Last week, the reveal trailer for Call Of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, was unveiled. This was followed a day after by an exclusive in-game cinematic, as a part of Activision’s stint on Gamescom Opening Night Live.

Everything looks very promising, from the looming threat of a spy called Perseus to the explosive gameplay in the trailer. However, to those who’d noticed, something is a little off with Woods. Namely, the absence of the character’s original voice actor, James C Burns.

In a Q&A on YouTube, as shared via the Reddit link below, Burns vented his own frustrations over his absence from the next game. “I’m sure the story’s going to be fucking brilliant,” he said.

He cites that if he’d been picked to reprise his role, he’d “have brought all that I know… like I got 80,000 pounds of weight to bring to this thing.”

James C Burns is NOT happy about being recast. You done him dirty Treyarch and I don’t respect that! from blackopscoldwar

Despite singing the praises of the new voice actor in the role of Woods, he declared that the actor “doesn’t have the background I have with Woods.”

He added: “He’s a professional actor. I’m sure he’ll do fine.”

Ultimately, Burns believes that he “would have fucking crushed this thing. That’s my frustration. I wish I had a shot at it.”

“I would have done a great job. I’m so bummed I didn’t get a chance at it. That’s all.”

Call Of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War is due for release on November 13, 2020. Set in 1981 and featuring iconic characters including Woods and Mason, Black Ops: Cold War serves as a direct sequel to 2010’s Black Ops, but fills the gaps between the first and second game out in 2012.

The cinematic cutscene discusses the existence of an agent codenamed Perseus, whose mission is to subvert the U.S in a bid to win the Arms Race.

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