Prepare for the Final Showdown — A Deep Dive into Season Six of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone
Shattering the System
“We’ve got a job to do.” — Jason Hudson
With forensic analysis contradicting Adler’s field report of the mission to recover the downed Satellite in Algeria and a large-scale brainwashing operation playing out in the wake of the efforts to retake the Echelon listening station, Hudson drew the unthinkable conclusion: Adler had been compromised after being captured by Stitch.
With Adler off-grid and unresponsive to recall orders, Woods and a hand-picked team of Operators hunt him down and return him to home soil, where Alex Mason uses his unique, firsthand experience of the Numbers Program to break Stitch’s hold over their friend and colleague.
During Adler’s interrogation, it became clear that while he had been comprised, his career-long obsession with hunting down Perseus had allowed him to fight Stitch’s programming to some degree.
In his twisted and tormented mental state, Adler had taken some strictly unauthorized actions of his own as a desperate attempt to disrupt Perseus’s master plan…
As seismic charges are triggered in WWII-era bunkers containing stockpiles of decommissioned German bombs, the stage is set for the final showdown.
This, along with the epic conclusion of Black Ops Cold War Zombies in “Forsaken,” will all go down in Season Six of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, arriving on October 7 following updates to Black Ops Cold War on October 5 at 9 PM PT and Warzone on October 6 at 9 PM PT.
With Call of Duty: Vanguard and The Haunting season also on the horizon, there’s no shortage of surprises to come… watch for that intel later throughout October.
For this initial Season Six announcement, here’s what can be declassified:
WARZONE CONTENT INTEL
- New Points of Interest — Fissures crack open the Stadium and Downtown, revealing strange and previously unknown WWII-era bunkers.
- New Gulag — A return to a familiar 1v1 combat arena.
- Regiment Transition Begins – Update your active Regiment by October 5 prior to a freeze to prepare for shift to the new Clan system.
Warzone — New Points of Interest
Adler’s actions while AWOL led to Verdansk being leveled, significantly altering areas of the central city and revealing previously undiscovered bunkers packed with stockpiles of WWII-era German bombs and armaments.
Fissures Level the Stadium and Downtown
Seismic charges have devastated the Stadium and Downtown.
Old Verdansk Stadium is wrecked due to the man-made earthquake, which sent the cranes towering above down onto the construction zone and soccer pitch. Fortunately, a new stadium was already planned for the site, but for now in ’84, expect greater maneuverability across all levels of this location, including within the cracks of the earth.
Southwest of the Stadium, Downtown is a chaotic mess as buildings topple into the fissure. Reports from the ground indicate a marquee Hotel and several buildings in the vicinity have been destroyed in the blasts. For Tier One Operators, expect less verticality in this notorious part of town, as well as some additional areas to explore.
World War II Bunkers Add Intrigue
Hidden beneath Verdansk’s surface—long before the “original Verdansk bunkers” you may have explored previously—was an underground system of passageways and armaments rooms. These old German war bunkers have been barricaded off since the war’s end.
After Adler discovered the existence of these relics from a bygone era, he drilled down through the surface to plant seismic charges to set off a greater explosion. Their mysterious nature hints at what will come following Vanguard’s launch.
New Gulag, Inspired by the Original
Time to clean up the opposition once more after becoming a Prisoner of Warzone.
Ready to relive your first Gulag duels? Season Six’s Gulag is inspired by the original trio of 1v1 maps within the Verdansk of 2019 and based on the Modern Warfare Gunfight map variant. This takes place in an undisclosed and sectioned-off level of the deep Zordaya Prison Complex.
The arena may not be just as you remember it, but the rules haven’t changed: win this 1v1 to get back into the fray and continue to throw those rocks with reckless abandon.
Regiment Transition Incoming – Take Action by October 5
As part of the Season Six update for Warzone on October 6, Regiments will be frozen in preparation to transition towards a new and more rewarding Clan system based around playing with your friends and fellow community members.
After October 6, you will only be able to view your Regiment Roster and inspect players. You will not be able to create, manage, switch, or invite people to your Regiment, use Regiment Tags, or receive Happy Hour rewards after this date. And if you are in multiple Regiments, you have until October 5 to ensure that you are “Active” in the one you wish to stay in through Vanguard’s launch on November 5.
This is all to limit any variables as Call of Duty sets up a new Clan-based system, to be rolled out in Warzone by the end of the year.
