Call of Duty: MW2 and Warzone 2 Roadmap Revealed, New Maps, Modes and more launching on April 12
Get ready for a thrilling new season of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 as the roadmap for Season 03 has been revealed, showcasing an array of exciting new maps, modes, and features launching on April 12 across all platforms.
Players will be immersed in a chaotic global power struggle as Task Force 141 uncovers an intercontinental ballistic missile primed for launch. At the same time, dangerous conflicts play out in the deadly border region between Urzikstan and Al Mazrah. With the return of familiar rivals and the addition of mysterious newcomers, “it’s anyone’s game this season.”
Season 03 will reintroduce fan favorites like Gunfight and Plunder, Massive Resurgence and the much-anticipated Warzone Ranked Play. Expect new maps such as Pelayo’s Lighthouse, Black Gold, and Rohan Oil and the return of Shipment for Gunfight mode.
In addition to the new maps and modes, this season will bring innovative features like the Barter System in DMZ, Redeploy Drones in Al Mazrah, Tempered Plate Carriers, UAV Towers, and the exclusive BlackCell for Battle Pass AO domination. Check for more info below:
IT’S ANYONE’S GAME IN SEASON 03 OF CALL OF DUTY®: MODERN WARFARE® II AND CALL OF DUTY®: WARZONE™ 2.0, LAUNCHING APRIL 12
Tap into your inner competitor with new Multiplayer Maps, the launch of Massive Resurgence, the return of Plunder and Gunfight, and the debut of familiar rivals at season launch. . . .Then prepare for Warzone Ranked Play and more during the Season!
It’s Anyone’s Game in Season 03
The world of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II is in chaos with a global power struggle playing out in plain sight.
Task Force 141 is deep into the deadly border region between Urzikstan and Al Mazrah, uncovering an intercontinental ballistic missile primed for launch. South of the border in Al Mazrah, the group responsible for downing a plane over the DZ is still at large, as intel reports there is a new Blacksite and a mysterious facility within the region. Meanwhile, the dangerous conflict in DMZ is about to reach a new level, as Legion, White Lotus, Black Mous, Crown, and a mysterious newcomer called REDACTED are in a deadlock for control over important strategic areas within Al Mazrah and Ashika Island — and over the secrets within Building 21.
And with Alejandro and Valeria now back in play, only one thing is for certain:
It’s Anyone’s Game.
This is Season 03 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty®: Warzone™ 2.0, launching on April 12 across all platforms. During this season, you can expect the return of Gunfight and Plunder, additional features such as the Barter System in DMZ, a legendary Sniper Rifle now under a new manufacturer, the launch of Warzone Ranked Play, and a new way to dominate the Battle Pass AO by joining the ranks of the exclusive BlackCell.
Season 03 of Modern Warfare® II and Warzone™ 2.0 will launch on April 12 at 10 AM PT. This seasonal update will be available to download on April 10 at 10 AM PT, with Patch Notes to come between the update download and the season’s launch.
MODERN WARFARE II OVERVIEW
- Get Your Duo. Gunfight is back with four maps, including the new Warzone 2.0 Gulag Blacksite and fan favorite Shipment. Prepare to prove you are a part of a dominant Duo.
- Three 6v6 Maps, Two Battle Map Locales. Ship out to Spain for the new map Pelayo’s Lighthouse, go dark with the nighttime map Black Gold, and stay tuned for another Core Map to round out a trio of new Multiplayer locales later this season. Also: two new Battle Maps for Ground War and Invasion.
- New Special Ops. Later this season, outlast waves of enemy reinforcements in the Defender: Hafid Port Special Ops mission; then prepare for a new Raid Episode.
Gunfight Returns for MWII, New Maps
Small team, multi-round cage matches. First duo to reach the round win limit is victorious.
A contemporary classic from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® (2019) and the precursor to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Gulag confrontations, Gunfight is the four-player, duo-against-duo game mode where random Loadouts and small cage-match-style maps dictate tactical and fast-paced combat.
For those unfamiliar with this mode: Each round, two duos spawn on either side of a map with the same random Loadout. A duo wins a round when they reduce the opposing duo’s health to zero or, if this is not done before the round timer expires, the first duo who captures an Overtime flag at the center of the map wins. Ties can occur if duos have the same health and the Overtime flag is not captured at the end of a round’s overtime period, at which point both duos will be awarded a “round win” for scoring purposes. The first duo to win six rounds wins the match.
