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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

New Multiplayer Mode

Dou­ble Agent

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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know
A peek at the new mode, Dou­ble Agent

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. 

Multiplayer Maps

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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know


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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know
Tes­la Storm

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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

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.”

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

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.

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

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

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

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.

New Weapons

Call of Duty Season 5 Starts August 13th - Here's Everything You Need To Know

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.