Modern Warfare 2 Season 1

In the Modern Warfare 2 release blog, Activision confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 will begin on Wednesday, November 16, the same day as the first season kicks off in Warzone 2.

Activision confirmed that Warzone 2.0 will launch at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT on November 16. Players can pre-load Warzone 2 as of November 14.

Upon release of Warzone 2 Season 1, players will be leveling up through a brand-new Battle Pass while exploring Al Mazrah and the new DMZ mode.

They also revealed that mid-season updates will be making a comeback, announcing that Season 1 Reloaded is coming on December 14.

Warzone 2 & Modern Warfare 2 Battle Pass changes explained

In Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 1, players will be progressing through the Battle Pass with “more choices and more agency than ever before.”

Activision have scrapped the “linear stream of tiers” for a new “multi-Sector map.” Now, players will be looking at a map and using earned Battle Pass Token Tier Skips to unlock items across the map, which will be themed for whichever season the game is in.

The Battle Pass map will have “at least 20 Sectors with five items in each Sector,” adding up to 100 items. This new system allows players to pick and choose which items they would like at any given moment, rather than unlocking a certain item at a certain Tier in the old system.

Players will have control over how they wish to spend their Battle Pass Token Tier Skips, deciding whether they’d like a new Operator skin or one of the new weapons.

Players will need to decide which Sector is most enticing to them, pick it, then start unlocking the items with Tokens.

Warzone 2 Season 1 Battle Pass

This gives players the choice and freedom to pick which items they wish to unlock within the Battle Pass and in the order they prefer.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 brings reimagined maps: Shoot House & Shipment

shoot house in modern warfare 2 season 1

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 is officially bringing the return of Shipment and Shoot House, two “fan favorite” maps that are on a much smaller scale compared to the maps available at launch.

Shoot House will be available at launch of Season 1, while Shipment will be arriving “mid-season,” which is most likely the December 14 Season 1 Reloaded update.

Both maps feature a reimagined design, with Shoot House being set “in the jungles south of Las Almas,” while Shipment is now on a “cargo ship taking on water in a storm-ridden part of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 new weapons

The Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 update will be bringing four new weapons to the game, three of which will be available upon the season’s launch:

  • Victus XMR Sniper Rifle — Imperatorium Platform (Launch, Battle Pass)
  • BAS-P SMG — Bruen Ops Platform (Launch, Battle Pass)
  • Chimera Assault Rifle — Bruen Ops Platform (Mid-Season)
  • M13B Assault Rifle — Bruen Ops Platform (Mid-Season)

modern warfare 2 victus xmr sniper rifle

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 new Operators

The first season of Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 will also bring six new Operators, with three of them being “football-themed Operators” Neymar, Messi, and Pogba.

Here are the three new soldier Operators arriving in Season 1 of Modern Warfare 2 and how to get them:

  • Zeus (Battle Pass, Launch)
  • Klaus (Bundle, Mid-Season)
  • Gaz (Bundle, Mid-Season)

zeus modern warfare 2 season 1 operator

Hardcore mode & Combat Record arrives with Modern Warfare 2 Season 1

Although announced as a launch feature, Hardcore (now called Tier 1), never arrived with Modern Warfare 2 but the devs have confirmed it’s coming with the Season 1 update.

Tier 1 Playlists are almost identical to Hardcore, featuring a limited HUD, lower player health, and enabling friendly fire. Once it arrives, it should be the perfect place to acquire the Mastery Camos.

Further, players will finally be able to see their in-game stats as the Combat Record will also be arriving with Season 1.

Modern Warfare FC event

The new season will also see the Modern Warfare FC event, where players can “sign three of the world’s greatest athletes to your Operator roster by picking up special, limited-time Bundles: Neymar Jr., who will debut on November 21; Paul Pogba, set to debut on November 25; and Leo Messi, who will complete the Operator hat trick on November 29.”

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 CDL Moshpit playlist

The Call of Duty League kicks off in December, and to keep players satisfied until Treyarch’s Ranked Play arrives in 2023, Season 1 brings a new CDL Moshpit playlist that allows players to play like the pros — just without a rank to grind.

According to the blog, the CDL Moshpit playlist will “use the League’s standard rules, restrictions, and map rotation across all three of its official game modes: Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control.”

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 new Spec Ops missions

modern warfare 2 season 1 spec ops mission

The returning Spec Ops mode arrived in Modern Warfare 2 on day one, but the devs are committed to supporting the feature long-term. Season 1 will add a new mission called “High Ground” on launch as well as the first Raid for the mid-season update.

The Modern Warfare 2 Raids will continue the story of Modern Warfare 2’s Campaign, and they are described as “the ultimate challenge for Trios with a mix of stealth, all-out action, and puzzle-solving objectives.”

