Introducing Stitch: Adler’s Adversary Carrying Out Perseus’ Vision

This ex-KGB chemical weapons expert will stop at nothing to destroy the man who cost him everything, and advance Perseus’ march toward global domination. Available in the Season One Battle Pass, this is Stitch.

Introducing Stitch: Adler’s Adversary Carrying Out Perseus’ Vision

This ex-KGB chemical weapons expert will stop at nothing to destroy the man who cost him everything, and advance Perseus’ march toward global domination. Available in the Season One Battle Pass, this is Stitch.

Nearly a decade after his escape from captivity, the man punished for not repelling the CIA’s raid on Rebirth Island re-emerges with a vengeance, joining the Warsaw Pact’s elite Operators as an agent of Perseus.

Luring the operative he blames for his downfall to a New Jersey mall, he’ll go far beyond “an eye for an eye” to exact his revenge.

This is Stitch, a new playable Operator available through the Season One Battle Pass in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone™. Here is his story:

Born in the Soviet Union on the cusp of World War II, Vikhor Kuzmin was a bright child and a promising student. He graduated from the Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology’s Faculty of Technology of Organic Substances and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1959.

As one of the division’s top undergraduate students, he was recruited by the KGB Operations and Technology Directorate to work within their Laboratory 12 R&D facility.

Unknown to the West until much later in the Cold War, this laboratory was notorious for developing poisons and bioweapons, often testing them on human subjects.

Becoming an expert on chemical weapons during the six years he worked at the facility, Kuzmin helped discover how to re-synthesize deadly Nova 6 gas based on the samples recovered by the Red Army toward the end of World War II.

With Cold War tensions rising, the decision was made to create a stockpile of Nova 6, and Kuzmin’s experience and track record marked him as an obvious candidate to manage the secret production facilities on Rebirth Island.

For three years, he reported directly to Colonel Kravchenko as the island toiled to manufacture and test the deadly gas. But in early 1968, Rebirth Island’s facilities and their purpose were discovered by the CIA.

Acting swiftly, the CIA raided the remote complex in February of 1968 and despite mounting a fierce defense of the island, Kuzmin was captured. Interrogated by Agent Russell Adler, Kuzmin gave up nothing more than his name and rank. Frustrated, and eager to send a message to Kuzmin’s boss, Kravchenko, Adler cut out Kuzmin’s left eye, but he still would not break.

Following a brief hearing after his return to Moscow, Kuzmin was found guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to prevent the American raid. Kravchenko stripped him of his rank before sending him to the Petropavlovsk Gulag.

In captivity, a dark desire for vengeance against Adler and Kravchenko grew in Kuzmin, now nicknamed “Stitch” by the gulag guards after the angry scar on his face. The State to which he had been loyal had abandoned him, and the American had cost him everything.

Over the next five years, Stitch had plenty of time to nurture that rage – to focus and fan the embers into a fiercely incandescent flame.

In 1976, an attack on this Gulag by unknown operatives left many guards and prisoners dead. In the aftermath, Stitch’s body could not be found.

His whereabouts would remain a mystery until Adler, investigating the aftermath of Perseus’s daring raid on a nuclear silo during the climax of Able Archer ’83 exercise started to turn up whispers of his involvement with the operation.

Unfortunately for Adler, he was unaware that he was hunted and not the hunter.  After mounting a deadly assault on his CIA safehouse, Stitch lured Adler and his team into a trap within a New Jersey mall, revealing himself amid dozens of Nova 6 canisters ready to be deployed around the world.

His Past and Present, Available in the Battle Pass

Stitch is available as an instant reward at Tier 0 of the Season One Battle Pass, with his first skin – “Redacted” – including his signature respirator – essential equipment for someone so frequently used to working with deadly chemical weapons.

A set of two Operator Missions offers four more skins for Stitch: a more urban warfare look in “Siberian Ghost,” his personal hazmat suit “Toxic Terror,” a naval-themed attire set in “Storm Diver,” and “Spectre,” a skin fitting for a ghost from Adler’s past. The sets also include two Calling Cards and two Emblems.

That is all just one part of the Tier 0 rewards. Others include the “Traveler” skin for Adler and another Operator Mission, an ‘80s-inspired “Silver Flash” Watch, and a global XP boost that lasts for the duration of Season One.

Another set of skins can be unlocked at the other end of the Tier 100 Battle Pass, all based on the theme of Stitch’s time during his sentence – and escape – from the Gulag. This is most clearly seen with the orange jumpsuit included in the “Prisoner” skin, with two additional skins – the darker “New Warden” and the all-white “Stripes” – unlockable via the Operator Mission.

No matter which skin you choose for Stitch, be prepared to seek and destroy any of NATO’s finest operatives in Multiplayer or in Warzone, especially if Adler himself is standing between you and victory.

Grab the Battle Pass when Season One launches in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and execute the mission on behalf of Perseus.

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