Here’s where you’ll find a squadmate and drop in to face off against a rival duo:
Introducing the Map Rotation
Alley: Somewhere in the Al Mazrah region, a small marketplace is cleared out as strike teams prepare to go in, weapons hot.
Blacksite: A training ground for Operators wanting to return to the warzone. Its location is classified. Learn more about this new map, which also serves as the new Warzone 2.0 Gulag for Al Mazrah, elsewhere in this announcement blog.
Shipment: The OG since 2007; get your sea legs as soon as the timer hits zero, lest you get thrown overboard.
Exhibit: In addition, another Gunfight locale among the core four locations at launch.
Gunfight OSP to Be Available in Regular Playlist Updates (In-Season)
In addition to the standard Gunfight mode, the Gunfight OSP mode variant (coming in-season) will be made available during the season as part of regular Playlist updates.
OSP stands for On-Site Procurement, which defines this variant of the traditional mode. Players will have to grab weapons and equipment spread out across the map instead of receiving a random Loadout every round. This makes quick movement and coordination even more crucial to success when playing this mode variant.
Three New Core Maps, Two Battle Maps (Launch and In-Season)
New locales, familiar Battle Maps, and the first nighttime infiltration in Modern Warfare II lead a strong mix of additions to the game’s Multiplayer map pool:
Pelayo’s Lighthouse (Core Map, Launch)
As rain pounds the cliffs of this small, craggy island, a lighthouse offers guidance to passing ships in the night. Even so, nearby shipwrecks tell of the immense danger that comes with navigating the rocky seas.
Black Gold (Core Map, Launch)
Based on the Rohan Oil section of Al Mazrah, this Core Map will be the first iteration of night operations in Modern Warfare II. Operators will have to use their night vision goggles, equip thermal optics, or use the available light sources to their advantage to secure victory in this critical strategic location.
Rohan Oil (Battle Map, Launch)
An expansion of the Core Map, Rohan Oil widens the combat arena across this Warzone 2.0 point of interest and shifts into daytime, allowing for plenty of air and land vehicles to barrel past refinery silos toward objectives.
Sattiq Cave Complex (Battle Map, Launch)
South of Rohan Oil, the Sattiq Cave Complex provides an interesting mix of verticality, small building skirmishes, and interior combat via its intricate cave network. Note the downed plane and the area surrounding it; this may be familiar to veterans of the franchise. . . .
Alboran Hatchery (Core Map, In Season)
Also, stay tuned for information on another brand-new Core Map, to be released at midseason.
Modes: Cranked, Face Off, and GW Infected Are Coming to MWII
Along with fan-favorite Playlists and rotations that feature Season 03’s new maps, you can expect some returning modes to be in the weekly Playlist rotation updates:
First seen in Call of Duty®: Ghosts and most recently as part of Modern Warfare® (2019) and Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War, Cranked takes Team Deathmatch and amps up the intensity by putting a countdown on any Operator who earns an elimination. If they cannot earn another elimination before the timer hits zero, they meet an untimely explosive death.
Because you will feel the pressure of going on elimination streaks, your Operator is likely to gain the effects of the Fast Hands and the Double Time Perks while Cranked. Furthermore, Cranked eliminations count for more — in a standard game to 150 points, the first elimination in each life will award 1 point, and eliminations earned while Cranked will award 2 points each.
Face Off (In-Season)
There will also be the return of Face Off, a classic small team mode originally from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 and more recently brought back in Modern Warfare® (2019) as a 3v3 mode, which will arrive sometime during the mid-season update.
GW Infected (In Season)
Everything you loved about Infected, now on a larger Battle Map.
Fight with your fellow survivors — if you are not chosen as the initial Infected — to last as long as possible in what should be all-out chaos. It may be easier in this mode to earn a fabled Killstreak, although survivors may need plenty of skill and potentially a bit of luck to unleash the ultimate explosive ending. . . .
