops Cold War’s battle pass will carry over to Warzone and vice versa.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13. That’s after both the Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10, although Activision hasn’t yet revealed when the next-gen version of the game will be available. However, the company did confirm that next-gen upgrades won’t be free for all players. You can learn more in our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War pre-order guide. Ahead of the game’s release, Activision is also hosting a Black Ops Cold War beta.
Activision revealed a ton of other details about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War during the multiplayer stream. We got our first look at a new multiplayer trailer and Zombies mode, and learned about the new Fireteam mode. Be sure to check out our Black Ops Cold War multiplayer impressions for hands-on insight.
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