More details to come during Season Six and beyond.
More to Come
We’re only scratching the surface regarding the Season Six update for Warzone; in addition to content available in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, look for a Raven Software patch notes blog next week for details on new modes to come, an item pool update, and balance changes that will arrive with Season Six.
And stay tuned for more intel regarding Warzone events, intel on anti-cheat, and Vanguard-related content in the weeks to come.
BLACK OPS COLD WAR CONTENT OVERVIEW
- “Forsaken,” the Final Chapter of Black Ops Cold War Zombies — Experience the epic conclusion to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, complete with a new Perk, a new Wonder Weapon, new Main Quest, and more.
- Additional Zombies Updates — PhD Slider makes its debut, and the Hand Cannon and ARC-XD arrive as Support Weapons in Outbreak and round-based maps.
- Treyarch Black Ops Cold War Zombies Recap — Prepare for a deeper dive into the events leading up to “Forsaken” from Treyarch.
- New Multiplayer Maps — Fight through Adler’s broken mind in Deprogram, take to a Soviet version of an American Main Street, and prepare for a Gunfight in the KGB HQ vault known as Gluboko.
“Forsaken” — The Epic Conclusion to Black Ops Cold War Zombies (Launch)
“This is the place. We must make our stand here.” — Sergei Ravenov
In “Mauer der Toten,” Requiem’s elite strike team stopped Doctor Aleksandra Valentina from unleashing an undead army into our dimension, narrowly escaping Omega Group’s clutches thanks to Samantha Maxis and her newfound powers.
In “Forsaken,” the final round-based map in Black Ops Cold War Zombies, the team is ready to finish the fight at the heart of Omega Group: a secret test site in the U.S.S.R. that threatens to invite an even greater supernatural threat into the world. Behind the scenes, Requiem’s secretive Director makes the call to approve Maxis for “Operation First Domino” as Requiem and Omega prepare for the final showdown.
Along with additional Zombies features—including a new Perk, Wonder Weapon, two additional Support Weapons, and more—“Forsaken” comes with a new set of Challenges and new in-game Intel to uncover.
With Vanguard around the corner, the Treyarch Zombies team is ready to close one chapter of the Dark Aether story and open the door to another, with plenty of details yet to come. Stay connected to the Call of Duty blog and Treyarch’s social channels for a developer-focused look at the shocking Black Ops Cold War Zombies finale.
New Perk & Perk Machines in “Forsaken”
Time to get down and send some zombies flying.
After downing a bottle of PhD Slider, the tenth and final Zombies Perk in Black Ops Cold War, an Operator can take advantage of the following effect:
Sliding into enemies triggers an explosion. The size and damage increases the farther you slide before impact.
This Perk turns you into a living weapon that grows even more deadly as you invest Aetherium Crystals into its Skills Tiers, which feature full immunity to self-inflicted explosive damage, the ability to trigger an explosive payload after falling from a vertical distance, and more.
Look for PhD Slider in its dedicated Perk Machine in “Forsaken” and in the Der Wunderfizz machine in all round-based maps and Outbreak. The Death Perception Perk, introduced in Season Five, will also have its own standalone machine on the new map for the first time.
New Wonder Weapon — Discover the Chrysalax
The ultimate tool for splitting Zombies like wood, the Chrysalax can be discovered in “Forsaken” as part of its own quest, through completing Trials, or by trying your luck at the Mystery Box.
Forged in the Dark Aether, there is more to this Wonder Weapon than what appears on its surface, boasting the ability to convert between a powerful battle axe and a rapid-fire energy weapon.
New Zombies Support Weapons — ARC-XD and Hand Cannon
Two new powerful Support options are here to help fend off the undead at the launch of Season Six:
ARC-XD — The Aether Remote-Controlled Explosive Device (ARC-XD) is an advanced Support Weapon fitted with an Aetherium Crystal that acts as a decoy, emitting a sound to draw enemy attention. The ARC-XD will continually pulse a small Aether blast that can kill normal enemies and launch them on contact. It is capable of fitting through tight crawl spaces, yet powerful enough to send a group of undead soldiers back to their graves.
Hand Cannon — Originally found as a hidden weapon in the Campaign and introduced to Multiplayer in Season Four, the Hand Cannon joins Zombies as one of Season Six’s Support Weapons. Hindered only by a strong vertical kick and slow rate of fire, the Hand Cannon can blast away zombies with ease, especially Special and Elite enemies with precision shots.
