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Warzone update: season 4 release date, trailers, and weapons

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​​The huge Warzone update has settled, and Season 4 is in full swing. Activision's packing a lot into this season, bringing the usual array of new operators and new weapons as well as a new map, known as Fortune's Keep. Now, we’re looking ahead to the mid-season update.

As with the launch of any new season of Warzone, headlining your agenda should be avoiding an immediate trip to the gulag; second on the list is figuring out what changes have come to the Pacific island of Caldera. This time around, there's a few smaller changes to the popular map.

Warzone Season 4 is called ‘Mercenaries of Fortune’ and, following a Godzilla vs King King crossover in Season 3, Activision's lined up another big name for Season 4 with The Terminator. Arriving in August as part of the mid-season update, The Terminator tie-in will involve two bundles themed around Terminator 2: Judgment Day as well as a Titanium Trials event.

Activision's recently outlined plans to unify each future entry (opens in new tab) under one engine too. That doesn't include Warzone, but it affects Warzone 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Unfortunately, this means you can't transfer existing items over to the next entry.

But for now, expect a new level of loot and scoot in your future if you want to survive and overcome the challenges Warzone Season 4 throws at you.

Warzone update: cut to the chase

  • What is it? Season 4 of the Call of Duty battle royale
  • When can I play it? Available now.
  • What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC

Warzone update: release date and platforms

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Season 4 is available now, having launched on June 22 at 9am PST/12pm EST/5pm BST, 2am ACT. Activision has announced (opens in new tab) that a mid-season update will launch on July 27. 

The new season is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and PC simultaneously. As ever, it's open for cross-play across all platforms. 

Warzone Season 4 also launched across all of Call of Duty: Vanguard's core pillars. New content is here for the multiplayer and zombie modes, too, so if you play the other modes alongside Warzone, there's a ton of new stuff to get into. 

Warzone update: trailers

A soldier surrounded by flames in the latest Warzone update

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For a tease of what's in the new Warzone update, you should take a look at the Season 4 trailers. Activision has released a few that detail Warzone's upcoming changes.

Warzone Season 4 cinematic trailer

The key Warzone trailer to watch is the cinematic trailer, as it gives a real flavour of everything that's coming in the Mercenaries of Fortune update:

Warzone Season 4 launch trailer

Looking to get a quick overview of the action in the Mercenaries of Fortune update? We've yet to get a Battle Pass trailer for Warzone Season 4, but you can find the launch trailer below:

Warzone update: weapons

A soldier in makes use of one of the new guns added in the Warzone update

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It wouldn't be a Warzone update without new weapons, and Season 4 comes loaded with new gear. You can bet that the Warzone meta will shift to match. Activision has revealed four new weapons will be added to the popular battle royale, and two of them came at Season 4's launch:

  • Marco 5 (SMG)
  • UGM-8 (LMG)

The Push Dagger melee weapon then arrived as part of the game’s July 14 update, while the Vargo-S (AR) will arrive as part of the July 27 mid-season update. 

Warzone: New operators

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The new Warzone update brings three new Warzone operators, who work together as Task Force Immortal. The first is Carver Butcher, who was previously seen in Call of Duty: WWII and Vanguard. 

You can unlock him, instantly by buying the battle pass. He comes with two elite skins if you buy the battle pass and there's another two you can unlock by completing tiers in the Warzone season 3 battle pass, plus two quips and a finishing move.

The second operator, Calum Hendry, can be unlocked by picking up his bundle in the in-game store. Just look for the "Tracer Pack: Callum Hendry Operator Bundle".

The third operator, Ikenna Olowe, will become available with the July 27 mid-season update. According to the development team, “his preferred weapon is the new Vargo-S Assault Rifle” which is also being introduced in the mid-season update. If you use the weapon while playing as Olowe then you’ll gain bonus Operator XP and Weapon XP. You’ll be able to purchase his bundle when it goes live in the in-game store. 

Warzone update: map changes

Wide shot of Fortune's Keep, showing off the map's different buildings

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As a new map, Fortune's Keep is the big focus this season. Offering a second map you can play the Resurgence game mode on, it means you're no longer limited to Rebirth Island, and these two maps will rotate. 

