A prominent industry leaker has suggested that a brand new “open-world zombies” mode is “coming soon” to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Leaker Okami posted the information on Twitter, claiming that the new mode will be titled ‘Outbreak’, and has been further described as “Treyarch style, co-op zombies on a large scale Fireteam map.”
Okami adds: “I’ve heard it described as “open world zombies,” so take that for what you will.”
In other COD news – there's a new mode called Outbreak coming soon.
Don't know all the details but it's supposed to be Treyarch style, co-op zombies on a large scale Fireteam map.
I've heard it described as "open world zombies," so take that for what you will.
— Okami Games (@Okami13_) February 10, 2021
In response to the post, Okami later adds that the mode will co-op, and will not pit players against each other in Warzone survival scenarios. At this stage, as if often the case with new leaks, neither Activision nor Treyarch have stepped up to comment on the alleged new mode. So, it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt until any news is made official from the developers.
It’s worth noting that last year, Okami tweeted out that 2020’s Call Of Duty would be titled Black Ops Cold War – something obviously true now, having been confirmed by Eurogamer at the time.
Staying on the subject of leaks, ModernWarzone yesterday claimed that the upcoming Call Of Duty title for 2021 is “100% being developed” by Sledgehammer Games, best known for their work on 2017’s Call Of Duty: WWII, 2014’s Advanced Warfare, and 2011’s Modern Warfare 3.
While the finer details of the next title are unknown, (fingers crossed for a Modern Warfare sequel), Activision did confirm that a new title would be released sometime in 2021. If the pandemic has a hand in the timeline for this year’s release, we can likely expect a launch in the back-half of 2021.
Regardless, Activision are still going strong, as a recent earnings call reported that they had “almost 400 million players in 190 countries”, with plans to increase these numbers to 1 billion. Activision are seeking “to enhance the player experience across all platforms.”