It’s the biggest free content drop in Call of Duty history. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season One arrives on December 3. It comes with a host of new maps, game modes, and content.
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Three Familiar Maps Return to Modern Warfare
Veteran CoD players will be pleased to know that three maps from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare are being brought into the new Modern Warfare.
Crash, the one with the torn-apart helicopter, is one of them. Activision clearly feels this is a favorite, as the map also featured a festive edition on Modern Warfare Remastered during the Christmas period. The festive edition of Crash was almost identical but chock-full of Christmas lights and decorations. I can imagine the new version in Modern Warfare will feature some updated building interiors while remaining roughly the same.
Similarly, everyone’s favorite clusterf*ck map, Shipment, is being brought back again. Shipment 1944 featured on CoD: WWII with its metal shipping containers swapped out for wooden crates. Again, the layout of this map was pretty much the same, so I wouldn’t expect much to change in the new Modern Warfare. It’s a poor man’s Rust but plenty good enough for 1v1 no-scopes if that’s what you’re after.
Vacant is also being brought to Modern Warfare. This one was set in an abandoned office complex and featured plenty of choke points for players to get stuck in to. As with Crash, Modern Warfare’s developments in its gameplay will undoubtedly improve experiences on this map. Vacant would have plenty of opportunities for Activision to add doors in place of open doorframes and cover-mounting will only make the choke points that much more deadly.
Modern Warfare’s Season One update also adds a new Ground War map, Port. This is set… in a port. Creative name, right? Activision also adds Cargo and Atrium to its 2v2 Gunfight game mode. Already, Activision appears to be living up to its claim of the biggest content drop ever with the addition of six maps and the promise of additional maps as the season progresses.
At Least Three New Game Modes Are Coming
Along with Maps, Modern Warfare is also getting a few new game modes. Infected is a classic in any good modern shooter and it is making its way to the newest CoD with the season one update. “Hunt or be hunted” is the tagline, and that accurately sums up the experience. It’s intense yet hilarious. Much like the inclusion of Prop Hunt in CoD: WWII, this will hopefully offer casual players more options to enjoy the game without the pressures of K/D watching.
Gunfight is getting a twist with On-Site Procurement. This will be the same as regular Gunfight except the guns will start on the ground rather than be in your hands. It’ll make timing even more important and adds another level of strategy to the game mode.
Modern Warfare is also adding Reinforce to its line-up of game modes. The Activision Blog describes the game mode as “A hybrid of Dom and S&D, a single-life mode with both teams competing for control of three flags.” Sounds fairly straightforward and could be an interesting twist to two fairly classic game modes.
New Guns and a Battle Pass?
Activision is giving players two new guns too: the Ram-7 and the Holger-26. The Ram-7 is a fully automatic assault rifle, and the Hogler-26 is an LMG with an integrated drum magazine. These two, amongst other cosmetic items, can be earned through the battle pass system. Fans of Fortnite (and other titles) will be familiar with the battle pass system in gaming.
A battle pass adds a tier system alongside the existing leveling system of a game. This usually includes 100 tiers, each one offering players the opportunity to unlock a variety of cosmetic items. Modern Warfare will undoubtedly operate their battle pass system in a similar way. Activision is releasing more information on December 3, alongside the update. You can read up on everything so far here.
Modern Warfare also released a beta for the brand-new Gunfight Tournament mode. Check that out here.