Activision has been spilling the beans about Call of Duty Modern Warfare Season 5 throughout the week, and early patch notes have now been shared.
They give a thorough rundown on everything coming this week to MW and COD Warzone, with plenty to report. The new map changes made to Verdansk top the list, but there’s also plenty of early news regarding the Season 5 Battle Pass.
Players who splash the cash on the new Pass will be able to unlock new items for vehicles, as well as additional weapons. The new arsenal of guns is part of the free tiers, meaning that everyone will have access to the ISO SMG and the AN-94 assault rifle.
One item that is new to the Battle Pass in Season 5 are the Wartracks, which will be available to listen to when driving around Verdansk.
“Get three unique songs including the pulse-pounding “Sepulchre” to amp up your Warzone experience. Equip one track to a specific vehicle in the Vehicle Customization menu (like Battle Horns), then as soon you hop in; the music gets turned up,” a message from Activision explains.
“Your entire squad can listen to the beat while you drive, and let the song guide you to your primary objective – survival. All three tracks are instantly unlocked when you purchase the Battle Pass.”
There are also details covering the new multiplayer content for Modern Warfare, which will see new maps and weapons go live over the coming weeks. The early patch notes from Activision also reveal plans for a mid-season event, which could hint at the official of the next Call of Duty game being released in 2020.
The early patch notes shared by Activision can be found below, but it should be noted that more are expected after Season 5 is released across all platforms later today.
COD SEASON 5 BATTLE PASS:
The Season Five Battle Pass system enables you to obtain two new weapons: the ISO SMG (Tier 15) and the AN-94 assault rifle (Tier 31) that all players in Modern Warfare including Warzone can earn for free, just for playing the game.
Additionally, players can earn additional content, including emblems, stickers, calling cards, charms, a vehicle skin, a Compass watch, additional Call of Duty Points, and not to mention a number of free blueprints, one LMG, sniper rifle, marksman rifle, and assault rifle blueprint respectively.
Weapons Inspection: A First Look at Season Five’s Free New Armaments
Players can earn new weapons to utilize during the course of Season Five. Two are available for free within the Battle Pass system for all players:
ISO SMG (Free Battle Pass System Weapon) – A precision crafted 9mm sub machine gun with a rapid rate of fire. Lightweight, reliable and compact, this is designed to control the battlefield at close ranges.
AN-94 AR (Free Battle Pass System Weapon) – A cutting edge 5.45x39mm Russian assault rifle with a unique hyperburst feature: The initial shot of a full-auto volley is followed up by an instantaneous second round before significant recoil is felt. This creates a tightly grouped cluster of shots with increased damage potential. The mechanism is fed by a canted magazine and a reciprocating receiver helps control the recoil.
Level up all of these new weapons to find the best custom configurations for engagements in Multiplayer or Warzone in Gunsmith.
When you purchase the Season Five Battle Pass, you can unlock up to 100 Tiers of exceptional new content, including up to 1,300 COD points (enough to buy the next season’s Battle Pass), and instant unlock – Lerch, the leader of the Shadow Company. Progress through the Battle Pass to earn Operator skins, blueprints, and more.
Battle Pass Instant Unlocks:
- New Operator: Lerch, Shadow Company (Tier 0): Lerch’s initial look – the Operator skin “Behemoth” – becomes increasingly tactical with the “Gargantua” and “Colossus” variants earned by completing his Operators Mission. Lerch is Shadow Company’s leader and a former MARSOC member who received a general discharge under honorable conditions. Barely. Thrives in the private sector where he operates under his own terms.
- Rodion Operator Skin and Mission (Tier 0): Rodion also shows his alliance to Shadow Company with the “Archangel” skin and Mission.
- XP Boost (Tier 0): Get more XP for your efforts with this 10% XP boost that lasts the duration of the Season.
- Battle Pass Blueprint Weapon Highlights: As well as the previously listed free Blueprint weapons, you can earn many more additional Blueprints within the Battle Pass. These include a new melee blueprint, three handguns, two shotguns, three SMGs, two assault rifles, three LMGs, and a sniper rifle.
- Battle Pass Tier 100: The ultimate Season Five Battle Pass reward is the “Rook” skin for Roze, as well as “The Veil” vehicle skin, and more. Shoot for “The Company’s Might”; negative tracer rounds for Assault Rifle Lima to fill your foes with fear as well as projectiles!
- Battle Pass: Purchase the Battle Pass for 1,000 CP, and you’re granted access to unlock the new Operator Lerch, up to 100 Tiers of content, and earn up to 1,300 CP (enough for next Season’s Battle Pass and some) back by playing the game.
WARZONE SEASON 5 CHANGES:
As you might have gathered by now, the Acropolis National Arena (AKA Verdansk Stadium) is receiving a multitude of new visitors now that the Shadow Company announced their presence in an explosive, roof-based insertion. Time to retool your strategy and rethink your drop plans around this massive super-structure, complete with a pitch surrounded by rows of seating, an additional underground parking structure, a concession stand lobby as well as other multiple interior concourses and field access you can secure and compete to control.
THE TRAIN STATION AND FREIGHT TRAIN
The stadium isn’t the only large-scale location getting interior access; the ornate and imposing Verdansk Train Station is also open for Operators. The station buildings feature a number of inside locations to explore; all linked to the main ticket hall and platforms. This significantly changes the overall look, feel, and tactical outlook in and around this area of the Warzone map.
A hulking freight train is on a path of destruction, and it’s up to you and your fellow Operators to use this locomotive behemoth to your tactical advantage! The train rolls through one of the main arterial railroad tracks that circumnavigate the southwestern part of Verdansk in a large loop. It can be a source of protection, an epicentre of firefights, and even offers some exceptional takedown potential if your team claims the train for themselves, and guards it with additional vehicles and heavy weaponry.
A rundown of the full Call of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare Season 5 patch notes can be found below:
Need to take down a troublesome sniper? During past navigations through multi-floored building interiors (usually located in downtown Tavorsk District), you may have clamped onto a vertical zip line inside an elevator shaft to gain quicker access to the top of the structure. Now you can expect additional and strategically positioned Exterior Ascenders dotted throughout Verdansk. These will primarily be attached to the exterior of taller buildings, enabling you to gain a tactical and height advantage from a different angle, and with more haste than ever before.
WARZONE MINI ROYALE
This condenses the craziest parts of the main Battle Royale mode into faster-paced chunks of chaotic and almost constant combat. Mini Royale lowers the number of Operators sent into Verdansk but quickens the BR experience: Only the first and last five minutes of a normal BR game exist meaning rapid deployment, constant movement, and high-kill strategies are set to yield victories that are both short and sweet.
The weaponry you discover lying on the ground or in Supply Crates has been meticulously updated to potentially provide new pre-Loadout Drop weapon tactics for your squad. Expect eight Common, 13 Uncommon, 15 Rare, 19 Epic, and 25 Legendary variants to find throughout Verdansk.