Now that Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops have joined forces like never before, the two share a season structure, roadmap, and in some areas, a story. In the last few months, Call of Duty’s landscape has been increasingly more impressive and expansive, following the launch of the Call of Duty League 2021 season and Call of Duty League Play on Black Ops Cold War. However, the excitement train has well and truly left the station and is powering down the line on a non-stop journey to an almost unknown destination, bringing with it more content once every six to eight weeks.
While seasons are by no means a new concept within the gaming industry, Call of Duty‘s seasons are a relatively new concept, having first emerged into the market with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, in late-2019. Now, fans wait with bated breath once every two months or so to see what Activision, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Raven Software will gift upon them. It’s a refreshing cycle that injects fresh content, weaponry, skins, maps, and experiences into the game once every so often, but season two is set to be a real game-changer.
Firstly, and most importantly, there are suggestions that Call of Duty: Warzone is finally set to see a major change, having remained more less the same since it launched in March 2020. There has been a desperate call from fans for something new to happen in this extremely popular and high-octane battle royale title for some time, and it seems that Activision is finally answering the prayers of players all around the world. Although, we don’t know exactly what this change is going to be. It could be as extreme as a new map, or as minor as a simple change to the existing landscape of Verdansk.
We’re leaning towards (sorry, praying for) an entirely new map, especially as the first anniversary of Warzone draws ever-closer with each passing day.
Of course, it doesn’t end with Warzone, as there’s a plethora of content coming in the season two update, ranging from new scorestreaks to new game modes, and from new operators to new prestige levels. As with the first season update, Treyarch is providing new multiplayer maps, which seem to be focused on more rural environments. There are also six new weapons, including a 20mm sniper rifle, a Galil-style AR, and an SMG that is intensely reminiscent of the MPL from Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010). Activision pushed out an intense teaser trailer that showcased some of these items.
In true Black Ops style, we’re also seeing a considerable update to the Zombies game-mode, which has long been a fan favourite. If that wasn’t enough, players will also be able to participate in a special Zombies Outbreak mode in Call of Duty: Warzone, the ultimate crossover event that brings NPC zombie enemies to the already-tense battle royale landscape of Verdansk. However, this is a timed event, and you’ll need to be quick to take advantage of the serious fun it offers.
We’re yet to learn how the season two update is likely to impact the Call of Duty League 2021 season or Call of Duty League Play, but these updates do tend to bring amendments to existing weapons and code that can definitely have a knock-on effect in-game. For example, if the AK74u or the XM4 were to be buffed, nerfed, or balanced in some other way, competitors would need to re-learn them, to some extent. These ‘metas’ change on a regular basis and they’re never too disruptive, but unfortunately, you just can’t predict what will change next.
The second season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone drops on the 25th of February, and players will be able to purchase the battle pass for 1,000 COD Points, which is equal to 10 $/£/€. Alternatively, you can purchase the battle pass bundle and jump an instant 20 levels ahead for 2400 COD Points. There are one hundred levels to climb through, so you’d best get started as soon as possible.