Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone Season 1 release time, and what's new in Season 1 explained

What to expect from Cold War's first season - and Warzone's newest season.

Season 1 of Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone is almost here - ushering in the first full season for Treyarch's 2020 shooter, and a reset for the numbering of Warzone's seasons.

As always, there will be a new Battle Pass to purchase, which will have a variety of rewards which will be shared between Black Ops: Cold War and Warzone.

This page outlines the Black Ops - Cold War and Warzone Season 1 release time and some of what you have to look forward to in the (new) Warzone Season 1.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone - Season One Deep Dive

Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone Season 1 release time in BST, CEST, EDT and PDT explained

Update (December 16th): We are now live! Here's everything you need to know about the new season:

Original story: The Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone Season 1 release date is Wednesday, December 16th and the season going live at the following times:

  • UK: 7am (BST / UK)
  • Europe: 8am (CEST / West Europe)
  • East Coast US: 2am (EST / East Coast US)
  • West Coast US: 11pm on December 15th (PST / West Coast US)

These times are similar to previous seasons - meaning those in Europe can wake up to the new season, or those across the pond having the option of making a start in the late evening / very early morning. (Which we would advise against - your sleep is important!)

Note for Black Ops - Cold War players, you can download the update now ahead of the new season starting - with a hint of what's time come in the early Cold War patch notes.

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Warzone players, meanwhile, will get an update at some point today - hopefully meaning in both cases, you can start playing at the above release times without having to wait for a long download first.

As always, be prepared for the above times to change in case there's any last minute changes or setbacks from the developer.

What's new in Season 1 of Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone?

This update is a big one; for Black Ops - Cold War players, it offers the first full season of updates. For Warzone players, it marks the integration of a second Call of Duty game, sharing weapons and other additions.

These include:

  • Three new Operators - Stitch: Warsaw Pact (launch week), Bulldozer: NATO (in season) and Zeyna: NATO (in season)
  • Five new weapons for Black Ops - Cold War - the MAC 10 SMG (launch week), the Groza assault rifle (launch week), the Streetsweeper shotgun (in season), the Sledgehammer melee (in season), and the Wakizashi melee (in season)
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  • New modes for Black Ops - Cold War, including Gunfight 2v2 (launch week), Prop Hunt 6v6 (launch week), Dropkick 6v6 (in season), Combined Arms: Hardpoint 12v12 (in season)
  • New maps for Black Ops - Cold War, including The Pines, Raid, Nuketown '84 Holiday, Game Show, ICBM, KGB, U-Bahn (all launch week) and Sanatorium, Vehicle: Tactical Raft (in season)
  • New zombies modes for Black Ops - Cold War, including Jingle Hells (launch week) and Cranked (in season)
  • New Season Challenges and Prestige levels
  • New standalone map in Warzone, Rebirth Island
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  • New Verdansk Gulag in Warzone
  • New Resurgence mode in Warzone
  • New Attack Helicopter in Warzone
  • Over 30 Black Ops - Cold War weapons in Warzone
  • Integration of Warzone and Black Ops - Cold War progression

Good luck in this first new season!

If you need a hand with specific Warzone weapons, you can read how to get the best Grau loadout, best MP7 loadout, best Kilo loadout, best M4A1 loadout and the best M13 loadout.

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