It would be strange by now if a Call of Duty game wasn’t released in the fall of each year by now.
With Warzone still being played by the hundreds of thousands alongside its 20GB patches, eyes are slowly being strayed into rumours as to what the next instalment of Call of Duty will bring.
At the time of writing there hasn’t been any confirmation, but you can probably accept that there will be a game released in time for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Rumours suggest that will be called ‘Black Ops: Cold War’.
With that, here’s a quick run-through of what version could win out for you when the game releases.
A Hint of Warzone on PS5
As NBA 2K21’s SKU have shown, it looks like the cost of some games for the next-gen consoles will be going up ever so slightly. With Warzone in the forefront of fans’ minds, it won’t be outside the realms of possibility if there’s a PS5 edition where it bundles in Warzone and ‘Cold War’ with some extra benefits.
Players have been discovering, through data-mining the latest Warzone updates, of Cold-War spyplanes and weapons appearing very soon, which could suggest a new season featuring new maps and environments that can compliment the new game in the fall.
Cross-Play will factor heavily into this, but the question here is if PS4 players will be able to fight against PS5 players; we’re going to think it’s a possibility here.
When you factor in the need to have an Activision account to play Warzone, being able to just log in with this on your PS5 with all your weapons and etc intact, is a tantalising thought.
Levelling up to PS5
We’ve already seen what the new consoles are capable of, up to a point. We’ve seen trailers of NBA 2K21 and Ratchet and Clank that show the potential of what the PlayStation 5 can offer.
When you factor in the large patches to Warzone, there’s going to be fears, understandably that the sizes of these are going to be even larger due to the more detailed textures needed, but we don’t think it will.
Activision are well-aware of the size issues, and with the features of the SSD drives that both consoles are touting, it may be a next-gen feature of having these patches split up or even only loaded when the player selects a map. It could be a much better method, especially to allay those fears of taking up that 1TB SSD drive.
As far as we’re concerned, if you’ve got a Monzo pot that is only meant to be used to buy a PlayStation 5, go for it. It would be madness if Activision required users to create a new account just for a new console. The fact that Warzone allows cross play now, seems as though it is a given for PS5 and Series X. With Cold War looming, it only seems like it’s going to be a very worthwhile purchase on PS5; it will be the best of both worlds of single and multiplayer from Call of Duty, and we’re ready for it.
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