PlayStation has always distinguished itself from Xbox by providing amazing exclusives. Not that Xbox doesn’t have exclusives of its own, but the PlayStation exclusives are in a league of their own. The next-gen PlayStation 5 already has many promising exclusives lined up. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West, and God of War: Ragnarok are but a few examples. Now, PlayStation has bagged an exclusive game mode for PS4 and PS5 in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.
The official PlayStation blog reads, “During Requiem’s investigation of Dark Aether anomalies at various, familiar locations across the globe, your strike team encounters a mysterious Orb radiating dangerously high levels of unnatural energy.
“As your team of two investigates the anomalies, the Orb creates a barrier trapping your team inside a specific zone, and a seemingly unending horde of zombies is unleashed. With nowhere to run, your team has a single goal in mind: stay alive.
“This is Zombies Onslaught, a two-person, fast-paced Zombies experience for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, exclusive* to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players.”
PlayStation did also something similar with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019. The Survival Mode in the game was a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It seems they look to repeat the same with the latest CoD title.
The mode will feature a two-person co-op mode where the objective will be survival. The blog describes the mode as,
“In Zombies Onslaught, you and one other Operator will deploy to one of several locations derived from various Multiplayer maps with your custom loadouts. These are the very same loadouts you’ll carry into traditional Zombies and Multiplayer. Complete with your preferred primary weapon, whether it be an LMG, heavy-hitting sniper rifle, or other fully kitted-out tool for zombie destruction.
“Once you drop in, the onslaught begins; the Dark Aether Orb will confine your duo to a specific space on the map, where the undead will begin spawning in. Killing these zombies will power the Orb. Kill enough Zombies and the Orb will move.
“While you’re inside the Orb, you won’t take Dark Aether damage from outside the specific map zone the Orb protects, helping keep players alive as they fight increasingly difficult undead enemies, with each “surge” bringing more resilient, faster and deadlier zombies.”
This addition may not be as significant as the other PlayStation exclusives, but it still makes a difference. Sony understands that Xbox’s Game Pass service is a huge competitor. Consequently, providing only exclusives will not win them the ‘console war’ this time. So, this is how they plan to compete with their rivals.
It will be interesting to see how fans react to this, considering zombies is a touchy topic for most. The Zombies Onslaught mode will be exclusive to PS4 and PS5 till November 1, 2021.