Activision announced the cooperative Zombies Onslaught mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War. It will not go to other platforms for a period of time exclusive to PlayStation.
Zombies Onslaught is separate from this year’s main Zombies narrative. Die Maschine, which still came to all platforms at the time of launch, is defined as a “two-person, fast-paced” collaboration experience that complements the participants with their own traditions. It is installed in one of several locations derived from the various multiplayer maps of the Cold War.
Here, players are limited to a limited “sphere” area, and waves of zombies begin to pour in. Once enough people are eliminated, the orb and habitable area will move, and as each game progresses, waves will spawn more durable, faster, and more deadly zombies, including powerful Elite enemies.
The ultimate goal is to survive and collect as many points as possible by continuing to select the Elite. Bronze, Silver, or Gold rankings are awarded based on the number of Elite killed, allowing players to unlock rewards for use throughout the game.
The reason for the dispute is that Activision, working with Sony, chose to make this part of the overall Cold War experience exclusive to PS4 and PS5 for an entire year. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops Survival mode will be limited to PS4 for 12 months. At the time, Taylor Kurosaki of Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward told fans that platform exclusivity was “complex decisions that are above our paycheck.”
Activision did not comment directly on the issue of the Cold War exclusivity window, but if we comment on the usual Call of Duty community gatherings, it shows that the answer was more of a sigh that resigned collectively than this time was anger.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is coming to PS4 and PS5 on November 13, 2020. Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is coming to Xbox One, Series X / S, and PC the same day.