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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ release date, gameplay: 122,000+ fans vote for Prestige system’s return in online poll

From the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War -- Perseus Briefing cinematic trailer | Photo credit: Treyarch via Call of Duty / YouTube screenshot

“Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” was recently reported to continue using the seasonal rank instead of bringing back the Prestige system. Even before Treyarch and Activision could even respond to the rumors, more than 122,000 fans participated in an online poll to say they prefer to see the latter return in the gameplay.

Online poll shows overwhelming support for Prestige system’s return

Charlie Intel’s official Twitter page, followed by more than 1.7 million fans, conducted the said online poll last week and published the final tally on Sunday. Of the 139,435 votes, 88% said they want to see the Prestige system back in “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.” That percentage translates to 122,703 votes, which is an overwhelming win compared to the 12% of participants that favor the seasonal rank.

The poll was made shortly after another well-known “Call of Duty” leaker, TheMW2Ghost, reported that the Prestige system is ”likely not returning.” Treyarch is purportedly leaning towards bringing back seasonal rank from last year’s “Modern Warfare” into “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.”

The fans’ response to these reports has been clear, but Treyarch has yet to clarify its plans for the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” progression system. Meanwhile, Viral Junkie’s Tom Henderson reported that he also heard the “Modern Warfare” ranking system is planned to be brought back in this year’s game.

“The reason for Treyarch's decision is because they ultimately felt like it made a lot more sense in connection with Warzone,” he wrote. He also noted, per an inside source, that the developer knows how the fanbase feels about the Prestige system and seasonal rank. And about two months left before the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” release date, there is still a chance for Treyarch to heed the gamers’ request.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ locations are set in Europe and Asia, ESRB rating reveals

While fans air their disappointment over the Prestiging rumors, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has issued a rating for “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.” Not surprisingly, the first-person shooter has been rated for Mature 17+ audience.

In ESRB’s brief description of the game, fans may pick up a few gameplay details about “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.” For one, it confirms that the main locations are set in Europe and Asia. Staying true to the “Black Ops” title, the game is also filled with “combat/infiltration missions” while exploring the in-game map. During these missions, the ESRB described the game as having “realistic” blood splatters, gunfires, and NPCs crying out of pain.

Developers are expected to announce more gameplay details on Sept. 9 ahead of the game’s release date on Nov. 13. “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

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