Fortune's Keep is described as a "smuggler’s paradise" in the Mediterranean. It's here where you'll find a castle keep, a village, a winery, and a few more locations. You'll find NPC Mercenaries guarding marked bags of money here, all part of a Mercenary Cash Extraction public event. 

There's four specific new points of interest in Fortune's Keep, which we've outlined below:

  • Town — Cobblestone alleyways and flat rooftops to traverse across, an old fortress in the town center, a coastal path with a gazebo, and a graveyard.
  • Smuggler’s Cove — A lighthouse and a series of fishing huts above sea caves that contain stockpiles of equipment and loot.
  • Keep — The largest landmark on the island, this medieval fortress includes winding hallways, ramparts, watchtowers, and a tunnel system.
  • Winery — An old monastery with entrances on all sides and an underground passage, nearby a military camp.

Caldera's getting a few changes too, which Raven Software are calling "the most comprehensive set of changes to Caldera since Season One." As per the official patch notes (opens in new tab), Raven outlined these following updates, which we've listed those below too:

  • Storage Town | New Point of Interest — The return of the fan favorite POI, Storage Town, now visible on the Tac Map. This POI will be used for a dedicated “Clash” Limited-Time Mode in Week 3 of Season Four.
  • Micro POIs | New Map Elements — The addition of new micro POIs to fill gaps between the major POIs to offer more looting and engagement opportunities.
  • Mercenary Bunkers / Golden Keycards | New Gameplay — New keycards found in ground loot provide access to any of the 7 mercenary bunkers hidden across the map - indicated on the Tac Map with yellow circles.
  • “Arid” Vegetation | Updated Gameplay — Vegetation across Caldera has been reduced by 50%. A new 'arid' look to the map was implemented to offer some visual variety to this season.  It has the added benefits of improved performance on all platforms, better Player reads, and location awareness by opening up views to landmarks. 
  • Fighter Plane | Updated Gameplay — We have re-enabled these vehicles for Battle Royale and will continue to monitor sentiment and engagement over the season.
  • Weapon Trade Stations | New Gameplay | In-Season — Weapon Trade Stations have been added to various locations across Caldera that allow players to trade in their weapons for high value loot.

As part of the July 27 mid-season update, Caldera is also getting two new movement options that will make the large map a little easier to traverse: Portable Redeploy Balloons and a nitro boost to the Armored SUV.

Described as “a quick way to reposition around the game’s largest island”, the Portable Redeploy Balloon can be found as a Field Upgrade in loot or as a Contract reward, such as for successfully cracking open a Supply Drop.

The nitro boost for the Armored SUV is pretty self-explanatory, with Activision saying, “when you need to move fast around the map, hit the Nitro Boost for immediate acceleration, great for catching targets and getting out of dangerous situations.”

Warzone update: event details

Ikenna Olowe firing on zombies as part of the Cursed Ground event

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Warzone’s latest event, Cursed Ground, is now live on the new Fortune’s Keep map. 

According to a post on the game’s official site (opens in new tab), “Right now in Warzone, there are several ‘cursed chest’ hidden around the newly discovered island. These chests contain power-ups and high-quality items… but can only be unlocked by brave souls who survive a hungry horde.”

When the action kicks off in the event, zombies will start to continuously spawn near the cursed chest. You’ll have to eliminate them near the chest to harvest Wisps. As you gather more Wisps, more difficult waves of zombies will rise to protect their Cursed Ground.

If you harvest enough Wisps within the time limit, though, you’ll “secure victory and access the rewards within, including Cash, Killstreaks, Equipment, and possibly Perk Tokens.”

Operators firing on Zombies as part of the Rebirth of the Dead event

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As part of the mid-season update on July 27, you’ll also see a limited-time "Rebirth of the Dead" zombie-themed mode launch on Warzone's Rebirth Island.

Described as a “re-imagined version of Zombie Royale presented by Beenox”, this mode will see ten quads deployed to the island where they’ll need to battle fellow Operators, both living and undead. Eliminated players will return as zombies but if they want to return to their human form then they’ll need to locate and collect four antivirals. 

Across the match, an Infestation Meter will fill up as zombies are eliminated. Once it’s filled, all spectators will be revived as Zombies. If you win a match as a human, then you’ll get the animated ‘Last Alive’ Calling Card.

