Activision and Infinity Ward have released the official trailer and roadmap for Season 5 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Season 5 officially begins in-game on Wednesday, August 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with the latest patch update.
Season 5 Roadmap
Here’s what you need to know about Season 5 in Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Warzone Content: Verdansk Opens Up
- The Stadium Gets Cracked: As you might have gathered by now, the Acropolis National Arena (AKA Verdansk Stadium) is receiving a multitude of new visitors now that the Shadow Company announced their presence in an explosive, roof-based insertion. Time to retool your strategy and rethink your drop plans around this massive super-structure, complete with a pitch surrounded by rows of seating, an additional underground parking structure, a concession stand lobby as well as other multiple interior concourses and field access you can secure and compete to control.
- The Train Station is Lit Up: The Stadium isn’t the only large-scale location getting interior access; the ornate and imposing Verdansk Train Station is also open for Operators. The station buildings feature a number of inside locations to explore; all linked to the main ticket hall and platforms. This significantly changes the overall look, feel, and tactical outlook in and around this area of the Warzone map.
- Freight Train: On Track for Epic Confrontations: A hulking freight train is on a path of destruction, and it’s up to you and your fellow Operators to use this locomotive behemoth to your tactical advantage! The train rolls through one of the main arterial railroad tracks that circumnavigates the southwestern part of Verdansk in a large loop. It can be a source of protection, an epicenter of firefights, and even offers some exceptional takedown potential if your team claims the train for themselves, and guards it with additional vehicles and heavy weaponry.
- Going Up in the World: Exterior Ascension: Need to take down a troublesome sniper? During past navigations through multi-floored building interiors (usually located in downtown Tavorsk District), you may have clamped onto a vertical zip line inside an elevator shaft to gain quicker access to the top of the structure. Now you can expect additional and strategically positioned Exterior Ascenders dotted throughout Verdansk. These will primarily be attached to the exterior of taller buildings, enabling you to gain a tactical and height advantage from a different angle, and with more haste than ever before.
Modes, Weapon Changes, and More Updates to Warzone
- Mini Royale: This condenses the craziest parts of the main Battle Royale mode into faster-paced chunks of chaotic and almost constant combat. Mini Royale lowers the number of Operators sent into Verdansk but quickens the BR experience: Only the first and last five minutes of a normal BR game exist meaning rapid deployment, constant movement, and high-kill strategies are set to yield victories that are both short and sweet.
- Weapon Rotation: The weaponry you discover lying on the ground or in Supply Crates has been meticulously updated to potentially provide new pre-Loadout Drop weapon tactics for your squad. Expect eight Common, 13 Uncommon, 15 Rare, 19 Epic, and 25 Legendary variants to find throughout Verdansk.
Wartracks: Jam out to some sweet MW tunes while your cruising through Verdansk with Wartracks, available in the Battle Pass. Get three unique songs including the pulse pounding “Sepulchre” to amp up your Warzone experience. Equip one track to a specific vehicle in the Vehicle Customization menu (like Battle Horns), then as soon you hop in, the music gets turned up. Your entire squad can listen to the beat while you drive, and let the song guide you to your primary objective – survival. All three tracks are instantly unlocked when you purchase the Battle Pass.
Modern Warfare Content: New Free Maps, Modes, and More
Four Free Multiplayer Maps in New Environments
If you own the full version of Modern Warfare, we’ve upped the map content accordingly; expect to play four new maps in Season Five. These are all set to deliver brand new destinations and test your skills in all major modes from Gunfight to Ground War:
Livestock – Gunfight (Available at Season Launch)
Don’t let this bucolic pastoral farm environment fool you: This is the setting for some of the fastest and deliriously frenetic Gunfight battles yet seen in Modern Warfare!
A rural compound set around a central barn structure, Operators can use hay bales and agricultural equipment scattered around the map as cover. A deceptively simple layout, you’ll discover a honeycomb of flank routes that take you in and around the barn, designed primarily for quick close-quarter combat.
Petrov Oil Rig – Multiplayer (Available at Season Launch)
Prepare for large 6v6 gun battles aboard a sprawling, operational oilrig in the frigid waters of a classified ocean location well away from the usual Modern Warfare locales. Recently abandoned due to ongoing hostilities between Coalition and Allegiance forces, the rig is surrounded by deep murky water, cargo ships, a docked submarine, other oil rigs, and distant glaciers.
