Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5: Freight Train, Mini Royale, More
Once again, it is time for a new season of content to come to Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone. Both games are getting their fifth season of content, and this is perhaps the largest season ever. Call of Duty Warzone Season 5, in particular, is huge with some overwhelming changes.
Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 Is Here
With the launch of Modern Warfare and Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 ready to drop very soon, some players are now able to preload the new season of content and start playing it very soon. The new season will drop on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and begin the fifth season.
Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 will require players to download a sizable update, albeit one that is not nearly as large as past ones. It ranges from 33GB on PS4 to 50GB on Xbox One, regardless of whether or not you have Modern Warfare or Warzone only.
On the PC side of things, it varies based on which version of the game that you have. It is around 47GB for those Warzone only players and 54GB for the PC players who have Modern Warfare. So, this can be a substantial and massive update, but it is an important one.
Because once you have this update downloaded on your system, you will see a significant decrease in the overall footprint of the game(s) on console platforms. This means that there should be an overall sense of the game not requiring as much space to be installed on the platform. But you should prepare for this huge update ahead of time, regardless.
Warzone Has a Ton of Content This Season
Fortunately, the massive update for Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 is worth it for what is perhaps the largest season of content to date. For the battle royale-centric Warzone, there is so much new content that it is perhaps the largest drop of new content since the launch of the game earlier this year.
The best part is that this content is free for all Warzone players, a game that is already free-to-play anyway. It all begins with the huge changes to the Verdansk map overall. For starters, one of the changes that players have been anticipating is the new stadium.
One of the new points of interest that you can visit is the Acropolis National Arena or the Verdansk Stadium, as it is also known. This massive new location is found on the battle royale map and is home to a wide-open space that features the complex field in the stadium along with the rows of seating, the underground parking lot that you can explore, and even the concession stands if you want a little snack.
There is a lot to the stadium. It is like its own complicated, intricate areas that you can explore throughout and find tons of loot and probably enemies lurking around. This impressive new addition to the Verdansk map is likely to become one of the most popular destinations to date.
But the stadium is far from the only new addition to the battle royale map in Call of Duty Warzone Season 5. The Verdansk train station is also open for business now. Players can find a new point of interest that has a surprising number of locations to visit.
The rather main large train station includes the ticket hall and the platforms for boarding the train itself. It is in the southwestern section of the battle royale map and comes with a train stationed there. This new freight train is going to change the feel of battle royale matches forever.
Like other battle royale games have done in the past, the freight train will add a movable location that will traverse a large portion of the map. While the freight train won’t go around the entire Verdansk area, it will take up a huge portion of the southwestern region.
The freight train will likely be moving most of the time in the battle royale match, providing a unique vantage point for not only maneuvering around the map with ease but also for defense. It has a ton of loot that you will find on it, making it a great base as it moves around the map.
The limited nature of being only in one portion of the map does mean that the freight train won’t be as useful as it could be, but this does leave room for more trains in the future, similar to how PUBG added more as time went on.
Finally, the final major addition to the battle royale map in Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 is a minor one. Players may have found the ziplines around the map that allow you to ascend up a building or structure with ease quickly.
There should be plenty more of these ziplines that you will find across the entire map, typically on the outside of large buildings, to let you get up to higher points of interest in a quicker amount of time.
Mini Royale and Wartracks
If you thought the additions and changes for the battle royale map were it for Warzone Season 5, you would be wrong. There are new game modes, weapon changes, and much more that are also coming this season. Overall, this makes this one of the most important seasons for Warzone so far.
First and foremost, a brand new game mode will make its debut this season: Mini Royale. Just as the name suggests, this will be a smaller version of the classic battle royale experience. There will be fewer players overall in this game mode. It will be much shorter in length as well.
It is uncertain, at this time, if the whole map of Verdansk will be available in Mini Royale or not, but we do know that Activision is touting it as only having the first and last five minutes of every battle royale match. This tells us that, at best, it is only around 10 minutes in length. It is also uncertain if this will be a solo or team mode only.
When it comes to weapons, players will now find that the supply crates have been overhauled to allow for better pre-loadout weapons for players to grab in them. These include eight common, 13 uncommon, 15 rare, 19 epic, and 25 legendary weapon variants that you will now find in supply crates.
And when you are cruising around looking for those supply crates, you will now be able to listen to music in the game without having to pull up Spotify or something else on your system. Wartracks are a new optional item that you can get for the game.
There are three songs in total that have been released. You can equip them to the various vehicles in the customization menu. This is similar to what you can do with the battle horns. They let your squad jam to some tunes while you drive around in one of the vehicles. All three of them are automatically given when you buy the premium version of the battle pass.
Suppose you are interested in checking out everything that Modern Warfare has to offer in Season 5 but only have the free version of Warzone. You can enjoy a free multiplayer weekend that will happen Friday, Aug. 7 through Wednesday, Aug. 12, where you can see some of the new multiplayer maps this season.
Four New Maps for Modern Warfare
For those of you who are Modern Warfare fans, there will be a whopping four new maps that will be released this season. They will not only offer new locations to fight in normal game modes, but Gunfight and Ground War alike will get some love this season, too.
The first of these four new maps is Livestock and it is a new Gunfight map that players will be able to enjoy this season. It is available at the launch of the new season, so you won’t have to wait too long to check it out. This smaller map is set in a rural location, specifically, around a large barn.
Also available at the launch of Season 5 is the Petrov Oil Rig multiplayer map. This one will allow for the standard six on six matches that are in Modern Warfare and takes place on an oil rig. The rig is in the middle of the waters, a far cry from the game’s standard settings.
Five different sections make up the oil rig in Petrov, with the two teams starting on the opposite sides of the new map. The starting locations are the helicopter pad and the lifeboat station, but you can also fight along the central bridge, cafeteria indoors, and the oil storage.
The second of the two six on six maps this season is the Suldal Harbor map. This isn’t a brand new location, as it is home to one of the oldest maps in the history of the franchise. Veterans may recognize this fan-favorite location set in the Middle Eastern harbor.
It is a medium-sized map in multiplayer that will have the players weaving throughout the dock, various buildings, fish markets, etc. The harbor city will have a heavy emphasis on the close combat style, with only a few strategic locations that will allow for longer-ranged attacks.
The final of the four new maps that will be launched this season is the Verdansk International Airport. This map comes directly from Warzone, taking this slice of the battle royale map and putting it in Ground War. It includes a variety of locales for large team warfare.
The airport includes the parking garage, airport itself, apartment complex near the subway, and the plane hangars. Like many Ground War maps, this one offers a ton of different styles, whether it is close combat inside, long-range outside and on the roofs, etc.
New Game Modes
If the maps aren’t enough for you, new game modes are dropping in Season 5 for Modern Warfare. The first of these is Barebones, a playlist that players may know well from the previous Call of Duty games like Black Ops 4.
You will find the standard game modes of Team Deathmatch, Domination, HQ, Hardpoint, and Kill Confirmed with the standard rules that you would expect in the Barebones playlist. However, there is one major change. There are no killstreaks, field upgrades, or perks, so this is combat at its basest level.
Next up is Search and Destroy Double Down, a unique take on the standard fan-favorite multiplayer mode. You will have the usual makeup of several rounds of back-and-forth as one team are the attackers, and the other team are the defenders.
Players will only have one life to live in this game mode to take the bomb and arm it at one of the two locations. But what makes this version of the game mode unique is that it will have way larger teams of 12 players on each side for 24 players in total, instead of the usual six on six. There are also challenges, new items, and a battle pass this season.
For more on the Call of Duty Warzone Season 5 content, be sure to check out the full list of changes and additions here.