Much like seasonal content released in 2019’s Modern Warfare and 2020’s Cold War, Vanguard’s Season One will launch with a battle pass full of cosmetics alongside new maps and weapons. Call of Duty: Warzone, too, will benefit from the new season as players finally get to put boots on the ground in the new Caldera map for the free-to-play battle royale.
The release of the new battle pass and additional content comes as the game’s publisher, Activision, continues to struggle with lawsuits alleging labor violations and calls for the CEO to resign amid claims that sexual assault allegations were mishandled. Employees staged walkouts in response to those allegations in the weeks leading up to the release of Season 1 that coincided with an unusual delay of the new content’s release.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 release date and time
The early access event will begin at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 8, and will extend until 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 9, at which point the Pacific-themed update will be available to all Warzone players. An update released on Dec. 6 for Call of Duty: Vanguard has prepared the game for its Season 1 content, but players will not be able to access it until it goes live for everybody on Dec. 8.
Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer new maps, perks, and equipment
The second map coming to Call of Duty: Vanguard is a reimagining of Modern Warfare 3’s popular map, Dome. Now titled Radar, this map is a small radio station lined with cat walks that is sure to encourage hectic, close-quarters encounters.
The first unlockable perk, Serpentine, is at Tier 21 of the battle pass and will reduce incoming damage to a player while sprinting when it is equipped. The second perk, Intuition, unlocks at Tier 44 of the battle pass. Intuition is a hybrid of a past perk, High Alert, and Vanguard’s Piercing Range but without the suppression requirement. Intuition is ideal for close quarters combat scenarios as it sends out a pulse that allows the player to see enemies — even through walls — so that they can prepare before another player bursts through a wall or jumps around a corner.
The new special incendiary grenade will come in handy for closing off pathways through maps when Control returns as a game mode. Control is a popular mode among competitive players that combines the high stakes of Search and Destroy with an objective system similar to Hardpoint. Teams take turns between attacking and defending fixed zones with a limited number of respawns available. The attacking team must either completely eliminate the defenders so that they have no respawns left, or capture both zones within the time limit.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 weapons and operators
Players who purchase the battle pass bundle will also receive an additional Legendary “Battleprepped” operator skin for Polina Petrova. While this legendary skin does outfit Petrova with a gas mask, it is purely cosmetic only. Players will not be protected from gas grenades or the circle collapse in Warzone despite the gas mask.
Over a dozen new weapon blueprints will also be unlockable via battle pass progression, including the Legendary “Dirtdigger” LMG blueprint that will be available for free to players who are in a clan and progress to Tier 55. The Call of Duty franchise store will also see new bundles added for players to throw their COD points, with mastercraft and tracer bundles expected to make their appearance before the end of the year.
Call of Duty: Vanguard zombies new challenges and objectives
Players are able to access the new weapons unlocked via the battle pass in loadouts and the Mystery Box once they’re unlocked via the battle pass. Additionally, all four Launchers are making their way to Zombies loadouts with Season 1.
Treyarch will be adding even more content for Zombies after the new year, including updates to the Mystery Box, Support Killstreaks courtesy of the Warmachine and Deathmachine, and the often-requested Server Pause functionality. Stalingrad will also see a makeover for the upcoming Festive Fervor mid-season event.
Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat and Pacific map
Caldera is not the only big change coming to Warzone, as Raven Software will be introducing RICOCHET Anti-Cheat alongside the other changes. Ricochet is an anti-cheat security initiative that was internally developed for Vanguard and Warzone via a PC kernel-level driver. The Asia-Pacific region will be the first to see Ricochet activated, with Raven Software planning to expand the active regions at an undisclosed future date.
Along with weapon balancing, Warzone will benefit from the addition of new vehicles like the fighter plane and utility truck, new contracts including Big Game Bounty, and new public events such as a restock that leads to all loot boxes closing and refilling with new loot. It’s not all new additions, however, as the Stopping Power field upgrade is removed from loot and Loadout markers are limited to only being available for purchase after the first initial round of free loadouts have dropped.
While the Rebirth Island map is available for all players to access during the Pacific early access phase, the map will also be temporarily removed from Call of Duty: Warzone following the event. Rebirth Island is expected to be returned with the Week 2 playlist update on Dec. 16.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Rise up and experience the fight against the Nazis on all four battlefronts through the eyes of four different Spec Ops characters. Call of Duty: Vanguard will feature a full campaign, fresh multiplayer experience with 20 new maps on launch, along with the new Champion Hill mode, and the prequel to Dark Aether story in Zombies.
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