Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 just launched, but it’s already time to start looking ahead at the first batch of content. The game’s inaugural season will release soon, and it comes with plenty of new features, such as weapons, maps, modes, and the start of Warzone 2.0 and DMZ. With so much in the pipeline for Modern Warfare 2, there’s no shortage of features to look forward to during Season 1. But when does this season begin and what exactly will it contain? Here’s what you need to know about Modern Warfare 2 Season 1.
When is the Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 release date?
The first season of Modern Warfare 2 drops on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Is there a Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 roadmap?
There is! Activision released the full Season 1 roadmap, detailing what to expect in the weeks ahead.
What are the Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 updates?
Activision has confirmed everything we can expect from Season 1 as part of a lengthy blog post.
Tier 1 (formerly known as Hardcore mode) will make its debut during the inaugural season, along with plenty of other features, including new weapons. The M13B Assault Rifle, Victus XMR Sniper Rifle, and BAS-P SMG will come during the Season 1 launch, while the Chimera Assault Rifle will be added during the mid-season update. All of these weapons will be free.
Activision also confirmed that the beloved Shoot House map will be added alongside Season 1’s launch, while Shipment will come during the mid-season update. We’re also hoping to see Highrise, Quarry, Terminal, or Rust this season — all of which will likely come to Modern Warfare 2 eventually.
In addition, we can expect new Spec Ops missions, Raids, and quality-of-life improvements across the board during Season 1.
The upcoming season also marks the start of the first battle pass, which will give players access to cosmetics, weapons, and operators. It’s unclear what exactly this battle pass will contain, but expect various tiers with lots of unlockables. If Modern Warfare 2 mirrors previous entries, the battle pass should cost around $10.
Warzone 2.0 and DMZ release date
Arguably the most important aspect of Season 1 is the addition of Warzone 2.0 and DMZ — two brand-new free modes tied to Modern Warfare 2.
As its name suggests, Warzone 2.0 is the follow-up to 2020’s Warzone and is built from the ground up alongside Modern Warfare 2. This new take on the battle royale aims to function similarly to its predecessors with a host of improvements, new weapons, and the new Al Mazrah map.
DMZ, on the other hand, is Modern Warfare 2’s extraction mode, which will function like Escape from Tarkov. In it, players will need to explore Al Mazrah to find resources while battling against real players and AI. We still don’t know much about DMZ, but it, too, launches on November 16.
Modern Warfare 2 is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC now.
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