New Multiplayer Ranked Play Rewards
Ranked Play grinders and Call of Duty League™ hopefuls will have all-new rewards to earn at the start of Season 03. Here is a breakdown of the new Season 03 Ranked Play match win rewards:
- Win 5 Ranked Matches: Season 03 Competitor Sticker
- Win 10 Ranked Matches: Pro Issue TAQ-56 Weapon Blueprint
- Win 25 Ranked Matches: “Top Dog” Weapon Charm
- Win 50 Ranked Matches: “Tippable” Weapon Vinyl
- Win 75 Ranked Matches: Ranked Play Season 03 Loading Screen
- Win 100 Ranked Matches: Season 03 Ranked Play Veteran Camo
Players also have the chance to earn higher Skill Division Operator Skins and cosmetics for having a season-high placement within the Gold Division or above, with special rewards for the Top 250 and No. 1 player in the world at the end of the season. That means if you did not get a chance to earn the Crimson Ranked Play Operator Skin set, now is your chance to get those hoodies!
And remember: Ranked Play rewards are earned based on whatever your best rank was, so don’t worry if you got hard carried to Crimson only to fall back to your rightful place in Gold. . . .
Also, expect all Season 02 Ranked Play rewards to be available at the start of Season 03.
For more information on Ranked Play, check out our extensive guide on it here.
Coming Mid-Season: New Core Map, Special Ops Mission, Raid Episode 03
As previously mentioned, a new Core Map will be available as part of Season 03’s mid-season update, but that is not the only offering this update will bring.
Special Ops will see a major content update at mid-season in the form of a new mission and a new Raid episode. This new mission will see Operators take on the Las Almas Cartel somewhere in Al Mazrah in an all-out fight for survival and is sure to help you boost that Special Ops Stars count.
Along with that new mission, the mid-season update will include the next exciting episode of Raid, where Operators continue Task Force 141’s story after the events of the Modern Warfare II Campaign, and will be released with the Season 03 mid-season update.
Play the first two Raid episodes now to get caught up with the story so far before the mid-season update!
WARZONE 2.0 OVERVIEW
- Massive Resurgence Eminent. At launch, up to 150 players can drop in for Resurgence across Al Mazrah. Expect chaos (and plenty of XP)!
- Prepare to Plunder Once More. The team-based, respawn-enabled mad dash for cash is back during Season 03. Time to level up those Loadouts and get rich — or die trying.
- A Host of Additional New Features In-Season. Redeploy Drones reach Al Mazrah; protect yourself with Tempered Plate Carriers; get Perk Packages (in-season); UAV Towers appear in Battle Royale; and more.
- DMZ Reaches a New Level. Bring and buy items with the new Barter System; take on a new contract and additional missions from the new REDACTED faction; and tinker on your Contraband workbench before facing off against two new bosses and dropping into a [[REDACTED]].
- Ranked Play Arrives at Mid-Season. The much-anticipated experience will be the proving ground for all Warzone competitors. Still itching for some competition? Try out for the World Series of Warzone™ in mid-April!
Resurgence Comes to Al Mazrah
The Resurgence of Resurgence
Fans of the fast-paced Resurgence mode will have a new version of Resurgence to look forward to, in addition to Ashika Island remaining as a game mode option.
This new version, called Massive Resurgence, is a Resurgence mode on the larger Al Mazrah map. The player count will be increased to fit Al Mazrah, so prepare to take on dozens of duos or other squad sizes, depending on the weekly Playlist offering.
Plunder Arrives In-Season
Warzone 2.0 is adding the mode that launched with the original Call of Duty®: Warzone™ just over three years ago: Plunder, set to launch during Season 03.
For those who have yet to experience this fun and frenetic mode, Plunder is a respawn-enabled, squad-against-squad mode where the team with the most Cash wins. Cash can be earned by eliminating players and picking up their valuables, scavenging for Supply Boxes and loose Cash, or completing Contracts and in-game events. Operators can use their Loadouts right from the first drop and will redeploy with a reduced portion of their current Cash if eliminated.
As you gear up for Ranked Play and continue to prove your Battle Royale prowess, focusing on Plunder is an excellent way to practice with your Loadout before hopping into competitive matches. Because most of the core gameplay mechanics, including health and armor, are similar between Plunder and other Warzone 2.0 modes, this mode is a great opportunity to live-fire test some Loadouts or level up new weapons, such as the ones coming this season.
New Gulag in Al Mazrah
Get your last duels in the first Warzone 2.0 Gulag now, because in Season 03, eliminated Operators will enter a new Gulag in Al Mazrah (if it is not closed due to time during the match). This is known as the Blacksite, which is separate from the Black Site, a super Stronghold that appears in Battle Royale.
