Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season Two Reloaded are launching this week, Activision announced.
The mid-season update for both shooters adds several new maps, modes and features for Black Ops Cold War, as well as two new operators, and the new ZRG 20mm sniper rifle.
All this comes alive after updates to Black Ops Cold War at 5 UK time tomorrow, March 30, and to Warzone at 7 UK time on Wednesday, March 31.
As Black Ops Cold War developer Treyarch has already revealed, the new 6v6 map Miami Strike is launched as part of Season Two Reloaded. This newer, brighter and tiger version of Miami – considered by some to be the game’s worst competitive multiplayer map, looks like a decent addition to the map lineup and gets its own 24/7 playlist this week.
Also at the launch of the mid-season update, the 2v2 and 3v3 map Mansion, which joins Gunfight and Face Off map rotations, and Golova, the Outbreak mode location are now available in Fireteam mode.
New modes include Multi-team Hardpoint, which sees 10 teams on four battles for multiple hardpoints simultaneously. Each set of hardpoints lasts 120 seconds before being rotated to the next locations.
There are new Prop Hunt maps and props at the launch of the mid-season update, with Miami Strike and Satellite joining the rotation of maps.
At one point during the rest of season two, Gunsmith Customs beat Black Ops Cold War. This allows players to mix and match attachments from weapon drawings of the same weapon type in create-a-class. Gunfight tournaments also arrive later in the season
The long-awaited weapon adjustment also comes with the launch of Season Two Reloaded. This only adjusts weapons in Black Ops Cold War, and does not apply to Warzone. Here is the official blurb from Treyarch:
“In Season Two Reloaded we have implemented tuning to make War 6, FFAR 1 and Groza more competitive in the attack rifle class, while we adjust the Milano 821, KSP 45, LC10, MAC-10 and AK-74u in the SMG class. We also have made specific performance adjustment for RPG-7, 1911, Magnum and more.
“These changes include complete tuning fits on Muzzle and Underbarrel attachments that affect Recoil on assault rifles and SMG, increase damage to rockets against enemies with Flak Jacket in Hardcore, and remove glare from sniper rifles with Iron Sights.”
Now on to Zombies. Outbreak gets a night version of Sanatorium, a new target called Secure, and a new vehicle: Dirt Bike. As you’d expect, with the arrival of the new Sanatorium Night region, the new intel will be found, including brand new audio logs and radio broadcasts that promote the Dark Aether story.
Here’s a useful new feature for Zombies: you can use any weapon plan you have on your weapon via the break menu in Outbreak, Firebase Z and Die Maschine. This includes all weapons obtained or purchased from a Wall Buy.
Dead Ops Arcade 3 becomes more useful with this update – it now assigns player XP and match XP, so you can always progress in levels and levels when playing mode.
Do you remember the PlayStation-exclusive Onslaught mode? It also gets some new content via embedding mode.
Now on to the new operators: Terrell Wolf joins NATO at the launch of Reloaded, and Karla Rivas joins NATO in the middle of the season. These soldier rails are available as premium DLC from the store, and can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
ZRG 20mm sniper comes in season. This has a higher bullet speed than any other sniper, and has a fast reloading speed and can kill with a single shot to the head, chest or shoulders. It is built for extremely long distances.
You can unlock the ZRG 20mm by completing the challenge in the game or by purchasing the Jackpot Sniper package from the store.
Usefully enough, season two again creates a lower, optimized file size across Warzone. If you own the full version of Modern Warfare and Warzone, or if you own the free-to-play Warzone alone, you will see the overall file size footprint decrease.
This is especially welcome considering how much space these games take up. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone have a reputation for huge update downloads and large installation footprints, something we have previously reported on. It got so bad that Activision warned that a standard 500GB PlayStation 4 in February would no longer fit Call of Duty: Warzone, Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare.
“Improvements to the overall content management system have been made possible through data optimization and streamlining of content packages needed for individual game modes,” said Activision.
This reduced file size comes after “a larger than usual one-time update” for season two again, Activision warned. This update includes these optimizations and is needed to reduce the overall footprint, Activision insisted. Hopefully it will be worth it – Activision said that future update sizes for Modern Warfare and Warzone are expected to be smaller than the one released this week.
“Along with the ability to remove individual modes that are no longer played, owners of the complete Modern Warfare experience will see more space freed up on their chosen platform,” said Activision.
“However, those wishing to continue playing Campaign, Multiplayer and / or Special Ops will need to reinstall the Optimized Content Packs, which will be released alongside and shortly after the second season update.”
After the update, the Warzone file size will be reduced by between 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB, and the Modern Warfare / Warzone file size will be reduced by between 30.6 GB and 33.6 GB, depending on your platform.
Here is the overview of the reduction in file size:
- PlayStation 5: 10.9 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Playstation 4: 10.9 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.2 GB (Warzone only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox One: 14.2 GB (Warzone only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PC: 11.8 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
Yes, annoying if you just want to play Modern Warfare, you still need to have Warzone installed.
And finally, on to the dreaded Season Two Reloaded update file size. Hold on: these are huge!
The Season Two Reloaded update will have a download size of approximately 7.4 – 14.18 GB for owners of the full version of Black Ops Cold War, and 52.0 – 57.8 GB for owners of the free-to-play Warzone, which is the updated date with the latest updates on either (or both) games.
Activision reiterated the Warzone download is a larger file size due to data optimization, but weighing in at almost 60 GB is quite extreme.
Here is the breakdown:
Black Ops Cold War Update Sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 12.2 GB
- Playstation 4: 7.4 GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.18 GB
- Xbox One: 9.13 GB
- PC: 8.1 GB
Warzone update sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 52.0 GB
- Playstation 4: 52.0 GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 57.8 GB
- Xbox One: 57.8 GB
- PC: 52.4 GB (Warzone only) / 133.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)