Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season Two Reloaded launch this week, Activision announced.
The mid-season update for both shooters adds several new maps, modes, and features to Black Ops Cold War, as well as two new operators and the new ZRG 20mm sniper rifle.
This all kicks in after the Black Ops Cold War updates at 5am UK time tomorrow, March 30, and Warzone at 7am UK time on Wednesday, March 31.
As Black Ops Cold War developer Treyarch has already revealed, the new 6v6 map Miami Strike launches as part of Season Two Reloaded. Considered by some to be the worst competitive multiplayer map in the game, this newer, shinier, tigress version of Miami looks like a decent addition to the map pool and has its own 24/7 playlist this week.
Also in the mid-season update release is the 2v2 and 3v3 Mansion map, joining the Gunfight and Face Off map rotations, and Golova, the Outbreak mode location now available in Fireteam mode.
New modes include multi-team Hardpoint, in which 10 squads of four fight for multiple waypoints at the same time. Each set of hard points lasts 120 seconds before rotating to the next locations.
There are new Prop Hunt maps and props in the Mid-Season Update release, with Miami Strike and Satellite joining the map rotation.
At some point during the rest of the second season, Gunsmith Customs made their way into Black Ops Cold War. This allows players to mix and match weapon blueprint attachments of the same weapon type to create a class. Gunfight tournaments are also coming later in the season.
The long-awaited weapon tweak will also arrive with the release of Season Two Reloaded. This modifies weapons in Black Ops Cold War only and does not apply to Warzone. Here is the official blurb from Treyarch:
“In Season Two Reloaded, we made adjustments to make the Krig 6, FFAR 1, and Groza more competitive in the Assault Rifle class, while adjusting the Milano 821, KSP 45, LC10, MAC-10, and AK-74u in the SMG class We’ve also made performance tweaks specific to the RPG-7, 1911, Magnum, and more.
“These changes include full tuning passes on the Sickle and Underbarrel attachments affecting recoil on Assault Rifles and SMGs, increasing Rocket damage against enemies with Flak Jacket on Hardcore, and removing the glow from Sniper Rifles with Iron Sights “.
Now on Zombies. Outbreak gets a night version of the Sanatorium, a new objective called Secure, and a new vehicle: Dirt Bike. Unsurprisingly, with the arrival of the new Sanatorium Night region comes new information to find, including new audio logs and radio transmissions that advance the Dark Aether story.
Here’s a useful new feature for Zombies: You can apply any weapon model you own to your weapon via the pause menu in Outbreak, Firebase Z, and Die Maschine. This includes any weapons picked up or purchased from Wall Buy.
Dead Ops Arcade 3 becomes more useful with this update – it will now award Player XP and Battle Pass XP, so you can always progress your tiers and levels when you play the mode.
Remember the PlayStation exclusive Onslaught mode? That also gets fresh content via containment mode.
Now onto the new operators: Terrell Wolf joins NATO at the launch of Reloaded, and Karla Rivas joins NATO mid-season. These soldier skins are available as premium DLC in the store and can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
The 20mm ZRG sniper arrives in season. He has a higher bullet speed than any other sniper, has a fast reload speed, and can kill with a single shot to the head, chest, or shoulders. It is built for extremely long ranges.
You can unlock the ZRG 20mm by completing its in-game challenge or by purchasing the Jackpot Sniper pack in the store.
Helpfully, Season Two Reloaded creates a lower, optimized file size in Warzone. If you own the full version of both Modern Warfare and Warzone, or if you own the free Warzone on its own, you will see the overall file size decrease.
This is particularly welcome given how much space these games take up. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone have a reputation for huge update downloads and massive install footprints, which we’ve reported on in the past. It got so bad that in February, Activision warned that a standard 500GB PlayStation 4 may 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 by optimizing data and optimizing the content packs required for individual game modes,” Activision said.
This reduced file size will come after “a larger-than-usual single update” for Season Two Reloaded, Activision warned. This update includes these optimizations and is necessary to reduce the overall footprint, Activision insisted. Hopefully it’ll be worth it, though: Activision said future patches for Modern Warfare and Warzone are expected to be smaller than the one released this week.
“Coupled with the ability to remove individual modes that are no longer being played, owners of the full Modern Warfare experience will see more free space on their platform of choice,” Activision said.
“However, those who want to continue playing Campaign, Multiplayer and/or Special Ops will need to reinstall the optimized content packs, which will be released alongside the Season Two Reloaded update and shortly thereafter.”
After the update, Warzone file size will be reduced by 10.9GB to 14.2GB, and Modern Warfare/Warzone file size will be reduced by 30.6GB to 33.6GB, depending on platform .
Here is the breakdown of the reduction in file size:
- PS5: 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)
- PERSONAL COMPUTER: 11.8 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
Yes, annoyingly, if you just want to play Modern Warfare, you still need to have Warzone installed.
And finally, on to Season Two Reloaded’s dreaded update file sizes. Get ready: 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 free Warzone, that are up to date. up to date with the latest updates to one (or both) games.
Activision reiterated that the Warzone download is a larger file size due to data optimization, but a weight of nearly 60GB is pretty extreme.
Here’s the breakdown:
Black Ops Cold War Upgrade Sizes:
- PS5: 12.2GB
- Playstation 4: 7.4GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.18GB
- xbox one: 9.13GB
- PERSONAL COMPUTER: 8.1GB
Warzone Upgrade Sizes:
- PS5: 52.0GB
- Playstation 4: 52.0GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 57.8GB
- xbox one: 57.8GB
- PERSONAL COMPUTER: 52.4 GB (Warzone only) / 133.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)