This new map is divided into five distinct sections, with players starting on opposite ends of the rig; either at a lifeboat muster station or a helicopter landing pad. Other areas to explore include a central bridge, an interior cafeteria, oil storage, and the massive rig drill itself.
Expect to engage in close to mid-range combat, with a few longer sightlines that give marksman or sniper rifles potential counter-play opportunities against their CQB and mid-distance counterparts.
Suldal Harbor – Multiplayer (Available at Season Launch)
Long-time veterans or map fanatics will recognize this map from the franchise’s first ever Multiplayer experiences, while others will be introduced to this classic map for the first time here in Season Five. Set in a Middle Eastern harbor, this medium-sized 6v6 Multiplayer map has Operators weaving through a variety of dockside structures and scenery, including shipping areas, fish markets, and weather-beaten administrative buildings. This harbor is located within a large port city that boasts a medieval castle perched on a distant bluff, but there’s little time for sightseeing.
Enter the building interiors within the harbor if you’re attempting to flank or defend an objective, but don’t be caught off guard by ignoring your corners. The main flow of the map is dictated by the violence erupting at the choke points between the shipping areas and fish market locations.
This means those Operators bringing shotguns, SMGs, or assault rifles to the Harbor are likely to have an easier time outflanking their opponents, with longer ranged weaponry being more advantageous in a few key areas around the map. Need to hold one of those tight choke points and stop a foe from reaching their objective? You might want to pack a long-range rifle – assault, sniper, or marksman – with optional extended mags or an LMG.
Verdansk International Airport – Ground War (Available at Season Launch)
For those favoring large-scale combat, prepare to see Verdansk International Airport in a whole new light. Previously only accepting arrivals in Warzone, this Ground War map takes place in and around the airport. The zone encompasses the airport interior, parking garage, adjacent apartment complex and subway entrance, as well as the hangars along the eastern edge of the map.
No matter your style of play, there’s a place to gain the tactical advantage: If you favor running and gunning or close quarters combat, explore and battle across the airport itself, from the multi-floor mezzanine to the maintenance corridors and baggage claim carousel. Or head into the parking lot garage and take up a raised or hidden position within the burned-out vehicle wreckage. Consider taking up refuge inside one of the main building interiors and go to work.
Favor more long-range sniping? Then stay on the rooftops, particularly on the apartment complex tenement buildings. Also expect emergent squad and gunplay moments to be created throughout the many exterior spaces and between capture points; amplified once you or your team utilizes the tanks and APCs on offer here.
Even More Free Content: Multiplayer Modes and Missions
Season Five is also set to deliver new game modes, as well as playlists, mosh pits, and other additional updates during the Season. Expected content includes:
- Bare Bones: Ready to focus on pure, unadulterated combat? Then try out Bare Bones; a rotation of TDM, Domination, HQ, Hardpoint, and Kill Confirmed with the same rulesets as before, albeit with one important distinction: There are no Killstreaks, no Field Upgrades, and no perks.
- Search and Destroy Double Down: This variant game mode features elements from the classic Search and Destroy; where one team must plant a demolition charge on an enemy weapons cache. Except this time the stakes are higher as the scale is bigger; this is a 12v12, not the usual 6v6. Expect tactics and chaos!
- Season Five Missions and Challenges: Whether you’re playing Multiplayer or Warzone, the Challenges tab allows you to easily tailor your progression through the Season’s Ranks whether you’re focusing on Daily, Weekly, or Mission Challenges. Crave an even bigger Challenge for massive rewards? Over a dozen Mastery Challenges have been added across Warzone and Multiplayer for only the most elite players. In addition, don’t forget to visit the Barracks and check on your new Rank Progression section to see all Season Five’s ribbons and Officer Challenges. Focus on maxing out your Officer Ranks to earn a unique weapon blueprint.
The trailer for Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 5 was released earlier this week, which can be viewed here.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Release date rumors, Warzone integration, leaks
Here’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2 including its rumored release date, maps, game modes, and platforms.
There’s a ton of anticipation for Modern Warfare 2, and here’s everything that we know about Call of Duty 2022 so far, including the release date, a new mode called DMZ, and the game’s platforms.
Call of Duty fans are looking forward to the release of Modern Warfare 2, and there is a ton of speculation about the 2022 title since the developers officially revealed the title and logo for the new CoD game.
Luckily, we’ve been able to gather details about the Modern Warfare sequel like the release date, new game modes, and platforms, as well as some interesting leaks about the game’s content.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty 2022.