A training ground for Operators wanting to return to the warzone, this roughly rectangular, asymmetrical map has several interior spaces and long external routes. This Blacksite Gulag’s current location is [[REDACTED]].
Those who own Modern Warfare II can get some practice on Blacksite and learn its routes by playing Gunfight or hopping into a Private Match.
New and Returning Features to Battle Royale
Adjust your personal meta accordingly: Warzone 2.0 is getting some new features across all its Battle Royale modes alongside Massive Resurgence and Plunder, which will be further detailed in our Tactical Overview blog coming before the season’s launch.
Redeploy Drones in Al Mazrah (Launch)
Flying over from Ashika Island, the Redeploy Drones will provide a fast way to travel around the map, outside of the train and wide selection of air, sea, and land vehicles.
These Drones operate like those accessible on Ashika Island, so get used to them by playing some Resurgence or Mini Royale modes before they descend upon Al Mazrah.
Tempered Plate Carriers (Launch)
Another Caldera-first feature, Tempered Plate Carriers change how your Operator handles Armor Plates.
With a Tempered Plate Carrier equipped, your Armor will be two half-bars instead of three thirds, making it easier and more efficient to replate after one (or both) are cracked.
UAV Towers (Launch)
First seen in DMZ, UAV Towers are vital fixed sources that can be activated during a match to give you intel on your enemy’s position. After interacting with a tower’s on-board computer, an Operator and their allies will receive several circular UAV sweeps from the tower’s location out to a few dozen meters.
A quick word of warning to those ready to punch into every tower on the map: Operators will receive an audible notification when a UAV Tower is activated, and the icon for active towers will be visible in red on the Tac Map and overworld.
More to Come at Mid-Season, Including Decontamination Stations
In addition to the above, expect even more new and returning features and items within Warzone 2.0 to arrive as part of a Mid-Season Update, including the Decontamination Station.
Those who spent some time on Caldera know the power of this lifesaving Field Upgrade, which creates a bubble of safe air to protect Operators from the toxic circle collapse.
After finding a Decontamination Station in the wild, you can place it almost anywhere. It lasts for several seconds, which can be the difference between surviving the final circle and succumbing to it.
Perk Package Items (In-Season)
Another addition to the loot pool within Season 03 is the preset Perk Package, which can be found in Supply Boxes. Specific, lower-rarity Perk Packages are available at Buy Stations.
Based on the Perk Packages from Season 01 and Season 02, these items are incredibly valuable given their passive benefits, helping Warzone Operators who opt not to obtain a Loadout Drop be on the same level as those who do. Alternatively, these Perk Packs can make the early game a bit more interesting, especially to those who secure areas, collect Cash, and reap the rewards of scavenging around the map.
Deployable Buy Station (In-Season)
Continuing the list of returning items is the Deployable Buy Station, a portable version of the Buy Station with limited stock.
Especially helpful in Buy Station deserts — although there will be more Buy Stations across Battle Royale overall — or in the final few circle collapses, the Deployable Buy Station allows you to put that leftover Cash to use on some potentially game-changing items.
Gulag Entry Kit (In-Season)
One last (literal) small item with a massive potential impact is the Gulag Entry Kit.
Those who find one in a Battle Royale match and perish beyond their initial Gulag visit can re-enter the fight via the Gulag. That means those who know they can clutch up that 1v1 have another chance to get a redeployment without needing to request one from their squadmates.
DMZ Overhaul Includes Barter System, Workbench, and More
Operators, prepare for one of the largest DMZ updates yet.
One of the biggest additions since the launch of DMZ is the Barter System, a way to award Operators who stock up on items and can reach a Buy Station to swap them for other valuables. In general, the Trader may not have what you want, but they will always have what you need. . . .
There is no peer-to-peer trading through this system, but of course, you are still free to swap items during a match with friendly Operators (especially those who operate taxi services, as we heard they are incredibly helpful).
Another major addition to DMZ is the Workbench, which can be found near Buy Stations and allows you to modify Contraband weapons.
For a nominal Cash fee, the Workbench allows an Operator to add attachments they have unlocked for the Contraband’s weapon platform onto a piece of Contraband or remove them piece by piece.
Helpful for those times when a 5.5x scope does not fit on a fast-firing SMG or when a Sniper Rifle needs an extended mag, the Workbench will become another way to spend that hard-earned Cash on something impactful for that infiltration and beyond.
