Call of Duty’s current two titles, Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 are at the halfway point of Season 5, and the finish line is near for this era as a whole. Season 6 was nothing more than a rumor for weeks, as many theorized Season 5 Reloaded would be the final big batch of content before Modern Warfare 3 shakes things up later this year.
However, Call of Duty slam-dunked that idea into the trash, as they’re set to release what looks to be the game’s biggest update yet. The content is spread nicely between both games, adds some delicious Halloween flavor, and gives us all a reason to keep milling about in these games in the lead-up to MW3. This Season is going to be huge for any Image Comics fans out there, thanks to the debut of Al Simmons, and his anti-hero alter ego Spawn, as the centerpiece of the Battle Pass.
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Thanks to the Warzone & MW2 Season 06 Roadmap, we know the party kicks off on October 4. While Season 05 Reloaded didn’t stir up much of anything, Season 6 is taking a completely different approach, and there’s a ton to get excited about.
Not only is there the most promising version of The Haunting Halloween Event yet, but the Battle Pass features some of the best in-game rewards the franchise has ever offered. Zombie Royale is coming back in Warzone, Infected is returning to Multiplayer, and that’s only the beginning.
Not all of this will be available on launch though, because The Haunting doesn’t start until October 17, giving players two weeks to get used to the new maps, guns, and balancing changes before things get mixy.
MW2 & Warzone Season 6: The Haunting, Vondead, New Maps & More
It’s all Macabre in Season 6. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is leading the Battle Pass alongside his Rogues Gallery. This frightening force sets the tone for undead updates across both games. Modern Warfare 2 is getting two map makeovers in a Dia de Muertos-themed El Asilo, followed by a ravaged version of Embassy where players will fight to the death in the aftermath of a Zombie outbreak.
Additionally, there will be four new maps (two Core, two Gunfight) to get our hands on. La Casa is the first of the Core additions. It’s a high-walled estate in Las Almas where the fighting is expected to be chaotic thanks to some unique crossfire angles. The other map, Koro Village is a remake of the beloved Toujane from Call of Duty 2 (OpTic HECZ, anyone?) This map has always been about high ground and that’s not changing in MW2.
Warzone’s changes are extensive. The sun is setting in Al Mazrah and Vondel (Vondead, for the duration of The Haunting) and all the things that go bump in the night are coming to haunt our dreams. Jump into games of Zombie Royale and Vondel Lockdown to capture the spirits of the enemies you take down. (Don’t forget about those ear-drum-bursting jump scares that the devs program into the lootboxes though.)
For those unfamiliar, Lockdown is like a blend of Hardpoint and Resurgence, making every match chaotic, lightning-fast, and downright overwhelming at times. It’s a lot of fun though, and getting to play in the reskinned Vondead adds another layer of freshness to a familiar idea. Zombie Royale is exactly what it sounds like. Players who die get reincarnated as super-powered Zombies and the bloodshed continues until only one team is standing.
Additionally, some new weapons are making the jump into both Warzone and Modern Warfare 2. First, the TR-76 Geist, a hard-hitting Assault Rifle with fully automatic and single-shot capabilities. Right now, it seems like it could be the heir to the TAQ-V’s throne as the king of Semi-Auto weapons, but we’ll have to get our hands on it first to know for sure.
Additionally, we’ve got the ISO 9MM on the way. This gun is going to be all about close-quarters fighting, with the Roadmap describing it as “a rapid-fire SMG to spray down enemies.” There have been a lot of failed attempts at making a truly devastating submachine gun in this style, but memories of Black Ops 2’s Skorpion EVO make it a tantalizing prospect even in 2023.
Two Melee options are also hitting the scene. At launch, the Dual Kamas will provide a sleek Sickle-style slicer for those who prefer to stalk their enemies and strike from up close. Finally, the DOOM Chainsaw will be arriving in-season, giving Operators the option of hunting down more than just Cacodemons with the iconic blade.
For a more in-depth look at all of the Halloween things, take a look at our guides. We’ve got individual options for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, and they’ll be updated with even more specifics as the weeks roll on.