Season 6 of Modern Warfare and Warzone is almost upon us. You have hours—not days—to wrap up the Season 5 Battle Pass.
Season 6 could be the last season for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare before the launch of Call Of Duty: Black Ops, but Warzone will keep on going strong with a new Black Ops coat of paint. It’s also possible that we’ll get one more Modern Warfare season and that Cold War’s first season won’t start until weeks after the game’s launch, a scenario that I would prefer. Then again, I still think Cold War should have been pushed back to 2021.
We shall see.
For now, we have a lot of information about Season 6 to share with you, including the Season 6 roadmap, Battle Pass, gameplay trailer and all the fun new stuff coming to both Modern Warfare and Warzone, including a Halloween event.
Season 6 begins tomorrow, September 29th and if you’re on PS4 you can pre-download the update now and install it this evening.
The file is surprisingly small(ish) for a big seasonal update, at least compared to past updates:
PlayStation 4: 19.3 GB
Xbox One: 22.66 GB
PC: 57 GB (Modern Warfare owners) and 25.5 GB (Warzone only owners)
However, console players will need to also install compatibility packs if they own the full version of Modern Warfare and not just the free-to-play battle royale Warzone in order to play multiplayer, co-op and survival modes. These clock in at:
PlayStation 4 Compatibility Pack: 7.8 GB
PlayStation 4 Survival Pack: 5.8 GB
Xbox One Compatibility Pack: 8 GB
Xbox One Survival Pack: 5.9 GB
New Content — Warzone
In Warzone, the biggest addition to the game and the sprawling map of Verdansk is the new subway system. This system connects multiple stations across the map, allowing you to travel quickly beneath the city.
The subway system is called the “Metro” in game, and it provides fast travel between different stations. You can also find loot and lay ambushes at these stations, though there’s a catch. According to Activision, “it will not travel to a station that falls outside the safe area during Battle Royale matches, nor move a single inch if there is any conflict aboard its cars.”
Stations can be found at:
- Verdansk International Airport
- Lozoff Pass
- Verdansk Center
- Downtown Tavorsk District
- Barakett Shopping District
- Verdansk Train Station
- Torsk Bloc
In this new game mode, squads will each start the game off with an armored cargo truck. These have armor plating and a turret gun. So long as your truck is still in one piece, players will respawn. Once the truck is destroyed, respawns are disabled. The last squad standing—with or without a cargo truck—wins.
Activision says that this season’s weapon drops will be “more streamlined” and will include a “combination of familiar armaments and new blueprints will be a part of this more streamlined Season Six weapon rotation, which includes six Common, 10 Uncommon, 13 Rare, 18 Epic and 24 Legendary variants.”
New Content — Modern Warfare
The most exciting thing about any new season in Modern Warfare is the batch of new maps. The game is getting two new multiplayer maps, one new Gunfight map and one new Ground War map.
Station (Gunfight) — Another small map, Station is set inside a Kastovian train station with a bunch of box cars to climb up or hide behind. Players will need to weight the pros and cons of verticality against increased exposure.
Broadcast (6v6) — This is an old Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map revived for Modern Warfare 2019. It’s essentially the same as the TV Station area in Warzone. Broadcast is a large map with plenty of close quarters areas featuring balconies and lots of indoor and outdoor areas.
Mialstor Tank Factory (6v6 / 10v10) — This is an even larger map with lots of open areas and long sight lines. It also has indoor and outdoor sections and includes both a warehouse and a tank factory with accessible rooftops. The 10v10 version will be slightly larger than the 6v6 version of the map.
Verdansk Riverside (Ground War) — The largest of the new maps is, of course, for Ground War mode. It’s basically the same as the area in Warzone near the Gora River across from the airport. Fight across numerous buildings and along the village’s dangerous streets with an arsenal that includes vehicles.
Modern Warfare players will also get some new modes.
Killstreak Confirmed — Basically this is Kill Confirmed but the only way to earn Killstreaks is to collect dog-tags. Your streaks won’t reset on death, either, and streaks will “wrap” so after you use all three you can start earning them all over again, potentially using the same streak more than once per life. This should be absolute madness.
