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When it comes down to information warfare, everyone knows that loose lips sink ships. Given that, Activision may want to check in on the status of their naval fleet, because footage of their currently extremely private Beta version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is being shared around various different corners of the internet, ahead of the beta being made available to the public next month.
In this leaked clip, we see footage of the multiplayer mode, with a match taking place in the game’s Miami map. This perhaps isn’t the debut that Activision wanted for this year’s Call of Duty, but the cat is out of the bag now, so we can’t help but take a look at what Cold War has in store for us.
I asked around the WePC team for everyone’s thoughts on this first gameplay footage, and here’s what our resident Call of Duty players thought based on this first look:
Looks better than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare , especially the map design, but not sure about the design of the enemy health bar.
Look very similar to Modern Warfare  to me, and I like MW multiplayer so I don’t hate that it looks similar, but I’m mainly just happy that it appears as though the radar is back. Class selection looks similar: 6 perks, 1 greed, 3 specials.
Seems to me like they’re returning to the older layouts of maps, after the slight backlash against the maps.
If you’re keen to find out more about this year’s Call of Duty, we had an in-depth look at the official announcement which you can check out over here, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any other major updates on the game between now and release.
Lewie skews Chaotic Good where possible, and loves pressing buttons, viewing pixels and listening to sounds. He's written for publications like Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, VG247 and Kotaku UK, and spent 13 years running Savy Gamer. If you ever get the chance you should ask him to tell you the story about that time he had a fight with a snake on an island off the coast of Cambodia.