While Call of Duty: Vanguard might be stealing all the hype, there’s still more to come for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The battle pass system that Cold War shares its free-to-play battle royale counterpart, Warzone, recently debuted its fifth season, but a midseason refresh is already on the horizon.
Cold War fans can expect a new multiplayer map, a returning fan-favorite mode, limited-time events, and more Zombies action. Warzone is also set to score a new mode and mid-season event, tied up in mysterious broadcasts located across Verdansk. Here’s what you need to know before Season 5 Reloaded shakes up the battle.
Season 5 Reloaded release date and time
Activision has outlined plans to launch Season 5 Reloaded, its next major update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone, on September 9. The free update will be available to all versions of the game on console and PC.
The season will roll out throughout the week, with Cold War slated to receive an early update on September 8 at 12 a.m. ET / September 7 at 9 p.m. PT. The accompanying Warzone update is slated for September 9 at 12 a.m. ET / September 8 at 9 p.m. PT, 24 hours after the Cold War download.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded new map and mode
Don’t worry, the monorail will still be there for those who want to those long sightlines for sniping, while the souvenir shop is guaranteed to scratch that close-quarters itch. A 24/7 playlist for Zoo will also be available so you can get your fill of the map without waiting for the usual rotation.
As with past mid-season releases, Season 5 Reloaded will add new Zombies content, too. Armada is the former site of NATO and Warsaw Pact skirmishes in the North Atlantic Ocean and doubles as the newest Outbreak Region for Zombies. The current Dark Aether storyline will spread throughout the Atlantic where dimensional rifts have resulted in energy spikes. There’s an overabundance of Aetherium Crystals and essence around the sunken nuclear submarine, but also a ton of zombies to hunt down. A new world event will also be added, allowing players to discover four varieties of a Black Chest — small, medium, large, and golden.
Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 Reloaded two new modes
Retitled as Clash, the foundations of Rumble return with two teams facing a deathmatch style battle with unlimited respawns until one team reaches 500 points. These massive multiplayer battles take place on smaller sections of Verdansk, including famed locations like Downtown, Boneyard, and Factory. Clash eliminates the customary loadout drops for custom loadouts right out of the gate, but with armor plates, vehicles, and other Warzone signatures still present.
In addition to Clash, Warzone will see the introduction of a new battle mode titled “Iron Trials ’84.” Iron Trials could deliver the greatest challenge yet, with drastic changes to health, time to kill, and equipment viability. Complimentary loadout drops will be removed, requiring players to purchase their preferred weaponry from buy stations at an increased price.
The gulag will still provide a second chance for those killed in Iron Trials though with some tweaks still present. Semi-auto and full-auto shotguns won’t appear in the Iron Trials gulag, tactical equipment will be limited, and the surviving player will redeploy to the battlefield their gulag weaponry. The squad that scores first place also receives an exclusive Calling Card.
The Numbers Event: What do they mean?
Black Ops Cold War will also see a set of nine challenges being added for the Numbers event, with a variety of cosmetic rewards and a new arcade cabinet up for grabs. Completing all nine challenges in either Cold War or Warzone will unlock the new Sai melee weapons.
Season 5 Reloaded Operators and Bundles coming soon to the store
If you haven’t gotten enough of the 1980s themed crossovers from the additions of John McClane and Rambo, there’s still more to come. Judge Dredd will join the game as a DLC skin for Beck later in the season. The Judge Dredd bundle will also include a “comic strip” cel-shaded black and white skin variant, weapon blueprints with tracers, and a finishing move.
There will be a multitude of other skins and bundles available throughout the remainder of the season, as well, with all customization options available in both Warzone and Cold War.