Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 recently launched on October 28, but the Season 1 update is just weeks away, and this inaugural season will include the arrival of the Warzone sequel and new mode. DMZ. Here’s everything we know so far about the big update.
Call of Duty Season 1 Start Times
Season 1 is set to arrive on November 16 for Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0. Activision hasn’t revealed the specific start time for the season, but past seasonal updates have typically gone live around 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST. We should know the exact dates and pre-upload times soon.
What to expect from Season 1
Modern Warfare Season 1 and the new Warzone will likely include the standard seasonal content with a battle pass, new operators, weapon bundles, and seasonal challenges. There will likely be weapon tweaks and bug fixes in the update as well.
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For Modern Warfare 2, Activision has already indicated that Season 1 will include the return of a fan-favorite multiplayer map. Additional missions are also confirmed to be coming to Modern Warfare 2’s Spec Ops co-op mode.
Call of Duty’s Hardcode mode, which is a multiplayer playlist with lower health and a removed HUD, didn’t launch with Modern Warfare 2 this year. Instead, Infinity Ward announced that the Hardcore Playlist had been renamed “Tier 1” and would arrive with the start of Season 1.
Later in the season, players can expect Raids to come. The Raids feature is launching as part of the Spec Ops mode, as Activision has stated that Spec Ops will receive the first episode of Raids for players to master on December 14 with the start of the Mid-Season Update. Raids are described as a three-player cooperative “engagement” that Activision says will require “teamwork and strategic puzzle-solving” between intense firefights. The Raids also appear to include additional narrative, as Activision mentioned the Raids as being “a direct continuation of the campaign”.
For those looking for a competitive challenge, a CDL Moshpit playlist is set to arrive in Season 1. Specific details were not given, but this playlist will likely feature modes used for the 2023 Call of Duty season. League. Call of Duty’s competitive ranked play mode has been confirmed for Modern Warfare 2 sometime in 2023, which will feature CDL maps and modes with the inclusion of skill splits, rankings and rewards, but this will probably arrive after season 1.
A new free sequel is coming to Warzone. Warzone 2.0 features the all-new Al Mazrah map, which will introduce new circle mechanics, with multiple circles spawning and changing end-game scenarios before merging into a final circle.
Al Mazrah will also feature a revamped and more complex “Gulag 2.0”, where players must compete via 2v2 instead of the normal 1v1 arena. Here we highlight all the Gulag changes and new features that players can expect.
The launch of Warzone also includes the arrival of DMZ, which Activision described as an all-new “sandbox experience” played on the Al Mazrah map. We still don’t have many details on DMZ, but it is a mining mode with similarities to Escape from Tarkov. More information on the mode should be closer to launch.
Modern Warfare 2 was released on October 28 and grossed $800 million worldwide in just three days, which topped Modern Warfare 3’s initial sales in 2011 as the previous record holder. For more on Modern Warfare 2, check out GameSpot’s Modern Warfare 2 campaign and multiplayer reviews.
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