Season 1 for Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Warzone officially starts this week, as the pre-season for the latest Call of Duty game winds down.
Though the rollout effectively puts DMZ — the popular extraction mode that’s currently in beta — on ice, season 1 brings with it a number of changes and additions to Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone, tying the two games together with new weapons, operators and more.
It’s also when the Vault Edition battle pass will go live for those who purchased that edition of the game.
Here’s when Modern Warfare 3 season 1 starts in your time zone, plus a brief rundown of the changes you can expect.
MW3 season 1 release time: When does the new MW3 season launch?
Modern Warfare 3 season 1 and Warzone season 1 launch on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the same time in all regions around the world. Here’s when it will release in your time zone:
- 9 a.m PST for the west coast of North America
- 12 p.m. EST for the east coast of North America
- 5 p.m. GMT for the U.K.
- 6 p.m. CET for western Europe / Paris
- 2 a.m. JST on Dec. 7 for Tokyo
Based on the timing of previous seasons for previous Call of Duty games, the season 1 update should roll out roughly 24 hours ahead of the above times, hopefully giving you plenty of time to download.
What’s new in MW3 season 1?
Modern Warfare 3 season 1 introduces a number of new maps and modes, plus five new weapons to use across this and Warzone. You can read all of the changes on the Activision blog, but below, we’ll detail the biggest.
MW3 season 1 changes and additions
- Two core 6v6 maps will be playable at the launch of season 1: Meat, a decrepit Bay Area slaughterhouse, and Greece, a small map set on an Aegean isle. Mid-season, another core 6v6 map — Rio, a shopping district in urban Brazil — will join the rotation.
- Season 1 of Modern Warfare 3 heralds the return of Gunfight, a mode that pits two teams of two against each other. The new Training Facility map will be available for Gunfight with the launch of season 1.
- Season 1 will also see the addition of the All of Nothing mode. You start with a throwing knife and no ammo. Your first elimination grants you a perk that’ll allow you pick up ammo. First to 20 eliminations wins.
- In the mid-season update, five modes will come to Modern Warfare 3: Vortex, CODMAS, Infected, Headquarters, and Team Gunfight.
- Also at the mid-season, ranked play for Modern Warfare 3 will officially begin.
Warzone season 1 changes and additions
- Warzone will introduce a new map, Urzikstan, in addition to a new gulag. Urzikstan also has a train you can drive — aka, it’s that one scene from Extraction 2 but as a video game.
- The Vondel and Ashika maps return to Warzone with the rollout of Modern Warfare 3 season 1.
- Modern Warfare 3 mechanics, including slide-canceling, tactical stance, and the ability to run while reloading, will all come to Warzone with this update, as well as its roster of weapons. You’ll now also always have a pistol when hanging on a ledge, climbing a ladder, or swimming.
General MW3 season 1 changes and additions
- The operators Nolan and Dokkaebi headline the battle pass for Modern Warfare 3 season 1, while skins based on characters from Dune (replete with an uncanny valley Timothee Chalamet face on one) will be available in the shop.
- The Call of Duty League begins on Dec. 8.
- You’ll still be able to play the DMZ beta, but as of the season 1 update, DMZ “will not be available or interact directly within Modern Warfare 3 or Call of Duty: Warzone,” Activision said in a blog post. No new Modern Warfare 3 or Warzone content will sync with DMZ, and any progress you make in DMZ won’t apply to your battle passes. “We felt now was the time to take all the learnings from the beta that we could apply toward future development efforts as we evolve this style of play,” Activision said.