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Finally, there’s the brand new Terminator tie-in. This will take the form of two Terminator 2-themed bundles that will go live in August.

The first is the Tracer Pack: Terminator T-800 Mastercraft Ultra Operator Bundle. This  ten-item bundle features the Ultra-rarity ‘Model T-800’ Operator paired with its own Finishing Move, Play of the Game, and MVP highlights. You’ll also get the “Neural Net Processor” Ultra Assault Rifle Weapon Blueprint, “Coltan Alloy” and “Motorhead” Legendary Weapon Blueprints, “Always Scanning” Charm, “I’ll Be Back” Animated Emblem, and the “Infrared Optics” Reticle.

The second is the Tracer Pack: Terminator T-1000 Ultra Operator Bundle. Another ten-item pack, it includes the T-1000 Operator with its own Finishing Move, Play of the Game, and MVP highlights, as well as three Legendary Weapon Blueprints: the “Liquid Metal” SMG, the “Persistent Mission” Assault Rifle, and the “Identity Theft” LMG. You’ll also be able to equip the “Alternative Future” Watch, the animated “Full Chase” Emblem, and the animated “Unstoppable” Calling Card.

Tying in with the Terminator theme, a Titanium Trials event will come to Caldera on August 11 and last for two weeks.

According to Activision, the maximum base armor threshold will be increased to 300 hit points “to simulate the toughness of a Terminator model”,  with the Tempered Perk appearing more frequently as ground loot for more efficient armor repairs. Each player will start out with a Self-Revive Kit and core health regeneration will take longer to restore, making it “a high-skill, high time-to-kill game mode.”

The event description teases “exceedingly rare Redacted Weapons that are a step more powerful than Loadout Weapons” and “fewer overall resources in the map to reward Operators who act aggressively towards the opposition, with the cost of Loadouts beginning at a higher price point and decreasing through the duration of the match.”

There’ll be eight challenges across the event, giving you the chance to earn 2XP Tokens, the “Titanium Chrome” Weapon Camo, a Battle Pass Tier Skip, and up to four Terminator 2: Judgment Day-themed Calling Cards. If you complete all eight challenges you’ll unlock the Ultra “Liquid Metal” Weapon Camo.

Warzone: patch notes

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The big season 4 update patch notes tell quite the story. There's been some significant weapons rebalancing, a new map, and plenty of bug fixes. As you might expect, that's also packing a hefty download size, coming in between 21-27GB, depending on your platform.

If you're curious to see the full breakdown, check the full Warzone patch notes (opens in new tab) out for yourself.

Warzone: latest news and rumors

Warzone Season 4's mid-season update is coming

Season 4 of Warzone is well underway so that means we need to start getting ready for the mid-season update that will launch on July 27. This will include a new weapon, a new operator, new events and a Terminator tie-in with two bundles and a special themed event.

Raven Software address glitch issues

Warzone's Season 3 update came with a few hiccups, including game-breaking bugs for some players. 

Raven Software has acknowledged that it's working on the main issues that are presenting obstacles. A number of users were running into a 'Corrupted Loadout Data' error. The devs tweeted (opens in new tab) that they were working on it and would provide an update asap. And thankfully, it's since been sorted out (opens in new tab).

The major glitch that was ruining everyone's good time was cropping up on Xbox consoles. The Warzone bug required Xbox Live Gold membership for people wanting to dive into the free-to-play game. If you've not been driven to sign up for Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold in your desperation, sit tight!  Raven is working on a fix.

"We are investigating an issue where Xbox Live Silver users are unable to play Warzone."

If you can't wait until then, you can check out the cheapest Xbox Game Pass deals for June. The subscription comes with all kinds of perks, including Xbox Live Gold for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, and you may end up loving it. 

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Philip Palmer

Phil is a Senior Writer of TechRadar Gaming (TRG). With three previous years of experience writing freelance for PC Gamer, he's covered every genre imaginable. For 15 years he's done technical writing and IT documentation, and more recently traditional gaming content. He has a passion for the appeal of diversity, and the way different genres can be sandboxes for creativity and emergent storytelling. With thousands of hours in League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, and countless survival, strategy, and RPG entries, he still finds time for offline hobbies in tabletop RPGs, wargaming, miniatures painting, and hockey.

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