Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 has dropped, bringing with it new content for the main game’s multiplayer, as well as a major update for the Warzone battle royale mode and standalone game.
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 and delay
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 resto f 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."
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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.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 leaks
Not a lot has been confirmed for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 so far. But we can probably expect new operators, guns, maps and characters.
The latest update brings with it a whole load of bug fixes, and some new playlist modes, such as the 2v2 Trench Mosh Pit mode and the Blueprint Gunfight mode. Most of the 45GB download for the PC version will encompass updates to Warzone - more on that below - but we expect a whole lot more content to come out of season 4.
A YouTuber going by the name of TheXclusiveAce has a breakdown video of the new guns expected in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4, having plumbed the depths of code leaked on Reddit. These include the Galil assault rifle and a Vector submachine gun going by the name of the ‘Fennec.'
Both guns have been in the Call of Duty series before, so the next season may mark their comeback. Oddly, the patch doesn't mention any news guns, but some footage we've seen of the new Scrapyard map shows the Fennec submarine gun and Galil rifle in action, as well a load of new 'Blueprints' to customise the guns. We're expecting to see more new guns introduced as season 4 rolls on.
A suite of operators are expected to arrive in Call of Duty Modern Warfare season 4, notably Call of Duty mainstay Captain Price, who’s been seen in an official teaser. But Kyle ‘Gaz; Garrick from the Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s campaign is also expected to make an appearance.
Captain Price has been introduced in the new patch, along with some other minor operators. But more are expected to come.
Farah, from the latest game's campaign, will also appear as an operator for the multiplayer mode, though she might not arrive at the start of season 4. A list of other operators with names that don’t seem to be from either the current or previous Call of Duty titles was also found in the season 4 patch code.
Other features found in the leaked code were banners for weapons, which will help indicate that you’ve completed all the ‘camo challenges’ for particular guns. The banner will go alongside the unlocked camo pattern for the gun. And more camo skins will be made available for the weapons, including very difficult ones such as “mounted long-shot kills”.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 4 maps
Five new multiplayer maps are expected in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, though some might not arrive in time for season four. According to the leaks, the maps include Garden, Broadcast, Oil Rig, Scrapyard and Harbor. Broadcast and Scrapyard are both maps that you can find in Call of Duty 4.
New Gunfight mode maps are expected as well, the first being Drainage, and the second being Townhouse. Townhouse is potentially a reference to the townhouse mission in Modern Warfare’s campaign.
Train and Trench were also Gunfight maps found in the code. But there was no detail on what they will feature, beyond their names. We can at least hazard a guess that one will take place on a train, and the other in a trench.
The new patch for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has introduced the Trench map as part of the Trench Mosh Pit mode. And the Scrapyard map is a part of the Scrapyard 24/7 mode.
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 o 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.
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.