After being leaked through a Microsoft Store listing, it has now been confirmed that fans will be able to try Black Ops Cold War Zombies for free from January 14 to January 21, 2021. Here’s what we know about it.
Free access weekends are nothing new for Call of Duty’s standard multiplayer. Occasionally, Activision will allow players to try out a small selection of the latest multiplayer maps and modes for a short period of time, with the obvious hope that it will get them to buy the entire game.
While this is normal for the multiplayer (which has happened several times with Modern Warfare and once already in Black Ops Cold War), the same cannot be said for Zombies mode, as it is usually kept locked in the full version. Now it seems like it will change.
Free zombies. The whole week. #BlackOpsColdWar Zombies Free Access Week starts 1/14. Get all your information here: https: //t.co/rxNjWfaPPj pic.twitter.com/Y8blZIQMvd
– Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) January 11, 2021
According to Activision, fans who have not played the game will have free access to the game’s Zombies mode from January 14 to January 21, 2021. The best thing is that fans will have access to two separate modes during the free weekend: standard Die Maschine- experience and the new Cranked mode.
PlayStation players will also have access to Onslaught, a platform-exclusive mode that allows two players to battle rounds with the undead on multiplayer maps.
Especially absent from the weekend is Dead Ops Arcade 3, a top-down, fan-favorite variant of the traditional Zombies mode. While this is a bit disappointing, it makes sense, as it is seen as more of a bonus experience rather than one on the same level as the others.
How to Download Black Ops Cold War Zombies Free Access
At the moment, the download link for BOCW Zombies Free Access is not live yet, which means there is no way to actually download the application at the time of writing. It is unknown if the link will be published early, giving players a chance to download it, or if they will have to wait until the 14th.
That said, Treyarch has basically confirmed that it should be as simple as just searching for it, downloading the app from the Xbox, PlayStation or Battle.net stores and then playing it like any other free weekend.
Of course, when specific details become available, we will update this article with step-by-step instructions to help fans who might want to get it. Hopefully it does not take too much longer before it is available.