‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ accidentally announced by a bag of chips

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ is expected to overlap with 'Call of Duty: Warzone' (pictured), just as ‘Modern Warfare’ did. — AFP Relaxnews

Doritos packaging appears to have confirmed earlier leaks that name 2020's iteration of annual blockbuster video game franchise Call Of Duty as Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Video game giant Activision and snack food company PepsiCo seem to be continuing their partnership into the fall season of 2020.

Promotional packaging for a Doritos product appears to display a logo for Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, encouraging customers to enter codes from special Doritos bags into the Call Of Duty website in order to increase game progression for a limited period of time.

Independent franchise news sites ModernWarzone was the first to go live with the images.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War had been suggested as the new game’s title in May. Mid-June datamining of a studio test build codenamed The Red Door indicated game locations would include Germany, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Russia, and the US (via Prototype Warehouse).

The Doritos promotion is to go live on Oct 5, 2020 and run until Jan 22, 2021, soothing concerns that Black Ops Cold War would not launch in 2020 at all.

For comparison, a similar Activision and PepsiCo campaign for 2019’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare began on Oct 6, with the console and computer game then released on Oct 25.

However, previous trends have already been ignored as far as Call Of Duty reveal announcements go. Activision has tended to announce new entries to the franchise in April or May, but this year put its focus on free-to-play console and computer entry point Call Of Duty: Warzone instead, which launched in March.

After that, Season Pass perks for 2019’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare were shared with Warzone, and vice versa, with some story overlap between the two as well. – AFP Relaxnews

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