Another year, another Call of Duty–such is the video game landscape. This year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is trying some new things on the single-player campaign side, but in terms of the multiplayer component, you might be wondering what’s in it for you this time, and whether you should leave Modern Warfare‘s robust multiplayer suite and breadth of content updates behind for something different.
I was able to experience Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer alongside other members of the media through an online hands-on preview event held by Activision. We played multiple matches that included the new VIP Escort mode and a 12-on-12 Domination mode called Combined Arms on a seafaring map. This is in addition to the expected suite of modes like Hardpoint, Team Deathmatch, Control, and Kill Confirmed. I also got a look at how loadouts have changed this time around with its roster of guns, perks, attachments, scorestreaks, and wildcards.
With all that in mind, let’s dig into what’s new with Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, how it changes up the experience, and if it’s worth jumping into (you can also watch the video above).