Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 is coming to an end with its last major update going live July 28. It will bring in the last few nuggets of game content, as well as double XP and weapon XP, before season 5 arrives in the coming months; though no official release date has been revealed.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 was originally scheduled to arrive June 3. But following the Black Lives Matter movement protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd by a police officer, Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, Activision announced last week that it’s “not the time” to release the new season that could distract from the critically important social moment.
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So in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Activision has decided to put new seasons for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the standalone Call of Duty: Warzone mode and Call of Duty: Mobile on hold. But now Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 has arrived, so here’s everything we know.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 release date
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 update arrived June 10 at 11PM PST, so the patch will mostly be ready for people across the rest of the world on June 11. Expect this to be the update of several, as we're expecting a lot more to come for season 4.
Originally, season 4 was expected to arrive on June 3 but Activision put it on hold in support of the #BlackLivesMatters movement, something that we at Tom's Guide support.
"While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone and Call of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time," a statement from the official Call of Duty account said at the time. "We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 has been well underway for a while now, so season 5 looks set to be on the horizon. Recent rumors suggest it could debut at the start of August.
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"Right now it's time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you,” it added. While Activision did not reference #BlackLivesMatter movement directly, the tweet was in reference to the protests against police brutality towards black people in the U.S.
Such a move might disappoint some fans, but Activision is acknowledging a very important issue in the U.S. and beyond. And we at Tom’s Guide and our publisher Future, also support the Black Lives Matter movement (opens in new tab).
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 operators
Before the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4, Activision spend a fair bit of time teasing what operators we could expect the new season to bring. Captain Price was all but announced.
But now that season 4 is out in the wild the bearded British soldier is officially part of the game’s multiplayer. But he’s not going it alone, as he’ll be joined by Sgt. Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick. Season 4 sees Gaz return from the events of Modern Warfare’s campaign and enter the Verdansk fray as a member of Armistice.
And both Captain Price and Gaz will be joined by Roze, an ex-US Army Ranger, who’s now working as a hunter and tracker who hails from the Colorado Mountains. While Captain Price will be unlocked at part of the Battle Pass for season 4, Gaz and Roze will be added into the mix as the season progresses.
Season 4 was also meant to bring Farah over from the game’s campaign. But she wasn’t part of the season’s launch. That would likely indicate that she might pop up as an operator in season 5.
A list of other operators with names that aren't either the current or previous Call of Duty titles also feature in season 4.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 maps
Four new multiplayer maps have come as part of Call of Duty Modern Warfare season 4. Scrapyard, Trench, Barakett Promenade, and Chesire Park.
Scrapyard involves fighting it out in, unsurprisingly, a scrapyard complete with open areas and rusty building to navigate. Cheshire Park gives operators the scope shoot it out in a picturesque garden and conservatory based in urban London.
Trench is a network of interconnected trenches, as one would expect. And Barakett Promenade is a 'groundwar' map in which operators fight in a dilapidated urban promenade.
These will feed into a variety of game modes including Scrapyard 24/7 and a Gunfight mode for Trench.
The final update to season 4 is bringing the Shipment 24/7 and Shoot House 24/7 playlists, which unsurprisingly take place in fan-favourite maps, Shipment and Shoot House.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 new guns
Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 ushered in more guns for the game, as well as blueprints to add customisation to those weapons.
Highlights include a Vector submachine gun going by the name of the ‘Fennec', and the CR-56 AMAX assault rifle, both of which are free for all players. The Rytec AMR sniper rifle has also been added into the mix.
Blueprints such as the 'Blank Stare' and a new SUV skin, as well as a legendary sniper rifle blueprint called 'Brookside' can also be earnt as part of season 4.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 Warzone update
With the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 comes updated content for Warzone. The battle royale game now comes with new in-match events: Supply Choppers, Fire Sale, and Jailbreak.
The Jailbreak mode releases all the dead players currently held in the gulag part of the game back into the match at once, promising an added element of chaos to Warzone. Fire Sale temporarily reduced the price of items at Buy Stations to make getting stuff a lot easier, as well as rendering it free to bring back a dead player. And Supply Choppers introduces a heavily armoured helicopter to the game that will drop high-quality loot when it’s eventually downed.
Warzone also gets a new Contract called Contraband that tasks players to drop a briefcase at an exfiltration point; a permanent Bluprint is the reward for successfully completing the task.
And the new Warzone Royal Rumble brings in a new Playlist mode were two teams of 50 players can fight it out across the Verdansk map. Custom loadouts, quick respawns, and vehicle all feature in this mode, likely to lead to a more deathmatch style battle than a cat and mouse game of survival.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 battle pass
The battle pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 is expected to follow the structure of the previous season passes. For $9.99 or 1,000 COD Points, the pass will offer a new operator and 100 tiers of content to progress through, according to PC Gamer (opens in new tab).
A battle pass bundle for $19.99 or 2,400 COD Points will allow players to skip 20 tiers. But for people who don’t want to pay for that privilege, they can simply grind their way up the tiers by earning COD Points.
All in all, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 is shaping up to be a good one. While the initial patch has dropped a fair bit of content, more is likely on is way to inject more action into season 4.