Black Ops 6 arrives on October 25, classic zombies return

Activision has officially announced the launch date for Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, and it will arrive on October 25. The reveal was part of the Xbox Showcase that went live on June 9, but more specifically during the Call of Duty Direct that Microsoft held after the official showcase. Microsoft and Bethesda did the same with Starfield ahead of its 2023 launch, and this year's direct consisted of nearly 30 minutes of new information and developer insights. This included gameplay details and even some footage, as well as the game's launch date.

Most notable was the timing of when Activision plans to release the next Call of Duty game. But there were also a lot of details about how the game will feel, what features players can expect, and how certain aspects of the game will change. Zombies, for example, returns to its roots with round battles instead of the open-world gameplay from Modern Warfare III. Something that diehard zombies fans will certainly be very excited about. In addition to the new features, Activision has also set dates for everything from early access to pre-order times.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 early access may begin about a week before the launch date

Once again, Activision is giving players plenty of incentive to pre-order the latest Call of Duty title. This includes early access, which could potentially start about a week before the launch date. A tweet from CharlieIntel on June 9 X shows a screenshot of the game's release date on the PlayStation Store. While the game officially releases on October 25, PSN had it listed for release on October 17, which is about a week early.

This may have been a listing error. As of now, the PlayStation Store listing shows a release date of October 24 at 9pm PDT. So it looks like Sony noticed the error and changed the time. That said, it cannot be ruled out that October 17 is the early access time.

Activision has confirmed that pre-ordering the game will come with early access to the open beta. However, it's also worth noting that the aforementioned PlayStation Store release date and early access to the open beta may not be the same.

Zombies returns to round-based gameplay

Modern Warfare III took Zombies in a whole new direction with the open-world map setting that players experience with Warzone. This won't be the case with Black Ops 6. Treyarch brings the Zombies experience back to round-based gameplay with unique Zombies maps. It even continues the Dark Aether story introduced in Black Ops Cold War.

Players will also include familiar faces from the previous version of Zombies in that game. As opposed to using your player operators. You can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops now on PC, PlayStation and Xbox.

Call of Duty Black Ops 6 Zombies

New Omnimovement system announced

Another new change coming into play is the Omnimovement system. Movement in Call of Duty is always a hot topic. And it seems like with every new release, Activision changes something to refine it. Omnimovement is this big change for Black Ops 6. And from the sounds of it, it will be a pretty advanced way for players to get around the map. This includes the moves of sprinting, diving and backpedaling in any direction. Not only forward and backward, but also sideways.

“For the first time ever, players can sprint, slide and dive in any direction (forward, sidestep and backpedal) and move like a true Black Ops action hero,” says Activision. Black Ops 6 also introduces new intelligent movement changes that aim to reduce the number of button presses to initiate a series of movement actions. To that end, there are three new motion options you can enable or disable. This includes Sprint Assist, Mantle Assist and Crouch Assist.

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