- Call of Duty 2022 title
- Modern Warfare 2 release date rumors
- MW2 studios
- Modern Warfare 2 engine
- Modern Warfare 2 maps
- CoD 2022 Warzone integration
- MW2 modes
- Modern Warfare 2 SBMM rework
- Modern Warfare 2 Perks and Last Stand return
- MW2 platforms
- Modern Warfare 2 campaign leaks
What is Call of Duty 2022’s title?
Call of Duty is officially heading back to the present day, with the developers officially confirming Modern Warfare 2 to be the 2022 entry in their popular annual gaming franchise.
The developers stated “it should be obvious” that they’re working on the sequel after the huge success of 2019’s Modern Warfare, which has managed to sell over 30 million copies since its release.
On April 28, 2022, developers Infinity Ward also revealed Modern Warfare 2’s official logo. It blends the ‘MW’ of the 2019 title with the iconic green color scheme of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 release date rumors
At the time of writing, the developers have not confirmed the exact release date for Modern Warfare 2, but they did state that the game would release sometime in Fall 2022.
This lines up with Activision’s record as most previous titles in this popular franchise were released between October and November, so it makes sense for Call of Duty 2022 to come around the same time.
Thanks to in-game files, we also know that Vanguard and Warzone Pacific could potentially end on a fifth season, as opposed to the traditional sixth. This could have an impact on Modern Warfare 2’s release date, but we will be sure to update this article once we have more concrete information.
Which studios are behind Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2?
According to leaker ‘RalphsValve,’ Modern Warfare 2’s development is a collaborative effort between 11 different developers. Infinity Ward is expected to be the lead studio with Treyarch also helping out.
Here are all the rumored Modern Warfare 2 developers:
- High Moon Studios
- Toys for Bob
- Infinity Ward Austin, TX
- Infinity Ward Poland
- Infinity Ward, LA
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2’s new engine
After Modern Warfare 2’s official announcement, Infinity Ward also confirmed that the 2022 Call of Duty title will be built on a brand-new engine, which the company has “been working on for years,”
This new engine is meant to improve players’ experience on all platforms, and the developers have also confirmed that they will use it to lay the foundation of a “new Warzone experience” in Warzone 2.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 maps
Both leakers RalphsValve and Tom Henderson claim that classic Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps will arrive in CoD 2022.
In a video covering everything known about CoD 2022 so far, Henderson said that these maps have been taken from the scrapped Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, of which only the campaign released.
Here are the returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:
Favela would pit players against each other in enclosed areas while Terminal provided some excellent sniping opportunities to Call of Duty players during long-range combat situations.
Highrise led to tons of 360, no-scope montages and birthed several world-famous CoD clans and Shipment is so popular that it’s currently still featured in titles like Call of Duty: Vanguard.
According to a report from industry insider Tom Henderson, these maps are set to arrive in Warzone 2, but they may not be available at the sequel’s launch. Instead, players might have to wait for them to be added later.
Henderson stated that it’s possible for these maps to appear in future seasons even if they’re not available at launch. However, these are currently just leaks, and we might see the addition of entirely different maps in the final game once it arrives.
Call of Duty 2022 Warzone 2 integration
According to some leaks, Call of Duty 2022 will integrate with the Warzone sequel in the same way that Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard integrated with the first Warzone.
Warzone 2 was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and later supported by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson. Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
- Read more: How to Stim Super Slide in Warzone Pacific
For everything you need to know about a possible Warzone sequel, you can take a look at our Warzone 2 guide where we’ve compiled a list of rumors and leaks associated with the title.
Call of Duty 2022 game modes
Leakers such as Tom Henderson have claimed that Modern Warfare 2 will come with a brand-new game mode – DMZ. While we don’t know exactly what the game mode will entail, the leaker described this mode as “MWII’s take on Escape From Tarkov.”
Henderson believes the mode will have been in development for over four years by the time Modern Warfare 2 releases, and you’ll drop into several locations and will have to plunder through abandoned homes, buildings, vehicles, crates, and corpses. He also said that the area has been made up of maps from the original MW2 which act as POIs.
On May 6, notable Call of Duty data miner ‘TheGhostOfHope’ claimed that Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ will be available in beta form when the game arrives. In their tweet, they quoted an unknown source that supposedly works for either Activision or Infinity.
TheGhostOfHope tweeted: “Something like the DMZ doesn’t become final until the general public has gotten hands on it. It’s a large mode that needs maintenance.” So, players should be able to try out the beta upon Modern Warfare 2’s release.