Multiplayer — Three Mind-Blowing Maps on Day One
Season Six goes beyond the Iron Curtain and into the mind of Russell Adler for its new trio of Multiplayer maps, all available at the launch of Season Six.
Deprogram (6v6, Launch)
During Adler’s interrogation and deprogramming, memories from his convoluted past come to life as a warped combat arena in Deprogram. Here, you’ll pass through Red Doors as the fight rages on throughout Adler’s broken mind.
Each part of this map is a fragment of Adler’s memories, stitched together to form one of the most unique map experiences ever seen in Call of Duty. The Red Doors found throughout Deprogram can be used to quickly traverse the map, which may lead to power positions over objectives or be used for four-dimensional plays that can help you outsmart opponents.
Amerika (6v6, Launch)
Take the war to a Soviet recreation of an American Main Street in Season Six’s next 6v6 map, Amerika.
A secret military facility in the heart of the U.S.S.R., this medium-sized map will have you fighting through a replica of a town that includes a pizzeria, theater, and a Burger Town mock-up. Maneuver through these buildings for close-quarter battles, and watch out for long-range weaponry that is sure to lock down the block.
Gluboko (2v2 and 3v3, Launch)
Taking place in the underground vault of the KGB headquarters, Gluboko serves as the newest map where Operators can battle in Gunfight and Face Off variants, including Face Off 6v6.
The Lubyanka Building’s underbelly can be home to extremely fast-paced engagements, as fights will spill out around and on top of the main briefing table.
Don’t forget to capture that Overtime flag if your opponent is still standing during a round of Gunfight!
BLACK OPS COLD WAR AND WARZONE INTEL
- New Operators — Alex Mason arrives in the Season Six Battle Pass, and Perseus Operative “Fuze” makes an explosive impact during the season.
- Five Weapons — A lever-action Shotgun and a reliable Assault Rifle within the Battle Pass system, in addition to a deadly new melee weapon earned via challenge, all available on day one of Season Six. During the season, expect to earn a unique SMG and a set of dual-wield melee tools.
- Prepare for The Haunting — We hope you like scary movies… the Halloween event spectacular will take place from October 19 through November 2.
- New Prestige Levels — Become a true Prestige Master.
New Operators — Alex Mason and Fuze Join the Fight
NATO and Perseus have saved their strongest reinforcements for the final showdown ahead.
Alex Mason: NATO (Launch)
The original Black Ops protagonist arrives just in time for what could be Adler and Stitch’s ultimate duel.
Hailing from the harsh wilderness within the Golden Heart of Alaska known as Fairbanks, Mason is a former Marine whose service record and reputation are mired in controversy. Despite his impulsive and reckless behavior, his effectiveness in the field is indisputable.
Mason is responsible for single-handedly neutralizing Doctor Friedrich Steiner, assisting the CIA in preventing a Nova 6 attack, eliminating Nikita Dragovich, and helping Adler and his team in stopping Operation Greenlight from destabilizing the world during the Cold War.
Mason is available with the Season Six Battle Pass at Tier 0. What does that number mean? Purchase the Battle Pass, and you’ll unlock him for use across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
Fuze: Warsaw Pact (In-Season)
Benito “Fuze” Ortega is a soldier of fortune hired by Perseus for his bomb-disposal expertise. His mission, as seen during Season Six’s Intro Cinematic: Disrupt the seismic devices found under Verdansk.
Fuze is a thrill-seeker from Madrid who never turned down a high-stakes job, no matter the risk. Despite the loss of his legs, he’s persevered, becoming the elite Operator he is today, keeping his eclectic sense of humor and allegiance to the almighty dollar in the process.
Obtain this mercenary working for Perseus in a Store Bundle available later in the season.
Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Purchase Reward: Arthur Kingsley Operator*
Prior to Season Six’s launch, you can get access to one more Operator for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone: Sgt. Arthur Kingsley, one of the main heroes of Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Before moving to England to study at Cambridge University, Arthur grew up in Cameroon. After witnessing the impact of the Axis regime on North Africa, he enlisted in the British Army, ready to protect his home and the greater world from evil.
