If you’ve been a fan of Call of Duty’s Zombies mode since its release on World at War in 2008, I’m sure you’re equally aware of Dead Ops Arcade, a hidden Zombies mode in the first instalment of the Black Ops series under Treyarch. For those that don’t know, Dead Ops Arcade is a top down twin-stick shooter, in which up to 4 players battle waves of zombies with unlimited ammo. Dead Ops Arcade features locations based on rounds, for example, rounds 1-4 take place on the Island, while rounds 5-8 take place in the Courtyard. Players must continue traversing locations and rounds until they face the Cosmic Silverback boss in the Tropical Forest on round 40. The mode is infamously difficult and addictive, as well as being a fun break from the intense original Zombies mode.
Dead Ops Arcade gained a cult fan base, with many Zombies lovers appreciating the hidden mode just as much as the original. Although we saw Dead Ops Arcade 2 back in 2015 with Black Ops 3, the mode did not return in Black Ops 4, leaving many fans craving the addictive gameplay. However, with the release of Black Ops Cold War coming on November 13th, 2020, Treyarch recently teased Dead Ops Arcade 3 on their Twitter following the reveal trailer for the upcoming Zombies map, Die Maschine. The tweet featured an image of the number 3 against a spooky night sky, along with a skyline silhouette which seems to be the classic starting location, the Island.
Not disclosing anything about the image, leaving it up to the fans, clearly Treyarch are still keeping the secret/hidden theme which surrounded Dead Ops Arcade in the original, a further hint that this is indeed the return of the cryptic mode.
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) September 30, 2020
Also, Dead Ops Arcade seems to follow a release pattern, returning to the Black Ops series every other instalment, releasing on Call of Duty Black Ops, then missing out on Black Ops 2 in 2012. Thus, following this pattern would mean that Black Ops Cold War is the next title to see the mode, as it missed out on Black Ops 4 in 2018.
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