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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War unleashes free Zombies week

Looking to try out Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Zombies mode without buying the full game? This is the week for you!


The Call of Duty franchise's Zombies mode has been around for more than a decade, so it's hard to imagine there being many "firsts" that can be tied to it. With that in mind, Treyarch wants to give those who have never experienced it a chance to check it out in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. For the first time in franchise history, Zombies mode is getting a special free trial, starting later this week.

The news comes from the Call of Duty website. Two different Zombie modes will be available to all users, while a third one will be available to PlayStation users only. Here's what players can expect to see:

  • Die Maschine: This game mode plays out like a traditional rounds-based Zombies mode, allowing for up to four players. Teams must work together and utilize various weapons, equipment, Scorestreaks, and Field Upgrades to run through the vast Poland map, partially inspired by the original Zombies map from Call of Duty: World at War. Players will also be able to bring along weapons earned through the Black Ops Cold War Battle Pass.
  • Cranked: Inspired by an old Jason Statham classic, players are on a timer and must kill zombies before that timer runs out. If the timer expires, the player explodes.
  • Onslaught (PS5 & PS4 only): This is a two-player Zombies mode where duos are confined to a piece of the map until they can charge up a Dark Aether Orb. Once the Orb is charged, they can move to a different area of the map, where more powerful enemies await.

Those who try out Zombies are welcome to keep their progress and carry it over to the full Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War package upon purchase. The free Zombies trial will be available on PC (via the Blizzard app), PlayStation, and Xbox from January 14-21. It will drop alongside the upcoming mid-season update, which is set to add new content to the game's multiplayer.

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    January 11, 2021 1:50 PM

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    • rms legacy 10 years mercury super mega
      January 11, 2021 3:09 PM

      Dumb question, but is this a separate purchase from the base game? My videocard came with Cold War, haven't installed it yet

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        January 11, 2021 5:51 PM

        The free demo is just zombies.
        The regular game / geforce code is campaign+mp+zombies.
        (You can choose which to install)

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      January 12, 2021 12:39 AM

      I've never really tried any of the zombies modes so I'll have to give this a shot.

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      January 12, 2021 1:53 AM

      i just want to play the SP campaign really :(

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        January 12, 2021 2:06 AM

        Towards the end of my Gamefly subscription all I used it for was the SP campaigns in COD games. I really enjoy them but I'm not big on the multiplayer so I don't ever buy them, it doesn't seem worth it for 4-6 hours of spectacle.

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          January 12, 2021 3:35 AM

          agreed, i don't want to pay full price if all i'm going to play is the 5 hour SP

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          January 12, 2021 4:08 AM

          It's like we are from different planets sir

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          January 12, 2021 4:57 AM

          Would be nice to have an SP campaign only purchase.

          I dug MP back when the original MW hit PC, but getting old sucks. :-)

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