Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and it is War zone component kicked off its Season 1 multiplayer today, marking its first major update since launch. The former gets three new maps as part of its 24/7 playlist, in addition to a 6v6 arena in Rio which will be available later this season. As usual, there are some rewards for racking up kills without dying, giving players an EMP when they hit a 13 killstreak and the ability to summon swarms of mosquitoes as cover on a 15 killstreak. There’s also a new perk called the Assassin Vest, which makes players immune to UAV scans and doesn’t shoot skulls on the minimap when performing an execution.
The three new maps take you to a coastal town in ‘Greece’, a blood-soaked close-quarters slaughterhouse called ‘Meat’, and a warehouse ‘training facility’ that enables 2v2 gunfights. Building on that, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III brings back two fan-favorite modes – All or Nothing equips players with throwing knives and an empty gun, and takes them with slowly upgrading weaponry via killstreaks and perk activations. Then there’s the standard round-based Gunfight with small teams. Ranked Play is expected to drop later in Season 1 alongside promotional skins for the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune: Part 2 — Paul Atredis and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen — and an in-game event titled ‘Trial of Power.’ There are no details about the event yet, but we can assume that the timing of the collaboration had to do with that of the film delay from November to March 2024 due to labor strikes in Hollywood. Still, an odd game to pick for promotion Dune 2.
Onto War zone, Call of Duty’s long-running battle-royale mode, the all-new Urzikstan map is now live, plunging you into a gray metropolis punctuated by opulent resorts, power plants, a military base, a luxurious mansion and more. Activision describes it as a point where the Middle East meets Europe – or to put it more bluntly in the game’s universe, it is located on the ‘Easter border of the Black Sea and borders Al Mazrah’. As previously reported, the map adds a few unique mechanics for traversal, such as horizontal ziplines and a drivable train whose speed can be controlled by players using dedicated levers. Of course, you could also hit the brakes by going to the back. With such big changes comes a new 1v1 Gulag called ‘Silo’ which is completely symmetrical but will be varied based on luck.
Season 1 also brings a new story mission to the Zombies mode that creates a ‘massive gateway’ in the Exclusion Zone for players to investigate. Additionally, there is a new battle pass that promises new weapon unlocks such as the XRX Stalker, RAM-7 and Stormender to add to your loadout. That Call of Duty the roadmap also reveals plans for Christmas-themed events and game modes, a skin for A-Train from the Amazon Prime Video series The boysand more – you can check out the full patch notes on the official website.