President Ronald Reagan sends you to do war crimes in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty’s latest trailer is out and it seems they have a new character in the game – actual 40th president of US Ronald Reagan.ย The trailer aired during the digital-only Gamescom 2020 event,ย following the gameโ€™s official reveal yesterday.

Incorporating a real-life historical and political figure โ€” one whose tenure still hasย controversial effects on modern-day politics, including the imminent 2020 election โ€” is definitelyย a move. Itโ€™s an even weirder one when you consider what the trailer has Reagan doing: ordering you, the player, and your fellow clandestine operatives to essentially break the law and commit potential war crimes in order to save the โ€œfree world.โ€

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The trailer features a discussion of codename โ€œPerseus,โ€ a supposed KGB spy (based on real-life Cold War events) that new character Russell Adler says โ€œwill shift the balance of the Cold Warโ€ if they donโ€™t do something to stop the plot. But when discussion of the legality of the mission arises, thatโ€™s when we get into murky territory. โ€œEvery mission we go on is illegal,โ€ protests fan-favorite Black Ops character Frank Woods, who says a lot of innocent people will perish if they donโ€™t stop Perseus.

Thankfully, this is when the president shows up to give the final word. โ€œWeโ€™re talking about preventing an attack on the free men and women of the world. Give Mr. Adler whatever he wants,โ€ says Reagan upon entering the room and commenting that it was him, in fact, that approved theย Black Opsย crewโ€™s prior missions. โ€œGentleman, youโ€™ve been given a great task: protecting our very way of life from a great evil. There is no higher duty, there is no higher honor, and while few people will know of your struggles, rest assured the entire free world will benefit. I know you wonโ€™t fail us.โ€

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Itโ€™s a good thing Reagan is here to reassure us, the players, that what weโ€™re doing is in fact Good, or elseย Call of Dutyย fans everywhere might get the wrong impression about Americaโ€™s role in geopolitical conflicts around the globe. Canโ€™t have that happening!

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