Do you prefer having co-op, perk vending machines, and hordes of the undead in your Call of Duty experience? Well, today Treyarch and Activision gave the world its first look at the Zombies mode shipping with Black Ops Cold War in November, and it ticks all of those boxes. Jumping ahead in the canonical Zombies story with a new main cast, Cold War's new version of Zombies doesn't look to be completely reinventing the survival wheel, but it does seem like Zombies will now get support on-par with regular multiplayer and Warzone.
The big changes coming to Cold War's Zombies mode are free post-launch support and shared progression. This time around, maps and other content added to Zombies will come in free updates, much like the approach taken with the updates for Modern Warfare last year. Additionally, Zombies will be part of the battle pass progression right alongside Black Ops multiplayer and Warzone.
This means players will also be able to bring over their Gunsmith loadout into Zombies. That's all well and good, sure, but the trailer released today for the Zombies reveal also shows off the kinds of wild sci-fi weapons the mode has become known for. Your SMG may be great for Domination, but you'll probably want to grab something with more exotic oomph as the rounds go on.
There is one more major twist coming to the Zombies formula: exfiltration. Dying won't be the only way that players finish off their matches—a successful escape via helicopter will grant Zombies players special rewards, but doing so requires surviving a few extra-tough waves of enemies first. Perhaps this will tie into how progression carries forward and the ways in which the story links up to Zombies canon of old?
When Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PS4, and PS5 on November 13, Zombies will also enjoy the same cross-play and cross-gen matchmaking features as other parts of the game. Activision is selling cross-gen digital bundles of Cold War for consoles, but they're coming in at the same $69.99 price as the standalone PS5 and next-gen Xbox versions.