With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, developer Treyarch picks up the story it started 10 years ago with the original Black Ops. And while there have been other Call of Duty franchises, including Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Infinite Warfare, and the acclaimed Modern Warfare games, so far the franchises have stayed pretty separate from one another.
That changes with Black Ops Cold War, which fills in a gap in the Black Ops story between 1968 and 2025, taking place in 1981. But that still leaves a huge amount of time between the events of Cold War and Black Ops II, which takes place in way off in 2025. In Cold War, we get a hint at what might else might fill that gap, because Cold War makes a bridge between the Black Ops games and Infinity Ward’s rebooted Modern Warfare storyline.
That connection is a character: Imran Zakhaev. If you’re a Modern Warfare fan, that name will sound familiar. Zakhaev is a Russian ultranationalist in both Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the 2019 reboot game. He’s the mastermind behind the events of the first game, and although he’s killed in both Modern Warfare and the reboot by Captain Price, it’s Zakhaev’s machinations that fuel the rest of the original Modern Warfare trilogy. His son Victor becomes a major antagonist following Imran’s death.