Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be inspired by actual events
Call of Duty: Warzone overshadowed the rest of the Call of Duty franchise. The battle royale has clocked 75 million downloads as of this month. But Activision also wants to develop a new flagship Call of Duty campaign and it has been revealed that it is going to be called Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.
Going by the official YouTube teaser, Activision promises that the game is going to be “inspired by actual events”. It also features a speech by a real KGB defector to help illustrate that promise.
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If you want to know more, here are some articles about Bezmenov that the actual CIA has in its library that you can read.
Following the snippets of text you can see on the teaser video, players may play or interact with an alleged Soviet spy codenamed Perseus whose goal is to subvert the US to ensure Soviet dominance in the arms race.
CIA (the real one) has an article about this Perseus as well and allegedly he was one of the spies who stole US' nuclear secrets from the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be formally unveiled on August 26 and comes with the tagline - “Know your history or be doomed to repeat it”. The YouTube description mentions the name “Verdansk”, which happens to be the location of Warzone's primary map and was also featured in Modern Warfare.
Activision has promised that Warzone will be tied to future games in the Call of Duty series, and it sounds like that might be starting now. As Polygon has pointed out, there was also an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) leading up to this teaser.
The Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War teaser's release was timed with members of the Call of Duty community completing a multi-day ARG that involved various forms of Cold War-style code-breaking. These tasks led them to secret rooms inside the Verdansk map in Call of Duty: Warzone. This implies that there could be a connection between Black Ops: Cold War and Warzone. The ARG also included a bunch of video tapes, each corresponding to a year in Cold War history, with similar clips to the ones we see in this teaser.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be developed by Treyarch and Raven Software.