Active Duty Operator Slots
In Season 03, you won’t just have one Operator to infiltrate the deniable areas.
Every player will start with three Active Duty Operator Slots, which equates to having three separate Operators who have their own on-soldier items. These items include your Backpack, Plate Carrier, Killstreaks, Self-Revive, and Gas Mask.
For every infiltration, you can choose which Active Duty Operator you bring in, meaning that you can calculate risk to whatever missions you want to tackle or the type of experience you want to have for that match. For example, you can have one Active Duty Operator saved up for the major Story Missions and Building 21 runs, stacked up with a Three-Plate Carrier, Self-Revive Kit, and more, then have another that is built for scavenging items with nothing but a One-Plate Carrier to their name.
An unknown faction, REDACTED, is coming to Season 03 and will have three of its mission tiers at launch, plus two more in-season.
New and Remixed Missions, Contract
Infinity Ward is introducing a new set of faction missions for this upcoming season, as well as a new contract:
That is the Secure Supplies Contract, which flags containers in the Exclusion Zone with essential gear for this experience. This is a great way to get your Operator built up after a previous run in DMZ where you failed to extract.
Operators should prepare to face new threats across the various Exclusion Zones, as there are not one, but two bosses that intel suggests are [[REDACTED]]. Intel also suggests that deep underground in Al Mazrah, there is [[REDACTED]].
We have plenty more to share as part of a dedicated DMZ blog to be released before Season 03’s launch, including new Backpack and Plate Carrier types.
World Series of Warzone™ Is Back for 2023
More competition, more prizing, more regions, and the first-ever in-person Global Final.
The World Series of Warzone 2023 is ready to expand to new regions and host a finale you won’t want to miss. Check back here for an official deep-dive blog on this year’s World Series of Warzone on April 6.
Warzone Ranked Play Is Almost Here!
Assemble the trio and prepare for the road to the Top 250.
Developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, Call of Duty: Warzone Ranked Play will act as the proving ground and true test for trios wanting to become the best in the world.
More information on this new experience will be available at mid-season. For now, get to practicing in trios or participate in the World Series of Warzone qualifiers.
- Alejandro and Valeria Arrive. The admirable Alejandro and El Sin Nombre herself are ready to deploy in Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 online modes with purchase of the Battle Pass.
- Prepare for Long-Range Interventions. A Legendary Sniper Rifle is back — react accordingly. It joins a brand-new Battle Rifle in the Battle Pass, as well as other weapons arriving in-season.
- Enter BlackCell: An Exciting New Offering. A new Operator and exclusive items are available at Season 03’s launch as part of the new Battle Pass.
- Introducing Recruit a Friend. Available in most regions, you and your friends can get Weapon Blueprints, XP Tokens, and more by welcoming newcomers to Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.
Rivals Alejandro and Valeria Highlight Battle Pass, New Operator Roster
From Mexican Special Forces to pure adversaries, Alejandro and Valeria had enough time sitting on the sidelines since the Campaign and are ready to get back into the action in Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.
Born and raised in Las Almas, Alejandro spent over a decade as a high-ranking member of Los Fuerzeas Especiales, the Tier 1 Mexican Army Special Mission counterterror unit. His unit, Los Vaqueros, is the only unit in the country authorized to work alongside international Special Operations Forces, including those at the CIA headed by station chief Kate Laswell.
Through the Modern Warfare II Campaign, you will learn just how much Alejandro is dedicated to protecting the innocent and his commitment to taking down those who turn against their country for ill-gotten gains.
As his squadmates say, “The only thing that can kill Alejandro, is Alejandro. . . .”
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT PLAY THE MODERN WARFARE II CAMPAIGN!
A former Mexican Army commando who used to work alongside Alejandro, Valeria defected to enforcing cartels in 2014 and ultimately ascended to power as the leader of the Las Almas Cartel.
Also known as El Sin Nombre, with her true identity unknown to most in the Modern Warfare II universe, Valeria is a ruthless and cunning Operator who is unafraid to get her hands dirty and is always calm under intense pressure. That can be seen throughout the Modern Warfare II Campaign, where after its events and her escape from Task Force 141’s purview, she is careful in plotting her next move. . . .
