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New ‘Call of Duty’ won’t include free PS5 or Xbox Series X upgrade

Published Aug 25th, 2020 10:12PM EDT
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be the first entry of the series on next-generation consoles, but it looks like you’ll have to pay extra if you want to play across generations.
  • A recent leak reveals that Activision will be selling a Cross-Gen Bundle for the new Call of Duty giving players access to both the PS4 or Xbox One version and the PS5 or Xbox Series X version.
  • Activision and Treyarch will share more details about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and show gameplay from the game for the first time on August 26th.

One of the more interesting storylines surrounding the arrival of two next-gen consoles this fall is how publishers and developers are deciding to handle cross-generation video game launches.

As was the case in 2013, some games launching this fall and in the months and years ahead will be available on both the current generation consoles as well as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Some of those games will only ask you to pay once for access across generations, but others will charge you extra for double-dipping, like NBA 2K21, which has a cross-gen version that costs $100. And it looks like the new Call of Duty might follow suit.

Publisher Activision and developer Treyarch plan to fully reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on August 26th, but in the days ahead of the reveal, leaks have been spoiling much of the news. We won’t get into all of it, but one of the leaks let slip that there will be a variety of versions of the game available this fall, and one of those versions is called the Cross-Gen Bundle. Unfortunately, the leak didn’t include any details about this bundle, but the name implies that there will be a way to purchase either the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game or the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game at a discounted price (but still more than the standard $60 MSRP).

Considering how popular the Call of Duty franchise has become, Activision’s decision to skip out Microsoft’s Smart Delivery — which gives Xbox Series X owners access to both versions of the game with one purchase — could be a telling one (providing this leak is legitimate). If one of the biggest game franchises from one of the biggest studios is charging extra for cross-gen access, it seems inevitable that others will do the same.

Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer to learn the official details, as Activision and Treyarch are set to tell us everything there is to know about Black Ops Cold War — rumored to be a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops from 2010 — on Wednesday, August 26th, along with a new trailer.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.