If you digitally pre-purchase any edition of Call of Duty: Vanguard before its launch date on November 5th, expect to receive Arthur Kingsley of the British Army’s 9th Parachute Battalion for immediate use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
Pre-purchase Vanguard and get the Arthur Kingsley Operator, as well as other rewards, here.
Learn more about this incentive, and other pre-purchase rewards, here.
Free New Weapons — Five New Armaments, Three Available at Launch
Three free new weapons are coming at launch: the .410 Ironhide Shotgun, a hard-hitting, extreme-CQB option; the reliable midrange Assault Rifle known as the Grav; and the devastating Battle Axe.
All three weapons are available at the start of Season Six, with a prototypical bullpup SMG and a set of deadly melee tools to come later in the fall.
.410 Ironhide: Shotgun (Launch)
Lever-action shotgun. High damage at close range with an improved fire rate. Reliable 2-shot kill with a short 1-shot range.
Obtain the .410 Ironhide for free and ready to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 15 of the Season Six Battle Pass.
Grav: Assault Rifle (Launch)
Full-auto assault rifle. Fast firing rifle with improved range. Fastest bullet velocity in class with modest damage and moderate recoil.
Obtain the Grav for free and ready to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 31 of the Season Six Battle Pass.
Battle Axe: Melee (Launch)
Two-handed melee weapon. Double bit axe with a straight wooden handle for powerful swings. Fell your foes and use them as kindling.
The Battle Axe can be yours through one of two methods: complete an in-game challenge to obtain the free base weapon, or pick up the unique Weapon Blueprint version of this melee tool through a Store Bundle available at Season Six’s launch.
LAPA: SMG (In-Season)
Full-auto submachine gun. Lightweight prototype with reliable damage and good firing control. Improved handling and range with a slower fire rate.
Get your hands on the prototypical LAPA through The Haunting Event later this season, both as an event reward — similar to the Sai from The Numbers Event— or in a Store Bundle via Weapon Blueprint.
Hammer and Sickle: Melee (In-Season)
Dual wield melee. A powerful union between industrial and agricultural tools. Demonstrate the strength of labor with deadly melee attacks at close-range.
Following The Haunting, prepare to crush your enemies with the might of a Hammer and Sickle.
Earn this dual-wield weapon in Black Ops Cold War or Warzone either through a melee-based challenge or within a new Store Bundle, both to arrive later in Season Six.
Prepare for The Haunting
Ready to battle in a true horror movie nightmare?
Be careful what you wish for. The Haunting, our upcoming Halloween celebration across Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, is coming on October 19.
Return to the Call of Duty blog on October 18 for more intel about this event… if you dare.
New Prestige Levels — Become the True Prestige Master
At the start of Season Six, your Season Level will refresh to Level 1 and your progress will resume from the highest Prestige Level you achieved previously. This season offers four additional Prestiges to achieve across the first 200 levels, as well as a new Weapon Blueprint:
- Level 50: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Weapon Blueprint, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
- Level 100: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
- Level 150: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip
- Level 190: All Season Challenges Available
- Level 200: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Battle Pass Tier Skip, Master Prestige Calling Card
- Levels 250–1,000: New Prestige Key every 50 levels
This means you can earn four new Prestige Levels during Season Six, and you can always catch up to the latest available Prestige if you didn’t reach it during the previous season.
Reach Level 200 in Season Six to achieve the title of Prestige Master for this season. This changes your Season Level color and grants you the ability to personalize your Prestige Icon with Legacy Prestige Icons, get some new Weapon Blueprints for your loadouts, or customize your Player Profile with Calling Cards from previous Call of Duty games, simply by spending some of your hard-earned Prestige Keys at the Prestige Shop.
You can continue past Level 200 all the way to Level 1,000 during Season Six, and receive Prestige Key milestone rewards at every 50 levels along the way.
Also, don’t forget that your Prestige-leveling journey is synchronized with Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, meaning you can progress through Season Levels and increase your Prestige Level by earning XP in any of the three titles!
Finally, players can achieve the highest Prestige Level in Black Ops Cold War during Season Six. If your Progression screen has all six green ribbons — earned only by achieving Prestige Master each season — then consider yourself a true Prestige Master of Black Ops Cold War.
Now execute the mission.
* Offer content and availability may vary by region and is subject to change. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War/Call of Duty: Warzone on pre-purchase platform required to redeem offer. Sold/downloaded separately. Must be redeemed by November 5th, 2022.
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