Warzone 2 & DMZ

If all of this wasn’t enough, Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 will also coincide with the release of Warzone 2 and the new DMZ mode. However, these will come as a separate application that will be downloaded separately from Modern Warfare 2.

Warzone 2 Season 1 new vehicles

Warzone 2 new vehicles

Two new vehicles are being added to the roster of original vehicles in Warzone 2. Players can expect to test out the Heavy Chopper and GMC Hummer EV Pickup when Season 1 launches on November 16.

The Heavy chopper is a “heavily armored search-and-rescue helicopter,” and it can hover in the air without a pilot. Meanwhile, the GMC Hummer EV is an electric truck that is versatile on the ground.

The devs also announced that every vehicle would have a fuel limit, putting an end to unlimited fuel in Warzone 2.0.

“No more unlimited fuel sources — all vehicles (yes, including the EV) use fuel over time, and when it runs out, that vehicle is no longer usable. Vehicles can be refilled either with Gas Cans found around the map or at Gas Stations.”

Third-Person playlist coming to Warzone 2 Season 1

A third-person playlist will debut in Warzone 2.0, but players will have to wait to test out this new mode as it is set to arrive sometime during Season 1 and not at launch.

Players will receive Warzone’s third-person mode in the weekly rotation throughout Season 1. “This shift in perspective could completely change the Battle Royale fundamentals in Call of Duty, allowing for different visibility tactics and an altered, but still action-packed gameplay feel.”

Warzone 2 Season 1 Loadouts

Loadout Drops are one of the main features that set Warzone apart from other battle royales, allowing players to grab their pre-built weapons without needing to loot for individual attachments. Players who preferred this system are in luck, as Infinity Ward have confirmed that both Loadout Drops and Perks will be available when the game drops on November 16.

Warzone 2 loadout drops

Warzone 2 players will be able to utilize a few different methods to receive their full Custom Loadout. There will also be exclusive means to secure the Primary Weapon of their Custom Loadout.

Here are the three methods that players can either get a full Custom Loadout or a Primary Weapon in Warzone 2:

  • Shops – Players can use in-match Cash at the Shops (new name for the Buy Station) to purchase their Primary Weapon from their created Loadouts.
  • Loadout Drop Public Event – Loadout Drops will drop into Al Mazrah in the middle of Battle Royale matches. However, these are not limited or assigned to individual squads, but instead can be accessed by any players.
  • Strongholds and Black Sites – Players can also earn their Loadout in the early game as a reward for clearing a Stronghold or a Black Site.

Essentially, Shops will provide your Primary Weapon from your created loadout for the right price, the Loadout Drop Public Event will provide your entire Custom Loadout, and clearing a Stronghold or a Black Site will also provide a Custom Loadout.

“Additionally, in-match Cash can be used to purchase your Primary Weapon from created Loadouts.”

Now, similar to the original Warzone], players can pick up their chosen selection of weapons, attachments, Perks, and Equipment so they have everything they need to score a victory.

Essentially, the devs have delivered more methods to receiving your Primary Weapon even before you get a chance at securing your entire Custom Loadout.

Warzone 2 Season 1 new Gulag

Warzone 2 Season 1 Gulag

The devs used feedback from players at Call of Duty Next to tweak Warzone 2’s Gulag. The new Gulag will be a mix of old Warzone features with new mechanics added to the fold.

The Gulag will be a 2v2 environment where randomly paired Duos must coordinate to take down their opposition. All players will receive a predefined Loadout — at launch, this will be a Pistol or a Shotgun, a Lethal Grenade, and a Tactical Grenade — with highly effective weaponry and gear placed toward the map’s center.”

In addition, the Gulag will also include a Jailer character. The Jailer will appear in the middle of a match in order to speed up the combat when things get a little slow. If the Jailer is killed by any player in the Gulag all four members of the Gulag fight are returned to the battle royale.

They’ve also gotten rid of the Overtime mechanic. If the allotted time elapses, all players will lose their chance at redeploying.

Source: Call of Duty


How To Get Your Loadout In Warzone 2

Buy your custom weapons at Shops

While it won’t give you your full loadout, you can actually purchase your pre-built primary weapons from Shops around Warzone 2’s Al Mazrah.

Shops are exactly the same as Buy Stations, allowing players to spend in-game cash to purchase various upgrades and redeploy fallen teammates. These Buy Stations will also have a ‘Primary Weapon’ tab where you can purchase the primary weapon, but nothing else.

Open a Loadout Drop

Loadout Drops return in Warzone 2, but unlike the original, you can’t actually buy them. Instead, there will be a Loadout Drop Public Event, where free Loadout Drops will drop “in the middle of battle royale matches.”

These Loadout Drops aren’t assigned to individual squads either, they can be accessed by everyone, so every squad will be fighting over the same Loadout Drop.

