Bizarre True Events That Inspired Call of Duty: Cold War (‘Perseus’ Teaser)

Aug 20, 2020

The new teaser for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War was released yesterday. It’s the #1 trending video on YouTube despite not showing any gameplay footage.

Why? It may be its backstory, which developers say is inspired by true events — that a Soviet spy codenamed PERSEUS “has infiltrated Western intelligence.”

His goal: to “subvert the U.S. to ensure Soviet dominance in the arms race.”

But, how true is this? Do actual decrypted KGB messages show Perseus was real? Or is what really happened even stranger?

Be sure to watch through the end of the episode, as this story takes a lot of twists and turns.

Sources in order of mention

COD teaser:

Venona, PERS decrypt

Venona PERS mentions[]=collection:%22nsia-venona%22&sin=TXT

Chikov and Yatskov statements, 91-92, Perseus is real:

“Perseus papers”:

Sudoplatov book


Ted Hall Venona

NYT: PERS is McNutt

CIA paper: Perseus isn’t real

LANL presentation: Perseus probably doesn’t exist

Video credits

Jeff Quitney (CC 3.0)

Jeff Quitney (CC 3.0)