Activision has announced that Call of Duty’s Season 5 is starting on August 13th and has shared what we should expect to arrive in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
Release Time And File Size
Season 5 launches on August 13th, but the update will be sent to players a few days earlier to make the transition a little easier. Black Ops Cold War’s update arrives on August 10th at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET, while Warzone’s will show up at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET on August 12th. Black Ops Cold War’s file size is about 21GB on PS5, no word on the size for the Xbox console or PC.
The image below lays out everything that will be coming to both Black Ops Cold war and Warzone, at a glance. Not all of this content will be available when Season 5 begins; some of it will be released during the mid-season update.
New Multiplayer Mode
In this fist-time, brand new mode for Call of Duty, players who are designated as double agents are attempting to sabotage a mission while maintaining their mysterious roles. The match beings with 10 players in the lobby, each assigned to one of three roles. Activision gave a rundown of these roles below:
- Double Agents, who must either eliminate everyone else or successfully set off explosive charges around the map.
- The Investigator, who can use clues to target suspected Double Agents as Wanted criminals.
- Operatives, who must work together to identify and eliminate the Double Agents before it’s too late.
Players begin with a pistol and can flesh out their arsenal during the “Preparing Stage” of the match, where they can find weapons across the map. Double Agents can use gas mines, counter spy planes, combat bows, and attack helicopters. They are also impervious to radiation that emerges from charges they set. Investigators can use trophy systems, stimshots and hand cannons; they can also see footprints of a person who has killed their teammate. Investigators are also able to designate someone as “suspicious” and launch a Wanted order against that individual.
Regular Operatives need to work together to draw out the Double Agents. Activision stated voice chat is strongly encouraged. Double Agent matches take place on existing maps and all the new ones upcoming in Season 5.
Another mode heading to Black Ops Cold War is Demolition, which is making its return again, after being previously rotated out.
Five more multiplayer maps are making their way to Black Ops Cold War in the Season 5 update, some of which should be familiar to fans. You can check out the full list of upcoming maps below:
- Echelon (6v6 — Launch map) – This is a brand new map, which was first seen in the Season 5 cinematic trailer. It’s set in Berlin.
- Slums (6v6 — Launch map) – An updated version of the Black Ops II map, Slums is set in Panama City.
- Showroom (2v2, 3v3, — Launch map) – This is a new Gunfight and Face Off map set in The Pines, which is a mall in New Jersey. It’s a spin-off of the larger version.
- Drive-In (6v6 — Later in Season) – This map was originally first seen in Black Ops, and takes place in an old drive-in theater. It’s being remastered for the first time since its original release 10 years ago in the Black Ops Annihilation DLC.
- Zoo (6v6 — Later in Season) – This is another map that originally debuted in the first Black Ops title. It takes place in an abandoned zoo, with some unique places to fight.
Season 5 is also introducing a new Scorestreak. It’s a low-cost Scorestreak, and it’s pretty self-explanatory–a Flamethrower.
A ninth perk is being added to Zombies mode. Death Perception allows players to see hidden enemies better bey giving them an outline. Like all other perks, it can be upgraded with Aetherium Crystals.
The new Field Upgrade is Tesla Storm, which shoots lightning at enemies. After it’s been upgraded, it can also attack Special and Elite zombies, but will also increase team movement speed. The Flamethrower weapon also made the leap to Zombies mode, so expect some extra crispy ghouls.
More content will arrive to Zombies throughout Season 5, including the Ikari EggXit map for Dead Ops Arcade 3, as well as a new story element in Outbreak and Onslaught.
Outbreak will be getting a new region, Collateral, when Season 5 does launch. Noted as an incredibly unstable area,” Collateral has oil drills, rock structures, and even a fallen satellite. There are multiple new objectives to complete, the first of which is called Transport. Players must drive a Requiem machine out of the Outbreak zone for this objective.
Outbreak is also getting a new vehicle, the Tank. It features a mounted minigun, and while it is well armored, it is also very slow. Alongside the new vehicle, a new craftable item is also coming to Outbreak. The Grapple Gun will allow players to dash across the map with speed, getting themselves out of sticky situations or simply to traverse the map faster.
Activision’s exclusivity deal with Sony continues, as PlayStation users are getting a new map, Echelon. Later in the season, Activision will also add a new limited-time mode, another weapon blueprint, and some surprises.
Moving on to Warzone, two new perks are coming to the battle royale to keep the meta fresh. These perks are Combat Scout and Tempered, and will be exclusive to Warzone–they are the first perks to be exclusive to the game, as the rest are share with Modern Warfare.
Combat Scout helps players by highlighting where an enemy is after they’ve damaged them, but only for a brief period. This enemy will also show up on your mini-map. The second perk, Tempered, promises to “fundamentally change armor values” in Warzone. Armor plates become stronger, so they only need two to become “fully armored” instead of the usual three.
“In other words, Tempered allows each Armor Plate to absorb 75 points of damage instead of the standard 50, but an Operator will only be able to wear two at a time instead of three,” Activision said. “This unique change also comes at the sacrifice of your Perk 2 slot, so choose your perk setup wisely before bulking up with those reinforced plates.”
A new point of interest is also being added to Verdansk. Multiple mobile broadcast stations will appear on the map, and they will show up in different places from match to match. Players will find special rewards when finding these stations. These stations emit a strange broadcast, so keep your ears open. Activision’s blog post had several redacted comments about them.
“NATO is aware of these recent Perseus efforts and has decided to [[REDACTED]]. Operators should look for [[REDACTED]] when it arrives on [[REDACTED]] within Verdansk, as a highly important [[REDACTED]],” the developer said.
Warzone is also getting a new Gulag in Season 5. The Black Ops II map Rush will be the new Gulag–more specifically–the main paintball area.
The battle royale will also be receiving a new mode too, in the form of Clash. It’s being described as a “spiritual successor” to the popular large-scale Warzone Rumble. It features two teams of 50 players in a deathmatch, and will include buy stations, vehicles, the ping system, and armor plate drops. Players can also choose their starting loadout.
New Operators And Weapons
Three new operators are heading to Black Ops Cold war and Warzone in Season 5, including Kitsune, who is featured in the key art for Season 5. She can be instantly unlocked by purchasing the Season 5 battle pass. You can see a quick rundown of the other operators below:
- Kitsune — Warsaw Pact (Launch)
- Stryker — NATO (In-Season)
- Hundson — NATO (In-Season)
Both Hundson and Stryker will be available to purchase through DLC bundles.
Four new weapons are coming to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone as well. Three of these will be available at launch:
- EM2 — Assault Rifle (Launch): Obtain the EM2 for free at Tier 15 of the Season 5 battle pass.
- TEC‑9 — SMG (Launch): Obtain the TEC‑9 for free at Tier 31 of the Season 5 battle pass.
- Cane — Melee (Launch): Activision stated the Cane is available at launch, but it didn’t mention if it’s unlocked by a challenge or if it needs to be purchased through a bundle.
- Marshal — Secondary (In-Season): This pistol will be available mid-season and can be obtained one of two ways: complete an in-game challenge or purchase a bundle with the blueprint.
In other news, Activision’s parent company Activision Blizzard, is currently dealing a couple of lawsuits over their reported “frat boy” culture. One was filed by the State of California, and the other by a shareholder who felt Activision Blizzard had given “false and misleading” statements about the investigation into the company. CEO Bobby Kotcik did respond to the California lawsuit, but it was met with a lukewarm reception.