Gun Game TDM — This is a hybrid Gun Game / Team Deathmatch mode. Basically you pick a loadout only for perks and equipment. Your gun is assigned at random and changes each time you get a kill. Like normal Gun Game, the final weapon is the Combat Knife, but instead of winning the game with a melee kill, it simply resets the cycle back to the starting weapon. The goal is reaching the target kill count, like in TDM, in order to win. This is a fun way to shake up TDM—one of my least favorite modes. I love Gun Game.
HQ: Firefight — This is a Headquarters variant that awards points for both holding the HQ and earning kills. So basically TDM + HQ, allowing teams to narrow the points gap by earning kills when the HQ isn’t active yet. Like normal Headquarters, once an HQ is captured that team’s respawns are disabled.
Hardpoint: Hills and Kills — Basically Hardpoint + TDM, this works just like HQ: Firefight, awarding points for holding the hardpoint and nabbing kills.
Activision and Infinity Ward have released a roadmap showing which of these maps and modes will be available at the start of the season and which will come later on, usually with the big mid-season update:
As you can see, a ton of content is coming at launch, including the new Battle Pass and all that entails (see below) as well as all the new maps, a new Vampire Bat finishing move and Killstreak Confirmed.
New modes then roll out each week. Had Point Hills & Kills is week 2, Gun Game TDM is week 3 alongside HQ Firefight, Gunfight Tournament lands in Week 4, TDM Snipers Only also lands in Week 4 and so on and so forth.
The Haunting of Verdansk, a Halloween-themed event, runs from October 20th – November 3rd.
The Season 6 Battle Pass
As always, the Season 6 Battle Pass includes 100 tiers of rewards with fully one fifth of those available to all players. The free tiers include two new weapons and a bunch of blueprints, vehicle skins, new War Tracks that play when you’re in a vehicle, and lots more. The War Tracks are all free tiers in the Season 6 Battle Pass and include:
- Jack Harlow’s “Whats Poppin’”
- DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”
- Clipse’s “Grindin”
There will also be Halloween-themed vehicle skins and 1300 COD points to earn in the Battle Pass, which costs $10.
New Weapons (Free for all players to unlock)
SP-R208 (Tier 15) — This is a bolt-action marksman rifle with high accuracy and lots of Gunsmith customization options. Apparently it’s one of the most accurate weapons in its class.
AS-VAL Assault Rifle (Tier 31) — The 13th Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare and Warzone, this is a rifle built around stealth and accuracy with a built-in suppressor and a high rate of fire. It uses subsonic 9x39mm ammo.
Alongside various Operator skins in the Season 6 Battle Pass there will be two brand new Operators. Farah is a playable character and freedom fighter from Modern Warfare 2019 (though she’s mostly an NPC in the game) and is the Tier 1 Operator for Season 6. She has some skin styles you can unlock through challenges:
Tier 1 “Instant Unlocks” include Farah plus the new Poloski skin for Minotaur, the Gilded Arm Epic Assault Rifle Blueprint and the 10% XP boost for the rest of the season.
Nikolai, first introduced in Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the Tier 100 Operator. The Russian informant and veteran soldier also has several unlockable skin styles:
Also unlocked on Tier 100: VSS Legendary Assault Rifle Blueprint, Grizzly End Cargo Truck Skin, and the Season 6 Emblem.
Battle Pass owners will also get a 10% XP boost throughout the season and can unlock Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens, weapon charms, watches, stickers, emblems and calling cards.
You can also spend 2400 COD points (about $24) to purchase the Battle Pass Bundle and unlock 20 tiers all at once. It’s cheaper than purchasing tiers individually, but if you plan on playing enough to get through the whole Battel Pass you might as well just buy the normal 1000 COD point version.
That’s pretty much it. I’ll have some impressions and a rundown of everything new in the game tomorrow once I’ve played the new content, so stay tuned to this blog and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Thanks for reading!