Whether it is interrogating enemies or firing the first shot in a shoot-out, Valeria earns her cartel members’ loyalty every day through her incredible resolve and ability to plan ahead like a true criminal mastermind, all while recruiting more to her ranks with generous donations from the cartel’s coffers.
Overcoming the odds with how she was treated in her early military career, Valeria is now one of the most fearsome and skilled Operators in the world, ready to face any high-profile assignment she wants to handle herself rather than her subordinates.
More Operators to Come During Season 03
These bitter rivals are not the only Operators coming to Season 03 — be on the lookout for additional intel on multiple Operators who will reinforce KorTac and SpecGru during this season and beyond.
New Sniper, Battle Rifle Lead Season 03 Weapon Additions
Few weapons in Call of Duty® history evoke the feeling that the new Sniper Rifle gives to veterans of the franchise — and perhaps the other new weapons in this season will become legends in their own right. . . .
FJX Imperium (Sniper Rifle — Launch, Battle Pass)
Engineered destruction at its finest, this anti-personnel, bolt-action sniper rifle intervenes in tense situations with hard-hitting .408 rounds.
Cronen Squall (Battle Rifle — Launch, Battle Pass)
A bullpup, semi-automatic rifle chambered in 6.8 Wrath and designed for distance shooting and exceptional damage output.
Additional Armaments (In-Season)
Expect two new sidearms within Season 03 Reloaded, both fully automatic with drastically different roles: a highly customizable machine pistol with a fast rate of fire and a high-caliber pistol modified for full-auto to blast enemies back when they get too close for comfort.
One for the Collection: Trophy Hunt Event Kicks off Season 03
The hunt is on in Season 03.
Be ready to unleash your inner competitor by taking part in the Trophy Hunt Event for Season 03, beginning 48 hours after launch.
During this event, every player will drop a trophy — a small, decorative challenge coin — whenever they are eliminated in any mode. These trophies can also be earned by performing specific tasks, such as opening Supply Boxes.
These trophies can then be exchanged for items shown in the Events tab, including Weapon Blueprints, Vehicle Skins, and even Battle Pass Token Tier Skips. Those who redeem enough items will also unlock some exclusive Operator Skins for their efforts.
More details on this event will be available as part of this season’s Warzone 2.0 Tactical Overview blog, though this event is available for both Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.
Season 03 Mid-Season Camo Challenge Event
Following the Path of the Ronin Camo Challenge Event, currently active during the end of Season 02, Season 03 will feature an exclusive set of Camos players can earn as part of a Mid-Season event.
More details on this event will be revealed later this season.
New Battle Pass Offering: BlackCell
For some Operators, winning is only half the battle; they want to let their opponent know exactly who is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Enter BlackCell, a brand-new Battle Pass Offering launching in Season 03, which is set to replace the current Battle Pass Bundle. The regular Battle Pass will still be available each season for 1,100 COD Points.
As part of this $29.99 MSRP offering, BlackCell will include over 7,000 COD Points of value*, everything that was originally in the Battle Pass Bundle, along with additional exclusive content. Here’s what to expect:
- Access to the full Season 03 Battle Pass and 20 Tier Skips (25 on PlayStation®).
- 1,100 COD Points instantly awarded.
- Up to 1,400 COD Points awarded throughout the Battle Pass.
- A BlackCell Operator, attired in an imposing animated Camo skin.
- A Pro-Tuned Weapon Blueprint, Vehicle Skin, and Finishing Move.
- An exclusive BlackCell Sector within the Battle Pass AO serves as an alternative starting location.
- Immediate unlocking of adjacent Battle Pass Sectors to the BlackCell Sector.
- Additional, BlackCell-only Battle Pass content: Every Season 03 Battle Pass Sector with an Operator Skin has a BlackCell variant (12 Skins in total) to unlock.
Look for a blog fully detailing this exciting offering, prior to Season 03 launch.
Battle Pass Update — Automatic Pathing
In addition to the BlackCell offering, the Battle Pass has an updated and streamlined way to unlock content through the addition of an Automatic Pathing feature.
Those who don’t mind what they earn first and who simply want to rack up hours in-game can choose to automatically have the Battle Pass chart an effective path through the different AO Sectors. Players can also choose to manually earn Battle Token Tier Skips and spend them as they did in prior seasons.
