One of the biggest and best weeks for gaming fans is about to be capped off with the release of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.
The new Call of Duty game has a November 13 release date on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
As the name suggests, the latest Black Ops game takes place during the 1980s Cold War era.
The single-player campaign transports players to locations such as East Berlin, Turkey, Vietnam and Russia.
Needless to say, Cold War also features an extensive multiplayer suite, offering a collection of new and classic game modes, not to mention the fan-favourite Zombies mode.
Activision’s Warzone Battle Royale spinoff will also contain multiple Cold War tie-ins, as Activision continues to expand its free-to-play hit.
If this has given you a thirst to play Activision’s first-person shooter sensation at launch, then the good news is that you don’t have long to wait.
The PlayStation and Xbox versions of Black Ops Cold War have a midnight launch time in all regions.
PC fans will have to wait slightly longer, with the new game playable at 5am GMT UK time.
Of course, the exact time you can start playing really all depends on whether you’ve pre-loaded the game or not.
The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War file size is huge, especially on next-gen platforms like PS5 and Xbox Series X, where you’ll need more than 130GB of space on your hard drive.
As for current-gen platforms, the PlayStation 4 version weighs in at 95GB, compared to 93GB for Xbox One.
Over on PC, fans will need 35GB of space for multiplayer, and 82GB of space for the full game. If you’ve got a really powerful PC, then the full Black Ops Cold War experience with Ultra Graphics settings will require 125GB of space.
Fortunately, you can pick and choose which parts to install on different platforms, so you could always start with the campaign, before downloading the multiplayer.
Speaking of multiplayer, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War contains a wealth of different maps and game modes, including all of the classic 6-v-6 matches we’ve come to know and love, as well as 12-v-12 Combined Arms modes, and the huge 40-person Fireteam mode.
Maps such as Checkmate, Garrison, Miami, Cartel, Crossroads, Moscow, Armada and Satellite are all playable in the game’s 6-v-6 multiplayer modes.
The 12-vs-12 Combined Arms modes are currently playable on Cartel, Crossroads and Armada, while Fireteam can be played on the brand new Ruka and Alpine maps.
Fireteam Dirty Bomb is a unique new game mode which sees ten teams of four compete to collect uranium and detonate dirty bombs.
“Fireteam: Dirty Bomb cranks the action up to 11 with multi-squad insanity,” Activision explains.
“A total of 40 players broken out into 10 teams will compete to take out enemies, collect uranium caches, locate Dirty Bombs scattered throughout the map, and successfully deposit their uranium into said bombs to detonate them and get the win.”
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War at launch, then there are multiple different versions available.
On PS4 and PS5, fans can pick up the Ultimate Edition for £89.99 from the PlayStation Store. The Standard Edition costs £59.99 on PS4, while a cross-platform bundle is priced at £64.99 for PS5.
Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One versions are available for the same prices over on the Microsoft website.
If you would rather a physical copy, then ShopTo is selling current-gen versions for £58.85, and next-gen versions for £62.85.
GAME, on the other hand, is selling the Xbox One and PS4 versions for £64.99 and the PS5 and Xbox Series X cross-platform versions for £69.99.
The new Call of Duty is slightly cheaper at Argos, where Black Ops Cold War prices start at £59.99.