Call of Duty: Warzone has changed the game up entirely, with players having had weeks to get used to the new timeline and version of its Verdansk map in 1984.
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Now, though, Season 3 has come to an end – there’s a new season beginning, and a new battle pass to go with it, all waiting for you right now. Here’s what we know.
When did Warzone Season 4 start?
First up, the key timing – the new season started on June 17, so the transition between seasons has already happened.
The reveal of Warzone Season 4 came during the Summer Game Fest live kickoff stream, along with a bunch of other unveilings, and we also got a gameplay trailer showing some of what’s come down the pike.
What’s new in Warzone Season 4?
Raven Software has now fully detailed the main changes that arrived as part of the Season 4 update, and there are a absolutely loads of points to check out.
The #Warzone Season Four update is going live soon! New Battle Pass, new Operators, new Weapons, new POIs, and…The Patch Notes can be found here:https://t.co/lL99ezRul4Screenshots in thread below:
— Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) June 17, 2021
The biggest visual change is the arrival of a variety of crashed satellites at various points around the Verdansk map, which should add some interesting cover and combat opportunities. Plus, there’s a new vehicle for the very first time since launch – a dirt bike that looks perfect for a single rider with one passenger.
There’s also a new gulag map, which will be welcome – it’s based on the central part of multiplayer map Hijacked, so will be familiar to some in layout. Finally, the Black Ops series’ signature red doors are going to appear around Verdansk, with rumours that they’ll be a sort of fast-travel system.
We’ve also get new operators, as usual: Jackal, Salah, and Weaver. They’ve got new weaponry to play with too, in the form of the C58 assault rifle, MG 82 LMG, a stealthy nail gun, OTs 9 SMG, and a brutal Mace for melee. There are two new game modes to enjoy, Verdansk Resurgence Mini and Payload, and also a seasonal event called Groundfall which brings some challenges and cosmetic rewards for a week or two.
Big news is also here on the technical front for PS5 players – the game finally supports 120Hz displays for improved framerates, like the Series X. We’d been under the impression this wouldn’t arrive until a full native PS5 version is eventually released, but Raven seems to have cracked the code somehow.
The biggest changes in some ways might be those detailed in Raven’s super-extensive patch notes, though, which includes loads of detail. There have been big changes to how barrel attachments work on Cold War guns, making them more viable than ever, as well as big balance changes to individual weapons (and yet another nerf for the beloved AMAX!).
Perhaps most interesting of all, it looks like we’ve finally got a major adjustment to the much-hated Roze skin, Rook – its all-black advantage seems to have been shaved away by a new greyer colour-scheme. Here’s hoping people don’t just migrate to a new sweaty skin if this change really does work!
What arrived in the mid-season Season Three Reloaded update?
Looking further back, Warzone’s Season 3 update may have been sizeable, but it still left plenty to be fixed and updated, so Raven Software didn’t wait too long to bring a sizeable mid-season update to bear.
The patch brought some new content, including unlocking the new AMP63 SMG, which players had been looking forward to equipping and levelling up.
We also got some major tweaks to a number of weapons including initial balance passes for the popular AMAX assault rifle, the FARA, Sweetsweeper shotgun and the Bullfrog SMG, all of which had felt a little overpowered at times.
More have arrived, in the form of changes to how suppressors work on Cold War weapons, and some tweaks to make Cold War snipers feel more viable compared to their Modern Warfare counterparts. Plus, and this is hugely welcome, there’s been a major reduction in the spawn rate of Stopping Power rounds.
Most pressingly, though, the Reloaded update brought a new content drop focusing around a couple of 80s action icons – Rambo and Die Hard’s John McClane. The below trailer gives a good sense of the madness that kicked off before the event ended.
There was a load to sink into, including the arrival of Die Hard’s Nakatomi Plaza in Downtown with a host of new minor objectives to complete in and around it. It’s the tallest tower ever in Warzone, so sniping is still hugely fun from its peak.
There are plenty of other points of interest, including survivor camps in homage to Rambo, where you could collect dog tags as part of another new mission type. On top of that, there were new weapons arriving and an in-game event to make everything feel easier to follow.
You can find the full details on the Call of Duty blog, alongside Raven’s more detailed mechanical patch notes.
What was new in COD Warzone Season 3?
Wraith says she’ll see you in Season Three…Make a name for yourself right from the start in Season Three of #BlackOpsColdWar and #Warzone.Get all intel on Season Three here: https://t.co/GHu7htmrZP pic.twitter.com/Jogklct3Ge
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 19, 2021
Looking back to when Season 3 kicked off, it brought a lot of changes to the formula that has made Warzone so popular, with plenty of different elements to consider.
New Verdansk 1980s map
Warzone players have been waiting for ages to be able to explore a full-sized new map for the game, with the smaller Resurgence Island map not big enough to really count for much. For a long time, the common assumption was that we’d get a map set in the Ural mountains, bringing in a bunch of multiplayer locations that were set in that locale.
However, recent leaks have indicated that this map was shelved a while ago, in favour of the new version of Verdansk that replaced the current map at the start of Season 3. This, as we now know, is set in the 1980s, tying the game into the timeline used by Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.
The map’s layout is largely the same, but key landmarks are noticeably different, with a less built-up Downtown, a stadium’s more a building site, and no dam at all – instead, there’s a tall bridge to navigate now instead, along with a Summit installation. There’s loads more to explore, too, so it’ll take a while for everyone to get used to each change.
New operators and weapons
A mainstay of Warzone’s battle pass system is the introduction of at least one new operator to act as the front for the season. Past passes have introduced Naga, Captain Price and Ghost, among many others.
We’re already seeing a lot of players running around donning the new skins released in the battle pass, in particular Wraith, who has been heavily featured in the promotional material.
Similarly, after the huge drop of new weapons when Cold War integrated with Warzone in late 2020, the trickle of new weaponry is back to a more reasonable and manageable rate (after all, many of the Cold War weapons still don’t feel fully balanced even months down the line).
Battle passes and new seasons have typically introduced two new weapons, and they’re also generally included as free tiers to ensure that everyone has the same chance to unlock them without having to fork out any COD Points. The new season brought even more, though, including the PPSH-41 SMG, Swiss K31 sniper, the Ballistic Knife melee, CARV.2 rifle, and AMP63 SMG as well – a bumper crop of new hardware to use.