There is still the option to unlock Battle Pass sectors manually, and players can switch between Automatic and Manual pathing at any time during the season, which is great for those who don’t mind what other rewards they earn after they get their favorites.
More information about this feature and BlackCell will be available as part of next week’s Battle Pass and Featured Bundles blog.
Introducing Recruit a Friend
Know someone who has yet to experience Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0? You and your friends can get rewarded through the new Recruit a Friend program.
Anyone who has at least three hours played on the game and has an account older than 60 days can invite up to three eligible friends per season. These friends must have an Activision account that is less than seven days old or must not have played Warzone 2.0 in the last 60 days. In other words, if they have not jumped back into Warzone 2.0 since its launch, now is a great time to drop back in!
Recruits and recruiters can then earn some great rewards for completing a few simple challenges together, such as playing games or completing Contracts in matches. These rewards include up to two Weapon Blueprints — one Akimbo Sidearm Blueprint and another one for the SMG class — as well as Double XP Tokens, Calling Cards, and more.
Check in-game following the Season 03 update for more details about this program.
NOTE: This Program is not available in Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, and the Philippines.
New Prestige Levels, Challenges
Feeling lucky? It’s time to go for Prestige 13.
At the start of Season 03, the Prestige Rank cap will be increased to Prestige 13, with the level cap increased to 650. Specifically, players can unlock the following new Prestige Ranks, which come with a new icon beside their name:
- Prestige 10: Unlocked at Level 500.
- Prestige 11: Unlocked at Level 550.
- Prestige 12: Unlocked at Level 600.
- Prestige 13: Unlocked at Level 650 — this is the maximum level that can be achieved in Season 03.
Each Prestige Rank also unlocks a new set of Challenges. Complete these to earn new Calling Cards, including Animated Calling Cards for completing full sets of Challenges.
As stated previously, all progress will not reset at the beginning of each season. Players will continue ranking up at the level at which they ended Season 02, whether it was before the Prestige Ranks (1–55) or within the Prestige Ranks (56–450).
More information on the Prestige system can be found here.
Discord Integration (PC)
The place to talk and hang out is now integrating with Call of Duty.
In Season 03, Beenox will be integrating Discord within Call of Duty for PC players, starting with Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.
Expect more information to come in the official Patch Notes next week.
Patch Notes Available Next Week
In addition to blog posts about featured seasonal content, the Call of Duty studios will release Patch Notes that detail all the changes coming with this major seasonal update.
Patch Notes will include weapon balancing updates, such as a crucial change to Sniper Rifles, as well as bug fixes and more.
OUT OF COMBAT OVERVIEW
- Tune in to Major IV Qualifiers. The action is heating up as all 12 pro teams jockey for position ahead of this year’s 2023 Call of Duty League World Championship.
- Upgrade with Modern Warfare II, Get Rewarded in Warzone 2.0. Plus get access to a ton more content, including everything to be added in Season 03.
Watch the Call of Duty League Major IV Qualifiers
Following the most-watched Call of Duty esports event in history — Major III — the Call of Duty League is well on its way to the 2023 World Championship with little time remaining for all 12 teams to earn those crucial CDL Points. Speaking of earning points, viewers can earn in-game rewards** throughout the Qualifiers and Majors — check out viewership incentives for more info.
Catch the ongoing Call of Duty League Major IV Qualifiers on the official Call of Duty channel each weekend leading up to Major IV, on April 20–23.
For more info about the Call of Duty League and to tune in, go to callofdutyleague.com.
Upgrade to Modern Warfare II, Get Rewarded in Warzone 2.0
Haven’t experienced Modern Warfare II yet?
You are missing out on Premium XP while playing Warzone 2.0 and on quick ways to level up over 50 weapons through Multiplayer and Special Ops, Multiplayer Ranked Play and its exclusive rewards, and the ability to unlock 14 exclusive Operators to use across both games.
Plus, those who own Modern Warfare II can access content coming as part of Season 03, including the return of Gunfight, new Special Ops content such as Missions and Raid episodes, and nine additional Multiplayer maps across Gunfight, Core 6v6 modes, and Battle Maps for all-out Ground War skirmishes.
Season 03 of Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 is developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software, with additional development support provided by (in alphabetical order) Activision Central Design, Activision Localization Dublin, Activision QA, Activision Shanghai, Beenox, Demonware, High Moon Studios, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Team Ricochet, Toys for Bob, and Treyarch.