In another tweet, TheGhostOfHope implied that the comparisons of this brand-new Modern Warfare 2 game mode to Battlestate Games’ Escape From Tarkov are accurate.
After being asked exactly how similar this mode is to Escape from Tarkov, Ghost responded: “What you take with you you can lose. [It’s] more tactical. Etc.”
Tarkov tasked players with carrying out raids and battling their enemies as part of a plot to escape. So, Call of Duty players can expect a noticeably different experience than they’re used to.
TheGhostOfHope also claims that DMZ has at least 4 different maps that are currently being worked on. All of these maps are unique in their design with some being open-world while others are more linear.
In this same tweet, the Call of Duty leaker stated: “The Warzone 2 map is entirely separate and is not in any way connected to DMZ.”
Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ reportedly also feature a marketplace where players can go to purchase and sell items. When you drop into this game mode, you can head to the marketplace to “earn skins, blueprints, and more.”
At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether this marketplace will require players to spend CoD Points or if the developers will introduce a brand-new in-game currency to use.
Attackers v. Defenders
Leaker RalphsValve has also claimed that MW2 will feature a Rainbow Six Siege-inspired mode called Attackers v. Defenders. However, leakers such as Tom Henderson have disputed the claim.
This mode will see players attack and defend objective sites while utilizing “hidden locations, booby traps and cameras.”
Attackers v. Defenders would have a revamped health system, and players are able to assign each of their squad members separate roles such as “Squad Leader.”
However, prominent CoD leakers TheMW2Ghost and Tom Henderson claim their sources say “it was a scrapped mode from MW19 and they haven’t heard or seen anything regarding it coming to MW II.”
Henderson did clarify that “It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not coming, but I’m inclined to believe people working on the project/or with very good connections at the studio.”
These two modes are only leaks or rumors at this point, so have yet to be confirmed. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we learn some more official information about Modern Warfare 2’s game modes.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 SBMM rework
Skill-based matchmaking has been one of the most controversial aspects of Call of Duty titles, and a report from CoD leaker ‘RalphsValve’ claims that the developers could be aiming to revise the SBMM to be “less debilitating” in Modern Warfare 2.
According to this leak, the devs aim to make games feel less strict, but Modern Warfare 2 could still keep the controversial feature of disbanding lobbies after each game comes to an end.
RalphsValve’s source claims that the new SBMM rework will be less punishing for more skilled players and low-skill players will be able to enjoy fair games with opponents of a similar ranking.
The source also added that Bot Pools might be integrated into both Warzone 2 and the DMZ mode for players finding the game too difficult. Disbanding lobbies will not be removed from the SBMM system.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 Perk changes & Last Stand return
Call of Duty leaker ‘TheGhostOfHope’ claims that the Perk system will receive a major change in Modern Warfare 2 that will allow players to choose four Perks rather than the traditional three.
The leaker also claimed that the Last Stand Perk will return, allowing players to be downed with their pistol out before dying. However, it will now act as a Field Upgrade rather than a Perk.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 Pro Perks return
On May 20, Tom Henderson claimed that Pro Perks were a part of the recent Warzone 2 playtests. These were superior versions of standard Perks in the original Modern Warfare 2.
While these are expected to appear in Warzone, the industry insider claimed that they could also make their way to the MW2 multiplayer as a shared feature. However, they may not be available to use on your loadout, and you may have to loot them during a match.
Accroding to this leak, one way to obtain these could be by looting Strongholds. We’ll be sure to update this article once more information about these is revealed.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 platforms
According to Henderson, Modern Warfare 2 will be available on both current-gen and past-generation consoles.
“It’s currently believed that this will be the last Call of Duty coming to past generation consoles, but it will ultimately depend on the console market conditions,” Tom Henderson tweeted.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 campaign leaks
Back in September, individuals on Reddit and Medium blog noticed a back-end server opening into NVIDIA’s GeForce technology site that let them see the games being tested out on their servers.
One of the games by Activision and Infinity Ward was listed as “Project Cortez,” which is a possible codename for Modern Warfare 2. After this, some new potential plot details for Call of Duty 2022 were shared by VGC.
According to the leak, “Modern Warfare’s sequel will include a campaign involving US special forces fighting a covert war against Columbian drug cartels.” This was also backed up by Tom Henderson.
