Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War confirmed by a Doritos promotion of all the things

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Back in May a leak (opens in new tab) suggested the next Call of Duty Black Ops would either be called Cold War, or at least be set during the cold war — a term George Orwell used to describe the tension between Russia and the rest of their allies post-World War II. That's now been confirmed, thanks to a Doritos promotion (opens in new tab).

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As ModernWarfareZone (opens in new tab) noted, the promotion bears the Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War name as well as a logo we haven't seen before, and it runs from October 5 to October 31. Whether that will coincide with the launch of the game is unknown. During the promotion packets of Doritos will give players codes for two xp in its multiplayer mode, and put them in a draw to win two xp for a year. The small print notes the game's ESRB rating is pending.

An Activision shooter labelled "The Red Door" recently appeared on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) and there's good reason to believe this may be a placeholder for the next Call of Duty, or at least its alpha. 

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.