Clear a Stronghold or Black Site

The third, and most reliable, way of getting your loadout in Warzone 2 is to clear out a Stronghold or Black Site. These are AI-infested areas that contain high-tier loot and a full loadout, including your Perks and Equipment.

The first squad to clear out a Stronghold and disarm the bomb will get their loadout and a key to a Black Site. Anyone else who arrives and clears out the Stronghold afterward will get their loadout but not a Black Site key.

Black Sites are essentially Strongholds with better loot and a “permanent Weapon Blueprint reward.”

What is Warzone 2’s Interrogation system?

Warzone 2 and DMZ’s roadmap revealed an interrogation system where a player can interrogate a downed enemy player to reveal their teammates’ locations.

We haven’t seen any footage of this system yet, but it will likely be similar to Fortnite and Rainbow Six Siege, where nearby teammates are live-pinged following a successful interrogation.

Teamwork will be even more essential, you’ll want to stay close to your allies to protect them from any would-be interrogators.

How to interrogate enemies in Warzone 2 & DMZ

Warzone 2 player being interrogated

To interrogate a player in Warzone 2 and DMZ, you’ll need to approach them while they’re down and initiate the interrogation. Your character will hold a knife to their throat and pull out a device with a progress bar, so you’ll need to wait a few seconds before it can triangulate the enemies’ positions.

Warzone 2 receives major change to fall damage mechanic

In Verdansk, players had to learn to toe the line between heights that would lead to instant death and falls that would leave them completely unscathed.

Now, the concept is about to become slightly more familiar in Call of Duty: Warzone 2 as Activision have announced the mechanic is set to be revamped and change what players knew about fall damage.

In the OG Warzone experience, there really was no middle ground, you either fell and died or fell and lived without a scratch on you. Now, players are going to have a bit more variation in the outcome of their falls in Al Mazrah.

Warzone 2 is set to normalize fall damage by making it gradual depending on height instead of the notion of all the damage or no damage.

The HP you lose will now be entirely dependent on how high up you were when you fell. For example, if you fall off a 10ft wall, you might lose 30 HP, but if you plummet from a 20ft drop, then your punishment might be closer to death.


What is Warzone 2’s DMZ mode?

Warzone 2’s DMZ is an Escape from Tarkov-themed extraction-style game mode. This is where players load into the map and must battle both other players and AI before extracting loot.

According to the Call of Duty blog, DMZ is “an open-world, narrative-focused extraction mode where Operator squads have free rein to complete faction-based missions, take on additional side objectives, engage with enemy Operators or AI combatants, and search for valuable items, all while fighting to survive toward exfiltration.”

Warzone 2 DMZ looting, weapons & economy

In DMZ, players have insured weapons, which upon death, will be placed on a cooldown until they can be used again. If a player has no insured weapons left, they must go in with a contraband weapon which can be lost forever if they die with it in a match.

Players will be picking up intel and contraband with the new Backpack looting system, which is separate from their Loadout items. In DMZ, players will have to decide what items go in the backpack, and what they must leave behind before extracting.

Currently, it’s still unclear whether DMZ has its own economy, as this wasn’t present when streamers and content creators were able to play the mode during a sample set prior to release, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be there upon release.

Warzone 2 DMZ map & AI

Warzone 2 Al Mazrah map overview

The DMZ mode will take place on the Warzone 2 Al Mazrah map, with AI occupying “large sections of the map.” These NPCs will set up in Strongholds, and you’ll have to battle them before you can reach the loot.

Infinity Ward added that you’ll have the option of choosing missions and objectives on Al Mazrah during a DMZ match. Alternatively, you can also check out a “variety of activities in the world.”

Call of Duty are said to be releasing an overview of the mode prior to release, so as they release more information about DMZ, we’ll be sure to update this piece.


What are Black Sites in Warzone 2?

Black Sites are areas in Warzone 2’s Al Mazrah that are more dangerous than a Stronghold, giving players who clear them out even more valuable in-game items and their loadout.

Expect to contend with some high-tier AI as well as real players who are looking to grab your plunder once you leave the Black Site.

How to open Black Sites in Warzone 2

To open a Black Site in Warzone 2, you’ll need to be the first player or team to clear out a Stronghold. Defeating all of the AI and defusing the bomb will grant you a Black Site key which is used to open one of these more dangerous areas.

If you arrive at a Stronghold after another team has cleared it out then you won’t be able to get a Black Site key, but you’ll be able to grab some loot and your loadout.

Free Weapon Blueprint reward with Warzone 2 Black Sites

Successfully clearing a Black Site by eliminating all of the AI will reward Warzone 2 players with an exclusive Weapon Blueprint that they’ll get to keep, although the devs haven’t revealed what it is yet.

Plenty of other free Blueprint rewards were up for grabs in the original Warzone, but we’ll likely have to wait until the first squad or player clears a Black Site once the battle royale releases on November 16 to know for sure.