Henderson has also said that the AI will see significant improvements from previous CoD games, where they’ll act realistically to getting shot.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and this information has yet to be verified by the developers themselves. Until they officially announce something, you should take this with a grain of salt.
For more Call of Duty content, you can check out how Vanguard players reveal features they don’t want to see in Modern Warfare 2 as well as this leak that Modern Warfare 2 will finally bring a firing range to Warzone 2.
Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward
Which packs are needed for Modern Warfare Multiplayer? Full list
Modern Warfare is a huge game that players need a lot of storage for. Luckily, only certain Modern Warfare packs are needed for Multiplayer.
Knowing what data packs you need to download to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer can be quite confusing, so we put together a detailed list of what you need and how much space it takes up.
Call of Duty’s Multiplayer has been a fan favorite mode of the franchise pretty much since it was released, and although Modern Warfare isn’t the latest installment, players are still enjoying it.
With the Call of Duty games evolving every year, it’s only natural that the data needed is larger. Therefore, some players may be wondering what data packs they need solely for the Multiplayer mode.
What packs are needed for Modern Warfare Multiplayer?
In recent history, the developers have allowed players to pick and choose what data to download due to the huge amount of storage that the games take up.
This way, players who only play the Multiplayer can uninstall the data for the campaign and any other extra modes. This is great, as it prevents storage from being taken up modes you don’t play.
Luckily there isn’t much that players actually need to play Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer.
Here’s a list of all the Modern Warfare Multiplayer packs you need to have downloaded:
- Base Game: 88.7 GB
- Multiplayer pack: 6.0 GB
- Multiplayer pack 2: 19.9 GB
- Multiplayer and Special Ops Pack: 21.3 GB
In total, this comes to 135.9 GB big and will require a sizable amount of your console storage.
For those on Xbox One, you will need all three of the Modern Warfare Multiplayer packs mentioned above to run the Multiplayer mode.
For those on PC or PlayStation, you only need Data Pack 1 and the Multiplayer Pack 2 in order to run Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer.
So, for those who are either bored of Warzone like some popular streamers have been lately, you may want to head back over to the classic Multiplayer and give the new CX-9 SMG a try. With that being said, these are the data packs you’ll need to do so.
For more on Call of Duty, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the best PC Settings for Warzone Pacific Season 3.
Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision
Modern Warfare 2 shown to NFL prospects: Title confirmed & first impressions
As top prospects prepare for the NFL draft, they’re getting a first look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 during a private CoD event.
NFL draft prospects are giving their first impressions of Modern Warfare 2 as they get an exclusive look at the new Call of Duty title.
Although Vanguard Season 3 has only just begun, Call of Duty players are already looking forward to the next installment in the franchise. The Modern Warfare series is beloved by many players across the globe, thus the excitement for Modern Warfare 2 is high.
There are certainly a ton of rumors beginning to swirl but thanks to a private CoD event for some of the NFL’s top draft prospects, we received an official title for the game as well as first impressions from the players lucky enough to sneak a peek.
We’ve known for a while that the next Call of Duty title is set to be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. Given the sequel association, most people began calling it Modern Warfare II. While this was in the right ballpark, the event finally confirmed that the title will be Modern Warfare 2.
In addition to title confirmation of the Infinity Ward developed game, several top prospects from the upcoming NFL draft took to social media to share thoughts and opinions on their first look at Modern Warfare 2.
The list of NFL prospects who got a glimpse of Modern Warfare 2 includes Ahmad Gardner, Aidan Hutchinson, and Bo Melton. Both Melton and Hutchinson posted pictures of themselves at the Las Vegas event.
Meanwhile, Gardner offered more details concerning the footage and claimed that “it was so realistic, it’s insane.” This lines up with a statement from an Activision briefing that claimed Modern Warfare 2 would be “the most advanced experience in franchise history.”
Only time will tell if this positive perception will hold up but CoD fans have a lot to be excited about.
For more on the upcoming CoD title, check out how a leaker claims SBMM will be reworked in Modern Warfare 2 or potential major changes to Perks.
Image Credit: Activision
CoD fans reveal weapons they want to see in Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 has been officially announced and players are sharing which weapons they'd like to see upon the game's...
Warzone Underground Transit System explained: All mine cart locations
The Underground Transit System has made its way to Warzone Season 3 Reloaded, and here's where you can find all...
Warzone Champion of Caldera LTM explained
Champion of Caldera is a brand-new LTM being introduced in Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded. Here's how it works.