A series of leaks suggest that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will receive a new Zombies mode called Outbreak in the near future.
Multiple reports suggest that the Call of Duty website changed briefly overnight to display the words “Welcome to Outbreak – A new, large-scale Zombies experience.” You can see a screencap of the text on the ModernWarzone Twitter account. This was echoed by The Gaming Revolution and users on Reddit like MrTheRevertz, who found the same text in the Call of Duty App. A complementary leak from ColdWarLeakz shows a number of Zombies-related icons that have apparently been found in the Warzone files.
Officially, Treyarch has been teasing something Zombies-related on Twitter over the past few days, starting with a purple portal visual (which will be familiar to Zombies players) and a glimpse at the Ural Mountains. The studio’s latest tweet offers “Requiem recon intel,” and mentions how Aetherium crystals “are spreading across” a snowy region and altering the atmosphere.
New Requiem recon intel incoming… pic.twitter.com/vK0YctDOEV
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) February 17, 2021
This lines up with a circulated leak from Twitter user Okami in early February, which said that Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War would receive a “new mode called Outbreak.” At the time, Okami said it would be “Treyarch style, co-op zombies on a large scale Fireteam map”, and described it as “open world zombies,” which gives us a decent idea of how the new rumoured mode will function.
Seeming Zombies teasers were first spotted inside of Call of Duty: Warzone last week, bringing machines from Cold War’s Zombies mode into the battle royale game, as well as screen distortion effects that pointed towards Nova 6 and other facets of COD Zombies lore. So far, Outbreak seems to be mentioned as a Black Ops Cold War mode, but it’s possible that it would come with some connection to Warzone.
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