One of the worst kept secrets in gaming for 2020 is the existence of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Treyarch and Raven Software joint has been leaked and teased over the last few months, and a grand reveal is set for August 26. Although we now know when to expect a substantial content drop for the first-person shooter, the teasing has continued. Treyarch has now shared some of the keyart for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and it is quite a departure.
Apart from the standard rugged soldiers front and center, everything else is surprisingly full of color. It feels almost peppy, until you realize it is still a Call of Duty game. The splash of vibrant imagery is courtesy of the various propaganda materials that were prevalent during the Cold War. On the left, we will see the Soviet’s work, while the American response is found on the right. Even the uniforms of the soldiers are not spared. There is definitely more than just conventional warfare at play. At least, that is what I am getting from this art.
Different kind of war
All of these ties into what we have seen thus far. The emphasis on the espionage, the subterfuge, and the propaganda hints at the consistent theme of the game. It does not get more obvious than the teaser trailer that accompanied the name reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Watching the defector Yuri Bezmenov on-screen explaining the Soviet’s undermining of the United States brought us back in time. The process of “demoralization, destabilization, crisis, and normalization” will likely be part of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War experience.
How players will fit into that conflict remains a mystery. However, there will most definitely be plenty of action involved. We will find out more come this August 26.